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L Mason County I'VING Auditions scheduled for 'Wizard of Oz' Faith Acts production will be in March By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty.com "This year we're trying to really put out the word for more people to be involved." Beverley Robert, organizer of Faith Acts'production of "The Wizard of Oz" Would you like to follow the yellow brick road? Faith Acts, a ministry of Faith Lu- theran Church in Shelton, has sched- uled auditions for a March production of the play "The Wizard of Oz" for this week. Auditions are open to the commu- nity from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 5 and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 6 at Faith Lutheran Church, 1212 Connection St. in Shel- ton. Auditions are open to ages 10 and older; younger children can audition if accompanied by an adult family mem- ber. For information, call 360-426- 8611. More than 30 parts are available, said producer Hal Burton. "The script is flexible," he said. "You can always have two extra munchkins." Faith Acts will also need more than 100 people to help behind the scenes, he said. "It takes about five people for every one person on the stage," Burton said. Rehearsals start Jan. 12. In March 2013, Faith Acts' first year, the group presented the musical "An- nie." "The first year for us was very suc- cessful," said Beverley Robert, who is doing publicity for "The Wizard of Oz." "We had over 900 people that at- tended the different performances we had." Faith Acts will present seven perfor- mances of"The Wizard of Oz" in March. Performances are scheduled for March 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23. The group is presenting one more performance this year than it did in 2013, because of the popularity of "An- nie," Burton said. "This year we're trying to really put out the word for more people to be in- volved," Robert said. "For us it's been a really amazing ministry to do." Robert also helped with publicity last year and encouraged people to get involved in the production. "It was a wonderful experience, it was really fun," she said. "I learned a lot about theater in general." Pop goes the weasel Journal photo by Lloyd Mullen Shelton Timberland Library associate Megann Schmitt leads 'Pop Goes the Weasel' as children fling a balloon in the air. The sing-along at the library took place at 6 p.m. Dec. 26. Twenty-three people attended the program. It was inspired by Nancy Stewart's 'Sing with our Kids' project. Mason County Rodeo seeks contestants for court STAFF REPORT news@masoncounty.com The Mason County Rodeo Associa- tion and Rodeo Queen Committee is accepting applications for rodeo queen and junior court for 2014. Applications are due by Jan. 17. Women between the ages of 17 and 23 are eligible to compete for the title of Mason County Rodeo Queen 2014. Girls between the ages of 14 and 16 are eligible to be on the Mason County Rodeo Junior Court. The competition includes horsemanship, and a speech and interview competition. Winners will participate in the Ma- son County Rodeo and promote the ro- deo by making appearances at rodeos, fairs, schools, service clubs, parades and related events during the year. For more information, call April Brun- zie at 310-0591 or Julie Gray at 432-0145. Harstine Island News Learn to plant at upcoming garden meeting believe the reports were true -- there were signs of sleigh tread marks on our roof and strange presents were left under our tree. It is comforting to know that Santa can find his way to our island, es- pecially when you say to people in Olympia, "Yeah, I live on Harstine Island," and they say, "Where's that?" The Harstine Island Garden Club's January meeting will be another after- noon gathering -- just before dark. On the program will be a short seminar on berries. You will learn how By MIKE to choose, plant, CALLAGHAN separate and harvest. Many new variet- ies are out now, many with colors not often seen. For your future file, cheese-making at home is on the tentative schedule for Febru- ary. This month's meeting will be at i p.m. at the hall. Also, let's not for- get the once-a-month indoor garage sale at the hall. I missed the New Year's Eve Dance this year. Let's hope we will have a volunteer next year take on that project. In that regard, after checking the calendar, this will be the first column for 2014 -- wow! Looking back at some of my columns, I see that last February we started talking about this be- ing the 100th anniversary for the community hall. Sandy Murphy has taken on the job of making this a special commemorative year. Activities related to the hall will start this month. We will prob- ably be getting an overview at this month's community club meeting, which will be Jan. 10. Remember, it's a potluck, and doors open at 6 p.m. Last January, a quilting proj- ect began and it will be unveiled early this year. There were several articles about the grange last year. If you have an interest in joining, call Mike at 427-1559 or Patsy at 432- 0795 and they can help with your questions. Last February, the women's club started asking for scholarship applications. If you have a young scholar in your island family, this would provide a boost to their education. In March and April, the garden club will be looking for plant dona- tions, so check your yard and start thinking about those things you can weed out and give to others. May will be the time to work in the cemetery. Volunteers for this project are always needed. Also, May is the month for the spaghetti dinner. This is one of the bigger fundraisers for the community club and the other participating clubs. Last yeaFs turnout was great -- we need to keep improving on that. See HARSTINE on page A-16 Mason County Journal - Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 - Page A-11 I [!iJ :|-:ll