"Velveteen Rabbit" on stage at Enchantment Theatre

Enchantment Theatre in Glenside is set to premiere a musical version of

The Velveteen Rabbit

at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia.

In a nationwide search of theater companies by Healy Entertainment and the play's composer, Enchantment was chosen to bring to life the story of a toy bunny animated through the transforming power of a boy's love.

Featuring an original score by Grammy Award- and Tony Award-winning composer Don Sebesky and lyricist Gloria Nissenson, the tale is told through puppets, masked actors and magic.

Suzanne Roberts Theatre is at 480 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $26 for adults and $14 for children, and there are two dozen performances scheduled. Visit

or call 215-881-9899 for tickets and a list of performance dates.

Towamencin fire company

gets money for water gear

The Towamencin Volunteer Fire Company received a $6,000 check from Bill Brown, executive director of Schwenkfelder Manor, during a recent township meeting.

The funds, given to Fire Chief Alan Bickel, will be used to buy protective gear for water rescues. The amount will be enough to supply the fire company with six full-bodied dry suits with boots and gloves that will provide an extra layer of protection against debris and pollutants.

North Penn soliciting

nursing award nominations

Nominations for the 2008 nursing excellence awards are being sought by the North Penn Community Health Foundation in conjunction with Gwynedd-Mercy College.

In its fifth year, the program recognizes the work of nurses in providing the community with vital health-care services. Candidates for the awards must have demonstrated outstanding performance in their commitment to the profession of nursing and its accompanying facets.

Nurses must be full- or part-time employees working within the last two years in the area served by the North Penn Community Health Foundation, and be nominated by their peers.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 25. Recipients will be announced at a ceremony at Gwynedd-Mercy College, where they will receive an award and a monetary gift.

Visit

» READ MORE: www.gmc.edu

for more information and nomination forms.

Majority of Fellowship Farm has been preserved

With the help of the Montgomery County Lands Trust, most of the land occupied by Fellowship Farm in New Hanover Township has been preserved.

Public access to the 112 acres of land was an important feature of the conservation agreement, the Lands Trust said, and trails currently in progress will connect to a New Hanover trail network and a future Lower Pottsgrove trail system.

Fellowship Farm, located outside of Pottstown, is a nonprofit organization and retreat center focusing on youth and family programs that help individuals become leaders of their own lives.

A grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and matching funding from the Montgomery County Green Fields/Green Towns program enabled the preservation.

For more information, visit

» READ MORE: www.fellowshipfarm.org

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- Matt Sandy