Chorus Christmas program a real treat
The Liberty Middle School Chorus, under the direction of Joseph Canessa, performed ‘A Winter Celebration’ on Dec. 13 for faculty, students and families. Musical selections included classic Christmas songs, interpreted modern songs, and featured individual singers and small groups.
Outstanding social studies teachers honored
The Florida Council for the Social Studies recognized outstanding elementary, middle and high school social studies teachers at a conference in Daytona Beach. Joining Pasco County Schools superintendent Kurt Browning are, in back from left, River Ridge Middle School principal Jason Joens, Wiregrass Ranch High School assistant principal Robyn White, Connie Hines of Wiregrass Ranch, Karen Schmidt of River Ridge Middle, Erin Greco of Denham Oaks Elementary School, Denham Oaks Elementary principal Mardee Powers, Paula Lesko, and school board chair Alison Crumbley.
John Long Middle wants your jeans
The John Long Middle School PTSA is hosting its annual Jeans for Teens drive. Jeans for Teens has collected more than 2.5 million pairs of jeans through Aeropostale, and with the help of drives in more than 12,000 schools, for the homeless youth in the country.
The school, 2025 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, has a bin placed in the office for January to collect donations.
Everyone who donates a pair of jeans will receive an Aeropostale coupon.
For information, call the school at (813) 346-6200.
Encore Academy to host senior expo
Pasco-Hernando Community College’s Encore Academy will host a Winter Senior Expo at several locations. The event is free and participants can learn about services available from area agencies and businesses, and attend mini-seminars on topics such as art and painting, beginning computer, digital photography, and more.
Seating is limited. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the expo runs until 2 p.m.
The expo dates and locations are:
• Jan. 10, West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road
• Jan. 17, Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court
• Jan. 24, North Campus in Brooksville, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
For information, visit PHCC.edu/encore.
LOLHS interact club car wash
Charter members of the Land O’ Lakes High School Interact civil club, under the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel, will host a car wash fundraiser on Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the LOL Transport & Moving parking lot, located on the corner of Land O’ Lakes Boulevard and Ehren Cutoff. The club is raising money for an international service project to get hygiene kits for Honduras.
Free workshops for child care providers
Hillsborough County Extension offers workshops that provide training and technical assistance to early childhood professionals. The workshops are free for all licensed childcare providers in Hillsborough County. For others, the cost is $10.
The upcoming schedule is:
• Jan. 11, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., What does time mean to children
• Jan. 16, 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., How to get parents on your team
• Jan. 25, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Science for preschool children
Registration is required for each workshop, and must be done online at extension.psu.edu/cyttap.
For information, call Diana Converse at (813) 744-5519, ext. 54140.
Financial Aid information nights
Hillsborough County Public Schools Guidance Services is hosting financial aid information nights for high school students and their families.
Financial aid representatives will explain the financial aid process, review how colleges and universities compile financial aid packages, and discuss available local, state and federal aid.
All meetings start at 6 p.m. in the school’s auditorium:
• Jan. 14, Brandon High School, 1101 Victoria St.
• Jan. 16, Jefferson High School, 4401 W. Cypress St., in Tampa
• Jan. 23, Gaither High School, 16200 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., in Tampa
• Jan. 28, Riverview High School, 11311 Boyette Road
• Jan. 30, Hillsborough High School, 5000 N. Central Ave., in Tampa
One-woman Rosa Parks show
Pasco-Hernando Community College’s 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture Series will feature a one-woman monologue by Gwendolyn Briley-Strand called “Rosa Parks: Such a Time.”
There will be a presentation on Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Room B-104, in Brooksville.
There will be two additional performances on Jan. 16. One at 9:45 a.m. at the West Campus Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey, and one at 7 p.m. at the Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Room B-105.
The performances are free. For information, call (877) 879-7422.
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