Howard W. Blake Magnet High School of the Arts will host “A Night of Jazz” festival in the Blake Riverside Courtyard on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m.
The New Orleans themed event will feature jazz played by The Jazz Messengers, Blake’s Jazz Band and art displays. Guests will feast on Cajun food dishes ranging from dirty rice, red beans and rice, delectable beignets from NOLA Café, fried chicken and biscuits from Popeye’s Louisiana, and Gumbo from the Blake Band Boosters Gumbo Cook-Off! There will be a special performance by the musical group “Distinguished Men of Brass,” as seen on America’s Got Talent. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and towels to enjoy the outdoor Bourbon Street Blast.
Ticket prices for the event are $8 for adults and $5 for children and students. For more information about the evening, contact Carmen Griffin at 813-272-3422 ext. 564.
Howard W. Blake Magnet High School of the Arts is located at 1701 N. Boulevard, Tampa.
The Hillsborough County Public Schools 19th Annual Elementary School Battle of the Books will take place 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the Tampa Convention Center.
This is the culminating competition for fourth graders who have read 15 pre-selected Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award program books. Each elementary school hosts a local battle comprised of class teams of four students competing against one another. The winning team from each school participates in the district battle.
All participants are asked questions about a book’s contents, and the team that responds fastest gets to answer the question. One school from each of the district’s eight areas with the most correct answers wins.
The battle is designed to encourage recreational reading, offer a variety of types of literature, increase familiarity with different authors, and to share books through written and oral expression.
Stewart Middle Magnet School students and staff; Norman E. Thagard, former NASA astronaut; and Ned Hance, president of the Waterman-Twinning Air Force chapter from MacDill Air Force Base
Induction of students into the John Glenn Top Gun Academy
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15
Blake High School theater
1701 N. Boulevard, Tampa
To recognize students who hope to carry on the mission of astronauts in the pursuit of space exploration
As part of the 2013 John Glenn Top Gun Academy induction ceremony, Ned Hance, president of the Waterman-Twinning Air Force chapter from MacDill Air Force Base, will present Stewart teacher Pam McFarlin with the Air Force Association teacher of the year award. Norman E. Thagard, former NASA astronaut, will then speak followed by the induction of 95 students into the John Glenn Top Gun Academy.