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“The Art Basket Raffle developed by the Plaza Art Guild will raise funds for the spring event and we need community support to make it happen,” said Connelle Peace, chairperson for the Guild.
“Guild members have contributed gift certificates and works of original art for two large baskets beautifully decorated for fall and valued at $875,” Peace continued. “We’re offering our community the opportunity to support the April in Paris Fine Arts Festival 2012 by purchasing tickets at $1 each or 6 tickets for $5 in return for a chance to win the entire $875 worth of fine art. The more tickets you buy, the greater your chance of winning. The art is a wonderful cross-section of work by local Guild artists.”
The drawing will be Saturday, Oct. 22, during Pumpkin Festival, and one need not be present to win. The baskets may be viewed at the Plaza Art Gallery, 8 West Plaza, and tickets are available at the Gallery (Chamber of Commerce building downtown) or from any Guild member.
“We’ve developed a flyer with pictures of art in the baskets so everyone can clearly see what’s offered,” Peace said. “Though there are two baskets, one winner will take all. These art items make fine original gifts for any occasion.”
“When I was a teenager and Paris High was downtown, I walked down to the Plaza during lunch hour to see the art and visit with my mother, Inez Kelley, who displayed for many years,” Peace said. “It’s a sweet memory for me. We in the Guild felt a longing for those times again. So in April, 2011, we began anew with the April in Paris Fine Arts Festival downtown, which featured over 20 art booths and music throughout the day.”
For 2012, Peace said one musical group is already booked and the Guild is seeking three more. The number of booths will be expanded, and the Guild hopes the Community Theater might somehow be involved.
“We’re just now developing what will happen next and what can happen depends greatly on what funds we have,” Peace stated. “As the event grows,Paris will benefit from people coming here, staying in motels, eating in local restaurants and shopping in local stores. That includes the artists as well as other visitors,” Peace continued. “In April this year the artists were very complimentary of our event and of Paris people. Some said the people here were friendlier than they’d encountered at other festivals.”
Paris, France had Montmarte, an area of the city where, in the mid-19th and early 20th centuries, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and other great artists lived, painted, and sold their work. Likewise, Peace said,Paris,Texas, hosts fine artists each April, who gather around the fountain on the Plaza and bring original art for all to see and purchase. Paris,Texas, and Paris,France– peas and carrots.
Kindergarten students in Mrs. Weiberg’s class are learning fast and furious. Mckensie Humphry is learning to write the letters of the alphabet using the white board. This method of learning makes things a whole lot easier because students get a visual as well as a physical experience. While she is writing her letters, other students are observing how it’s done. Before long, they will all be writing scholars.
Carol Vandeaver recently visited Mrs. Weiberg’s kindergarten class dressed up as Johnny Appleseed. She read the class a story about Johnny Appleseeds life. Students were captivated because she helped the story come to life. Thank you very much Ms. Vandeaver!!
by Chris Prakash, MD
It’s that time of the year again. No, I’m not talking about the holiday season. It’s the flu that I am worried about. In the United States, on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a seasonal flu vaccination each year.
Who Should Get the Flu Shot?
Who should not get the flu vaccine?
These people include:
What about the nasal mist vaccine?
A non-shot option, the nasal mist vaccine, is now available, but because it contains weakened live flu viruses, it is not for people with weakened immune systems or certain health conditions. The nasal mist vaccine is only for healthy, non-pregnant people between the ages of 2 and 49 years. Check with your doctor to see if your child can, or should, get this type of flu vaccine.
Do I need the flu shot every year?
Yes. Even if you or your child may have gotten the vaccine last year, that won’t protect you from getting the flu this year because the protection wears off and flu viruses constantly change. That’s why the vaccine is updated each year to include the most current strains of the virus.
Does the flu shot guarantee protection from flu?
No. The flu vaccine reduces the average person’s chances of catching the flu by up to 80%. Because the vaccine prevents infection with only a few of the viruses that can cause flu-like symptoms, it isn’t a guarantee against getting sick. But even if someone who’s gotten the shot gets the flu, symptoms usually will be fewer and milder.
Are there any Side Effects fro the vaccine?
Most people do not experience any side effects from the flu shot. According to the CDC, the flu shot rarely causes serious harm. Some of those vaccinated may have soreness or swelling at the site of the injection or mild side effects, such as headache or low-grade fever.
A common myth about the flu shot is that it can actually cause the flu. Since the flu shot is made from killed influenza viruses, it is impossible to catch the flu by receiving the vaccine. Therefore, this fear should not prevent anyone from receiving the flu shot.
*some of the above information is as per recommendations from the CDC
Dr Chris Prakash is a contributing columnist, and author of eParisExtra’s “The Doctor is In” column. He is a medical oncologist at Texas Oncology Paris. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Oncology and Hematology. He lives in Paris, TX with his wife and two children, and can be reached at 9037850031, or Sucharu.email@example.com
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