Community digest 3/21/05

Monday, March 21, 2005

Genealogical Society to meet at Jackson library

The Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Riverside Regional Library in Jackson. David Fiedler, author of the book "The Enemy Among Us: POWs in Missouri During World War II," will present a program about the more than 15,000 German and Italian soldiers who came to Missouri to live in 30 POW camps. The prisoners enjoyed a great deal of freedom, and working on area farms introduced them to residents, where a number of friendships flourished. The society meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday. Nonmembers are welcome at all meetings. For more information, call Bill Eddleman at 335-1507.

WWII living historians needed for documentary

Greystone Television Inc., a company that produces history programs, is looking for WorldWar II veterans to interview for a planned documentary. Veterans who have stories on urban warfare in Aachen, The Battle of the Huertgen Forest, Crossing the Rohr River/Rhine and crossing the Siegfried Line are asked to contact Mark Conrad, contractor, HQ AFMC/ MSCO AFMC CITS PMO Liason, 2721 Sacramento St., Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433. The telephone number is (937) 656-2407. Anyone who might have been in a firefight that involved liberating a German concentration camp is also a potential interview candidate.

Cape Girardeau Public Library sets April events

* 7 p.m. April 1, program sponsored by Old Town Cape and The Convention and Visitors Bureau: "Silly Songs for April Fools," part of StoryFest 2005. For audiences of all ages. Performer is Babaloo, entertainer extraordinaire. Registration required. Call 334-5279.

* 2 to 4 p.m. April 2, reception for area visual artists. Exhibits include a variety of styles and mediums.

* 2 to 4 p.m. April 5, 12, 19, Great Decisions. Respectively, these foreign policy community discussion topics include "The Global Poverty Gap," "The Middle East" and "Global Water Issues." Open to the public. Call 651-2555 or 334-5279 for more information. Co-sponsored by the library and Center for Regional History.

* 7 p.m. April 11, read-aloud National Library Week event titled "Many Voices, One Nation, One Night @ Your Library." Residents are offered the opportunity to read from a book of their choosing that best represents the area's history and literary heritage. For more information, call 334-5279.

* 7 p.m. April 18, "What Everybody Needs to Know About Computers," presented by Dr. Xuesong Zhang, computer science department instructor at Southeast Missouri State University. Discussion includes how to select a good, economical computer to meet owner needs, basic care for computers and laptops, and how and what to back up in case of emergency.

* 7 p.m. April 19, first-run independent movie "Buddy" directed by Morten Tyldum of Norway. Not rated but contains mature themes. The movie was the Audience Award Winner at the Norwegian Film Festival, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and the Official Selection of the AFI Fest and the London International Film Festival. No admittance charge. Snacks provided.

* 7 p.m. April 25, Poetry Coffee House. Participants are asked to choose sonnets to contribute to the evening's readings. Readers and listeners welcome. Accommodations for the disabled available upon request.

* 7 p.m. April 28, book discussion group on "Crazy Ladies," written by Michael West. Books may be checked out at the Reference Desk. For more information, call 334-5279.

Music and dance group hold contra dance

No partner, costume or experience is necessary at the April 9 community dance sponsored by Cape Friends of Traditional Music and Dance. The dance event will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 101 N. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau. There is an admission charge. The dances feature a caller who teaches and prompts the dances, and live, old-time fiddle tunes. For more information, call Judy Hubbard at 334-5289 or John Boyd at 335-7315.

Antique show, wine fest planned to benefit CCCF

* The 2005 semiannual Community Counseling Center Foundation Antique and Collectible Show is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 10 at the Arena Building, Cape Girardeau, with a preshow sale from 8 to 9 a.m. A nominal admission charge applies. Dealers may reserve a space now by contacting Larry Essner, CCCF executive director, at 334-1100, ext. 219, or chairman Elmer Schetter at 335-8733.

* The fourth annual Community Benefit Wine Festival will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Deerfield Lodge, 210 Deerfield Lane at County Road 313, Cape Girardeau. Advance admission is discounted. Admission includes wine glass, wine samples, hors d'oeuvres, live music by Saxy Jazz band, valet parking, and hourly drawings for gifts and prizes. Tickets are available at Country Mart in Jackson, the Community Counseling Center, Alliance Banks in Cape Girardeau, from any Foundation board member or at the door. All proceeds benefit the Community Counseling Center, a not-for-profit provider of mental health care serving Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Madison, Ste. Genevieve and Perry counties.

Fraternity plans trivia night at Show Me Center

Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity, will hold a trivia night at 7 p.m. April 15 at the Show Me Center. Teams of eight will answer 100 questions, in 10 rounds of 10 questions each, in 10 trivia categories. The team with the best overall score will win a cash prize. Attendance prizes also awarded. Call 339-5616 to reserve a table for your team. Concession stand available. Teams may bring their own food, but alcohol is not permitted.

Cape County Master Gardeners hold plant sale

The Cape County Master Gardeners will hold their fifth annual plant sale from 7 a.m. to noon April 16 at Missouri Conservation Shelter in Arena Park.

Family activities calendar needs community's input

The United Way of Southeast Missouri and the Community Caring Council are sponsoring a family activities calendar for Cape Girardeau County and Scott City. Organizations are encouraged to consider arranging activities that bring the whole family together or otherwise support the well-being of families in Cape Girardeau County and Scott City. The first calendar for March 2005 is online at

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