Community briefs 2/13/03

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Antique car indoor swap meet Sunday

Sponsored by the Capaha Antique Car Club, a swap meet featuring antique and classic car and truck parts will be held at the Arena Building on U.S. Highway 61 in Cape Girardeau from 6:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments available.

AARP offers free tax service for all ages

Low- to middle-income taxpayers may receive free tax service from AARP Tax-Aide volunteers at one of four sites in Cape Girardeau: The Salvation Army on Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon; Cape Girardeau Public Library 1 to 4 p.m.; Cape Girardeau Senior Center, Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Red Star Baptist Church on the first and third Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Available to taxpayers of all ages, the service gives priority to ages sixty and over. For taxpayers outside the Cape Girardeau area, call (888) AARPNOW.

Free tax help available at senior center, library

Taxpayers can get their taxes worked on for free at the Jackson Senior Center each Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Robert Harper will be doing tax work at the Riverside Regional Library each Monday from 1 to 5 p.m. for no charge.

Civil War Roundtable to meet Saturday

The Cape Girardeau Civil War Roundtable will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hanover Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. Morley Swingle, Cape Girardeau County prosecuting attorney and author of the historical novel, "The Gold of Cape Girardeau," will give a 60-minute talk on Cape Girardeau during the Civil War. Call Rob Weeks for more information at 335-8361.

Downtown Merchants to hold Mardi Gras party

The Downtown Merchants Association's annual Mardi Gras party will be at 6 p.m. March 1 at Port Cape Girardeau Yacht Club, 19 N. Water Street in Old Town Cape.

Silent and oral auctions will offer gift certificates and merchandise from downtown merchants. Proceeds raised will fund the organization throughout the year. Dress is business casual.

Riverside Regional Library story times set

The Riverside Regional Library in Jackson will hold a preschool story time at 10:30 a.m. Thursday with the theme of valentines.

Those interested can contact Gayla LaPresta children's library assistant, at 243-5150 for more information.

There will be another preschool story time at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The theme is President's Day.

PWP singles dance scheduled for Saturday

Parents Without Partners will hold its monthly singles dance at 8 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hall on North High Street in Jackson.

The dance is open to the public. Cost for non-members is $7, members, $5.

Parents Without Partners will attend the SEMO State University performance of "Organ Spectacular" at Old St. Vincent Church in Cape Girardeau at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Call 335-0797 for more information about these events.

Rally for peace at Capaha Park Saturday

Southeast Missourians will rally at 1 p.m. Saturday at Capaha Park. The rally, sponsored by the Southeast Missouri Coalition for Peace and Justice, is expected to last about two hours.

Scott County Historical Society to meet Tuesday

The Scott County Historical and Genealogy Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Riverside Regional Library in Benton, Mo.

Members and guests are invited to attend this informative program. The society meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Scott County Court House in Benton. For more information call Carolyn Frey at (573) 262-2415 or Caryl M. Hairston at (573) 471-7381 or (573) 471-5872.

Community dance scheduled for next week

Cape Friends of Traditional Music and Dance will hold a community dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Hanover Lutheran Church Activity Center, 2949 Perryville Road in Cape Girardeau.

Joe Surdyk of Carbondale, Ill., will teach and call contra, square and circle dances to live old-time music. All moves will be taught and the dance walked through. Everyone is welcome. No partner, costume or experience is necessary. Requested donation is $4 per adult. For more information, call Judy at 334-5289 or John at 335-7315.

School wins bank grant for anti-litter project

Students at Central Junior High School will use a $200 community grant from US Bank to lead an anti-litter campaign.

Central Junior High's social studies classes will create anti-litter slogans, design posters, organize cleanup groups and work on public service announcements for radio and television. They also plan to create an anti-litter commercial that could be used with their ChannelOne connection student station.

-- From staff reports

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