Coming to Washington Area Performing Arts and Events Center PDF Print E-mail
Friday, March 15 2019 09:12

Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.

The SONS OF SERENDIP, a multi-talented quartet, will perform in Washington, Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Washington Area Performing Arts and Event Center. The Washington Concert Association and The Washington Area Performing Arts and Events Center are co-sponsoring this event.

The SONS OF SERENDIP came together in graduate school at Boston University. Their name comes from the notion that “serendipity brought us together.”  Each member has an inspiring story, and together they strive to embody the adjectives Classy, Genuine, Spiritual, Sensitive and Timeless.

Tenor Micah Christian was a teacher, keyboardist Cordaro Rodriguez was an attorney, cellist Kendall Ramseur was a cello instructor, and harpist Mason Morton was a teacher.  In 2014, they were 4th place finalists on America’s Got Talent, which launched their musical career. They were invited back to perform on AGT: Champions in February this year.

Their concert program focuses on contemporary music as well as familiar pop tunes from Motown.  All numbers feature Micha’s beautiful tenor voice accompanied by Cordaro, Kendall, (also the backup singer) and Mason. Their music provides an interesting combination of voice and instruments producing a rich, melodic sound.

High School age and under will be admitted free.  Washington Concert Association members may use their season tickets for admission. For more information about this event and for general admission ticket sales, go online to WashingtonAuditorium.org. Tickets are also on sale at the Washington Chamber of Commerce two weeks before the event, and at the box office one hour before the show begins.



The Eastern Iowa Brass Band to perform at the Washington Area Performing Arts & Events Center PDF Print E-mail
Friday, March 15 2019 09:11

After a lengthy winter full of cancellations, the Washington Area Performing Arts and Events Center will happily “warm up” the stage this St. Patrick’s Day welcoming the Eastern Iowa Brass Band on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 2:30 in the afternoon.


For over 30 years, the Eastern Iowa Brass Band has been entertaining audiences throughout Iowa, the mid-west and even beyond. The band grew from a brass ensemble that was originally a part of the Mount Vernon, Iowa, City Band. The band was incorporated in 1986 and formed the foundation for one of the longest-standing amateur brass bands in the country and the only year-round brass band in the state of Iowa.


The 35-member band performs from a repertoire which features original works for brass bands. These include marches, medleys, hymn tune arrangements, folk songs, American patriotic offerings, Broadway showtunes, and novelty features. EIBB conforms to the unique British band style -- featuring conical bore horns, producing a rich, mellow sound that is both dynamic and colorful. In place of the trumpets, French Horns and woodwind instruments used in concert bands in the United States, the British Brass Band uses cornets, flugelhorn, tenor horns, euphoniums, baritones, trombones and tubas, as well as percussion. As the only brass band of this type in Iowa, the EIBB presents a truly unique musical experience.


Plan now to attend! General Admission Tickets (Adults $15/Students $10) are available online at WashingtonAuditorium.org, or two weeks before the show at the Washington Chamber of Commerce, 205 West Main Street, 319-653-3272.


Easteren Iowa Brass Band Poster


4-H Kids in the Kitchen Club Measures and Mixes at Lincoln Elementary PDF Print E-mail
Friday, March 15 2019 09:02

The 4-H Kids in the Kitchen after school club started last year at Stewart Elementary and thanks to key volunteers and financial support it has expanded to be hosted at Lincoln Elementary this year as well. This club is teaching members to have kitchen sense and safety while they learn about the major food groups and making healthy choices for their growing bodies. As 3rd-5th graders gain more independence, food preparation and choices are more often a decision of theirs and not only their parents. This is the perfect audience to experience the Kids in the Kitchen content.

Members started the club March 12 learning about safe food preparation with proper handwashing and food washing. They read the recipe and learned the importance of preparing ingredients before beginning the recipe. They made Breakfast Splits from the ISU Eat Smart, Spend Smart healthy recipes. Each week they will also do fun exercises together and use the healthy MyPlate to identify food groups.

Washington County Extension is bringing this club to 20 Lincoln Elementary students. The Kids in the Kitchen curriculum is a product of Iowa 4-H. This afterschool club is being taught by volunteers Nicole Bruty with assistance from Carrie Rich and Macy Driscoll.

The Washington County Extension Office hopes to expand this club in future years, please contact them if interested in sponsoring or volunteering or with any questions about this Healthy Living Club or how to get involved with other youth activities as a member or volunteer.


Kids in the Kitchen were divided into duties as they prepared Breakfast Splits. Ada T and Christopher P were in charge of dishes.

SEIBA JAZZFEST 2019, Claire W. Outstanding soloist PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 13 2019 07:46

The Washington Middle School Jazz Band performed at the SEIBA Jazzfest at West High School in Iowa City on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 in the Small Class Jr. High (class 1A-3A middle schools). Three judges scored the bands and gave out solo awards. The WMS band scored 65,65 and 49.


Claire W., received the Overall Outstanding Soloist award for all Class 1A-3A MS/JH Jazz Bands for her solo and section work on trombone.



The Jazz band also had 5 students who received solo awards on Saturday: Claire W, trombone; Kevin F, tuba; Julianna W., clarinet ; Trenton H., Alto Sax; and Mikaila M, piano (daughter of Barb Matheson)

After the band's performance, they spent about a half hour with clinician, Jerry Zinn, who watched their performance and worked with them after their performance.



Their selections included Now's the Time, Over the Rainbow, and Caravan.

WMS Jazz Band Members are:

Alto Sax: Trenton H & Amelia D

Tenor Sax: Miguel T & Matthew V

Bari Sax parts (on TUBA)- Kevin F

Trombones: Claire W , Levi A , &Taylor J

Trumpets: Caleb H , Samantha H , William K & Ada K

Clarinet: Julianna W

Drums: Lane S & Brennen W

Vibes: Brennen W

Bass: Will G-B

Piano: Mikaila M

Guitar: Kael M

The Washington MS Jazz Band director is Craig McClenahan.

4-H STEM Club uses Food for Thought PDF Print E-mail
Monday, March 11 2019 12:38

The March 4-H After School STEM Club is using Food for Thought curriculum from the company Engineering is Elementary. 3rd-5th grade participants will learn about food science and how that affects how food looks, how long it lasts and how it tastes too. Their first session experimented how changing the process and order of something can create very different resuls. Each group made their own version of rice krispies. 3rd grader, Joseph Pacha, worked through his rice krispie process to a unique and tasty result. Pacha is the son of Ashley and Steven Pacha of Washington. March STEM is being taught by Molly Doorenbos and Kelli Gapinski.

Washington County Extension & 4-H and Lincoln Elementary are partnering together with a sponsorship from Bazooka Farmstar and Premier 1 to offer additional and fun ways for Washington youth to interact with science more in a hands-on setting while making new friends and connecting with caring adults in the community. This club is open to any 3rd-5th grade student who wants to experiment more with science, technology, engineering, and math. Each session will use an Engineering is Elementary and State 4-H curriculum.

Registration is still open for the April session titled “Outbreak Alert!” In a world where people are more connected than ever, diseases can spread rapidly! Youth will become biomedical engineers as they explore how to prepare for outbreaks of highly contagious diseases. They will use the Engineering Design Process to design an antiviral to stop a newly discovered virus from infecting a model cell. This group will meet on April 1, 8, 15. Register by March 25 at


Please contact the Washington County Extension Office, 319-653-4811 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , for registration form or with any questions about this STEM Club or how to get involved with other youth science activities.


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