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Creations, candy featured at schools

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Prepare to be amazed; C.C. Meneley Elementary School’s annual Invention Convention will be held Feb. 23.

Fifth-grade teacher and event organizer Cathy Hackler says students in grades 3-6 have been working hard to create projects that serve specific needs.

Inventions are judged by community members.

They are scored on originality, usefulness, number of revisions (minimum of two), logbook entries, and the (not necessarily functioning) model of their idea. Logbooks are required to describe and explain both the project’s idea and development, and include labeled drawings of each revision.

Judges are needed from 10 a.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 23. A preliminary judging clinic is scheduled that morning at 10 a.m.

Goodies and lunch will also be provided. Interested parties are asked to contact the school for further instructions.

Several winning projects from each grade level will be entered in the Lemelson Young Inventor’s Challenge, which will be held in Reno this March.

Families are invited to admire the creativity of student inventions and innovations that night from 5:30-7 p.m.

C. C. Meneley is located at 1446 Muir Drive in Gardnerville. For more information or to sign up as a judge, please call the school at 265-3154.

Pau-Wa-Lu Players to present ‘Willy Wonka, Jr.’

Tickets are available for the Pau-Wa Lu Players’ presentation of “Willy Wonka, Jr.” This classic story by Roald Dahl chronicles the famous candy maker and his search for a worthy heir.

Memorable songs from the 1971 family film that starred Gene Hackman include “Pure Imagination,” “Oompa Loompa,” and “The Candy Man.” These Grammy and Academy award winning tunes by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley are featured in this musical adaptation.

Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow (Feb. 17 and 18) and also on Feb. 24 and 25. Sunday matinees will be held on Feb. 19 and 25 at 2 p.m.

Directed by teacher Rich Garrett, all Pau-Wa-Lu Players are Douglas County School District students from sixth-ninth grade. This “Willy Wonka, Jr.” performance is musically directed by Brynn Garrett and was choreographed by Alisa Merino.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and are available at the door. Performances will be held at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, 701 Long Valley Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos. For more information, contact Rich Garrett at