The Mt. Diablo Unified School District plans to "Turn on the Sun" at 1 p.m. May 1, with the district holding a solar project dedication at Northgate High School to celebrate the largest solar school district installation in the country.
Around 12 megawatts of solar power will be installed on 51 Mt. Diablo district campuses by the fall. This project will offset 92 percent of the district's electricity costs, which will save more than $220 million over the next 30 years, according to the district.
The solar panels are being installed in three phases, on carports, shade structures and school rooftops. The $93 million project comes from the $348 million Measure C bond passed by voters in June.
With summer just around the corner, Diablo Valley College wants parents to think about sending their fourth- to ninth-grade students to college for the summer.
Appropriately titled "College for Kids," these two DVC sessions will be filled with challenging activities for "highly motivated young people," according to a flier for the program. It takes place in a college environment and is patterned after a college curriculum. The sessions run June 19-July 5 and July 10-26.
Activities include applied and fine arts, computer science, math, languages, performing arts and physical education. Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.
For more information, go to www.dvc.edu/college4kids
A one-night-only concert at the Lesher Center called "Play it Forward" will benefit the Walnut Creek Education Foundation.
The concert will feature vocalist Jamie Davis and two-time Grammy winning jazz trumpeter Scotty Barnhart.
The event will take place 7:30 p.m., May 3 and benefit students in the Walnut Creek School District and at Las Lomas High School.
Also set to perform is drummer Greg Errico, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Other artists include Lady Bianca, Jamael Dean, Tessa Evans, Tim Hockenberry, Leon Joyce, Carlos Reyes, Aaron Germain, Roger Glenn, Charles McNeal, Joel Scott and Ron Wilkins. And closer to home, the Las Lomas High School Jazz Band will also perform.
Ticket prices range from $35 for students, $50 for balcony and up to $120.
For more information and to buy tickets go to www.wcefk12.org/events/playitforward.php
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