Now is the time to weigh in on the planned aquatics and sports medicine center at Northgate High School.

The $7.5 million center will include a 40-meter pool with stadium seating, outdoor lighting and a dedicated sports medicine classroom.

The formal planning document, the Northgate High School Aquatic Center initial study and mitigated negative declaration, is open for public review and receipt of comments until Oct. 24.

Copies of the information are available for review at the district's website, www.mdusd.org, and hard copies are available at district offices 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord, the school 425 Castle Rock Road in Walnut Creek and Contra Costa County Library, Ygnacio Valley Branch, 2661 Oak Grove Road in Walnut Creek.

Written comments will be accepted until Oct. 24. Send comments to Mitchell Stark, Assistant Program Manager 2010 Measure C, 3333 Ronald Way, Concord, CA 94519 or e-mail: starkm@mdusd.org

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    Nominations will be open through the fall 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, ages 13-19 and self-identify as Jewish. They may nominate themselves, or be nominated by teachers, community leaders, rabbis, but not by family members.

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

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    Grace Cooperative Preschool will host a free parent workshop, featuring speaker Meg Zweiback, from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7, at 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek.

    Zweiback is a pediatric nurse practitioner, family counselor and coach whose work appears regularly in the Parents' Press. She will speak about ways to help children build resilience.

    The event is sponsored by the Diablo Area Council, an organization composed of local cooperative preschools, developed to support parent participation education. For questions, call 510-703-1965.

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

    The fair, which district officials hope becomes an annual event, 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 flyer for the event. It's open to students form College Park, Concord, Mt. Diablo, Northgate, Olympic, Ygnacio Valley, Nueva Vista/Summit, Prospect, Crossroads High School, Gateway and Diablo Community Day School High Schools. Students must show their ID from a MDUSD school in order to attend fair.

    To submit an item for School Notes contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at Twitter.com/enardi10.