Saint Mary's game day fundraiser

Saint Mary's College Guild will hold a game day and luncheon fundraiser March 19 at the Saint Mary's Soda Center.

Play bridge and bunco from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and win table prizes. A buffet luncheon will be served at noon. The cost is $35 per person. Checks can be made payable to Saint Mary's College Guild and sent to Dolores McGonigle, 828 Crossbrook Court, Moraga, 94553 or call 925-376-4339 by March 14.

For information, call Shirley Holloway at 925-376-6588.

County science fair seeks judges

The organizers of the Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair are looking for volunteer judges 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22.

Judges will be welcomed with breakfast and an orientation at 7 a.m. A commitment of eight hours includes morning review of poster boards and afternoon interviews with students. A complimentary lunch is provided.

Judges will review students entries in six categories: math/computer sciences; biological, including biochemistry, microbiology, zoology, botany, medicine and health; physical science, including chemistry, earth and space, and physics; behavioral/social sciences, including gerontology; environmental sciences; and engineering. Student levels are junior -- grades 7-8; and senior -- grades 9-12.

The Contra Costa County 2013 Science and Engineering Fair will be held March 21-23, at Los Medanos College, 2700 E. Leland Road in Pittsburg.

For information and registration, visit http://www.cccsef.0rg/judges.html. For information about the fair, go to www.cccsef.org.

Writing competition challenges students

The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center in Walnut Creek is holding its 16th annual Art and Writing Challenge. The contest is open to Contra Costa County high school and middle school students. Deadline to submit entries is March 18.

Students can enter any of four categories: essay, creative writing, art (any medium) or video, based on the following:

Mahatma Gandhi said, "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth leaves everyone blind and toothless."

When someone harms us, we often think of revenge. But there is another way. The offender and the victim can come together for reconciliation. The injurer can take responsibility and can, at times, make amends, and the injured and the community can forgive. Could you forgive someone who hurt you or someone close to you? Describe a situation when you forgave or were forgiven.

All entries are evaluated by independent judges. Cash prizes ranging from $50 to $250, depending on grade level and achievement, will be awarded to winners. The awards will be presented at a dinner 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church.

Students are asked to deliver or send their work to the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, or email entries to writingcontest@mtdpc.org.

For information, download the flier at www.creatingpeacefulschools.weebly.com or call Margli Auclair at 925-933-7850.

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

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