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'The Pirates of Penzance,' Lincoln Masonic Center blood drive, Lincoln Lions Club, Immanuel Lutheran Church and Lincoln Heritage Days celebration in Close Up

By Mike Fak

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[June 30, 2009]  Lincoln Christian Church will present Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance" July 29ľAug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Christian Church Fellowship Center, 204 N. McLean St.

The cast includes Bob Kurka, Patrick Perry, Randy Storm, Jeremy Goeckner, Brian Welter, Kristee Smith, Beverly Kurka, Sheralyn Bolton, Annie Sheley, Gail King, Miriam Carter, Kate Harmon, Elizabeth Carter, Alexis Hill, Casey Kennett, Rebekah Crider, Shelby Voyles, Brian Bolton, Ethan Golden, Brandon Davis, Steven Schleich, Bud Estep, Ed Carter, Mike Koke, David Carter, Curtis Schleich, Ian Crider, Dan Bailey and Chris Hazel. Tim Searby is directing the production, with Jim Allison as assistant director, and Linda Storm serves as accompanist.

All tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the church office, 217-732-7618.

Seating is limited to 300 for each performance. All proceeds from the show will be divided between Harvest of Talents for World Hunger and Together for Lincoln.

To help ensure an adequate blood supply for local hospitals, a blood drive is being held at the Lincoln Masonic Center, 2022 N. Kickapoo St. in Lincoln, on Monday, July 6. The hours of the blood drive are noon-6 p.m. For your convenience, please call Jessica to sign up (toll-free) at 1-866-GIVE-BLD, ext. 6814, or schedule an appointment online at Walk-ins are also welcome and truly appreciated.

Lincoln Lions Club will sponsor a FREE hearing screening at the Logan County Department of Public Health on Wednesday, July 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. The mobile hearing screening unit will screen anyone 18 years of age and older. Children aged 10-17 accompanied by an adult can also have their hearing checked.

For further information contact Nancy Wrage of Lincoln Lions Club at 217-642-5379.

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Enjoy the Fourth of July activities at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1409 Pulaski St.

Patriotic flag display, close parking, great lawn, clean bathrooms, free popcorn, bake sale, ice cream and drinks available.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and take advantage of the activities:

5 p.m. -- Outdoor praise service in the shelter

6 p.m. -- Bake sale begins. Some items are packaged to be enjoyed on the grounds.

6:15 p.m. -- Community potluck and fellowship. Bring a dish to share.

7:30 p.m. -- Audra's Dance Studio presents The Cloggers.

8:15 p.m. -- Lesleigh Bennett shares her talent of singing with the community.

9 p.m. -- Enjoy the fireworks.

Come and enjoy the freedom we share and show appreciation for our troops.

Don't forget, this week is our Lincoln Heritage Days celebration. The event kicks off on Thursday, July 2, through the Fourth. For complete details of events, click here.

Got a good piece of news, information or something that we can all brag about? If you do, e-mail Mike and let us tell everyone about it. Plus you can win cash. Every submission, whether we use it or not, will get your name in the "Close Up" grab bag. At the end of the month we will draw a name and someone will get $25 just for dropping us an e-mail. If you wish, we will be happy to donate your winnings to the organization of your choice.

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