Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 14, 2010

Education in Brief: 12/14/2010


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Meeting changes for Bear Lake PATS

BEAR LAKE — The next meeting of the Bear Lake PATS (Parents And Teachers for Students) has been rescheduled.

The group will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. today, Dec. 14, in teacher Sara Harless' classroom, 7748 Cody St. Everyone is welcome.

For details, call 864-3133.

WSH students stage Lewis Carroll classic

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City West Senior High School Thespian Club will stage the play "Alice in Wonderland."

Student thespians have converted the traditional story for the stage and assumed all production responsibilities. All proceeds benefit the Thespian Club's activities.

The play will be presented Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 16-18, in the WSH auditorium, 5376 N. Long Lake Road.

Performances are at 7 p.m. each day with an additional performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. Tickets are available at the door and cost $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger.

Stage play brings fairy tales to life

MAPLE CITY — Glen Lake High School students bring popular fairy tale characters to life in their production of "Into the Woods Jr."

The family-friendly musical follows the baker, his wife and fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and others, who each travel into the wood in search of something to help them.

It will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 17-18, in the high school auditeria. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger.

Participants sought for youth program

MANISTEE — The YouthBuild Program serving Manistee, Benzie and surrounding counties will host informational meetings for the 2011 program cycle.

YouthBuild is for low-income young people ages 18 to 24 who have dropped out of high school and would like to improve their lives. The goal is to help participants obtain a GED or diploma, complete entry-level construction skills training and attain a nationally-recognized certification while working on building projects that provide affordable housing for homeless and low-income people, develop an appreciation for and commitment to community service, cultivate leadership skills and provide a mini-community of adults and youth committed to each other's success. It is funded by the Department of Labor and administered by the NW Michigan Council of Governments, TBAISD and NW Michigan WORKS!

Informational meetings will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, and again at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, to discuss the program and distribute applications. Both meetings will be held in suite A of the Briny Building, 50 Filer St. Details and applications are available at the Manistee NW Michigan WORKS! Service Center, by calling 887-4448, or at

Sign up under way for video workshops

CHARLEVOIX — Real People Media will offer workshops in video production and animation for students in seventh through 12th grades.

Real People Media is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people tell the stories of their communities through video.

Both workshops will meet Monday through Friday, Dec. 27-31, at Real People Media's Community Media Center, 12555 Taylor Road. The cost for each workshop is $25 and scholarships are available. Registration is required by Thursday, Dec. 23, and class sizes are limited.

"Folklore to Film" will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon. It is designed for students in ninth through 12th grade and will engage students in the preservation and retention of local arts, history and culture through video. Participants will work as a group to interview and videotape a local artist or tradesperson at work to produce a "how-to" video.

"Animation Station" will meet from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and is for students in seventh through 12th grades. Artist Kim Left will show participants how to use clay, paper and pen to create animated stories on video.

For details or to register, call 838-6460 or visit