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Above photo: Ella, Nathan, Serena, Jeremy, and Rebecca perform a mini-routine at JBC 2020.
Below photo: 11 Jugheads perform a special rendition of "Rock This Town" for ARC staff and visitors at JBC 2020.

March 2021

Juggle Jam 23 (JJ23) Notes

Essential Info. for 11-week countdown

SHOWS:  Our shows are Friday and Saturday, May 21 & 22 at Hopkins HS. Call time is 5:45 pm (as early as 4 pm on 5/21 for Ultimate Club); doors open @ 6:30; show runs from 7:00-9:45. 

CLUB REHEARSALS:  Every Club until JJ23 is a rehearsal*. We’re immersed in Club-based choreography, running routines (including "Rock This Town," and soon, "Reach"), and adding costumes. Please stay ‘til 6:00 p.m. and inform your Club Coach (Erica, Joyce/Josh, or Christine) of absences. *No Clubs March 29--April 2 or May 11

ALL-CAST EVENING DRESS REHEARSAL:  Tuesday, May 11 from 5-10 pm (with a call time of 3-4 pm for specialty acts & skits). Wear JJ23 Tees (and khaki shorts) for our only all-company photo at 6:00 pm. Intermediate and Elite Clubs will NOT meet on Tuesday, 5/11.

PHOTO WEEK: Each Jughead’s Slide Show/ awards portrait will be taken during Club on March 8, 9 & 11. Please attend an alternate day if absent, or sign up to attend a Monday (3-4 or 6-6:30) if after 3/11.

T-SHIRTS: All Jugheads will receive JJ23 Tees during Clubs at Emmaus in early May. Parents, please indicate sizes via an emailed link.

Distinctive COSTUMES: These are key to Club routines. Bring them weekly to Club rehearsals starting April 19-22 (earlier is encouraged!). Advanced: "Finding Nemo" characters; Intermediate: "The Juggle Book" characters; Elite: Seasonal vignettes for "The Jugglers' Seasons"; Rec.: "Toy Story" characters; Khaki shorts and JJ23 Tees are required for the grand opener, grand finale, and all-company photo on 5/11.

SKITS: Text or email JJ23 Artistic Director Erica Liddle with ideas or interest; several will be chosen from the Winter Showcase. We'll finalize the skits no later than Friday, April 30.

AUDITIONS: Jugheads desiring to perform a JJ23 specialty act (solo or small ensemble) need to audition on April 19 at Emmaus Church in Bloomington. Every prospective act must perform in the 3/13 Showcase and fill out an application by 3/25. Contact Erica or Paul for more info. NOTE: Auditions are competitive, with likely only eight acts cast. Priorities: entertainment value, uniqueness, skill, and polish.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS:  The amount of parent volunteers we will need will depend on what Hopkins HS will allow/require of us for this year's show. We will most likely need volunteers in the area of supervision, ticket sales, and ushering. Intermission concession/merchandise sales that we typically need help with will most likely be suspended for this year. Stay posted for details as we gather more information.

TICKETS: The way we will sell tickets this year will probably be very different, depending on the seating capacity we will be allowed. (Current restrictions allow only 150 seats sold each night, which may mean only 3-4 tickets sold per Jughead performer over the two nights of JJ23.) We hope to post details for online sales by Monday, March 30. Stay posted for more details.

CLUB SPOTLIGHT: Elite Club

by Coach Erica Liddle

21-Teen Club connects and creates through all seasons

To join Elite Club, Jugheads must achieve challenging skills such as 50 catches with 5 balls, 20 throws with 8 ring passing, and 20 passes in each position of the 4-person Y pattern. They must also be in at least 8th grade. Consequently, the Club gathers many of the company’s oldest and most technically able members. This year, 21 students attend Elite Club. 

What does it mean to be “elite”? Technically, the word implies somewhat exclusive and influential greatness. Noteworthy synonyms include: super, choice, and top-notch. In JUGHEADS (JH), being in Elite means you’re a big kid in the company. And being one of the big kids means you have influence. You can be someone’s role model without even realizing it. At Jingle Jam. At the Showcase. At parades. At Juggle Jam. And on Tuesday nights between Intermediate and Elite. Because Elite members can contribute to the company whether they’re on the Student Leadership Team or not. 

True, Student Leaders spend time each week mentoring Rec., Intermediate, and Advanced students. But all Elite members have opportunity to cultivate the company culture that helped shape them. Leadership speaker and author John Maxwell asserts that “Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” In our context at JH, we can read that as: “Company members become leaders not because of their power (title) but because of their choices to empower others.” What might that empowerment look like? Perhaps it’s taking two minutes to watch an Intermediate juggler’s pattern before his or her parents arrive, joining in a game of juggling 4 square, shouting “Rock!” extra loud in "Rock This Town," or greeting a handful of people each by name. Culture shaping can even be as simple as modeling a good attitude and work ethic.

Just a few months ago, Elite Club shocked everyone – even itself! – by demonstrating uncharacteristic motivation in the company-wide standards challenge. I drew a chart with rows of empty blanks and a column for each Club. For four weeks as Jugheads achieved new standards, they went to the chart, wrote down that standard (solo or passing), and their name(s) beside that. Advanced filled in a handful of the blanks. Rec. and Intermediate nearly two dozen each. Elite all 32. That’s 32 Ultimate and Super-Ultimate standards! 

Many Elites who thought they couldn’t complete any more standards found motivation in their peers, persisting to greater technical abilities and deeper friendships. This surge in enthusiasm and perseverance is leadership by example. If the big kids could overcome their historical plateau, then Rec./ Intermediate/ Advanced Jugheads can, too.

Now that it’s March, Elite routine work is decidedly under way. Creative ideas are exploding into the beginnings of performance. Newly refreshed talents and friendships continue to amaze with engaging, whimsical performance. Witnessing these high schoolers bringing their Rec. Club dreams to life is endearing. All those far-out ideas that involved a zillion props and crazy passes are now achievable with their elevated cooperation, performance skills, and technical abilities.

Elite’s JJ23 routine is titled “The Jugglers’ Seasons." The visual spectacle blends incredibly creative juggling with the changing seasons we Minnesotans love so well. Get excited for summer’s fresh watermelon, fall’s color-changing leaves, winter’s dancing snowfall, and spring’s shower-grown juggling flowers.

Elite Jugheads are: 8th grader Maya N.; freshmen Jeremy E., Danny K., Jerrik M., Rebecca M., Serena N.; sophomores Leona B., Isaac C., Miriam D., Maria H., Ben S.; juniors Will A., Olivia C., Aedan E., Sophie K., Gracie L.; seniors Thomas C., Nathan D., Noel D. (Co-Captain), Hope L., Lizzy V. (Co-Captain); Head Coach Erica Liddle; Director Paul Arneberg.

SLT Voice: 

"A Lesson in Change"

—Lizzy V.: 7th Year Jughead; Rec. Club Assistant;
Ultimate Club Member & Elite Club Co-Captain;

Winter Showcase Student Director; HS Senior

          As my eighteenth birthday approaches and I get closer to adulthood, I’ve been realizing that not much will actually change once the day comes. The day will come and go and I’ll officially be one year older, cueing the “Does it feel any different to be an adult?” questions. I can already say my answer is no. I’ll go about my routines, repeating them the following week, and spending time with family and friends when I have the chance. The daily activities will feel the same, but I will not be the same person that I was on my birthday last year. Change is gradual, which almost makes it harder to accept.
            This past year has brought changes for all of us. For me personally, I officially ended my competitive tennis career, took up a much more committed role in band, and started preparing myself to end my time in JH upon graduation. This year started drastically different from the last as a large number of people graduated in 2020, many of whom are some of my closest friends. But, as I went about my weekly JH routine, the change began to feel normal, and eventually brought new connections and opportunities.
            My first JH “last” is also quickly approaching: the 2021 Winter Showcase, which I am fortunate enough to be directing. Preparing for it has already taken on a different mood for me with this new role, but as I go about my tasks, the change feels normal and almost like it’s been this way all along. It’s bittersweet to know that I’ll never be able to view the Showcase as I did in 2017, preparing to emcee as Hillary Clinton. I’ve lost the ability to look forward to another year of performing, but this loss means I’ve also grown enough to become the leader of the show.
            Upon graduation, I’ll have to accept that my time in JH is over. With each day that passes, it’ll begin to feel more and more normal. I won’t want this normalization, but I’ll have to accept it. Change is inevitable, but we can control how we react to it. Rather than fighting it, I’ll try to accept that my seven years are up, and I’ll appreciate the relationships I made along the way. The countless memories with friends in Club, on trips, and during performances are what I’ll have to bring with me to college and what will make the change more bearable. It’ll hurt to say goodbye, but the lessons and love that I’ve learned from JH will influence me for the rest of my life.

JUGHEADS Community News

  • Summer 2021 Camp registration is now posted online! We're offering five full weeks of half-day camps: June 7-July 9 from 9-Noon & 1-4 with all-day kids allowed to bag-lunch-it on site. Discounts are automatically applied to online registrations through Friday, April 30.
  • JBC 2021 registration is also posted online! This special week of the year (Sunday-Friday, July 25-30) combines aspects of a juggling festival, a church camp, and lots of time for recreation, meals, fellowship, and deeper connections with Jugheads representing all weekly school year Clubs. JBC registration closes on Wed., June 30.
  • 16th ANNUAL WINTER JUGGLING SHOWCASE14 acts and accompanying skits/ emcees (featuring 35 total Jugheads) will entertain all ages on Saturday, 3/13 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Hopkins High School Little Theater. It’s a FREE show led by our SLT, it’s a great way to kick off our 2021 performing season! NOTE: Paul continues to maintain our restricted Audience List with all 70 seats tentatively claimed, plus 19 more on the waiting list. Please text or email him by Thurs., 3/11 to add or take away name(s) from already-claimed seats and/or the waiting list. If any seats remain on Fri., 3/12, they'll be offered to those who have requested additional seats. Also, remember that the show will be professionally filmed and we'll post it about a week later.
  • Absences Reminder: With a wide range of Spring Break dates among our nearly two dozen school districts (public, private, homeschool, PSEO), please inform your Club Coach(es) if your Jughead will miss any days other than March 29-April 2 (our company Spring Break). We genuinely plan around (and are affected by) every absence, so "knowing is half the battle" as we leaders drive toward our big production on May 21-22 (plus the crucial dress rehearsal on 5/11).
  • A pitch for make-up days: Lest make-up days seem merely a trivial option, the Staff and SLT (and many members) attest that attending an alternate day(s) due to an absence(s) allows a Jughead to: 1) see the sub-culture of another Club; 2) rehearse RTT and Reach in another context; 3) see a preview of another Club's routine before our dress rehearsal; and 4) afford more open juggling time than in one's home-Club due to less time devoted to rehearsing.
  • TWO DEADLINES for performers & leaders: Thursday, March 25 is the application deadline for JJ23 Specialty Act Auditions (for April 19); Friday, April 9 is the application deadline for 2021 Summer SLT Application (for June 7-July 9; app being revised). Click on the links pick up a hard copy in our gym office at Emmaus.
  • U.C. Portrait Day will take place on Thursday, 4/15 or 4/29 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Emmaus. 
  • SLT Meeting: 3/6 in the Emmaus Youth Room; 5/29 in the Emmaus Youth Room.
  • Arneberg Entrepreneurial Classified Ad: Paul & Wendy are searching to purchase a vehicle with towing capacity for a new business venture. (They're a one-car family, and their 12-year old Prius, "GO PRE," isn't into pulling more than his own weight! :-) If you or someone you know are (or may be) selling a SUV, mini-van, or even a small pick-up truck, please let them know!

  • Senior Jugheads’ families: Submit 15–25 DIGITAL juggling-related pics to Wendy by via email, jump drive or thumb drive by Sunday, 5/2 for JJ23’s Senior Presentation. Please also include a couple of childhood photos, a couple of hobby/activities photos, and his/her senior picture. If you don't have many juggling-related photos, you can (and you may!) purchase downloads ($1/each) from the JH Photo-Video Library.
  • Paul's tradition is to honor the seniors in ascending order according to three factors: 1) number of years in the company; 2) Club level; and 3) leadership service/ position/ experience). With that formula, the plan is as follows: Friday, May 21: Miller, Moore, Chirpich, Legan. Saturday, May 22: Dunning, Van Ert, Drabek. Any senior family may request to switch nights, but the goal is to have no more than four (4) seniors either night so as to spread out the honor (and length) over both nights of JJ23. 
  • Edina 4th of July Parade is returning this summer on Sat., July 3: The Edina 4th of July Parade Committee is hoping to host the annual parade again this summer after having to take last summer off. (It's being held a day early out of respect for the churches along with parade route.) Look for a participation sign-up in late May via our website and in our summer newsletter.

Paul's Platform

The Poetic Series '20-'21:

"Generation"

"Paul's Poetic Platform" Series Note

This 10-part poetic series covers a wide variety of general and personal topics with acrostic, one-word rhyming titles from A through J. March represents a tribute to my late mother and her relatively short lifespan. It's inordinately long, but that's how it came out!

This poem is dedicated to my four older siblings (Jean, Margaret, Tom, Jim) who helped to raise me from birth through young adulthood; my step-mom, Bonnie, who was a Godsend during my coming-of-age college years; and my Dad, Ron, whose 87 years matches the number of lines in this poem. Dad has been a faithful husband over a combined 62.5 years in his two marriages and continues to be an example to the next generation.
     —PRA


"Generation"

There are different lengths in our Bible and nation
By which to define a complete generation.
Millennials and Boomers span nineteen years each;
Israel took forty for Promised Land's reach. 
Moses' psalm estimates we each live seventy;
The lawgiver himself saw one hundred twenty!
My own belov'd mother met the end of her days
At fifty-one years, ten months, and four days.

Though Audrey Mae (Bollmann) Arneberg died "young,"
She lived a full life with deeds praised and unsung.
The seventh-born of nine from a large St. Paul clan,
She loved people—not promptness!—since her life began.
A quasi-tomboy, she loved hunting and poker; 
A natural humorist, she was always a joker!
Stenography training led to 3M hiring
Fueling precision in speaking and writing.

At nineteen, she met a boy from the West Side: 
A Polish-Norwegian to her French-German pride.
Beyond Euro-ethnics, their contrasts told tale
Of opposite ends on the extrovert scale!
Quiet Ron proposed marriage while on Air Force leave
And at twenty-two their lives began to cleave.
Four kids came along within five-point-five years; 
This fifth-born was added post-miscarriage tears.
With childbearing done, no one could forecast
That in sixteen years, Audrey would breathe her last.

Before I reflect on that morbid foreboding,
I must pause and reflect more on her life's unfolding.

Three decades a housewife, Mom never was idle;
She reigned in her kids with her motherly bridle.
She was the home-anchor for her career bridegroom;
Her cooking and laughter filled up every room.
When not with her siblings, at church, or with friends,
She nosily pried in her kids' social trends.
Her sibs' kids (four dozen!) were clan "super-sized,"
And yet she had all their birthdays memorized!

She fought against cancer of blood and of breast,
And openly told of her Heavenly quest.
She longed to survive and pass her health test
And see that her fifth-born be launched from the nest.
But her Christian faith had God's peace at its best
And prepared her to answer His final behest.
Her physical suff'ring on Earth met its crest—
On twenty-and-two of September, her zest
For life met its end. She entered her rest
Like Bilbo and Frodo sailing into the West.

As I witnessed her passing to Life that sad day,
Her body was agonized, but soul not dismayed.
To nurture my comfort, and my fears allay,
She had a last death-bed Mom-blessing to say:
"I love you, Paul. You're a good boy—stay that way."

On March the sixteenth of this year I will pass
A bittersweet milestone for years lived en masse.
If the Lord wills, I'll continue my ways
And reach fifty-one years, ten months and five days.
This reality cuts to the heart of my life,
Informed by God's Word which is sharp as a knife.
Mom lived to the full; her life is now sealed, 
But now I pray for my "extension" revealed.

I want to die well, as I saw my mom do
Whether into my nineties or at fifty-two.
One thing that my mom made abundantly clear
Is to trust in the Lord all the days that we're here.
"Every man dies," says the Braveheart cliché,
"But not every man really lives" warns today.

One thing is for certain: my life's not yet done;
I sense that there's more to do under the sun.
As hard as it was to lose Mom as a teen,
Her lifelong example bore fruit unforeseen.
She thought I'd do radio or maybe perform;
Regardless, she knew I'd be out of the norm.
This JUGHEADS comp'ny is a grandchild of Aud;
If she were still here, she'd be first to applaud.
The props and the stage and our big "family clan"
Extends from the life she gave when mine began.

Some people die famous and rich and quite old;
Some die with a closet of scandals untold.
My mom died and much of all Roseville did mourn;
Her relational absence made many forlorn.
I've tried to live up to her "good boy" last words,
But only God's grace makes me soar like the birds.
My mom was not perfect, but winsomely real
While living and dying with Christ-like appeal.

I cannot predict how I'll steward my life
Lived past Mom's lifespan, growing old with my wife.
I want to live well and to die in the Son;
When all told, I yet live for an Audience of One.


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