Red Ribbon contest brings drug awareness

The National Family Partnership, which focuses on drug prevention and education, will hold a national contest for its 28th annual Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 23-31.

Youth grades K-12 will be given an opportunity to win $1,000 for their school, and an iPad for home.

To enter, students bring the Red Ribbon Week message home and work alongside parents to decorate their front door, mail box, or fence with a red ribbon and this year's theme "A Healthy Me is Drug Free."

They will take a photo with the family and their Red Ribbon Week decoration, then upload the photo to redribbon.org/contest by Nov. 4.

Students can ask family and friends to vote for their entry at redribbon.org/vote Nov. 4-19.

Ten winners across the United States will be awarded $1,000 and an iPad. Winners will be announced on Dec. 6 at redribbon.org, and recognized at winning schools throughout December.

Mt. Diablo district to hold first college fair

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District wants to make sure its students are college bound, and is holding its first -- and hopefully annual -- college fair.

The fair will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 30, at Ygnacio Valley High School, 755 Oak Grove Road, in Concord.

Students will be able to meet representatives from colleges and universities across the country as well as hear from local educational resources.

The fair is ideal for juniors and seniors, according to a flier for the event. It's open to students form College Park, Concord, Mt. Diablo, Northgate, Olympic, Ygnacio Valley, Nueva Vista/Summit, Prospect and Crossroads high schools, and Gateway and Diablo Community day schools. Students must show their I.D. from a MDUSD school in order to attend the fair.

'Zombie Prom' will be opening at DVC Oct. 25

Performances of Diablo Valley College Drama Department's "Zombie Prom" will be at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 25-Nov. 9, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 3 and 10.

The show, directed by Sierra Dee, will be at the college, 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill.

Zombie Prom is a off-Broadway musical based on John Dempsey's fictional story of a teenage boy that is brought back to life by the love of his high school sweetheart.

The drama includes a selection of original songs in the style of the 1950s.

General admission is $21, with faculty, staff and seniors $16, and students $11.

For tickets and information, call 925-969-2358, or to to www.dvddrama.net.

College Park performs 'Arsenic and Old Lace'

College Park High School Drama students present "Arsenic and Old Lace" in the school's multiuse room, 201 Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill.

The comedy is about two saintly spinster sisters, known to all around Brooklyn for their selfless charity work, who have a peculiar and deadly past.

Performances are 7 p.m. Nov. 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, and 4 p.m. Nov. 13.

General admission is $10, seniors are $7, and students are $5. Purchase tickets at the door or online at https://intouch.mdusd.org.

Dyslexia simulation set for parents, educators

Hope Academy for Dyslexics presents an "Experience Dyslexia" simulation from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 12, at the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway.

Parents and educators can experience firsthand what it is like to have dyslexia.

Experience Dyslexia is developed by the Northern California International Dyslexia Association.

Space is limited. RSVP at www.experiencedyslexia.eventbrite.com or call 925-687-7555 for information.

Helen Diller Foundation calls for nominations

Nominations will be open through Jan. 15 for Helen Diller Family Foundation Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, identifying Jewish teens whose volunteer service projects demonstrate a determined commitment to make the world a better place.

Up to 10 teens from across the country, including five from California, will each receive an award of $36,000 to be used to further their philanthropic work or their education.

Teens must be U.S. residents, 13-19, and self-identify as Jewish. They may nominate themselves, or be nominated by teachers, community leaders, rabbis, but not family members.

Applications will be accepted through Jan. 26.

Go to www.jewishfed.org/diller/teenawards, call 415-512-6437, email dillerteenaward@sfjcf.org.

Kindergarten night set at St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi School is hosting a Taste of Kindergarten from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at 866 Oak Grove Road, Concord.

Parents of prospective students will hear from the principal, a kindergarten teacher and parent representatives about the school and academic programs.

For information, call 925-682-5414 or go to www.sfaconcord.org.

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