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April 15, 2005

Busy days for pie makers, playground volunteers, actors

by Samantha Beres

It's April and the smell of cherry pie is in the air.

Even though Veishea will not happen this year, the month is jam-packed with activities for students, staff, faculty and community members of Ames. April 15-17 mark some real busy days and yes, you can get your cherry pie.

About 9,000 pastry shells wait to be filled and topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

"People just expect it," said adjunct assistant professor of hotel, restaurant and institution management Catherine Strohbehn, who has been advising students on the cherry pie filling for 20 years.

"Cherry pies are one of those things, a common denominator that students, alums and people in the area affiliate with Iowa State," she said.

The pies will be sold for one day, April 15, at the Tearoom in MacKay Hall and in the parking lot at McDonald's restaurant, 129 S. Duff Ave.

HRIM students making cherry pies

Students in hotel, institution and restaurant management have prepared 9,000 cherry pies for sale on April 15. We hope you have a dollar to spare. File photo.

Operation playground

Students in LINC (Leaders INspiring Connections), an organization created by the Veishea executive board, have organized an April 16 blitz build, a one-day building marathon to put up three playgrounds in Ames.

There will be more than 100 volunteers at each site. The locations are 1500 Gateway Hills Park Dr., the softball complex at North River Valley Park on 13th Street, and the Old Town park at 9th Street and Douglas Avenue.

"We wanted to take the resources that we had for the parade and do something good for the community," Katie Ross, LINC public relations co-chair said. "They've done a lot for us over the years and we want to show our appreciation."

When LINC put the word out about the playgrounds, staff, faculty, students and Ames residents volunteered in droves. So LINC added another component to the day, a park clean-up.

In addition to the 300 volunteers who will build playgrounds, 400 other volunteers will spend the day cleaning up Ames parks.

Football spring scrimmage

Kick-off of the Cyclone intra-squad game is at 1 p.m. on April 16, but the fun starts at 11 a.m. with a Kids Carnival that runs until game time. Among the activities are face painting, miniature golf and a quarterback challenge.

There's also an Apple iPod football game in lot 85E from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You pick the line of scrimmage the first score will come from -- and which team will score. If you are right, you could win one of four Apple iPod shuffles.

Following the game, players will sign autographs for 20 minutes on the east side of the Jacobson Building.

All events are free and take place at Jack Trice Stadium.

Final weekend for Stars Over ISU

The Secret Garden, a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical based on the 1911 children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is in its last weekend on the Fisher Theater stage.

It tells the story of Mary Lennox, a young girl sent to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven, in Yorkshire, England. He is still mourning the loss of his wife, Lily, who died 10 years earlier during childbirth, and is distraught over the condition of his bedridden son, both of which make for a gloomy home. Mary discovers a secret garden that once belonged to Lily, and by nursing it back to life, also restores life to her grieving uncle and frail cousin.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. April 15 and 16, and at 2 p.m. April 17. Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students.

Cherry pies: April 15

  • Locations:
    • Tearoom, 16 MacKay, 8 a.m. until pies are gone
    • Parking lot of the Duff Ave. McDonald's restaurant, 10 a.m. until pies are gone
  • Price: $1 (proceeds support HRIM scholarships)