Oct. 17: End of the first grading period.
Oct. 20: Teacher planning day. No school for students.
Oct. 27: Report cards.
• The Tarpon Springs Outdoor Music Festival for marching bands will be Oct. 18 at Tarpon Springs High, 1141 Gulf Road. Admission: $15 for adults, $8 for students 13 and older, $5 for children 12 and younger. Parking is free. For information, go to tarponspringsband.com/festival/index.htm.
Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. (727) 774-7381.
• River Ridge High drama presents High School Musical at 7 p.m. Oct. 17-18 and 2 p.m. Oct. 18-19. For tickets, call (727) 774-7200.
• J.W. Mitchell High drama presents Bed and Breakfast and Thespian Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23-25. For tickets, call (727) 774-9200.
• Dallas Children's Theatre presents The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley at 10:30 a.m. and noon Oct. 27. Grades K-5. $5.
• J.W. Mitchell High band concert, 7 p.m. Oct. 27.
• River Ridge Middle band concert, 7 p.m. Oct. 28.
• Movie screen classic double feature, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29 and 8 p.m. Oct. 30. For titles, call the center.
Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. (813) 794-8772.
• Wesley Chapel High drama comedy presentation, 7 p.m. Thursday-Oct. 17.
• John Long Middle band and orchestra concert, 7 p.m. Oct. 23.
• Dallas Children's Theatre presents The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley at 10:30 a.m. and noon Oct. 28. Grades K-5. $5.
• The Florida Orchestra performs for students at 10:30 a.m. and noon Oct. 29. $6.
Celebrate Star Wars Reads Day from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road. The national event promotes reading and Star Wars with activities for the whole family. Make it even more fun by coming in costume. For information about events at all library branches, go to pascolibraries.org.
• Wednesday is the deadline to apply for the Barnes Scholarships, which help college-bound teens who are high academic achievers, who have overcome significant obstacles in their lives and who have financial need. Each of the four winners is eligible to receive up to $15,000 a year for four years to attend any nationally accredited college or university. Students must be enrolled full time and stay in good academic standing to continue to receive the scholarship. Apply at tampabay.com/company/times-fund/scholarships.
• The Sydney Has a Sister scholarship foundation is hosting a Golf 4 Man Scramble fundraiser at noon Nov. 8 at Northdale Golf Club, 4417 Northdale Blvd., Tampa. Golfers and hole sponsors are needed. To get information or to register, go to sydneyhasasister.com, click on the donations page and use PayPal to process the entry fee. On the message section, please include "golf scramble." Payment also can be mailed to Sydney Has a Sister, P.O. Box 341, Lutz, FL 33548.
• Eight Pasco County high school students have been recognized as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. These students were among the hundreds from Florida to advance to the national semifinal round. National Merit Scholarship Corporation officials recognize high school seniors with the highest scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test who meet published program participation requirements. Semifinalists are eligible to compete for one of 8,000 National Merit Scholarships. In total, the scholarships are worth more than $35 million. The Pasco County high school students who are National Merit Scholarship semifinalists are: Juliana Cavallaro, J.W. Mitchell High, Brendan Foley, Pasco High; Lisa Goldsworthy, Sunlake High; Veronica Grady, Land O'Lakes High; Mackenzie Marques, Gulf High; Jaquelyn Nagy, Gulf High; Olivia Sunna, Wiregrass Ranch High; and Emily Suvannasankha, Land O'Lakes High.
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