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AAAC Announces Season Lineup

October 26, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Albion Area Arts Council will begin its 37th season with a concert by the popular jazz duo The Gulizia Brothers.
Well known in this area, Tony and Joey Gulizia will perform at 3 p.m., Sunday, October 23 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Albion. The next morning the Gulizias will do a residency with band students at Boone Central.
In October and November retired Boone Central English and history teacher Randall Henning will lead four study sessions of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Sessions will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Oct. 17 through Nov. 7 in the Harmony Homes Recreation Room in Albion.  Books will be provided at the first session or can be picked up in advance by contacting the Arts Council.
In November Omaha percussionist Michael Fitz-simmons will return to this area to work with students from the Boone Central, St. Michael’s and St. Edward schools.  Michael will perform for students and then teach 4th graders how to build and play their own drums.  These students will then join Michael for the second half of his concert for the public on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Boone Central Gym.
On Saturday, Dec. 3, as part of the Big Give, the Arts Council will partner with the Boone County Fitness Center to present a fun concert by the popular children’s band The String Beans at 2 p.m. at the Fitness Center. Admission to this event is free and made possible by the 2015 Boone County Big Give.
Also part of the Big Give, the Arts Council will partner with the Boone Central’s Performing Arts Remodel group on Sunday, Dec. 4 to present popular singer/songwriter Daniel Chr-istian at 3 p.m. in the Boone Central Gym.
On Sunday, Jan. 29 area high school vocal groups will join the Wayne State Show Choir for a 3 p.m. concert at the Casey’s Building at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Albion.
On Sunday, March 12 Jill Anderson and her Irish music trio Celtic Cabaret will perform a pre-St. Patrick’s Day concert at 3 p.m. in the Zion Lutheran Church in Albion.
In March and April Randall Henning will lead four sessions exploring Henry David Thoreau’s classic book On Walden Pond. Sessions will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 21 through April 11 in the Harmony Homes Recreation Room in Albion.
On Saturday, April 8 the Arts Council will present the very first Nebraska concert by Grammy-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane and his Renaissance quartet Ayreheart.  Featuring two lutes, vocals, colascione (a kind of bass lute) and percussion, Ayreheart combines Renaissance and folk music into a captivating and uplifting performance.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre will return to Albion the week of June 19–24. The MCT provides area children who have completed grades K-12 an opportunity to audition, rehearse and present a fun and entertaining musical play.
Auditions will be held Monday, June 19 at noon with performances at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 24.
In July the Arts Council will sponsor its third-annual Art Camp hosted by retired Boone Central Arts Teacher Jerene Kruse at her studio east of Albion.
Information will be sent home with eligible students in May.
The Albion Area Arts Council would like to thank all of its members for their on-going support.
The AAAC is proud to serve the communities of Albion, Belgrade, Cedar Rapids, Elgin, Fullerton, Lindsay, Newman Grove, Petersburg, Primrose, St. Edward and Spalding.
Tickets to this season’s events are available from AAAC board members, at the Good Life Pharmacy in Albion, or by contacting co-directors Paul and Lori Hosford at (402)395-6727 or arts2008@frontiernet.net, or at the door before prior to the start of the events.

Elgin Knights To Make Sure Children Have Winter Coats

October 26, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

A chill is in the air, harvest is in full swing in the Elgin area.
With the cooler temperatures comes the reminder of the need for coats by numerous youth. Growing bodies and shrinking budgets don’t make it easy for some families to keep their kids in quality winter coats. This is where the Elgin Knights of Columbus step in.
According to Elgin Grand Knight Jerry Heithoff, the Coats for Kids program began nationwide last year with the goal to make sure no child in need of a winter coat goes without one.
“There are girls and boys coats, sizes SS7 to XL16,” he told the Elgin Review. “These are brand new coats. The Council purchases them and they are completely free to children in need.”
“I’ve spoken to Sheriff Bob Moore and the schools (EPS and PJCC/St. Boniface) to let them know we have them available,” Heithoff said.

EKG Supports Ballfield Project

October 26, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Weeks ago, Elgin and area Husker fans gathered in the Fire Hall to cheer the team on to victory over Northwestern.
Proceeds from the event, put on by the Elgin Ko-Ed Group, which ended with a 24 to 13 victory for the Huskers, have been presented to the Ball Diamond Association (BDA) to help with improvements being made to the ballfield complex adjacent to the PJCC school building.
At the ballfield late Monday afternoon, EKG members Adam Veik, Jessie Reestman and Bethany Miller presented Ron Bode, representing the BDA, with a check for $3,500, proceeds from the EKG Tailgate celebration held last month.
Altogether, an estimated $18,000 will be needed to make all the improvements planned before the start of the summer ball season. The purpose for the project is to improve the experience of fans and players alike who use the ballfield during the summer months.

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

Free Assistance Offered On Prescription Drug Plans

October 26, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Homestead Service Coordinator’s office is again offering free assistance to area seniors comparing Medicare Prescription Drug Plans.  Assistance is available thanks to grants from the Elgin Community Foundation and the Elgin Bargain Box.
There are a total of 22 stand-alone drug plans available for 2017, all with different premiums, deductibles and co-pays.
Beneficiaries are encouraged to compare their current coverage with available options.  Even though a plan met their needs in 2016, it may not be the best choice for them in 2017.  Plans may change premiums, deductibles, the list of medications they cover and their co-pays, and costs may vary significantly.
Assistance is also offered for seniors having difficulty affording their medications.  The Medicare Low Income Subsidy or pharmaceutical companies’ Patient Assistance Programs may be available.
Free, unbiased, confidential information to aid beneficiaries in choosing the best plan for their circumstances is offered.  Appointments may be made by calling Connie Dvorak, SHIIP counselor, at (402) 843-8769.
The 2017 open enrollment period begins Oct. 15, and continues through Dec. 7.

“Donuts For Dads” At EPS Next Week

October 6, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Well-attended last year, Elgin Public Schools will again hold a “Donuts For Dads” event in October.
Elementary students at the school are encouraged to have their father join them in the gymnasium on Thursday morning, Oct. 13, for juice, milk, donuts and some reading before school. If dad can’t attend, students are encouraged to find a substitute for the activity which will begin at 7:30 a.m.

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