E-Bulletin of December 12, 2005

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Enjoy Free Concerts at Kelsey Theatre
Take some time out to relax with great music this month! All concerts take place at Kelsey Theatre, and are free and open to the public.

The MCCC Chorus performs its Winter Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. "
Joy to the World," conducted by Music Director Marjorie Herman, will feature a varied mix of sacred selections alternating with lighter fare. Included is Haydn’s Missa St. Johannes de Deo, Christmas carols and other holiday favorites. The MCCC Chorus is made up of college students and singers from the community.

The college's Jazz Band performs its Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m, directed by James Kelly. This year's program will include such jazz classics as Duke Ellington’s Things Ain’t What they Used to Be and Charlie Parker’s Yardbird Suite, as well as standards from the great American Songbook including Stormy Weather and My Funny Valentine. The program will also include Professor Kelly’s own arrangement of the Sonny Rollins classic, Pent-Up House. All selections will feature standout improvisations by MCCC jazz students.

The Mercer County Community Band presents its 26th Annual Winter Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m., featuring a variety of holiday music. Other selections will include a performance of the Finale from Dvorak's New World Symphony and a swing medley of pop hits by Hoagie Charmichael. Conducted by Lou Woodruff, the band is composed of 65 musicians from the community, ranging in age from 14 to 78.

Security Reminder
The "Telephone Procedures for Reporting a Medical Emergency” are listed on MLink here. Please print this out and keep it by your phone.

Bird of Paradise in Bloom
Is that snow outside your window? Don't fret, because at Mercer the tropical Bird of Paradise flower is in bloom. Check it out here.

Testing Center Hours Changed
The MCCC Testing Center is extending its hours for December and will have reduced hours in early January. Refer to their website whenever you have any questions.

The center will have extended hours on Friday, Dec. 16, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. On Thurs., Dec. 22 the hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Jan. 3 to 6, the hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center will be closed Saturdays, Jan. 7 and 14, and closed for the Martin Luther King Holiday, Jan. 16.

International Student Festival Highlights Diverse Cultures
Talent was on display at The International Student Organization's "Festival of Lights” on Dec. 6, when two student performers -- a pianist and a dancer -- impressed attendees with their professionalism. Excellent food from different cultures was catered by the Hospitality Club. Faculty members, staff and students participated. Photos and more

Written stories from four students detailing their holidays are attached here.

Retirees to Meet
Retirees, come out and enjoy a holiday season luncheon on Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. at Sunny Gardens. Call Helenmarie Dolton by the 19th with your reservation at 882-5086.

Give the Gift of Theatre This Holiday Season
Here’s a gift idea for your relatives – from children to seniors – that can bring music, drama, comedy, and dance into their lives. Kelsey Theatre has gift certificates redeemable for all performances during the spring season. Upcoming shows include “The Who’s Tommy,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “CATS,” “Stalag 17” and “La Cage Aux Folles.” Kelsey’s family and kid-friendly events include “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “Junie B. Jones,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “The Little Mermaid,” and more.

Gift certificates are available in any amount. Buy enough for one show or many! To purchase contact the Kelsey Box Office at ext. 3566.

The Nutcracker at Kelsey
The magic of the holiday season comes to life when the Belle Mead Ballet performs its unique, narrated version of “The Nutcracker” on Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Details

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