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It was brought to our attention that Al Kinzler made a very generous donation to the Kirkwood College Radio Station KCCK. As a lover of Jazz music Al stays tuned into this college station as they play his favorite pieces. He often makes monetary donations to keep his listening habit available but this time he was able to donate his Jazz music collection of 52 vinyl albums, 30 CDs and numerous 8-track tapes. The college and radio station showed their appreciation for the gift by sending him a very appropriate T-shirt displaying a tenor saxophone on the back. It was a tenor saxophone that Al played during his high school music career.

While visiting friends in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Dave Henderson toured the American Museum of Science and Energy and learned about the town that exploded from a population of 13,000 to 80,000 in two years due to the post WWII Manhattan Project. The year was 1942 when the United States Government selected this site for a plutonium and uranium plant and had to build a town from scratch. Dave didn?t mention any fishing on this trip but did find good food when he and friends attended the Oktoberfest in Crossville, Tennessee, where they were served any ?wurst? imaginable and a German noodle dish known as spaetzli. He also was fond of Big Ed?s pizza and found Big Ed interesting as he is a former WWII Marine Sniper turned pizza maker.

Sharon Evans attended the birthday party Thursday for her sister Pat Stacy in rural Wayland. Family and friends joined in a pizza party celebration.

David Draheim served cookies to the coffee crew in the Town Center Monday morning, saying it was because he is a nice guy. His Saturday birthday may have something to do with that.

Halloween was celebrated this week with parades, music and dancing. Up with Day Care children were delighted to show off their costumes as they paraded the halls. Health Center staff created their own fun when they dressed in holiday costume. There was Little Miss Muffett on her tuffet in one hall and when we turned down another hallway we saw Robin Hood and his Merry Women. Ned Francis provided festive dance music for the afternoon dancing and toe-tapping crowd. Many residents arrived at the dance in costume. We saw Donald Trump, cowboys, gypsies, mice and men. A dancing gorilla showed up and took a few turns on the dance floor.

Classics Et Cetera for Nov. 2, included the overture to ?Macbeth? by Giuseppe Verdi; Étude, Op. 10, No. 3 by Frédéric Chopin; Orchestral Suite from ?Thespis? by Sir Arthur Sullivan; ?Come on-a My House? sung by Rosemary Clooney; Ballet Scene from ?Faust? by Charles Gounod; ?Seventy-Six Trombones? by Meredith Willson.

Charles Gounod (1818-1893) composed in most of the genres of classical music, but he is best remembered for two operas, ?Faust? and ?Romeo and Juliet.? His greatest achievement, after a slow start, was ?Faust.? It was rejected by the Paris Opera because it was not sufficiently ?showy? and had no ballet, so it premiered at the Opera Lyrique. Soon, ?Faust? went on tour around Europe and became a sensation. After Gounod composed and inserted a ballet, the opera was finally accepted by the Paris Opera and became its most performed work and a staple of the international opera repertory.