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Springer Opera House hosts Block Party

Saturday’s going to be chock-full of fun.

The Second annual Springer Opera House Block Party kicks off with a art show and sale preview at 7-9 p.m. Friday in the Actor’s Arena on First Avenue.

Sure, the party (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday) will be fun, but the real reason for the event is to honor the many volunteers who work at the Springer. And, of course, to promote the 2010-11 season.

There will be food and drink vendors, tours of the theater, a silent auction of props from past Springer productions, ghost stories, entertainment, an art show and auditions for dogs to play Toto in “The Wizard of Oz.”

I think I’ll take one of my dogs, Pookie Belle. But then again, she doesn’t listen very well to commands. At all. Well, she does come if you say you have a treat for her. Maybe not.

There will be dance-offs for “The Full Monty” and “Disney’s High School Musical,” a tailgating competition, a bratwurst cook-off, “powder puff” football game and a Red Cross blood drive for “Dracula.”

Anyone who wants to volunteer at the Springer can sign up at the Volunteer Tent.

Call Johanna Cabatingan at 706-324-5714.

After all the fun at the Springer, go home and take a nap.

Then go to the Liberty Theatre, 823 Eighth Ave., for the Libby Awards show.

I’m fortunate enough to be asked to present an award this year.

The Liberty Theatre will give awards to the best performances by actors during the 2009-10 season.

Tickets are $25, $15 for children 12 and younger for the program and banquet; $15 for either the program or banquet.

Call Gayle Daniels at 706-653-7566.

Congratulations to folks in Valley, Ala.

The recent Valley Homecoming was a great success, said organizer Randy Moon.

He was ecstatic because despite the heat and a huge thundershower that raced through the area, people still came for the reunion.

On top of the weather that worried him, officials from the Alabama Tourism Department were in attendance.

Moon didn’t have to worry.

The event won first place for the Theme Campaign Award for 2010. He was in competition with 200 other Alabama towns.

And I stand corrected. Julie Alexander, whom I’ve known for years, but didn’t know grew up in Valley, called and said besides Lanett, West Point, Shawmut and Langdale, Riverview and Fairfax also make up what’s known as Valley.

Thank you, Julie.

Good job, Joseph!

Congratulations, Joseph Brewer! Even though he didn’t win the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Songster competition last weekend, he came in second.

I still think he was the best of the three performers.

Joseph, a recent graduate of Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, spent the summer teaching musical theater at the Springer Opera House Theater Academy.

Fortunately for us, he’ll be around town, performing at the Springer.

Sandra Okamoto, sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.com or 706-571-8580.

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