Tri-City Motor Speedway launches into ninth season

September 23, 2020

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first_imgAUBURN, Mich.– Tri-City Motor Speedway is dropping the green flag on the 2019 season opener Friday, April 26.  The entertainment hot spot has packed the schedule full of action all the way through the season finale. IMCA Modifieds run weekly at Auburn for the ninth consecutive season and are part of the Dirt Works Eastern Region.  Aug. 9: Faster Pastor race and full fireworks show at dark. August 16: Season Championship. August 16: Kids’ box car races. June 14: Kids’ Night and autographs. To get all the details for each race, visit the schedule page on our website www.tricityracetrack.com/schedule. May 18: Wolverine free fireworks and demo display. June 28: Full fireworks show at dark.center_img For Entertainment Seekers June 28: Kids’ bike races on the track. July 26: Kids’ Night and autographs. For Family & Kids Tri-City Motor Speedway continues to give back to the community with the return of the sixth annual Faster Pastor race for charity, Blood Drive Donation Night and the weekly Hero Discount taking $4 off grandstand admission for active military personnel and  veterans, police, firefighters and mobile first responders. Big Brothers Big Sisters & Fostering Hope in Michigan mentors also receive complimentary admission when bringing their mentee to the races. As always, TCMS keeps your entertainment affordable for the family; coolers are welcome with your favorite snacks and drinks, no glass containers please.  Families will be looking forward to getting their kids involved in the fun. Bringing the kids to meet the drivers in person, sending the kids around the big track on their pedal bike and pairing up the youngsters in the box cars will leave a smile on everyone’s face. last_img read more


Barca, Real want N5b Osimhen

September 22, 2020

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first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Spanish giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid, have registered their interest in landing Super Eagles and Lille of France striker Victor Osimhen in the January transfer window. Liverpool is trying to sign the 21-year-old from Ligue 1 side Lille. But Jurgen Klopp’s plan to complete the deal appears to be under threat, after Real Madrid and Barcelona became interested in the Nigeria international. The Reds boss is very keen on the Lille forward, who has already scored 13 goals in all competitions this season. The Ligue 1 side admit that it’s only a matter of time before they’re forced to cash in on the striker. But they’re adamant that they won’t be considering any bids for Osimhen in January. Their hand may be forced into action, however, after the two La Liga giants registered their interest, according to Marca. If Lille were to be handed a huge offer for the Nigeria star, it’s unclear whether they’d consider a deal. Osimhen cost just £11 million (N5 billion) in August, when Lille signed him from Belgian side Charleroi. His value has since skyrocketed after impressing in Ligue 1. The striker signed a five-year deal at the club in August, and Lille will certainly be demanding a high price for any deal. Osimhen has made 18 league appearances for Lille this season, scoring 10 goals and providing four assists. He was also extensively used in this season’s Champions League group stages. The striker scored Lille’s only goal in their 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea in October.Tags: BarcelonaLigue 1Real MadridVictor Osimhenlast_img read more


Serie A club wants Mikel

September 22, 2020

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first_imgRelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Newly promoted Serie A side Benevento has declared their interest in former Super Eagles’ skipper, John Obi Mikel.Reports claimed that the club is showing no sign of slowing down in the transfer market this summer in its ongoing effort to beef up the squad with tested and quality players. Towards this end, the club has made an inquiry for Juan Iturbe, currently a free agent after his latest stint at Pachuca, with an option of Mikel, who is also a free agent after his one season at Trabzonspor.Brazilian Serie A side, Botafogo, had led the race to clinch the signing of the Nigerian back in April this year.Globo Esporte said the Rio de Janeiro club turned their attention to Mikel after failing to agree on a deal with Manchester City’s legend, Yaya Toure.The Chelsea icon was pleased with the approach from Botafogo, but talks broke down because of the coronavirus pandemic.Mexican clubs, C.F. Monterrey and Tigres UANL, also entered the race to sign him too. Tags: beneventoJohn Obi MikelSerie Alast_img read more


Steven Davis gives Northern Ireland landmark friendly victory over Latvia

September 20, 2020

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first_imgCaptain Steven Davis returned to the scene of his finest hour for Northern Ireland and again played match-winner as Michael O’Neill’s men ended their long wait for a friendly victory with a 1-0 success over Latvia. Naturally, that pales in significance to his main achievement – a first major tournament appearance in 30 years – but it is yet another positive sign for a side who are building significant momentum. Davis was once again the fitting figurehead, meeting Craig Cathcart’s fine cross with a parried header then following up from close-range in the 55th minute. O’Neill took the opportunity to experiment with a 3-5-2 formation, his eyes clearly cast towards France and opponents stronger than the lowly Latvians. Cathcart, Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley offered a solid base at the back, though they were hardly tested by a passive opposition and Northern Ireland’s unbeaten run eased along to eight matches without drama. With the home fans in fine voice as they toasted the team’s summer trip to France 2016, the impetus was squarely on the boys in green. It became immediately apparent that left-back Antons Kurakins had been pinpointed as a weak link, with Conor McLaughlin given licence to attack the flank. Jamie Ward, Davis and Oliver Norwood took it in turns to join him on the right, leaving Kurakins chasing shadows as the crosses poured in from his side. None of them were finding their intended targets though and Andris Vanins’ first two saves came from a speculative Ward strike and a mis-kick from his own defender Vitalijs Makisimenko. Vanins denied Ward a second time on the quarter-hour, Northern Ireland having carved open the Latvians with a patient passing move. Kyle Lafferty and Stuart Dallas both played their part before Chris Baird found Ward with a clever ball over the top. A rare foray forward from the away side drew a corner, with Olegs Laizans drilling a shot straight at Michael McGovern after meeting the initial clearance. Northern Ireland upped the ante in response, Davis missing one promising opening then laying another on for Lafferty. The Southampton midfielder could not quite get a full connection on his shot after good link play from Norwood and Dallas, leaving a simple gather. Moments later he was back in the role of creator, springing a high line to set Lafferty free. Having scored seven goals in Euro qualifying he would have fancied his chances of finishing the job but, after shaking off his marker, he pulled the shot wide across goal. One more chance came and went before the break, Evans glancing past the post from a Norwood free-kick. O’Neill made two half-time changes, Roy Carroll replacing McGovern and Corry Evans relieving Norwood. Again, the hosts began brightly. Lafferty accepted an invitation to cut into the box and take aim but his shot was parried firmly by Vanins. It was Lafferty’s last major contribution, with Josh Magennis summoned from the bench after 54 minutes. Seconds later they had the lead. Cathcart launched a searching cross-field ball up the pitch, with Davis evading the attention of the Latvian defenders to arrive unmarked at the far post. His header was blocked by Vanins but Davis had the presence of mind to follow up and sweep home from a yard. Having scored twice in last month’s history-making win home win over Greece, Davis took his growing international tally to eight. Liam Boyce and Shane Ferguson were given the last 20 minutes to impress as the changes continued, joined latterly by Paddy McCourt. Ferguson was a lively presence on the left, and showed good resolve to pick Vladislavs Gabovs’ pocket on the byline, nearly forcing an own-goal. Latvia almost kept the friendly curse going in the 87th minute, Artjoms Rudnevs hooking a shot tantalisingly close from 12 yards but the it would have been cruel on O’Neill’s men. Press Association A month after scoring twice against Greece to book his side a place at Euro 2016, Davis was back at Windsor Park to secure a deserved win. Remarkably, they last won a non-competitive fixture in March 2008 – 23 games ago – and it has taken O’Neill 11 attempts to put an end to that sorry sequence. last_img read more


Virgin Trains USA Begins Construction From West Palm to Orlando

September 20, 2020

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first_imgVirgin Trains USA kicked off construction Tuesday on the rail line to connect Miami with Orlando and Walt Disney World.Formerly known as Brightline, Virgin Trains USA says the project will involve five contractors for the development of 170 miles of new track into the facility located in the new South Terminal at the Orlando International Airport, according to a news release.“Connecting Central and South Florida will bring thousands of jobs today and by modernizing infrastructure, we will strengthen Florida’s economy for decades,” said Patrick Goddard, President of Virgin Trains USA.“For a project of this scope and magnitude, a world-class construction team has been assembled to undertake this tremendous assignment and we congratulate them helping us make history.”Construction is slated to be complete and service will begin between South Florida and Orlando in 2022.The trains currently travel between the downtown areas of West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.last_img read more


Taylor’s 16th Test ton sets up NZ victory push

September 19, 2020

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first_img(REUTERS) – Ross Taylor ended a poor run of form to score his 16th Test century and bat New Zealand into a potentially series-winning position at the end of the fourth day of the second Test against Pakistan at Seddon Park in Hamilton yesterday.Already 1-0 up in the two-match series courtesy of an eight-wicket win in Christchurch, New Zealand declared their second innings at 313 for five, just after Taylor reached the milestone, and set Pakistan a victory target of 369.Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam safely batted out the three overs they needed before play ended to take their side to one for no wicket.They will face a minimum of 98 overs today.Taylor finished on 102 not out, with BJ Watling on 15. Taylor is now one century behind the New Zealand record of 17, held by Martin Crowe. Opener Tom Latham had earlier scored 80 to anchor the New Zealand innings.Taylor, who had not passed 50 in 11 innings since scoring 67 not out against Zimbabwe in August, brought up the century when he cut Imran Khan backward of point for his 16th boundary.Captain Kane Williamson declared one run later.The wickets of Henry Nicholls (26) and Colin de Grandhomme (32 from 21 balls), fell after tea.Pakistan have not lost a series since they were beaten 2-0 in Sri Lanka in August 2014, winning five and drawing two, which included one drawn series in England earlier this year that gave them the top Test ranking before India moved past them.Latham, who survived a close run-out chance while on 22 when substitute fielder Yasir Shah hit the stumps from side on, moved to his 11th Test half-century in the over before lunch with three fours off Mohammad Amir to take his side to 97 for one.However, just when he looked well set to score his sixth Test century after lunch, he got an unplayable short delivery from Wahab Riaz and ballooned a catch to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed to be dismissed for 80.Williamson was the only other wicket to fall after lunch when he received a delivery from Imran that angled in then straightened off the seam and was caught by Sarfraz for 42.Jeet Raval was earlier trapped in front by Amir for two.NEW ZEALAND 1st innings 271 (J. Raval 55; S. Khan 4-99) PAKISTAN 1st innings 216 (B. Azam 90no; T. Southee 6-80) NEW ZEALAND 2nd innings (o/n 0-0)J. Raval lbw b Amir 2T. Latham c S. Ahmed b Riaz 80K. Williamson c S. Ahmed b I. Khan 42R. Taylor not out 102H. Nicholls c S. Ahmed b I. Khan 26C. de Grandhomme c Az. Ali b I. Khan 32B. Watling not out 15Extras: (lb-6, nb-2, w-6) 14Total: (for 5 wickets declared, 85.3 overs) 313Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-107, 3-159, 4-219, 5-254.Bowling: M. Amir 22-4-86-1 (w-2), So. Khan 17-2-69-0, I. Khan 20.3-4-76-3, W. Riaz 19-3-53-1 (nb-2), Az. Ali 6-0-19-0, A. Shafiq 1-0-4-0PAKISTAN 2nd innings (Target: 369 runs)S. Aslam not out 1Az. Ali not out 0Extras: 0Total: (for no loss, 3 overs) 1Fall of wickets: NilBowling: T. Southee 2-1-1-0, M. Henry 1-1-0-0.last_img read more


Women’s World Cup..

September 19, 2020

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first_imgAustralia and India edge closer to securing semi-final spotsDEFENDING champion Australia and India overpowered New Zealand and Pakistan respectively in the matches between the neighbours to register their third successive victories in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 on Sunday.Australia spoiled Suzie Bates’s 100th ODI by reaching the 220-run target in the penultimate over for the loss of five wickets in Bristol, while India overcame a watchful and cautious batting display to successfully defend a modest score of 169 for nine by bowling Pakistan out for 74 to win by 95 runs in Derby.Elsewhere, England coasted to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka when it chased down a 205-run target with more than 19 overs to spare in Taunton, while South Africa dismissed the West Indies for 48 – the 17th lowest score in the history of women’s ODIs – before overhauling the target inside seven overs with all 10 wickets intact in LeicesterAfter round three of seven, Australia and India are the only unbeaten sides in the tournament, while England and South Africa have won two matches apiece. New Zealand is sitting on one victory whereas Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the West Indies are still searching for their maiden wins.Australia’s remaining matches are against Pakistan (5 July, Leicester), England (9 July, Bristol), India (12 July, Bristol) and South Africa (15 July, Taunton), while India has to play Sri Lanka (5 July, Derby), South Africa (8 July, Leicester), Australia (12 July, Bristol) and New Zealand (15 July, Derby).If both the sides can manage a couple of more wins each, then they will be guaranteed spots in the semi-finals, irrespective of how the other matches in the group stage pan outAs far as England is concerned, it too remains one of the favourites to progress to the last four stage as its remaining matches are against South Africa (5 July, Bristol), Australia (9 July, Bristol), New Zealand (12 July, Derby) and West Indies (15 July, Derby), while either New Zealand or South Africa is expected to complete the semi-final line-up.Bowlers dominated day seven of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 with India’s Ekta Bisht turning out to be the pick with figures of 10-2-18-5. South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk recorded figures of 3.2-3-0-4, her team-mate Marizanne Kapp finished with analysis of 7-2-14-4, England’s Laura Marsh finished with 10-0-45-4 and Nashra Sandhu of Pakistan’s ended up with figures of 10-1-26-4.Among the batters, Ellyse Perry of Australia, England’s duo of Heather Knight and Sarah Taylor, and New Zealand’s pair of Katie Perkins and Suzie Bates stroked impressive half-centuries.Scores in briefAustralia beat New Zealand by five wickets in BristolNew Zealand 219-9, 50 overs (Katie Perkins 52, Suzie Bates 51, Erin Bermingham 35, Amy Satterthwaite 21; Jess Jonassen 3-33, Megan Schutt 3-40)Australia 220-5, 48.4 overs (Ellyse Perry 71, Meg Lanning 48, Alex Blackwell 35 not out, Beth Mooney 32, Nicole Bolton 26; Anna Peterson 2-27, Amelia Karr 2-42)Player of the match – Ellyse Perry (Australia)England beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in TauntonSri Lanka 204-8, 50 overs (Hasini Perera 46, Ama Kanchana 34 not out, Shashikala Siriwardena 33, Dilani Manodara 28, Oshadhi Ranasinghe 26; Laura Marsh 4-45; Natalie Sciver 2-32)England 206-3, 30.2 overs (Heather Knight 82, Sarah Taylor 74 not out, Lauren Winfield 26; Ama Kanchana 2-38)Player of the match – Laura Marsh (England)India beat Pakistan by 95 runs in DerbyIndia 169-9, 50 overs (Punam Raut 47, Sushma Verma 33, Deepti Sharma 28; Nashra Sandhu 4-26, Sadia Yousuf 2-30)Pakistan 74 all out, 38.1 overs (Sana Mir 29, Nahida Khan 23; Ekta Bisht 10-2-18-5)Player of the match – Ekta Bisht (India)Upcoming matches:Wednesday, 5 July:England v South Africa, BristolSri Lanka v India, DerbyPakistan v Australia, LeicesterThursday, 6 July:New Zealand v West Indies, Tauntonlast_img read more


Johnson appointed West Indies Over-50s head coach

September 18, 2020

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first_imgCAPE TOWN, South Africa – Former Barbadian First Class player, Allison Johnson, has accepted the added responsibility bestowed on him for the upcoming Over-50s Cricket World Cup in South Africa.The 56-year-old, who was initially picked as a fast bowling all-rounder was recently appointed head coach of the Regional side, a role Johnson is excited to take up.“With my local knowledge of cricket in South Africa I can be an asset to the West Indies team and it’s quite obvious that we can go places. With seven matches in 14 days it will be a challenge but we will work on the basics to ensure the guys are fit and build a good team spirit because it will take us through at the end of the day, Johnson said.The all-rounder is no stranger to the role of player/coach especially in South Africa where he has been living, coaching and playing since 1990. The very fit and active Barbadian also runs the Allison Johnson All-Stars Academy which has been successfully turning out young South African players since 2005.During his playing days, Johnson featured in two First Class and three List A matches for Barbados and 13 seasons of professional cricket in England before qualifying himself as a coach.However, to coach the West Indies Over-50s in such a major tournament is going to be a test for Johnson but he said he is excited to fill the role.“It will be challenging but I am looking forward to it. I am honoured and at the same time excited, I am looking for us to make the West Indies proud, the coach echoed.West Indies Over-50s will look to hit the ground running in Cape Town today when they take on hosts South Africa in a warm-up match. The Caribbean side will also warm up against India the following day before opening the tournament with a Group A clash with New Zealand on Tuesday, March 11.West Indies, who are being led by Guyanese Zamin Amin, are in Group A with New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Australia, Sri Lanka and Canada while the Group B teams are India, Pakistan, Wales, South Africa, Namibia and England.The final is set for March 24 at Cape Town’s international cricket venue at Newlands.West Indies Over-50 Squad reads; Zamin Amin (captain), Ishwar Maraj (vice-captain), Imtiaz Rick Ali, Mark Audain, Narine Bidhesi, Julian Charles, Sudesh Dhaniram, Kenny Girdharry, Krishna Harricharan, Fareed Hosein, Howard Jodhan, Hafiz Mohamed, Azad Mohammed, Rajendra Sadeo, Balwant Roy Singh, Allison Johnson (player/coach), Raj Singh (manager), Dave Narine (assistant-manager) and John Ramsingh (media manager).last_img read more


‘It was a defining moment’: Former players reflect on 2010 Pinstripe Bowl victory

September 17, 2020

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first_imgBend, but don’t break.It was a simple message – one the Syracuse coaching staff had preached the entire 2010 season, and one instilled in cornerback Da’Mon Merkerson’s mind. A motto that became more pertinent than ever in the Pinstripe Bowl as Kansas State lined up for a potentially game-tying two-point conversion with 1:13 remaining.Syracuse’s defense had certainly bent – it surrendered 34 points and let the Wildcats hang around. But it never broke. The Orange stopped KSU when it mattered most, preserving a 36-34 win.“We gave them a touchdown, but we’re not gonna give up the game,” Merkerson said. “It was a defining moment. We may bend, but we’re not gonna break.”After winning just 14 games combined throughout the previous five seasons, a win in the Pinstripe Bowl capped a full-fledged turnaround for Syracuse. That win helped pave the way for the current team and changed the culture of SU football. The 2012 Orange qualified for the Pinstripe Bowl yet again after a 7-5 regular season, and will face West Virginia Saturday at 3:15 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s defense bent three times on three touchdown runs by Daniel Thomas. It bent yet again when quarterback Carson Coffman delivered a 30-yard touchdown pass to Adrian Hilburn to cut the deficit to two.“We all came up together and said, ‘We worked too hard for this, man,’” linebacker Derrell Smith said. “One more play and we got the win.”As Merkerson saw the ball coming toward him, he knew he had to make a play.And he did. Merkerson didn’t let his man, Aubrey Quarles, catch the ball as SU held on for the win.“Everybody did what they were supposed to do,” Smith said. “Everybody stayed in their lane and did their responsibility and we came out with the win. It was a great experience for me. It was a crazy feeling.”Earlier, with less than six minutes remaining in the game and Kansas State down five with the ball at Syracuse’s 11-yard line, Wildcat head coach Bill Snyder made a gutsy call – a call he admitted was the wrong one after the game.He decided to go for it on fourth down, instead of kicking a field goal and cutting the deficit to two, hoping to catch the Syracuse defense off guard.But SU’s defense, led by now-junior linebacker Marquis Spruill, swarmed Ryan Doerr and sent him to the ground. Syracuse took over on downs with a chance to control its own destiny.That’s when Orange running back Delone Carter went into beast mode. Carter had already racked up two touchdowns and more than 100 yards, but his most electrifying run came on the very next play after Syracuse regained possession.Carter burst through a hole in the KSU defense and jetted down the near side of the field, picking up 60 yards before being tackled.“The highlight of the game was Delone when he broke out for that run. He needs some extra speed because he got caught,” Merkerson said with a chuckle. “But that run, it was like, at that moment, we’re gonna win.”Ross Krautman nailed a 39-yard field goal, extending Syracuse’s lead to 36-28 with just 3:08 remaining. But that was all the time Coffman and the Wildcats needed.The quarterback sparked a drive downfield and gave Kansas State a chance. After Hilburn’s 30-yard touchdown reception, the wide receiver capped off the play with what seemed like a harmless celebratory gesture at the time.He saluted the orange-clad crowd with a simple wave of the hand, a wave that may have cost KSU a win. The refs slapped him with a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, pushing the Wildcats’ two-point conversion attempt back to the 17-yard line.After a questionable call that went in their favor, the Orange defenders didn’t loosen up or breathe a sigh of relief. Instead, they bore down for one final play and made the stop, refusing to break.Smith, who will be on the sidelines as a motivator for the Orange this Saturday, said the win helped turn the program around and made people respect Syracuse football.“We had come so far those past few years from being down and being the laughing stock of college football,” Smith said. “For us to reach a bowl game and to win it in that manner – and to show that we had resiliency and we can persevere through tough times – it was something special for us.”But for Merkerson, who grew up in nearby Passaic, N.J., the game wasn’t the only exhilarating aspect of the trip.He recalls being overwhelmed inside Yankee Stadium, marveling at the spectacle around him. He had never played football on a baseball field and had never been inside the historic ballpark.It was all a new experience for Merkerson. Even the jumbo-sized videoboard in Yankee Stadium was something new for the cornerback.“That screen was so clear,” Merkerson said. “I was on the field looking at the screen thinking, ‘Damn, I wish I had that in my house.’ It was overwhelming.”Defensive end Mikhail Marinovich remembered walking into the Yankees’ locker room and then stepping onto the field, trying to take in the significance of the situation.“It was a privilege to be there,” Marinovich said. “I’m a fan of baseball to begin with, so it was a little something special on top of just making it to a bowl game.”Now, two years after the 2010 team set the foundation and paved the way for this year’s team to shine, the Orange looks for yet another win in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. SU will try to leave the Big East with a bang and earn its second bowl game victory in the last three years.Merkerson, Smith and Marinovich will be watching, as players who shined at Yankee Stadium in 2010, such as wide receiver Marcus Sales and quarterback Ryan Nassib, look to add to their legacy with yet another momentous win.“They’re like my little brothers,” Merkerson said. “I feel like a foundation was laid down, and now those guys will continue to teach the guys underneath them what needs to be done to continue to succeed.“Winning isn’t easy. It’s a great feeling to see people excelling.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories A NEW ERA: Syracuse holds off Kansas State to win first bowl game since 2001center_img Published on December 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasslast_img read more


Local students display artwork in UV food court

September 17, 2020

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first_imgThe USC Fisher Museum of Art opened Through the Lens, an exhibit that showcases artwork of elementary school students from USC’s Family of Schools, on Wednesday.It is the third exhibit for Art in the Village, a visual arts outreach program that encourages local elementary school students to create art in the classroom. Funded in part by a USC Neighborhood Outreach Grant, the program also displays some of the artwork in the University Village Shopping Center.Picture perfect · Parents, students and teachers crowd at the unveiling of Through the Lens, an exhibit of children’s artwork inspired by photography. – Woodrow Clark | Daily TrojanStudents who submitted artwork for consideration in the exhibit were required to create a work of art as if they were a camera, capturing the different ways we use photography. A jury of USC students judged the artworks created by the elementary school students and the top picks were recognized and awarded at the opening reception. The artwork is on display to the public at the University Village Food Court until March 30.Vanessa Jorion, the Fisher Museum education and program coordinator, said Art in the Village was created 10 years ago to bring more arts into the USC Family of Schools. Every year, Art in the Village provides art lessons and quality art supplies for teachers to incorporate into their classrooms so students can express their creativity.“Art in the Village provides an outlet for students who really need it,” Jorion said. “The program has given a lot of kids confidence. A lot of students may not necessarily be excelling in math or English, but they may be excelling at art.”Jorion said the program has not only provided students with a necessary creative avenue but has gotten them to interact with the outside community.“The program allows students to put their art on display for others in the community to look at and receive,” Jorion said. “The community is able to read what the students write about their artwork, and this boosts their confidence. It’s what students need because, without the arts, they are not getting this reinforcement.”Teachers in the USC Family of Schools also said this program is an integral part of the students’ creative development.Eugene Timiraos, the fourth-grade teacher at 32nd Street USC Magnet School, said the exhibit allows students to appreciate their work and reflects USC’s impact in the community.“This exhibit is an example of how USC is to the surrounding community and my respect for USC has only continued to grow,” Timiraos said. “The recognition it gives to kids in the local schools is wonderful. To have their artwork exhibited like this — kids begin to realize how special their work is.”Taj Henry, a second-grade student at the Dr. Theodore T. Alexander, Jr. Science Center School was excited to share his artwork with his family and friends.“I drew a picture inspired by Legos and blocks,” Henry said. “With art, I get to draw or write or picture anything I want. It makes me feel good and I am happy that my family is here to see it.”Parents of the students who were chosen said the program provides an opportunity for the community to get together and support the family of schools.“I know that my son is proud to be able to represent his school here,” said Randal Henry, Taj’s father. “It’s nice to see a cohesive, multi-school presence unified in children’s development.”Alma Carillo, whose son has a piece in the show, said the program instills their children with a sense of excitement for the arts.“My son came home very excited after he found out that he was chosen,” Carillo said. “Adrian can be quiet and keep to himself, so it is so special to be able to see what he wrote about his piece, and I am happy that other kids get to see it too. He wanted us to be able to see it … and to have his award up for everyone to see is very special.”The program is one reflection of the larger partnerships USC has with the neighborhood.“The exhibits allow the community to see what’s going on in the neighborhood school,” Jorian said. “The artwork livens up the space and brings a lot of people from the community together.”last_img read more