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Katie Averill’s column this month has to be one of my favorites. It does a great job of reminding us just what is important, and also gives you some super New Year’s Resolutions, that is, if you don’t already have some yourself. I’m going to name of few of my favorites from her list. • Don’t compare your life to others; you have no idea what their journey is all about. • It’s ok to get angry with God; He can take it. • When in doubt, take the next small step. • Believe in miracles. • However good or bad a situation is, it will change. • Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple. • Time heals almost everything. Give time time. And my favorite. • Burn the candles. Use the nice sheets. Eat off the good china. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

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The annual Hospice Ball will be held on Saturday, February 4th. Read inside how a fun evening can truly benefit a fabulous cause. Twist & Shout had a wonderful visit with Betty Geist, who knows first-hand what a great thing Hospice is.

Nick and I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year. Twist & Shout is heading into their 20th year of publication. We honestly don’t know where the years have gone- but we do know it’s been a great ride. We would like to hear from you in the coming monthswhat you’ve most enjoyed about the entertaining opportunities we’ve brought to you over the years, as well as your favorite interviews, columns and stories.

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St. Edmond is gearing up for the annual ‘Catholic Schools Week’, which starts at the end of January. The students spend the week doing all kinds of fun activities, and immerse themselves just a little more into the Holy Trinity Parish life. Read more inside- and find out how you can be part of it.

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night of dancing, food and fun awaits those who attend the 20th Annual Hospice Ball. The Ball will be held at the Starlite Village, in Fort Dodge on February 5th, and begins with a social hour at 6:00 pm. A buffet dinner will follow with short program sand dancing. There will also be a silent auction throughout the evening as well, and includes three quilts, a $500 Hy Vee card as well as a $200 Hy Vee Meat bundle; and two Casey’s gift cards, valued at $300 and $200.

Betty Geist also had very good things to say about how Hospice affected she and her family. Betty’s husband of 41 years, John, died of lung cancer on March 24th, 2011. When asked what she thought of Hospice, she had one word. “Peace”. She said it

Co-chairs for the Ball are Dan and Sheila Cole and Anita and Jim Burr. The Development coordinator for Trinity Health Foundation is Carol Grannon. She also works closely with Hospice and said; “All our chairs have been affected by Hospice, in one way or another. Dan Cole has been the Medical Director since Hospice started 30 years ago. And Jim Burr was also on the task force that met in the early 1980’s for Hospice.” Grannon added that a daughter of a patient commented to her that after admitting her Mother to Hospice, “it allowed me to be her daughter, not her caregiver.”

Jim Burr said he feels Hopsice is important, “because death is a normal part of life. Not everyone will need all medical specialists during their life but everyone will die. Hospice helps make what can be a physically and emotionally painful process an easier and more edignified one.”

Burr’s wife Lisa died of lung cancer. “Because of Hospice she was relatively comfortable up to the very end. She was able to die at home. She visited with her family in the comfort of familiar surroundings. Her death came peacefully during the night. I believe all of this was made possible by her participation in Hospice.”

was so comforting. “They were so good to John. I remember watching one of the nurses with him towards the end and thinking- ‘she’s like an angel.”” Betty explained that John had been sick and in and out of the hospital quite often. “I remember the Dr. telling us that there was

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nothing more that could be done for him, and it was time for me to be his wife and not his caregiver,” said Betty. At that point, she said one of the Hospice personel, Michelle Johnson, took over. She took care of details and took a huge weight off of my shoulders.”

Anita Burr said she feels Hospice is important because it provides care beyond cure, “and that means physically, emotionally mentally and spiritually. Everyone is specially trained for end of life care, clear down to the wonderful volunteers who assist in many ways,” said Burr. Anita said she first experienced Hospice when her husband Kenn Patterson was dying in 1998. “Following his death, I went to every ‘grief and growth’ class they offered that winter. Soon afterwards I was asked to serve on the board.”

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and her children, Laura and Brad. “They took an impression of John’s finger and had it made into a charm,” explained Betty. “Laura and I wear ours as a necklace every day.” She explained that they received a lot of donations to Hospice after his death. “ So we asked Hospice to make charms for other people,” said Betty. The Hospice Ball, hosted annually by Trinity Hospice, is a celebration of the compassionate program and the long history of caring that Trinity Hospice has in Fort Dodge and the surrounding area. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised stays in our community to provide staff education, family education materials, community bereavement programs and Hospice volunteer training. The funds raised also assist with supplies or equipment, special celebrations such as birthdays or baptisms, communication devices, library resources, music, Angel hands molding, supplies to assist with dementia patients, travel and covers end of life care for individuals without funds.”

“Everyone who comes to the ball has a different connection, but they all share the same passion- to support Trinity Hospice. We are grateful for the support and believe in what we do- and for the privilege of caring for your loved ones.”

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The event will be held on Saturday, March 3rd at the Fort Dodge Country Club. Johnson said they will also feature the participants of the Trinity Healthy Weight 4 life Initiative. “I’m very excited that our theme is once again ‘Stayin’ Alive,” said Johnson. “So dig out your best 70’s attire!”

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t. Edmond Catholic school teachers and students are busy getting ready for their annual Catholic Schools week, which will be held the week of January 29th through February 4th. The week will be filled with many different activities, and will culminate with an all-school Mass. Twist and Shout met with Catholic Schools president Dr. Tim Barry to discuss the upcoming week. Barry said the theme for the week is ‘Catholic SchoolsFaith, Tradition and Service.’

Monsignor Kevin McCoy added that Christian formation that takes place at the Catholic school is aimed at serving the needs of the student far beyond his or her academic formation. “The Christian atmosphere promotes a safe environment to query the greater meaning of our earthly existence.” He added that students learn about the Lord’s saving passion and death as they observe the liturgical cycle within the school itself. “These are faith realities that will serve the student well into his/her adult years as he or she faces life’s challenges and opportunities.” He stressed that the students will have a moral system with9in which to form their conscience choice. “Decisions are not a matter of whimsy they are a matter of our intellect being formed by the truths of our Christian faith.”

“This theme echoes our mission statement, ‘where values and academics meet”, said Barry. “Catholic Schools week is not just a tradition; it is a celebration of Catholic Education in our nation.” Barry said that Catholic education began in the Fort Dodge area in 1862. “Since then our school has prospered because of the long standing message that we reinforce every day. Our students learn the lessons that will help to form their character for the rest of their lives,” he said. “Our teachers and staff are the core of this task. Because of their dedication to our mission, they nurture and grow the hunger for knowledge within each of our students.”

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Fr. Shane Deman commented that he feels Catholic School’s week give everyone a chance to reflect on who there are. “We’re primarily a community of faith seeking to do the will of Christ. In education and forming our young students in the ways of the Lord, we always strive to do so through vibrant faith, strong academics and generous service.”

During the week all the mass ministries such as greeters, gift bearers and lectors will be filled by St. Edmond students or family members. “The week gives St. Edmond an opportunity to show our appreciation for Holy Trinity’s commitment,” said Barry.

Fr. Shane added, “Catholic school’s week also helps us realize that as a school, St. Edmond wouldn’t exist without the generosity of many past alumni, teachers and benefactors. Hopefully we continue to live up to the vision they set forth.”

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rganizers are preparing for the 4th annual Indoor Tri- a triathlon that will be held on Saturday, February 25th at the Fort Dodge Rec Center at 1422 1st Avenue South. Along with the regular division, there will be a youth triathlon as well. The adult Tri will include a 10 minute swim, a 20 minute bike and a 15 minute run. The youth Tri will be shorter, by a few minutes for each event. There are also different age divisions and they include; 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 3039,40-49, 50-59 and 60-69.

He added that there will be individual awards for the top male and top female of the race, as well as medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each age division, male and female. “We will also give individual team medals to the top 3 teams and participation medals for everyone.” Jerrard said if you are interested in volunteering for the event, to contact Dave Pearson, Event Coordinator, at 5737107.

There will also be a ‘Team’ event, with up to three people on a team. For example, one to swim, one to bike and one to run, or any combination. The ‘first wave’ for the adult division will began at 7:30 am, with the first wave of the youth division starting at approximately noon, when the adults are done. According to one of the organizers, Craig Jarrard the Rec Indoor Triathlon is for any age and any level athlete. “We have two distances for the kids and another distance for anyone; kids, adults and teams. Jarrard said the event is to encourage participation and offer a personal challenge to be accomplished by anyone. He said they started it to encourage working out through the tough winters. “We wanted to give people something to train for during the ‘indoor season’ in Iowa.” Jerrard said the triathlon is “basically 45 minutes of working out.” He stressed that those interested should not be afraid of the swim. “We encourage any level of swimmer; you can walk the shallow end, use a kickboard, or hang on to the lane markers if needed.” He said there will be workouts offered through the Rec Center during January and February.

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he Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2005, Monty Python's Spamalot, will visit Stephens Auditorium, Ames for one performance on January 14. Lovingly "ripped-off" from the internationally famous comedy team's most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Spamalot is the winner of three 2005 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director (Mike Nichols), as well as the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Musical. The original cast recording of Monty Python’s Spamalot won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. Based on the Tony Award-winning direction of Mike Nichols and the riotous choreography of Casey Nicholaw, Monty Python's Spamalot features a book by Eric Idle, based on the screenplay of Monty Python and the Holy Grail by Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, with music and lyrics by the Grammy Award-winning team of Mr. Idle and John Du Prez.

Mike Nichols has been acclaimed as one of the greatest American directors in film, theater and television. He has won the Academy Award and eight Tony Awards. He recently received the Directors' Guild of America Award for Lifetime Achievement as well as a DGA Award for the direction of the HBO adaptation of Angels in America.

Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Spamalot features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight.

Monty Python's Spamalot is produced by Stephen B. Kane, Michael McFadden and Phoenix Entertainment.

Aside from his work with Monty Python in films and on TV, Eric Idle has written a West End play, Pass the Butler; three novels, including The Road to Mars, The Rutles - A Mockumentary; and many songs too rude to mention. He has sung opera, acted in movies, appeared on television and crossed America performing comedy on The Greedy Bastard Tour. His diary of his 15,000 mile journey by bus was recently published by Harper Collins, and his long awaited sequel The Rutles2: Can't Buy Me Lunch was released by Warner Video in March. There's no saying what he might do next... John Du Prez has composed over 20 feature film scores including A Fish Called Wanda, A Private Function, The Meaning of Life, Personal Services, UHF, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I, II & III. He has worked with Eric Idle since 1978.

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Casey Nicholaw’s outstanding work on Monty Python’s Spamalot earned him nominations for the Tony Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award. He followed up Monty Python’s Spamalot with another smash hit Broadway musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, for which he earned numerous nominations as director and choreographer.

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(A Look Back )REMEMBERING THE VULTURES LOOKING FOR THEIR ROCK AND ROLL PREY

’m sure the name of the Vultures does not bring a lot of recognition for Fort Dodge rock and roll fans, especially that they only played Fort Dodge once, and that was in the Fall of 1965.

Given that fact, one of the most fun aspects in doing this column, is to look back at those often “one hit wonders” in terms of appearances or impact on the Fort Dodge rock and roll scene over the years.

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After the breakup of the Vulture, the various members went on to play with such groups as: Bar None, D.C. & Company, Split Image Band, Night Sounds and Loose Change. When I look back at a story like this, I really do appreciate all that some incredible Midwest based musicians have given to us for so many years.

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The group called Westbrook, Minnesota home, and might have been the only rock band to have hailed from this tiny S.W. Minnesota community.

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This past Spring a reader of the column sent me an e-mail asking if I remembered the Vultures. My response, was yes, as I have long considered this Southern Minnesota band having had one of the very best records to come from the gopher state’s recording scene from the decade of the 1960's.

They had the good fortune to open for the Everly Brothers and Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels. Once they were booked in South Dakota to open for J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers. The problem, J. Frank had no Cavaliers with him, so the Vultures had to quickly learn the J. Frank Wilson song list in just a matter of minutes. Ah yes, you had to love rock and roll.

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The group consisted of: Wally Bloch- bass guitar, John Pederson-lead guitar, Jim Pederson-rhythm guitar, and Roger Sondergaard-drums. The Pederson brothers were identical twins.

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Side Bar: I’m saddened to note the passing of a real Fort Dodge rock and roller, Dean Morris of the Ski Band. I’ve never met a musician that was more proud to be from Ft. Dodge and his love of music and his band mates. We’ll miss him!

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The band was only together for a short two years, 1964-1966, but that was not unusual for high school based bands from the 60's. In the Summer of 1965, they would travel to Mankato, Minnesota. In the KTOE Radio Studios they recorded their only record release . It is simply an incredible two-sider titled, “Baby, What You Want Me To Do/Good Lovin”. It was released on the JRJ Records label (JRJ Rec. 105) that at the time was owned by Jim Rudd and Roger O’Day, two well known So. Minnesota radio DJ’s. I’ve been asked before, what does the record sound like? It’s got the early 60's pop feel of the Everly Brothers vocal style, meeting an amped up garage style music arrangement, for one incredible 60's record. Can you believe this, the record was pressed into only 500 copies for a whopping cost of $275!! Can you see a record company of today putting out a CD single for under $300? One of the more popular ways to promote bands in the 60's was a “Battle of the Bands”. The Vultures hooked up with the Continental Co-ets, the all girl band from Fulda, Minnesota and drew huge teen crowds with their “Battle of the Sexes” rock and roll package show. At this time, they traveled a sizeable territory. Because not that many bands had their own record out, they were booked all over the Midwest. On the lone date they played our Fort Dodge on a Friday night, the very next night they performed in Minot, North Dakota. About a 16-18 hour one way drive.

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(A Boomer’s Story) s you gaze around the popular musical landscape today you see as many women as men among the best selling artists. In fact many of the world’s biggest pop stars are women. It doesn’t matter if it’s rock, country or rhythm and blues the ladies are often front and center. It isn’t always just as solo acts either. Many women are key pieces of rock and country bands. It wasn’t always that way. In fact during the Golden Era (1963-75) rock and roll was strictly a man’s game. It was rare in the 60s and early 70s for a woman to have more than a backup singer role in a rock band. There were a couple of notable exceptions of course, with Janis Joplin and Grace Slick, but for the most part women weren’t showcased in rock music as instrumentalists or as composers, and only rarely as lead vocalists. Rock music, at least in its application, was for the male crowd, and women in those days (Joplin and Slick aside) were not going to scream above the howl of Les Paul and Telecaster guitars the way a Roger Daltrey (The Who) or Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) would. It would not have been lady-like to prance about the stage the way Mick Jagger did (and still does). Right or wrong, in those days, it was harder to take a woman seriously in the business of heavy duty rock. The British Invasion bands of the 60s rarely employed women. There were women singers, of course, who had hit records during that time period on the pop side of rock. Motown actually featured more successful female artists than any other branch of pop music at the time. There had been popular female folk singers (Joan Baez), country singers (Patsy Cline) and the early rock Doo-wop groups of the 50s featured many women. But rock and roll, as it evolved in the mid 60s, was all about the men. From Dylan and the Beatles forward, through Monterey, San Francisco, Woodstock and the singer songwriter years of the early 70s, a disproportionately high number of popular rock stars were men.

The late Janis Joplin fronted several San Francisco rock bands, most notably Big Brother and the Holding Company, during a short, but furious career. Originally a folk and blues singer from Port Arthur, Texas, Joplin migrated to San Francisco and ultimately overpowered any band she assembled. She didn’t play an instrument and wrote sparingly, but her vocals were the stuff of legend. Even watching the very talented Lady Gaga sing and perform on today’s stage it doesn’t compare to the manic vocal acrobatics of Janis Joplin. Cass Elliott and Michelle Phillips formed half of the pioneering folk rock band the Mamas and the Papas in the mid to late 60s. Elliott was the star vocalist of the group, and had she not died a premature death at age 32 may have risen to Bette Midler or Liza Minnelli levels in the pop music world. It was Mama Cass who introduced David Crosby and Stephen Stills to Graham Nash, thus helping to create one of the great rock and roll bands in history. Cher was another who could have been a major force in rock music. Instead, she became a major force in pop music. It would have been fun, if during her short and ill-fated union with Gregg Allman in the 70s, the lone surviving Allman Brother could have lured Cher into a vocalist role with one of the greatest blues rock bands of all time. Of course Cher had about as much chance of being a vocalist for the Allman Brothers Band, as Gregg had of becoming a pop star. It was miserable failure on all counts. Still, the thought of Cher’s sultry vocals on Gregg’s composition Midnight Rider, is an idea that should have happened. Sadly, it did not. There are those who believe Aretha Franklin is the greatest female vocalist of all time. It would be difficult to argue with that belief. The Queen of Soul had a voice like no other and rhythm and blues was her territory and hers alone. She was a soloist and performed

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with studio musicians. Again it would have been fun to see Aretha fronting a band like, say, Sly and the Family Stone. Wow. As Motown rockers go, none could top Tina Turner. Before moving on to disco and lighter pop music, she was a rock and roll singer whose 1971 performance with her late husband Ike Turner’s band on John Fogerty’s Proud Mary is still among the most dynamic four minutes in rock and roll history. I wasn’t fond of much of anything Yoko Ono did, including helping to break up the Beatles, but John Lennon said she and Paul McCartney were the two greatest artists he ever worked with. Who are we to doubt John Lennon? Arizona born songstress Linda Ronstadt was equally at home fronting a rock band or country band. She also possessed the big voice that could handle the electric volume of the country rockers of the period. In the beginning she was a member of the Stone Poneys, a west coast folk rock band, but like most of the other women of the era, achieved her greatest fame as a solo artist. The late Sandy Denny was the terrific lead vocalist for England’s Fairport Convention in the late 60s and early 70s. Fairport Convention remains to this day one of the greatest overlooked bands in all of music during the Golden Era. Denny was a powerful English folk rock singer and composer and was the driving force behind the original Fairport

Jefferson Airplane vocalist Grace Slick was really the only female 60s rock star firmly integrated in a high octane rock band. Slick was not an instrumentalist, but she was a songwriter and vocalist with the power to carry above the thunder of a typical large venue show by the San Francisco-based psych rock band.

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band that also included Richard Thompson and Ian Matthews. She was 30 years old when she died in 1978. Carole King pumped out a string of hits in the early 70s for herself and others (James Taylor). Unlike a lot of her female counterparts of the era, King was a strong songwriter and played the piano too. But again, she achieved her success as a solo artist, not as a band member.

Bonnie Bramlett was half of the husband and wife rock and roll team of Delaney and Bonnie. A wailer on the order of Joplin, but a little less chaotic, Bonnie Bramlett was a wicked blues rock singer. Los Angeles-based Delaney and Bonnie always were able to surround themselves with some of the best musicians in the business from Eric Clapton to Leon Russell. Their biggest hit song of the period, Never Ending Song of Love, is actually one of the tamest pieces the duo ever recorded. Rita Coolidge rose to stardom as a member of Leon Russell’s rock music entourage, then as a solo act and finally as Kris Kristofferson’s duet partner. Coolidge performed with all of the Los Angeles-based country rock acts of the period. Emmy Lou Harris first surfaced as a duet partner for country rocker Gram Parsons then went on to an iconic career of her own. The late Karen Carpenter was a pop singer, and a great one. Together with brother Richard, the Carpenters cranked out some of the most familiar pop songs of the early 70s. To call them rockers would be a stretch, but like with Cher, it might have been fun to see what Karen Carpenter could have done with a straight ahead rock and roll song. I’m guessing it would have been good. To include Dolly Parton on this list might be even more of a stretch than adding Karen Carpenter. During the 60s, Dolly was hard core country while singing with Porter Waggoner. She began to cross over into pop music when she teamed up with Kenny Rogers in the 70s, but Dolly, like several other women on this list, could sing high energy pop rock songs if she wanted to. Dolly was a triple threat. She could sing, play and write and she’s as much at home with mountain music as she is with pop rock. It might have been fun just once to sub in Dolly for Grace Slick during a Jefferson Airplane show in 1968. Would have been great!

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hen was the last time you left your cell phone and laptop at home and really spent quality time with your best friend? Here are a few ideas to get you started. Your best furry friend will truly appreciate it and you will wish you had done it sooner. Take a walk/hike! I know, it sounds obvious but I can promise you there is nothing your dog enjoys more than taking a walk with you. Leave your iPhone at home. Make this about you and her. Just bundle up and take a nice long walk. Head to Crawford Park and hike through the woods!

Play fetch If your dog is of the fetching sort (mine are NOT) block 30 minutes into your schedule of uninterrupted time where you can go to a park and throw the ball for her. Watch her tail wag, see her smile and know you’ve just made her very happy! Get away for a night! Did you know Ft. Dodge has four dog-friendly hotels? Book a night and get away with him! Not your husband, your dog! What a great way to spend quality time together away from all the stresses of home.

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Have a puppy play date. Know other dog lovers? Invite them to bring their dogs over for a puppy play date. Have bagels and coffee and watch the dogs smell, play and then watch them sleep all afternoon! This is very important for socialization and will mean the world to your dog, as spending time with you WHILE playing with others is a bonus! Go on a car ride/through a drive-through. Unless he gets car-sick, roll the windows down slightly and watch him take in all the smells. Go through the bank drive-through (most have treats for dogs!) an ice cream shop drive-through (again, most have ice cream doggie treats) or, a fast-food drive through. As a vegetarian, I have still been known to go through a fast-food drive-through for the occasional treat for Stella and Max. Most veterinarians would cringe that I said that as obviously you shouldn’t feed him a Big Mac every week but I think the occasional treat is good for the soul. Yours and his.

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Snuggle on the couch (or floor). Turn off your phone, turn off the TV and put down the book. Lay down on the couch, bed or floor with her. Pet her. Look at her and cherish that moment. I promise you one day when she is gone you will be so glad you did. While you’re petting her, gently rub her all over (like a dog massage) and pay special attention to any lumps or bumps you may feel. This is a great way to be proactive about finding cysts or tumors. Try to work this in daily. She will love you for it.

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he Civic Center will be welcoming the new year with a great new comedy at the Temple Theater perfect for a “girls night out” or the perfect “date night.” The show is BLIND DATE and is 90 minutes of light-hearted fun and improv with lots of laughter. Created by (and starring) Rebecca Northan, a Canadian comedienne/improv master, BLIND DATE takes a very simple premise and turns it upside down.

The show opens with “Mimi,” a tempting Parisian, waiting to meet her blind date – who doesn’t show up. Getting sympathy from the audience, she resorts to picking an unsuspecting gentleman from the audience to be her blind date. This unscripted rollercoaster of genius improvisation is much like a real blind date – but with an audience watching. The show’s creator, Canadian-born Rebecca Northan, stars as Mimi. An experienced actor and improviser, Rebecca has appeared in leading roles in two Canadian television series’ (CTV’s “Alice, I Think”

and Showcase’s “The Foundation”, as well as having Guest Hosted CBC’s “This Hour Has 22 Minutes”). Rebecca did her improv training at the world renowned Loose Moose Theatre Company; is a Second City Alumna and has appeared in countless theatre productions. She is the recipient of a Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Award for improvisation, and a 2010 Betty Mitchell Award (Calgary) for “Best Female in a Musical or Comedy” for BLIND DATE. Rebecca has also been nominated for a Gemini (Canada’s equivalent of The Emmy’s); two Dora Award nominations for BLIND DATE (Toronto); five Canadian Comedy Awards for “Best Female Improviser and several Betty Mitchell awards (Calgary), including one for Evil Dead the Musical . Currently, Rebecca’s new play, Kung Fu Panties , which received rave reviews and a sold out run in the Spring of 2011, is in further develop

what was going to happen next. What’s so smart about this show is that while it is considered to be improv, “Mimi” keeps the blind date on track and task. There’s even a Timeout Box – a place the date goes when he gets out of line and is coached to improve his “date manners” or calm his romantic moves. But more importantly, after a few visits to the Timeout Box, he earns the approval of the audience and soon you begin rooting for the date to be a success. BLIND DATE is the first presentation of this 20112012 Prairie Meadows Temple Theater Series at the Civic Center’s Temple Theater and plays Jan. 4-22. Tickets are on sale now. It will be the funniest 90 minutes of the new year!

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Mavis Gary played by the brilliant Charlize Theron, is a writer of young teen books (the movie title refers to the genre of books Mavis authors). We get the vibe from the very beginning that Mavis is a self-destructive "young adult" that can't even seem to keep her life together. We first see her in her junk ridden apartment in Minneapolis, she's drinking too much, eavesdropping on teenagers when she's out for material for her book, and having loveless sex on a regular basis. As she mindlessly keeps going on with her life she has a sudden breakthrough, she wants to reconnect with her high-school sweetheart. Now on a mission, she heads for her hometown in search of re-kindling a romance with this guy (played by Patrick Wilson) and doesn't bat an eye to the fact he is married. For Mavis, nothing is standing in the way of her getting him back, not even a wife or baby. Once a prom-queen why wouldn't he want to run off with her? While being home Mavis runs into an old highschool classmate Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt). She has no recollection of who this guy is but he sees right through her sad, depressing attempt at life and together they form a bond. Both seem to come from two different planets but as one looks closer they are painfully similar. Matt was a victim to a hate crime back in high school leaving him disabled and Mavis is trying desperately to get back her married high school sweetheart. As you will see, Mavis is most definitely disabled mentally and emotionally.

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