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Published: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 9, 2005 at 9:24 p.m.

THOMAS CENTER: Reception Tuesday for students' art

  • An opening reception has been planned for an exhibit of artwork by Alachua County elementary school students.
    The event, free and open to the public, will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The diverse display of more than 50 works in a variety of media can be seen in the Mezzanine Gallery now through Feb. 6.
    The Thomas Center is at 302 NE 6th Ave. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
    For more information, call Erin Friedberg at (352) 334-5064

    GLEN SPRINGS: Making bowls and saying goodbye

  • Friends and staff at Glen Springs Elementary School gathered recently to take on two projects.
    The group honored Sue Johnson, the retiring art teacher, and made clay bowls, a fund-raising project to help feed the hungry.
    Called the "Empty Bowls Project," the international benefit will take place in March. The bowls will be used to serve a simple meal. Locally, individual organizations sponsor the project.
    Johnson has been at the school since 1983.

    FIRST PRESBYTERIAN PRESCHOOL: Class offered for parents of children

  • "Raising a Caring Child" will be the topic of a six session parenting workshop.
    The seminar, led by Dr. Ruth Elswood, preschool director at First Presbyterian Church, will be held from 7 to 8:30 beginning tonight at the church, 106 SW 3rd St.
    The class, geared toward parents of preschool and elementary children, will help parents pass on to children the values of caring and compassion, as well as give them the competence and confidence they will need to be successful and content later in life.
    And beginning in February, the school will have a year-round development program for infants and toddlers 6 to 18 months of age called "Littles." Part-time and full-time options will be available.
    To RSVP and for more information, call (352) 375-1818.

    UF: Schools get funds from fraternity

  • Several elementary schools and agencies will reap the benefits of a fraternity's 22nd annual Blue and White Weekend event.
    Members of the Zeta Kappa Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Inc. will donate the $12,000 in proceeds to Prairie View, Duval and Rawlings elementary schools, in addition to Pleasant Place, the Reichert House and the Southeast unit of the Boys and Girls Club.
    The funds will be presented at noon today on the steps of Tigert Hall on the University of Florida campus.
    Highlights of the event, which was held July 4-10, included community forums, a gospel extravaganza, a cookout, step shows, a charity basketball tournament and a car show.
    For more information, contact Carl Brown at carlbrown03@hotmail.com.

    MILITARY NEWS: Navy

  • Midshipman Ryan A. Trespalacios, son of Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Rafael L. and Melissa A. Trespalacios of Lake City, completed Plebe Summer at the United States Naval Academy and has begun four years of preparation for commissioning as a Navy or Marine Corps officer.

    Trespalacios is a 2003 graduate of Fort White High School, Fort White.

    Midshipman Clayton E. Hunt, son of Antoinette I. and Clayton R. Hunt of Alachua, completed Plebe Summer at the United States Naval Academy and has begun four years of preparation for commissioning as a Navy or Marine Corps officer.

    Hunt is a 2004 graduate of Santa Fe High School, Alachua.

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