Band in inauguration fest
The Wiregrass Ranch High School band is performing today at a presidential inauguration music festival at the Chesapeake Performing Arts Center in Maryland. The band's performance will feature the works of American composers, said band director George Deguzman. On Monday, the band will head to Washington, D.C., to watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama. "It's a once in a lifetime thing for the kids," Deguzman said. "Most people have never seen an inauguration live."
Art educators honored
The board of the Fine Arts of the Suncoast Inc. will present grand awards to 11 Pasco art educators to supplement funding for their schools' art programs. Presentation of the awards will be at 6:30 tonight as part of the Suncoast Arts Fest 2013 at the Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. In addition, more than 20 elementary, middle and high schools will receive grant awards. For a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.suncoastartsfest.com.
Schools closed Monday
Pasco County Schools will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Schools will reopen Tuesday. For information, visit www.pasco.k12.fl.us.
Parenting classes Tuesdays
On three consecutive Tuesdays, Jan. 22, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, Denham Oaks Elementary School, 1422 Oak Grove Blvd. in Lutz, will hold active parenting classes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Media Center. Childcare is available. Cost for the workshop is $5, which pays for the course book. For information, call Shannon Hill at (727) 774-2630 or (813) 794-2630.
Have breakfast with dad
Schrader Elementary School, 11041 Little Road in New Port Richey, will hold an All Pro Dad's breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. All Pro Dad is a Family First program that provides fathers with resources to help strengthen their relationship with their children. For information, call the school at (727) 774-5900.
Bingo, general assembly
Double Branch Elementary School, 31500 Chancey Road in Wesley Chapel, is hosting a Bingo Night and General Assembly from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The event is hosted by the school's PTA and is open to students and their families. For information, call the school at (813) 346-0400.
Healthy food, activities
Chris Gorman, Wesley Chapel Elementary physical education teacher, has received a grant from the American Dairy Council to offer a series of healthy food and choice activities. Gorman will use the funds from this grant to share the health benefits of dairy products and teach students about nutrition. From Jan. 14-18, students had the opportunity to sample various kinds of cheese. Students sampled provolone, pepper jack, mozzarella, Swiss and cheddar during their lunch break.
Saint Leo celebrates MLK
Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, will host a day full of campus programming focused on community, service and social justice in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. At 3 p.m., educator Brent Scarpo will deliver a presentation titled "Journey to a Hate Free Millennium" in the Greenfelder-Denlinger boardrooms of the Student Community Center. About 4:30 p.m., guests are invited to join students, faculty and staff for the dedication of the new sculpture, "A Spirit of Belonging." The work was created by Tampa artist Steven Dickey, and commemorates Saint Leo's integration in 1898 with the admission of Rudolph Antorcha, a black student. The artist will attend the dedication. The event is free. Earlier in the day, students, faculty and staff can help package meals for the hunger relief organization Feeding Children Everywhere. For information, contact Maureen Moore, director of university communications, (352) 588-8121 or email@example.com.
The Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road in New Port Richey, invites all area home school students and private school groups to attend "Inca Son," a concert featuring authentic folk music and dance of Peruvian South America at 10:30 a.m. and noon Thursday. Seats not already booked by Pasco teachers are being made available free of charge for area children in grades 1 through 5. Reservations are required prior to the show date. For reservations, call Faith Brooks, (727) 774-7382.
PHCC offers GED prep
Pasco-Hernando Community College west campus, 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey, offers an adult education/general equivalency development preparatory program. The Adult Education/GED program provides testing, advisement, instruction and tutoring options to prepare students to take and pass the GED exam. The program is flexible, and offers both online and one-on-one support options through weekly scheduled classes. The GED program is open to anyone 18 or older who has legally left the secondary school system and has not earned a high school diploma or its equivalent. The fee for this program is $30 per semester for Florida residents, $120 for non-Florida residents. The teaching-learning center provides tutoring, testing and resources for students enrolled at PHCC. Open hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. For information, call (727) 816-3396 or (727) 816-3175.