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March 2020

Juggle Jam 22 (JJ22) Notes 

Essential Info. for 10-Week Countdown

SHOWS:  Our shows are Friday and Saturday, May 15 & 16 at Hopkins HS. Call time is 5:45 pm; doors open @ 6:30; show runs from 7:00-9:45. Friday Rec. will NOT meet on May 15.

CLUB REHEARSALS:  Every Club until JJ22 is a rehearsal*. We’re finishing Club-based choreography, running routines (including "Rock This Town" and "Reach"), and adding costumes. Please stay ‘til 6:00 p.m. and inform your Club Coach (Erica, Christine, or Paul) of absences. *No Clubs March 23-27 or May 11 or 15. No Thursday Rec. on April 9. Thurs. Rec., UC, Fri. Rec. will be at Emmaus Church in Bloomington on April 24 & 25.

ALL-CAST EVENING DRESS REHEARSALS:  Wed., May 6 and Mon., May 11 from 6-9 pm. Wear JJ22 Tees (and khaki shorts) on Mon., 5/11 for our only all-company photo at 6:10 pm. Advanced will NOT meet on 5/11.

PHOTO WEEK: Each Jughead’s slide show/awards portrait are being taken March 2-6. Please attend an alternate day if absent, or a Monday (3-4 or 6-6:30) if after March 6.

T-SHIRTS: All Jugheads will receive JJ22 Tees at Clubs 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 by April 13-17 (earlier is encouraged!). Elite: black pants, black shirts for "Body Systems"; Advanced: "Finding Nemo" characters; Thursday: "Toy Story" characters; Friday: "Beauty and the Beast" vignettes. Khaki shorts and JJ22 Tees are required for the grand opener, grand finale, and all-company photo on 5/11.

SKITS: Text or email JJ22 Assistant Director Erica Liddle with ideas or interest; some (if not most) will be chosen from the Winter Showcase. We'll finalize the skits no later than Thursday, April 30.

AUDITIONS: Jugheads desiring to perform a JJ22 specialty act (solo or small ensemble) need to audition on April 14 at Emmaus Church in Bloomington. Every prospective act must perform in the 3/14 Showcase and fill out an application by 3/30. Contact Paul or Erica for more info. NOTE: Auditions are competitive, with likely only eight acts cast. Priorities: entertainment value, uniqueness, skill, and polish.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS:  JJ is a huge production made possible by MANY parent volunteers. Our hope is that one parent from each JH family will volunteer for one show or in another way. Show night volunteers need not purchase a ticket for that night but won’t see all/much of the show. Look for an emailed link (also on soon on how to volunteer.

TICKETS: All tickets are reserved seats with two pricing tiers for adults/students. Online sales begin Monday, March 30.

Emmaus: Back-Up Site on April 24-25

Thursday Rec., Ultimate & Friday Rec. displaced for TEC

When we’re displaced due to TEC (Teens Encounter Christ, a Metro Area youth retreat) held at St. Stephen’s twice a year, we’re grateful to Emmaus Church in Bloomington for providing us a consistent and hospitable back-up home! These Clubs will meet there April 24-25:

1) Thursday Rec. will be held at Emmaus on Thur., April 24.
2) Ultimate will be held at Emmaus on Thur., April 24.
3) Friday Rec. will be held at Emmaus on Fri., April 25.

As a different reminder, Thursday Rec. will NOT meet on Thursday, April 9. This is due to conflicts for Holy/Maundy Thursday (three days before Easter) at both St. Stephen's and Emmaus. Ultimate Club will meet on April 9 at St. Peter's as usual. 

CLUB SPOTLIGHT: Elite Club by Coach Erica Liddle

30-Teen Club connects and creates through presence and practice

Watching Elite Club rehearse "Rock This Town" (RTT) is like watching a well-oiled machine at work. Controlled high throws fly upward, confident juggling jumps thump the floor, and there’s virtually no talking in the wings (at least during RTT). These Jugheads know the drill. While Elite members may not be quite so small and adorable as Rec. Club kids, they juggle with seasoned purpose. Each of the 30 students in Elite have performed RTT for anywhere from two to eleven years. This experience contributes to a Club that is both connected and creative. 

Elite is connected in part because many students have grown up together in the company. Relationships that started in Rec. Clubs and continued in Advanced are now established, genuine friendships. But students don’t have to be Deca-Jugheads to be part of the group. Teenage company members both old and new connect each Tuesday in the communal enjoyment of a leisurely snack time. Chips in one hand, phone in the other (chips are a favorite at Elite), students gather and gab. But more often than not, the phones are only out for a short time to share a YouTube video or TikTok. It’s more important to say hello, ask about a test, talk snowboard wipeouts, commiserate over calculus, and simply break bread (or chips) together. 

Snack time at Elite is uniquely concentrated. The over-scheduled high schoolers lean into the snack hour in a way that Rec. and Advanced kids tend not to. They truly desire time to sit and be. Not every member chooses to sit at the table every week, but everyone is welcome. And most do opt to join even if for a little bit. So, by the time 4:00 meeting arrives, the snack table benches are full to overflowing.

Elite is creative as it is a place where Club Coach and Captains challenge members to innovatively combine technical skills and performance experience. The Elite Standards list is impressive: 50 with 5 balls, 50 with 7 club passing, 20 with four-person Y, attendance of at least five yearly JH special events, just to name a few.  Many members are on the Student Leadership Team (SLT) and have helped accomplish routines for the Clubs they lead. And even those who aren’t SLs have performed on the Juggle Jam stage enough times to have crazy new ideas about what might be possible with a few hands and props. As a result, Elite students are given, arguably, the most hands-on freedom in creating their Juggle Jam routine. 

This year’s Elite routine – “A Review of Human Body Systems” – is turning out to be highly technical, visually impressive, and biologically clever. Keep an eye out for oxygen clubs oxygenating blood cell rings, ribbon enzymes digesting milk proteins, antibodies defending their healthy juggling pattern from a virus, and much more. No bones about it, this will be an entertaining routine for anybody with a body! 

Elite Jugheads are: 7th grader Maya N.; 8th graders Jeremy E., Danny K., Jerrik M., Rebecca M.; freshmen Leona B., Isaac C., Maria H., Ben S.; sophomores Will A., Olivia C., Aedan E., Seth J., Timothy J., Sophie K.; juniors Thomas C. (1st Semester only), Nathan D. (Co-Captain), Noel D., Hope L., Lizzy V.; seniors Alex A., Jared A., Josie C., Joe D., Jacob D., Grant D. (Co-Captain), Eli K., Kayla M., Isaac N., Kayla P., Elizabeth S.; Coach Erica Liddle; Director Paul Arneberg.

"Reminiscing on 10 Years as a Jughead"
SLT Voice • by Elizabeth S. 

Elizabeth S.: Deca-Jughead; UC & Elite member;
Adv. Assistant;
Winter Showcase Student Director; HS Senior

     As I look back on the past 10 years as a Jughead, I am reminded of the immeasurable gratitude I have for the company. Not only has it provided me with incredible friendships, it has given me so many opportunities to become a better leader, teammate, juggler, and most importantly, person.

     It’s no secret that I am an extremely outgoing and social person, and JUGHEADS (JH) has been the perfect place to allow me to grow in this sense. Prior to joining, I had my community of other Minneapolis people, but that bubble of mine popped when I came to Wooddale Church (where JH used to be held). It was the first time in my life that I strongly bonded with people who weren’t just the kids in my class, the kids on my block, or the kids in my city. I started becoming friends with kids who lived in different counties, who maybe had different religious beliefs, and who were many years older than me. But in my opinion, that’s what makes JH such a unique place. It’s a home for overcoming our differences for the betterment of one another and the company. It recognizes our differences but rather than using those as obstacles, it uses those to build bridges. And as a high school senior, I wish I had realized the value in those bridges earlier. In what feels like such a polarized society today, I am glad that JH is a place without that; rather it’s a place where anyone and everyone come together to make a longstanding community.

     I am so grateful for the role of the Winter Showcase Student Director. There are not many companies and organizations that trust an 18-year old to run a show. But JH (and the EYJA) does! Last year after Eva Hadjiyanis finished directing, I remember her articulating how cool it was that she was able to direct a juggling production in high school, and I couldn’t agree more. I am so grateful for the opportunity to produce a show, especially because that’s something that most people don’t even get to do in their lifetime. My ten prior Showcase years (with sometimes multiple roles each year!) have culminated into one last hoorah for me, and I am nothing but appreciative for all that the Showcase and JH has done for me to get there. 

     Lastly, I am extremely thankful that each student has a purpose in the company. This is best shown through Juggle Jam awards. Paul, the Coaches, and the SLT all think long and hard throughout the school year to decide which award each student will be honored with. These awards may just seem like a few words, but they hold a lot more value than that. It’s a way to distinguish how each and every Jughead is special in their own way, and it’s very sincere, too. This is again one of the ways in which JH is such a spectacular place, a place some can call a second home. As we approach Juggle Jam 22 season, appreciate the roles you have on/off stage, the awards you receive, and the cohesiveness of all 93 members on stage.

     I write this to remind you to cherish everything that JH is and to take full advantage of the opportunities that lay at your feet. As I depart this fall to start a new chapter of my life, it’s hard not to acknowledge all that JH has done for me throughout the past 10 years. Looking back on it, I wish I would have tapped into all that JH has to offer sooner in my career. If there’s one thing I want you to take away, it’s to live in the moment because your time in JH flies by like a blink of an eye. Enjoy the community of JH and make connections with all, not just the people you’re comfortable with.

Elizabeth performs with her long-time juggling partner, Kayla M., in the 2019 Winter Showcase.

JUGHEADS Community News

  • 15th ANNUAL WINTER JUGGLING SHOWCASE: 18 acts (with 26 total jugglers) and accompanying skits/emcees (with 20+ total speakers/actors) will entertain all ages on Saturday, 3/14 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Hopkins High School Little Theater. It’s a FREE show led by our SLT, it’s a great way to kick off our 2020 performing season, and it's an easy way to fulfill part of the Commitment Standards for all of our Club levels to "attend at least (x) days of special events each year" (Rec.=2 events; Adv.=3; Elite=5; UC=7).
  • Reminder: There IS Friday Rec. on 3/13 despite Edina Schools' release day. Friday Rec. will also meet on 3/20 even though it's on the brink of our Spring Break. Please send your child(ren) if possible, or at least to a (pre-)make-up day(s).
  • 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 Rehearsals; and 4) afford more free juggling time than due to less time devoted to rehearsing.
  • TWO DEADLINES for performers & leaders: March 30 is the application deadline for both JJ22 Specialty Act Auditions (for April 14) and 2020 Summer SLT Application (for June 1-July 2). Click on the links or pick up a hard copy at in our St. Stephen's office.
  • U.C. Portrait Day will take place on Thursday, 4/16 from 6-8 p.m. at St. Peter's. We're glad to welcome back perennial UC portrait photographer Diane Schroeder, mom of recent grad Laura Schroeder (Class of '18)! 
  • SLT Meetings: 3/7 at Kayla M.'s home; 4/7 in the St. Stephen's Commons; 5/23 at Lizzy's home.
  • Senior Jugheads’ families: Submit 15–25 DIGITAL juggling-related pics to Wendy by via email, jump drive or thumb drive by Sunday, 5/3 for JJ22’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 and 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 alphabetization in cases of "ties"). With that formula, the plan is as follows: Friday, May 15: Armbrustmacher, Carson, Prell, De Boom, Kenyon, Ashton. Saturday, May 16: Downs, Nelson, Malmgren, Dunbar, Stockbridge. Any senior family may request to switch nights, but the goal is to have no more than six (6) seniors either night so as to spread out the honor (and length) over both nights of JJ22. 
Wyatt P. celebrates qualifying three balls for the first time (10 dominant hand throws) with Assistant  Kayla P. The youngest of three current Jughead siblings and the 1st cousin (once-removed) of legendary decorated Deca-Jughead Brett Kissell ('09), Wyatt stuck with his efforts nearly two years before qualifying!!

Paul's Platform

The Margin Series '19-'20:

"Part Seven: Rest"

"The Margin Series" focuses on the reality that everyone has limits regarding time, emotional energy, physical energy, and money, among other areas. These monthly sub-topics assert that we need margin for optimal function as well as for availability to love and serve others.

"In the days before the electric lightbulb, people routinely got nine and a half hours of sleep per night...According to the National Sleep Foundation [on 3/6/09], we are now down to an average of 6.7 hours of sleep during weekdays...Everything we do, we do better rested. The rested, stimulated brain thinks creative and productive thoughts."
—Richard Swenson, In Search of Balance: Keys to a Stable Life (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2010), pp. 147-148.

My oldest sister, Jean Arneberg, once quipped, "Paul's (personality) transmission comes equipped with two standard gears: overdrive and park." Jim Arneberg, the 4th born just ahead of me and one of my best men in my wedding, quoted Jean in his reception toast, admonishing me to let Wendy help me work on my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gears. But despite my dichotomy of burnout tendencies on the one hand and a penchant for laziness on the other, I remain a work in progress when it comes to the wise application of that wonderful and necessary four-letter word: purposeful, intentional "R-E-S-T."

Thank God for Dr. Richard Swenson, a tireless advocate and "permission-giver" for rest in all of his writings, especially in his most famous work, Margin (1995, 2004), and in one of his follow-up works, In Search of Balance (2010). There are several kinds of rest, and for me, I tend to mentally (and even spiritually) rest while distance running. So during a recent 10 miler, I came up with seven alliterative words that celebrate different aspects of what it means to rest. They are sleep, stress, schedule, space, satisfaction, sovereignty, and sabbath. I'll get right to those sub-points in this continuing series on margin.

SLEEP—In the quote by Richard Swenson above, note that he wrote that 10 years ago. In his litany of reasons he later cited as to why we're a sleep-deprived nation, it's amazing that he made no mention of two huge factors that have only exacerbated the problem of getting adequate sleep: smart phones and social media. Enough said. As for me, I've known since my 20's that I'm wired to thrive on eight or nine hours' sleep a night. "Most people do best with seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Some need more—Einstein famously got ten to twelve hours per night and did not feel the need to apologize." (In Search of Balance, p. 148)

STRESS—Dr. Swenson devotes an entire chapter to stress in his seminal work on Margin. On pp. 44-45, he writes, "Stress is not the circumstance, it is our response to the circumstance" (emphasis his). He goes on to describe three different kinds of stress: "Eustress, or positive stress, energizes us... [it] makes us especially creative before a deadline. [...] When the stress response becomes negative or destructive, it is called distress. This is what most of us mean when we use the word stress. [...] An excessive volume of stress is called hyperstress." If left unchecked, Swenson writes that distress and hyperstress can lead to physical trauma (e.g., tissue aging at the cellular level, immune system malfunction, strokes, heart attacks) and psychological trauma (e.g., depression, mental fatigue, indecisiveness, worry, anger). So how do we discern bad stress and battle against it? Schedule control is one strategy.

SCHEDULE—"Don't let the tyranny of the urgent usurp the important in our lives." That quote from a former pastor of mine, Tom Steller, has stuck with me for nearly 30 years. Our schedules seem to be "tyrants" more often than not. And lest I appear to be self-righteous against what I see as the scourge of social media, technology, and too many activities cluttering our schedules, I confess (once again) that my obsessive personality tends toward dawdling with seemingly innocent tasks such as creating and logging personal goals or pursuing trivial hobbies (that is, when I'm not overcommitted to too many scheduled events). At the very heart of the principle of margin is learning to say "no" to commitments, habits and hobbies that may be ill-timed, comparatively unimportant, or net-depleting rather than life-giving (to self and others). Each of us must strive to discern how to tame the schedule beast.

SPACE—The spirit of rest need not relate to square footage or acreage of space, but one should find or create intentional space for refreshment. It might be a special reading chair in one's home, a running/walking route on a trail, or a Jughead simply spending some time within the makeshift walls of our bounce juggling mats as a break from toss juggling and a refuge from excessive socializing. "He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me" (Psalm 18:19, KJV).

SATISFACTION—It's good to learn when one's best efforts and the ensuing results are "good enough," at least in some areas and in some seasons. Perfectionism is a margin-robber when one is constantly dissatisfied with achievements or reached goals.

SOVEREIGNTY—Psalm 46:10 (ESV): "Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 23:2 (ESV): "He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters." What is the source of being still, aka resting? Knowing that God is God and that He will lead His sheep. That cuts through immeasurable noise in our society and in our hearts which are often full of turmoil and storms.

SABBATH—The 4th Commandment, rooted in no less than the creation of the world, states, "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy" (Exodus 20:8). Jesus shed new light on this commandment when He asserted in Mark 2:27, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath." Taken together, the principle of a day of rest each week both honors God and blesses those who practice that discipline, even as an act of worship. Biblically, the principle of the Sabbath can also apply to special rests (e.g., for the land) every seven years, and special celebrations every 7th Sabbath year (e.g., the Year of Jubilee, or the 50th year). The career concept of a "sabbatical year" is also gleaned from this word.

As I wrap up this column, I'll quote U.S. Marshall Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) from one of my favorite movies, The Fugitive (1993): "It's over. You know, I'm glad? I need to rest." 

May my many words over these many months spark a longing to seek, implement and model lifestyle choices that are counter-cultural to our current problems of workaholism, being constantly "plugged in," distressed, crowded, tired, fearful, and restless.

Rest ironically and ultimately leads to even more productivity and fulfillment. We need to overcome feelings of guilt over the lie that rest is wasted time. Let's trust that rest is ordained for us.

Developing Youth Through Juggling Since 1994,

Paul Arneberg, JUGHEADS Founder, Director & Head Coach cell: 612.978.9707
Wendy Arneberg, JUGHEADS Office/Operations Manager cell: 612.229.3348

Advanced, Elite & Ultimate Club Coach: Erica Liddle, 952-688-6536 /
Thursday Rec. Club Coach: Christine Therens, 952-807-4353 /
Friday Rec. Club Coach: Paul Arneberg, 612-978-9707 /

Friday Rec. Parent Specialist: Joyce
Friday Rec. Club Movement Specialist: Betsy

JUGHEADS Location: St. Stephen’s Church • 4439 W. 50th St. • Edina • 55424

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