The Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club and the Contra Costa County libraries are sponsoring a free workshop for middle school students in preparation for the annual Young Writers Contest.

Contra Costa County students in grades 6, 7 and 8 are invited to attend the free workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway.

It will be led by children's authors Sarah Wilson and Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff. Visit them at www.sarahwilsonbooks.com and lizbooks@aol.com.

To reserve a space at the workshop, contact the California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch at http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/.

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    It's time to register kids in Walnut Creek for either Mt. Diablo Unified School District or the Walnut Creek district.

    Preregistration of children eligible for transitional and regular kindergarten in August 2014 will be conducted at all Mt. Diablo Unified School District elementary schools on a first-come basis for most schools from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., beginning Feb. 4.

    Kindergarten registration for the Cornerstone Family School program will be 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 4, at Ygnacio Valley Elementary. Only children from the waiting list who have received phone confirmation may register on that day.


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    Children who will reach the age of 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2014 are eligible for kindergarten in August. Children who will reach the age of 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2, 2014, are eligible for transitional kindergarten in August.

    For more information, go to www.mdusd.org.

    The Walnut Creek School District will hold an orientation for soon-to-be kindergarten parents and those with preschoolers ready to enter transitional kindergarten. The meeting will be held 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Walnut Creek Intermediate School library, 2425 Walnut Blvd. RSVP to Sandy Miller at 925-944-6850, Ext. 2000 by Feb. 7.

    The Walnut Creek School District has set March 17-28 as the time for the district's annual kindergarten and transitional kindergarten preregistration. These early registrations help greatly in planning for class assignments. Parents of children born between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2, 2009 may register them for transitional kindergarten scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year. Registration will take place at the district office, located at 960 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. For more information contact the district office at 925-944-6850. Transitional kindergarten registration packets will be available for pickup at the district office on March 3.

    For more information, go to www.walnutcreeksd.org.

    Submit School Notes items to enardi@bayareanewsgroup.com. Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617.

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