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Sixth Annual Jazz Walk: Celebrating our Community

Jazz Walk 2012
Three great groups, one great cause.

Come at 6:00 pm and take the Walk - each group plays three sets at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm - see them all!
            • Total Experience Gospel Choir - always a totally awesome experience!  Faithfully supporting the Jazz Walk for the six years.
            • F Street Project - returning to the Jazz Walk with blues, pop, and rock - listen.
            • After Hours Quartet - new this year with great jazz - listen to these guys!
Admission is free with all donations to benefit the Next Step.

Last year we had some great door prizes - this year will be even better!

Come, celebrate our great, giving and caring community.

Jazz Walk begins at 6:00 pm at the Churches of Faith Choices on South Lewis Street.

Print information flyer and directions >>>



TOTAL ACCESS IN THE NEWS - from the Monroe Monitor - March 5, 2011


Monroe Covenant Total Access Project

Like many disabled people, Joe lives on a tight budget, and the free dinner offered Tuesday nights at Monroe Covenant Church helps him get by.

But the 106-year-old church isn't equipped with a ramp for his electric wheelchair. So each week, he has waited while volunteers set up a temporary ramp and helped him negotiate the stairs. Once he was there, he couldn't use the bathroom; the restrooms were very small and required the use of stairs to reach them. 

Now, Joe and others in his predicament will be able to access the entire building for Tuesday night dinners and other services offered at the Sams St. church, thanks to an extensive remodel complete this month.

Read more here...




reading together at Kidz Club
KIDZ CLUB BEGINS


Kidz Club, our after school program, started on September 27th.

We meet Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at 3:30 in the basement of the Monroe Covenant Church - next door to the Next Step.

Kidz Club is open to all children of elementary school age.

We're having a great time. Come join us!  Kidz and volunteers!

KIDZ CLUB INFORMATION >>>

YARD SALE SUCCESS - HOMELESS TEENS RAISE $600!

Next Step Yard Sale

Several of "our" homeless teens wanted to do a fundraiser to "give back" to the Next Step.  Together with Janos Kendall, our Drop-In Center Director, they decided to put on a yard sale.  They chose August 27th - the date of the Fair Days Parade on Main Street.  Janos and her friends helped find donations of hot dogs, chips and sodas.
  
Torrance - Barbecue Master

Four of the teens got their food handlers permits so they could barbecue hot dogs.


The "sale" was set up on the Next Step lawn on Friday afternoon with lots of help. One of our Board members set up a bedroom suite with donated items - bed, night stand, lamp - in the middle of the lawn and stayed there all night.  Rocky reported a number of cats, a raccoon, and three apparently inebriated visitors who thought they could begin shopping early.  That is, until Rocky sat up in bed and loudly cleared his throat.  They quickly departed and forgot about shopping.

Thanks to everyone who donated, and special thanks to everyone who worked so long and hard to make our first yard sale a success.

SEE MORE PICTURES ON FLICKR >>>



FIRST EVER - OPEN MIC NIGHT AT THE NEXT STEP

Open Mic Night at the Next Step
You can't believe the talent we have in our Next Step community.

Nearly 20 performers participated in our first Open Mic Night on August 9th.

SEE WHAT YOU MISSED ON YOUTUBE >>>   Fortune and Chaz were spectacular.  So was everyone who participated.  Tons o'fun!

Watch for our next Open Mic Night announcement - you won't want to miss it!

2011 JAZZ WALK

Jazz Walk June 18, 2011
Join us for the Fifth Annual Monroe Jazz Walk - a celebration of our incredible community.

Jazz Walk begins at 6:00 pm, hosted by the churches of Faith Choices on South Lewis Street.


Come for the entire walk - each group plays three sets at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm.  See them all!

This year we have some really great door prizes, too.

The Total Experience Gospel Choir returns along with Ain't No Heaven Seven's Dixieland and a new group this year, the F Street Project - a great local group of performers.

The Jazz Walk is again, totally free.  Come and enjoy!  Donations are gladly accepted. 

WATCH A PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE >>> of what to expect on You Tube!
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