Math questions? Get help at forum

Elementary and middle school parents trying to help their children with math are invited to a free math forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 25 at Sequoia Middle School, 265 Boyd Road, Pleasant Hill.

Philip Gonsalves, a Cal State East Bay math professor who also provides professional development for middle school teachers in the Mt. Diablo School District, will be the presenter at the program hosted by the Pleasant Hill Education/Schools Advisory Commission.

The focus will be on best practices for learning not just how to do math, but why math makes sense, and providing tips for parents to use at home to help their children.

Reservations are appreciated. Register at www.MathForum.homestead.com. For more information, contact Martin Nelis, Pleasant Hill public information officer, at mnelis@ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us.

Writer workshop for middle school

Authors Sarah Wilson and Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff will hold a free writer's workshop for middle school students from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 30, at the Concord Library, 2900 Salvio St.

A session is also planned from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 6, at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek.

To register, visit http://mtdiablowriters.org/.

Used book sale at Gregory Gardens

The Green Gator Used Book Sale will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 15, and 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. Jan. 16, at Gregory Gardens Elementary School, 1 Corritone Court, Pleasant Hill.

Children's and adult books will be for sale, with paperbacks $1, hard covers and DVDs priced at $2.

Specialty items and children's artwork is up to $25. Bake sale items are 50 cents to $7; EcoMetro book guides are $20; and ChicoBags are $6.

The event is a fundraiser for the school library.

College Park plans its 50th

A 50th anniversary celebration is planned for July 9-11 at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill.

A decades celebration for graduates of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s is from 5 p.m. to midnight July 9, at the Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive.

On July 10, a campus open house is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a 1990s and 2000s decades celebration will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight, also at the community center.

A picnic on campus, along with a decades event, is planned for July 11.

For those interested in being a decades captain or working on a committee, contact both Principal Barbara Oaks at oaksb@mdusd.k12.ca.us and Jerry Pollard at jerrypollard@yahoo.com.

Open house, book fair at St. Agnes

St. Agnes Elementary School is hosting an open house and book fair following the 9 a.m. Mass on Jan. 31. Visitors can meet teachers, tour the campus and stop by the book fair in the library.

Applications for the 2010-2011 school year will be available at the event and will be accepted through February. Testing for new students will take place Saturday, Feb. 27.

St. Agnes, located at 3886 Chestnut Ave., Concord, has been offering children a Catholic education since 1967. For information, call 925-689-3990 or visit www.stagnesconcord.com.

YV Christian to hold open house

Ygnacio Valley Christian School will have an open house at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at 4977 Concord Blvd., Concord.

Visitors can meet Principal Bob Johnson and the staff, take a tour and talk with current families.

For information, call 922-798-3131.

Queen of All Saints information

Residents can learn about Queen of All Saints School during an Information Day planned for 3 p.m. Jan. 31. A family Mass will be held at 5 p.m.

The school located at 2391 Grant St., Concord, offers small class sizes and individualized attention and activities such as sports, drama, cooking, art, guitar, computer technology, and a before- and after-school activity center.

For information, call 925-685-8700 or visit www.qasconcord.org.

Concord High crab feed

Concord High School Athletic Boosters will host its annual crab feed from 6 p.m. to midnight, Feb. 6, at Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road.

The event includes a no host bar, dancing, raffle, and a live and silent auction.

Tickets are $50 per person and are on sale at www.concordhighschool.net/chsathletics/crabfeed.html. The deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Proceeds benefit sports programs at Concord High. For information or to make a donation, contact pharring17@aol.com or jemsprague@sbcglobal.net.

Substance abuse poster contest set

Concord and Clayton area students are invited to participate in the 12th annual Substance Abuse Poster Contest sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Concord Council 6038. The contest is ongoing through Jan. 26.

Age groups are 8-11 and 12-14 in two categories, "Drug Abuse Awareness" or "Alcohol Abuse Awareness." Posters must be 11 x 17, in color or charcoal. Charcoal posters must be covered.

Schools will compete for the chance to represent the Concord Council and progress to the Oakland Diocese Chapter Regional competition, with winners advancing to state and international competition.

Trophies are awarded to the winners at the school, council and chapter levels. Cash awards are given at the state and international levels.

For information, contact Claire Tryon, poster chairman, at 925-673-8564 or e-mail greyeototo@sbcglobal.net.

Kindergarten registration for Martinez Unified

The Martinez Unified School District will conduct kindergarten registration for the 2010-2011 school year on the following dates and times:

John Muir Elementary, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2; John Swett Elementary, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4; Morello Park Elementary, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, all at the Martinez Unified District Office, 921 Susana St.

Registration for Las Juntas Elementary will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 4105 Pacheco Blvd., Martinez.

Registration packets are available at all elementary school sites. For information, call 925-335-5917.

Plan to preregister for kindergarten

Preregistration of children eligible for kindergarten in August, will be conducted in all Mt. Diablo Unified School District elementary schools on a first-come basis starting Feb. 2.

Preregistration of children to attend kindergarten at Monte Gardens Elementary will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 14. Only children from the waiting list who have received written confirmation will be registering on that day.

Sequoia Elementary will hold kindergarten registration from 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 26. Students will be called from the waiting list and given specific instructions as to what is needed.

Kindergarten registration for the Cornerstone Family School program will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 2. Only children from the waiting list who have received phone confirmation may register on that day.

Children who will reach the age of 5 on or before Dec. 2, 2010, are eligible for kindergarten in August. Parents should bring the following documents: an original birth certificate or other official documentary proof of the child's birth date; three original documents to verify where the child resides (one must be a photo ID); and a written immunization record from a health care provider indicating that all immunization requirements have been met.

Bring any completed school entry physical examination and dental examination.

Visit the district Web site at www.mdusd.k12.ca.us or call your child's school to verify documents needed as proof of residency and for information on immunization requirements.

Apply for Diller awards by Feb. 19

Until Feb. 19, California teenagers 13-19 can be nominated for the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards with the $36,000 award to be used however the recipient wishes.

The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards recognize teens who have distinguished themselves as leaders and have initiated community service projects that impact their communities.

Any teacher, civic leader, or nonfamily member may nominate, and the individual may nominate him or herself.

Forms are available at http://www.sfjcf.org/diller/teenawards/; by calling 415-512-6432, or by e-mailing dillerteens@sfjcf.org.

Teens must self-identify as Jewish, though their community service projects can benefit the general community, and must be residents of California at the time of nomination.

Tikkun olam is the Hebrew phrase that literally means "repair the world."

Scholarships for students with disabilities

The California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc. board of trustees will offer more than $40,000 in undergraduate educational scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic year.

The financial needs-based and academic use scholarship is intended for undergraduate work at a licensed vocational school, accredited community college, or four-year college.

The funds are to cover academic expenses, which include tuition, books, lab fees and on-campus room and board only.

Recipients can reapply each year. If qualified, they can receive up to a total of four years of assistance.

Applicants must be a United States citizen and resident of California or Hawaii; have a physical, neurological, visual or hearing impairment, and/or speech-language disorder; and be a senior in high school, a high school graduate or have passed the General Educational Development Examination or California High School Proficiency Examination.

Get applications — for the upcoming academic year — at www.chea-elks.org.

They must be postmarked on or before March 15, 2010, and received in the office of the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project in Fresno.

Openings now at Pixie Play School

Pixie Play School, 1797 Ayers Road, Concord, has immediate openings for its half-big class (minimum age 2.4 years by Sept. 30).

The class meets 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuition is $90 per month.

The pre-K class (minimum age 3.4 years by Sept. 30) meets from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Tuition is $130 per month.

The school also offers an enrichment program from noon to 2:15 p.m. Mondays and/or Wednesdays.

Parents can choose one day for $35 per month or two days for $70 per month.

For more about the parent participation preschool, visit www.pixieplayschool.org or call 925-689-4030 to arrange a tour.

Youth food drive seeks participants

Youth service groups may now volunteer and request collection sites for the eighth annual youth food drive to be held Saturday, March 6.

Girl Scouts, youth ministries, and 4-H Clubs will be participating.

Youth service groups will go door to door to collect nonperishable food and return it to a collection site or the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

To sign up, visit www.youthservicecouncil.com, click on Food Drive. For information, call 925-998-6513.

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