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Weekend activities, notes, books, quotes

“Luck,” writer J. Frank Dobie once wrote, “is just being ready for a chance.”

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Big doins’ this weekend….

  • Sheridan Kiwanis Club’s Stars of Tomorrow at the WYO Theater Friday (tonight) at 7 p.m. Fifty-two years of local song, dance and talent still going strong. More than 30 performers.
  • The Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Big Horns has a major fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Kalif Shrine — Homes, Community and Hope. Food, fun, auctions and live music with The Craft Brothers.
  • The Sheridan Ice Show is also Saturday at 6 p.m., at the Sheridan Ice Rink. Nine Sheridan skaters, coached by Emily Emond with performances they created, will perform.

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Recommended reading …

The nightstand, usually heavy with biographies, histories, political and cultural stuff and the occasional tome about baseball, will now and then have a James Lee Burke crime novel. Crime stories can shake up the psyche a bit while transitioning from one bio or history to another. Readers become devoted to writers, whether it’s Craig Johnson, C.J. Box, Michael Connelly or Burke.

Burke’s latest, “Creole Belle,” is a gem of a story, featuring a favorite detective character, Dave Robicheaux, his running buddy, Clete Purcel, some vicious bad guys with crimes against their fellow man and the environment, and descriptive story-telling throughout. Available from: Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery. Having an independent bookstore on Main Street, always a sign of a good community.

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  • Dept. of incidental info…….

Thirty-five years ago, the soundtrack album “Saturday Night Fever” started a 24-week run at No.1 on the U.S. album charts. It seemed like everyone had a copy of it, along with platform shoes and bell-bottom britches.

It is not the best-selling U.S. movie soundtrack, however. That honor goes to “The Bodyguard” with 17 million albums sold. “Fever” is next at 15 million, followed by “Purple Rain” at 13 million. Next is “Dirty Dancing” and at five is “Titanic.”

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Oops!

“New research indicate Bartlet Street – with one T at the end – was named after Civil War Gen. William Bartlett – two Ts – and has been misspelled for a logn time.”

— Andover (Mass) Townsman

They Said It

“For those of you who are not Catholic, the idea of Lent is you’re supposed to give up something so you can experience suffering. Or you could just go on a Carnival cruise.”

— Jay Leno, late night funny man

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