“Keep learning, keep practicing!” art teachers and mentors encourage students. “There could be a spotlight waiting for you.”

That spotlight is waiting, indeed, to shine on talented art students Saturday night at Anniston Performing Arts Center. Students with Cheaha Creative Arts will be showcased as they perform in “An Evening of Fine Arts” beginning at 6 p.m.

The fundraiser will be a night of promoting and sharing the arts in our community with performances from various levels of experience.

Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at the door.

The students’ motivation may be there, but the technique must be learned. Thanks to Cheaha Creative Arts and its after-school program, students of varying economic levels in Calhoun County have the opportunity to learn performing and visual arts techniques.

With Master of Ceremonies Tommie Goggans, the evening’s event will include the following performances by students and guest artists:

CCA String Ensemble (instructor, Diane Chong).

CCA Performing Arts Center Program (theater) with a skit performance on “Bullying” (instructor Kim Dobbs, Kimberlite Productions).

Ballet performances by CCA’s two age groups (instructor, Erica Goggans).

“Glory & Grace Dance,” a ballet performance (instructor, Erica Goggans).

Almena Free and Hector Baeza, dancers, will perform sambas.

Hervey Folsom (performing as an actress, not a columnist), monologue from “Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming.”

Diane Chong, Carmine DiBiase, violin, and Susan DiBiase cello, performing “Salut D’amour” by Edward Elgar.

Brenton Ball, piano, selections from All-State competition including “Grace” arranged by Mark Hayes and “No Time” arranged by Susan Brumfield.

Solo violin, viola and piano performances by private students of Diane Chong.

Jihyeon Moon, violin, “Czardas,” a Hungarian folklore piece by V. Monti.

The L.E.G.A.C.Y. Club (Leadership, Excellence, Guidance, Academics and Character in our Youth), under director Vikki Floyd, will perform two songs as well as volunteer backstage work.

The finale will be the “Kim Stars”of Kimberlite Productions singing “We are the World.”

In the lobby, the visual art students’ artwork will be on display. Also, the nature photography students’ work will be shown digitally. Photography was taught by Richard Curtain.

An English proverb states, “From the little seed, mighty oaks shall grow.” This quote tells the story of a growing Cheaha Creative Arts program. The planter is Rose Munford, who established the program. Many will appreciate Munford’s constant work in keeping the after-school arts program growing.

Those of us who have known her for over 10 years know that she has made it her mission to ensure arts education for as many students as possible, almost single-handedly. The little seed, in this case, was her idea and dream, and she has not stopped in her endeavor.

CCA started its after-school fine arts education in September 2010. The initial program served about 25 students. Currently, about 250 are enrolled, plus students and some adults from the five schools of the Anniston City School System, home-schooled students, adults and students from various areas of Calhoun County.

This is the eighth year for this fundraising showcase performance.

‘Bosses Busing Tables’ for Community Enabler

This benefit, in which area administrative professionals are servers of the meal, is Community Enabler’s largest annual fundraiser. Last year, $20,000 was raised.

This year, it will be held April 25 at The Bridge (behind First United Methodist Church) at 11:30 a.m.

The event’s speaker will be Jeana Ross, secretary of the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education. Also, an award will be given to the Administrative Professional of the Year.

Tickets are $40 each. Call Carol Kirk at 256-231-8447. Lunch will be catered by Classic on Noble.

Ross focuses her leadership efforts on serving children and families. In her prior work with public school systems, she developed, directed and evaluated programs that affected the state’s children from birth until graduation, and secured more than $7.5 million in grant funds to offer quality services to low-income and at-risk children and families.

Since Ross joined the department in 2012, the pre-K program has grown from 211 classrooms to more than 800 classrooms located in all 67 counties in Alabama.

Hervey Folsom writes about the local arts scene every Sunday. Contact her at herveyfolsom@yahoo.com.

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