Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 19, 1998 · Page 3
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THE URIAH DAILY JOURNAL Lifestyle Lois O'Rourke. lifestyle editor, 468-3522 THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 1998 COMMUNITY CHATTER ; By KATHY DAVIDSON "outh is the focus of another service club in Ukiah and I think that will find their history, the irnpact they have had on this "community and their goals very interesting and educational. . , Ukiah Lions Club has been in existence since 1917 and in Ukiah since 1926. There were 'three clubs at one time in the past 50-plus years and now there are two. Originally only men were in Lions Clubs but for about 10 years, women have been invited into the clubs internationally. The two clubs are: ' «The Redwood Empire Lions Club, a Breakfast Club which ilieets from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a'.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at Zack's restau- Fant. Current President is Marge Pardini, 463-2238. ; »The Ukiah Host Lions, a Luncheon Club which meets fr.pm noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday at the Ukiah Gardens Cafe. Current President is Milford Walton, 462-0957. '. Since they are a service club they earn their money from fund raisers such as the Ukiah Air Show which they sponsored for many years, crab feeds, breakfasts, food concessions at fairs, entertainment, circuses, and a multitude of other money-makers. Another way to earn money is to charge little "fines" for getting your name in the paper, wearing logos to the meeting or advertis? ing at the meeting or just about anything they can do to impose the small fine, get a good laugh at the meeting and pour more bucks into the coffers. .Here's what happens to every dollar you spend at a Lions fund! raiser or event: All monies (100 ipercent) raised by any Lions '.Club is mandated to go to a char- ijty and 95 percent stays right [here in our community. This jmeans that all conferences that ;require travel by officers or [members is not paid for by the Uilub, but instead by the member. ]'{•' Now that in itself is very •unusual, because normally club •budgets provide a President's or jbfficer's budget for conferences, jspme of which are international. ;Not so with Lions. There is '.more: ii Where construction is part of Ijhe charity work, the members ;do the work themselves! They Icall them "Lions Sweat Projects." ['•; Some of the Sweat Projects [that our Lions Clubs have built 'land financed with fund-raising Collars in our community are: -Anton Field, Bechtol Little •League Field, St. Mary's Playground equipment, Picnic and '•BBQ area in Redwood Valley's ;Uittle League Ball Park, The Clubhouse at the Golf Course, ;jhe Gazebo at the Municipal •Park, the original playground Equipment at the Baptist Church, •ajid built playground equipment land housing for Project Sanctuary's shelter for battered women. L"ions installed sprinkler systems at, McGarvey Park and have ifone many smaller projects too numerous to publish. They also joined forces with Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs to build the storage toom and other additions at the Ukiah Senior Center, including the Alzheimer Day Care Center, Which is an ongoing project with a patio and sunroom now under construction. •', Lions played a major role in bringing an airport to Ukiah by putting on banquets to fund its creation. In 1930 Christmas bas- Kets were prepared for the needy ijnd in 1958 was joined with the DQW traditional Ukiah Christmas Effort. In the years 1932-33 Lions prepared and delivered hot soup lunches for school children Curing the depression. Most of the Lions' deeds are See CHATTER, Page 5 Understudy saves the day for Players By LOIS O'ROURKE The Daily Journal I t may be an actor's dream to play the role of Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman," but how Doug Hundley got the chance is not quite what he had in mind. With an earpiece in his right ear, a mere four days of rehearsal, and longtime actor R. Bobby Cohen prompting him from the sound booth, Hundley performed the part of Willy Loman when the Ukiah Players opened the production March 5. Hundley was called upon to perform the role after David Hayes, the actor Director Michael Ducharme had chosen for the role, found out he would need surgery to remove a rumor from his spine the day "Death of a Salesman" was scheduled to open. Word of the impending surgery came just four days before the opening. Faced with canceling a show for the first time in the history of the Ukiah Players Theatre, the cast and crew instead decided "the show must go on." "We worked so hard for eight weeks and I wasn't willing to give in," Ducharme said. Hundley had auditioned for the role, but Hayes was cast instead. "I just want you to know I consider it an act of incredible friendship for David to go through all this just so I could play the role of Willy Loman," Hundley quipped about the ordeal. Now with seven performances under his belt and five performances left, (tonight, Friday, two on Saturday and another on Sunday) Hundley is performing like he has rehearsed for the entire eight weeks. During performances, the only oddity noticed by the audience is the earpiece in his right ear. Some audience members have thought the character Loman was hard of hearing, and the piece was a hearing aid. But, in fact, Hundley performs the role while being prompted by Cohen, who is sitting in the booth in back of the audience. Ducharme had considered having Hundley carry the script onstage, not unheard of when small theater companies need to use an understudy, but decided against it. It was Hundley's idea to use the earpiece after reading about the technology years ago. When Hundley worked for Dick Doug Hundley explains how he came about Players' production of the Arthur Miller play, Clark Productions years ago, he read in Clark's biography that Clark did not want to appear on television as he was reading his newscast. "There's an episode in his biography where (Clark) carne up with the idea of prerecording his newscast and running a wire to his ear so he could look at the camera," Hundley said. Hundley phoned an electronics company in Oregon three days before opening night to order the earpiece and microphone. It hadn't arrived by Tuesday and the crew was beginning to sweat. Meanwhile, rehearsals continued with Hundley wearing headphones. On Wednesday, the earpiece arrived, just in time for dress rehearsal. But two minutes into the sound check, the earpiece failed. So Hundley wore the headphones for dress rehearsal. between them. Things went pretty smooth- •.. ly until one of the actresses f recited a wrong line. "Bobby lost his place and was in the booth frantically searching in the booth," Ducharme said. During the second act, the Players received notification Hayes' surgery had been successful. All in all, Hundley's first performance was a success, according to the Players. Hundley said it wasnft as difficult as he thought it would be: "It amazed me it was as easy as it was," Hundley said, adding that he plans to switch roles with Cohen in a non-performance setting so he can get a feel for what Cohen went through. Unlike most Americans, Hundley hadn't read "Death of a Salesman" until a year- and-a-half ago when the Players were considering performing it for this season. "Frankly, it is just one of those plays I'd never been involved in," Hundley said; .-^ But, he admitted, every other'' day for eight weeks prior to the opening the play had been discussed by cast and cfew;. '~^ "So by osmosis I had a" sense about what it was," Hundley said. It is only the second time Hundley has acted as a stand- in. "I did have to stand in for an actor for 'One Flew Over • the Cuckoo's Nest.' I took the script onstage. But with a role as big as Willy Loman you can't do that." Remaining performances of Arthur Miller's "Death of A Salesman " vvi'// take place 7 Barbara Vasconcellos/The Dally Journal p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday, 2<\<l . •1 • -J information, call 462-9226. to play the role of Willy Loman in the UkSah and 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 ."Death of a Salesman." .-•.<•.••• p.m. Sunday at the Ukiah The next day, with opening night P/a > e " Theatre - For ticke} looming, the Players discovered the battery had gone out. They were able to repair it in time for opening night. "It was a $1.96 part of a $300 system," Hundley said. Just before opening, Ducharme made a brief announcement to the audience and dedicated the performance to Hayes. Cohen read Loman's lines and stage directions to Hundley, using a falsetto voice for the directions so Hundley could distinguish &1H *«&< The three Willys: R. Bobby Cohen, David Hayes and Doug Hundley. COMMUNITY NEWS Cinco de Mayo being planned Saturday, May 2 celebrates the Fourth annual Cinco de Mayo Street Faire in downtown Ukiah. This event is brought to you by the Ukiah Main Street Program, the Downtown Merchant's Association, Parducci Wine Estates and DFM Car Stereo and Cellular. The Main Stage will be full of activities including the live music of Mariachi Sacramento and Local banda Cautivo: The Ballet Folklorico and Children's Ballet will also perform. This . year, Freedom Skate Boards will feature a skate board competition. Children's activities are a plenty including a Bumper Jumper (inflatable jumper) face painting, Smokey The Bear, a street clpwn, the fire department, play dough booth, a pull-up bar and puppies and kittens. There will be many free giveaways from sponsors including DFM T- shirts and toothbrushes from Mendocino Community Health Clinic. Come prepared to eat a variety of traditional Mexican food as well as hot dogs, snow cones, cotton candy and much more. Taste Ukiah's finest salsa at the Fourth annual Salsa tasting contest. Tasting is free. While Cinco de Mayo is dearly one of the biggest North American festival days, it's often mistaken for Mexican Independence Day. In reality, it celebrates one military victory by the forces of Benito Juarez during the French occupation of Mexico between 1861 and 1867. Come celebrate this historical event. For more information, call the Ukiah Main Street Program at 707-463-6729 Talk on education There will be a talk on "Teaching Academics with a Lively, Holistic Perspective, The Value of Waldorf Education from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade," by Ron Jarmon, a Waldorf teacher from England. It will take place Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Waldorf School of Mendocino County, in Calpella. The cost will be $4. For information or reservations, call the Waldorf School, at 485-8719. Salsa contest The Cinco de Mayo celebra- tion committee has announced the third annual salsa contest to be held May 2 in the Alex R. Thomas downtown plaza. Don't miss this opportunity to showcase a secret salsa recipe to over 8,000 people and to win the vote of the people for the best tasting and the hottest salsa. Chips are provided by the committee. There is no entry fee for contestants. All are welcome to participate. Please call Omar Zazucta at 468-0385 for an application and for more information. Hopland passport weekend planned HOPLAND - The Sixth Annual Hopland Passport Weekend will take place April 4 and 5. Seven local wineries will pour barrel samples, limited release wines, serve foods and entertain passport attendees with music and fun. This event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Winemakers will be on hand to answer questions. A $5 participation fee will provide each attendee with a commemorative Hopland Passport Glass, and a Hopland Passport to be validated at each winery. Complete a passport with a stamp from each of the seven wineries and qualify for the Passport Prize Giveaway. Over 30 fabulous prizes from all the Hopland wineries will be given away to lucky passport attendees. The Hopland Passport Wineries are Brutocao Vineyards & Cellars, Zellerbach Winery, Jepson Vineyards, McDowell Valley Vineyards, Fetzer Vineyards, Milano Winery, and Hidden Cellars Winery. For more information, call 744-1363. Bereavement support offered Compassionate Friends is a self-help group offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents, siblings, and others affected by the death of an infant or child of any age. The purpose of the group is to support and aid in the positive resolution of the grief process, and to foster the physical and emotional health of the bereaved. They have parent support groups which meet monthly in addition to a newsletter and library of resources. The support group meets the third Friday of every month at the Family Center, 10 Cherry Court, in Ukiah between the hours of 7 to 8:30 p.m. For support or more informal tion, stop by the meeting. ; or Sherrie Young at her, 468-3464. ; •\ ' Smissen on Radio Curious The second of the two-part interview on Peru and Bolivia! with guest host Eduardo Smissen , will be broadcast on Radio Curi-' ous, Friday March 20, at 6:30 p.m. on KZYX 90.7 FM and KZYZ91.5FM. Smissen will interview the regular host and producer of Radio Curious, Barry ; Vogel,? about his travels last month with his 11-year-old daughter in Peru and Bolivia. In this interview they will review some of the interpretations of the current political situation in Peru and present a bit of Andean music i Mexican dinner benefit FORT BRAGG - An Authentic Mexican Dinner will be offered March 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Coun- See COMMUNITY, Page 5

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