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Let me start this column with a correction. The art show “Body of Work,” which is being held at Ashawagh Hall at the end of the month, will be having an artist’s raffle during its opening reception. The winner gets to pick a piece of art selected by the artist, not any work hanging in the show, as I mistakenly wrote last week. Tickets are $5 and the opening is Saturday, January 31, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Springs Presbyterian Church would like to thank Ellie Becker for coming to the rescue two weeks ago. The congregation arrived at the church only to find the heat was off. A call was made to Ellie, who is Ashawagh Hall’s rental agent, and she braved icy roads and bone-chilling weather to open up the hall so the worshippers could have their service in warmth.

Congratulations to Jillian Lyons, daughter of Pat and Joan Lyons, on receiving four college acceptance letters. She is a musical theater major. Jillian has been working with her mom the past few years, acting, singing and dancing with the Jacobson Center for the Performing Arts, which holds rehearsals at the church.

The JCPA is currently holding open auditions. They have two shows coming up, “Ruthless in March” and “Good Morning Baltimore.” “Ruthless in March” is the story of a split-personality mother and her daughter, who would literally kill to get a part in her third-grade play. It spoofs musicals like “Gypsy,” “All About Eve” and “The Bad Seed.” The music was written by Marvin Laird and the lyrics by Joel Paley. “Good Morning Baltimore” is a show based on 1960s TV shows, musicals and movies, with a JCPA twist. Casting call and other information can be found on its website at www.jacobsoncenter.org.

The Crossroads Coffeehouse will be hosting another night of music and coffee at the church on January 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. The Coffeehouse is a monthly event that supports local musicians and charities. The money goes to the Springs Food Pantry and the Kris Dalene Music Scholarship fund. The sponsors are Crossroads Music and the Springs General Store. This month, the featured bands are Phoenix Rising, The Lost Keys and Lime Green Dream. Rock on, kids.

I lamented last week about how dead Springs was with the galleries closed and the Pollock house and Parsons Blacksmith Shop idle for the winter. I was reminded by library lady Maryann that the Springs Library is open year round. Aside from having a large selection of books to check out, it also has a great video and CD collection. Upstairs is the used book department, where you can find some excellent bargains.

Springs artist Mark Perry will be making his New York debut at the New Century Artists Gallery at 530 West 25 Street in Chelsea. The opening is February 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.

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