By Jan Boston Sellers
April is an incredibly busy month for those of us at the TAD Center. Our list of activities will begin Monday, April 8, with the third annual Fundraising Fashion Show. The TAD Youth Talent Show is slated for Thursday, April 11, and two mock DUI/Prom Promise events on Thursday, April, 26 and Friday, April 27.
The annual fashion show, featuring new spring clothes from Gigi’s and the Screen Door, will be held at Forte's on the Square. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and will feature the latest in spring attire, a silent auction, door prizes and a scrumptious meal from Forte's. Tickets are $20. They may be purchased this weekend at either Gigi’s or the Screen Door.
The annual TAD Youth Talent Show is next Thursday at the Palace Theatre. This competition is divided into two age groups: 8-12 and 13-21. Contestants may perform any type of talent on the Palace stage for this contest. The winners in each category will earn $100. The winner in the 13-21 year old contest will advance to the Tennessee Valley Fair Youth Talent Show. It is held each fall in Knoxville. The TAD Youth Talent Show is one of the approved preliminary contests for the Valley Fair competition.
Judges include Gary Nelson of the Crossville Chronicle; Rachel Hawn from Ms. Cam’s Dance Studio; Marley Wyatt, a former winner; and Julie Schubert, singer/actress. The show will begin at 6 p.m. at the Palace. Admission is three cans of food. All food items will be donated to the Cumberland Good Samaritans Food Pantry.
Interested contestants must contact the TAD Center at 456-2859. There is no entry fee, but all must register for the contest to participate.
The annual Mock DUI/Prom Promise will be Thursday and Friday prior to the 2013 spring proms at Stone Memorial High School and Cumberland County High School. Both schools will host their prom events on Saturday, April 27. The Mock DUI/Prom Promise at SMHS will be held on the Panther’s campus Thursday morning and on Cumberland County High School campus Friday morning.
Juniors and seniors will hear from special speakers before going outside for the Mock DUI. It will feature a realistic crash scene with actors and actresses who are either fatally or seriously injured as a result of an inebriated driver. Once students have viewed the scene, they will return to the auditorium, where they are given an opportunity to sign a pledge promising not to drink and drive on prom night. All those who sign the promise sheet will earn a lollipop from the TAD Center which reads “Drive smart. Ride safe.” All students who sign a pledge will then be entered into a drawing for a $75 cash prize.
The Mock DUI/Prom Promise is sponsored by the Crossville Police Department, City Fire Department, Ambulance Service, emergency personnel, the health department and TAD Center.
The TAD Center is a comprehensive, community education program. Services include a school-based educational program centering around drug education, safe dating, suicide prevention and anti-bullying; an after-school program at the center on 261 Yvonne Ave.; and a summer program scheduled to kick off June 11. If you wish to participate in any of the above mentioned activities, contact the center at 456-2859 or drop by the facility on Yvonne Ave. for further information.
Around the town this weekend: Flower’s Bakery and family will host a benefit concert for Relay for Life this Saturday at the Community Complex. It will begin at 2 and last until 5 p.m.
Tickets are still on sale for the annual Avalon Center Parade of Beauties scheduled for next weekend at the Palace Theatre and for the Spring Musical Show featuring Ruth and Wayne Lucas on Friday, April 19, also at the Palace. Tickets for both events may be obtained on the palace website at www.palacetheatre-crossville.com.