Wonderful time

The Oct. 24 Halloween-themed fundraiser for Advocates for Children, the Night of a Thousand Jacks, was a great success and a wonderful time. Mother Nature can be thanked in part as rain drew everyone indoors to FairOaks Mall and gave them more of a reason to make it a destination.

The mall was packed with adults and children checking out the carved pumpkins, voting on the best pumpkins, playing games and participating in a costume contest. Mall shopkeepers had to be pleased with the turnout because it provided extra shoppers.

Most of all, nearly $22,000 raised during the event went to a worthy cause, supporting an organization whose volunteers represent children in the legal system and advocate for their best interests.

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Recycling opportunity

Local residents have an opportunity to help the environment and clean out their homes by participating in the semiannual Amnesty Day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Columbus/Bartholomew Recycling Center.

Bartholomew County residents are welcome to bring the following hard-to-dispose of items at no charge for recycling, such as old vehicle tires, propane gas tanks, freezers and air conditioning units

This is a good opportunity for everyone.

Record effort

The recent announcement that the 40th anniversary unCommon Cause arts fundraiser set an apparent record of $118,000 in profits was welcome news. The mark easily topped last year’s $97,150 raised and was more than double the 2011 mark.

That shows a strong commitment from the community for supporting the Columbus Area Arts Council and the programs it provides to the community.