Westside schools:
Craft Fair to aid CHS football team

       A craft fair in the Coronado High School gym will feature more than 50 booths Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       The first-time event, will be a fundraiser for the school football program, according to Brian Kohls, one of the event organizers. Money is being raised from crafters renting 10-by-10-foot spaces in the gym. A silent auction will have items donated by crafters and others, with those proceeds also going to football.
       Members of the football team will be involved, helping set up the booths and taking them down at the end of the day. In addition, they will “help people take stuff to their cars,” Kohls said.
       A concession stand will be available, with proceeds from it going to Coronado student government, he noted.
       A fair seemed like a good idea because other schools have been successful with craft fairs as fundraisers. “If it's successful, we'll do it again in the fall,” Kohls said. “With the money the district is cutting [in its budget this year], every little bit helps.”
       If a fair is held in the fall, its proceeds would go to help the school clubs, Kohls said.
       Car show for Bijou
       A car show to raise money for the Bijou School is scheduled in the school parking lot Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       The first-time event is titled a “Classic, Street Rod & Antique Car Show,” according to the flyer made up by event organizer Dave Fisher, the security officer for Bijou.
       Bijou, an alternative high school in District 11, is at the site of the former Whittier Elementary School, 2904 W. Kiowa St.
       The show will be free to the public. Money will be raised through car-owner entry fees and two concession stands.
       Fisher said he expects to have 50 to 75 vehicles on display - most of them owned by members of area car clubs - with trophies to be presented in 21 categories, such as interior, paint, graphics and car types.
       For people with small children, the school still has a playground from when it was an elementary school, the flyer notes.
       A rain date for the car show is the following Saturday, May 7.
       The money raised from the event will be used as a cash reward or scholarship to a Bijou student who performs “above and beyond the things a student normally does,” Fisher explained. He hopes to make the show an annual event.
       Evenings at elementaries
       Three Westside elementaries have special evening programs coming up. All are free and open to the public.
  • Bristol, 890 N. Walnut St. -Math & Science Night Thursday, April 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Kids can play different math or science games in classrooms with staff and parents.
  • Howbert, 1023 N. 31st St. - Art Night with choir performances, Thursday, April 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Jackson, 4340 Edwinstowe Ave., K-2 art in the hallway by the gym and a performance of the musical, “ I Need a Vacation,” by grades 1-2, Wednesday, April 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Howbert - performance of the musical “Joust,” by grades 3-5 at Coronado High auditorium, Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m.

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