YV Christian to hold Showcase Dinner

The public is invited to Ygnacio Valley Christian School's annual Showcase Dinner on May 9.

The event will be held at 4977 Concord Blvd. in Concord.

Dinner starts at 5:15 p.m. with a music concert, and classrooms will be open starting at 7 p.m. Visitors can meet the staff.

Call the school at 925-798-3131.

CHS Band Boosters plan fundraiser and raffle

Concord High School Band Boosters present an evening with Grammy Award-winning musician Gordon Goodwin in concert with the Concord High School Jazz Ensemble and the Instrumental Music Program. Also performing are special guests Alex Rackages and Dave Ridge.

The performance will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Lesher Arts Center, Hofmann Theatre, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.

General admission is $25, ages 17 and younger are $20. Reserve tickets by calling 925-943-7469 or online at www.lesherartscenter.org.

A raffle of two iPads will also be held during the event with proceeds benefiting the CHS Instrumental Program and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. You do not have to be present to win.

Tickets are $10 for a book of 12. To purchase raffle tickets, email momopco@astound.net.

Wood Rose Academy accepting applications

Wood Rose Academy, a pre-K-8 school, at 4347 Cowell Road in Concord, is accepting applications for kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year.

The academy offers students an academic program, including Spanish and art. In addition, children are immersed in a culture of virtue, guided by the Catholic faith.

Parent involvement is welcome in all aspects of school life.

Contact the school office at 925-825-4644 or woodroseacad@sbcglobal.net to schedule a tour.

For more, visit www.woodroseacademy.org.

Parent program offered at Pixie Play School

Pixie Play School offers a parent and tot program for families with children ages 2-3 from 8:45 to 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, at the school, 1797 Ayers Road in Concord.

Parents will have a parent education session with the staff, joining the teachers to interact with children in a safe environment, providing firsthand experiences with activities and special projects. Through these experiences, children strengthen their self-concept, develop curiosity and increase vocabulary.

A snack will be served during the session.

The cost of the program is $50 per session. For information and registration, call the school at 925-689-4030 or email info@pixieplayschool.org.

Varsity Tutors to award $1,000 scholarships

Varsity Tutors has launched a monthly college scholarship contest.

The merit-based program is open to U.S. residents 16 and older and offers the opportunity to win $1,000 toward their college tuition.

To enter, students must submit an essay during the submission period, between the first and 15th of each month.

Valid entries are displayed on the Varsity Tutors website and put to an online public vote via social media from the 16th trough the end of the month.

A panel of judges selects a winner from the five entries that received the most votes. Entries are judged based on clarity of expression, creativity, originality of expression and sincerity, and essay themes center on academic-based topics.

The current submission period began April 1. For information and official rules, visit http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship.

Martinez home-school students in two shows

Martinez teenage home-school students Danny Reichert, Elisa Shumate, Caitlyn Shumate and Anastasia Nieuwsma will perform in two Hearts for Drama productions, "Anne-Arky" and "Drop Dead Juliet" at Pinole Valley Church, 2885 Pinole Valley Road, in Pinole.

The cast, sound, lighting and stage production crew members are home-schooled teens from Martinez, Hercules, Pinole, El Sobrante and San Pablo.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, May 3; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4; and 8 p.m. Sunday, May 5.

General admission is $10, with students $7, children $5, and families $27. Tickets are available at the door.

For information, email Kathy Reichert at kjreichert@sbcglobal.net.

May 5 Martinez Music Boosters' fundraiser set

The Martinez Unified School District Music Boosters are hosting a wine tasting fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. May 5, at Viano Winery, 150 Morello in Martinez.

The event will feature four wine tastings, live music and an art auction with works donated by local artists. Nonalcoholic beverages will be available.

Proceeds will benefit the music programs in the Martinez schools.

Admission is $25; space is limited. For tickets and information, call Carrie Francis at 925-372-8450 or email sccrfrancis@sbcglobal.net.

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