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Get half-price admission to Farm Wisconsin with food donation

Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center is running a holiday food drive with a half-price admission incentive. 

Guests are invited to take in one or more non-perishable food items and, for each item, guests will receive one half-price Farm Wisconsin admission for that day.

The drive runs from Nov. 22-Dec. 22.

Donations will go to The Salvation Army of Manitowoc County's food pantry. There is no limit to the number of items visitors can donate. One item equals half-price admission for seniors, adults and children. Items on The Salvation Army’s most wanted list include pasta, sauce, peanut butter, cereal, flour and sugar.

Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center is at 7001 Gass Lake Road, Manitowoc, and is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The Wisconsin Café inside the center is open for breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Access to the Wisconsin Café and the center’s country store are free and independent of admission to the discovery center. The center will be closed for Thanksgiving on Nov. 28. More info: 920-726-6000 or Farmwisconsin.org.

Painting Pathways Clubhouse receives donation for computer upgrade

Painting Pathways Clubhouse, 1226 Washington St., Manitowoc, has received a donation for computer upgrades from The Jaycees and members of The Chamber of Manitowoc County's Leadership group.

The Leadership group is also in the process of planning an annual spring art show fundraiser for March or April that will also benefit the clubhouse with future needs.

Painting Pathways first opened in 2008 and serves about 300 people in the community who have mental illness. The clubhouse assists those with mental illness by helping them build skills for employment, developing individualized plans and goals, re-establishing healthy social connections with other members and staff, reducing isolation, encouraging and providing models for healthy lifestyles, assisting with access to community resources and services, and providing a safety net to monitor and manage mental illness. More info: https://paintingpathways.org/ or 920-652-9952.

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Masquers holds auditions for 'Calendar Girls'

The Masquers, Inc., Community Theater Company has announced open auditions for the second production of its 89th season, "Calendar Girls."

A news release said: "When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow Women’s Institute members to pose with them for an 'alternative' calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Based on the true story of 11 members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, 'Calendar Girls' has become the fastest-selling play in British theater history."

Nine female and four male actors ages 21-70 are sought for lead roles. Auditions will be at The Masquers' Coach House, 616 N. Eighth St., Manitowoc, from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 8. Anyone wishing to audition but unable to make that date and time can contact Director Allan Fett to make other arrangements.

All participants are asked to attend to the auditions with a completed audition form, a head shot, and a list of rehearsal scheduling conflicts.

Audition forms, a rehearsal calendar and character descriptions are available online at themasquers.org.

No prepared monologue is required at auditions, as selections from the script will be used.

Those auditioning are asked to arrive early, be ready to start on time, and plan to stay for the entire session.

Rehearsals will begin in December, break for the holidays and resume Jan. 6, continuing Monday through Thursday until production dates.

"Calendar Girls" will be performed Feb. 27-29 at the Capitol Civic Centre in downtown Manitowoc. 

Director Allan Fett may be contacted via phone at 920-286-3837 or email at allanfett@frontier.com, or through The Masquers, Inc., at info@themasquers.org.

The Gardens at Felician Village to host holiday gala

The Gardens at Felician Village will host a holiday gala on Dec. 13 at 1700 S. 18th St., Manitowoc.

The gala will begin at 11 a.m. with a champagne reception, followed by a holiday meal selection of shrimp, tenderloin or shrimp-tenderloin combo at 11:30 a.m. in the Wisconsin Room. Musical entertainment provided by Jim Olschmidt along with dessert will begin at 12:30 p.m. The event is open to adults ages 55 and older.

Reservations are required by Dec. 6. To make a reservation, call Lauren Daun at 920-684-7171, ext. 402, or email ldaun@felicianvillage.org. Meal selection (choice of shrimp, tenderloin or shrimp-tenderloin combo) and payment of $18.95 per person is required at time of reservation.

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