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St. Croix Board of Realtors Holiday Mixer

The St. Croix Board of Realtors will hold a holiday party at 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at Comanche Rum Bar on St. Croix. During the event, holiday donations will be presented to Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands, Crime Stoppers, Lighthouse Mission and My Brother's Table.

Call 718-5285 or email Bry@CalabashRealtors.com to RSVP.

St. Croix Foundation holding contest for youth

The St. Croix Foundation Youth Advisory Council is holding a logo and slogan contest for St. Croix youth ages 20 years and younger. Submissions should reflect the following themes: matching youth with personal mentors; connecting youth globally; exposing youth to resources for career development. Slogans must represent these themes using five words or less and be PG-rated. Logos must be the original work of the youth submitting the design, be 8" x 10" in size and fit on letter-sized paper with a shade of blue as the predominant color. The winning logos and slogans will be used for the Youth Council's new web-based mentoring program. Entries are due by Dec. 21 and up to two winners will be chosen by Dec. 31.

Original work and completed registration form may be dropped off at the St. Croix Foundation or emailed to scfyac2009@yahoo.com.

Applications available for sorority debutante ball

The Alpha Chi Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority is accepting applications for their 38th annual Debutante Ball scheduled for February 2013 at Marriott Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort. All interested ladies ages 15 through 18 attending high school in the U.S. Virgin Islands should contact Beverly Lettsome at 775-0122 or Nan Mulcare at 774-8291.

Free boating course at Nisky Center

The St. Thomas Sail and Power Squadron offers a National Safe Boating Course from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in room 212 of Nisky Shopping Center. The course is free but there is a charge for training material.

Call Tom at 774-2715 for more information.

UVI events

- Student placement testing in math and English for the spring 2013 semester will take place on Jan. 8 on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. Testing details are available from the Registrar's section of the UVI website. Admitted students should bring a picture ID and SAT or ACT scores, if possible. Calculators will not be permitted on the math placement test.

- Orientation for new UVI students enrolling in spring semester classes will take place Jan. 8 through Jan. 11 on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. New student advisement and registration will be held Jan. 9. Orientation will include placement testing, introductory sessions, campus tours and keynote addresses. Complete orientation schedules and additional information will be available from the Related Support Services tab in the Admissions section of the UVI website.

- UVI's President for a Day Competition will give two UVI students an opportunity to trade places with UVI President David Hall. Over the course of three days, the winning students will shadow President Hall to observe and learn the role of a university president, assume the role of president while President Hall participates in the student's full schedule, and President Hall and the student will provide public presentations on what they learned from the exercise. Applications are available from the Student Life section of the UVI website, www.uvi.edu. Deadline to enter is Feb. 7, 2013 for St. Croix students. Contact Astrid Carmora at 693-1047 or president_for_a_day@myuvi.net for application requirements.

Human Services holding Adopt-a-Family

The Department of Human Services, Division of Children and Family Services is holding the annual Adopt-A-Family program. Community sponsors and families may provide a memorable Christmas for a less fortunate family.

For information, call Michelle Benjamin at 774-0930 ext. 4340 or Heather Lambertis at ext. 4245 on St. Thomas. On St. Croix, call Jean Nesbitt-Matthew or Kimberly Edwards at 773-5303.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority upcoming events

- The Sigma Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host its 18th annual Community Kwanzaa Celebration at 6 p.m. Dec. 26 at Franklin Powell Park in Cruz Bay, St. John. Richard Calvin George, Sr. will be honored as the 2012 community elder. The celebration will feature a sorority/audience fashion show, local artists, dancers and performances by the Love City Leapers, Love City Pan Dragons, Youth Steel Orchestra, St. Thomas Majorettes and the Mongo Niles Cultural Dancers. Contact Annette Henderson at ahenderson340@yahoo.com or at 998-3530 or Elisa Hodge at 514-2957 for information or to participate.

- A new session of Alpha Kappa Alpha's Emerging Young Leaders program will be held from January through June. The program helps to develop the skills and talents of girls in grades six through eight on St. Thomas and St. John in areas of leadership development, educational enrichment, civic engagement and character building. Applicants must maintain a C+ grade point average and submit a personal statement. Space is limited. Contact Anise Hodge at 643-7453 or nicety.13@hotmail.com or Elisa Hodge at eghodge@yahoo.com or 514-2957 for an application or information.

Bertha C. Boschulte School student competition

The Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School will hold the first Mr. S.W.A.G. (Students Who Achieve Greatness) competition in the territory for male teenage students in late February on St. Thomas. The competition will allow students to showcase their talents. Male students from 12 to 15 years may participate. Call 690-1614 for information.

Ulla F. Muller Christmas extravaganza

The Ulla F. Muller Elementary School music department's "A Christmas Extravaganza" will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 20 in the school courtyard. The concert will feature performances by the school band, directed by Arthur Williams, the school choir, directed by Sandra Ann Massac and the Panatics Steel Band, directed by Sean Steele and Greg Hansby. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Refreshments will be for sale.

Call 774-0059 for information.

St. John Singers set upcoming performances

The St. John Singers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Emmaus Moravian Church in Coral Bay. The program will include both sacred and secular Christmas music. Guest artist Nancy Ruffer will accompany the singers on flute and perform several solos. Tickets are $15 and $5 for students at the door.

E. B. Oliver School calendar sale

The Emanuel Benjamin Oliver Elementary School Band Boosters Club will conduct sales of the 2013 community birthday calendars from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 27 through Dec. 28 at the FirstBank branches at waterfront, Port of Sales and Tutu and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Port of Sales and Tutu branches. This year the calendar features a colored picture of the concert band, black history facts for each day of the year, a business directory ad section and birthday and event listings. The calendars will be on sale for $5 each and proceeds will go towards purchasing new instruments and equipment for the band program.

Call 775-2000 or 998-7282 for information.

Sisterhood Agenda hosting New Year's Eve event

Sisterhood Agenda will host the third annual New Year's Eve Youth Extravaganza from 8 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31 at Franklin Powell Park in Cruz Bay, St. John. The event will include a dance party, giveaways, refreshments and information about St. John youth programs. Parent registration and pick-up are required.

- Sisterhood Agenda is seeking volunteers to assist for one to three hours during the event.

Call Angela Coleman at 714-7076 for information.

Cancer Support holding free lecture

Cancer Support V.I. will hold a free presentation at noon on Jan. 2 in the Kimelman Cancer Institute's Benjamin Medical Auditorium on the second floor. Dr. Lori Thompson with Insight Psychological Services of St. Thomas will discuss coping with the stress of cancer diagnosis and will provide guidelines for stress management.

The mission of Cancer Support V.I .is to provide support, education, information and assistance to people living with cancer and their families and friends.

St. Croix Dolphins host Sea Swim event

The St. Croix Dolphins swim team will hold the annual Sea Swim event at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12, 2013 at Frederiksted Pier. Participants will race in a swim from Frederiksted Pier to Rainbow Beach. Categories range from 12 years and under to 50 years and over; prizes will be given in all categories. Shuttle service will be available from Rainbow Beach to the Pier from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Fins will be allowed. Cost of registration is $35 before Dec. 1 or $45 thereafter and will include lunch, a t-shirt and goodie bag. Registration ends at 5 p.m. Jan. 11. Register at the Dolphins office, online at www.stcroixdolphins.org or by mail to: P.O. Box 972, Kingshill, V.I. 00851.

Call 719-7946 or stcroixdolphins@gmail.com for information.

Arts Alive concert at Tillett Gardens

Arts Alive will hold a concert featuring American singer/songwriter David Bromberg and his Quartet at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at Tillett Gardens on St. Thomas. David Bromberg will play from his eclectic catalog of blues, folk, bluegrass, jazz and rock tunes. Bromberg has performed, written and recorded alongside musicians such as Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, George Harrison, Richie Havens, Willie Nelson and The Eagles, among many others. Known for his quirky and humorous lyrics, Bromberg is an accomplished vocalist as well as on guitar, fiddle, mandolin and dobro. His latest album, "Use Me," features guest performers Levon Helm, John Hiatt, Tim O'Brien, Dr. John, Keb' Mo', Los Lobos, Widespread Panic, Linda Ronstadt and Vince Gill. Tickets are $35 and are available online at http://www.tillettfoundation.org/, by calling 776-8566 or by visiting the Arts Alive office in Tillett Gardens.

USVI Friendship Inaugural Ball set for January

The 340 Group will hold a ball to celebrate the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States. The black-tie event will take place from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jan. 20, 2013, at the Hilton Springfield Hotel and Resort at 6550 Loisdale Road, Springfield, Virginia, 22150. Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen will be the keynote speaker, representing the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Local performers Dion Parson and the 21st Century Band and vocalist Rudy Faulkner will provide entertainment. Tickets are $100 per person if purchased by Dec. 20 and are available for purchase online at www.usviball.com. The Hilton Inaugural rate for attendees of the USVI Ball is $250 per night, plus tax.

Contact Suzanne Shogren at 703-971-8900 ext. 7129 or Suzanne.shogren@hilton.com for information.

Family Resource Center Peacemaker Gala

Family Resource Center will hold the 2013 Peacemaker Gala from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Prior/Jollek Hall, Antilles School. Festivities will include tapas with wine pairings, a silent auction and awards ceremony honoring Scott Bradley and Edward E. Thomas. Cost is $125 per person. Proceeds support Family Resource Center.

Call 513-9245 or email frcdevelopment@gmail.com for information.

Family and Youth Crisis Intervention Program

- The Family Resource Center's Family and Youth Crisis Intervention Program holds registration for the Rites of Passage component for boys ages nine through 12 years. The program will offer field activities, tai-chi, computer literacy, social development, cultural literacy and ecological art. Classes will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays from Jan. 26, 2013 through May 4, 2013.

- The Family and Youth Crisis Intervention Program holds registration for the Adolescent Anger Management classes. The program assists youth who are exhibiting negative behaviors and may have trouble in school, socially or at home. Classes will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 22, 2013 through April 30, 2013.

- The Family and Youth Crisis Intervention Program holds registration for Parenting classes. The program assists parents who desire an improved relationship with their children. Classes will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 22, 2013 through April 30, 2013.

All programs are free but space is limited. Call Greg at 776-9085 to register.

Parent University will hold classes on St. Croix

The Department of Education's Parent University will take place Jan. 15 to Feb. 6, 2013. Classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the St. Croix Career and Technical Educational Center. Free transportation and child care services will be available. No tests or grades are administered. Applications are available at all public schools or at the Department of Education in Christiansted.

Contact Janet at 773-1095 ext. 7094 or jbrow2@stx.k12.vi for information.

Virgin Islands Philharmonic's VIP ball

The Virgin Islands Philharmonic symphony orchestra VIP Ball on Jan. 19, 2013 at Marriott Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort. This black tie affair begins with a ballroom dance lesson at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a special performance by professional ballroom dancers. At 9 p.m., guests will dance the waltz, tango and rhumba to live music performed by the philharmonic. The event will benefit a music education scholarship for Virgin Islands youth through G-Clef Music Academy and raise funds for new instruments.

Visit www.gclefmusicacademy.com for reservations, or contact Leah Aronin at 617-290-5797 or viphilharmonic@gmail.com for information.

Peacemaker Gala supports Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center will hold a Peacemaker Gala from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24, 2013 at Prior/Jollek Hall at Antilles School on St. Thomas. The event will include tapas with wine pairings, a silent auction and an awards ceremony to honor Ed Thomas and Scott Bradley. Cost is $125 per person and all proceeds support the Family Resource Center.

Contact Vernon Araujo at 513-9245 or frcdevelopment@gmail.com for information.

St. Thomas Humane Society

The Humane Society of St. Thomas is seeking volunteers to foster homes for animals. Fostering a pet is an opportunity for an individual or family to provide a dog or cat with the one-on-one attention it needs. Volunteers also can use the fostering experience to see what it would be like to have a pet companion.

Call 775-0599 for information or to volunteer.

Pre-GED program

The Caribbean Institute for Training and Development holds pre-GED classes from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday nights at the institute in Mandela Circle across from Wendy's. The program is free to those who qualify and will prepare participants for all five modules of the Pre-GED and GED exams. Visit the Department of Labor for an application to apply and register. Seating is limited.

Call the institute at 776-3320 or the Department of Labor at 776-3700 for information.

Diabetes support group

The Food and Nutrition Department at Schneider Hospital hosts a diabetes support group from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the sun room of the hospital's Island Breeze Café. The support group is open to anyone interested in learning more about diabetes and self-care.

Contact DeAnna Dahlem at ddahlem@srmedicalcenter.org or 776-8311 ext. 1031 for information.

GED classes

House of Refuge Empowerment Programs offer GED tutoring that assist students in learning essential theorems and principles of the sciences to prepare them for taking the GED examination. Call 473-6925 or 513-3288 for information.

Community orchestra auditions

To be a member of the New Community Orchestra of St. Thomas pick up an application at G-Clef Music Academy or V.I. Montessori School and International Academy. The orchestra is open to all musicians from 8 years old through adults. Participants must be able to read music. Pre-orchestra classes are also being held for those who don't read. Rehearsals are held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sundays.

- The New Community Orchestra is looking for instruments in any condition. Donations can be dropped off at G-Clef Music Academy in Tillett Gardens or V.I. Montessori School and International Academy in Red Hook.

For more information, contact Leah at 617-290-5797 or leah.aronin@gmail.com or Sherrie at 998-1823 or sherriedavis50@yahoo.com.

Movie night

"Family Movie Night" is held at 7 p.m. the second Friday of each month at Yacht Haven Grande. Bring your own chair and blanket. Admission is free, but a small donation will be accepted.

Red Cross seeks donations

Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters have taken a toll in the Virgin Islands. The American Red Cross of the Virgin Islands reminds willing residents to make tax deductible donations to lessen the blow of such disasters. To make a donation, visit the Red Cross at 6035 Castle Coakley, Christiansted, or call 774-0375, or visit their upstairs office at Nisky Center.

- The American Red Cross will hold a "Fill the Boot" fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 at Mandela Circle, Tutu Park Mall and Fort Christian parking lot on St. Thomas. A car wash will also take place in the Fort Christian parking lot. Fees are $10 for a small vehicle and $15 for a large vehicle. Proceeds will benefit local fire and disaster relief. Call 774-0375 for information or to volunteer.

- The American Red Cross will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 22 at their facility in Nisky Center. Vendors may sign up for a space by Dec. 15 to receive a discount. Call Griselda or Marjorie at 778-5104 or Samuel at 690-1915 for information.

CPR classes

St. John Rescue conducts community CPR classes, with instruction in CPR, automated external defibrillator use and the Heimlich maneuver, taught in a three-hour, one-day class.

Contact Bob Malacarne via email training@stjohnrescue.com or 626-5118 for more information.

Weekly feeding event

Volunteers of the Virgin Islands feeds the homeless and people in need between 8 and 10 a.m. every Saturday at Market Square across from the Methodist Church and is accepting donations of food and grocery items and clothing.

Call Eunice Robert at 998-9479 for information.

Creque Dam volunteer days

Volunteers are needed to help out at the Creque Dam farm from 9 to 11 a.m. or from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Email shellibrin@gmail.com for more information.

UVI Wellness Center

The UVI Wellness Center on the St. Thomas campus accepts alumni memberships at discounted rates. The Center is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Bolongo Bay Chess Club

The new Bolongo Bay Chess Club is open to players of all skill levels, children and adults. The club meets from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturdays in the karaoke area next to Iggies.

Contact Corinne at 626-1199 or email corinnevanrensselaer@yahoo.com for more information.

New Beginnings

New Beginnings for a Better Tomorrow offers two-hour private computer tutorial sessions in English and Spanish from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, and from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Instruction is given on Office 2003, 2007 and 2010; Word; Excel; Power Point; Access; Publisher; keyboarding; career development and preparation; and job skills training.

After-school family tutorial sessions, to be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, are to be discussed in the areas of technology, reading, writing, math, science and other subjects; piano and violin; fashion and design, sewing, embroidery and crochet; and drawing, painting, arts and crafts and scrapbooking.

Call 227-6515 for more information.

Pet licensing

Pet licenses are available online from St. Croix Animal Welfare Center at www.atcroixawc.org/pet-licenses.

According to Virgin Islands law, pet owners should buy identification tags each year from St. Croix AWC. Tags start at $5 and offer the benefit of reuniting lost pets with their owners.

Visit www.atcroixawc.org/pet-licenses for more information.

C.O.A.S.T. recruitment

The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of St. Thomas/St. John addresses alcohol and substance abuse problems plaguing the Virgin Islands. C.O.A.S.T. is recruiting new members to serve the organization in a number of areas such as executive council, volunteers and regular membership.

Call 774-4358 or email coast_vi@yahoo.com for information.

Foster grandparent program

Persons aged 60 or older who are interested in working with children are invited to call the Department of Human Services Foster Grandparent Program. Eligible applicants can receive a tax-free stipend, free transportation to the work site, a free annual physical, free monthly training and more.

Call 772-9811 ext. 27 on St. Croix and 774-5265 ext. 1 on St. Thomas for information.

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