Westside schools:
CHS musicians benefit from ‘Bazaar’

       Coronado High musicians played, and people shopped from 98 craft vendors inside the school gym (and 7 outside it) the weekend of Oct. 15-16.
       Whether it was the music or the vendors' offerings or just good planning, the first-time Holiday Bazaar raised about $7,500 to aid Coronado's band and orchestra programs.
       The income included booth rentals and $2,900 from a silent auction of donated items.
       “It went very, very well,” said Brian Kohls, the chief organizer with his wife Brittnay. “We must have had 500 people through there, with a lot of positive feedback.”
       They were aided by other volunteers, especially Coronado music students and their parents. The vendors especially appreciated their assistance in carrying people's purchases to their cars and, on Sunday, clearing them and their booths and wares out of the gym, Kohls said.
       The music experience was limited out of necessity. “We had quartets, soloists and duets, light stuff,” Coronado band director Alan Combs said. “We couldn't have large groups play in there. We would have liked that, but it would have been too loud.”
       Space was also a factor. That's why seven of the vendors had to set up outside, because another row could not fit inside. So if even there hadn't been a sound issue, there literally wasn't room in the gym for bigger musical groups to set up, Kohls pointed out.
       Spanish Culture Night
       The public is invited to student presentations, plus a performance by local Spanish dance troupe Ribbons of Color, at Spanish Culture Night Friday, Oct. 17 at the Academy for Advanced & Creative Learning, 2510 N. Chestnut St.
       The show will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The students have worked on crafts, songs and a play, and “older classes will share independent research on the culture, foods, and traditional clothing of some Spanish speaking countries,” a press release states.
       The Ribbons dance is scheduled to start at 7:20 p.m., concluding the event.
       The evening is “in celebration of students' projects and Hispanic Heritage Month,” the release adds.
       AcademyACL is a K-8 District 11 charter school geared for gifted students.
       Holmes golf wins district
       Claiming the first four places, Holmes Middle School won in District Golf Championship Oct. 14.
       In first place, with a 2-over-par 70, was Isaac Petersilie. He was followed by Luke Travins, 79; Austin Burgess, 80; and Austin Northern, 81.
       This is the second year Holmes has won the district title.
       The coach is Kelly Hodge.
       The 18-hole championship was played at Patty Jewett Golf Course.

Westside Pioneer/press releases