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Tri-State Chess Tournament open to youth and adults
The Evening Optimist Club of
Quincy, Quincy Senior High School and the Quincy Chess Club are
jointly sponsoring the Tri-State Chess Tournament on Sunday, March
23, in the Quincy Senior High School cafeteria, 33rd and Maine in
Quincy. Registration is from noon to 1 p.m. Competition will be
divided into two separate tournaments: Scholastic and Open.
The Scholastic Division is open to any
student enrolled in grades K-12. Students from all schools in the
tri-state area are encouraged to participate. Trophies will be
awarded to winners in levels K-6, K-9 and K-12. Entry forms for the
Scholastic Division can be downloaded from the Quincy Chess Club
The Open Division is nationally
sanctioned and is open to any member of the United States Chess
Federation, regardless of age. Membership forms are available at the
Proceeds from the event will benefit
the programs of the Evening Optimist Club of Quincy.
information about the tournament, call Gary Blickhan at (217)
223-8762. For further information about the Evening Optimist Club of
Quincy, call Howard Dewell at (217) 222-1910.
by Carl Hiaasen, Alfred A. Knopf, 2002, 292 pages, ages 10 and up.
A new kid, a bully, a boy called
"Mullet Fingers," an eager-to-please police officer, a beauty queen
and an array of wild animals are all in Carl Hiaasen's first novel
for young adult readers. "Hoot," a 2003 Newbery honor book, captures
and keeps the reader's attention with wit, humor and mystery.
Roy Eberhardt and his family have moved
from Montana to Coconut Cove, Fla. Roy misses the beauty and nature
of Montana, but he is looking forward to fitting into his new home
and especially Trace Middle School. Unfortunately, the class bully,
Dana Matherson, has other plans for Roy. While Dana is tormenting
Roy on the bus, Roy sees a barefoot boy running down the road. The
boy intrigues Roy enough that he begins an investigation into who
the boy is, why he doesn't attend school and why he doesn't wear
shoes. Roy is especially intrigued when a girl at school, Beatrice
Leep, corners him and tells him to stop trying to find the barefoot
boy, aka Mullet Fingers. Roy's suspicions are confirmed; he realizes
he's really onto something, and it's very mysterious.
Meanwhile, Roy's not the only one
trying to solve a mystery, because something illegal is going on at
the site of the future Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House.
Officer David Delinko is determined to get to the bottom of the
vandalism and, in return, get the respect and recognition to move up
in the police force. The construction foreman, Curly, and Officer
Delinko are comical as they run in circles trying to figure out who
or what is playing tricks on them at the construction site.
Rottweiler guard dogs, glitter-tailed water moccasins, alligators in
the portable potties and, most importantly, small burrowing owls are
all part of the action and mischief at the construction site.
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Roy enlists the help of Beatrice,
Mullett Finger's half sister, and the two of them get into more than
they ever expected by helping Mullet Fingers with his personal
cause. Roy also decides to stop Dana from tormenting him once and
for all with a hilarious ploy to frame Dana and bring him to the
attention of the "eager to arrest" Officer Delinko.
While reading "Hoot" you'll find the
answers to questions such as: How did Mullet Fingers get his name?
What is a mullet? Why were the alligators in the portable potties?
How did the glitter get on the water moccasins' tails? What's so
important about a burrowing owl to stop a big corporation like
Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House? What role does a beauty
queen play? And does bully Dana Matherson get what he deserves in
"Hoot's" author, Carl Hiaasen, places
subtle importance on the environment on many levels and especially
on how a few young adults with conviction and caring can make a
difference in the world. "Hoot's" witty humor, fast pace and real
characterizations of youth lead the reader along on an adventure
about fitting in on your own terms, the importance of friends and
the process of sticking up for what's right.
To check out
this book, visit the library at 725 Pekin Street or call 732-8878.
[Leslie Scott, graduate
Lincoln Public Library]
return to Lincoln Cinemas
The Logan County Arts
Association, in conjunction with GKC Cinemas Corporation, has
brought the classic film night series back to the Lincoln Cinemas.
The next set of films is scheduled for every second Thursday through
October, with shows at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults and $4.50
for senior citizens and children 12 and under. The tickets are
available at GKC Lincoln Cinemas.
Classic films lined up for the 2003
wanting more information may call the Logan County Arts Association
at (217) 735-4422
[Press release from the
Logan County Arts Association]
Concert will feature winners of concerto-aria contest
NORMAL -- Five Illinois
State University School of Music students won the school's
concerto-aria competition Jan. 22 and will be featured performers in
a March 5 concert at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Performing Arts
Jurors in the competition were Roger
Garrett and Linda Farquahson of Illinois Wesleyan University.
This year's winners are junior
trumpeter Ryan Elliot of Saginaw, Mich., representing the brass
area; master's degree student and pianist Kristof Kovacs of
Budapest, Hungary, representing the keyboard area; Ying Wang, a
master's degree student and cellist from Beijing, China,
representing the string area; senior baritone vocalist Kevin Prina
of Washington, representing the voice area; and piccolo player Megan
Lomonof, a senior from Oak Lawn, representing the woodwind area.
Earning honorable mentions in the
competition were violist Colleen Kuraszek, a freshman from Lake in
the Hills, and flutist Elizabet Varga, a master's degree student
The concert March 5 will spotlight the
five winners. They will perform individually with the Illinois State
University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Glenn Block, director of
orchestras. The orchestra also will play Bernstein's overture to "Candide."
LCT 2003 season
Lincoln Community Theatre is
pleased to announce three productions selected for the summer of
Kicking off the 32nd season of live
theater for the Lincoln community will be the hilarious musical "Nuncrackers."
This fun-filled show is a continuation of the antics of the
dauntless, darling nuns of Mount St. Helen's Convent who delighted
Lincoln audiences in the "Nunsense" series several summers ago.
Audience participation, one-liners, a rum-soaked fruitcake, dueling
sugar plum fairies and dear Sister Amnesia will definitely start the
summer theatrical season with humor and fun.
The July production, "Steel Magnolias,"
is one of our best ensemble productions. The familiar, bittersweet
story touches all the emotional peaks and valleys of life in a small
Southern community. From wise-cracking Truvy to unsure Annelle, the
characters in this poignant play promise to touch everyone with both
laughter and tears.
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Ending the season on a patriotic note,
LCT's final production of the summer will be "1776," a stirring, yet
humorous musical featuring a large cast representing our founding
fathers. Humor abounds with fast-paced dialogue involving Ben
Franklin, Henry Lee and other early congressional characters, along
with catchy, patriotic music.
To kick off
the holiday season, Lincoln Community Theatre is offering holiday
gift certificates for season memberships for the summer 2003 season.
Certificates can be mailed directly to the receiver or to the gift
giver. Certificates for adult memberships are $20 each, and those
for children through eighth grade are $12 each. Requests for gift
certificates may be sent to LCT, Box 374, Lincoln, IL 62656. Further
information is available at (217) 732-7542 or by visiting the LCT
[Judy Rader, LCT publicity
Lincoln Community Theatre
Community Theatre's box office, phone
735-2614, is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through
Saturday for the summer season. The office is located in the lobby
of the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of
"Dearly Departed" are scheduled for July 12-20, and "The King and I"
will be presented Aug. 2-10. Show times are 2 p.m. on Sundays and 8
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The LCT mailing address is Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln,
IL 62656; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LDC website at www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre/index.html.
Pictures from past productions are included.
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