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More than 100 dogs have been rescued from a breeding compound in Camden County. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the story.

Local photographer Randy Bacon and his wife and business partner Shannon have taken the plunge into filmmaking. Bacon will unveil his first feature-length documentary, "The Last Days of Extraordinary Lives," in full Hollywood-premiere red-carpet style on Saturday, October 16 at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and show time is 7:00. Proceeds from the film will benefit the Extraordinary Lives Foundation, and a portion of ticket proceeds are tax deductible. Randy and Shannon had been dabbling in filmmaking for years before embarking on this project. The Bacons listened to stories told over the years along with two of their photo clients, Good Shepherd Hospice medical social worker Angela Ricketts, and Hospice Compassus patient care supervisor and Admissions Coordinator, Jan Roselman. The project started simply enough, with a photo exhibit, then blossomed into a full-length documentary film about the lives of 17 individuals including a 2-year-old, an Amish family, and a 43-year-old with AIDS. Doctors, chaplains, nurses and family members pour out their hearts in this 90-minute tribute to living life with joy even during the last days of life. Jan Roselman calls it "a film about dying to live and not living to die." The impact of the film will extend far beyond the photo exhibit of the still work during the First Friday Art Walk, October 1 and the film premiere October 16. After the debut, the film will be submitted to film festivals around the country and will be featured at special events within our community and across the nation. View the film trailer at www.randybacon.com. Tickets for the Oct.16 premiere at the Gillioz are available at www.gillioz.org, at the box office at 325 Park Central Square, or at Randy Bacon Photography in the Monarch Art Factory, 600 W. College. Special VIP tickets are available include pre- and after-show parties, live music and discussion with the filmmakers. Proceeds from the film will benefit Extraordinary Lives Foundation and a portion of ticket proceeds are tax deductible. Call 417-868-8179 for more information.

The Drury University English Department hosts "Working With Words," an English symposium, on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 23 and 24 in the Harwood Room of Olin Library on the Drury campus. The symposium is a celebration of creative writing by professionals and students, while also exposing students to available career paths. The symposium will kick-off on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. with a career fair tailored specifically to English students. In addition to the career fair, attendees will hear readings from two widely-published writers, poet and novelist Rachel Dewoskin and playwright Zayd Dohrn. Dohrn will give a reading Thursday the 23rd at 3pm, as well as direct Drury theater students as they read from his plays. Friday the 24th at 10am Rachel Dewoskin will read from her new novel "Big Girl Small," followed by Zayd Dohrn at 11am directing students from the Drury Theater Dept. as they read from one-act, "Please Forgive Me." Then there's a Creative Writing student reading scheduled at noon on Friday. All the events are free and open to the public. For information call the Drury English Department at 873-7469.

Join First Friday Art Walk on Friday Oct.1st from 6 to 10pm at 27 participating galleries. Along the way, you’ll enjoy live music, art demonstrations, food and fun. There are several major shows this month, from work by local schoolchildren to regional and international exhibits. Metro Credit Union, at the corner of Campbell and Elm, returns to the Art Walk in October with artwork by the 4th through 8th grade artists of the Artworks Summer Camp at Sequiota Elementary. Also, live music by the Carmen Burgess Band and free refreshments. Hawthorn Galleries presents the 3rd annual "Women Artists of the Midwest" Exhibition with new works by Alishia Brundege, Elizabeth Chapman, Jeanne Davis, Lisa Esposito and Louise Thies. Meet the artists and enjoy live music by Stringfield. And there will be an opening reception for "Pure Enjoyment," a juried exhibit featuring about 100 works of art of the Meramec Region, at The Creamery Arts Center, sponsored by Brewer Science in association with Springfield Regional Arts Council and Arts Rolla. For information call Art Walk at 849-8255 or visit their website at www.ffaw.org.Other October Highlights: --Enjoy the antics of the Springfield Little Theater YES Troupe at Canvas --Experience Photographer Carl James’ images of Europe at DB Design Salon & Gallery.--See a double show at Inveno Health with artists Kat Allie and Stephanie Cramer.--Visit the three Missouri State University galleries for a trio of international displays! MSU Brick City Gallery presents "Grabadores Mexicanos Contemporáneos" featuring a quartet of contemporary Mexican printmakers. MSU International Center presents "The Face of Russia," a photo exhibit by Edward Biamonte, and MSU Student Exhibition Center presents "Voices in Freedom," sponsored by the Eleventh International Biennial of the Poster in Mexico 2010.--Stop by OTC Fine Art Gallery for its Annual OTC Fine Art Faculty Exhibition, with live theater and music performances. --For families on the go, the Downtown Y offers affordable child care for Art Walking parents via Family Art Night, serving children ages 3 months to 12 years, 6:30-9 p.m. for only $10 per child. Kids enjoy healthy activities and snacks, story time and a hands-on art project to take home. Call (417) 862-8962, ext. 149, for information or to preregister.

As the highly-anticipated November election approaches, Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff has announced that absentee voting has begun for those who will be unable to make it out to their regular polling places on election day. KSMU’s Justin Lux reports.

This Sense of Community report was produced by Mike Smith and originally aired 21 Sept. 2010. It features an interview with Jack Hunter, Director of The Career Center at Missouri State University.

This Sense of Community report was produced by Mike Smith and aired the afternoon of Sept 21. It features interviews with Shirley Lawler, Vice President for Student and Academic Affairs at OTC; Lisa Gardner, Hospitality Management/Culinary Arts Department Chair at OTC; and Paul Trout, Certified Executive Chef/Culinary Arts Instructor at OTC. Lawler spoke to KSMU by telephone from her OTC office. Gardner and Trout were interviewed at “Scallions” a restaurant operated by OTC Hospitality Management/Culinary Arts students whose work there gives them valuable perspectives into their chosen careers.

Shot Clinic Vaccination

Missouri health officials say the state’s immunization rate for a series of seven vaccines for toddlers is the lowest in the nation. KSMU’s Adam Hammons asked the Greene County Health Department what they’re doing to fix this.