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Lane County Science Fair starts today with judging

The 2006 Lane County Science Fair, for students in grades 3 through 8, will be held today and Tuesday at the Lane Education Service District, 1200 Highway 99N. Judging will take place today, and projects will be on public display Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An awards ceremony for participants will be held Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For information, call Bob Curtis at 461-8354.

State Board of Education meetings live on Internet

Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo announced last week that meetings of the State Board of Education will be carried live on the Internet, with the aim of keeping the public better informed. They will be carried live online, and archived recordings will be posted following the meetings.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Thursday and Friday. Complete schedules and agendas are posted on the Web prior to the meetings at www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=144. The department tested the video streaming during the February and March meetings, and the tests were successful. To view the monthly live and archived videos visit www.ode.state.or.us and click on State Board, or access directly by going to: www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=353.

Board members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate for up to two four-year terms. Seven members are selected to represent the five congressional districts, with two at-large members. Current Board members include Nikki Squire, Steve Bogart, Jerry Berger, Vanessa Gaston, Duncan Wyse and Brenda Frank, and a new member will be confirmed by the Senate soon.

`Parenting with Dignity' is topic of families meeting

The Community Center for Family Counseling at Lane Community College will hold its 13th Annual Conference on Families Saturday. Titled "Parenting with Dignity: Gaining Cooperation and Respect without Yelling, Nagging, or Fighting," the day-long conference is open to parents and professionals. Academic and continuing education credit is available.

National expert and renowned author Dr. Linda Albert will present ideas for building strong relationships with children. Additional topics include anger management, creating the family life you want, helping children deal with loss, parenting teenagers and encouraging cooperation in the classroom. To register, visit www.lanecc.edu/ccfc/annualconf.html or call Laura Backen Jones at 463-5234.

Science workshop features hot air balloons, hovercraft

Mad Science, a program for children in grades kindergarten through 6, will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Springfield Public Library. The program will include Up, Up and Away, a science workshop featuring hot air balloons, and the Mad Science floating hovercraft. For information, call 726-3766.

Grants of $500 available for young problem solvers

"Do Something" will award grants to young people who submit creative proposals for solving local problems in three areas: community building, health and the environment. The top award is $500. Applicants must be no older than 25 on May 1 and must have a mentor. The deadline is May 15. For information, go to www.dosomething.org/awards/grants/apply/.

Information night for new high school set for Tuesday

The Springfield School District will hold another information night for the Academy of Arts & Academics, a small, stand-alone high school set to open in the fall, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Administration Center, 525 Mill St.

The district has also scheduled auditions and interviews Saturday at Agnes Stewart Middle School, 900 S. 32nd St. To set up a time or for more information, call Mike Fisher, the school's new start coordinator, at 744-5140.

Dates still available for field trips to arboretum

The following dates are still available for single-class field trips to the Mount Pisgah Arboretum: April 28, May 3, May 12, May 31, June 5 and June 14. To arrange one, call the arboretum at 747-1504.

Work party weekend held ahead of Earth Day event

Brattain Elementary School will hold a community Earth Day weekend work-party from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, in anticipation of an Earth Day ceremony planned for April 24. Tools will be provided, but extra gloves would be appreciated. Activities will include building beds for a native plant area, transplanting and planting flowers and enhancing the site of a new tool shed. Family activities are planned, and refreshments will be provided. All participants will get to take a plant home. The April 24 celebration will be at 1:45 p.m. by the old bike cage on C Street. First-graders will host the event with the Brattain Garden Club. The program will include poems, songs and planting of the dedicated native garden.

The school is at 425 10th St. For information, call 744-6380.

Council hosts reading

activities at City Hall

The Emerald Empire Reading Council will host BEAR (Be Excited About Reading) Faire Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Springfield City Hall lobby. Families can enjoy activity tables, door prizes, music and storytellers. Children are encouraged to come as a book character. For information, call 726-3780.

Storyteller and author

to share lore of Choctaws

Tim Tingle, an award-winning Choctaw storyteller and author, will share the lore of his people through lively historical, traditional and personal tales from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Eugene Public Library. The program is for elementary-age children, teens and adults. For information, call 682-5450.

Scholarships available for Spanish-speaking students

Seventy-five $2,000 scholarships are available for Spanish-speaking, bicultural high school students interested in careers in the health care industry.

Funded by the PacificCare Foundation, the scholarships are offered on behalf of the UnitedHealthcare Latino Health Scholars program. Seniors fluent in Spanish and English with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible.

Applicants must show proof of acceptance into a college or technical school and be in an approved health care program. Applications are due May 29 and are available online at www.pacificarelatino.com.
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