Financial workshop held at Las Lomas

Christine Fields Dillow, president and CEO of Metro 1 Credit Union, will hold the second of two sessions Nov. 20 on "Using the Bank instead of Mom and Dad."

The event will discuss credit, auto loans, hidden fees and identity theft. It will be held at 7 p.m. in the Las Lomas High School theater. For more information, contact Karen Schroter at

Participants can register at

— Paul Thissen

Counselor to discuss how parents can stay connected to teens

Heidi Felt, a counselor at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, will facilitate a discussion of the book, "Staying Connected to Your Teenager" by Michael Riera.

The event will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 2, in the library of Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School.

— Paul Thissen

Highway Patrol hosts teen driving class

The California Highway Patrol will offer a class about road safety for parents and students at 5:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 2, in the theater of Miramonte High School.

Parents and students must attend the two-hour class together. The session discusses responsible driving and real-life scenarios. It will also include information on California driving laws which apply to teens.


Participants should register at

— Paul Thissen

Las Lomas to screen drunken driving film

Las Lomas High School Principal Pat Lickiss and the Walnut Creek Police Department will show and discus the film, "Every 15 Minutes," about the consequences of drinking and driving, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1, in the Las Lomas theater.

The videotape contains graphic material and is unsuitable for young audiences. Registration at is optional.

— Paul Thissen

Stanley band teacher Athayde honored

Stanley Middle School band teacher Bob Athayde won a $10,000 award for being named one of three outstanding Contra Costa teachers by the Warren W. Eukel Trust.

Athayde has taught music for 31 years and built a successful band program at Stanley. His students have won national awards from DownBeat magazine and the Monterey Jazz Festival/NeXT Generation Festival. He also founded the Lafayette Summer Music Workshop, a summer jazz camp.

Athayde has already received the California Music Educators' Association's award for Outstanding California Band Teacher.

— Paul Thissen

Acalanes district honors volunteers

The Acalanes high school district named seven volunteers as winners of the Su Stauffer Friend of Education Award, named for a volunteer who helped the music program at Acalanes High School in the 1970s and went on to help start foundations to help the schools that did not receive enough money from the state. The honorees are:

  • Sandi Smith-Grove, Acalanes High School, for all her volunteer efforts, including help at Dons Days

  • Jacqueline Allen, Acalanes Adult Education Center, for her work with adults with disabilities

  • Craig Isaacs, Campolindo High School, for his work as a sports booster, parents' club board member, Web master and more

  • John Coakley, Del Oro High School, for his volunteer work with math classes

  • Emily Schardt, Las Lomas High School, for her volunteer work and for serving as executive director of the Walnut Creek Education Foundation

  • Marsha Harris, Miramonte High School, for her work with the healthy choices committee and other initiatives

  • Leonard Krauss, districtwide, for his work with computer courses and the Acalanes Adult Education Center and more

    — Paul Thissen

    Oversight committee finds bond money well spent

    The oversight committee for the Acalanes high school district's Measure B bonds concluded that the district has finished all the projects promised under the measure in a fiscally responsible and timely manner, according to a release from the district.

    The district made the most of its money by getting local money to qualify for state matching funds, refinancing bonds to lower interest rates and by making sure projects were finished quickly.

    "Having chaired the Citizens' Oversight Committee for Measure B, I've seen firsthand how the district works to optimize every dollar to bring about the timely completion of facility upgrades. I have every confidence that the district is fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars," said Art Kapoor in the release.

    Kapoor chaired the Measure B Citizens' Oversight Committee for the past five years and will join the Lafayette School District's board later this year.

    — Paul Thissen

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