Highlands Elementary sets annual walk-a-thon

Students and teachers at Highlands Elementary in Concord will participate in the school's second annual Walk-a-thon fundraiser Oct. 11.

Students in all grades are soliciting pledges for the walk-a-thon, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting their school.

As an added incentive, Highlands Principal Dr. Vicki Eversole has agreed to wear silly accessories as fundraising goals are reached.

This year, there are 656 students and 23 teachers participating. Some local police and firefighters will also be on hand to walk with students in the PTA-sponsored event.

For information, contact Lindsay Bradburn at lindsaybradburn@gmail.com or, call Eversole at 925-672-5252.

MDUSD run raises funds for sport programs

The annual 5K Competitive Run and the Fun Run/Walk to help save sports in Mt. Diablo district high schools, will take place Oct. 13, beginning at Newhall Park with the finish at Turtle Creek in Concord.

The proceeds will fund athletics in the district's six area high schools for the 2013-2014 school season. All ages are welcome.

There will be a timed competitive 5K run starting at 9 a.m., as well as fun run/walk at 9:45 a.m.


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Medals and prizes will be awarded for various age groups. The school with the most sign-ups will be presented with a trophy to display for a year.

Registration is $25 per runner, $30 the day of the event. All participants that obtain $50 or more in sponsorships do not have to pay a registration fee.

Parking is available at Clayton Valley Charter School, 1101 Alberta Way, Concord.

There are still tax-deductible business sponsorship opportunities available by contacting Kevin Hennessy at khennessy@farmersagent.com.

To register, go to www.unitedmtdiabloathletics.org.

Carondelet food drive for Monument cente

Carondelet High School hosted a food drive in September when students collected more than 3,079 pounds of food that will help provide some 4,600 meals to Monument Crisis Center clients.

Carondelet students were the first volunteers when Monument Crisis Center opened 10 years ago.

"We have students that come regularly throughout the school year for their "Gospels in Action" Community Service Learning Class as well as tutors that have participated in our After School Café program which has run every Thursday during the school year since 2003," said Daniel Scherer, Monument Crisis Center logistics coordinator.

'Zombie Prom' will be opening at DVC Oct. 25

Performances of Diablo Valley College Drama Department's "Zombie Prom" will be at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 25-Nov. 9, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 3 and 10.

The show, directed by Sierra Dee, will be at the college, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill.

Zombie Prom is a off-Broadway musical based on John Dempsey's fictional story of a teenage boy that is brought back to life by the love of his high school sweetheart.

The drama includes a selection of original songs in the style of the 1950s.

General admission is $21, with faculty, staff and seniors $16, and students $11.

For tickets and information, call 925-969-2358, or to to www.dvddrama.net.

Mt. Diablo district to hold first college fair

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District wants to make sure its students are college bound, and is holding its first -- and hopefully annual -- college fair.

The fair will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 30, at Ygnacio Valley High School, 755 Oak Grove Road, in Concord.

Students will be able to meet representatives from colleges and universities across the country as well as hear from local educational resources.

The fair is ideal for juniors and seniors, according to a flier for the event. It's open to students form College Park, Concord, Mt. Diablo, Northgate, Olympic, Ygnacio Valley, Nueva Vista/Summit, Prospect and Crossroads high schools, and Gateway and Diablo Community day schools. Students must show their I.D. from a MDUSD school in order to attend the fair.

Helen Diller Foundation calls for nominations

Nominations will be open through the fall for Helen Diller Family Foundation Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, identifying Jewish teens whose volunteer service projects demonstrate a determined commitment to make the world a better place.

Up to 10 teens from across the country, including five from California, will each receive an award of $36,000 to be used to further their philanthropic work or their education.

Teens must be U.S. residents, 13-19, and self-identify as Jewish. They may nominate themselves, or be nominated by teachers, community leaders, rabbis, but not family members.

Go to www.jewishfed.org/diller/teenawards, call 415-512-6437, email dillerteenaward@sfjcf.org.

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