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Peru, IN - Ole Olsen Children's Theater will be performing their version of “The Sandlot” July 12-14 at 7 pm and July 15 at 2 pm in the Auditorium at Peru High School. Admission is $5 and reservations are not required.

"The Sandlot" is a movie released on April 7, 1993, depicting the shenanigans of a group of kids in 1962 that play baseball on an empty lot in their neighborhood. It contains drama and comedy along with real-life situations like being new to the area, making friends, problem-solving, and working together. It is a delightful and fun movie that did well at the box office and is still a favorite amongst many age levels.

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Peru, IN – The American flag is not just a symbol of the United States, it is a symbol of freedom, liberty and human rights to people all over the world. Patriotic Americans have great respect for the symbol of our nation, but none more than a Veteran who served their nation in the armed forces.

Hundreds of thousands of flags fly proudly over government buildings, businesses and even private residences all over our country. But what happens to those flags when they become worn and need to be replaced? According to the United States Flag Code, when a flag is so tattered that it no longer fits to serve as a symbol of the United States, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning. But one organization has a better use for those retired Flags.

Mickie Sayor is the local representative of a national organization called “Stars for Our Troops” that uses some of these retired American flags to say thank you to those who have served and protected our nation in uniform.

Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre Depot

Peru, Indiana – Members and guests of the Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre in Peru gathered together Saturday, May 19th for their Annual Hall of Fame Banquet at the historic Depot on West Canal Street.

This year’s inductees into the Hall of Fame were Pat and Ellen Harvey. Both Pat and Ellen have been involved with Ole Olsen since the 1970’s. They have acted, directed, worked backstage and served in various other capacities over the years and are most deserving of this honor.

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Peru, IN“The Crew” a local riding/biker group is coming together on Saturday, May 12 for the “Love For Lola Benefit & Ride” that will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Literary Aide Society, 21 West Canal St., Peru. 

According to Cherri Briscoe the group was asked by a dear friend of Lola Ritchie Mercer to organize the event after they held a prior benefit for another cancer patient, Troy Chamberlain last March. This event will be for Lola who is fighting stage IV lung cancer.

The Crew has about sixty active members and many of them are involved in planning this event.

“We just started tossing it around and before we knew it had turned into something quite wonderful,” said Briscoe. “We just kept on adding things along the way.”

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Peru, IN – Don’t be surprised if you hear people humming or singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” over the next couple of weeks in Peru. The Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre is presenting “Bleacher Bums” beginning Thursday night with a dinner theatre performance of the Play written by a host of people including Dennis Franz (who would later star on television as "NYPD Detective Andy Sipowicz" in the ABC series NYPD Blue), Filmmaker Stuart Gordon who co-created “Honey I Shrunk The Kids” for Disney and also co-wrote “Body Snatchers”) and Joe Montegna who has played “David Rossi” on the CBS television series “Criminal Minds” since 2007.) among several others.

The play takes place in the bleachers of Chicago’s Wrigley Field with the characters are all Chicago Cubs fans watching a game on a summer afternoon. Most have been gathering in the same spot for some time and know, even if they might not like, each other. Over the course of the afternoon, beer is consumed and friendly wagers start to take on increasing importance.

Photo of a ceramic poppy that was made for the WW I event at the courthouse

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and plans are well underway to celebrate this milestone here in Miami County. A group called Miami County Indiana Worth Remembering is planning to construct a poppy field at the Miami County Courthouse lawn in honor of the men and women of Miami County who served during the war.

Why a poppy field? Perhaps in school, you remember reading the poem “In Flanders Field” that was written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae during the First World War?

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Peru, IN – Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre is inviting you to take a “trip” back to the 80’s and enjoy the comedy “Five Women Wearing The Same Dress”. This play was written by Allen Ball who is famous for writing the movie “American Beauty”.

The production is being directed by Debby Myers, a twenty-three-year veteran of the Ole Olsen Stage. Debby is currently a member of the Ole Olsen Board of Directors as the Publicity and Marketing Chairperson.

This play centers around five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids attending a wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee estate. Each of the bridesmaids attempts to escape the reception by going upstairs to the bride’s sister’s bedroom. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent, and touching celebration of the women’s spirit.

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The Kokomo Symphonic Society announces the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra’s Disney Delights concert Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 7 pm at Indiana University Kokomo, Haven’s Auditorium. A great family event!

We hope that you will join us to share your support for the Kokomo Symphony. Tickets are $20. All students and children are free. To purchase tickets please go to www.kokomosymphony.net or call the office at 765-236-0251.