First grader Jarod Mendoza of Twain Elementary School won second place in the state PTA Reflections art contest. He had first won at the school level, then the Long Beach Council PTA level. Mendoza’s winning film entry will be shown in the Reflections Gallery at the annual State PTA Convention May 7 to 10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Long Beach Council PTA recently hosted its annual Reflections reception at the El Dorado Golf Course, displaying such student masterpieces from schools throughout the district.
Wilson Classical High School Choir Director Curtis Heard will conduct “October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard” at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3 and at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 4 in the 100-year-old National Historic Registered sanctuary of the First Congregational Church of Long Beach, 241 Cedar Ave. The choir director wrote all of the music for the premiere of the musical event, and the concert will include the Wilson High School Women’s Chorus. October Mourning is award-winning author Lesléa Newman’s literary and theatrical response to the events of October 6, 1998, when 21-year-old Matthew Shepard, a gay college student attending the University of Wyoming, was beaten and hung on a fence to die in one of the most brutal hate crimes of recent memory. The incident served as a catalyst in promoting hate crime legislaton. The suggested donation for the event is $20. For more information, contact Curtis Heard at 243-1936 or Lesléa Newman at (413) 552-3865.