Area briefs



Fundraiser to feature Vitale

PIQUA — State Representative Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) will be the featured guest at Raise the Roof for the Arts of Sidney’s “Puttin’ on the Glitz” fundraiser at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Piqua Country Club.

Vitale represents Ohio’s 85th district, which includes Champaign County, and portions of Logan and Shelby counties.

The afternoon will include a champagne luncheon, fashion show and raffles from supporting local businesses.

Reservations can be made for $35 beginning Friday, March 25, by visiting or by stop by the RTR office in Sidney at 126½ E. Poplar St., second floor.

Proceeds from “Puttin’ on the Glitz” will be used to support the current revitalization of the Historic Sidney Theatre.

Newton to present ‘Aladdin’

PLEASANT HILL — Newton High School Drama Club will present their annual school play, “Aladdin,” book by Robert Neil Porter, music and lyrics by Jack Perry at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10. Doors open a half an hour before each performance.

The cast includes: Genie – Skyler Wilson; Princess Balmyra – Ashley Anthony; Jasmine – Michaela Drieling; Amber – Jasmine Ingle; Tiger Lily – Kasey Bowerman, Tareye the Terrible – Garrison Willoughby; Aladdin – Windsor Rapp; Aladdin’s Mother – Katherine Marker; Turkish Magician – Nick Lesley; Sultan – Nick Hoover; and Sultana – Aliya Stine.

The Crew consists of: Pianist and Foley – Milan Bess; Spotlight – Moustafa Simpara.

Co-Directors for this year’s play are Halee Mollette and Trina Short.

Tickets are $4 pre-sale and $5 at the door. Call the high school office at (937) 676-2002 for tickets or more information.

Kindergarten screening set

PLEASANT HILL — Newton Elementary School has set Friday, April 15 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the high school gym for kindergarten registration and screening for the 2016-2017 school year.

A child must be five years old by Aug. 1 to attend kindergarten this fall.

Parents should bring: child’s birth certificate, Social Security number, immunization records, and custody papers (if applicable), as well as completed registration and transportation forms.

Every child needs to have an appointment to be screened; please call the elementary office at (937) 676-2002 as soon as possible to schedule a time.