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Central Valley students staging horror classic ‘Dracula’

The drama department at Central Valley High School, 821 S. Sullivan Road., will present “Dracula” based on the Bram Stoker story.

The performances will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10.

The cast includes Michael Ashton Toth as Count Dracula; Brandon Carter as Abraham Van Helsing; Spencer Cole as Robert Renfield; Patrick McGruder as Dr. Jack Seward; Chris Pittello as Jonathan Harker; Emily Travo as Lucy Westenra; Alanna Hamilton as Mina Murray; Mara Orenstein, McKayla Crump and Rachel Vore as Dracula’s wives; Jed Jensen as the butler; Jonathan Graham as the wolf and Kaelyn Yandt and Amanda Guarisco as the maids.

The technical crew includes Devan Morgan, Amanda Guarisco, Brackon Taylor, Shay Simon, Trent Dean, Jessica Boyton, Matt Busch, Ford Call, Brent Handy and Alexia Thiede.

The play is directed by theater director Mike Muzatko.

For more information, call the school office at (509) 228-5100.

Harvest festival

The National Honor Society at East Valley High School, 15711 E. Wellesley Ave., will present a fall harvest festival Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., complete with games and treats.

Attendees should wear Halloween costumes. The event also will host a food drive, so attendees should bring a nonperishable food item for the Spokane Valley Food Bank.

For more information, call the East Valley High office at (509) 927-3200.

Carnival of Nightmares

West Valley City School, 8920 E. Valleyway Ave., will present Carnival of Nightmares on Friday and Oct. 29 from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door.

For more information, call the school office at (509) 921-2836.

National Merit Scholar

Lauren Nemitz of University High School has been named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

She will receive a letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

There are about 34,000 commended students throughout the country. These students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

School auction

St. John Vianney School will present its 25th annual school dinner and auction Nov. 18 at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St.

The silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:45.

Proceeds will benefit the school, which has more than 200 students.

Tickets are $45 per person or $360 for a table of eight.

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, you can mail it to St. John Vianney School, 501 N. Walnut Road, Spokane Valley, WA 99206.

To reserve a place, call (509) 926-7987.

Developmental screenings

Millwood Early Childhood Education Center in the West Valley School District, 8818 E. Grace Ave., will present free developmental screenings for children in the district Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The screenings will provide parents with information about their child’s speech and language development, motor skill development and concept development. Those with concerns can talk to staff members.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the school at (509) 922-5478.