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Cass County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program Welcomes Four New Volunteers
The Cass County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is proud to announce that two new CASA advocates were sworn-in by Judge John Steinheider on February 8, 2017. A brief reception was held following the swearing in to wish the new CASA advocates well in their advocacy for Cass County’s abused and neglected children. The new CASA advocates are Dan Andreas, Coli Hunter, Diana Lindensmith and Russel Orr.
There are a total of 23 Cass County children who are under the jurisdiction of the court due to abuse and/or neglect. Children range in age from one to 19 years old. Currently, 13 active CASA advocates are serving these children.
CASA advocates usually work with one case at a time. They get to know the children and write reports for the Judge, making recommendations about what would be best for the child. They become a stable, reliable presence in the child’s life during a very difficult time, and advocate for the child to have a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible.
Cass County CASA program is a 501c3 program that is funded by donations, grants, Keno funds and fundraisers.
Volunteer Coordinator, Cass County CASA Program
Picture: Dan Andreas, Coli Hunter, Diana Lindensmith, Russel Orr and the Honorable Judge Steinheider.
Celtic Fiddling Camp
The Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska will be hosting a special "Schoolhouse Celtic Fiddling Camp", for fiddlers, violists, mandolinists, guitarists, and ukulele players. Music from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will be featured. The sessions will be led by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt.
The camp will be on Wednesday, March 15 - Friday, March 17, from 9 AM to 12 Noon. Musicians can sign up for 1 day, or 2 days, or all 3 days.
On Wednesday, participants will be mostly reading tunes, using sheet music in standard notation. We'll be learning melodies, harmonies, and chords. You will be improving your sight reading, and experiencing fiddling fun.
On Thursday, we will be mostly playing tunes by ear, so feel free to bring your recording gadgets. Sheet music versions of the tunes will be provided for you by the end of the day, just in case your ears need the help.
On Friday, we will be mostly jamming, modulating, singing, dancing, experimenting, sharing, and playing fiddle related instruments.
One day: $60.00
Two days: $110.00 ($55 per day)
Three days: $150.00 fee for 3 days. ($50 per day)
For more information, and to register: http://www.greenblattandseay.com/schoolhouse_fiddle_camp.shtml
Irish Music Concert in Avoca, Nebraska
Greenblatt & Seay's Schoolhouse Performance Series features a concert of Irish music on Sunday, March 12, at 2:30 PM, in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse. Greenblatt & Seay & Friends will be singing and playing a variety of instruments, including fiddle, pennywhistle, folk harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer, and recorders. Traditional Irish tunes will be featured, along with some Greenblatt & Seay originals inspired by the great Irish traditions.
Greenblatt & Seay have been playing and singing together since the night they met, decades ago. Their performance on March 12 will include the championship fiddling styles of Deborah Greenblatt, and the fancy whistle-playing of David Seay.
The concert will be downstairs, and followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and even jam with the performers. Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur, one mile south of Highway 34.
The historic Old Avoca Schoolhouse was built in 1925, and has been the home of the Schoolhouse Performance Series since 1990. Music lessons, workshops, fiddle camps, and field trips are offered by Schoolhouse residents, Greenblatt & Seay, and are available by appointment.
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