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P&R looks to implement mountain bike trail at Westbrook

By Kate Howes
Staff writer

In addition to playground equipment, ball diamonds, a Frisbee golf course, a walking/running trail and a dog park, a group of high school students are hoping to add one more amenity to Westbrook Park - mountain biking.

Members of DeWitt's parks and recreation commission are looking into the possibility of reserving a portion of Westbrook Park for a mountain biking trail.

Central Community High School student council president and mountain biking enthusiast Cameron O'Neil presented the idea for the new trail in an e-mail message to parks and recreation director Kevin Lake. In the e-mail, O'Neil states he and some of his friends have been looking into various organizations and resources that could be of help putting in a trail - at little to no cost - for park visitors to enjoy.

He also suggested volunteers could help build and maintain the trails.

"I have talked to people about it and they think it would be a great addition to the park," O'Neil wrote.

Lake says he is very much in favor of looking into what options are available in terms of space and terrain available at the park for a mountain biking trail.

"It's another great way to make use of an approximately 100-acre park," he relates. "If we can make it work, I think it would be terrific."

Lake says he has discussed the idea with other community members and hopes to have more details available soon.

Other details still yet to be determined are of a new body combat class the fitness center will offer in April.

Lake likens it to a "cardio kick-boxing" class. He says as of yet, no dates or times for the class have been formalized.

Summer workshop available for young aspiring actors

This summer, the Central Performing Arts Center (CPAC), in cooperation with the Missoula Children's Theater is sponsoring a children's theater workshop as well as a production of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at the CPAC.

Area youngsters - in grades 1-12 - are invited to sign-up for the workshop. Registration will run Monday, April 1-Tuesday, April 30. Completed registration forms and permission slips may be mailed to or dropped off at the fitness center, located at 900 14th St. in DeWitt.

Organizers are looking for a maximum of 60 cast members plus four assistant directors. Any additional children will be placed on a waiting list and all hopeful participants will be placed in their appropriate age groups - those entering first grade through age 7, ages 8-12 and 13-18.

Auditions will be held Monday, July 8, 10 a.m.-noon.

Performances will take place Saturday, July 13, at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. at the CPAC.

Optional workshops also will be available, with time and topics yet to be determined.

Anyone who has questions may contact Vanessa McNeely, CPAC event coordinator, by calling 563-249-8541 or via e-mail at Vanessa.mcneely@centralperformingartscenter.org.

Before Snow White hits the stage, she will pay a visit to the CPAC Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m. for a tea party.

The event is for all princesses who are young or young-at-heart. Guests can enjoy a special menu designed especially for children and are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite princess outfits.

There will be activities and photo opportunities with Snow White, as well as a reading of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" by Richard Azinger of DeWitt.

Those who wish to attend may register at www.centralperformingartscenter.org no later than Saturday, April 13.

Get ready for 'Tunes in Town'

This summer, area residents can enjoy the music of various area musicians during "Tunes in Town," which will be held Tuesday nights in June, July and August, 6-8 p.m. in Lincoln Park.

Jerry Jackson is charge of organizing the event that also will include food vendors and family-friendly visitors such as members of the volunteer fire department, Ronald McDonald and Happy the Dog.

Any food vendors or area musicians who are interested in taking part in Tunes in Town may contact Lake at 563-569-5127.

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