Buzzz In Brief

YES auditions

The Youth Entertainment Stage Company is seeking students in grades seven through 12 to be actors, singers, dancers and crew for "The Wizard of Oz" to be performed at the Gallo Center for the Arts. No experience or preparation is necessary. All audition materials are provided. Choose to attend one open audition:

March 1, Downey High School auditorium, 10 a.m.; March 5, Oakdale High School theater, 4 p.m.; March 8, Roosevelt Junior High School gym, 2 p.m.; March 11, Johansen High School, 4 p.m.

Sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County, this Royal Shakespeare Company version of "The Wizard of Oz" uses as much of the aura of the film as possible, striving to sound just like the classic film.

Production commitment is daily and includes weekends during June 23-Aug. 18. For more information, visit

Annapolis appointment

Congressman George Radanovich announced the appointment of Michael Thompson of La Grange to the U.S. Navel Academy in Annapolis, Md. Radanovich nominated Thompson for the academy last year.

Thompson, a senior at Mariposa High School, is ranked third in his class and has a grade-point average of 4.2. He is an Eagle Scout and a member of the school band, the National Honors Society and the California Scholastic Foundation. In his spare time, Thompson volunteers at the Mariposa Airport and held a summer job with the Yosemite Youth Conservation Corps.

Modesto choir

There's a performance tonight of Club Cupid, an annual event in which Modesto High School choir members collaborate with others to put on a show.

The performance will be at 7 p.m. in the Modesto High black-box theater, called Studio 21, at 18 H St. The theme is "All Shook Up."

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Seats are limited. Call 573-1066 for information on tickets.

Portuguese scholarships

The Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California are once again offering scholarships to students of Portuguese heritage.

Applications are available from high school counselors and must be submitted by March 15. More than 125 scholarships will be awarded statewide. For more information, contact Margaret Carvalho-Sciaroni at or

Scholarships available

The Stanislaus Community Foundation is offering several scholarships this year.

Most awards are $500 per school year. Applications will be accepted until April 2. General qualifications for all the foundation's scholarships require students to have a "B" average and to be a resident of Stanislaus County or attend school in the county.

For more information, or for an application, see your high school or college counseling office. Applications also are available from the foundation: 576-1608 or fd@stanislaus You also can download a copy of the application from www.stanislauscommunity

Symphony scholarships

The Modesto Symphony Guild invites instrumentalists who are graduating high school seniors to apply for its scholarships.

Students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average and be planning to major or minor in music. Awards are $2,000, $1,000 and $500. Students may request an application from Dorothy Scully at or 575-6191.

Other scholarships

In other scholarship news, the following awards will be offered. For more information, check with your school's counseling office.

Dr. Larry Cooke Memorial Scholarship, offered to a student admitted or enrolled to the University of Notre Dame or another Catholic university pursuing an education in medicine.

The American Association of University Women scholarship, offered to young women who have graduated from Modesto Junior College and plan to enroll in a four-year-college; MJC graduates currently enrolled in a four-year college; or those who are planning an education sabbatical or seminar, and who need financial help to complete a degree.

The Modesto Bee journalism scholarship, offered to two high school seniors graduating from area schools, one of whom is a member of an ethnic minority, who intend to pursue a career in journalism.

The Beyer High Athletic Scholarship, offered to a Beyer senior involved in varsity athletics during junior and senior years.

The Judy Wiegman Scholarship, offered to Stanislaus County students attending higher education institutions who are deemed by the school district to be physically handicapped.

The Pizza Plus-Newman Scholarship, offered to a former foster child attending a college or university.

The First Tee of Modesto Scholarship, offered to an active member of The First Tee program for at least three years.

Patterson production

Students ages 5 to 19 are invited to audition for a production of "My Emperor's New Clothes" at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Patterson High School auditorium, 200 N. Seventh St.

This is a musical retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story.

Be prepared to read from the script and sing a song or two. Rehearsals begin March 3, the show will be staged April 18-27 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information, e-mail or call 892-7297.

Women of distinction

Soroptimist International of Modesto is seeking nominations for its annual Women of Distinction recognition program.

This program honors women who have made achievements in their profession, business or volunteer activities, and who have been exemplary role models. Winners are recognized in the areas of economic and social development, education, environment, health, human rights/status of women, international good will and understanding.

The recipients of the awards may designate a charitable organization to receive a $500 donation from Soroptimist.

Deadline for nominations is Friday. Call 575-6815.

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