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Spend 'An Evening with the Arts'

The North Syracuse ARTSTARS group is extending a warm welcome to everyone in the community to attend "An Evening with the Arts" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 9 at Roxboro Road Middle School, 300 Bernard Road in Mattydale.

The event is the fourth annual art showcase and music recital featuring current and retired employees of the North Syracuse Central School District. "An Evening with the Arts" is open to the public with a dual purpose - it allows the public, including peers and students, to see and hear the talent of North Syracuse Central School District employees, and it is a unique and fitting way to provide a scholarship fund for selected graduating seniors accepted into a Fine Arts program.

There is no set cost for the event, but donations of any amount are graciously accepted toward the Fine Arts scholarship fund.

In addition to staff performances and displays, also scheduled to play that evening will be Shelby Dems, 2009 Fine Arts scholarship award winner. Daughter of Edward and Katrina Dems of North Syracuse, Shelby is currently a freshman violin major at Syracuse University. While a student at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Shelby was a member of the C-NS String Quartet, under the direction of Bob Connell.

Event organizer Beth Patri encourages attendance at the event.

"An Evening with the Arts is such a great venue for current and past District employees to lend their talent and support for a Fine Arts Scholarship. I would love to see our greater North Syracuse community come out to support this event and the Scholarship as well," Patri said. "It truly is a marvelous opportunity for them to indirectly applaud our students, the staff who work or have worked with them, and the Fine Arts programs ... a grand way to spend an evening."

North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education Member Sandra DiBianco said the event is a wonderful and entertaining evening.

"It is so enjoyable to see and hear the talents of our past and current employees on display," DiBianco said. "We hope that a large portion of the community comes out to enjoy the music and see the fabulous artwork. I highly endorse the evening and give it a five star review!"

Contact Nancy Congdon at ncongdon@nscsd.org or Beth Patri at bpatri@twcny.rr.com if you have questions about "An Evening with the Arts" or ARTSTARS.

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