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Alpine Schools

Alpine School District's Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lindon Elementary School, 30 N. Main, Lindon. The board will discuss Lindon's "Character Connection" program and will honor local PTA leaders.Orem

Children attending Northridge Elementary School, 1660 N. 50 East, and the entire community can add to their home libraries during a Scholastic Book Fair March 20-24.

The fair will be open daily from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. The fair also will be open Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. The book fair features a buy-one-get-one-free sale.

Payson

Miss Payson Nicole Shaw ends her reign March 18 when a new Miss Payson is selected.

Nine girls from age 17 to 20 are vying for the crown and the $1,500 scholarship. Miss Utah Vanessa Ballam will emcee the event with Mark Durrant, commentator for Brigham Young University basketball, said pageant director Diana Steele. The Miss Payson scholarship pageant will take place at Payson High school auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for a family of six, $5 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens.

Pleasant Grove

The Keith Christeson Little Theatre is holding auditions for an upcoming production of "The Foreigner." Auditions will be March 21 and 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Library, 30 E. Center.

"The Foreigner" is a comedy directed by Howard Little and produced by Karlene Young. Production dates are May 5-22 on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, with the exception of May 8. The cast will be five men and two women, ages 20 and older.

For more information call Young at 785-8110.

Provo

Timpanogos Gem and Mineral Society will host its 41st Annual Rock and Gem Show at the Provo Elks Lodge, 1000 S. University Ave., from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 19. There will be a touch and tell table, exhibits and much more for children to see. There will be a free tumble rock for the young ones. For adults, there will be dealers selling all kinds of jewelry, rock art, lapidary supplies and more.

The event is free and there is ample parking. For more information call Frank Weight, 489-4040, or Bob Gillman, 225-4115.

Provo schools

Bethany Parent, 16, a junior at Timpview High School, performed Saturday with the 2000 National High School Honors Orchestra in Washington, D.C.

The orchestra is made up of 156 high school juniors and seniors who were nominated by various public and private music teachers and selected after a series of state and national level competitions. Parent was nominated by Alan Allred, her high school music teacher.

Utah County

Boy Scouts will collect food March 25 for an annual drive to support local food banks.

In conjunction with the National Guard, the scouts will distribute plastic bags next week to homes in local cities.

Food banks hope residents will fill the bags with non-perishable food items such as canned meats, soups, fruit and vegetables, diapers, baby formula and hygiene products. The scouts then will pick the bags up.

"We're shooting for 225,000 pounds of food this year," said Myla Dutton, director of Community Action Services which operates the Utah Valley Regional Food Bank. "We need everyone's cooperation and help because more families are using the food bank."

For more information call 373-8200.