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Laurel Elementary students Allison Felix, Janelle Greer, Emilee Price and Logan Fromme were part of the huge group of singers performing at the recent Heart of Oakley festival. (Courtesy of Mimi Curran/Laurel Elementary School)

Students from all five local elementary schools took to the stage during the Heart of Oakley festival recently.

At least 200 students -- from second- through fifth-graders -- sang to the appreciative crowd during the citywide event.

Participating schools were Gehringer, Iron House, Laurel, Oakley and Vintage.

"The event went was great," said Shannon Page, district elementary music teacher, who directed the performance. "They did a fabulous job. We performed songs about diversity and being proud of our differences."

Page liked the idea of singing at the festival because it was "a great way to get the schools involved in community events."

HERITAGE HIGH: The Brentwood school celebrated homecoming last week with the theme "Nickelodeon"; ninth-graders' theme was Rugrats; 10th-graders, Fairly Odd Parents; 11th-graders, Wild Thornberries; and 12th-graders, SpongeBob.

The senior king and queen, Jacob Smith and Allie Strauss, were announced at the game, which was against James Logan High School.

HIGHER LEARNING: Antioch High plays hosts to a college fair from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 8 at the school, 700 W. 18th St.

The free event, open to the community, will feature a huge array of higher learning institutes, including UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UC Merced, UC Irvine, UCSD, UCLA, UCSB, UCSC, Cal Maritime, Chico State, CSU East Bay, Sacramento State, CSU Stanislaus, Humboldt State, Sonoma State, Holy Names University, Mills College, UOP, University of Nevada Reno, St. Mary's College, Samuel Merritt University, University of San Francisco, California College of the Arts, Ex'pression College for the Digital Arts, FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Heald College, Carrington College, National Holistic Institute, Marinello School of Beauty, Contra Costa Medical Career College, UMass Lowell, Los Medanos College and its computer science department and more.

For more information, call 925-779-7550, ext. 40341, or email natividadpreciado@antioch.k12.ca.us.

PLAY'S THE THING: Deer Valley's Academy of Performing Arts Theatre opens its curtains to its first show of the season "Fools" plays at 7 p.m. Nov. 14-16 and also at 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Antioch school, 4700 Lone Way. The Neil Simon comedy focuses on an ambitious young schoolteacher, who lands a job in a small Russian town, where everything is not quite as it seems because of a 200-year-old curse of chronic idiocy.

The cast of "Fools" includes Miranda Alexander, Raeanne Baird, Kaylie Cooper, Adrianna Coray, Robert Dunn, Kiera Ebel, Nicolas Gosselin, Brendan Looney, Natalee Monroe, Jayda Nunley, Jason Pitak, Marina Rivera and Jonathan Shepard.

Tickets are $7 for general, $5 for students and seniors, and $3 for DV students with a teal card. For more information, call 925-776-5555.

Top students: Brentwood's Loma Vista Elementary announced its Students of the Month for August. They are:

Transitional kinder: Sadaf Aslai, Riley Bonacci, Ian Colin, Chikezie Iheme, Mario Kontogianis Lozano, Andreah Macias, Kadence Pate and Delaney Spencer. Kinder: Branden Benke, Leilani Chretien, Brayden Estep, Jacob Farr, Isaiah McCarthy, Sophia Ortega, Trinity Pastor, Jake Rivera and Elle Tramleasure. First: Alice Ashcroft, Claire Bold, Maya Brakel, Anthony Costa, Liesl Fox, Brooke Gelnette, Austin Hammer, Hayden Hammer, Kai Mullins, Bradly Sanchez, Siena Silva, Sebastian Torres Oben and Kylie Toscano. Second: Tionnah Ambrose, Sophia Cadero, Kasen Camara, Kianna Farinas, Katelyn Gandara, Rilee Gloyn, Mia Huynh, Macie Jarquin, Payton McSweeney, Shane Mullins, Phoebe Owen, Geovanni Perez, Robert Tiernan and Samantha Vers. Third: Alyssa Cardamone, Thomas Cooney III, Alelxandra Cutonilli, Lillian Deffebach, Seth Gelnette, Samantha Holsenbeck, Joshua Lieber, Nicolas Malgradi, Diego Querubin, Ryder Shockley, Jacob Thuemmler, Hayden van den Oudenaller and Jacob Vreeland. Fourth: Ella Bowles, Samantha Childs, Morgan Colvin, Aiden Garcia, Scout Holguin, Rebecca Lee, Madelyn Riggs, Jonathan Robert, Sierra Schmitz, Lindsey Sipes, Cole Tastard, Justin Teeples, Rylan Toscano and Casey Veuve. Fifth: Chibuikem Abogo Ugwokegbe, Blake Burke, Kaya Camarillo Gusimat, Drake Daley, Dylan Donzelli, Arielle Early, Alyssa Elness, Dylan Frazier, Aiden Greene, Jaden Montgomery, Jorden Montgomery, Jordan Ramey, Kiara Rodriguez, Travis Sauter, Paul Shockley, Justice Simonelli and Mallory Wright.

If you have school news to share, contact Trine Gallegos at trineg@att.net. You can also reach Judith Prieve at jprieve@bayareanewsgroup.com. Gallegos also works part-time with the Antioch Unified School District.