Community briefs 09/08/03

Monday, September 8, 2003

Cape Girardeau library's events this week

The library's new "I Can Be ..." series for ages 3 to 7 begins at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, promising to explore careers of individuals who make a difference in people's lives. Stories and a craft at the "I Can Be A Fireman" session will be part of the fun. No registration is required. For more information, call Youth Services at 334-5279 .

At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, children in first through third grades will meet at shelter 4, Capaha Park, Cape Girardeau. "Ark in the Park," by Wendy Orr, will be read. A find-and-draw scavenger hunt will be held. Registration is required. Parents should plan to stay in the park during the program. No transportation will be provided.

Bridge documents displayed at Kent Library

An exhibit featuring a collection of documents concerning the construction of the Mississippi River bridge more than 75 years ago will open with a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. today in the third-floor reading room at Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University. The event includes several speakers, including the engineer who discovered the collection and the associate director of the Regional History Center.

The exhibit, titled "Harrington & Cortelyou, Inc., Mississippi River Bridge Papers," will be displayed on the main floor of Kent Library through September, the month marking the 75th anniversary of the dedication of the current bridge. The display is open to the public.

Legion providing membership information

Cape Girardeau American Legion Post 63 will provide membership information at their booth at the SEMO District Fair this year. The American Legion is the world's largest and fastest-growing military veterans organization with over 3 million members.

American Legion baseball, high school oratorical competitions, boys state, school awards, veteran's home support, bingo, flag education, junior shooting sport and patriotic holiday observances are just a few of the community and youth-oriented programs sponsored by Post 63.

"Get involved" is the motto of the American Legion and complete information on how to do so will be available at the booth throughout the week. Visitors to the booth may also purchase raffle tickets for a queen-sized quilt.

PAWS holding annual mum sale in Anna

The annual Pets Are Worth Saving Inc. fall mum sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26 to 28 at PAWS Place Adoption Center, 139 E. Vienna St., Anna, Ill. Proceeds will benefit operations of the adoption center. Call (618) 833-DOGS for more information.

Church holding free scrapbooking event

Wesley United Methodist Church in Fruitland will be holding free monthly scrapbooking events. The first event takes place at 7 p.m. Sept. 19. Rona Mallard of Stamps & Scrapbooks will kickoff the first class to offer help and answer questions. Sample books will be provided for ideas. Bring projects in progress or photos for a new project. Kitchen, nursery and plenty of work area are available. For more information, contact the Rev. Eric Schmidt at 243-5948, 204-1838 or e-mail

Lewis and Clark meeting to be held today

A Cape Girardeau Lewis and Clark Bicentennial public meeting will be at 7 p.m. today at the Convention and Visitors Bureau, 100 Broadway, Cape Girardeau. Plans for the upcoming re-enactment and a report on the Red House progress will be discussed. All interested individuals are welcome. Call 335-1631 for more information.

Parents group schedules line dancing class

Parents Without Partners will attend line dance lessons from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Circle S Saddle in Gordonville.

The group will hold an orientation at 7 p.m. Friday at Riverside Regional Library in Jackson. The meeting is open to the public.

Quilting guild holding home tour this month

The River Heritage Quilters' Guild home tour titled, "Decorating with Quilts ... Inside and Out," will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27. The event will go on regardless of weather. Local homes and a historic bed and breakfast decorated with quilts will be featured. Proceeds from the tour will help fund the work of the guild locally.

Guild members provide quilts as donations for newborn infants in local hospitals, trauma victims, children of families who've lost their homes in fires or disasters, abused children through the Lutheran Family and Children's Services and to the Women's Safe House. Members also raise funds for donation to local services for breast cancer patients.

For more information, call Cathy Brown at 335-8937 or the Sewing Basket at 339-7667.

Rep. Crowell to speak to Cape County AARP

The Cape Girardeau County Chapter of AARP will meet at noon today at Grace United Methodist Church at Broadway and Caruthers. A picnic lunch will be provided. Members are asked to bring prospective members. The program will be presented by state Rep. Jason Crowell.

Children sought for re-enactments

The Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission is seeking young people to participate as Don Louis Lorimier's children at local Lewis and Clark Bicentennial events. Lorimier's seven children included Guillaume Lorimier, male, 22; Louis Lorimier Jr., male, 19; Marie Louise (Lisette) Lorimier, female, 17; Auguste Bougainville Lorimier, male, 14; Agatha Lorimier, female, 12; Verneuil Raphael Lorimier, male, 9; and Victor Lorimier, male, 5.

Participants will create their own period clothing and be expected to participate in the SEMO Homecoming parade Oct. 4, the opening of the Red House Interpretive Center in November and the Cape Girardeau Lewis and Clark Bicentennial re-enactment Nov. 21 to 23.

To audition, call Jane Randol Jackson at 204-2331. Auditions will be open until the parts are filled.

Program at district fair encourages ag learning

A program for children to learn about agriculture will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Livestock Arena at the SEMO District Fair. Children will pick up worksheets, tour the exhibits and find the information to complete them. Completed worksheets will be rewarded.

For more information, call 243-8428.-- From staff reports

Central High School yearbooks arrive

The 2002-2003 Girardot yearbooks are here and can be picked up at Central High School, 1000 S. Silver Springs Road, before school, during lunch or after school. Students are advised to bring their receipts. Check in at main office.

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