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Concord Family Carnival a fun time for fundraising

The Concord Family Carnival's 40th anniversary over the weekend had plenty to entertain crowds, including the popular midway attractions. The Freak Out, above, was for the more adventuresome, while the Baja, below left, was just the right speed for 3-year-old Evelyn Neves, 3, of Clayton, smiling at her father. Bryssa Vargas, 15, and Christian Verduzco, 16, below right, enjoy a quick trip down the giant slide. The carnival raises funds for many programs, including the Mt. Diablo Music Education Foundation, the safe and sober Grad Night activities at Centre Concord in June for Concord, Ygnacio Valley, College Park, Northgate and Las Lomas high schools, the Mt. Diablo school district's Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) and Foster Youth Services (FYS), while donated canned food goes to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano to distribute to needy children and families in the area. Hometown Heroes, emergency personnel and veterans were honored, and a mobile vet center was on-site with information on various support services. Throughout the weekend, student musicians from MDUSD elementary, middle and high schools played mini-concerts, and the world champion Blue Devils also performed. 
The 2015 Lesher High School Journalism Awards, presented Thursday at the Bedford Gallery in the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, honored the work of 29 student journalists from six Contra Costa County schools. Acalanes High in Lafayette won the overall excellence award for the "Blueprint."  
 
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East Bay political veterans say they've never seen anything like the battle between Susan Bonilla and Steve Glazer leading up to the special election for state Senate on May 19. Some voters have already received 40 mailers from backers of both candidates.  
 
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New brewery participating; benefits AAUW scholarships  
 
Moneys used for wastewater treatment, maintenance  
 
Those Little Sisters of Hoboken are back as Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre presents "Nunsense," from May 8-17, at the Village Theatre in Danville.Brian Olkowski directs, with Paula Wujek Gianetti as choreographer and as Sister Amnesia.  
 
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Charity begins at home for business and industry leaders who nurture the community where they and their employees live and work to be healthy, happy environments.  
 
Festivities at Ardenwood begin with a flower garland program from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Visitors can create tissue paper garlands to wear themselves or use as home decorations. Tilden Nature Area will host a free May Day open house from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The family-friendly program will include maypoles, bubble making and crafts as well as a special performance by the Berkeley Morris Dancers.  
 
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Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean co-headline the first-ever concert at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.  
 
Heartfelt music Tapestry vocal, handbell ensemble concert: 7:30 p.m. May 2, Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, 1578 Kirker Pass Road, Clayton. Free, donations welcome.  
 
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The ultimate Cinco de Mayo party menu

From killer margaritas and spicy tacos to Frida Kahlo eyebrows, here's how to throw the ultimate Cinco de Mayo party, with a little help from chefs Joanne Weir, of Sausalito's Copita, and Deborah Schneider, from San Diego's SOL Cocina.