Local high schools present musicals

The Irondale High School Drama Department will present their production of Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman’s “Hello, Dolly!” Thursday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 6. All performances will start at 7 p.m., except a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. General admission is $9 for adults; $8 for students and senior citizens.

“Hello, Dolly!” is a musical comedy based loosely upon Thornton Wilder’s play “The Matchmaker.”

For advanced tickets, contact Justine Glesener at 651-631-8631 or Isaac van Bruggen at 651-633-5123. Irondale High School is located at 2425 Long Lake Rd., New Brighton, a few blocks south of Hwy. 10.

The St. Anthony Village High School Drama Program presents “Bye Bye Birdie at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. Tickets are $10; $8 for students and seniors.

The musical, set in the early 1960s, revolves around a rock ‘n’ roll superstar, Conrad Birdie, who has been drafted into the Army, leaving his fans broken-hearted and his agent, Albert, in debt from the cost of promoting the pop icon.

Books needed for free book giveaway

The Adult Basic Education Program of Mounds View Public Schools will be holding a free book give away from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 12, at Pike Lake Education Center in New Brighton. From Nov. 7 through Nov. 11, gently used children’s, young adult and classic books can be dropped off at the Pike Lake Education Center; be sure books are in a sturdy bag or a box that can be carried. Volunteers are also needed to sort and organize the books. For more information call Mary Galvin at 651-639-6039.

PLAN test will be given Nov. 13

The PLAN test will be given for Mounds View High School sophomores at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. The PLAN test is designed for 10th grade students as preparation for the ACT assessment. The test includes academic tests and a survey of career interests. PLAN also provides an estimated ACT score to help students determine if they are on track for the college of their choice. This will be the only offering of the PLAN test this year. Early registration is encouraged; there will be a limited number of spots that will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Questions about the PLAN Program can be directed to Lia Reich in the Guidance Office at Mounds View High School.

Essay contest accepting submissions from U.S. high school students

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced that the 2006 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest is now open and accepting submission from U.S. high school students enrolled in grades nine through 12. The deadline for entries is Jan. 7.

Students and teachers may access the contest’s Web site at www.jfkcontest.org.

The annual Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites students from across the nation to write an essay about a political issue at the local, state or national level and an elected official in the United States who is acting or has acted courageously to address that issue. The contest is a companion program of the Profile in Courage Award, named for President Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Profiles in Courage.” The essay contest is sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

The winner of the contest will be awarded a $3,000 cash prize. The student’s nominating teacher receives a John F. Kennedy Public Service Grant in the amount of $500 to be applied toward school projects involving student leadership and civic engagement.

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