A senior at Northgate High School isn't just using her senior project as a means to graduate from high school, but to hopefully save a beloved activity and elective.

Anna Waletzko is holding the "Keeping the Beat: A Musical Fundraiser" 7 p.m. March 21 at Northgate High School's Jack Derieux Little Theatre.

For her senior project Waletzko decided to host the fundraising concert, which will feature instrumental groups from around the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and beyond, she said in a news release.

"It will be a showcase of the talent we have in our district," she said in the release.

The cost for the concert is $4 for students, $5 for adults and $10 for families. All proceeds will be donated to the Mount Diablo Music Education Foundation to help fund fourth- and fifth-grade music, which was cut from our district a few years ago. The group is currently trying to get the district to bring back elementary school music. Donations are also welcome go to http://www.mdmef.org/donateKTB.html to donate.

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    Las Lomas High School presents Frank Loesser's hilarious musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," March 20-22 and March 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. in the school theater, 1460 S. Main St., Walnut Creek.


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    Ticket prices are $10 for students and seniors, $13 for the general public, and can be purchased at the door or online at the Las Lomas Webstore at www.acalanes.k12.ca.us/laslomas. The online sales will end March 23.

    Director Taron Hensley describes the musical as the story of a young man, Finch, who works his way up the corporate ladder by "swindling, tricking, and squeaking his way by," with some romance along the way.

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    Last month, 24 teams of five students from Alameda and Contra Costa counties competed at the Regional Science Bowl at Las Positas College in Livermore. Walnut Creek's private Dorris-Eaton school in Walnut Creek had two teams participating in the Science Bowl, where complex questions are asked about all branches of the sciences and math.

    Dorris-Eaton's team one was made up of Sarabjot Bhasin, Andrew Mathis, Neha Menon, Benjamin Park and Ethan Tai; the members of team two were Andrew Kang, Audrey Lin, Alex Oh, Aaron Ouyang and Justin Tan.

    In the round robin section of the competition, team one went 5-0, and team two went 2-3 and was eliminated.

    In the elimination rounds, team one won round six, placing them in third place overall.

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    In accordance with the city's centennial celebration, all Walnut Creek students are encouraged to participate in the 2014 Student Poetry Contest.

    The Walnut Creek Library Foundation, Ygnacio Valley Library and Walnut Creek Library are asking young writers to focus on this year's theme: "100."

    Poems may be no more than 32 lines, and authors are encouraged to "think about the number 100 and what it means to you."

    The free contest is open to students ages 5 to 19, and all participants will receive a poetry contestant certificate. Winners may participate in a student poetry reading on Saturday, May 3 at the Walnut Creek Library.

    The deadline to enter is March 26. Pick up a registration packet at any Walnut Creek library or online at www.wclibrary.org/contest/

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