Central Minnesota Orthodontics hosted its Fall Appreciation Party for all of its partnering dental offices in the area on Oct. 22 at Molitor’s Haunted Acres. With their invitations, guests received a pumpkin in which they were invited to carve, decorate, paint or do whatever their creative minds could think of. These pumpkins were then presented at the party in a contest, and the top three creations won a prize.
The Great Northern Theatre Company presents Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical, another in the series of Nunsense comedies that have become so popular. Shows are Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 19-21 with a Sunday matinee on Nov. 15. Show times are as follows: 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner and 8 p.m. show. Matinee times are 1 p.m. social, 2 p.m. dinner and 3 p.m. show. Nuncrackers: In this show, the sisters of Mt. St. Helen’s, in their efforts to keep the convent going, are producing their first ever Christmas special for cable TV.
The “sisters” are brought to life by Joan Anderson (Sister Mary Regina-Reverend Mother), Mary Middendorf ( Sister Mary Hubert), Margy Bailey (Sister Robert Anne), Karla Reichel (Sister Mary Paul (aka Amnesia) and Brad Busse (Father Virgil Manly Trott). Mount St. Helen’s students are portrayed by Kendall Heydman, Lauren Heydman, Max Marek, Ellie Wigham and Dawson Pape.
If you have ever been part of a play, you know the hours it takes to prepare for a show. The cast starts practice many weeks before the show, meeting two, three or four times per week. There are lines to learn, songs to perfect and dances to practice, practice, practice. While the cast is busy practicing, the costumer is designing and assembling the costumes. The set builders are creating the scenes and others are helping paint, find props, selling tickets and more. It takes a lot of people to bring us the entertainment we so enjoy.
Visit www.gntc1.com for a ticket order form or more information. Call 320 241-4682 to order tickets.
LEAF awards nearly $25,000 in grants
Both Apollo High School and North Junior High, as well as the Disadvantaged Student Activities Support and District-wide First Robotics Program, were among the 21 grants awarded for a total of $24,667 from District 742 Local Education and Activities Foundation during its fall grant cycle. Each year, LEAF awards supplemental funding to academic, activities, arts and athletic programming. Teachers, coaches and advisers submit grant applications for special projects twice during the academic year. Grants awarded this fall included funds for diverse projects including: $1,500, Apollo girls soccer uniforms; $500, Apollo Wellness Center; $320, Apollo wrestling camcorders; $320, Apollo Creative Magazine; $750, North Eagles Act Club; $675, North Art Club supplies; $550, North “Draw for Art” program supplies; $2,087, District-wide first Robotics Program; and $1,785, Disadvantaged Student Activities Support.
Other grants included the following: $3,200, Tech girls basketball uniforms; $2,000, Tech health occupations conferences/competitions; $1,400, Tech boys and girls track equipment; $1,300, Tech boys uniforms; $1,230, Tech boys/girls golf mats; $1,200, Tech NASA student scholarships; $1,000, Tech ninth-grade boys basketball jerseys; $1,000, Tech girls softball jerseys; $300, Tech Orchestra Young People’s Concert; and $2,000 South Junior High boys and girls basketball uniforms; $1,000 South Junior High VEX robotics starter kits; and $550, Talahi Elementary video artist residency.
The District 742 Local Education and Activities Foundation was founded in 1993 as a fully independent, non-profit organization for the purpose of promoting and enhancing school-based, extra-curricular activities and academic opportunities in District 742 Public Schools. LEAF’s endowment fund provides supplemental funding for academic, activities, arts and athletic programming in the district’s schools. Since 1996 LEAF has been able to contribute nearly $1.2 million to projects in District 742. Check out the LEAF Grant History at www.leaf742.org.