Raising funds for Mt. Diablo alternative ed

"The Clarinet Fusion" choir will perform a variety of music for Mt. Diablo Alternative Education Foundation's annual fundraiser from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 30, at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center, Chateau Room, 233 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.

The fundraiser will support the students and staff in alternative education schools and programs.

Under the direction of guest conductor Harvey Benstein, Clarinet Fusion will perform using seven types of instruments. The audience will have an opportunity to participate in a silent auction for the benefit of "Helping Students Help Themselves."

Advanced admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $10 for youth. Admission will be $5 more at the door. For tickets, go to www.brownpapertickets.com. For information, call 925-938-3899.

Fundraiser set for CVCHS music

Clayton Valley Charter High School will hosts a Music Booster Dinner and Poker Tournament at 6 p.m. April 11, at the Concord Police Association, 5060 Avila Road, Concord.

Proceeds will benefit the CVCHS Instrumental Music Program. Student ensembles will entertain during dinner.

Dinner and $1,000 in chips is $65, and dinner only is $20. Those who purchase early-bird tickets will get an additional $300 in chips if registered by April 1.


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For information and tickets, go to: www.claytonbands.org.

Concord chamber offers college scholarships

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce is offering up to six $500 scholarships to students in the Concord area who are entering college in the 2014-2015 school year.

Applications are available at www.concordchamber.com or from the chamber office at 2280 Diamond Blvd., Suite 200, Concord. Applications must be submitted to the chamber office by 4 p.m. March 28.

For more information, call 925-685-1181.

Student Congressional Art Competition set

High school students are invited by Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, to participate in the annual Congressional Art Competition. All high school students residing in California's 11th Congressional District can submit their work.

The competition is an opportunity for each congressional district to showcase its artistic and creative young talent. Deadline to submit artwork is April 14.

The winning piece from the legislative district will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. In addition, the winner and one family member will be flown to Washington D.C., courtesy of Southwest Airlines, to participate in an official reception in June.

Artwork will be featured on Miller's Facebook page and open to public judging from April 28-May 2, and will be displayed in Miller's district office, provided it is not selected as the panel's overall winner.

Artwork will be picked up by Millers's staff at the main office of the student's school the week of April 14.

For art competition information, guidelines, release forms and pickup, contact Miller's office at 925-602-1880.

Mount Diablo photo contest for students

The second annual Scholastic Photo Contest invites students in grades K-12 in Contra Costa and Alameda counties to submit their original pictures of Mount Diablo.

Photos can be of one of the Diablo parks, listed on the contest website at www.SaveMountDiabloContest.com, that showcases why the student enjoys Mount Diablo's lands and think they should be protected.

All photographs must be submitted by April 30. Winners will be announced May 12.

The contest raises awareness about Save Mount Diablo's work and encourages students to visit their local natural parks, explained public relations manager Beryl Anderson.

Mt. Diablo Adult Ed seeks accreditation

Mt. Diablo Adult Education in Concord will apply for initial accreditation with the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.

Those wanting to comment must provide names and address to the executive director of the Commission Council on Occupational Education, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, Ga. 30350 or www.council.org.

The council will conduct the initial accreditation visit to Mt. Diablo Adult Education, 1266 San Carlos Ave., in Concord from April 7 to 10. Call 925-685-7340, ext. 6711.

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