Music world premiere to take place at USD

Music world premiere to take place at USD Vermillion music lovers will have the chance to be present at the world premiere performance of A Joyful Noise for violin and harpsichord by USD composer-in-residence, Dr. Stephen Yarbrough. USD professors Dr. Larry Schou and Dr. John Thomson will present a violin and harpsichord recital on Friday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. which will include music written as early as the 17th century through to Yarbrough's 21st century piece.

Thomson explains that the harpsichord is often incorrectly thought of as being limited to music of the baroque era. "The repertoire we have chosen for this concert shows the instruments in a wide variety of styles. The earlier pieces are more traditional and classical, while the 20th and 21st century pieces show a dynamic and exciting new style. The music also features the two instruments in different roles. In the different pieces, we both take turns at accompanying or playing the solo line."

The concert will take place in the Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee College of Fine Arts and is free. The public is invited to attend.

HEAD:Clubs Centerville Christian Women's Club

The Centerville Christian Women's club will gather at the Pascale Memorial Hall on Feb. 13, at 9:30 a.m. for a morning brunch.

"The Painted Prairie" of Sioux Falls will show club members how they create fun and unique gifts of hand painted crocks, piggy banks, and other items.

Amy Wagner, Vale, will address the club. Her life had been a power struggle with God. She will let us know how she has given up control.

To make your reservations for the brunch and free nursery, please call Wilhelmina Jorgenson at 326-5562, Mary Lou Thorson at 563-2678, or Lois Lounsbery at 763-5284 by Feb. 11.

Pick up a friend or neighbor and enjoy the morning.

Coyote Cubs

The Coyote Cubs 4-H club met Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002 at the 4-H Center.

President Shelli Knutson called the meeting to order. The roll call topic was "Your favorite after school snack." The secretary and treasurer's reports were read and approved.

We discussed Ron Thaden's retirement party and the possibility of our club participating in the program. The summer camp dates were reviewed. We discussed ideas for a club project.

Julie Renner did a demonstration on "English muffin pizzas." Casey Carlson gave a demonstration on "accordion sandwiches" and Annie Carlson gave a talk on "salt art."

Hosts were Annie and Casey Carlson.

Our next meeting will be on Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Tony Hubert, Reporter

Jolly Juniorettes

The Jolly Juniorettes 4-H Club met on January 8 at the 4-H Center Kitchen. President Ellen Kennedy opened the meeting. Tia Krier led the flag pledge and Theresa Dendinger led the 4-H Pledge. Roll call was taken with the statement, "What I want to do when I grow up". Sarah Anderson gave the treasurer's report.

We discussed Ron's retirement reception and took volunteers to bring bars for the open house. We also discussed gift ideas for Ron. Emily and Connie Holoch volunteered to take care of that. We then brainstormed ideas for community service projects. We are to contact organizations and ask what we could do to help out. We made plans to play bingo with the Care Center residents on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2:15 p.m. Theresa Dendinger will bring crackers and Korry Speakman and Sarah Anderson will bring cheese.

Tia Krier gave a demonstration on "Pretzel O's" and Sarah Anderson gave a demonstration on "Picture Framing". Korry Speakman gave a Home Living judging school.

We then worked on our AIDS quilt square and each member also wrote a thank you to military personnel that Cyndi will mail.

Sarah Anderson and Tia Krier were hostesses.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the 4-H Center. Emily Holoch and Korry Speakman will give demonstrations and Tia Krier will give a judging school. We will have a visitor at this meeting, Zach Holoch, who will also give a demonstration.

Korry Speakman, Reporter

Senior Citizens Center

The last Monday of the month card party at the Senior Citizens Center Jan. 28 had six pitch, 10 pinochle and 12 bridge players.

Bridge prizes went to Shirley Riehle, first; Phyllis Christol, second; and Kathleen Block, low.

Refreshments were furnished by Lola Christensen. Doris Swanson, Herb Christopherson, Garnett Perry and Phyllis Christol won the drawings.

Forty-seven card players (26 pitch and 21 bridge) gathered for a pleasant afternoon at the Senior Center Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Bridge winners were Jack Stewart, first; Margaret Waltner, second; Lola Christensen, third; Shirley Riehle, blind bogey and Marlys Miller, low.

Bob and Gerry Clark furnished the refreshments for coffee break.

Men and women are welcome. Come join us at 1 p.m. every Wednesday � no reservations needed.

Vermillion Rotary Club

Improving instruction and raising student achievement are the main goals of Liz Hogen, the Vermillion Public School's director of instruction, curricullum and staff development who spoke to Rotarians at their noon meeting Feb. 5.

Hogen noted that the Vermillion schools' curricullum is constantly changing.

"We have very active curriculum committees in our district," she said. "We are constantly looking at what we do, and analyzing data."

Hogen said an added challenge to the district are state-mandated curriculum standards that were implemented approximately four years ago. That required the local school district to make efforts to examine their class offerings and make sure they align with the state's requirements.

"We've discovered that our local programs' content is very similar to the state requirements," she said.

Hogen also talked about standardized tests that are used to assess school performance. Students in the Vermillion district take the SAT 9 test. "Standardized tests provide us with generalized tendencies," she said. "The danger is in putting too much emphasis on bit of data."

Students also will be taking a new test � the Dakota Assessment of the Criteria Standards, or DACS test. "This is a test of the state-mandated standards," she said. "The SAT tests are not aligned to our instruction, but the DAX tests should give us that information."

Rotary president Missy Mayfield reminded members again that the president of Rotary International, Richard King, will speak at a district Rotary dinner in Sioux Falls Feb. 13. This will mark the first time a Rotary leader has ever appeared in South Dakota, and Mayfield urged Vermillion members to attend the Sioux Falls event.

Rotary guests included Vermillion High School seniors Jeanette Nygaard, Nicole Pederson, Meggie Paulson, and Katy Pommersheim.

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