Thursday, November 14 Wednesday, January 9, 2013 November 13, 2013 at The Centre for Performing & Visual Arts MyConnection Rece iv Free e Gift Bag! Doors Open at 5:00 PM Show Begins at 6:30 PM Enjoy entertaining demos and learn step-by-step expert cooking techniques. Published every Wednesday and delivered free by The Newnan Times-Herald Check Out the Classifieds on Page 7 Tickets $10 at the door! Junior League kicks off community Can-A-Thon The Newnan Junior Service League has begun work on its 30th annual Can-A-Thon for the Coweta Community Food Pantry. The 2013 Can-A-Thon public drive will be held with locations in downtown Newnan and the Goodwill service center at Thomas Crossroads on Dec. 3, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. — the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Community members may drop off their cans or cash donations to representatives at both locations throughout the day, said Jr. League spokesperson Casey Perkins. Donations may also be made at any Coweta County school, and at Canongate Coweta County Golf Club. Most of the Coweta schools are having individual drives to support the almost three-decade-old community effort. “ T he New n a n Ju n ior Ser v ice League is very proud to continue our tradition of helping our community through the twenty-ninth year of our Can-A-Thon,” said NJSL Can-AThon chair Ginny Lambert. “Seeing our community come together, year after year, to help those in need during the winter months is something we should all be proud of. We hope that we will continue to see the same high level of support from the Coweta community again this year.” The Newnan Junior Service League has worked for a number of years with the Coweta County School System, The Heritage School, local businesses and civic organizations, to develop the county’s largest annual food drive. “The impact that this Can-A-Thon has on our community is amazing,” said Andrea Newton, NJSL president. “The League is deeply appreciative of the support we have received each year from those who come out and donate, who volunteer, and who contribute through their schools. We are truly honored to be in a position to organize this event that makes a difference in the lives of so many.” For more i n for m at ion on t he New na n Junior Ser vice Leag ue, including how to support its fundraising efforts for the Coweta community, visit njslonline.org. Newnan Junior Service League is an organization of women committed to enhancing the quality of life in Coweta County through dedicated service, volunteering and leadership. Photo by Sharon Sherlock These Newnan High School seniors took a dif ferent take on trick- or-treat this Halloween items for the 2013 NHS Can-A-Thon effort. From left are, front, Mindy Griffith — Senior Class Societ y president and Homecoming queen, Aaron “AJ ” Young — Senior Class and National president, Tiffanie Sherlock, Morgan Garner; and back, standing, Hunter Kaplan, Ashley Sherlock Emeritus senior, 91, wins holiday card art contest i n s i de Perfe ct Pierog ies Pesto, Bu ffalo & m ore! ➤ PA GE 3 LEFT By Bradley Hartsell Alexander Von Hesiter, a 91-year old artist, looks at a scrapbook of old pic tures and his pas t paintings. email@example.com The things you notice about the Von Heisters’ Emeritus Senior Living apartment are the art hanging on the wall and the history books on the shelf. For Al Von Heister, the love of history and art have been intertwined for most of his 91 years. Born in 1922 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Von Heister’s family immigrated to the United States in May 1927. “That was the same time [Charles] Lindbergh was flyi n g ove r. We m u s t h a ve crossed paths on the way,” said Von Heister. Alexander “Al” Von Heister served in the Air Force in World War II, where his affinity for airplanes really developed. He began sketching them and eventually began painting in earnest after the war. His art talent paid homage to his great-grandfather and great uncle, who were famous for their art, Andreas a nd Oswa ld Achenbach , respectively. Andreas Achenbach received the medal of first class in Paris in 1855 with “The Chambers Biographical Dictionary,” noting "he was regarded as the father of 19th century German landscape painting." Al Von Heister took inspiration from his accomplished family and began painting landscapes from his travels in the war. One painting on display in the living room is of the Hong Kong harbor. The winning holiday card he painted is from a photograph he took in Rothenberg, Germany, a medieval town. He says he finished the painting about a year ago and then submitted it, along with more than 200 other Emeritus residents from all over the country. and collec ted food and National Honor Honor Societ y vice and Tavaris Johnson. BELOW Al Von Heister’s winning holiday card for Emeritus Senior Living center ’s national ar t contest. The painting is of Rothenburg, Ger many, decorated for Christmas. Five winners were selected and are displayed on Emeritus’ website. Von Heister’s card depicts a snowy building-front during Christmas. The wreath on the door, glowing entry lamp, and window above the door spark a warmness that pushes away the pretty but bitter snow. Mr. Von Heister and his wife of 44 years, Roselynn, lived in LaGrange for many years before coming to Emeritus Senior Living in Newnan a year ago. He retired from Delta after 28 years, in 1987. In LaGrange, he had a studio and took a few art courses from Steve Close. Von Heister recalled Close setting up a table with folded clothes draped on it and colored jars stacked about. He turned to the class and said, “Now, paint that.” Other than those classes, which came much later in Von Heister’s life, he is self-taught. Roselynn Von Heister feels their love of travel and experiences in life have led to her husband’s impressive life in the arts. “I w ish ever yone cou ld travel,” said Mrs. Von Heister. “I think we wouldn’t have so many problems if everybody were more connected.” Perhaps their experiences — from FOOD & FRIENDS Pierogy Kebabs Photos by Bradley Hartsell Scotland to Al Von Heister’s beloved homeland — and rich historical background have contributed greatly to their gentle spirits and bubbling creativity (Mrs. Von Heister herself is a longtime seamstress). It ’s ea sy to i m ag i ne A l Von Heister leaving a warm impression on those around him, including the people he interacts with on a daily basis at Emeritus. “We are astounded by Al’s talent and creativity, and we are thrilled that his work was chosen for the Emeritus card,” said Annette Fields, executive director. “Al is a treasured member of the community. He constantly delights us with his great talents.” As the temperature begins to drop, it’s the perfect opportunity to gather your circle of friends and bring the entertainment indoors. Whether it’s game day or the season finale of your favorite TV show, these dishes and delectable wine pairings will make any casual get-together that much more memorable ... and delicious. From f i nger food s to sat i sf y i ng mea l s , piero gies are always a hit. 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