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A large cross will mark the site just east of Kathryn Senor Elementary School for a Sunshine Service at 8 a.m. April 11, Easter morning. Organizers from the Congregational Church of the Valley are suggesting participants to bring a blanket and/or folding chair. The service will include the Last Supper and the resurrection story. Following the service, a breakfast will be served at 9:15 a.m. at the church located at 6th and Home streets in Silt, and a classic worship service will follow at 10:30 a.m. An Easter egg hunt will take place during the 10:30 a.m. service.


OZ, the Artists’ Workshop was filled to capacity on Friday, March 26, for the first in a series of comedy performances. Mikey Smith Raley started off the festivities shortly after 7 p.m. with poetry readings and an impressive vocal performance. Try as she might to get audience members to volunteer impromptu talents, the audience sat in their seats and demanded that she repeat her songs and poetry.

The audience roared with the comedy of Ernie Ruiz and Jimmy Abeyta. The question of the evening was “What does it take to run for mayor here?” The atmosphere of OZ was perfect for the evening.

Mark your calendars for the next comedy performance. On Friday, April 16, Noreen Nolan is bringing two more comedy performers to downtown New Castle, this time at St. John’s Guild Hall. Doors will open at 7 p.m., Dave Hill will begin the evening with acoustic music at 7:30 p.m., and the comedy portion will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets will be sold in advance and can be obtained at Making New Waves or at Hogback Pizza. The $15 ticket price includes refreshments.

The 12th Annual Spring Carnival, sponsored by the New Castle Schools Booster Club, will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, April 16, at Riverside Middle School. All proceeds benefit Kathryn Senor Elementary and Riverside School.

The Dunk Tank, cakewalk, hoop shoot, airplane toss, lollipop tree, and other activities will keep the entire family busy and having lots of fun. New this year is a whipped cream throw, tattoos, and a duck pond. Lots of great prizes will be given away including a scooter, a karaoke machine, and a $75 savings bond.

The New Castle Lions Club is sponsoring a barbecue from 5-8 p.m. at the carnival, with half the proceeds to be donated to the New Castle schools and half to the Lions Club.

Kathy Senor, Jennifer Harbottle, Lynn Alsop and Cindy Gray are this year’s carnival chairs. They would be tickled pink to get more volunteers, even at this late date.


The third annual Roy Moore Student Art Auction will be held Monday, May 3, at the Miners Claim Restaurant in Silt. Appetizers and wine will be will be served from 6-7 p.m., followed by the auction of six to eight pieces of professionally framed student artwork. The auction will have an interesting addition of door prizes, and Carl Murray will be the auctioneer again this year. Local businesses are encouraged to attend and purchase the student’s artwork to display in their workplace as a sign of support of art in the schools.

Proceeds from the art auction will be used by the Roy Moore Elementary Parent Association (RMEPA) in support of the RMEPA art program. RMEPA sponsors after-school art classes for all grades for three out of four quarters of the school year, and brings a variety of cultural performances to the school. Valerie Pagni, a professional artist and Roy Moore Elementary mom, has volunteered her time teaching watercolor and pastels in the after-school classes to fourth- and fifth-graders, and is collecting art from the fifth grade for the auction. These classes are free to students in those grades.

Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 984-2308.

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