Youth Juggling Company, LLC

5905 Concord Avenue
Edina, MN 55424

Developing youth through juggling since 1994.



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February, 2008

Colony Park-Wooddale
Church transfer to take place soon

In May 2005, our company moved to Colony Park Church (CP) for long-term residence. (The move was necessitated by a major construction project in our former home base in the Edina Community Center.) While we've been overwhelmingly satisfied with our 2.67 years in the building to date, our future here has been uncertain since last summer.

In August, a major transition occured within CP membership: all four elders and four of the five staff members resigned. After about half of the congregation left, two teams were formed from the remaining membership (a temporary board of elders and a Transition Team) in order to explore the next steps for CP. Paul Arneberg served on both teams, chaired by fellow CP member and Jughead dad, Tom Richter. After months of deliberation, the teams unanimously recommended to the CP membership to give all assets, land, and facilities to Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie. On Jan. 13, the CP membership affirmed this recommendation by an overwhelming majority: 92.5%. On Feb. 4, Wooddale's membership approved their own elders' recommendation to accept the gift of CP's facilities in order to start a 2nd campus, tentatively called Wooddale Church Edina. Included in their plans are about $2 million in needed facility renovations: new systems (heating/cooling, alarm, sprinkler), bathrooms, and exterior repairs. The legal transfer is expected within weeks, and CP's 92 year history will culminate in two celebration events March 29-30.

The good news for JH is that Wooddale has guaranteed our unabated schedule for clubs & camps through the 2008 calendar year. After that, it is hopeful that we'll continue in 2009 and beyond, but since we'll be under the authority of a new landlord, we'll need to make any and all adjustments as needed in compliance with the needs & vision of the new church campus. Having been closely involved with the transition process, Paul says, "I feel very confident about what this acquisition means both for the Edina community in general and for our hopeful long-term juggling home specifically." For questions or comments, email Paul, Wendy, Tom Richter (thomasrichter@juno.com) or Wooddale Pastoral Care Pastor Tom Bell (Tom.Bell@Wooddale.org).

Officer Voice: Sarah Zuhlsdorf
This is the 5th in our student leader commentary series.
I have recently realized how much my parents do for me. It's a lot, and I can never thank them enough for endless support, help, advice, and rides to and from after-school activities (I'm 17 and still don't have my license…). They have opened up opportunities in my life that I would not have had otherwise. Chances are, a lot of people are in this same situation. You probably have someone who does a lot for you. Whether it's washing your clothes, or spending over a thousand dollars on that surgery you needed after a sport injury, it has helped you get to where you are today. People like this deserve all the thanks they can get, but some of the time they don't get so much as a "thank you." When it comes to thinking about it, it's a little disheartening to know that we can only say "thank you" so many times but really we need a truck full of balloons and a massive party to express our thanks… So really show your thanks this Valentine's Day to those who love you enough to help you as much as they have --- especially if it's the least you can do. Maybe one day you'll be getting big thanks for making big differences in someone's life, too.

Showcase 3 Update
March 11 show at The Blake School nears

Up to 18 acts ranging from Monday Rec. 4th graders to Ultimate Club juniors are slated to perform at 7 pm at The Blake School, 110 Blake Road, Hopkins, MN, 55343. The show is free and will last 75-90 minutes; please consider coming out to support the eager and hard-working Jugheads who are excited to perform in this public setting. The event is sponsored by the EYJA and led by the JH Officer Team.

Juggle Jam 10!
May 16-17 @ RHS + dress rehearsals

Juggle Jam 10 (JJ10) dates are set for Friday & Saturday, May 16 & 17, 7 pm, with rehearsals from 6-9 pm on Thursday evening, May 8, and Wednesday evening, May 14. For the third year, Juggle Jam will be held at Richfield HS auditorium. For families new to JUGHEADS, JJ is the once-a-year pull-out-the-stops public juggling show featuring routines from every club, the entire JH company, small group specialty acts, youth emcees, and our beloved annual slide show featuring all 120+ Jugheads. Please mark your calendars!

JJ10 Auditions (solos, etc.) are tentatively scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, April 14 & 15. Whereas our Winter Showcase is about opportunity, Juggle Jam only allows the top 6-7 acts. You must apply and meet the pre-audition performance requirements by April 4. See Paul for an application.

JJ10 Ticket packets will be available Feb. 11. Selling is not required, but prizes offer an incentive to recruit big audiences.

Honorary advanced club filled with fun

Kinetic, loud, enthusiastic, skill-building...Thursday Rec. is a kind of quintessential after school activity for nearly 30 (pre) teens. Of particular demographic note is that this club has far-reaching academic and geographical diversity, with youth attending eight different schools in five different school districts/private schools, and traveling as far as Roseville and Mendota Heights to attend club. The leadership team of Scott, Ricky and Colin is strong, freeing up Paul to work on behind-the-scenes tasks when needed. In JJ9, these kids juggled as Elvises; this year, the British Invasion comes to JJ10 in a tribute to the Beatles.

JH Community News

  • CLUB REMINDERS: 1) There IS Girls' Elite/Fri. Adv. on 2/29 despite EPS' K-5th release day; 2) there IS Boys' Elite on March 11 despite our Winter Juggling Showcase at 7 pm.
  • Remaining SCHOOL YEAR CAMPS: Feb. 15 & 18, 9-5 p.m. Cost: $50 w/lunch. $25 for half day w/o lunch.
  • MONDO Jugglefest 2008 is April 11-13 at Concordia U. in St. Paul. Look for more info. in March; all Jugheads welcome.
  • Next Officer Meetings: 2/9 & 3/8, 9-Noon in The Loft.
  • THE IJA FESTIVAL is July 14-20, 2008 in Lexington, KY. 13 Jugheads were represented at our info. meetings; Feb. 12 is our down payment deadline. NOTE: Wendy, Diane Harr and/or Darcy Wiklund may lead the trip without Paul so that he can speak at a youth camp that same week. Feedback from parents of potential IJA Jugheads is needed.
  • E-MAIL LIST: E-mail--wendyarneberg@comcast.net-- to be added to our group e-mail list or to change your e-mail address.

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