Former Major League baseball player Ron Swoboda, star of the 1969 World Series New York Mets, will read from his work and talk about his experiences writing and publishing Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Grauel Hall, room 313, on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. For more information, call Dr. Susan Swartwout at 651-2641.
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Jackson resident Brigitte Bollerslev, an immigrant from Munich, Germany, who moved to Jackson in 1996, will be featured on the WSIU TV program "Beer, Brats and Polka," a new half-hour documentary on German culture in the area. Bollerslev co-owns and operates Old Bavarian Sausage in Jackson. The show will air Thursday at 9:30 p.m.
The Central High School choirs will present their fall concert on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the High School Commons. The concert is free and open to the public. Groups performing will include the Women's Chorus, Men's Ensemble, Freshman Girls Choir and CHS Chamber Singers. The program will include contemporary choral selections and will be assisted by Melody Stone on flute and Anne Peel on cello. For more information, call Central High School at 335-8228.
The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will present its second concert of the season on Oct. 25 featuring Dr. Gary Miller performing Poulenc's "Organ Concerto." The concert will take place at Old St. Vincent's Church at 8 p.m. For more information call 651-2265.
Acclaimed George Gershwin-style pianist Jack Gibbons will play a concert titled "Gershwin and Friends" Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. in Academic Hall on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. The concert will follow the annual meeting of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri. For more information, call the arts council at 334-9233.
The Cape Girardeau Park and Recreation Department and River Radio are sponsoring this year's Haunted Hall of Horror at the Arena Building. The activities will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 21 and 22, and continue from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 27, from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 28 and 29 and from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 31. All ages are invited, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 335-5421.
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Students in the area are invited to raise money for the bronze sculpture of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery by Sabra Tull Meyer to be placed in Jefferson City next year. The Sikeston Depot Museum, which is currently showing a model of the bronze monument, is taking the donations at its 116 W. Malone Ave. location in Sikeston. One-third of the funds for the project have been raised so far. For more information, call the Depot at (573) 481-9967.
CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois author and John A. Logan Community College instructor Harry Spiller will have work from his book "Murder in the Heartland" appear on Court TV's "Forensic Files" later this month. The book, released in 2003, details accounts of 20 murder cases from Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky. A second "Murder in the Heartland" book is scheduled for release in January.
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Daniel North, a former executive director of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, will be featured in the October issue of "New American Paintings," a bi-monthly magazine that features American artists. The issue will include three of North's paintings of the land and culture of the northern Rocky Mountain front. The issue focuses on 40 American painters of the Western United States selected by Fereshteh Daftari with the Museum of Modern Art in New York. For more information on North and his work, visit www.danielnorth.com.
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Prominent wildlife and landscape artist Mel Garbark will present a two-day workshop Oct. 27 and 28 in the Community Room in the Sikeston Factory Outlet Mall. The focus of the workshop will be on using acrylic paints in creating wildlife and landscape scenes and sessions will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The workshop is being sponsored by the Bootheel Regional Art Guild. For more information, call Marilyn Schwaninger at (573) 471-5199 or (573) 472-0627.
The River City Players will return to the local stage Oct. 21-22 and 27-28 with their Halloween offering, "Wait Until Dark." For more information on tickets and time, call Port Cape Girardeau at 334-0954.
-- From staff reports