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Broadway Trivia
What famous 1975 movie starring Jack Nicholson originally opened as a Broadway show in 1963?

What 1959 musical featured the Von Trapp children?

What year did Guys and Dolls open on Broadway?

For answers, scroll to the bottom of the newsletter!
Wonder Bread Years is "... genuinely funny Americana humor."

The 2008-09 season of Southeastern Louisiana University's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, which debuted with the annual Fanfare arts festival in October, continues Nov. 15 with The Wonder Bread Years, a funny, fast-paced salute to the Baby Boomer generation.

Written and performed by former Seinfeld scribe Pat Hazell, the show has been described as "a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between stand-up comedy and theater." The Los Angeles Times called the show, "Pure unpasteurized nostalgia.""

Hazell takes a trip down memory lane, looking back on adventures of growing up in the '60s. "The show not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves audiences laughing and savoring the past like never before."

"The show is a common journey into the attic," Hazell said, with references to Spam, cereal prizes, Easy Bake Ovens and long trips in the family station wagon. Hazell's plethora of memories appeals to more than just Baby Boomers and his focus is on our similarities. "Things like trick-or-treating and having to sit at the kid's table at family functions, these are all common denominators people in any generation have no doubt experienced," he said.

Join us at the Columbia for the show that Jerry Seinfeld says, "Don't quote me on this, but this show is hilarious!"

Event Info:
Saturday, November 15
7:30 pm

For a sneak peek of the Wonder Bread Years, click here.

Tickets are still available! Call the Box Office at 985-543-4366 or purchase online.

Santa to Make His Annual Visit to the Columbia Theatre

The holiday season will officially arrive at the Columbia Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 30 when the historic downtown theatre unveils a tree adorned with hundreds of decorations created by area children and teens.The tree will be unveiled at the Columbia's annual tree-trim party, scheduled for 2:00-4:00 pm that afternoon.

"We will begin with musical entertainment from first grade Accelerated Magnet Program students from Hammond Eastside Elementary and Hammond Westside Elementary schools. Santa Claus will arrive shortly after that and will be available for photos with all of our guests, so don't forget your cameras" said Michelle Biggs, Columbia's marketing director. Refreshments will also be provided.

Biggs said the tree in the Columbia lobby will be decorated with ornaments, all with musical themes, submitted by hundreds of local students from first graders to high school seniors. In a special drawing during the party, one student will be selected to be a guest conductor at the Dec. 12 concert by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

"This tree-trim party will be a great way for area families to start the holiday season." said Biggs. "We encourage everyone to come out and visit Santa and let him know if you've been naughty or nice."

Trivia Answers
1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest opened at the Cort Theatre in 1963.
2. In 1959, The Sound of Music opened at the LuntFontanne Theatre. The seven youngsters playing the Von Trapp children received a group Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress, even though two of the actors were clearly boys.
3. Guys and Dolls opened on November 24, 1950 at the 46th Street Theatre.

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Hammond Eastside Primary Receives Grant from Target for Positive Behavior System

Hammond Eastside Primary Receives Grant from Target for Positive Behavior System

Hammond, Louisiana (November 5, 2008) — Hammond Eastside Primary today announced a partnership with Target® in recognition of its efforts to support positive behavior for all its students. Hammond Eastside Primary has set its goal to promote positive behavior through expectations and positive rewards. Thanks to the partnership with Target®, the school will now be able to recognize positive behaviors through events such as magic shows, prizes the students will purchase with “Bee Tickets” (tickets they receive for displaying correct procedures and positive behaviors) as well as other events. Target has generously donated $4000 to the Positive Behavior System for the school.

It is our expectation that all students be: Respectful, Responsible, Safe and On Task!

This grant is part of ongoing efforts by Target to strengthen families and
communities throughout the country. Since opening its doors, Target has given 5 percent
of its income to organizations that support education, the arts, social services and volunteerism. Today that translates to more than $3 million every week.

“At Target, our local grants are making a difference in the communities we serve,” said Laysha Ward, vice president, community relations, Target. “We’re proud to partner with Hammond Eastside Primary as part of our ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where our guests and team members live and work.”

Additionally, Target gives through signature programs that are designed to
inspire learning in children and families. Programs include:
• Take Charge of Education®, a school fundraising program;
• Target Field Trip Grants, a program that helps educators bring learning to life
for students through the distribution of grants;
• Ready.Sit.Read!, a program dedicated to fostering a lifelong love of reading in
children at an early age;
• Target House®, which serves as a home away from home for families of children
receiving life-saving treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in
• Target Volunteers, a program where Target team members and retirees annually
donate more than 350,000 hours of time to more than 7,500 community-
based projects

About Hammond Eastside Primary
Hammond Eastside Primary has partnered with Target before! In September, volunteers came to read and do activities with students as part of their Ready.Sit.Read! program. Each class hosted a volunteer and students participated in arts and crafts related to stories. Hammond Eastside Primary is thrilled that the Positive Behavior System has also been recognized so generously. “This is definitely an incentive for our students and teachers!” said Mrs. O’Banion, principal. “We are honored that Target recognizes the importance of a positive school environment. They have made it easier to reward and recognize our teachers and students for their great efforts!”

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target serves guests at more than 1,600 stores in 47 states nationwide by delivering today’s best retail trends at affordable prices. Target is committed to
providing guests with great design through innovative products, in-store experiences
and community partnerships. Whether visiting a Target store or shopping online at, guests enjoy a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to thousands of unique and highly differentiated items. Target (NYSE:TGT) gives more
than $3 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs.
Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.

NICU Reunion for Former Patients

North Oaks Medical Center to Host Annual NICU Reunion for Former Patients

[HAMMOND, LA]—Former patients of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at North Oaks Medical Center and their families are invited to attend a holiday reunion on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9-11 a.m. in the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center, located within North Oaks Diagnostic Center at 15837 Paul Vega, MD, Drive in Hammond.

North Oaks staff members will volunteer their time to host the free event, which will feature refreshments, holiday activities and the chance for children to share their Christmas wishes with Santa Claus. Each former patient also will receive a holiday book and keepsake professional photo with Santa.

Sometimes, a baby is born prematurely or with a health condition that requires admission to an NICU. Patient stays range in length from a few days to as long as 6 months.

“Our staff members become attached to the babies and their families and, likewise, the families to our staff,” explains North Oaks Critical Care Services Director Janet Morse, RN. “This annual reunion is therapeutic in that it gives us the chance to rekindle the bond shared with many of the families we’ve cared for during our 17 years of operation and celebrate the children’s developmental milestones from year to year.”

To register to attend the NICU Reunion, please call the North Oaks Special Events Line at (985) 230-2255 [CALL] between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

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