Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Good Things Happening

'Gallery' displays students' works

Allen Howard

To take a journey into the minds of the next generation of artists, stroll through Suite 200 of the PNC Bank Building, One W. Fourth St., downtown.

On display is art of students in the 2003 Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program from Doherty School, North Avondale Montessori and Taft Artists Reaching Classrooms.
Sara Voeiker, who coordinates the arts program at KnowledgeWorks Foundation.

Students and parents had a reception Monday in the office of KnowledgeWorks Foundation downtown.

"This is their evening, and we tried to make it like the opening of an art gallery," said Emily Hedrick of KnowledgeWorks.

The artwork will be on display until December, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Help from their friends

A fund-raiser by a Beatles tribute band brought more than 750 Beatles lovers to Mason High School to raise money for the Mid-Western Children's home.

The band, 1964, features Mark Benson as John Lennon, Gary Grimes as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Pou as George Harrison and Greg George as Ringo Starr.

Chris Jones, Mid-Western Children's Home administrator, said in the last two years the band has raised $14,000. Figures for this year were not available.

Library's a 'real deal'

The fun-loving image of comedian Drew Carey has a serious side to it.

That serious side will be used to promote the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's card signup drive, which started Monday and will run through Oct. 25.

"He is a big supporter of the library," said Phyllis Hegner, a public information specialist at the library. "He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and coming back to help out is a natural."

Hegner said this year's theme is: "One Red Card = One Real Deal."


Early wins scholarship

Nick Early was awarded a Holton Memorial Scholarship, based on superior leadership and service in high school, to attend DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. Captain of the Moeller High School football team, he will also play football at DePauw.

Nick is the son of Tina and Al Early of Sycamore Township.

Four get scholarships

Mercy Franciscan Hospital Western Hills Auxiliary has awarded four scholarships to recent graduates of west-side high schools. Awards were made on the basis of academic standing and community and extracurricular involvement. The recipients were:

Matthew Schneider, attending Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing; Colleen Pater, attending the University of Cincinnati, and Christina Beck and Kevin Minges, at the College of Mount St. Joseph.

To submit an item, call 755-4165.


All the world's a stage

If Catherine Van Wert listed her accomplishments on a resume, it might impress even the toughest college entrance committee.

And she's only 11.

Catherine will be as busy as a butterfly rehearsing for her role as one in Charlotte's Web, presented by Children's Theatre of Mason, Friday through Sunday.

The sixth-grader at St. Gabriel Consolidated School in Glendale will sing and dance as Bertie in Tom Sawyer at Sawyer Point during Tall Stacks Oct. 12-19.

She has also been cast in the ballet production of The Jungle Book at the Taft Theatre, March 18-24.

Catherine has studied dance at Nancy Norrick School of Ballet for seven years.

Another part of her busy schedule includes voice lessons under the direction of Elisabeth Robertson Studios at Cincinnati Music Academy, along with piano lessons.

She is a Girl Scout, plays on St. Gabriel's sixth-grade basketball team and is a soloist for the school's weekly children's Mass.

Catherine is the daughter of Robert and Linda Van Wert of Liberty Township.

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