CHS Mardi Gras dinner dance fundraiser set

A Mardi Gras Dinner Dance fundraiser will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 22, at the Clarion Hotel, 1050 Burnett Ave., in Concord.

The Concord High School jazz bands and orchestra will be featured. There will also be an auction and raffle.

Tickets are $30 each through Jan. 31, and $35 thereafter. Contact Theresa Dowd at trephone@gmail.com or call 925-586-0889.

Proceeds benefit the Concord High Instrumental Music program and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

VFW Post 1525 names scholarship winners

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1525 and its Ladies Auxiliary have announced winners in its 2013-2014 Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program.

Elliot Thompson, a junior at Miramonte High School in Orinda took first place and received a $500 award. He was also selected the third-place finisher at the California District 25 competition.

Anthony Caldwell, a junior at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord, took second place and a $300 prize; and Joy Koonin, earned a $200 award and third place.

Thompson and Koonin were recognized at the post's annual Christmas luncheon, while Caldwell will receive his award at the annual M. Diablo High School Military Ball where he is a cadet in the JROTC program.


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The Voice of Democracy program requires entrants to write and record a three- to five-minute script on a patriotic theme. "Why I'm Optimistic About our Nation's Future" was this year's theme.

VFW Post 1525 and its Ladies Auxiliary represent 400 members from Clayton, Concord, Pinole and much of Contra Costa County.

YVHS e-waste recycling to benefit Grad Night

A free e-waste recycling will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 1, in the main parking lot at Ygnacio Valley High School, 755 Oak Grove Road, in Concord.

It will benefit Grad Night 2014.

E-waste items accepted include computers, TVs, monitors, laptops, cameras, cell phones, VCRs and DVDs, fax machines and printers, toner cartridges (in a plastic bag) and more.

Some items not accepted are lighting, household batteries, appliances and business waste without an appointment.

For more information, contact info@neuwaste.com, 310-734-6700.

Clayton Valley boosters host annual crab feed

The 20th annual Crab Feed & Auction will be held Saturday, March 15, at Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road in Concord.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. A raffle and auction will immediately follow dinner and there will also be dancing.

The fundraising event is hosted by the Clayton Valley Charter High School Athletic Booster Club. All those attending must be at least 21 years old.

Dinner includes Dungeness crab, pasta, Caesar salad, bread and dessert, and beer, wine and martinis are available for purchase.

Tickets are $50 each -- $60 after March 7 -- and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. They are available through any of the CVCHS sports teams or can be ordered online at www.cvhsbooster.org.

For more information, contact athleticboosters@claytonvalley.org, www.cvhsboosters.org or call 925-338-1101.

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