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February 21, 2002|By TERESA NOVINGER, Imperial County Arts Council

My many heartfelt thanks to all who helped, came by and expressed get well wishes during my recent illness.

I am constantly awed and humbled by the fantastic people I am surrounded by. We are, none of us, alone in this journey and for that I am extremely thankful.

Forward to a future of good health and all the wonderful events we have planned here at the Arts Council.

Today the Arts Council, Mostly Theatre Company and the Imperial County Film Commission are hosting our first chamber mixer from 5-7 at the Old Post Office Pavilion.

We are truly excited about this event and know it will be an evening of good company and good conversation. We are extremely proud of our stately building and look forward to sharing it and all we do here with you.

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It is our sincerest hope that those in the business community realize our purpose here in the county and that by working together toward mutual goals we can improve the quality of life for our residents. See you there.

The Mostly Theatre Production of the "Diary of Anne Frank" will be Friday and Saturday and again March 1 and 2. This is a wonderful opportunity for children/youth to be exposed to history, literature and art through the written word. Teachers, please give credit for going to see this production. Human resilience in extraordinary circumstances.

The Missoula Children's Theatre is returning to the OPOP beginning March 11 and will be casting and performing "Red Riding Hood." Auditions begin promptly at 3 p.m. and there are 50-60 parts available. Schools should note that performances will be at the OPOP this year. Please call 337-1777 for more information.

The Claddagh Club will be selling tickets for its St. Patrick Day feast here at the OPOP. The event is to be at the Brawley Elks Club. The Arts Council will directly benefit from this event by a split of the proceeds, so we are encouraging all our membership to participate. Dinners are $7.50 and the exciting time will be priceless, of course.

We are still having our Irish dance classes hosted by the Claddagh Club every other Sunday. The next meeting will be Sunday. Each class is $10. Children dance from 3-4 p.m.; teens and young adults from 4:15-5:15; and adults from 5:30-6:30.

Sundays are also filled with music when the Old Time Fiddlers meet from 2-4 p.m. Bring your voice or your instrument of choice and join in or just sit and enjoy the music.

Just to give a heads-up: We are in the middle of planning our spring fund raiser and this one is going to be absolutely joyous in the southern style of an "Evening in the Big Easy." This event will be April 4, so keep your calendars free for an evening of wine tasting, great Southern foods and blues music so smooth you'll cry. Mark your calendars because we have limited space and you'll want to be there.

Planning is also full steam ahead for our summer youth program. Information will be available by April or the beginning of May and we expect classes to swim with creativity and laughter. So many wonderful things going on!

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