Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Around the Bend

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Around the Bend

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The 2001 Duval County Special Olympics Spring Games are coming to The Bolles School Saturday.

The games run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school's track and football facility at 7400 San Jose Blvd., with opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and a performance at 11 a.m. by Strum Daddy's Generation Squared.

About 500 athletes will compete in track and field events like the 50-meter and 100-meter dashes, plus softball throw, volleyball and soccer teams and individual soccer skill events, said Nancy Kirts, Duval County's Special Olympics coordinator. The games are open to athletes 8 and up with mental and physical disabilities.

"These are higher-skilled athletes," Kirts said. "To play a game, you have to have more skills than in an individual event."

Special Olympics hold three events a year and they are open to the public. In fact, Kirts said that because these games are the "highlight of their lives," the athletes would love to see fans in the stands.

"It would be nice to get the public to come out and watch because athletes like to have spectators and have people see what they are doing," she said.

Volunteers are needed at the game and can register at 7:30 a.m. For more information, call 630-3598.

Other events of interest:

-- One of Northwest St. Johns County's older schools will be getting some upgrades this summer to match those at two of its newest sister schools. The school board approved funding Jan. 17 to upgrade art and science facilities at Nease High School to match those at the county's new Pedro Menendez and Bartram Trail high schools, which opened in August.

The project will be put to bid immediately in hopes of upgrading those programs. The renovations should be done before the opening for the 2001-02 school year in August.

-- Douglas Anderson School of the Arts will present The Dumb Waiter and The Bald Soprano at 7 p.m. tomorrow through Saturday at the school's Main Theatre at 2445 San Diego Road. Tickets are $8. For more information, call Mike Higgins at 346-5620.

-- The St. Johns County Public Library System has made it easier and simpler to surf the Internet to learn more about its four branches and the library system in general with a new Web site, which can be reached at Jacksonville. …

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