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Quilters, San Jose United Methodist Church, Lady Railer softball, Knights of Columbus and LCC's 'Godspell' in Close Up

By Mike Fak

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[March 24, 2009]  The Quilters at Heart Quilt Guild will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 24th instead of the customary Thursday evening. The Guild will meet at 7:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church located at 402 Pekin Street. The program for this meeting is the "garage sale." This event gives members an opportunity to clear out unwanted fabric and quilt/sewing related items from their personal "stash."  For additional information, please contact Stacie Wachtel, 217 732 7029 or

The San Jose United Methodist Church is having a Fish Fry on Friday, March 27, 2009 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. A tasty meal of catfish, hash brown casserole, baked beans, cole slaw, homemade desserts and drinks will be served. Chicken Fingers will be available for children and non-fish eaters. Tickets are available at the door or may be purchased from ticket chairmen Sandy Shepherd 247-3394, Joyce Reed 247-3396 and church members. 

You may dine in the handicap accessible Fellowship Hall or carry-out for the same price. 

Proceeds will benefit Children and Youth Ministries (Camping Scholarships, Bible Zone and Vacation Bible School). The San Jose United Methodist Church is located at 600 South 1st St. (1st St. at Linden) in San Jose.

Sunday, March 29: the Lady Railer Softball Pancake and Sausage Fundraiser. It's all you can eat pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, milk, juice and coffee. Carry-outs are available. Adults $6 and children 12 and under $4. The event is at the Knights of Columbus and the time is 7am-12pm. This is sponsored by the Lady Railer Booster Club and the public is invited.

Holy Family Fun Night at K of C is Saturday, March 28. Sponsor: Lincoln Knights of Columbus Council 1250. The event is open to the public. Dinner will be lettuce salad, ham or turkey ponyshoes, dessert, iced tea and coffee. Bring the whole family for dinner, and then, while the adults are being entertained, there will be a movie in the meeting room for the kids. Buy your tickets in advance at Carroll Catholic School or at the door that night. The event is at the Lincoln K of C Hall: Dinner 6-7:30 pm, entertainment 7:30-8:15 pm, comedian from Mason City Limits 8:15-8:45 pm.

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Reminder: Stephen Schwartz's "Godspell" will be presented March 26, 27 & 28, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. in the Earl C Hargrove Chapel Building on the campus of Lincoln Christian College.

Tickets are available by calling 217-732-3168, ext 2232. Adults - $9.00 and Students - $7.00.

The cast includes Devon Stribling from Atlanta, Illinois as Jesus and Jeremy Goeckner from Mt. Vernon, Illinois playing John the Baptist/Judas. Other cast members include: Aaron Zapata, Allison Jackson, Emily Davis, Josh Corbin, Shannon Miller, Julie Browning, Sarah Kimes, Allison Campbell, Brandon Davis, Lauren Smith, Rebeccah Campbell, Lex Reed, Scarlett Lee and Lindsey Capperune. The Living Stones Players Drama Club from Lincoln Christian Church will also be part of the cast and includes: Antonia Snell, Amanda Jones, Allison Bone, Garrett Maupin, Ryder Mills, Ethan Golden, Jesse Mangano, Abbie Ramsey, Matthew Squaire, Samuel Squaire, Zack Hazel, Shannon Halpin and Koey Smith. The production is under the direction of Tim Searby and Jim Allison with Linda Storm serving as accompanist and Gary Shull choreographer.

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