Bluegrass concert to help school in Tanzania

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By The Staff

A bluegrass concert and barbecue to help finance the Light Up Losinoni project in Tanzania will be offered June 18 at Center/Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive in Evergreen.


The concert will feature local bluegrass musicians the O’Brien Family and John Erlandson. A 5:30 p.m. reception, barbecue and jewelry sale will precede a 6:30 p.m. curtain time. The Rib Cage will provide the barbecue.

Proceeds from sales of $30 tickets will help provide solar power to the 750 children of the Losinoni Primary School at the remote Maasai village an hour’s drive north of Arusha in Tanzania.

The event is being sponsored by the Evergreen Rotary Club and the Evergreen Chorale. Rotarians Brenda Hagerman, Marcia Walsh and Hanna Holt are helping with planning, and Rotarians Curt Harris and state Rep. Cheri Gerou are helping to underwrite the event.

Hagerman said the lighting project, for the teachers’ staff room at the school, will enable staff to have a copy machine, TV and a computer to facilitate the school’s educational mission. The Evergreen Rotary Club was instrumental several years ago in piping clean water several miles from the nearby mountains to the village after it was discovered that the local water had too much fluoride and was causing bowed legs in the children.

At that point, a Golden nonprofit, AfricaAid got involved, building classrooms and providing lunches. Without electricity to be provided by the solar power project, however, Hagerman said, the village is having a difficult time attracting and keeping good teachers.

Reservations for the concert may be made at www.evergreenchorale.org or by calling 303-674-4002. The entire cost of a $30 ticket is a tax-deductible contribution to AfricAid.