2015-02-15 / Dining & Entertainment

Owosso Community Players receive $93,000 in MCACA grants

Children’s Zoo announces new kangaroo resident for Outback exhibit

OWOSSO – The Owosso Community Players has been awarded two grants for a total of $93,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).

“With this funding, we will be able to restore the historic Lebowsky Marquee, enhance our performances with new technology and staff,” stated OCP president Charlie Keenan.

The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was two of 494 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2015 funding. Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. Fundraising continues to secure those funds.

“The restoration of the Lebowsky Theater has had a positive social, cultural and economic impact on our community. Having the Lebowsky marquee lit is one more way to better showcase this historic landmark,” said State Rep. Ben Glardon.

The Owosso Community Players Board of Trustees is responsible for the theater. OCP Trustees are led by president Charlie Keenan with Michael Ash, Mandy Bashore, Dana Clark, Eric Davis, Jerry Frezon, Sean Harwood, Matt Hufnagel, Marsha Meeuswse-Hutson, Paul Kuhlman, Jim Matla, Al Moll, Bob Nelson, Paul Peters, Cheryl Peterson, Chuck Quick, Guy Salander and Doug Strong serving as trustees.

The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.

A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at 517-241-4011 or by visiting the MCACA website at www.michiganadvantage.org/arts.

SAGINAW – The Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square is leaping into the new year with some exciting news – a young Eastern Grey kangaroo is now bounding around the Outback exhibit.

Andre is a two year male kangaroo from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in Indiana. He joins Nikki, an Eastern Grey kangaroo that also moved from Fort Wayne to Saginaw back in 2005. Nikki will be turning 17 years old this May, which is quite the achievement for this species, as they have an average lifespan of only 10 years in the wild.

Despite the age difference, the two are warming up to each other nicely. At first it seemed as though Nikki did not appreciate a young and rambunctious whippersnapper leaping about her home. However, zookeepers have now observed them eating, drinking, and exploring together.

In addition to the new arrival, the Children’s Zoo will also have the Outback Walkabout open every day between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Area families will have plenty of time to not only welcome Andre, but watch his personality grow and flourish in his new home. The zoo opens on March 28 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the website at www.saginawzoo.com. The Children’s Zoo is located at 1730 S. Washington Ave. in Saginaw.

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