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january datebook

Saturday, January 9
NEA Charity Poker Run, proceeds to benefit commitment to Fort Rotary Playground at Craighead Forest, sponsored by Rotary Club of Jonesboro – Metro, start at Elks Lodge, lunch and registration at 11 a.m., tournament starts at 12:30 p.m., $100. Info: Dr. Brad Holloway, 23-2909 or Kris Wolf, 897-3890.

Saturday, January 16
Holiday Book Drive Celebration, join Barnes & Noble as they celebrate the ceremonial delivery of more than 1,000 books donated by customers to the United Way, Barnes & Noble, noon. Info: Christopher, 336-2549.

Friday, January 22
Nomination Deadline for Triumph of the Human Spirit, nominations now being taken to honor individuals who have overcome adversity and made a positive impact on others, submit to HopeCircle, 311 E. Matthews or e-mail j_morse@neaclinic.com prior to Jan. 22. Event to be held March 1.

Saturday, January 23
Diabetes Conference, hosted by Cardiology Associates and Clopton Clinic Foundations, free screenings and information booths, noon luncheon speaker to be announced, Southwest Church of Christ, 8 a.m.
Prom Fashion Show, models to show the latest in prom, pageant and formal wear from Clark’s Bridal & Formal, Jessica’s, Cinderella’s and Guy’s Tuxedo, to benefit the March of Dimes, produced by the Chain Reaction Youth Council, Brookland Auditorium, 7 p.m. Info and advanced tickets: 932-0300.

Saturday, January 30
Jonesboro Heart Gala, dinner, dancing, live music, live and silent auctions, to benefit the American Heart Association, $75, tickets available at www.americanheart.org/jonesboroheartball, Hilton Garden Inn, 6:30 p.m. Info: Christy McKeel, 761-2747.
6th Annual Masquerade Ball, to benefit the Women’s Crisis Center of Northeast Arkansas. Info: 972-9575.
Pistols and Petticoats, square dance and dinner to benefit UCP, donations only, dinner at 6:30 p.m., dancing begins at 7 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 2201 S. Culberhouse. Info: 219-7331.

december culture

Auditions for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Foundation of Arts will hold open auditions for the production to be presented in February, auditions at 6 p.m. on Jan. 8 and 10 a.m. on Jan. 9. Info: Wendy Stotts, 935-2726.

Elvis Birthday Pops, Elvis returns to the Cannon Center to celebrate his landmark 75th birthday in style with Terry Mike Jeffery and his band. The program features not only the best-loved tunes but also some tunes from Elvis’ movies, newly arranged by Terry Mike Jeffery, presented by The Memphis Symphony, Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m. Info: www.memphissymphony.org.

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, The next best thing to seeing the Beatles, Rain takes you from Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road, The Orpheum, Memphis, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m., Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets: www.orpheum-memphis.com.

Moody Conducts Mozart, Conductor Robert Moody takes his audience on a musical tour in this concert of audience favorites, featuring violinist Karen Gomyo, Cannon Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. on Jan. 16, and on Jan. 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre. Info: www.memphissymphony.org.

Shen Yun, inspired by the spirit of an ancient culture, Shen Yun Performing Arts brings to life classical Chinese dance and music in a gloriously colorful and exhilarating show, The Orpheum, Memphis, 7 p.m. Info: www.orpheum-memphis.com.

Dinner on Stage, The evening will include a tour of the theatre led by Pat Halloran, a brief film in the auditorium about the Orpheum’s history, a three-course meal with paired wines, Broadway trivia, and an enlightening Q&A session, The Orpheum, Memphis, 6:30 p.m. Info: www.orpheum-memphis.com.

“Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him,”
presented by Huberto Fontavo as part of the ASU Lecture-Concert Series, ASU Student Union Auditorium, 7 p.m.

I Musici de Montreal, founded by cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky, I Musici de Montreal is chamber orchestra of 15 musicians that presents a vast repertoire extending from the baroque to the contemporary, Fowler Center’s Riceland Hall, 7:30 p.m. Info: Marie, 972-3471.

Nashville Storytellers! Nashville songwriters/performers Chris Wallin, C.J. Watson and Jeff Gilkinson will join together for a night of songs and the stories behind them as part of the ASU Lecture-Concert Series, ASU Student Union Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Just for KIDS!

Learn a new craft.
The Foundation of Arts spring schedule of classes will begin on Jan. 5. The center offers more than 70 classes in dance, art and drama. For more information or to enroll, call Heather Intres at 935-2726 or view the schedule online at www.jonesborofoa.com.

Get ready NOW for school.
The HIPPY program will host a winter carnival on Tues., Jan. 12 at 10-11:30 a.m. in the Temple Baptist Church Gym. The program is open to preschool aged children as they prepare to enter kindergarten. Info: Tammy, 351-7384 or 933-6227.

Toot your own horn.
Local musicians (ages 25 and younger) are invited to audition for Delta Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Concerto Competition on Jan. 16 in Fowler Center’s Riceland Hall. Categories are voice, piano, strings, brass and percussion and woodwinds. Finals open to the public at 7 p.m. Finalists will compete to win the grand prize and perform with the Delta Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 14. Info: Christy McKeel, 761-2747.

Show your proper manners.
First and second year cotillion students practice their social graces at the 2010 Cotillion Winter Ball on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. in the ASU Student Union’s Centennial Hall. For information about cotillion, contact Beverly Gilbert at 917-902-1957.

Celebrate Dr. King.
Barnes & Noble will host Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., storytime on Wed., Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. The storytime will feature books written about his life and work. Info: Christopher, 336-2549.