Two opportunities to Dine Out for Education

The Foundation for Pleasant Hill Education is hosting two Dine Out for Education events on Tuesdays, March 12 and 19

On March 12, the flier can be presented from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Slow Hand BBQ, 1941 Oak Park Blvd., in Pleasant Hill.

On March 19 residents can present a Dine Out flier (found at www.fphe.org) from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Jack's Restaurant, 60 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill.

At both events, a percentage of sales will benefit Pleasant Hill schools. The Dine Out event and flier applies to lunch, dinner and takeout.

For information, email generalinfo@fphe.org.

Swing dance to benefit YVHS music students

Ygnacio Valley Instrumental Music Boosters will host a swing dance 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Ygnacio Valley High School, 755 Oak Grove Road, Concord.

Live entertainment will be provided by the jazz band. Desserts and drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit all instrumental music students at Ygnacio Valley.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. For information, call the school at 925-685-8414.

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.


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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.

Students can consider: Have they or someone they know ever hurt another person and then taken responsibility to make things right? What happened? How could schools use reconciliation instead of punishment when students inflict harm on one another?

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 should 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.

Visit www.creatingpeacefulschools.weebly.com; call Margli Auclair at 925-933-7850.

County science fair sends out call for 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 are needed to ensure the science fair projects expected to be submitted by middle and high school students this year have an opportunity to be reviewed by community members, including business and industry.

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.

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.

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