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Lions Club offers children’s theater

POSTED: November 17, 2011 12:20 a.m.

On Nov. 19, Riverbend Baptist Church will be taken over by "Lions," puppets and fun — oh my!

The church at 1715 Cleveland Highway in Gainesville will be playing host to the annual Gainesville Lions Club Children's Theater fundraiser.

"We have been doing this for about 25 years," said Jim Schwartz, children's theater chairman.

"We do two shows a year, and we always rotate between a puppet show and a magic show. On Saturday, we're having a puppeteer come in to put on a show for the kids."

There will be two show times on Saturday for the puppet show, one at 10 a.m. and another one at 11:30 a.m.

Although this is a fundraiser to help support the club's community service projects, the event isn't all about money. The primary focus is about the kids and their families having a good time.

"If parents bring their kids, but don't have a ticket, we won't turn them away if we have room to accommodate them," Schwartz said.

Tickets for the show are typically sold in advance through a "phone-a-thon" run by the club's members, but donations will also be accepted at the show.

"We disperse the funds according to the directions given by our board of directors," Schwartz said.

"We're primarily geared towards sight- and hearing-impaired people, so we buy a lot of glasses and do a lot of hearing and vision screenings."

The club also makes donations to various, local nonprofits.

According to club member Mike Hall, this will be the first year that the puppeteer performs his "Jack and the Bean Stalk" show for the theater audience.


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