HUDSON — It's that time of year. The kids are getting antsy and counting down for winter break. Hudson Middle School band director John Keon is doing the usual prodding of young musicians to muster for a piece called Sleigh Ride for the holiday concert, all while dealing with the emotions of knowing that this will be his last.
After 41 years of teaching, Keon is retiring. His last day is Dec. 20 and he's hoping to go out on a high note — or at least the right ones....
HUDSON — Shane Falco was meant to play.
"I've always loved music," said the 13-year-old Hudson Middle School student and standout soloist for the jazz band. "Music is my life."
He spends most of his free time practicing his trumpet — an instrument he picked up for the first time just a few years ago when he was one of the new kids in John Keon's beginning band.
His instrument was a financial choice....
12/03/13 Visual Arts
HOLIDAY — Have you ever looked at a drawing, a woodcarving or some other piece of art and wondered how it came to be? Or maybe you're a dabbler yourself, wanting to know how to get those palm fronds flowing just right when drawing a Florida landscape, or how best to cast a shadow on paper using watercolor or a piece of charcoal.
Those wanting to know might think about dropping into the three-day demonstration extravaganza at the Pasco Art Center called Art Alive! that promises to offer some insight into artists' vision along with some of their helpful techniques. ...
DADE CITY — Students at Moore-Mickens Education Center have been busy putting their personal touch on this season's batch of specialty cards and gift tags at the same time they rehearse for their upcoming holiday show.
Production is in full swing at Mickens Specialty Cards, a classroom enterprise that teaches on-the-job training skills to students in the Exceptional Student Education program. Students are also busy with their seasonal plant sale venture, Mickens' Pickins'....
TRINITY — "Take off your shoes and go find a place to sit."
Those aren't the typical instructions Beth Seletos gives her English honors students when they enter her classroom at J.W. Mitchell High School, which are more along the lines of handing in this or that assignment.
But last week Seletos treated her sophomore students to an activity she hoped would resonate with the Asian studies they had been sopping up in her class and Advanced Placement World History. ...
11/18/13 Music & Concerts
SPRING HILL — They'll be singing the blues down at the lake, lamenting about things like lost love, betrayal and being down and out. But the Lake House Bluesfest also promises to be an uplifting musical venture, a pull yourself up by your bootstraps offering to feed the soul and the less fortunate.
The inaugural event, pulled together by Annette Doying of the newly formed Winding River Productions, features a noteworthy lineup of local talent — six blues bands playing mostly original tunes from afternoon till night against the backdrop of scenic Hunters Lake....
Looking to catch up with your first love?
Perhaps you're waxing nostalgic over that old beater your dad passed down to you all those years ago or maybe you're really serious about putting a bid in on that cool ride you always dreamed about — the toy you promised to get yourself after the kids were grown and your pockets got deep.
Dreamers and doers alike are welcome to mosey over to Festival Park this weekend for the annual Zephyrhills Fall AutoFest, a collector and classic car swap meet, car corral and auction that this year gives a fun nod to the 40th anniversary of American Graffiti. ...
NEW PORT RICHEY
Mother Nature has been emoting an autumn feel, so what better time to take a walk in the woods or a float down the scenic Pithlachascotee River? Maybe stretch your body and mind with a free outdoor yoga class or get some direction on how to get that backyard winter vegetable garden started while enjoying a wearable art exhibit along with the rhythmic beat of a community drum circle and a plethora of talented local musicians....
Cooking days are good days. There's not much doubt about that for Jill Bopp, especially when she catches the reaction of her students as they are hit by the wafting aroma in her Family and Consumer Sciences classroom at Crews Lake Middle School.
"Oooh, it smells so good in here," 12-year-old Jarvis Brown said as he sidled up to the sink to wash his hands before embarking on his assignment for the day — preparing a dish of pasta and Italian meat sauce, or "gravy" as some Italian culinary connoisseurs might argue. ...
Students of the Month
Bayonet Point Middle: Alexis Townsend, James Fournier, Jacob Garrido, Jessalyn Vincent, Gloria Flores, Lucas Montano, Jacob Johnson, Cecelia Urban, Adneliz Cruz, Joseph Wuest, Donte Wood, Megan Blicharz, Caleb Arseneau, Kailee Potkay, Robert Townsend, Jarli Ni, Brianna Shumaker, Andrew Shamblin, Brandon Lund, Dejah Staton.
Marlowe Elementary: Claire Fortunato, Lilyana Cortes, Emma Wentworth, Leylah Atley-Desandro, Alyssa Rey, Ashley Pintado, Elissa Miller, Reanna Sharp, Lizanda Silis, Alberto Cruz-Espino, Cecilia Qualey, Michael Lamb, Faith Upshur, Justin Hennessy, Blaise Richards, Kaitlyn Faggione, Kaylee VanOrden, Devon Sweet, August Davis, Michael Smith, Nehemiah Pape-Demeza, Aaliyah Parker, Mariam Ali....
Centennial Park, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday, (727) 834-3204
•Lego Club, 4 p.m. Wednesday. For children of all ages and their families.
• Paws for Friendship, 4 p.m. Thursday. Read a book to therapy dogs. Elementary grades.
• Lego Creations, 2 p.m. Saturday. Grades K-7 and their families.
• Paws for Friendship, 4 p.m. Thursday. Read a book of your choice to a cute and cuddly therapy dog. Elementary grades....
10/29/13 Visual Arts
NEW PORT RICHEY — The West Pasco Art Guild is a place of humble beginnings — the fruition of a notion of a handful of founders who followed a desire to create and capture their scenic surroundings in the company of like-minded artists. In the late 1950s they etched out a place in the community, gathering to work their crafts on Wednesday mornings in Sims Park and hosting seasonal community art shows. ...
HOLIDAY —It's just halfway through the first semester of the 2013-14 school year and 14-year-old Allison Mickey is already seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
Ninth grade might come early for the eighth-grader from Paul R. Smith Middle School — at least when it comes to the subject of language arts.
"It's October and I'm already halfway done with the curriculum," Allison said. "By next semester I'll be doing ninth-grade work. It's like getting a head start on high school."...
PORT RICHEY — Monte Werner beamed as he watched a steady stream of dads and their kids make their way into the cafeteria at Moon Lake Elementary School. Pizza nights can be a big draw, but this far surpassed the expectations of Werner and fellow behavioral specialist Fred Monfett, who was busy plating up slices ahead of a presentation on the new WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program at the school....
It may have been Saturday morning, but there would be no sleeping in.
Feet hit the floor early for some 600 JROTC cadets from 15 Florida high schools who descended upon J.W. Mitchell High around 7 a.m. on Oct. 5 to strut their stuff on the field, in the gymnasium and in the classroom at the school's seventh annual Mustang Stampede field meet.
Among the events cadets competed in: unarmed and armed basic and exhibition drills, color guard, pushup and situp contests, 100- and 200-meter relays and academics....