John Cox, a former certified Gettysburg battlefield guide, will discuss Lincoln’s speech as well as the battle, in which the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment helped turn the tide at great sacrifice.
Lyric Arts to stage ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
“It’s a Wonderful Life,” the classic holiday story made famous by filmmaker Frank Capra, will begin a six-weekend run at the Lyric Arts theater at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.
The show will run through Dec. 22, with performances each Friday, Saturday and Sunday and on three Thursdays. Showtimes will be 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays; there also will be 2 p.m. Saturday matinees on Nov. 16, Nov. 23, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14. The three Thursday shows will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19.
A “talk-back” question-and-answer session with the cast and crew will be held after the Sunday, Nov. 24, production. For tickets, reservations and other information, call the box office at 763-422-1838 or go to www.lyricarts.org. Lyric Arts Main Street Stage is located at 420 E. Main St. in Anoka.
Sunday concert will mark Veterans Day
A Veterans’ Day Concert will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at St. James Lutheran Church, 6700 46th Pl. N., Crystal. Gary Heil, a Vietnam veteran and musician, will present sacred and secular tunes with singing, sing-alongs and instrumentals. Heil has worked as a volunteer in music therapy at the Veterans Administration and currently teaches at Mount Calvary Music Academy in Excelsior. A free-will offering will be taken. For further information, call 763-537-3653.
Ice arena upgrades get council’s OK
The City Council has approved three improvement projects at the New Hope Ice Arena: a 3,000-square foot dry-land training area; new sound systems for the north and south rinks; and an outside monument sign with an electronic reader board.
The Armstrong Cooper Youth Hockey Association has committed to covering two-thirds of the $33,000 cost of the dryland training area. The ACYHA also has agreed to fund one-third of the $30,500 cost of the new sound systems. Money also has been set aside in the city’s Capital Improvement Program.
The city said the $42,480 sign will be paid for primarily through New Hope’s Park Infrastructure Fund.
Pediatric CPR class will be held Nov. 23
The city of New Hope will offer a Pediatric CPR/AED class on Saturday, Nov. 23, at which participants can learn skills needed to help infants and children up to age 12 suffering from breathing and cardiac emergencies. The class, scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m., will give people hands-on experience with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to operate an automated external defibrillator (AED). Everyone completing the course will receive an American Red Cross certificate valid for two years.
Participants must be at least 16 years old. The class fee is $60 for New Hope residents and $67 for nonresidents. To register or for more information, call New Hope Parks and Recreation at 763-531-5151.
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