- Sy O'Neill Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS
Book Fair Family Night takes place Oct. 18. The book fair opens at 5 p.m. A ziti dinner will be available for purchase 5:30-7 p.m. A magic show with Gary Midnight begins at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. The book fair also runs Oct. 16-20 during the school day for students. Call the school at 561-803-7200 for more information.
THE WEISS SCHOOL
The school’s Social Studies Center of Excellence will present civil rights activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland at 6 p.m. Oct. 18. The free event is part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, and space is limited. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to attend. The school is at 4176 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens.
An open house begins at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 20. To attend, RSVP to Pam Tripp at 561-209-2474.
The Palm Beach Poetry Festival has launched its annual high school poetry contest. Palm Beach County students can submit one original poem, 30 lines maximum, for consideration by Dec. 1. The winning poet will receive $200. Four runners-up will each received $100. For details, visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.
Higher Standards Real Estate Co. is sponsoring the Hispanic Women in Business Scholarship. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one Hispanic female pursuing a degree in business at any college or university in Palm Beach County. Money can be used toward books, tuition or any other college expenses. The application can be found at www.HigherStandardsRealEstate.com by clicking on the scholarship logo. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1.
All school district students are eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch through Oct. 20 due to the impact of Hurricane Irma. Breakfast is always free in Palm Beach County, but for the next month, the district will also be providing lunch at no cost.. Complete meals must be selected in order to be provided at no cost. Snack items will be available at normal prices.
The Jupiter Elks Lodge is seeking 13 groups to participate in the annual House of the Haunted Lodge, scheduled for 7-10 p.m. Oct. 27-28. Groups will earn $100, with a chance to win more. Each group, which must have a parent, teacher or administrative staff member assisting, should come up with a Halloween-themed idea with characters and props. People attending the Haunted Lodge will vote for their favorite fright space, and winning groups will receive $100, $250 or $500 for their organization. Participants also can earn up to 20 hours of community service. For more information or to apply, visit www.JupiterElks.org. Questions can be sent to JupiterElksLodge2469@gmail.com. Deadline to apply is Oct. 8.
TREASURE COAST SCHOOLS
The opening celebration of the Dr. Ben Carlson Reading Room takes place today. A student assembly begins at 12:50 p.m., with the ribbon cutting ceremony following at 1:30. The ocean-themed reading room was funded by a donation by Enid Cheatham.
Students in the Martin County School District and the St. Lucie Public Schools, regardless of previous lunch eligibility status, now have the option to receive a free breakfast and lunch each school day through Oct. 20. Martin and St. Lucie counties are among 37 counties receiving benefits of free meals in the wake of Hurricane Irma.