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Sounds of Good News offers Nov. 6 women's workshop retreat

Wednesday, November 04, 2009  
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As we approach the 30th anniversary of Sounds of Good News (SOGN) Productions, founded on the day after Thanksgiving in 1979, Carl A. Cole (Mr. C) is still bringing Good News to the Greater Rockford Region and beyond through the universal, educational, inspirational power of music.

Working with his lovely and talented wife Dianna and multi-talented son Andrew, he is proudly continuing the COLE-lossal legacy started by his mother, Ms. Emma Cole, with the family group,
the Singing Coles, mentioned twice in the Illinois History magazine in the early ‘60s. A professional pianist and vocalist since performing at his first wedding at age 11, Mr. C has been recognized at community and private events, from churches, schools, after-school programs, senior centers, symphony concerts, state fairs, country clubs, college campuses and award ceremonies.

This year, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28, at the CherryVale Mall
Bergner’s Court, the public is invited to join in the celebration of this magnanimous company, with special music throughout the day and a grand ceremonyat 1 p.m. with community leaders and friends. Donations will benefit the Young Eagles Success (YES) Vision of Character Excellence for Kids. The event is co-sponsored by St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Rockford Park District. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to either organization.

Upcoming SOGN events include Dianna’s First Fridays
It’s All in Me
women’s workshop retreat from 6-8 p.m., Nov. 6, at St. Paul Lutheran Church Northwest Site, 4881 Kilburn Ave.; an annual
Give Thanks
community celebration at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13 at Rockford College Fisher Chapel with a
workshop from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.;
Church 4U
neighborhood fellowship services at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15 (on every second Sunday) at St. Paul Lutheran Central Site, 600 Horsman St.; and the
Club’s Fourth Annual
Let Freedom Ring

Dr. King Day, 11 a.m., Jan. 19, 2010, at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St., downtown Rockford.

For more information, call (815) 519-7071 or e-mail
This story appeared at for the November 4-10, 2009 issue of Rock River Times.

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