Barbara Raab is co-founder and president of Monty’s Home, a non-profit based in Burgaw that rescues and adopts out animals. Its Pawsitive Partners Prison Program takes dogs from the Pender County Animal Shelter who are about to be euthanized and pairs them up with prisoners in Pender and New Hanover County correctional institutions. The men and dogs go through an 8-week training program together, after which the dogs are adopted by families, and the prisoners have a new set of skills.
Tom Smicklas is a clarinetist, saxophonist and conductor. He is directing the Summer Concert Series for the Brunswick Concert Band. It is presenting a week of patriotic concerts, June 27th through July 3rd at various venues in Brunswick County. Tom is also involved in the creation of the new Wilmington Symphonic Winds.
Cape Fear Literacy Council has a new Executive Director. Linda Lytvinenko is moving away, so she brought the new director, Susan Pomeroy, to our studios to introduce her to our audience and talk about future plans. Details at CFLiteracy.org
[In the photo, Susan is the one with the dark tan, even tho’ she just moved here from NY!]
The Cameron Art Museum offers great summer workshops, classes and camps for youth and adults. Donna Moore (The Museum School Director) and Georgia Mastroieni (Director of Youth and Family Education) give us the rundown.
The premiere of Opera Wilmington is coming up with a fully-staged production of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow. Artistic Director Nancy King and Executive Director Wendy Fingerhut talk about how this long-held dream of a local opera company is coming to pass.
Performances are July 25 and 26 at 8pm, plus July 27 at 3pm – in UNCW’s Cultural Arts Building, Mainstage.
My guests today were Joy Dupree Gregory, founder and artistic director of True 2 U Productions, and Tracy Byrd, the director and choreographer of the company’s latest show -- Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Lieber and Stoller.
The show runs Friday and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 – this weekend and next – at the Scottish Rite Theater, 1415 S. 17th Street. Tickets / info: 910-515-3327
Monday, June 16th is Bloomsday, on which James Joyce fans around the world celebrate the book Ulysses and its protagonist Leopold Bloom. At Old Books on Front Street at 7pm, a portion of the play-within-the-book will be performed by marionettes! Jazz pianist/composer James Jarvis has written music for the show; Gina Gambony and Christy Grantham will work the marionettes created by Nina and Bryan Cournoyer. Bookstore owner Gwenyfar Rohler and musician James Jarvis tell us all about it.
Financial behaviorist Syble Solomon gives a talk called DeMystifying Credit -- tonight at 6:00 at the Northeast Library. She has created The Good Credit Game, a colorful board game crammed full of surprising information on credit. For more information, you can call the library at 910-798-6306. To learn more about Syble, go to MoneyHabitudes.com
Joanna Cole, author of the The Magic School Bus series, will be at The Coastal Education Center next to Wrightsville Beach Museum on Saturday from 4 to 6. NC Coastal Federation is hosting a book reading and signing event with her to celebrate her latest book, The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge.