ALAMO -- It's time once again for the Alamo community to get together and celebrate in the name of saving school music programs at the 31st annual Alamo Rotary Music and Wine Festival.

"It's sort of like a block party," said Don Morton, an Alamo Rotary Club past president and chairman of the club's Citizen of the Year committee. "It's really the only Alamo festival of any kind."

The Sept. 7 festival kicks off at noon in Alamo Plaza -- at Stone Valley Road and Danville Boulevard -- with performances by bands from San Ramon Valley High, Monte Vista High, the Stone Valley Middle School Band, and the Rancho Romero Middle School Choir.

From 4 to 7 p.m., the rock band PUSH, featuring KGO-TV anchor Dan Ashley, will play, along with an intermission by the Alamo Elementary School Choir. After PUSH's show, the 2013 Alamo Citizen of the Year will be announced. Past winners include Andrew H. Young, Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (CA-16), and last year's winner Nancy Dommes. Votes are already being tallied from a cross-section of Alamo community organizations.

"We're looking for someone who has demonstrated unique leadership and commitment to the Alamo community," Morton said. "We want everybody to be represented."


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Raffle winners will also be announced. Prizes include a round of golf for four at Round Hill Country Club, a group tour to the New York Stock Exchange, a mountain bike from Alamo Bicycles, dinner for two at Faz, and tickets to an A's or Giants game. Raffle tickets are $5 each, or five for $20. Dinner tickets are $15 and includes food from restaurants Maggieray's BBQ and Faz. A Burger Barn for kids will also be available. The dance party band Groove Doctors ends the festival with a show from 8 to 10 p.m.

"We'll have people dancing under the stars," Morton said. "It's a fun event, it's a family event and people enjoy it. It's growing every year."

Tickets for the festival can be purchased at Mark Kahn Jewelers at 925-837-3262 or by calling Diane at 925-262-3785. Organizers hope the festival generates $50,000 for local school music programs.

"Unfortunately, when they're cutting the budgets, music programs are the first to go," Morton said. "Music is an important part of every child's education ... For some kids, it's what they thrive on and it makes school more fun."

Contact Jeremy Thomas at 925-847-2184. Follow him at Twitter.com/jet_bang.