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Pinellas education news: Author to appear at USFSP, grant to help students with business and tech skills

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Author Michael Koryta to appear at USFSP Sunday

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg will host a book signing and conversation with New York Times bestselling author Michael Koryta for his new book Rise the Dark on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Harbor Hall auditorium, 1000 Third St. S. The hardcover title was released Aug. 16. Koryta, a former private investigator and newspaper reporter, has authored 11 other books, including The Prophet, The Ridge, So Cold the River and most recently, Last Words. His books have won or been nominated for many awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Edgar Award, the Shamus Award, the Quill Award, and the International Thriller Writers Award. Koryta will be joined in the discussion by Colette Bancroft, book editor for the Tampa Bay Times. They will discuss writing, his new book and its inspiration and his evolution as a bestselling author.

Program to train budding entrepreneurs at Gibbs, Lakewood

A $25,000 contribution from AT&T will allow as many as 200 juniors and seniors from Gibbs and Lakewood high schools to learn how to make their business and technology ideas come to life. The Pinellas Education Foundation will use the money to offer workshops through its Next Generation Entrepreneurs and Next Generation Tech programs this school year. The programs will introduce students to the real world of what it takes to be an entrepreneur. They also will involve intensive experiences in creating a business model, mentoring by business professionals, marketing products and services, and developing business plans. Those plans will be submitted to expert judges as students compete for funds to fully develop their products and services. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said the program will translate to new startup companies in the city, "which means better careers and better jobs, which are the lifeblood of a thriving community."

SPC series mixes art, politics at various St. Petersburg locations

The Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement at St. Petersburg College will hold a series of events entitled "The Art of Politics: The Art of the Possible." The center describes the series as "tied together by the diverse threads of civic thought and expression often represented through art, be it politically motivated or meaningful civic dialogue." Events include: the art show "Propaganda, Protest and Satire" through Nov. 16 at SPC's downtown campus, 244 Second Ave. N and its Allstate Center campus, 3200 34th St. S; a workshop entitled "The Art of Civic Dialogue" on Oct. 14 and 21 at USF St. Petersburg and Oct. 27 at St. Petersburg City Hall; a panel discussion entitled "A Silent Message in a Tweeting World" Nov. 1 at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE; and a drive to collect food and musical instruments for low-income Pinellas students on Oct. 6 and Nov. 14-22 at various SPC campuses. For information on how to donate items, contact Rosaria Pipitone at (727) 341- 4722. For more information about the series, visit the center's blog at blog.spcollege.edu/civic-engagement.

Elementary school lunch menus

Monday: Hamburger or cheeseburger, turkey pot roast and noodles with roll, veggie double dipper salad, turkey and cheese hoagie, corn, veggie dippers.

Tuesday: Chicken bacon sub, pepperoni stromboli, farmer's salad, Jamwich Kit, carrots, marinara cup, romaine side salad.

Wednesday: Chicken nuggets, spaghetti and meatballs, hummus salad plate, ham and cheese croissant, broccoli, sliced cucumbers.

Thursday: Breakfast for lunch, cheesy bread, chef salad, chicken caesar wrap, marinara cup, deli roasted potatoes, mixed or tossed side salad.

Friday: Pizza, fish nuggets, chicken caesar salad, Italian sub, baked beans, veggie dippers.

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