Saturday, October 31, 2015

Southwest Presents Antigone by Sophocles November 19-22

Southwest High School Presents

​Antigone​ by Sophocles
​Nov. 19-21,
 7 pm
​ and Nov. 22 at 2 pm ​
click here!

Antigone by Sophocles
Directed by Margaret Berg

Main Stage Theatre in Southwest High School Auditorium

November 19, 20 and 21 at 7 pm
November 22 at 2 pm

Tickets at the door or online : "ANTIGONE" TICKETS

Antigone is one of the trilogy of famous classic plays, known as the Oedipus plays. Antigone's brother is killed in the war. Their Uncle Creon has inherited the throne and will not bury the brother, claiming he is a traitor. Antigone rebels against the new king in defense of her brother.

This is THE drama you want to see this fall – imaginatively staged, produced and acted on our own Southwest High School Main Stage – at the best priced ticket cost around! 

Flowers available for purchase at all performances.

Donations for American Refugee Committee welcomed during the performances.

ARC works for refugees in 11 countries worldwide, helping people who have lost everything to events beyond their control. ARC helps them survive crisis, rebuild lives of dignity, health, security and self sufficiency.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Night of Sound and the Fury of Harry Potter Southwest Orchestra

The combined Southwest Orchestra filled the stage as the enthusiastic audience applauded its pleasure and approval of a fantastic evening.

The evening began with a little quartet of pre-concert and in the middle was the Chamber quintet and surrounding it all was wonderful musicians and their talented director Reid Wixson.

Another full auditorium of delighted parents, families and friends of music and their children.  Hours of practice and rehearsals come to play in a full night of the musical masters.

Thank you Southwest Orchestra.

Southwest Volleyball at Washburn versus Benilde St. Margaret at 7:00 pm

Continuing in Sectional Volleyball the Southwest Lakers compete against Benilde St. Margaret at Washburn High School.  Game time is 7:00 pm

Go Lakers!

Southwest - A Happenin' Place - Band and Volleyball

Southwest Volleyball defeated South in Sectional play in three games advancing to the next level of Sectional competition.

At the same time, joyous notes were floating through the halls as the Jazz and Band Concert entertained a full house in the auditorium.

Pre-Concert by Jazz Too was followed by the Southwest Big Band.

Southwest Volleyball won first game against South.

The Symphonic Band finished their set with the great Camphouse tune, The Sentinel.

Southwest Women's Volleyball finished game 2 with a solid win and paused to listen to the fantastic sounds of the Southwest Wind Ensemble and in the spirit of the evening finished their three number set with Play! by Carl Holmquist.

As the conductor, our own Reid Wixson, stood silently at the conclusion as the crowd jumped to its feet as one in applaud and shouts

The Southwest Lakers, playing everyone, finished the three game sweep and won the first round of Sectionals.

The evening of glorious Southwest victories of all the senses concluded the night with the sounds of the Encore Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry Luckhardt.

Popcorn and Hot Dogs in one end of the building and Cool Breeze and the Star Wars Trilogy in the other end.   Many people made the trips up and down the halls to please the muses.

Almost a typical night at Southwest.

Orchestra Concert with baton swing at 7:00 am

Monday, October 26, 2015

Congratulations ALL-State Soccer

Congratulations to our Southwest athletes:
1st Team All-State Soccer
Callen Knutson

2nd Team All-State Soccer
Hannah Smyth

Luke Peterson

Southwest Concerts - Guitar, Jazz and Orchestra - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Southwest Concert Series

Monday, October 26 - Guitar Concert begins at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, October 27 - Jazz and Band Concert - performance begins at 7:00 pm 
Wednesday, October 28 - Orchestra with start at 7:00 pm

Southwest Auditorium
Performances begin at 7:00 pm

Southwest Jazz and Big Band at MPLS Fall Jazz Festival

Kudos to Corey Needleman, Greg Lewis and the members of the SW Big Band and Jazz Too for their work on Saturday at the 1st annual MPLS Fall Jazz Festival. 

Throughout the day over a hundred students representing the four southern high schools attended clinics in improvisation, master classes specific to their instrument and had opportunities for feedback from jazz professors from Winona State University and Mankato State University. 

The evening culminated with a mass band performance of a New Orleans style tune. Here's a short clip. 

Reid Wixson

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Tuesday Oct. 27 - Southwest Sectional Volleyball Home versus South

Southwest Laker Volleyball begins Sectional competition this Tuesday, October 27 at home versus rivals South Tigers.

Come out and support the volleyball team as they enter the ever tough sectional play.  Home game starts at 7 pm right here at Southwest.

Go Lakers

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Southwest Choir Concert Featuring Over 350 Voices

The Southwest Concert season is under way.  Starting an all-star line-up is the Southwest Choirs under the direction of Nathan Knoll with support direction by Ruth LeMay accompanied by Jean Orbison VanHeel.  Rachel Wixson was on the Flute.

With a rich and varied music program, the seven choirs entertained a full house.  The crowd expressed their appreciation for the presentations with loud and frequent applause.

The combined choirs are comprise of over 350 voices.  Students from all four grades performed in this evening of song.

A great fun evening and the start of the music concerts.  Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm is the Jazz and Band Concert on October 27.  And the next evening, Wednesday October 28 is the Orchestra Concert also at 7;00 pm/.

Limited seating is available.  Doors open at 6:00 pm

The Bricks are In Place at Southwest

The concrete blocks are almost finished for four walls.  The brick work is almost complete for the three sides.  The entire new addition is taking shape.  Scaffolding is being removed and the building is slowly unfolding behind it.

The middle section will open at the end of March and the entire project will be completed the fall of 2016.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Creator of Whaling Harpoon - Lewis Temple

 Lewis Temple
Wed, 1800-10-22
This date marks the birth of Lewis Temple, a Black inventor, in 1800.

He was the creator of a whaling harpoon, known as "Temple's Toggle" and "Temple's Iron" that became the standard harpoon of the whaling industry in the middle of the 19th century. Lewis Temple was a skilled blacksmith, not a whaler.

He was born a slave in Richmond, VA, and went to New Bedford, MA, in 1829. By 1836, Temple was one of the 315,000 free black people in the United States and a successful businessman who operated a whale craft shop on the New Bedford waterfront.

Based on conversations with the whalers who came to his shop to have their whaling tools made and to buy harpoons, Temple learned that many whales escaped, since the harpoons used at the time were not particularly effective in holding a struggling whale. In 1848, Lewis Temple invented a new type of harpoon, with a movable head that prevented the whale from slipping loose. The Temple Iron was more effective than any other and when the head on Temple's harpoon became locked in the whale's flesh, and the only way to free the harpoon was to cut it loose after the whale was killed. Initially, whalers did not accept Temple's harpoon.

However, after some trials, most whaling captains were convinced that Temple's "Toggle Iron" was far superior to the ordinary barbed head harpoon. Lewis Temple never patented his invention, but was able to make a good living from his harpoon sales. Temple was able to buy the building next to his shop and, in 1854, arranged for construction of a blacksmith shop near Steamboat Wharf. Temple accidentally fell one night while walking near his new shop construction site. He never fully recovered from his injuries.

Temple was unable to return to work and died destitute in May 1854. Clifford Ashley, author of the book, "The Yankee Whaler," said that Temple's harpoon was "the single most important invention in the whole history of whaling."

Created Equal The Lives and Ideas of Black American Innovators

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

William Washington Browne October 20, 1849

William Washington Browne
Sat, 1849-10-20
*William Washington Browne was born on this date in1849. He was a Black teacher, minister and businessman.

He was from Habersham County, Georgia, the son of Joseph Browne and Mariah Browne. His parents were Virginia slaves who met after being sold and transported to Georgia. Browne's original given name was Ben. When he was about eight years old he was moved to a plantation near Memphis, Tennessee, and then sold to a horse trader. After his sale Browne adopted the given names William Washington. He escaped from slavery in 1862 after the United States Army occupied Memphis and served first on a Union gunboat and then in the infantry. After being discharged in 1866 Browne attended school in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, before returning to the South in 1869 to teach. He met Mary A. Graham while teaching in Alabama, and they were married on August 16, 1873. Browne's education won him immediate respect in the Black community. He further enhanced his standing throughout Georgia and Alabama by speaking out against the Ku Klux Klan and as a leading temperance advocate.

Browne sought the endorsement in Alabama of the Independent Order of Good Templars, a white temperance society. The Good Templars refused to be formally associated with Blacks but offered Browne a compromise according to which he would receive a charter and sponsorship under the separate name of the Grand United Order of True Reformers. Browne accepted, quit his teaching position, and began his rise to national prominence. A superb speaker and organizer, Browne soon founded fifty local chapters, which was the number of chapters Good Templar guidelines required for the establishment of a state organization, called a grand fountain. Browne enhanced his authority and expanded his audience through the church. The Colored Methodist Episcopal Church Conference of Alabama licensed him to preach and ordained him in August 1876. That same year, the Grand Lodge of Good Templars of Virginia invited Browne to lead its new branch of the True Reformers in Richmond. After an auspicious start, interest in the Reformers quickly dwindled. Browne returned to Alabama, where he developed plans to transform his temperance society into an insurance organization with a bank, but he could not obtain the state charter necessary for the enterprise. In 1880 he moved to Richmond to take control of the weak Grand Fountain of Virginia and there continued to work on his plan to create a business empire out of the True Reformers. Shortly after his arrival in Richmond he also served for a time as pastor of the Leigh Street Methodist Episcopal Church.

Browne's first insurance effort, the Mutual Benefit and Relief Plan of the United Order of True Reformers, was a poorly planned savings and death benefit system that depended on continual recruitment of new members to pay its beneficiaries, which made it little more than a Ponzi scheme. In January 1884, the General Assembly passed a bill incorporating the Supreme Fountain Grand United Order of True Reformers, and in 1885 after further study the True Reformers instituted the first insurance plan of an African American fraternal society that was based on actuarial calculations of life expectancies. Members and prospective members paid varying fees for their insurance according to their ages. The insurance system proved quite profitable and soon supported other Reformer enterprises. Browne established the Rosebud department to instill principles of thrift in members' children. He also began to expand the order's business operations by purchasing real estate in Richmond and elsewhere as the order spread across Virginia and the eastern United States. Browne's most daring move came on March 2, 1888, when the order received a state charter for the nation's first Black-owned, Black-operated bank. The True Reformers' bank prospered for years and was the only bank in Richmond able to continue honoring checks during the financial panic of 1893.

In 1891, the Reformers dedicated a new hall that housed the various operations of the order. The building contained the bank, several business offices, three stores, four large meeting rooms, and a concert hall. The largest building in the city owned by blacks, it was also constructed entirely by African Americans. By that time the order's membership approached 10,000, and it soon acquired a hotel, published a weekly newspaper, ran a general merchandise store, and operated a home for aged members. From its humble beginnings as temperance society Browne built the order into the largest black fraternal society and black-owned business in the country. The impressive new True Reformers' Hall in Richmond symbolized the order's premier position. Success aside, Browne engendered controversy in Richmond's African American community. His conservatism and enormous ego irritated many of his contemporaries, most notably John Mitchell Jr., the editor of the Richmond Planet. Two incidents in 1895 particularly raised eyebrows. After Mitchell and a Black Massachusetts legislator presented themselves in March at the governor's mansion for a reception tendered to the visiting Massachusetts Committee on Mercantile Affairs, Browne wrote to a local newspaper criticizing their behavior and explaining his own less confrontational view of race relations: "Legal equality and cordial relation—to the extent of building up the negro race—are the desires of respectable and sensible negroes; and they are as much opposed to social equality between whites and blacks as are the whites themselves."

The following September Browne arranged to sell his copyrighted plans for the True Reformers to the order for $50,000. Many in Richmond, and Mitchell in particular, regarded the transaction as an overwhelming proof of Browne's greed. Browne was one of only eight men, including Booker T. Washington, selected to represent African Americans at the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta in 1895. The True Reformers' exhibition there enhanced Browne's stature and that of his order in what proved to be his last major achievement.

In 1897 physicians discovered a cancerous tumor and urged him to have the affected arm amputated, but he refused. The cancer spread quickly, and Browne died in Washington, D.C., on December 21, 1897. He was buried in Sycamore Cemetery, and his funeral was one of the largest ever seen in Richmond's Black community. Browne bequeathed his estate to his widow, except for small legacies to the boy and girl they had adopted.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Southwest Leadership Council - How About You?

Southwest Leadership Council meets the second Monday of the month at 3:30 -5:00 pm at Southwest.  The Leadership Council is a body of Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members striving to continue the development and enrichment of excellent student learning.  Student achievement is the purpose of the council.  Involvement of the entire community supports the teaching and learning at Southwest.

The Southwest Leadership Council is seeking interested community members or parents to serve on the Council.  We are encouraging parents of elementary age students to consider membership as the work of the Council at this time is dealing with issues of 2016 and beyond.

If you are interested in serving or learning more about the Council, please email Principal Bill Smith.

Southwest Fall Sports Wrap-up

Fall sports are wrapping up and there are some highlights to share-

The Fall sports combined for a 3.5 average coming into this season.  This is all athletes that registered, for all sports.  Over 550 student athletes. 
The best individual team was Girls CC with a 3.85 team GPA.

Girls Tennis is the City and Twin City Champs

Boys Soccer is the City Champions, and are playing in the section final game tomorrow vs. Washburn, the winner goes on to the state tournament.  There will be a MPLS team in the state competition.

Girls Swim and Dive, are City Champs and will host Central, in the Twin City Championship tomorrow night.  The meet starts at 5:30, here at SW pool.

Girls Soccer won their 1st section game in 6 years

Cross Country, both very young teams still took 3rd in the city meet

Volleyball has taken 2nd in the Varsity and C-Squads, 1st in the JV city competition.  This is with no seniors.

Lakers All City:
All-City Tennis Team:
Southwest:  Haley Byman (12), Claire Padrnos (12), Sonya Chechik (11), Ellie Puzak (9)

All City Girls Soccer:
Southwest:  Hannah Smyth (12), Clare McPartland (12), Grace Rasmussen (12), Maggie Aubart (12)

All City Boys Soccer
Southwest:  Callen Knutson (12), Mohamed Hassan (11), Sam Stovitz (11), Luke Peterson (12), Faydane Ouro-Akondo (10)

Southwest in Section Finals Tuesday, October 20 - Go Lakers! AT Southwest 7:00 pm

Men's Section Finals AT Southwest Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

Southwest versus Washburn

Winner goes on to STATE

Come out and support the Lakers!

7:00 pm, Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Laker Fall Sports Section News

Laker sports:
Men's soccer Lakers beat South today, to advance to section finals on Tuesday.  We will host Washburn at 7.

Women's Soccer soccer won their first section game in 6 years on Thursday, but lost today vs. Wayzata.

Also Tuesday:
Lakers will host the Twin City Women's swim meet at Southwest Laker pool.

Ryan Lamberty,
Athletic Director

Robert Smalls Congressman Born a Slave

Friday, October 16, 2015

Family Day at Intermedia Arts November 1


Intermedia Arts presents     
In Celebration of Day of the Dead
En Celebración del Día de los Muertos
Creative Art-Making at Intermedia Arts!
Artesanía Creativa en Intermedia Arts!

Art-Making Activities | Actividades ArtesanalesPapel Picado, Mask-Making, and more!
Papel picado, máscaras, y más!

Danza Performance and Demo | Espectáculo de Danza y Demo
With KetzalCoatlicue at 10:45AM
Con KetzalCoatlicue a las 10:45AM

Son Jarocho Music and Presentation 
Presentación y Música de Son Jarocho
With Chicago-based ensemble Son Monarchas
Con el conjunto de Son Monarchaas

Healthy Snacks & Beverages!
Botanas Saludables y Bebidas!
Free and open to all kids, parents, and families. More info at 612.871.4444 and at

Grátis y abierto a todos los niños, padres, y familias. Para más información llame al 612.871.4444 y en
About Son Monarcas | 
Son Monarcas is a Chicago-based ensemble comprised of musicians who are well versed in the Afro-Mestizo genres of Mexican folk music as well as other world music genres as a result of having lived in the culturally rich Windy City. They blend the traditional with the contemporary by creating original arrangements of son Jarocho while retaining the foundation of the traditional style. Some of their original compositions and interpretations include the accordion, adding a European influence to their authentic Mexican roots. Their performances also showcase the various styles of the Americas. From the timeless sones of Mexico to the sounds of South America, such as cumbia and tango, Son Monarcas takes you on a musical migration, like that of the Monarch Butterfly, from the United States to the far corners of South America.
About KetzalCoatlicue
KetzalCoatlicue (Precious Mother Earth) is a Kalpulli (learning community) of Indigenous people joined by the desire to learn, share and live the tradition of Mexican Aztec dance.Led by director Aztec Dance Captain Susana De León, KetzalCoatlicue pursues this spiritual, mental, and physical vocation with music from the sacred drum, conch shells, seeds and other instruments gifted by the natural environment. KetzalCoatlicue was established in the year 2000 in South Minneapolis. Since then, KetzalCoatlicue has participated in community celebrations, educational and political events and holds three annual ceremonies connected to cultural Mexican traditions. They are located in South Minneapolis and joining the group is free.
About Intermedia Arts |

As Minnesota's premier multidisciplinary, multicultural arts organization, Intermedia Arts builds understanding among people by catalyzing and inspiring artists to make changes in their lives and communities. We provide creative people of all ages with the opportunities, tools, and support to come together across disciplines, sectors, and boundaries to connect, create, share, collaborate, innovate, think big, and act as catalysts for positive community-driven and community-defined change. We are a nationally recognized leader in empowering artists and community leaders to use arts-based approaches to solve community issues. By stimulating deeper community engagement and providing a platform for the stories and experiences of underrepresented communities locally, nationally, and internationally, we contribute to a stronger, healthier society.   
Art. Changes. Everything 

The full 2015 Festival de las Calaveras schedule follows below:

2015 Festival de las Calaveras Schedule
Festival de las Calaveras is a multimedia Latino arts festival that includes: 
Festival de las Calaveras
Opening Reception: October 16 | 7PM
Electric Machete's Studio & Gallery
Mai Morire Film Screening & Dialogue
Intermedia Arts
Family Art Day
Intermedia Arts
Mercado Central
             1515 E Lake St, Minneapolis
Festival de las Calaveras Concert
The Cedar Cultural Center

Family Art Day is supported in part by the Whittier Alliance and by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Limited Seats for PSAT Available

LIMITED Seating available

Last day to register is Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 11:00 a.m or until there are NO seats left!

Don't miss this opportunity.  This as an exam for junior to pre-qualify for the National Merit Scholarship and other scholarship programs.

For 10th grade this is a practice level exam.

The cost is $18:00  -- Waivers of fees is available eligible juniors.

Questions?  Contact Lisa Ledman - room W205

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Southwest Indigenous Day Observance

Aaron Erdrich from South Dakota and native Ojibue and Dakota played the flute and displayed other artifacts in the morning.  This was the start of the Southwest Indigenous Day observance.

Part of the display was sponsored by Birchbark Book Store which maintain a large selection of native books and art.

No School For Students Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16, 2015

No school for students on Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16, 2015

Southwest Parent Teacher Conferences Noon - 8:00 pm Wednesday, October 14

Noon to 8:00 pm

October 14

Monday, October 12, 2015

Southwest Green Team Cleans Up Linden Hills Trolley Garden

    Yesterday more than 35 exceptional hard-working members of  the Southwest Green Team put the Linden Hills Trolley garden to “rest” for the winter.  They spread out 250 bags of Cyprus Mulch and planted a number of bee & amp; butterfly friendly wildflowers and bushes to the Garden.  This is the third year that the Green Team has been involved with this particular community service project.  It blooms during the spring, summer, and fall, so we encourage you to take a walk there and see what our students have done for the community. 

          The Garden is located on York Ave. S. (it actually encompasses Xerxes Ave. S. to Zenith Ave. S.).  This work was made possible by support of the Linden Hills Neighborhood Association and by these members of the Southwest Community Education Advisory Council:  Harold Berman, and Linden Hills neighborhood residents Steve & Pat Liszewski  -- and Anne Feicht.

Tom Neiman
Southwest Community Education

Clash of the Undefeated - Tuesday October 13 at Southwest

Volleyball Conference Championship
Southwest Lakers versus Washburn Millers
Southwest High School\Tuesday, October 13, 2015

C Squad - 4:00 pm
B Squad & Junior Varsity - 5:30 pm
Varsity - 7:00 pm

Southwest and Washburn are undefeated in conference competitions.  It is down to Winner takes All.  The Conference championship is on the line for this exciting evening of Women's Volleyball.

Southwest Student FREE Entrance
with Southwest Student ID and a 
Voucher from a Southwest Volleyball player

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Souhwest Top GPA Fall Sports - Women's Cross Country

Congratulation to Women's Cross Country as the Southwest Grade Point Average (GPA) champ for the fall of 2015 and a fall school wide GPA of 3.5.

Congratulations to go coaches, keep pushing your athletes to strive to do their best on and off the field.

Ryan Lamberty
Southwest Athletic Director 

Parent Teacher Conferences Wednesday October 14 Noon to 8:00 pm

Parent Teacher Conferences are being held on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Teachers will be available to meet with parents regarding their student during this time.  Students are always welcome to attend conferences with their parent(s) but it is not a requirement.  If you have more questions or need to know how to find room numbers, please refer to the Southwest website in the coming week for more details!

Indigenous People's Day at Southwest

Monday, October 12 is designated as Indigenous Peoples Day in Minneapolis and St. Paul. 

At Southwest High School, Aaron Erdrich (Sissteon-Wahpeton Dakota and Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) will play the flute at the front entrance as students and teachers enter the building in the morning 7:25 - 8-05.  Please stop by to listen and enjoy the music.  

There will be a table set up with artifacts, books and information about this day and the people we honor.  Students will be at the table. 

Indigenous People's Day events include sunrise ceremony at Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska)

by Joe Kimball | 10/09/15

While much of the country celebrates Columbus Day on Monday, many events will be held in the Twin Cities commemorating Indigenous People's Day.
The Minneapolis City Council renamed the holiday last year; St. Paul has it both ways: the city council voted to recognize Indigenous People's Day but also to continue recognizing Columbus Day as the state and federal holiday.
The two cities joined many others around the country, including Seattle and Portland, in making the change. The movement honors Native American culture; it is also a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and protest of the European conquest of North America (which had been "discovered" centuries earlier by native peoples).
A Facebook page lists many Twin Cities events on Monday, including a sunrise ceremony at Bde Maka Ska, also known as Lake Calhoun. It's at 7:15 a.m., at 3700 Thomas Av. S., Minneapolis.
Some other events:
·        Red Shawl Round Dance, 9 a.m., followed by brunch and panel discussion, American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Av., Minneapolis
·        St. Paul Indigenous Peoples Day, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Crowne Plaza, 11 Kellogg Blvd. E., St. Paul
·        The Indigenous People’s Day Hip Hop Show, 5-8:30 p.m. Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Av., Minneapolis

Reprint from MINN POST

Bill Smith, Principal
Southwest High School

Target Red Card for Education Changing

If you have a Target Red Card you received a letter from Target officials announcing the change of donating money to your school if designed by the customer.  Over the years Southwest has receive significant dollars thanks to the families and community members who designated Southwest as the recipient of the 5% of purchase.

That will end as of May 14, 2016.  By using your Target Red Card after that date you no longer will be supporting your school.  Any purchases made prior to May 14, 2016 will be eligible for the donation to schools (Southwest).  If you have not designated Southwest as the school for your Target Red Card donation, you must do so prior to January 1, 2016.

Thank you Target for years of supporting schools.  Thank you Target Red Card holders for designating a school and Southwest as the recipient of the donation.

Please make sure you use your Target Red Card and designate Southwest as your donation center.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

LAST NIGHT - Limited Tickets. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Now at Southwest Curtain at 7 pm

Tonight is the closing performance for the fantastic Southwest Footlights Musical.  This year's production plays to full house and tickets are limited.

A great evening of song and fun.  Los of laughs and high spirit of the entire casts keeps the laughs rolling and the action high.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Seoond Night of Southwest Putnam County Spelling Bee Curtain at 7 pm

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be here for ONLY two more nights.  That is Friday (TONIGHT) October 9 and Saturday, October 10.  You don't want to miss this one.

Opening night was a great success according to recent reviews.  It is a fun, family entertainment musical.  The talent is fantastic.  The entire evening is a fantastic opening of the main stage performances.

Get your tickets early and they are available at the door.  Doors open at 6:00 pm and curtain is at 7:00 pm.  Come on out and enjoy the show!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Become Part of the Best Party in the School Year - Hot Notes on a Cold Night

The Best Party of the School Year is Back! Hot Notes on a Cold Night Cabaret!

Hot Notes is the fundraiser for Southwest's performing arts programs! It's a great party and raises essential money for our enriching music, theatre and dance programs! Hot Notes offers many fun and effective ways to chip in. Here’s how you can help us put on a great party and fundraiser!

#1 Save the date - Saturday, January 30, 2016 7:00 p.m. It will be at the lovely St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, just east of Lake Calhoun.

#2 Donate to the auction - Popular items for our Off the Wall and live auction include:
•             Concert, theater, and sporting event tickets
•             Frequent flyer miles
•             Weekend getaways at vacation properties
•             Great Gatherings: Host a get-together. We’ll sell the tickets! Proceeds will go to our students’ performing arts enrichment!

#3 Volunteer - At the top of this month's to-do list:

•             Help our crack team of parent organizers contact local restaurants and shops. Solicitation letters are going your favorite neighborhood businesses. Now we need to follow up. Many are quite happy to donate when asked. Just ask!

•             Help get wine and beer donations or tasting parties! Do you have connections to local wine & beer merchants, or do you want to get these connections? We’d love your help.

To volunteer, donate, or ask a question, please reply to this email — and stay tuned for your party invitation (with ticket information), coming later this fall!

Susan, Paul, Ellen and Heidi

Hot Notes Hosts