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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
  • Zumba – “pretty much the most awesome workout ever.”

    Exercise is to health, as donating is to charity. In this case though, exercise can be a form of charity.

    Amie Bowen, Zumba instructor at the Park and Rec Center, has been teaching the program for five years and is in the process of organizing her fifth annual “Zumbathon” to help fund research for Galactosemia – a rare metabolic disorder that affects her nephew, Karter Newell.

    Due to the rarity of the disorder, not many government-agencies are focused on its research. Bowen, along with mother Nancy Newell, hope to change that.

    “I’m going to teach, and there are also two other Zumba instructors who are going to donate their time,” Bowen said. “Proceeds go towards research for galactosemia.

     “It’ll be $25 if you register the day-of, and it’s from 9 a.m. to noon, so it’s three hours. You can do it for three hours, or, typically, a Zumba class is for one hour,” Bowen added.

  • Kimmel to speak on men and masculinity

    Wabash College will present Michael Kimmel, who will talk about masculinity and his book, Guyland, at 4:15 p.m., Thursday in the Pioneer Chapel.

    Kimmel is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. He is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, where he directs the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. Kimmel is the author of more than 20 books, including Manhood in America: A Cultural History (1996), which was hailed as the definitive work in the field. His best-seller, Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (2008) investigates young people’s lives today, based on interviews with more than 400 young men, ages 16-26.

    Kimmel’s talk on Thursday afternoon will focus on a sociological perspective on how and by whom men are socialized. It is free and open to the public.

  • The 23rd annual Mountain Man Rendezvous will be held Saturday and Sunday in Bridgeton from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

    There will be samples of authentic early 1800s living, trading posts, live black-powder muzzle loader shooting, a canoe race on Raccoon Creek and knife and tomahawk throwing demonstrations.

    There will also be a Jonah Fish Fry at the Bridgeton Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. There is no charge to admission to any of the events.

    For more information call 548-2136.


  • The seventh annual Cemetery Walk will take place on May 2 beginning at the Fountain County Clerk’s Building / Museum at 516 4th St. in Covington. Activities include a horse and wagon ride to Oak Grove Cemetery, music and refreshments. At the cemetery there will be walk-through history with local actors portraying several notable historic figures.

    The cost is a $7 donation. The event goes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with the last tour leaving at 3 p.m. It is sponsored by the Fountain County Art Council, Inc. and the Fountain County Genealogy Society, Inc.

    For more information, call Carol Freese at 793-2710 or Kim Martin at 793-4123. 

  • Rumor has it

    The Vanity Theater’s spring play, “Rumors,” opens this weekend.   Written by Neil Simon, the comedy is described by the New York Post as “light, frothy and fun.”

    Simon wrote “Rumors” at a very difficult time in his life.  The script was his first attempt at a farce, a special kind of comedy that entertains the audience through highly exaggerated and improbable situations, where entrances and exits are timed perfectly to enhance the humor.  “Rumors” premiered in San Diego, Calif., in September 1988 and quickly made its way to debut on Broadway in November of the same year.

    The “Rumors” stage is set for a high-society dinner party to celebrate the 10th wedding anniversary of Deputy Mayor Charlie Brock and his wife, Myra, in their New York City home.  Four couples are looking forward to the invitation for an enjoyable evening of elegant company in a lavish townhouse.  Unfortunately, things turn sticky as the host lies bleeding from a superficial gunshot wound, and his wife is nowhere to be found.  As each couple arrives, the evening spins off into classic hilarity as miscommunications mount and stories are woven.

  • 5-H?

    Who wouldn’t want to come to a garage sale like this?


    Saturday marked the second annual Spring Fling Showcase at the Montgomery County 4-H Fairgrounds, presented by Nicholson Elementary School’s 4-H Club.


    More than 40 vendors were on site this weekend and there was more than enough to choose from. With items in two buildings ranging from crafts, handmade primitives, jewelry and accessories — past and present residents lined their shelves to support this worthy cause.


    Janith Cram oversaw the event and took the time to explain a little bit about the fundraiser.


    “We charge for booth space, which covers advertising and food costs for our concession stand, and anything after that the club gets to keep in its account to help pay for all of its expenses,” Cram said. “We also try and pick a couple of kids who have put a lot of effort into the club and all of its activities, and we offer to pay part of their fee if they choose to go to a 4-H camp.”


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