The latest NAMI Doorways is hitting snailboxes already. Flowers are peeking out between old snowbanks, and most of us have missed seeing the first robin of spring (I mean, how do we know it’s the first anyway? Only some unlucky worm knows for sure).
There is a small error in the calendar that was sent to CSP; we will not be closed on the first of April. Kind of an accidental April Fool’s joke. There definitely will be Tai Chi and Yoga, too.
Though winter is over, it’s still cold enough to need a quilt at night. The Quilting Ladies of Holy Name of Mary Chuch, Maplewood, donated one of their productions to JAK’s Place. It’s not as elegant as our raffle quilt, but very warm and cozy. Anyone in need of covering can claim it.
The Film Group is picking up momentum. Our moviemakers are considering entering Tech Soup’s Digital Storytelling contest. Anyone is welcome to join the group, whether or not they have a camera or a computer. The JAK’s computers are available for use by the group as well as for general computer learning purposes. The software of choice for video editing is Wax, from www.debugmode.com. It is free, and while much easier to learn to use than many other video editors, is capable of producing pretty slick videos.
February was awesome for its size. Our Seventh Annual Love Festival Concert was the best ever, raising over $3,000 as well as providing enjoyment for a large audience of music lovers.
Now March is blowing in, melting the snow and releasing the first spring flowers. A new quilt is blooming too. Sheryl Flores’ Aunt Bettie has made a lovely queen-size quilt for us to raffle. Last year’s raffle was quite successful for a first-time event. We’re hoping that with some experience, we’ll do even better.
Also new in March is the Film Group, with Ed DiMaio. If you’ve ever wanted to make a movie, JAK’s Place is now the place to start. Learn how to piece together sight and sound as well as how to shoot a visually attractive or dramatic scene. The group, open to everyone, will meet on Fridays at 2:30
Flu season has temporarily thinned out attendance at JAK’s, but the beat goes on with the Seventh Annual Love Festival Concert just around the corner.
The NAMI Doorways is now published six times a year, alternating with the smaller JAK’s Place newsletter.
Seventh Annual Love Festival Concert
February 17th 2:00 p.m.
Bay View Lutheran Church
340 West Maple – Sturgeon Bay
- The Bone Boys
- Sarah Meredith Livingston
- Janet Anderson
- Elizabeth Spaude
- T.J. Walker Middle School Choir
Directed by Leslie Hill
Don’t miss it! Download poster to print (PDF)
Yes, a new year is here. JAK’s Place has now seen six of them come. We hope for many more, and for more friends to help us celebrate them 🙂
Every new year brings changes and challenges. JAK’s Place and NAMI-DC face plenty of both this year. One challenge is finding new board members with the energy and insight to carry us forward through all the changes. Another is the perennial struggle to make ends meet. With budget cuts shrinking our funding, we will need every bit of support we can get. But we do have our angels that turn up unexpectedly when they are needed.
And of course the newsletter is ready to download; 🙂
All information in the files uploaded here is up-to-date. Please note that the CSP calendar lists a Tuesday dinner on the 18th, but there will be no dinner at JAK’s on that day. However, because of the CSP party and the holiday closures, we will have a meal on Thursday, Dec. 27.
What are we thankful for?
– People: volunteers, donors, friends and family
– The beauty of changing seasons
– A warm home and enough food
– That change is possible
If that isn’t enough, build your own list 🙂
The annual NAMI-DC Dinner Meeting will be held on Monday, November 12, at Bay view Lutheran Church. Social time at 5:00, dinner at 5:30, and business begins at 6:00. Volunteers will be honored; then the meeting and election of officers will proceed.
Everyone is encouraged to attend. Bring a dish — snacks, salads, veggies, desserts. NAMI will supply the main course and beverages.
There will be two Packer Parties this month; Sundays, Nov. 4th and 18th, both at noon.
JAK’s Place will be closed for Thanksgiving, and the day after.