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NEHS Choirs sing in the holiday season

 

Debbie Wilson conducts

Beginning with a holiday concert on December 4, the North East High School’s choirs have been in the spotlight. On Saturday, December 6, they performed at both Governor’s Square Mall and on the steps of the County Courthouse downtown prior to the annual Jaycees Christmas Parade.

In full formal attire, the vocalists make a dramatic and stunning appearance: young woman in striking black and white gowns, young men in tuxedos — a far cry from the usual school attire. Under the direction of teacher Debbie Wilson, four groups, beginning choir, concert choir, SSA (a women’s choir) and the Exit I Choir presented a broad selection of traditional Christmas music, including Latin Hymns, and culminating with a vibrant rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus.

Debbie Wilson conducting the North East High School choir.

The choir uses a computerized sound system to provide background music for the vocal work; at the mall, though, they began the performance without it, since all of the electrical outlets in proximity to the group were not working. It was a true case of “the show must go on.” «Read the rest of this article»

 

Winter programs going strong at city’s Community Centers

 

If you are planning to visit the Christmas on the Cumberland lighting display this coming weekend, please be aware that Santa is not scheduled this weekend.  Christmas on the Cumberland will be open nightly, Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday through January 1st.  Santa is scheduled to return December 19th-21st.

There are lots of things happening in the Community Centers this season.

Open Volleyball is at the Kleeman Community Center at 166 Cunningham Lane, on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to come out and join us.  You only need to purchase an annual ID card for $5 to participate. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Re-thinking values in the wake of tragedy

 

In reading about the crushing death of a security guard at Wal-Mart on Black Friday, combined with the number of injuries, and now a lawsuit against the retailer, and then reading of the shooting at a Toys ‘r Us store, I began to feel as if I were moving through an episode of The Twilight Zone. All this tragedy for a TV? A Computer? The latest video game components?

My stomach churns, and I realize again why the sheer lunacy of queuing up in the wee hours of morning for a bargain has never been on my agenda. Never will be. This statement of the American consumer mindset is appalling, and as a nation, we should collectively be ashamed of ourselves. «Read the rest of this article»

 


Crowds weather the cold for Jaycees’ Christmas Parade

 

Clarksville, TN 2008 Christmas ParadeDespite unusually cold temperatures and a bit of a brisk wind, Christmas revelers were out in force for the annual Jaycees Christmas Parade. By mid-afternoon sponsors were queuing up in the parking lots of Austin Peay State University to put the finishing touches on their float entries.

Even as the finishing touches were added at APSU, festivities downtown were warming up with the choral work of the Northeast High School Choir (well bundled against the cold) under the direction if teacher Debbie Wilson.

The parade and its two Marching Bands (Rossview and Northeast High Schools), floats, and both civic and business entries, stepped off at 5 p.m. from the APSU campus, took approximately an hour and a half to wind its way downtown. Clarksville, TN 2008 Christmas Parade

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Light for our grandchildren

 

My life is upgraded this holiday season; it is a time for cultivating an already good relationship with my five grandchildren. My desire and goal is to make the bond between us an ever growing one. An intimate connection with them will enrich their lives and mine.

On Sunday at church we sang “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” The lyrics and melody escorted me down Memory Lane. I learned that lively song in a Nazarene Church Sunday school. It was comforting to listen to this music again.

In my life of seventy-plus years, I remember men and women of faith who served as lights in my journey of faith. There were Jack Folson and Henry Meade, who picked me up on Sunday for religious education at the Central Church of the Nazarene. I credit their “light” for assisting me in spiritual pilgrimage as a youth. Through the “light” and inner glow of these influential lay leaders I was attracted to God. Through their patience, compassion and and devotion since I was 16 years old, I continue to sing “…everywhere I go, I’m going to let shine” as a testimonial to the development of my spiritual traits nurtured through wondrous grace. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Customs House offers “Cultural Calendar 2009”

 

The “Cultural Calendar 2009” is now available at the Seasons Gift Shop in the Customs House Museum for only $5 each.  They feature photographs of 14 Clarksville artists work, and a host of wonderful Clarksville events listed for each month, with witty sayings, and clever quotes from famous folks.  They are in color and on a lovely coated heavy stock.

The proceeds go to the Arts and Heritage Development Council in Clarksville.  These calendars are very popular, and make lovely Christmas gifts that last the entire year.

This coming Monday, the Seasons Gift Shop (in Museum) has a 20% off sale on any one item.  The sale runs from 11 AM to 2 PM.

 


“Emma: A Play in Two Acts” at APSU

 

“Emma: A Play in Two Acts” will be presented Friday only, December 6, at 7 p.m., at the Clement Auditorium on the APSU campus. Admission is by donation at the door. This play is being produced as part of Brooke Hill’s women’s studies capstone project.

In this play, historian and playwright Howard Zinn dramatizes the life of Emma Goldman, the anarchist, feminist, and free-spirited thinker who was exiled from the United States because of her outspoken views, including her opposition to World War I.

With his wit and unique ability to illuminate history from below, Zinn reveals the life of this remarkable woman. As Zinn writes in his Introduction, Emma Goldman “seemed to be tireless as she traveled the country, lecturing to large audiences everywhere, on birth control (“A woman should decide for herself”), on the falsity of marriage as an institution (“Marriage has nothing to do with love”), on patriotism (“the last refuge of a scoundrel”) on free love (“What is love if not free?”) and also on the drama, including Shaw, Ibsen, and Strindberg. This book will be of immense interest to feminists, American historians, and people interested in the long history of resistance and protest in the United States.

 

“Do you hear what I hear?” ~ Holiday concert at APSU

 

The Austin Peay State University Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will present the holiday-themed musical event “Do You Hear What I Hear.” The event will feature performances by Paul Binkley and the APSU music faculty.

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. The event is free for APSU students. Tickets are $5 for non-students.

Binkley is president of GrandVista Music. Highly respected as an acoustic guitar specialist, he has performed with a diverse group of artists including Lari White, The Fifth Dimension, Mandy Barnett and Lorrie Morgan. He also spent five years performing with the country group, Alabama. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Local sorority to hold HIV/AIDS workshops and free onsite screening

 
Prevention Thru Education

Prevention Through Education

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Clarksville Alumnae Chapter will sponsor its annual HIV/AIDS Educational Workshops and free onsite HIV screening at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at Greater Faith Temple, 618 N. 9th Street. This program is free and open to the public.

As part of its public service mission and in recognition of World AIDS Day (December 1st), emphasizing the combined programmatic areas of physical and mental health and international awareness and involvement, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority endeavors to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS in the Clarksville community. The program offered will provide educational workshops for adults and age appropriate information for youth attendees.

The adult workshop will offer a valuable panel discussion with highly skilled and experienced professionals to offer the clinical and spiritual aspects of HIV/AIDS, with well rounded information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the virus, as well as survivors to share testimonials.

Onsite screening, results and professional counseling will be available at no cost to interested community members. For more information contact Kathleen Evans at 931-378-9422.

 


Clarksville for Obama: Working for change

 

Change We Can Believe In We The People spoke at the election box and together we made history and took back our country, setting in motion “Change We Can Believe In.” But our work is not done yet and President Barack Obama needs us all to do our part in helping to reshape this country. By continuing to stay active in Clarksville For Obama you will help insure that the power remains in the hands of the people.

Clarksville for Obama will meet on Saturday, December 13, from 5-7 p.m. at  G’s Pancake House Restaurant, 803 South Riverside Dr., in Clarksville.

While President Obama and the key members of his White House economic team help him tackle serious challenges and bring the change we need to Washington, we must tackle the problems that challenge our community and bring change to Clarksville. «Read the rest of this article»

 
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