Concord Family Carnival at CHS from April 11-13

The 39th annual Concord Family Carnival will be held Friday through Sunday, April 11-13, in the front parking lot of Concord High School, 4200 Concord Blvd.

The carnival will be open from 3:30 to 11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $1 or one nonperishable food item. Individual carnival ride tickets or one-day unlimited ride tickets will also be for sale.

The event is sponsored by the Concord High Grad Night Committee.

As a special tribute, the carnival will have Tom Hanks Day on Saturday, and Dave Brubeck Day on Sunday to honor the famous actor and jazz legend who were born in Concord. Visitors will have the opportunity to win memorabilia related to the native sons.

Mini-concerts by middle and high school groups, sponsored by the Mt. Diablo Music Education Foundation, are scheduled throughout the weekend.

Proceeds from carnival ride tickets activities benefit the shared safe and sober graduation night activities at Centre Concord for Concord, Ygnacio Valley, College Park and Northgate high schools.

Carnival admission fees benefit the Mt. Diablo Music Education Foundation, a nonprofit to preserve and enhance music education for the Mt. Diablo School District.

All nonperishable food items received will go to the Bay Area Crisis Nursery, and the bottled water concession is a fundraiser for the school district's Homeless Outreach Program for Education and the Foster Youth Services.


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Fundraiser set for CVCHS music program

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.

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

Ygnacio Valley High holds spring musical

Ygnacio Valley High School is presenting its spring musical, "Legally Blonde," with matinee and evening performances.

Evening shows are 7:30 p.m. Fridays, April 4 and 11; and Sturdays, April 5 and 12; and matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays, April 5 and 12.

The musical features a 38-person cast, eight-person backstage crew and dozens of costume changes. Parents and students worked on the sets.

Performances are on campus at 755 Oak Grove Road, in Concord.

Evening shows tickets are $12, $8 with student ID; matinees are $8 or $5 with student ID.

For more information, call 925-685-8414, ext. 3632.

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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