'Z Factor' hits Lincoln High School

Scene to be Seen column
By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves
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Stars and Stripes ... On Friday, teachers and alumni of Lincoln High School will take on ?The X Factor? when they present their talent showcase called ?The Z Factor.? ?Z? represents the zebra in Lincoln High School?s mascot, ?The Fighting Zebra.? Friday night?s performance gets underway at 7 p.m. in the school?s theater at 790 J St. Look for performances by Ed Cummings, Brett Lewis, Mark Freestone, Tara McKroskey, Janet Smith, Debra Azar and Cindy Hagman. Hosts for the evening will be Jim Spratling and Jason Treanor. Tickets are $5 per person or $3 per student. Family tickets are available for $10 per family. Proceeds from this event benefit Lincoln High School Choir?s April 2013 trip to Carnegie Hall. For more information, call 645-6360 No reservations required ... Friends of Lincoln Kids presents its third annual International Food Festival (formerly Italian Food Festival) on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Lincoln. Look for a wide variety of food vendors and entertainers. There?s no admission charge. To sponsor or participate as a vendor, contact Friends of Lincoln Kids President Jeff Greenberg at 408-7503. Visit friendsoflincolnkids. com for more information. Eventful ... Last Monday, Kiwanis Club of Lincoln hosted a fundraiser at Beermann?s Restaurant to benefit Fish n? Kids Fishing Derby on Sept. 3. President Dyann Branch welcomed a sell-out crowd of more than 140 who enjoyed steak, chicken or salmon dinners in the second floor ballroom. New member and Big M Fishery?s Matt Parr explained how the fishing derby will give 150 local children, ages 7 to 12, a chance to learn how to fish under a ?catch-and-release? method. This was the first event for Beermann?s Restaurant under new owner Mike Drust, who was also on hand to show his support along with Norm and Reba Schwilk, John and Toni Cramsey, Gay Patrick, Dr. Paul Denzler (Denzler Family Dentistry), Sheri and Bill Jowers (B Jowers Painting), Carol Sexton and Gail Cirata (Coldwell Banker Sun Ridge Real Estate). For more information about Kiwanis, visit Margaritaville ... Margi and Gerry Grant celebrated Cinco de Mayo in style. They welcomed more than 35 friends and neighbors to their Sun City Home. In addition to margaritas and nacho bar, all enjoyed a buffet dinner and desserts. Guests included Joyce and Warren Bisbee, Cathie and Joey Chisesi, Hilla and Bob Fawcett, Tom and Jeannette Baker, Sandy McShan, Erma Leggett, Mary Ellen Hull, Louise York, Jeanine Belval, Sylvia and Nat Passaglia and Lowell Sund. Just in from Jeeves ... Jeeves likes to ride in the car. From his perch in the backseat, he can see other cars and the road ahead. Some cars have bumper stickers. Jeeves likes to read them. Some are humorous. Some are rude. Some disparage our current president. Some disparage our former president, Some say, ?My son is an honor student.? Some say, ?My daughter is an honor student.? Jeeves saw one that said, ?If you can read this, thank a teacher.? In a few weeks, most students will go on to the next grade. Thanks to teachers. Many students will graduate. Thanks to teachers. And graduates will go on to enjoy bright futures. Thanks to teachers. Yet 25 teachers in Western Placer Unified School District face uncertain futures. As reported in last week?s Lincoln News Messenger (May 3 front page, ?Final Tally: 25 teachers to feel cuts?)?Twenty-five district teachers will be either be laid off or have their hours reduced next school year as part of an effort to cut $5.75 million from the 2012-13 fiscal budget.? The report goes on to say that ?these cuts are being made to ensure the financial stability of the district.? Some of these teachers are sons. Some of these teachers are daughters. Some were honor students. All set out to make a difference in the lives of other sons and daughters. Jeeves wonders about their budgets. He wonders who?s going to ensure their financial stability. Jeeves also wonders what their lay-offs are going to mean to students this year and the years to come. Will lay-offs mean fewer honor students? Will lay-offs mean fewer graduates? Jeeves is certain that lay-offs will mean less bright futures for many. But if you can read this, he hopes that you will thank a teacher. If you have upcoming events that you wish to appear in Scene to be Seen, please call Kathy Dorsey at 645-0660 or e-mail This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.