CASA: Dancing for a cause“Dance for CASA” will feature eight local dance acts competing for the 2012 title “Ultimate CASA Star.” The fund-raising event will be at 6 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 27) at the Meridian Center. Dancers will be judged in several categories, including dance originality, costuming, people’s choice, pledges raised and crowd support. A panel of judges will tabulate scores, and the group with the highest combined score will be the new “Ultimate CASA Star.” CASA is a non-profit group that trains and supports community volunteers who are appointed to advocate for children of Harvey and McPherson Counties involved in court proceedings because they have either been abused or neglected. The event will include games, an auction and appetizers. General admission tickets are available at $15 each for adults and $10 for children (12 and under). Premium seating tickets are $25 each. Tickets may be purchased from the CASA office by calling 284-6909 or via email at email@example.com. Doors will open to the public at 5:30 p.m. the day of the event to allow bidding on silent auction items and also to purchase CASA Kids Jewelry.Spooky puppet show at libraryFrights and giggles are in store when the Barnyard Puppets of Newton Public Library present their “Spooky Puppet Show” at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 31) at Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak. “Did You Say Ghosts?,” “Mouse and the Apple Tree” and “Pumpkin Soup” are a few of the tales to be told. Amy Bayes, youth services supervisor, and Jon Duerksen, library clerk, are the voices and hands behind the puppets. They have been performing together for many years. Bring the whole family to enjoy this free event.