Sunday, February 6, 2011

Two Fun Events

Thanks to Artistic Director, Kathy Berls, for the following article and pictures! Thanks to Lynette Kupferer for the Jeffco Library event photos!

Nancy Whitsel and Stacy McKenzie from Jefferson County Libraries

What fun to bring two new events to our list of activities this past weekend! We really have such a fun, creative, nice group of people in our organization. On Friday, the presentation by volunteers from the Jeffco Libraries brought a small but attentive group to our Art Center. Human Resources professional Nancy Whitsel and Library Program Coordinator Stacy McKenzie told us of the many opportunities provided by our local libraries from book mobiles that travel to local retirement communities to ways to download books on your Kindle. The group attending was knowledgeable and interested in the topic - they came with questions and left with amazement over the many free programs offered. It was a wonderful session, made all the more fun with tasty treats provided by Barbara Tobiska (we all want to know how she makes those delicious sandwiches on round bread!) We hope to do a follow-up to this program in the near future as it is such a great addition to our literary arts program. The program is offered free to any organization, so contact your library if you belong to another group who might be interested.

Stacy McKenzie presents information about Jeffco libraries and services

A very different kind of gathering took place the next day. Approximately 17 LAC members and friends gathered at our first Orientation Meeting. Following a warm welcome by President Cindy Haase, we all had fun with a version of "20 Questions". Each person was encouraged to provide two questions to be answered by Artistic Director Kathy Berls and President Cindy. It was a lively round-table discussion with everyone joining in with their questions and observations - and some great new ideas. How nice to be part of a group who knows how to laugh and have a good time - no matter what the topic. We got to know each other better and to learn a little more about the Arts Council, its origins, events, and method of operation. New friendships were formed as people stayed after the session to enjoy more coffee and refreshments and to share more ideas. There was a wonderful feeling of comraderie and excitement as we all learned more about each other and of the many opportunities the Arts Council provides. Certainly the main message that came through was that none of us can do without the arts! Our Community Art Center is just the place to discover your hidden talents and passions.

Board members Warner Reeser and Marje Walsh visit with new LAC members Mariposa Marangia and Dan Martinez and their friend Jean before the LAC Orientation Meeting began.

President Cindy Haase welcomes about 17 guests to the discussion group on Saturday.

We're looking forward to seeing you at a future event - maybe it will be the Valentine's Tea scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 13th??

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