Summer 2006 Report 

June • July • August

Cre-Act School in Pocatello Lives to See Another Year

Pocatello's Cre-Act School, a private, arts-based Franciscan school serving students in grades K through 6, will open for the 2006-2007 school year. The school's future was in question, with the decision in the hands of the Franciscan Council, due to a failure to reach enrollment objectives. However, community support through donations, outreach and media ads to enlist students, helped keep the school open for at least one more year.

Apparently the arts school deserves the support it's been getting. This spring, one of Cre-Act's third-grade students, Stephen Pelletier, won his age division in the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium's 2006 "Exploring Mars" art contest (entry pictured above). Two other Cre-Act students placed in the statewide contest.

Pocatello Art Center Fundraiser

The Pocatello Art Center has been a home to the local arts community for over 40 years. A mid-June fundraiser is planned, with proceeds raised going to keep the PAC going strong.

The June 17 event at Century High School will combine performing art and visual art by several local artists, and plenty of good eats by area chefs. There will be an exhibition of the work of 10 local artists and the artists will be in attendance at the event. Also expect to hear live jazz music, a performance of Broadway numbers and a choral performance. All of the evening's performers will be on hand to mingle with attendees.

In a show of support, local merchants have donated food and merchandise for a fundraising raffle (raffle tickets are $5 each), and an original piece by artist Kathleen Torgensen will also be raffled off.

For more information, contact Peggy Johnson with the Pocatello Art Center at (208) 237-6365 or (208) 241-8200.

Saturday, June 17, 5:30 p.m. $20 general, $50 patrons. Century High School, 3255 N. Old Highway 91, Pocatello.

Summer Theater Workshops at Idaho state university

This summer, Idaho State University's Community Alumni Theatre will conduct week-long workshops in musical theater and improvisation. The workshops will end with a performance at the preview and opening night showings of CAT's production of The Music Man (running July 27 through 29, July 31 and August 3 through 5) in the school's Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The Music Theater workshops are open to students in grades 1 through 12 and will be held July 24 through 26 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and July 26 and 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Focus will be on the core skills of musical theater, signing, dancing and acting. The Improvisation Workshop is open to students grades 6 through 12, as well as adults, and will be held July 24 through 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and July 26 and 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This workshop focuses on the introductory rules and techniques of improvisational theater.

Registration forms and payment for the workshops are due Friday, July 14. For more information on how to register, call (208) 282-3561 or (208) 282-2907.

Blackfoot Teens Take Top Honors at Music Competition

Eighteen Blackfoot High School students traveled to the Idaho Music Educators' State Solo Competition in Boise, and four returned with top honors. The school's retinue of musicians and singers competed in 11 categories. The top-placing students were Sarah Marden, Jessie Fullmer, Samantha Kinney and Eric Wright.

Pocatello's AAUW Needs Books

The Pocatello Branch of the American Association of University Women will soon hold their annual book sale, and they need community donations to make it work. Proceeds from the sale benefit scholarships for female students at Idaho State University.

What they're looking for: books and boxes. As far as books go, they want what you've got--paperbacks and hardcovers, fiction, non-fiction and kid's books. What they don't want are textbooks, magazines and old encyclopedias. They also need banker-type cardboard boxes for stacking and transporting books.

Those with books or boxes for donation can make a drop-off at one of two locations: the main entrance of ISU's Continuing Education Building at 1001 N. 7th Ave.; or the Anderson Center at Graveley Hall N., Room 114.

For more information, call (208) 282-2805.

Eastern Idaho Dance Student Apprenticed to Ballet Idaho

Monica Lynne Garcia, a Pocatello native and Idaho Falls dance student, was chosen by Ballet Idaho's artistic director Toni Pimble to be an apprentice with the Boise professional dance company. Garcia's debut with the company was in their May performance of Pink Martini.

Garcia was chosen when she took part in last year's Summer Intensive dance program. Ballet Idaho is currently accepting applications from students age 12 and up for this year's Summer Intensive, to be held July 10 through 22. For more information about the program, call summer program coordinator Jennifer Martin at 343-0556.

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