Tuesday, October 30, 2007


I would like to invite the members and friends of the New Horizons Band to a free concert being given by the Metropolitan Winds. Each year, we do a concert called "Music Matters" in two of the area high schools. It's an outreach program to increase the bonds between music students and their parents and teachers. This year, it will be in McArthur HS on Thursday, Nov. 1st at 7:30pm and RLTurner HS on Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 7:30pm.

RLTurner is just down the road from the Sr. center, so I hope to see you all there. It will be a good chance to see their newly renovated auditorium if you haven't seen it yet. The lineup of music is one that can surely be appreciated by the NHB members. Attached is a concert poster for the event. It is also posted at the senior center.

Please call or write if you have any questions.


John H. Short

VP Fundraising, Metropolitan Winds


Monday, October 29, 2007

Russian river cruise enjoyed by several of our band members.....

From Vicki Sims....

Our contingent consisted of 14 people: the 4 couples with band connections, another couple where the husband plays in the Richardson Community Band with Shirley, a couple who have a home in Plano but live in Oklahoma (the wife is in Shirley's and my book club) and two women Shirley has known since kindergarten. One lives in Colorado and the other in Nashville. There were 200 people in all split into 6 different groups.
Basically, we spent several days in Moscow; then several days on rivers, lakes and canals between Moscow and St Petersburg; winding up with several days in St Petersburg.

Joe and Judy, Sept 2
Our stop today was at Svirstroy where we had a very pleasant morning tea at the home of one of the locals. The hosts for our group, split into manageable numbers, were a grandmother, daughter and grandson. 18 of us squeezed into the dining room and enjoyed their warm hospitality. Outside we marveled at their wonderful garden with beautiful fall veggies (stuff that won’t even grow in hot Dallas) and came across a gentleman who had been out picking wild mushrooms.

Bob, Aug 30
After another fabulous lunch we had a Russian Folk Instrument presentation and any one who wanted to could sign up to learn to play the balalaika. Bob Sims of our group signed up. He and four others played together in the talent show at the end of the cruise.

Bonnie and Brittain, Sept 1
We arrived at Kizhi around 2:00pm and made sure we had on good walking shoes and coats. Kizhi is one of 1650 islands in Lake Onega, the second largest lake in Europe. There were wooden walks, dirt roads, and the wind was very brisk. The town is famous for it’s all wooden church (being renovated inside) built without a nail. It is amazing and beautiful with its 22 domes – built in 1714.

Jim and Shirley, Aug 31
Jim and Shirley elected to stay in Goritsy while most of us went to the Kirillo-Belozersk Monastery. Shirley bought dog food and wandered through the town feeding all the local dogs. Also, she and Jim were invited into the home of one of the local craftsmen.

Mona Dee in Colorado 10-2007

Here is the buck that my sister made friends with 4
seasons ago. He comes to her and she gives him apples
and carrotts. He is beautiful and I got to feed him 4
times while I was there. One day there were 4 bucks and
3 does and some babies. The biggest buck "Buckster" is
the only one that will come up to her. There is one
doe that will come and eat out of her hand if no bucks
are around at the time. Pretty cool!

I am home now. I had a great time in Colorado. My
sister is doing very well after her surgery a week and 1/2
ago. She will probably be down here for Thanksgiving
and stay for a few months. There's too much snow , ice
and wind for her to stay there all winter.

Best Wishes to all,

Mona Dee

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Fund Raising Event for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Dear fellow band members. I would like to share with you what happened in my neighborhood this last weekend. We had a fund raising event for the LLS in honor of my little neighbor who was challenged with Leukemia last year. Her story is below.

As you know our band director, Bob Austin, is also a survivor of Lymphoma. I invited Bob along with his wife, Hallie to come to our celebration. I was so happy to see that they were able to come and I hope that they enjoyed it. I of course added some pictures below. ;0)

Summer’s Story

At just 21 months old, Summer was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Because this disease is fatal without treatment, Summer began intensive chemotherapy within hours of the diagnosis. The treatment process lasted over six months, with the majority of this time spent in–house at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, TX. Less than a month into her treatment, her dad discovered that part of her central line was getting twisted, and the potential for the tubes to break and for infection was enormous. After several unsuccessful attempts from nurses to find a remedy, the family realized it was up to them to design their own solution. Meanwhile, Summer’s central line had broken twice within two days! After three breaks surgery is required to implant a new central line. They contacted Karen Alyea, a retired nurse, who is a seamstress, and working together developed Summer’s Lifeguard, a central line wrap.

Summer’s last treatment was on March 31, 2006. Her central line was removed from her chest six weeks later. Right after Summer was diagnosed, her mom would tell her that she was a soldier of God, and her “armor” included her entire family and friends, her medicine, and all the doctors, nurses, and specialists treating her. Summer’s Lifeguard quickly became part of this soldier’s armor in her fight against cancer. It is critical for chemotherapy patients to avoid infection. Their bodies generally have very low if any immune levels, since the medicines destroy good cells, along with the bad ones.
Summer’s parents maintain that Summer’s Lifeguard played a major role in saving her life by reducing the chance of infection and the risk of unplanned surgery. PRAISE GOD! Summer is now in remission. She is a very normal, active, and healthy toddler. She is our hero.

To join Summer's team for Light the Night Walk on October 28, 2007 at the Dr. Pepper Ball Park in Frisco go to :
or call Mary

Mary Kilgore