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Aliquippa and Moon Area

The Aliquippa and Moon Area school districts are among 37 Pennsylvania schools to receive a portion of the nearly $480,000 in grants under the Safe Schools Targeted Grant program.

Aliquippa received $15,000 and Moon Area received a $9,764 grant.

According to the announcement by the state Department of Education, the bureau received 97 applications for the grant program. Districts were eligible to receive up to $15,000.

The grants will support programs seeking to prevent and reduce incidents of violence.

"Safety in our schools starts with a positive environment, and this grant will help to further achieve this goal," Moon Area superintendent Donna Milanovich said.

Lincoln Park

Instructions in playing in a jazz ensemble or learning to play steel drums will be offered by the Henry Mancini Arts Academy, a community arts instruction program of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland.

The goal, said Mancini Academy director Krista Shovlin, is to create ongoing adult musical groups that will practice and perform regularly. High school students must be at least 15 years old to participate.

The jazz ensemble is a group, not a class, enabling a lower fee to cover music materials. The steel drum group will include instruction and is structured as a class.

The jazz ensemble will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center's Alumni Hall. The steel drum class will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays, also in Alumni Hall. Both sessions start next week.

The classes are part of the new School of Music at the center.

Information/registration: 724-643-9004 or www.manciniacademy.com.

• Adult classes in digital photography and introduction to Photoshop are being offered through the arts academy.

The digital photography class will be taught in six 90-minute sessions, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting next week.

The Photoshop introductory class, which is scheduled as a follow-up to digital photography, will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting March 5. Discounted tuition is available for students who enroll in both classes.

These are the first classes offered through the academy's new School of Art. To register, call 724-643-9004 or www.manciniacademy.com.

• A "Music Audition Coaching" class for ages 15-18 is among seven new classes offered for the spring semester by the Henry Mancini Arts Academy.

Participants will be coached in how to select, interpret and polish their material, how to establish a practice routine and how to make a quality professional audition recording. They also will be schooled on the finer points of audition etiquette.

The spring semester begins Saturday. The music audition class is to be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting next week.

Voice classes are new this semester. They will be taught Saturday mornings for three age groups: 6-9, 10-12, and 13-18.

Group lessons in piano for ages 8 to adult will be offered from 6:30 to 7:30 Tuesdays for beginners and from 7:30 to 8:30 for intermediates.

Registration/information: 724-643-9004 or www.manciniacademy.com.

West Allegheny

Kindergarten registration is under way by phone or Internet. No in-person registration will be taken. Since the district can accept only one registration per child, parents must choose either the telephone or the Internet option - not both.

Parents may register by telephone for Donaldson Elementary School, 724-213-1010; McKee Elementary School, 724-693-8451; or Wilson Elementary School, 724-695-3300. To register online, go to www.westasd.org and select the kindergarten registration link.

Parents may request the morning or afternoon session on a first-come, first-served basis and will be notified in the summer as to whether their child is assigned to morning or afternoon. Callers must speak to a staff member and cannot leave a message.

Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, and parents must provide address, phone number and email address and the child's date of birth.

Registrants will be notified regarding kindergarten orientation dates and will be sent the necessary forms via mail. At that time, parents will be required to present a record of the child's immunizations, original birth certificate, completed physical and dental examination forms and original proof of residency.

Students must attend the school that serves their residence - not the residence of a baby sitter or location of a child care provider.

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