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Farmington trying to kick the winter blues

As everyone counts the days to spring, Farmington High School staff and students are offering three public events this month that could help make the wait seem shorter.

Shoppers who love to dig for treasures will enjoy rifling through a rummage sale to benefit the Farmington High School Winter Color Guard. The Guard will hold its rummage sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday in Lincoln Intermediate Center.

The Color Guard is raising money to help fund their travel to a WGI (Winter Guard International) regional competition in April in Nashville, Tenn. The regional event is the most important competition the Guard is able to attend each year.

“We normally don’t get to go to the national competition because it conflicts with a band concert that same weekend,” said Linda Huck, assistant band director at the high school who serves as color guard sponsor. “We can’t take the color guard out that weekend.”

The rummage sale typically includes furniture, clothing, knick-knacks, exercise equipment, toys, books, and assorted items, Huck said. The group will accept items donated by the public. Drop off donations from 6-9 pm on Friday at Lincoln Intermediate Center, 708 S. Fleming, Farmington. Or, contact Linda Huck at 701-1330 to arrange pick up.

Those who like to test their knowledge of minutia should head to the high school cafeteria on Saturday, Feb. 19. Knightline, the high school’s dance team (formerly the pom-pom squad) will sponsor a “Trivia Night” at 7 p.m. that evening. Cost is $5 per person or $40 for an eight-member team. There is no charge to watch the event, which is open to all ages.

Teenagers from Farmington and other schools are encouraged to participate.

Kimball Crum will serve as announcer and will ask questions from a wide variety of subjects. Free snacks and beverages will be available for team members. The evening will include door prizes for those who attend, as well as prizes for winning teams. There is no limit to the number of competing teams.

To enter, call Jennifer Harrington (ext. 105) or A. J. Nickelson at the high school, 701-1310. Teams may enter before the event or at the door. Individuals may sign up with seven friends or will be placed randomly on a team.

The event typically runs two-to-three hours, Harrington said.

The third event is geared toward newcomers to Farmington High School. Orientation Night, designed for parents of students entering grades 9-12 in the 2005-2006 school year, is scheduled from 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 24, in the high school gymnasium. The orientation will focus on academic programs, student life, and special services. Principals, counselors, and teachers will talk informally and answer questions about course offerings, graduation requirements, general rules, sports, student activities, and services available for next year.

Students may attend if accompanied by their parent(s).

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