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THEATRE SHOWCASE AND HOW-TO TRAINING GET MINNESOTA ELDERS ON STAGE


Sun, Sep 27th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - People over 60 are taking the stage across Minnesota in performance venues ranging from the Fringe Festival to school classrooms and condo party spaces. They tell stories, do standup comedy, give dramatic readings and more. Some write scripts, stage full productions, and draw on years of theatre experience. Others are first-time performers. All let their imagination fly, make friends, and have a very good time.

On Oct.10, the Acting for Life Senior Theatre Conference at the Bloomington Center for the Arts will showcase a variety of Minnesota Senior Theatre acts. The event will also provide inspiration and how-to help for people wanting to get started or expand their repertoire. The Minnesota Creative Arts and Aging Network (MnCAAN) is sponsoring Acting for Life to stimulate the creation and growth of Senior Theatre programs across Minnesota. Workshop leaders include theatre teachers from Kairos Dance, Guthrie Theater, Brave New Workshop, Prime Time Players, and Pillsbury House Theatre, among others. Senior program organizers, theatre educators, as well as older adults from across the state are encouraged to attend.

Bonnie L. Vorenberg, director of the national Senior Theatre Resource Center and a respected leader in the field, will share her expertise in a keynote talk, "How To Find Fun, Fame and Fortune on Stage." She will also lead a workshop on Friday, Oct. 9, at the Guthrie Theater, called "Open the Curtain on Senior Theatre. Attendees will learn how to make their Senior Theatre activities fun and meaningful, and try out basic theatre techniques. They'll also get tips on easy ways to develop and improve a Senior Theatre group or program in community settings and in long-term-care sites - or to just try some things at home or with friends.

Vorenberg's workshop on Oct. 9, costing $30, will be held from 1-4 PM at the Guthrie Theater, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis. The Oct. 10 conference, costing $45, is being held at the Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington.

A Pre-Conference Social and Theatre Evening, costing $25, is planned at 6 PM on Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis.

To register or for more information, visit www.mncaan.net or contact Pat Samples at artsandaging@mncaan.net or 763-560-5199. Registration deadline for all events is Oct.

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Minnesotans encouraged to be persistent in getting seasonal flu shots

Wed, Sep 23rd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesotans seeking seasonal flu shots who find their health care provider is temporarily out of vaccine should not be discouraged, state health officials say, but should keep checking with their provider to see when more will be available. Adequate ..... 
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AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION OPENS GREATER MINNESOTA CHAPTER

Wed, Sep 23rd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

New York, NY - September 21, 2009 - The American Foundation for Suicide

Prevention (AFSP) has opened its newest chapter. The addition of the

Greater Minnesota Chapter brings the total number of AFSP chapters in the

U.S. to 36. ..... 
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MINNESOTA TRAFFIC DEATHS HIT 300 FOR THE YEAR

Wed, Sep 23rd, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesota's year-to-date traffic fatalities topped 300 over the weekend, putting the state on pace to have fewer traffic deaths than 2008, which had the lowest death count since 1945. As of September 21, the state has recorded 302 traffic ..... 
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State health officials are tracking apparent upswing in flu activity across Minnesota

Sat, Sep 19th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

Officials at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are tracking what appears to be a significant increase in influenza-like illness across the state.

Based on reports of increased influenza-like illness in schools and at sentinel reporting ..... 
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1,873 BUSTED DURING END-OF-SUMMER DWI CRACKDOWN

Tue, Sep 15th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - An Aug. 21-Sept. 7 statewide DWI enforcement campaign resulted in 1,873 DWI arrests - more than 100 DWIs a day. The average alcohol-concentration of the DWI offenders was 0.16 - twice the legal limit of 0.08. Preliminary arrest totals were ..... 
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4 CHILD TRAFFIC DEATHS IN 2009 - NONE RESTRAINED

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Preliminary 2009 crash facts from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) reveal that none of four children under age 7 killed in crashes this year were properly restrained and seven of 10 children seriously injured were also not i ..... 
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Extra DWI Enforcement Continues through Labor Day; PUBLIC SAFETY, MNDOT STRESS ROAD SAFETY

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Around 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will continue an enhanced DWI crackdown through Labor Day weekend to limit alcohol-related deaths during the holiday weekend. During Labor Day weekends, 2006-2008, 11 people were killed - five ..... 
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Congressman Walz Announces Southern Minnesota Mobile Office Stops

Sat, Sep 12th, 2009
Posted in State of Minnesota

(Washington, DC) - Today, Congressman Tim Walz announced that he is dispatching his staff across southern Minnesota September 21-23 to hear from constituents regarding hot topics like health insurance reform and to assist individuals who are having p ..... 
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