YVHS e-waste recycling to benefit Grad Night

A free e-waste recycling will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 1, in the main parking lot at Ygnacio Valley High School, 755 Oak Grove Road, in Concord.

It will benefit Grad Night 2014.

E-waste items accepted include computers, TVs, monitors, laptops, cameras, cell phones, VCRs, fax machines and printers, toner cartridges (in a plastic bag) and more.

Some items not accepted are lighting, household batteries, appliances and business waste without an appointment.

For more information, contact info@neuwaste.com, 310-734-6700.

'Notes and Noodles' helps Martinez music

"Notes and Noodles," the annual fundraiser for the music programs of the Martinez school district, returns March 14, at the Alhambra High School commons.

There will be performances by the band, orchestra and dinner from David Tendick at Smokehouse 10.

Doors open and the music starts at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will follow from 6 to 7 p.m. There will also be raffle baskets.

The event is sponsored by the nonprofit Martinez Music Boosters. Funds raised are used to give grants to elementary music programs, purchase music for jazz, orchestra and band, repair and maintain instruments, and support music in the district.


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Tickets are $15 each or two for $25, (under 10 free) and are available from any high school music student or by calling Trinka March at 925-372-8420.

Student Congressional Art Competition set

High school students are invited by Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, to participate in thel Congressional Art Competition. All high school students residing in California's 11th Congressional District can submit their work.

The competition is an opportunity for each congressional district to showcase its artistic and creative young talent. The deadline is April 14.

The winning piece from the legislative district will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. In addition, the winner and one family member will be flown to Washington D.C., courtesy of Southwest Airlines, to participate in an official reception in June.

Artwork will be featured on Miller's Facebook page and open to public judging April 28-May 2, and will be displayed in Miller's district office, if it is not selected overall winner.

For information, contact Miller's office at 925-602-1880.

YVHS annual banquet supports sports teams

Ygnacio Valley High School's annual fundraising banquet March 22 will support its sports teams.

It will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, in Walnut Creek.

The banquet will be catered by Kinder's BBQ. There will be a raffle, and live and silent auctions, with opportunities for trips to Disneyland, Hornblower dinner cruise, and water skiing on the Delta, along with San Francisco Giants and San Francisco Ballet tickets and more.

Tickets are $35 if purchased by March 1, and $40 after. For tickets and information, contact Heidi at yvhsab@gmail.com or HeidiHastings@att.net.

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.

    Items included on a space-available basis; not all submissions published. Email schoolscene@bayareanewsgroup.com or fax 925-943-8362.