Heart of Nashua: Fundraising for arts center kicks off Sunday with Meri Goyette luncheon

“The arts are the best insurance policy a city can take on itself.”

That’s what Woody Dumas, the former popular mayor of Baton Rouge, said many years ago. And I know that many Nashuans would agree with that sentiment.

In fact, my city isn’t fooling around; it’s stepping into high gear immediately with the first major event to benefit Nashua’s Performing Arts Center Endowment Fund (Before a $15 million bond can be issued to convert the former Alec’s Shoes into a new downtown arts center with a 700-seat theatre, a $4 million private endowment must be secured).

City Arts Nashua has announced this year’s annual event, and it’s an elegant and delicious one.

Champagne with the Greek Muses, the 5th annual Meri Goyette Arts Award luncheon, will be held at Sky Meadow Country Club on 6 Mountain Laurels Drive in Nashua on Sunday, March 25, at 11 a.m.

The event coincides with Greek Independence Day, so that means a menu featuring Greek food in a three-course meal with champagne. There will be an awards ceremony honoring the recipients, live entertainment, games, a lot of laughs, and live and silent auctions. And one of the Red Sox auction items includes two tickets for box seats and a baseball autographed by pitcher Rick Porcello.

Three very creative people will be profiled at the luncheon and include artist Kristen Wolfe, illustrator Don Higgins and musician Carol Coronis.

City Arts Nashua (CAN) was established in 2004. The volunteer arts services organization is a bright light in the community, and the organization’s beliefs are simple and to the point: “Arts and culture are the heart and soul of any city. A vibrant arts community and a strong creative economy are necessary for the development and growth of the greater Nashua area.”

CAN is excited to be leading the fundraising effort for the endowment. “We are very proud to announce that this year, all of the proceeds from our Fund-A-Need-Initiative will support the Nashua Performing Arts Center Endowment Fund,” said City Arts Nashua Board President Lisa Bissonnette.

“Alderwoman Mary-Ann Melizzi-Golja and her husband, Bogdan, have also very graciously offered to match a donation of up to $1,000 in support of the PAC. We are grateful for their support.”

Other matching donors are welcome to step forward.

Join them for the arts award luncheon, and reserve your spot now. Tickets are $55 each.

Please select 10 tickets to reserve a table. Order online, donate online, and visit www.cityartsnashua.org for more information.

Colon health

Staying healthy here in the Gate City is always of importance, and Audra Burns, director of community relations at Southern New Hampshire Health, is sharing a key event that might interest you.

In case you didn’t know, March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

On Tuesday, March 27, from 10 to 11a.m., registered nurses Bethany St. Onge and Jessica McLavey from Southern New Hampshire Health’s Endoscopy Department will present ‘Coffee and Conversation About Colon Health.’

Audra tells me that the free presentation at the Nashua Senior Center, 70 Temple St., will give behind the scenes information about the screening options, procedures and an opportunity to view some of the equipment. Complimentary coffee and refreshments will be served.

It’s always helpful going into a treatment with enough background knowledge to put your mind at ease. Everyone has questions, and it’s great when professionals involved with a medical procedure are available to answer them in a relaxed setting.

The presentation is open to the public.

All you have to do is register for the event at www.snhhealth.org/classes, or call 603-577-2255.

Ms. Stylianos is a Nashua native. Her column is published weekly. She can be reached at jtania512@gmail.com.