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Submissions sought for Knox County Photography Contest

GAMBIER - The Brown Family Environmental Center has announced the 2017 Nature Photography Contest for children and adults. Photos may feature close-up shots, landscapes, and everything in between as long as natural elements are focal points. Photos may also depict people interacting with nature and the positive or negative outcomes of those interactions.

Photos must be delivered by Friday, October 6 to the BFEC Resource Center at 9781 Laymon Road, Gambier. Entry forms will be available and photos may be dropped-off anytime in the building breeze-way.  Each participant may submit up to 3 photos, and must pay a flat-rate $10 entry fee. ($10 per person regardless of number of photos). Photos must be matted or mounted on mat board or foam core. No framed entries will be accepted. There is no minimum photo size, although entries that are at least 8"x10" are recommended. Photographs should not exceed 14" in any dimension, and mat size should not exceed 16"x20". No composite digital photos. (Photos may be digitally altered, but prints should not contain layered objects from multiple images.)

All entries will be displayed during a photo contest show on Saturday, October 14, during the BFEC Fall Harvest Festival from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. A panel of judges will select three winners in each division (adult and child). Cash awards will be offered: 1st Prize - $50; 2nd Prize - $30; 3rd Prize - $20.
Harvest Festival visitors will select "People's Choice" winners on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 2-4pm. Winners will be posted as the festival ends at 5pm. The show will remain up through November 10. Participants may pick-up photos November 13-17. The BFEC is not responsible for prints left at the center after this period.

College students enrolled at Kenyon College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, or Central Ohio Technical College are invited to submit up to 3 entries per person electronically. Photographs will be displayed via a continuous slide show at the BFEC October 14 Fall Harvest Festival. Students opting to submit printed photos will be entered into the "adult" division above. For college students there is no fee to submit photos. Limit entries to three per person, each not to exceed 10 MB.
Photos must be submitted to [email protected], no later than Friday, October 6. Contact Jill Kerkhoff at 740-427-5050 or [email protected] Guidelines also available at bfec.kenyon.edu.


Local people: MVHS musicians selected for regional orchestra


MOUNT VERNON - Four MVHS students were selected to be in the East-Central Region Orchestra of the Ohio Music Education Association. They will join orchestra students from across 21 counties from Greater Columbus all the way over to the Pennsylvanian border.

The students are:
Singkai Baker - Violin I
Ellie Broeren - Violin II
Elizabeth Gifford - Viola
Sarah Lord - Viola

The concert will be held at 3pm on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Granville High School.
Two MVHS students, Elizabeth Gifford and Sarah Lord, are also alternates for the All-State Orchestra.

The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) is the principal organization in Ohio promoting music education in elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities. To learn more about the organization visit www.omea-ohio.org.
The Mount Vernon High School Orchestra is directed by Anthony Springer and Amy Miller.


Dollars equal votes in annual Shelter Dog calendar promotion

MOUNT VERNON - Do you ever feel like your vote doesn’t count? During the Dan Emmett Festival in downtown Mount Vernon, you can vote for your favorite shelter dog. In fact, you can buy this election. Vote as often as you like, with your wallet.

The shelter dogs that raise the most money will be featured in the 2018 Knox County Shelter Dog calendar, published by the Friends of the Knox County Animal Shelter organization. The dog with the highest dollar amount will be featured on the cover. All donations will go toward needed medicine, medical care or supplies for the dogs at the shelter.

Plenty of qualified candidates will be available to choose from: German Shepherd, Coonhound, even a Beagle, and no doubt a mixed breed or two as well.

Look for the shelter booth outside 121 South Main Street in Mount Vernon, during the Festival, August 10-13, 2017 and come cast your votes.

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Shelter dogs, L to R, Amber, Sludge, Chip and Leo - photos submitted



MVNU Faculty Exhibit coming to Schnormeier Gallery

MOUNT VERNON - The Art and Design faculty at Mount Vernon Nazarene University will exhibit various artwork at MVNU’s Schnormeier Gallery Aug. 28 through Sept. 28, 2017.

In this exhibition, faculty members will exhibit recent works including ceramics, painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, and graphic design. Each of the faculty participating is a working artist, educator, and has exhibited locally, regionally and nationally. Their studio practices are diverse and rigorous, and Schnormeier Gallery is pleased to present this array of creative expression.

There will be an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, from 6-9 p.m., in conjunction with Main Street Mount Vernon’s September First Friday in downtown Mount Vernon. This event and exhibition are open to the public. The show will be on display at Schnormeier Gallery weekdays from noon to 4:30 p.m.
For more information on Schnormeier Gallery visit mvnu.edu/artgallery.

Free Yoga, Tai-Chi, Zumba classes this summer at park

MOUNT VERNON – Foundation Park Conservancy is offering a variety of free physical fitness activities at the park this summer, including tai chi, yoga, and Zumba®. All will be held in the Schnormeier Event Center and are sponsored by the Knox County Health Department, Ohio Eastern Star Home and the Public Library of Mount Vernon & Knox County.

“We’re so excited to offer these great activities, free at the park this summer, thanks to our marvelous sponsors,” said park executive director Carrie A. Haver. “For anyone who has wanted to be more active, wanted to try one of these classes, now is the perfect time. What better place than the serene setting of the park while being in the shade offered by Schnormeier Event Center? Get involved in these wonderful physical activities that have a variety of mental and spiritual health benefits as well. And bring a friend!”

Tai chi will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. and led by Marshall Winkle, starting June 19. Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is a low impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.

Yoga will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., starting June 20 and going through August 30. Participants will need to bring a mat. Tuesday’s sessions will be led by Hot Yoga Escape and Wednesday’s sessions will be led by Shakti Fit. Yoga is quickly becoming one of the most popular workout regime among those who are looking to gain flexibility, strength and even lose weight. It is great for reducing stress and allowing for greater relaxation. Yoga is said to have originated in India during the Golden Age, nearly 26,000 years ago. Yoga can do a lot for the human body and has been proven to increase health and body awareness allowing yoga participants to better control their bodies. From flexibility increases to better body alignment, Yoga can help with a variety of ailments.

Zumba® is offered on Thursdays from 2-3 p.m., starting on June 1, led by Amber Hawkins. Perfect for everybody and every body, each Zumba® takes the “work” out of workout, mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, participants will see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Effective and fun, it’s a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, flexibility and boosted energy.

Ariel-Foundation Park, located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, is a 250-acre civic park that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors of all ages. 


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