Monday, November 17, 2008

San Pedro English Teacher Gives Interesting Assignment: Write About a Paper Clip; The Relevant Stage Offers a Free Performance for Schools of the Christmas Carol and Bayer Aspirin Announces an International Art Contest for Children Ages: 6 to 14

Dear Readers: I so enjoy creativity and got a chuckle out of Mrs. Hoffman's (English AP teacher at San Pedro High) assignment asking students to write about a paper clip. To me, this is a great exercise. Here is what one student wrote:

By Kelsi, 16

My life is like that of a paper clip

Always alone, but constantly meeting with other beings

When one and one need a connection, I am there to connect at the tip

Still alone, but clinging to other things

No, I must say, it is not always fun

But it is my job, and it has to be done

I hold things together; I have done it all my life

I make things easier and better

And stay even when these actions give me strife

These things I hold together, well, they become the best of friends

And when they decide to get a staple, my job with them must end

As I leave my newly stapled papers, I am put into a bowl

I wait until I have new orders

And do the same thing [yet it's getting kind of old]

I connect a few more friends together, but my body is getting brash

So I leave my job for good, and am thrown into the trash


The Relevant Stage Announces Free Trips for Schools to See A Christmas Carol and Information on the Play for Those Interested in Obtaining Tickets

Submitted by Ray Buffer

Schools that are interested can sign up for a free show of the Christmas Carol at 1 p.m. Friday, December 5, 2008 for The Christmas Carol.

This will be a fairly loyal adaptation of Dickens' story (written in Dickens' own prose) about Scrooge's path to redemption and is accompanied by Old English Christmas Carols sung by carolers.

Currently only one school: Downey High School, has signed up to bring students (200). Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn's office will be happy to arrange buses for any other interested schools. It seems a shame if schools from our own area are not able to participate.

If any schools are interested, they can email me at or call our office at 310.929.8129.

The Christmas Carol:

Who: The Relevant Stage Theatre Company

What: The Christmas Carol: The Tale of Ebenezer Scrooge

When: December 4, 5 and 6 at 8PM, and December 7 at 7PM

Where: Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731Tickets: $20 Adults; $15 Seniors (55+) and College; $5 Age 18 and under; $25 for wine tasting prior to show with ticket included.

How: Buy online at or at Sacred Grounds Coffee House, Williams' Book Store, Off The Vine, The Corner Store

Duration: 100 minutes (with a 10 minute intermission) More Info: 310.929.8129The Christmas Carol is a production by The Relevant Stage Theatre Company at San Pedro's Warner Grand Theatre.
Dickens' classic tale of the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge is told through staged drama, and Christmas Carols 2008 marks the first year of this annual holiday offering. The cast of The Christmas Carol will also appear in the San Pedro Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 7.Tickets:

Bayer Aspirin Art Contest for Ages 6 to 14

If you have an artistic child or student, check out this international contest: (Submitted by Rori Roje)