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Things to do: community calendar for Aug. 21

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Looking for something to do today? Check out the community calendar submissions for Aug. 21:

Middle/High School Book Club

Students, join us for discussions about this heart-wrenching, yet uplifting book at the Greentown Public Library on Wednesdays Aug. 21, 28 and Sept. 4. Our selection is Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain told from the perspective of man’s best friend. Participants who attend at least two of the three discussions can earn a ticket to see the movie based on the book scheduled to come out Sept. 27. Call 628-3534 to register for this event.

KPB Presents ‘South of the Border’

The Kokomo Park Band will present its final concert of the season in Highland Park on Wednesday, July 31, at 8 p.m. The program, titled “South of the Border,” will focus on the infectious music from our southern neighbors and includes songs from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America. KPB’s Artistic Director Professor Jay Gephart, Director of Bands at Purdue University, will be conducting the free concert. The event will feature trumpeter Bruce Knepper. Popcorn and drinks will be offered by the "Serving in Love Team” of Morning Star Church. Children are always welcome at KPB concerts and are provided coloring sheets and crayons each week. In the event of rain, the event will move to the Kokomo High School Auditorium. Location changes are available via text alerts. To subscribe, text the message “@kpband” to the number 81010. The concert will open with Clifton Williams’ “Symphonic Dance No. 3” subtitled “Fiesta.” This dance reflects the excitement and color which characterizes many Mexican celebrations and what the composer called "the pageantry of Latin American celebration – street bands, bull fights, bright costumes, the colorful legacy of a proud people.” Knepper will perform “La Virgen de la Macarena,” a traditional bullfighting song made famous by the great Mexican trumpet virtuoso Rafael Mendez. The tune’s origin goes back to Seville, Spain, where bullfighters prayed to the statue of Our Lady of Hope in the Basilica of Macarena before their fights. Knepper is a native of Logansport and is currently the assistant director of bands at Lafayette Jefferson High School. 

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