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Cast Announced for A Dream Within a Dream-Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe

The Black Hawk Children’s Theatre has announced the cast for their upcoming production of A Dream Within a Dream-Inspired by the work of Edgar Allen Poe. The show is a devised theatre piece that weaves several of Poe’s iconic works into a comprehensive story celebrating the complex wordmanship and sensory-rich tone of one of America’s most loved authors. Stories within the piece include The Bells, The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Raven.
Jonathan Kuehner will be portraying EDGE. He is appearing in his 13th show at WCP/BHCT. Other than theatre, Jonathan is involved in Boy Scouts, vocal and instrumental music at Cedar Falls High School. Jonathan is the son of Amy & David Kuehner.
Dante Benjegerdes will be taking on the dual roles of MONTE and THE OLD MAN. Dante is a home-schooled Senior from the La Porte City area. His parents are Nathaniel & Barbara Petersen. He is definitely interested in pursuing theatre after high school. His favorite area of theatre is stage combat.
Hannah Smith, a Junior at West Waterloo High School will be playing the dual roles of CAROL and OFFICER #1. She is the daughter of Tina Schmit and Kevin Smith. She has been involved with WCP/BHCT since the age of 7. Outside of theatre Hannah loves to sing, read, talk really loud and reenact Broadway musicals.
Olivia Gomes will be making her debut at BHCT in the role of LENORE. She is a Sophomore at Waverly-Shell Rock High School. She runs cross country for the school and also participates in speech and drama there. She plays the string bass and is an avid movie lover. She is the daughter of Jason Gomes.
Bev McCusker will be taking on the roles of RAVEN and NEVERMORE. Bev would be a familiar face to WCP audiences but maybe not to BHCT audiences. She has appeared in multiple shows at WCP and participated in BHCT shows in the not so near past. She is a member of the WCP/BHCT Board of Directors and loves reading, gardening and hand sewing.
Ethan Sankey returns to our stage in the roles of LARRY and OFFICER #2. He was last seen on stage as Prince Charming in last year’s production of Snow White. He is a Senior at Cedar Falls High School and works part-time at Scratch Cupcakery. This multi-talented young man plays guitar, ukulele and piano. He is the son of Brian and Alana Sankey and has 7 brothers and sisters.
Jana Garcia will be part of the CHORUS. This will be her 4th role at BHCT. Jana is a pre-school teacher at Kingdom Kids Pre-school and Daycare. She loves all animals and all aspects of the performing arts.
Megan Smith, a Senior at Denver High School will be the other member of the CHORUS. She previously appeared onstage in The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Snow White. She works part time as a vet assistant at Pawsitive Pet Care. She plans on attending Iowa State for pre-vet medicine. Megan is the daughter of Jeff & Sharon Smith.
This production will be performed in the McElroy Youth Theatre located in the Walker Building at 224 Commercial Street in Waterloo. Performances are September 18 & 25 at 7pm and September 19 & 26 at 2 pm. Tickets may purchased online at www.wcpbhct.org or by calling the box office at (319) 235-0367.

Meditations – September 9, 2015

By Pastor Nathan Richardson  Heartland Community Church
Do you have a cause, something so important that you are willing to stand up for or even fight for? I hope so. For some of us they define the course of direction we take in life. Teachers want to educate, Doctors want to heal, Social Workers want to help people find resources. I am a Pastor, my cause is to help you to connect with God and the Church in life transforming ways to help you Love God, Love Others and Serve All.
In scripture Jesus used many different ways to connect with others. Sometimes it was simple like going to Levi’s house and eat with his tax collector friends. At another time he was willing to heal a woman from a bleeding disease she had been suffering with for years. And other times it was more complex with the feeding of the five thousand. There are so many stories we could look at of Jesus’ life and be amazed at his love for the hurting. Jesus was willing to go anywhere so people would connect with him. And look at the ways I mentioned, he ate with people, healed people physically and fed those who were hungry. He helped people in tangible ways.
Jesus met with people where they were at in life. Jesus did not have specific standards they must meet to have an encounter with him. Rather Jesus so desired that they come over to hang out, to be friends. This is the idea of Celebrate Recovery and why Heartland Community Church is inviting the community to take part. As a community we are stronger together. Everyone has hurts, hang ups and habits that we cannot heal or move on from on our own.
We already know, no one is perfect and has room for growth. If you struggle with mental illness, addiction, the loss of a loved one, healing after a divorce, codependency, overeating, or loneliness Celebrate Recovery might be right for you. Please contact me at nathancrichardson@yahoo.com or call/text me at 319-540-5727.
There are many more causes in the world today? What do you want to see happen in LPC? How can the churches serve you better? We can make this a better community because we are stronger and better together.

Hawkins’ Happenings – September 9, 2015

By Jolene Kronschnabel
Preschoolers learn about using their library at Story Time on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 10:30 AM. On Thursday mornings during the school year, preschoolers can participate in this fun learning program with stories, activities, and crafts. Register now.
Join others at the library for conversation and inspiration from 1 to 3 PM on Thursday, September 10, at Hawkins’ Handcrafters. Bring any type of craft or handwork to work on – and bring a friend too.
On Thursday, September 17, 10:30 AM, Story Time will visit the La Porte City FFA Historical & Ag Museum. Enjoy the museum display when you bring your preschooler to read with us about clocks and time.
Read an eBook Day is a celebration of modern storytelling observed on Friday, September 18. Borrow your eBooks and audio books from the library through the BRIDGES program, Iowa’s eLibrary. Click the BRIDGES link (previously called NEIBORS) on our website www.laportecity.lib.ia.us, and browse the BRIDGES library. E-Books and audio books are loaned for two weeks at no cost to you.
The library will be on the street fundraising during Bargains on the Bricks, Saturday, September 19. Don’t miss our gift items, bake sale, book sale, and more. You can help us by donating baked goods.
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova is the September 28, 1 PM book club discussion selection. A vibrant mother in her thirties learns what matters most in life when a car crash leaves her with a traumatic brain disorder. This is a story about finding abundance in the most difficult of circumstances, learning to pay attention to the details, and nourishing what truly matters. Pick up a copy of this book at the library and join the discussion.
Grab a bag of sale books for only $6.00 during September. This includes all sale hardcover and paperback books.

2015 Football: Center Point-Urbana 27, Union 25

In the game of football, sometimes the difference between victory and defeat can be determined by the outcome of just a handful of plays. On Friday night in Center Point, the Union Knights got a taste of how painful such an experience can be, as big plays and untimely penalties sent the team home still seeking their first win of the season.
Four plays. Four big plays accounted for the 27 points the CP-U offense put on the scoreboard, which were enough to outlast a determined fourth quarter Union rally. Scoring plays covering 62, 22, 56 and 48 yards generated more than half of the Stormin’ Pointers total offense. Each time the Knights scored to make it a one possession game, CP-U countered with a strong and swift response to extend their lead.
The Stormin’ Pointers unleashed Big Play #1 on their first offensive play of the game. Speedster JoJo Frost got behind the Union secondary and hauled in the long pass thrown on a fake reverse play. Minutes later, the Knights tied the game when Isaiah Vaughan, who rushed for a whopping 263 yards on 36 carries, vaulted head first over a CP-U defender into the end zone for a touchdown.
With just over a minute remaining in the first quarter, the Stormin’ Pointers regained the lead with Big Play #2, a 22 yard touchdown pass. By halftime, the Knights trimmed the lead to four on a 31 yard field goal by Dakota Hora. After a scoreless third period, a CP-U 56 yard touchdown pass put the Knights in a 21-10 deficit.
The Knights refused to quit, putting together a 72 yard touchdown drive that was highlighted by an acrobatic catch Ryan Miller turned into a 59 yards gain. The two point conversion left Union needing just a field goal to tie the game, 21-18.
With less than five minutes left in the game, it appeared Union would get the ball back after stopping the CP-U offense on a third down pass play. A critical penalty against the Knights for roughing the passer proved costly, however. Given a fresh set of downs, the CP-U offense made the Knights pay when Trevor Franzenberg broke through the Union line and rumbled into the end zone 48 yards later.
The Knights continued to battle back, using a mere 26 seconds of the game clock on a 54 yard touchdown drive. Another two point conversion made the score 27-25 with 2:01 left in the game. That would be as close as the Knights would get, though, as CP-U was able to run out the clock to secure the win.

Practical Money Matters – September 9, 2015

By Nathaniel Sillin
How the Tooth Fairy Can Teach Your Kids About Money
When those first baby teeth start wobbling, you and the Tooth Fairy can combine forces to teach your kids about money.
Visa’s latest annual Tooth Fairy survey indicates that the average price of a lost tooth is $3.19 in 2015. This is the fourth consecutive year that young Americans are finding more than $3 under their pillows from the fabled fairy. That puts a full set of 20 departing baby teeth around $63. The survey also found that the most common monetary gift given by the Tooth Fairy is $1, and that dads report the Tooth Fairy is more generous, giving nearly 27 percent more than what moms report.
First, how much should parents give? Visa offers a free Tooth Fairy app (www.practicalmoneyskills.com/apps) for iOS and Android devices and an online calculator (www.practicalmoneyskills.com/toothfairy) to help parents determine an appropriate amount for children to receive per lost tooth. While not an endorsement of how much money children should receive, the app and calculator uses Visa’s latest survey data and demographic factors such as gender, age, home state, family size, marital status, income and education levels to formulate how much money the Tooth Fairy is leaving in comparable households.
You might consider giving kids a piggy bank – or a series of piggy banks for specific purposes such as spending, saving or investing – to have ready once that first tooth comes out. Talk with your child about the importance of putting some money away when it comes in for various purposes including charity, so he or she learns about the importance of helping those with less.
Here’s how the Tooth Fairy can help you guide your kids through their important, first-time money activities:
Learning to handle coins and currency. Kids need a bit of time to get to know coins and bills – what they feel like, what they’re worth and how they’re used. Start by letting them handle a few coins and then start identifying their value – how five pennies makes a nickel and two nickels make a dime, and so on. Before a child can save, spend, invest or share, they have to understand the value of money that the Tooth Fairy has left under their pillow.
Making their first purchases. Tooth Fairy money may be a child’s first source of income. Teaching your kids about the value of money is an important lesson. It’s a chance to balance fun and priorities, wants and needs. Once a certain amount of money is set aside for savings, then head to the store with your kid to look for a small toy or treat. It’s important to discuss the item first and to encourage comparison-shopping for the best price. But once the item is selected, put the child in charge of the transaction.
Dealing with other sources of monetary gifts. The Tooth Fairy often provides that first connection between kids and cash, but other money resources usually arrive soon afterward. Starting school means allowances and children may already be getting birthday and holiday gifts of cash from friends and relatives. With every new source of funds, keep the discussion going on the importance of spending wisely while saving, investing and giving to those in need.
Budgeting. As kids get older and start using money more extensively, introduce them to the concept of budgeting – the practice of tracking, counting and allocating spending. Parents might want to give themselves a refresher course (http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/budgeting) if they’re not consistent about budgeting their own money.
Moving from piggy banks to real banks. Kids can keep a piggy bank around as long it’s effective, but kids need to see how adults handle money. Regular trips to the bank allow children to ask questions about how banks work and why they’re important. Eventually, they’ll be ready for their first savings account. See what account savings options your bank provides for young children.
Bottom line: Lost teeth are an educational gold mine for your kid. You and the Tooth Fairy can work together to make each little windfall an important lesson about money.

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