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CEDA facilitates $30,000 for Harmony Theater


Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

CHATFIELD, MN- Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) is excited to announce its partnership with the Trust for a Better Harmony to make $30,000 available to the Harmony JEM Movie Theater digital projector fund. Acting as a third-party fiscal agent for the Trust, CEDA closed today on a $20,000 forgivable loan and $10,000 no-interest loan to the JEM Theater. Funding from the Trust was made possible through a generous gift from the estate of Ms. Gladys Evenrud of Harmony.

The JEM Theater is located in downtown Harmony, MN and owned by Paul and Michelle Haugerud. It is a single-screen, family-run theater; one of only a handful in the country. Because Hollywood is switching from film movies to digital movies, all theaters must switch to the digital format in order to show new movies. The cost to convert is about $75,000; more than most small family-owned theaters can afford.

The Haugeruds were able to locate very slightly used digital projection equipment from a larger theater in Iowa at a reduced cost of $55,000, plus some installation costs.

The $30,000 investment from the Trust for a Better Harmony, with the help of CEDA, was made with a challenge for the community: raise another $30,000. To date, the theater has been able to raise over $10,000 from community donations. All loan repayments from the JEM Theater to CEDA will be returned to the Trust for a Better Harmony for future community development projects. Donations can be directed to First Southeast Bank, Harmony, MN, 507-886-6922.

CEDA is a private, non-profit organization comprised of 15 community and economic development professionals providing ideas and capacity building for rural economic regeneration and revitalization. CEDA's goal is to help people of rural communities control their own economic destinies. Headquartered in Chatfield, MN, CEDA currently is contracted with over 25 communities and organizations throughout southern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa. CEDA is governed by a volunteer board of directors; the current chair is Mike Tuohy, Chairman, Tuohy Furniture. For additional information, please see www.cedausa.com.

Food & film potluck movie event celebrates the bounty of this area

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Come share your creative cookery at 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 18 at the St. Mane Theatre with a "Practice Thanksgiving" potluck, followed at 7:30 by the local premiere of Green Fire, documentary film about Aldo Leopold, forester, ecologist and fath ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre dedicates performance of Parfumerie to Habitat for Humanity

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Commonweal Theatre Company in Lanesboro will be presenting a special performance of its Christmas play, Parfumerie on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m., as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties.

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Jem Movie Theatre is going digital

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Jem Movie Theatre in Harmony has been trying to raise funds to switch from a 35-millimeter projector to a digital one, a switch they were forced into by the movie industry. The cost of a digital projector was estimated at $75,000. So far, they h ..... 
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Watercolor classes at Grace Place

Mon, Oct 31st, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Joyce King returns to share her love of nature and beauty with Winona and Rushford families. Joyce says, "Everywhere I look, I see a painting. Our great Creator has provided me with endless inspiration. I find my paintings in the weather, water, wil ..... 
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"H2O Show" at Lanesboro Arts Center to feature work by 43 regional artists

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

43 regional artists will be featured in the upcoming "H2O Show" at the Lanesboro Arts Center, 103 Parkway Ave N. in Lanesboro, Minnesota. Focused on the subject of water, the exhibit will run October 22 - December 23, 2011, with an opening reception ..... 
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SEMAC awards Artists in Education grants

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

On August 16, 2011, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded five Artists in Education Grants, for a total of $10,000 in funding to schools and educational institutions in southeastern Minnesota.
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Experience art in southeastern libraries - a call to artists

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) & Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists (SEMVA) invite you to be a part of Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries (easel) traveling art exhibit. We are requesting art submissions for easel's 2012-2013 tou ..... 
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Renowned artist to teach class on wood carving

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

On Sat., October 8, Harley Refsal will teach a class on the flat-plane style carving tradition to make an ornament for your Christmas tree. The one-day class will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ballard House, headquarters for the Giants of ..... 
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