Japanese students are staying in Walnut Creek until Nov. 26 as part of an exchange program Seven Hills School has been doing for the past 13 years.

Students and their teachers have come from Kita City and are staying with Seven Hills eighth grade students.

During their stay, the Japanese students are visiting cultural sites in San Francisco as well as attending classes at Seven Hills and Las Lomas High School. On Nov. 18, teachers and students met with Mayor Cindy Silva.

Next summer, Seven Hills eighth graders, teachers and administrators will travel to Kita City in a continuation of this cultural exchange.

One of this year's visiting Japanese educators, Aya Iwasaki, was a student visitor in the early years of the program when she was hosted by Scott Espinosa-Brown, Head of the Seven Hills Middle School. Her experience inspired her to pursue a career in teaching, and she is now an English teacher in Tokyo.

Espinosa-Brown said in the release that the Japanese exchange program "provides an opportunity for Seven Hills families to truly experience an important aspect of our mission statement -- 'to foster respect for and responsibility to our world'."

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    Come enjoy a Shakespearean classic with a bit of a twist as Las Lomas High School presents its fall play, "Romeo and Juliet."


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    The play's final two performances are tonight and Friday, both at 7:30 p.m.

    Instead of taking place in the classic Elizabethan era, this version of the famed star-crossed-lovers tale is set in the 1940s, during World War II. It will be presented by a cast and crew of 45 Las Lomas students, mostly from the school's drama and stagecraft classes.

    The doors open at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $8 for students and seniors, and $10 for the general public.

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    In its 31st year, Walnut Acres Day Care Center has openings in its junior kindergarten program for children four years and nine months and older. This program offers an engaging curriculum that fosters creativity, self confidence and critical thinking.

    The curriculum includes formal instruction in handwriting, phonics, math, science, art carpentry, dramatic play and nature studies. The children work together daily to play, share experiences, solve problems and develop skills necessary for success in kindergarten.

    The junior kindergarten children are also encouraged to be part of the school's morning and afternoon kindergarten enrichment program. This program offers hands-on learning through yoga, art science gardening drama music and movement.

    The center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    For more information go to www.walnutacresdaycare.org. To schedule a tour, call 925-932-0507.

    The day-care is located on the Walnut Acres Elementary School campus at 450 Wiget Lane in Walnut Creek

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    It's time for Walnut Creek families to get ready to enjoy a morning run before that holiday meal.

    The 21st annual Turkey Trot, a fundraiser for Walnut Creek schools, will take place 8 a.m. Nov. 28 downtown.

    People can register now for the 5K or 10K runs and kids fun run for ages 12 and under. All sponsored by Forma Gym.

    Walnut Creek schools are given money through the Walnut Creek Education Foundation and Partners for Educational Achievement when people signing up indicate a school they support.

    Other charities that will receive donations include The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, The Wellness City Challenge, the Forma Kids Foundation and the San Pablo Corridor Coalition, which supports underprivileged children in Oakland.

    The cost ranges from $12 for the fun run to $28.

    Volunteers are needed for race preparation and on race day. To register or to learn more go to wcturkeytrot.webconnex.com/2013

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