LITHIA Under the direction of Jeff Bogue, chorus students from Newsome High School recently captured a number of awards, including the Grand Champion Trophy, at the Fiesta-Val national competition at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va.
Individual choruses - the Newsome Singers, Advanced Ladies and Chamber Choir - placed first in their genres.
Judges bestowed special awards of achievement to Jeremy Jacobs, who plays drums for the Elite show choir's rhythm section; Brittany Hensley for her violin accompaniment; soloist Chaz Jackson and a quartet made up of Allie Kaye, Tyler Dobler, Zach Pearson and Alyssa Dessoye.
Women's fellowship picks new officers
SUN CITY CENTER The Women's Fellowship of United Community Church recently installed new officers: Marlus Johns, president; Sally Erath, past president; Becky O'Dell, vice president; Carolyn Salsbury, secretary; and Ginny Acker, treasurer.
Art reception features painter, dancer
RUSKIN The Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library and the South Shore Arts Council will host painter Robi Jackson's solo art exhibit, including a free reception and dance demonstration by Linda Carlson, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the library, 15816 Beth Shields Way.
Jackson's paintings will remain on display for two months "as part of our continuing gallery showings of original works by artists from the region," said Joan Shalleck, Friends board member. Jackson's work was selected by a jury from a field of 26 applicants last fall.
For information, call (813) 273-3652 and ask for the reference desk.
Last genealogist session for season
RUSKIN - The final luncheon meeting of the season of the South Bay Genealogical Society will be spent discussing how to search for land and deed records with professional genealogist Fran Carter Walker at noon May 19 at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way.
Reservations must be made by May 13 by calling Rose Huggard at (813) 633-0868. The cost is $13.
Meetings will resume Sept. 15.
Patriotic students chosen; ball planned
SOUTH SHORE - Nine area high school sophomores, juniors and an alternate have been to attend the three-day Patriot Education Youth Leadership Council that will begin Thursday at Florida State University.
The students were nominated by their guidance counselors and interviewed by retired Army Col. Roy Conklin and Nancy Alguire of the Sun City Center Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars.
They are Mathew Endres, Amber Figlow and Elizabeth Kern of Riverview High School, Nina Zana Zabel, Alyssa Mae Dias and Calvin Blocker of East Bay High School and Philip Dylan Faltus, Ana Reyes, Jacob Robinson and alternate Jamie Brown of Lennard High School.
The chapter will pay for the students' transportation, tuition, room, board and incidentals with money donated by individuals, chapter members, the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center and the Interfaith Council of Sun City Center.
A Military Ball to fund the Military Order of the World Wars 2010 Youth Leadership Conference is scheduled for 5 p.m. May 21 at Freedom Plaza, 1010 American Eagle Blvd., Sun City Center. The public is invited to enjoy champagne, wine, dinner, dancing and entertainment. The cost is $75 per person. Dress is formal.
For reservations for the ball, call Ernst Rose at (813) 642-9050.
For information about the Military Order of the World Wars, visit www.militaryorder.net.
Square dance club calls new officers
SUN CITY CENTER - Members of the Sun City Center Swingers Square Dance Club recently elected officers for 2009-10. Re-elected officers were Gail and Ron Bouverat, co-presidents; Sue and Don Lynch, co-vice presidents; Marlene and Don Frederick, co-secretaries; and Joan and Stan Juczak, co-treasurers.
New officers are Geri and Tom Kilgallon, co-assistant secretaries; and Leah and George Micklatcher, co-assistant treasurers.
Trustees Bev and Bob Barriger, Judy and Charlie Pyle and Mary and Dick Schultz were re-elected.
Gardeners club announces officers
SUN CITY CENTER - The Elegant Gardeners met April 8 to choose new officers for the coming year. The following were inducted by Sue Angle: Joan Lawhead, president; Nellie Brock, vice president; Marilyn Anderson, second vice president; Joey Lowell, secretary; Joan Connelly, membership; Terry Jacoby, publicity.
The final meeting of this year will begin with a brunch catered by Mary Stewart at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, in the Florida Room, 955 North Course Lane. Dues for next year will be collected. After the meeting, participants will tour members' gardens.
The club then will adjourn until 10 a.m. Oct. 14, in the Caper Room.
Home accessories at church meeting
SUN CITY CENTER - Frances Hereford will display home accessories and gifts from her Ruskin shop, Southern Grace, at the next meeting of the South Shore Christian Women's Connection. The gathering will be at 11 a.m. May 14 at Club Renaissance, 2121 South Pebble Beach Blvd.
Jill Jackson, an inspirational speaker affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries, will share her recipe for fun.
All women in the area are invited, regardless of church affiliation. This is an open gathering without membership requirements.
Reservations or cancellations must be received before noon Monday. The cost is $17 for the lunch and program.
For information or reservations, call Linda Corbin at (813) 633-8415, Tara Flood at (813) 383-7540 or e-mail [email protected]