This week at The Exchange, we address Iowa’s medical shortage and take a look at some local efforts to promote healthy living.

We also hear of a new youth orchestra program put together by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.

And we’re talking to Russ Wooley about a new play at the Lamb Regional Theater that will run through Saturday May 22nd.

The shortage of doctors is something that Dr. Richard Olds has been involved for several years. Olds is an educator, physician, and administrator who is President of St. George’s University, which has a medical school in Grenada. Olds says the shortage of doctors is a twofold problem.

Siouxland Public Media also explored health this week by participating in and sponsoring the Siouxland Holistic Health and Wellness Fair at the Siouxland Expo Center on Sunday afternoon.

Holistic health and wellness fair in Siouxland

Young people are invited to compete in a 3v3 basketball tournament this Saturday in Macy, Nebraska. The event is sponsored in part by the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska to encourage children to get active and stay healthy. Dwight Howe is the tribe’s cultural director.

3 on 3 basketball event in Macy

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Lamb Arts Regional Theater has never stopped running, educating, and entertaining the residents of Siouxland and those far away. With a combination of safe, mask-required, socially distant live appearances and live streaming appearances, Russ and Diana Wooley have retained and reached a whole new group of theater goers. This week, Thursday through Saturday, the Lamb Theater is playing an act called “Bakersfield Crap. Russ Wooley is the Artistic and Executive Director of the Lamb Theater. I spoke to Russ about the play, the theater’s live and live streamed performances, and their progress in renovating their future location on Pearl Street in downtown Sioux City.

Russ Wooley Lamb Arts Regional Theater

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra announced this week a new program for tuition-free youth orchestras called the Sioux City Symphony Youth Orchestra. The auditions will take place from May 18th to 24th and rehearsals will start in September. All interested young musicians are invited to audition.

The symphony has teamed up with the Catholic Bischofs-Heelan-Oberschule for rehearsals that will take place on Saturday morning. Two performances on stage will take place in the Orpheum Theater. The symphony’s music director and conductor Ryan Haskins says the organization has always focused on music education.

Ryan Haskins speaks about the youth orchestra project

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