Stephen Hawk, professor of music from Slippery Rock University, will be guest conductor for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 1 East Band Festival concert at 7 p.m. Friday in the Deer Lakes High School auditorium, 163 East Union Road, West Deer.
The concert will feature student musicians in grades 10-12 from 35 school districts. Admission is $5.
The high school and the Central Blood Bank will sponsor a blood drive from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the high school auxiliary gymnasium.
The blood drive is part of the scholarship blood drive program, offered through Central Blood Bank. Students at participating schools have the opportunity to earn scholarship money by being top donor sites.
The blood drive is open to students age 17 and older -- age 16 with parental permission -- and the public. Appointments are not necessary, but can be made: 412-492-6384 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The high school library has launched the "We can read" project, which involves parents purchasing a children's book, reading it to their child and then donating it to a school or public library in memory of the children who died in the recent shootings in Newtown, Conn.
After the shootings, the father of one of the victims said his child had just learned to read and loved books.
After hearing his comments, Alice Del Vecchio, a Slippery Rock University professor, came up with the idea for the project. Hampton High School librarian Mary Beth Orbin is asking faculty, staff and residents to participate.
Ms. Orbin will accept books through Feb. 10. Each participant will receive a memorial sticker to be placed on the inside of the book, which will be donated to the school district's child development program, hosted at the high school.
Those making a donation are welcome to write a message inside the book before donating it. Donors are asked to not donate Dr. Seuss books because the child development program already has the complete collection.
Information: 412-492-6386 or email@example.com.
Prospective students and their families are invited to tour the school, speak with teachers and staff and see the school's science and technology facilities during an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Catholic school for grades pre K--8, 6515 Old Route 8, Middlesex.
The school offers an average class size of 18 and activities such as music, basketball and volleyball, forensics, student government, and after-school scrapbooking, robotics and book clubs.
The high school will offer an information meeting for parents of incoming freshmen (current eighth-graders) that will cover courses offered during the 2013-2014 school year at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium, 520 Route 228.
Information: 724-625-1581, extension 3314.
The high school will host a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math career symposium Wednesday for hundreds of local high school students from throughout Allegheny County.
The symposium will allow students to interact with professionals in science, technology, engineering and math fields while exploring career opportunities.
Attendees will hear a keynote address from Marcellus Shale Corporation's Community Outreach Manager Joy Ruff, who will highlight the job creation in STEM fields created by the oil and natural gas industries.
Residents are invited to serve on a public budget committee to review revenue projections and expenditures for the 2013-14 school year. Membership is open to parents, non-parent taxpayers, senior citizens and business people or professionals who operate their businesses or practices within the district.
Director of finance and operations John Sheline and other administrators will be available to answer questions and offer explanations of items during committee meetings at 7 p.m. March 5, April 2 and May 7.
Participants can contact Tina Vojtko, director of communications and development, 412-749-3623 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Teresa of Avila
Families and prospective students can tour the school, speak with teachers and learn about educational opportunities during an open house from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday at St. Teresa of Avila School, 800 Avila Court, Ross.
The Catholic school offers prekindergarten for 3- and 4-year-olds, half-day and full-day kindergarten, and classes for grades 1-8.
Information: 412-367-9001 or www.saintteresas.org.