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From the Editor

It has been estimated that around 90% of children in the US receive some form of gift-filled Easter basket during the holiday season. It's worth noting that this estimate comes from the National Confectioners Association (NCA) whose members sell many of the candy treats and chocolate eggs. A recent NCA survey also discovered that chocolate bunnies are the most popular Easter basket item - some 90 million are sold every year. Jelly beans come second with a staggering 16 billion jelly beans sold annually. With increasing awareness of health issues, some parents are reducing the amount of sugar treats and instead adding non-edible gifts and toys as basket stuffers. The tradition of a bountiful Easter basket goes back a long way before our modern consumer driven version. Spring has always been seen as a time of rebirth and blessing and the fertility godddess Eostre (or Oestre) was sometimes depicted carrying a basket of eggs. It was traditional to take baskets of early seedlings to temples to increase the chance of a good harvest. This ancient custom is reflected in the Catholic tradition of taking the Easter food to mass to be blessed. The Easter basket was especially popular in the countries of central and Eastern Europe. It appears to have been brought to the USA in the 18th century by the same German settlers who introduced the Easter bunny. When Easter bonnets were popular some used them in place of a basket. Today you can buy a large range of Easter baskets to suit all tastes and budgets. There has always been a tradition of home made baskets. Over recent years - with the popularity of home crafts such as scrapbooking DIY easter baskets have increased in popularity. When properly supervised, making an Easter basket can be a fun activity for kids. Whatever your tradition, we invite you to share your Easter pictures on facebook. The winner will receive a FREE weekend getaway. Kandy Derden, Editor Page 4

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or the last fifteen years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect” (Comedy Central, ABC, 19932002), and for the last seven years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him twenty-one Emmy nominations. Mahere will perform live at 7:30 p.m., April 15, at the Family Arena in St. Charles. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale and range from $38-61. All tickets include parking. In October of 2008, this same

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combination was on display in Maher’s uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, “Religulous,” directed by Larry Charles (“Borat”). The documentary has gone on to become the 7th Highest Grossing Documentary ever. In addition to his television program – which has featured such regular visitors as John Edwards, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Arianna Huffington, Alec Baldwin and Michael Moore – Maher has written four bestsellers: “True Story,” “Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? Politically Incorrect’s Greatest Hits,” “When You Ride Alone, You Ride with Bin Laden”

and most recently, “New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer.” Maher started his career as a stand-up comedian in 1979, and still performs at least fifty dates a year in Las Vegas and in sold out theaters all across the country. Two of his eight stand-up specials for HBO – 2007’s “The Decider” and 2005’s “I’m Swiss” – have been nominated for Emmy awards. Maher was born in New York City, raised in River Vale, N.J. and went to Cornell University. He now resides in Los Angeles. For more information, visit online at or call 636-896-4200.

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2012 Events In BRANSON Titanic Musical Tribute - Tickets on Sale Now - April 14th Titanic's Rose Petal Ceremony Roses place at sea - April 14 Titanic Ham Radio Broadcast April 13th - 15th Titanic's 30 Days of Giveaways March 16th - April 14th Titanic Tribute to Girl Scouts The Entire month of April New! Exclusive! "Molly" Brown Gallery Exhibit Now Open! Survivor's Wall of Stories Now Open! Branson Centennial - A Century to Celebrate! April 1st, 2012 Titanic Book Signing 2012 Schedule 2012 Author Appearances Titanic Honors Boy Scouts of Missouri Saturday, May 5th "Night at the Titanic" Sleepover Saturday, September 15, 2012, 9pm - 7am Page 06

New Exhibit-1st Time World Exclusive -Now through Spring 2012 - For the first time in the world, the Titanic Museum Attraction will guide you through the individual journeys of each of the survivors on our NEW EXCLUSIVE Survivors' Wall of Stories. Learn the details of their lives following the greatest maritime disaster of all time. 800-381-7670 April, 2012

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Things to Do: SEDALIA - If you think your life is complicated, imagine the life of two-timing taxi driver John Smith who keeps two separate families! This play will be featured at the Liberty Center in Sedalia April 26-29 and May 3-5. Tickets are $12 for the 7:30 p.m. shows (matinee 2 p.m. Sunday). When his teenage children (a girl from one family and a boy from the other) meet in an Internet chat room and are anxious to meet in person, John's already hectic life shifts into high gear as he tries to keep his double life a secret. Ray Cooney's fast-paced farce was nominated for the 2002 Olivier (Britain's Tony Award) and the 2001 Evening Standard Awards for Best New Comedy CAUGHT IN THE NET is actually a sequel to Cooney's popular RUN FOR YOUR WIFE that ran in London for 9 years. It was the story of John Smith, a London taxi driver with two wives in different parts of London and a very tight schedule to keep. An accident disrupted his careful schedule, but after a lot of hijinks, he managed to keep his secret from his two wives. Now, 18 years later in CAUGHT IN THE NET, modern technology is about to lead Smith's two families into a head-on collision. The show opens on a set that represents both homes, which allows for simultaneous action in both locations. Enter son Gavin Smith with his mum Barbara and daughter Vicki Smith with her mum Mary. Both teenagers are discussing having met in an Internet chat room. They are amazed that Page 08

they both have fathers named John Leonard Smith who are London taxi drivers, and since romance has blossomed, they are determined to meet in person. The audience soon learns that the "amazing coincidences" are due to the fact that they indeed have the same father, but the characters are still in the dark. When Dad gets wind of their plan to meet, chaos ensues as he tries to keep the teens apart and keep his dual life secret from both

his wives and kids. John quickly enlists the help of his dopey boarder Stanley, which only leads to hilarious lies, mistaken identities and mysterious phone calls. When Stanley's senile father arrives for a holiday, it stirs up the antics even further. The audience is assured that in a Ray Cooney farce, if something can go wrong, it will go ... berserk! For more information call 8273228 or visit online at April, 2011

Things to Do:

Kid’s: Join the Special Agent Club

SEDALIA - Children 10 and younger are invited to become members of the Special Agent Kids Club at the Sedalia Katy Depot. The club will meet on the second Saturday of each month, from April through December, at 600 E. Third St. A scavenger hunt will kick off club activities on Saturday. Children, accompanied by an adult, may stop by the depot between 10 a.m. and noon. They may tour the “Working on the Railroad” display, enjoy treats and search for railroad artifacts in the museum. “We’ve been wanting to do a children’s program here for quite a

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while,” said Terri Fowler. “It’s to encourage children to keep coming back to the depot.” The event is f r e e . Children in the club will receive a special agent card. It allows unlimited free admission to the special agent room, two adult passes to tour any exhibit, 10 percent discount on any regular priced purchase and one free ice cream treat on the child’s birthday.

Upcoming club events include a teddy bear tea, a bicycle parade and a Thomas the Train day. For more information, call Fowler at 826-2932 or visit online at

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What a great concert last month when North Mississipp All Stars came to The Blue Note Led by brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson, along with bassist Chris Chew, the Allstars have been releasing great records since 2000, most notably their 2004 live effort Hill Country Revue which was recorded live at Bonnaroo and featured appearances by such luminaries as R.L. Burnside and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band and later spawned a namesake side project from brother Cody. Bands like the North Mississippi Allstars just don't come around every day. Great energy, great music. This is the second time I've seen them, and I would see them every time they come through town if I had my way. They're the type of band who wants no part of the generally accepted rock star mythology of wild parties, harrowing addiction, and horny groupies and instead choose to follow a deeper and more righteous path focused on roots, hard work, and what Gram Parsons referred to as "cosmic American music." Electric Blue Watermelon, their third album to receive a Grammy nomination, embodies the Allstars' own sound. It reflects the band's old times and lives growing up in their musical community in North Mississippi. Electric Blue Watermelon is certainly a departure from the blues tradition, but it is a record that reaches in the future and back into the past. It's loud psychedelic southern folk rock blues. The band released their latest album, Keys to the Kingdom in 2011. The trio will continue to tour the Midwest as they promote this album. The record closes with the joyous roots rock of "Jellyrollin' All Over Heaven," a beautiful vision of the afterlife which references a half dozen classic blues songs. This is the very definition of "soul music." Or in simpler terms, Keys to the Kingdom is the North Mississippi Allstars at their finest. I've seen many concerts and some great guitar players, but Luther Dickinson takes everything to a whole new level. He's a class act. Great band, go see them if you get a chance!! Christopher Offenburger is a junior at the University of Missouri, plays in the marching band, and is the People to See editor for The Missouri Weekender Magazine. Email him at Let him know what bands you would like reviewed.

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Calendar of Events HEALTH, WELLNESS & SAFETY EXPO April 14/SPRINGFIELD - 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the EPlex West and Center Wing at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds - 301 North Grant Ave. Admission is free. The Southwest Missouri Office on Aging requests that people bring spare change to help support its home-delivered meal program. Care Improvement Plus invites Springfield-area seniors to this event hosted by the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging. Offering a direct link to community resources that promote healthy, independent living for sr. citizens, families and caregivers. Attendees may receive free health screenings including shingles vaccinations, cholesterol screenings and diabetes testing. There will be live entertainment, a talent contest, cooking demonstrations, a safety seminar, foot clinic and free use of mobility devices.. For more information, call 314-707-4599


"A STORY TOLD" FASHION SHOW April 16/SPRINGFIELD - 7 - 10 p.m. at The Gillioz . Admission: $15 ($50 - VIP) Future professionals from The System, Paul Mitchell Partner School, will be featured in selfdirected collections presented onstage in 10 -minute segments. Each collection consists of 10-20 models reflecting creative inspiration and execution ranging from a futuristic antique revival to segment to Marie Antoinette inspired segment. You will see everything from heavily choreographed dance routines to high fashion runway walks. For more information, visit or call 417-830-0181.


April 28/ST. CHARLES - Don’t be late for this very important date! Performances are at 3 and 7 p.m. at St. Charles West High School. $5/person at the door—reservations required! Call (636) 614-1325 HATTER'S TEA PARTY today to reserve your seats! “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” is Drama Club’s 7th April 21/SEDALIA - The Liberty Center Association for the Arts will host a Mad Hatter’s annual production and it’s one you won’t want to Tea Party at the Heard Memorial Club House. miss! Drama Club is an activity in Community Guests are invited to prepare a hat for this occa- Living’s Adult Recreation Services program, which sion. Tickets cost $20 and are available at Liberty provides a variety of recreational activities for adults in St. Charles County with developmental disabiliCenter, 111 W. Fifth St. ties.

BIG BASS BASH APRIL 21-22/LAKE OZARK - 6:30 a.m. - 3p.m. The Big Bass Bash on the Lake of the Ozarks has grown to become one of the Midwest's largest amateur bass fishing tournaments. Anglers involved in the tournament may take off from any location around the Lake of the Ozarks; weigh-ins are conducted at the following locations: Public Beach No. 2; Red Oak Resort; Alhonna Resort; and Red Fox Bar & Grill. This tournament is designed for amateurs only. Find information, rules and entry forms on our website or call 866-515-0102.

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THE GOODBYE GIRL April 27-29/COLUMBIA - 7:30 p.m. (matinee Sunday at 2 p.m.) at the Stephens College Playhouse Theatre. The Goodbye Girl is a touching musical comedy, which is based on Neil Simon’s 1977 Oscarwinning film of the same name and featuring music by Marvin Hamlisch. As we close out another season, let this multiple Tony-Award nominee pull on your heartstrings and make you remember why you believe in love! Tickets are $16. For more information, call 573-876-7199 or visit online at

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