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Clarksville Academy stages Sonheim musical, “Into the Woods”


Musical Theatre: We’re going Into the Woods!  On Thursday December 11, and Friday, December 12, at 7:00 P.M. the newly formed Clarksville Academy Musical Theater Troupe will perform Stephen Sondheim’s fairytale-based musical Into the Woods, Jr.  Please join us for a family-oriented, fairytale event at the concert hall at Austin Peay State University’s Music/Mass Communications Building.  Tickets will be available at the door for $5.00.  Don’t miss this special end-of-the-semester event!

FCA news:
FCA is helping to make the holidays a little brighter for the following:  Toys for Tots, the homeless, one of our deployed military units, and local nursing home residents.  Please join us by making a monetary, toy, or new clothing donation by December 19.  Your donation may be brought to Clarksville Academy and given to Mrs. Turnage at the reception desk. «Read the rest of this article»

“Hidden hazards” in children’s toys still abound


Washington, DC: Hazardous toys are still sold in stores across the country, despite a new law overhauling the nation’s product safety watchdog agency, according to the 23rd annual toy safety survey released today by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. The group also warned that the Consumer Product Safety Commission may delay one of the new law’s toxic toy protections indefinitely.

“While the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act is a major step forward, many of its protections don’t take effect until 2009, so it’s still ‘buyer beware’ for this shopping season,” said U.S. PIRG Public Health Advocate Liz Hitchcock. “Worse, last week the CPSC told companies that they could keep selling toys with toxic phthalate chemicals until they ran out of them, despite the law’s clear prohibition against selling them after Feb. 10.”

According to the most recent data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), toy-related injuries sent more than 80,000 children under the age of five to emergency rooms in 2007. Eighteen children died from toy-related injuries that year. «Read the rest of this article»

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»

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