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Bloomington-Normal companies offer Thanksgiving volunteer options
 Sophomore social work major Kylah Aubry and junior small business major Jake Rolfs volunteer with Home Sweet Home Ministries at the Midwest Food Bank in Bloomington recently. (JESSI DWYER / Staff Photographer)

Sophomore social work major Kylah Aubry and junior small business major Jake Rolfs volunteer with Home Sweet Home Ministries at the Midwest Food Bank in Bloomington recently. (JESSI DWYER / Staff Photographer)

Doing something kind for a stranger can help reiterate the real meaning of the holiday season

Compiled by SUSANNA DOEHLER / News Reporter

Join ISU’s Holiday Helper program.

The Holiday Helper program is run through the Illinois State University Dean of Students office, and annually provides gifts and parties for over 250 children in the Bloomington-Normal community. Parties will be held Dec. 5 at various locations to in­teract with children in the community and to distribute the gifts collected through Holiday Helper. One hundred volunteers are needed for the parties. Other Holiday Helper opportunities in­clude the Wrap and Pack workshop, to help wrap donated gifts, from from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 in Prairie Room North of the Bone Student Center. Registration to volunteer is open and can be completed at the Leadership and Community Connections of­fice. For more information on exact locations, requirements and time visit deanofstudents.illinoisstate.edu.

Purchase a HSHM Thanksgiving meal

Home Sweet Home Ministries provides food, shelter and hope to the hungry, homeless and hurting all year. If you are not available to volunteer on Thanksgiving, you can still make a monetary donation to help supply someone else with a hot meal. A single Thanksgiving meal can be funded for $1.92 by calling (309) 828-7356. Other year-round volunteer opportuni­ties can also be found at hshministries.org.

Buy a toy for a tot

Drop boxes are placed around town accepting donated toys to give to children. Donated toys and monetary donations may be dropped off until Dec. 17 at Milner Library, the Nelson Smith Building, the Alumni Center, the Registrar Office and Uptown Crossing. Volunteers also are needed to help with the drive. Email matt@mcleantoysfortots.org for more information.

Buy an item for the Baby Fold’s Wish List Program

Every year, the Baby Fold accepts holiday wish lists from chil­dren with the hopes of granting their wishes. Volunteers may purchase gifts or gift cards, make a monetary contribution or volunteer time in December by organizing and distributing gifts. Gifts may be dropped off from Dec. 3 to 14, excluding week­ends. Volunteers will also be needed the last two weeks before Christmas. For drop-off times, locations and additional informa­tion call (309) 451-7202 or email kkirby@thebabyfold.org.

For those returning home for holiday breaks, conduct a quick Google search to find volunteer opportunities in your home­town.

Compiled by SUSANNA DOEHLER / News Reporter

Spring 2016 cast list announced; students petitioning for ALMALI season

The cast list for the Spring 2016 season of the School of Theatre and Dance productions have been released.

“Romeo and Juliet” will be Feb. 12-14 and 16-20 in the Westhoff Theatre, directed by Kevin Rich.

“Street Scene” will be Feb. 26-28 and March 1-4 in Center of the Performing Arts Theatre, directed by Robert Quinlan.

“Bocon (The Big Mouth)” will be March 2 –27 and 29–31 and April 1–2 in Westhoff Theatre, directed by Cyndee Brown.

“Alice in Wonderland” will be April 15-17 and 19-23 in Center for the Performing Arts Theatre, directed by Jessika Malone.

“Spring Dance Concert,” will be April 21-23 in Westhoff Theatre and under the artistic direction of Darby Wilde featuring many guest artists.

Every semester, before finals the acting department holds general auditions for the upcoming production season. This semester, students are petitioning to have a full “A.M.A.L.I.”  (Africa, The Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Indigenous People) season of plays produced through the School of Theatre and Dance for the Fall 2016 season.

Students in favor of the A.M.A.L.I. season are encouraging of their peers whom do not fall under this category and want them to participate in celebrating and exploring new cultures for one semester.

The School of Theatre and Dance, faculty and Crossroads Project’s meeting to review the petition will take place on December 3 and 4.

For a full look into the cast lists for the upcoming Spring 2016 season, visit http://finearts.illinoisstate.edu/theatre/productions/auditions.shtml

Jay Ibarra is a features reporter for the Vidette. She can be reached at vidette_jaibarr@ilstu.edu or you can follow her on twitter at @jayibarra

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