Marie Galyean: Comedy at NNU nears end of run

Marie Galyean
Marie Galyean Idaho Statesman

There will be three more chances to see the rib-tickling farce “Tons of Money” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday in the Little Theatre at Northwest Nazarene University, at 512 Holly St.

Tickets are $10 purchased at the door or reserved at 208-861-8839 or

According to Director Marilyn Gunderson, “This show is a wild, hysterically funny romp. It is filled with delightfully funny characters who will keep the audience rolling with laughter. It is the perfect winter pick-me-up.”

Gunderson is known in Canyon County as a founder in 1991 of CAN-ACT, the Caldwell and Nampa Alliance of Community Theatre, which presented 68 productions over 19 years. She won many awards for her set design and construction, costumes, directing and acting.

Because of problems with finding a venue for the theater, CAN-ACT closed in 2010, donating its costumes, furniture and props to Glynis Calhoun’s Spot Light Theatre in the Columbia Performing Arts Center in Nampa. Other donations were made to schools and drama programs in the area.

Performing in The Encore show “Tons of Money” are Doug Clemens, Tim Schreffler, Rachel Schreffler, Krystal Brooks and Steve Allison. Marilyn’s daughter, MaLinda Gunderson, is also in the cast, as well as Richard Durrington, Sharon Dringle, Rob Kelley and John Clemans. Elizabeth Kimbell is the assistant director.


Young artists from kindergarten through high school are invited to the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center for Junior Duck Stamp Art Days, continuing Feb. 20, 27 and March 5, anytime from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

They will learn about Idaho waterfowl and may create their own Junior Duck Stamp art contest entry. All necessary supplies will be provided and instructions and waterfowl specimens shown.

According to Mia Callahan, an AmeriCorps member and environmental educator at the refuge, and Susan Kain, all Idaho students may submit artwork by March 15. The center is located at the intersection of Roosevelt and Indiana in Nampa.

More information is available at


Named for Charlie Brown’s blanket-toting pal, the national Project Linus provides homemade blankets for at-risk children worldwide. Donna Aten, longtime coordinator for the Southwest Idaho Chapter, announces that the annual National Make a Blanket Day will be observed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 20 in the Karcher Mall main lobby.

Anyone can help with this work, by tying quilts, finishing fleece blankets, coloring fabric squares or sewing quilt tops. Everyone is invited to drop by the mall and lend a hand on Saturday.

Since this organization began in 1995, thousands of blankets have been made and donated to hospitals, police and fire departments, and crisis centers to comfort children who are ill, injured or are victims of abuse or accidents.

For more information, contact


Soloist Changlu Wu will perform the Lan-Kui Han’s “Rhapsody for Pipa and Orchestra” with the Philharmonic at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern St. Tickets are $22 -$43.50. Concert includes Tieshan-Mao Yuan’s “Dance of the Yao People,” Maurice Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite” and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43.

For reservations, call 344-7849 or

Marie D. Galyean is a journalist who has lived in Canyon County for more than 40 years. Do you have any news about West Treasure Valley people, events and other subjects of interest? Email your ideas and stories to: