Budd Mackenzie kicks off Acalanes High speakers' series

The Acalanes High School Speaker Series presents Budd Mackenzie, founder of Trust in Education, speaking on "Afghanistan: Gender Equality -- A Report From the Frontline," Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Acalanes HS Performing Arts Center, 1200 Pleasant Hill Road in Lafayette.

Trust in Education provides educational, economic and health care assistance to villages in Afghanistan. And Mackenzie, who in October returned from his 15th trip to Afghanistan, speaks from the perspective of how Afghan children -- more than half of whom are girls -- are being educated.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They are available at the door.

Christmas luncheon fundraiser set

Saint Mary's College Guild will hold a Merry Christmas luncheon fundraiser Dec. 6 at the Soda Center, 1928 St. Marys Road.

The event will feature the Saint Mary's Chamber Choir joined by Saint Mary's College student Sharon Lee Kim, who will play piano during the luncheon. Champagne cocktails will be served at 11 a.m., followed by a raffle and bake sale. Lunch will be served at noon.

The cost is $45. All proceeds will benefit student financial aid.

For information, call 925-376-3306.

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


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