• Dec. 22: End of second grading quarter.
• Dec. 23-Jan. 7: Winter Break.
• Jan. 8: Teacher planning day. No school for students.
Center for the Arts at River Ridge Middle High, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. (727) 774 -7382
• Crews Lake Middle band concert, 7 p.m. Friday.
• Gulf Middle band concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 4.
• Deer Park Elementary band concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 5.
• Chasco Elementary concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 6.
• Anclote High concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 7.
• The center's Learn it Live! Educational Series, presents "Holiday Traditions Around the World," at 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon, Dec. 7 and 11 a.m. Dec. 9. This fast-paced, rollicking musical takes a joyous around the world tour of the dances, songs and stories from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more. For grades K–5 | $5.
• J.W. Mitchell High Prism Concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 8-9.
Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel. (813) 794-8772.
• District 14 Thespians One Acts, Dec. 2.
• John Long Middle and Wiregrass Ranch High orchestra concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 4.
• Veterans Elementary concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 5.
• John Long Middle band concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 6.
• All American Ballet School presents "The Nutcracker," at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Dec. 8. $5. A public performance will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at www.tututix.com/client/allamericanclassicalballet/
• Thomas E. Weightman Middle band concert, 5 p.m. Dec. 10.
• Fifteen schools participated in Pasco County Schools' A Bag's Life plastic bag recycling challenge, with Odessa Elementary named winner when the contest closed Nov. 15, in honor of America Recycles Day. Odessa Elementary amassed more than 2,494 pounds of plastic bags. Gulf Trace Elementary School collected 823 pounds of bags, and Bexley Elementary School collected 725 pounds of bags in a battle for second place. Odessa Elementary School also collected the most bags per capita with more than three pounds per student. A Bag's Life is a public education campaign that visits different school districts throughout the country each year and challenges elementary schools to recycle as many plastic bags as possible. For winning A Bag's Life, Odessa Elementary School will receive a bench made of recycled plastic bags from contest-sponsor Trex during a closing celebration at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the school.
In addition to the main contest, A Bag's Life included two other challenges — a race to collect the most plastic bags by Halloween and an art contest that challenged schools to design their plastic bag collection boxes. Odessa and Gulf Trace elementary schools each won a $100 Walmart gift card for collecting the most bags by Halloween. Lacoochee Elementary School won first place in the box design contest, while Odessa Elementary School took second place; Gulf Trace Elementary School took third place; and Lake Myrtle Elementary School took fourth place.
Each of the top three schools will receive a $100 Walmart gift card. Anclote, Chasco, Double Branch, Denham Oaks, New River, Oakstead, Rodney B. Cox, San Antonio, Sand Pine, and Watergrass elementary schools also participated in the three-month-long contest. Combined, the 15 participating schools collected almost three tons of plastic bags, or more than 300,000 individual bags.