Co-ed rec volleyball seeks team registrations
Sartell-St. Stephen Adult Co-Ed Rec Volleyball League is now taking team registrations. Play begins Jan. 14 – April 1 (none on March 25). Register online at sartellststephencommunityed.com. Registration deadline is Monday, Dec. 22. For more information, call Sartell-St. Stephen Community Ed. at 320-253-4036 option 4.
LEAF announces Homeless Student Fund
The District 742 Local Education and Activities Foundation announced it’s opened a Homeless Student Services Fund in response to the needs of homeless students in District 742.
Every day, homeless students face the daunting task of trying to focus on a quality education while worrying about the basic needs of reliable food, clothing and shelter.
A committee, which will work with the District 742 Students Services Department and homeless-student social workers, has been set up to provide oversight of the fund expenditures.
Donors who wish to contribute to the fund, which will provide needed school supplies, clothing, food and crisis housing assistance for District 742 homeless students, can make their tax-deductible contribution online at www.leaf742.org or send a check, made out to “LEAF” to the LEAF address of P.O. Box 1132, St. Cloud, MN 56302. For more information, visit leaf742.org.
GREAT to hold auditions for Peter Pan
The Great River Educational Arts Theatre will hold open auditions for the musical adaptation of Peter Pan on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15 and 16 at GREAT Studios, 919 St. Germain St. W., downtown St. Cloud. There are 40 roles for a multicultural cast, ages 7 through adult; no experience necessary.
Anyone interested in auditioning should sign up online for an audition time. Materials to prepare for the audition and a video on what to expect during audition are available at www.GreatTheatre.org/audition. Participants are asked to choose one monologue to perform, one song to sing, and should dress for movement. All roles are available and cast through this open audition. Peter Pan will be performed from Jan. 9-18 at Escher Auditorium, College of St. Benedict.
Car seat event offers free check
Three out of four kids’ car seats are not used correctly. A car seat installation check will be held from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the Gold Cross Ambulance Garage, 2800 7th St. N., St. Cloud. Call 320-656-7021 to make an appointment. Goals of the event are to demonstrate how to install your car seat properly every time; check to make sure you can install the car seat correctly yourself; and provide you with education and knowledge to protect your child. Organizers ask you have the car seat installed to the best of your ability before coming to the event. Also, please bring the following to your appointment: the manual for your car seat; the manual for your vehicle; and if possible, the infant/child who will use the car seat.
Parkinson’s group hosts author Nov. 17
St. Cloud Area Parkinson’s Support group will host Susan Gangsei, author of “The Light in the Middle of the Tunnel” and “Stuck With It, Not In It,” during its monthly meeting from 1-2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17 at Independent Lifestyles, 215 N. Benton Drive, Sauk Rapids. November is National Caregivers Awareness Month. All meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, call 320-281-2040.
Teacher of the Year nominations close Nov. 15; online nominations available
Nominations for Minnesota Teacher of the Year remain open through the end of day Saturday, Nov. 15. Again this year, there are simple nomination forms available at www.educationminnesota.org. The 2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be named on May 3, 2015. The Teacher of the Year also becomes Minnesota’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year. Anyone may nominate a teacher. Self-nominations are also accepted. The state program has been highly successful nationally – Minnesota ranks second behind California with four National Teachers of the Year.
Eligible nominees must: Teach in a public or nonpublic Pre-K through 12th-grade school, working at least 50 percent of the time directly with students; hold a bachelor’s degree and a Minnesota teaching license; have completed three years of teaching by the nomination deadline; and intend to teach during the 2015-16 school year. For more information or to receive a nomination form, call Kieren Steinhoff at 651-292-4865 or 800-652-9073.
Minnesota State Council on Disability sponsors poster, video contest
The Minnesota State Council on Disability is sponsoring a poster and video contest to capture what the ADA means to people around the state of Minnesota, with entries due by Monday, Dec. 15, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Posters and videos submitted should creatively address the following question: “How has the ADA impacted society in general or your life in particular?” We are interested in your view of how your life, school or community has changed because of the ADA and why this change is something to celebrate. Winners and runners up will be announced in January. Categories for participation include: students in grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12 and post-secondary education, as well as adults. For more information, visit disability.state.mn.us/ada/25th-anniversary-ada-poster-and-video-contests.