Campolindo music programs Feb. 21, 28

The Campolindo High School Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Johnny Johnson, will hold its Winter Concert on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Campolindo Performing Arts Center, 300 Moraga Road, Moraga.

Special guest artists will be Mariya Borozina, violinist with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and Pamela Freun-Stripen, violinist and artistic director of the Gold Coast Players. They will perform the Mozart Sinonia Concertante. Also featured are student chamber groups and Haydn's Symphony No. 82 in C Major.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The Campolindo Winter Band Concert will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Campolindo Performing Arts Center, 300 Moraga Road, Moraga. Special guest artist is Diane Maltester, playing the concertino for Clarinet and Band by Frank Bencriscutto as well as a full program by the Concert and Symphonic Bands. Admission is free and open to the public.

Contra Costa honor jazz bands perform March 3

The 13th anniversary of the Lafayette Jazz Festival, presented by Generations in Jazz Foundation, will celebrate Contra Costa Counties' best young jazz musicians performing March 3 beginning at 3 p.m. in the Campolindo High School Performing Arts Center at the with Middle and High School Honor Jazz Bands.

The Middle School Jazz Band will have the benefit of one of Bay Area's jazz greats, Mary Fettig, directing. Fettig joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra as the first woman to play in the band. From there, she has made her way in the music business as a performer, teacher, and clinician. She also has toured with Flora Purim and Airto, Marian McPartland, Tito Puente, Toninho Horta and Joe Henderson.

The guest director for the High School Jazz Band will be Rory Snyder, form many years in demand as a jazz adjudicator, clinician and guest artist. He has been part of the Mike Vax Jazz Orchestra and Dave Eshelman's Jazz Garden Big Band, and has worked as a sideman with artists as diverse as Clark Terry, Johnny Mathis, The Smothers Brothers, Don Menza, The Temptations and Toshiko Akiyoshi & Lew Tabackin.

Tickets are $5; for information, contact the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce at 925-284-7404 or visit its website at www.lafayettechamber.org For any questions or additional information call Tom Carter at 925-588-4547.

Stanley fields regional 'Science Bowl' team

Teams of middle school students from Stanley Middle School in Lafayette and from Dorris-Eaton School in Walnut Creek and are part of an upcoming regional competition of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science's National Science Bowl Saturday, Feb. 23 at Las Positas College in Livermore.

The winner of the regional competition will receive a fully paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Office of Science's National Science Bowl in late April and the winner of the national competition will win prizes for the team members and their schools. These prizes will be named at a later date.

The Office of Science began this competition to interest today's youth in pursuing careers in science and math.

Libraries getting help from Half Price Books

Half Price Books is helping out school libraries through a Half Pint Schools giveaway through Feb. 17.

Parents and educators can register their school at http://www.hpb.com/schools, and share how their school would use a $100 Half Price Books gift card to enhance their school library.

One East Bay winner will be randomly selected on March 4.

High school students can 'Direct Change'

Student filmmakers throughout California are invited to "Direct Change" by submitting videos for a statewide contest to prevent suicide and change minds about mental illness.

The contest is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students.

These initiatives are funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority, an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

Contest requirements:

  • Open to high school students in California

  • Asks students to develop a 60-second public service announcement about suicide prevention or eliminating mental illness stigma during the 2012-2013 school year

  • Awards the winning team and associated school a $1,000 cash prize

  • Enters each school into a drawing for a free suicide prevention program

  • Recognizes students and schools at an award ceremony in Sacramento at the end of the school year.

    Students can download an entry form at www.DirectingChange.org before submitting their PSA. For each Intent to Direct form that is submitted, the student's school is entered for a chance to win a suicide prevention program.

    Entry deadline is midnight March 1.

    For information or questions, email jana@directingchange.org.

    DVC looks for hosts for international students

    The International Education Center at Diablo Valley is looking for families to host international students on a long- or short-term basis.

    Families get a monthly stipend of $825 per student.

    For requirements or information, contact Fia Parker at 925-876-0080, or email fparker@dvc.edu.

    Send school news to Jennifer Modenessi at jmodenessi@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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