Students from the Bay Area could have their art work displayed in the U.S. Capitol in June.

U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, is now accepting entries for the 2013 Congressional Arts Competition for California's 11th Congressional District. Deadline for submissions is the week of April 14.

High school student artists from Miller's 11th District are invited to submit an original painting, drawing or other art form for the competition. One student's work will be selected by a judging panel of local artists to hang in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year along with student artwork from across the country. The winning student will also be flown to Washington D.C. in June for the annual Congressional Art Competition Reception.

Miller is again holding the popular "Fan Favorite" Art competition at from April 28 to May 2, with all of the artwork submitted to the Congressional Art Competition from his district. Miller encourages the artists' friends, family, classmates, teachers and principals to "like" their "fan favorite" piece of artwork. The artwork receiving the most Fan Favorite votes will be displayed in Miller's Concord district office, provided it is not also selected by the judging panel.

Entries must be original and submitted in one of several categories: Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, etc.; Drawings: colored pencils, charcoal, etc.; Paintings: oil, water colors, etc.; Mixed Media: ink, pencil, marker, etc.; Computer Generated Art; Collages created with non-original artwork; Asian Calligraphy: (black ink on rice paper) with translation, and all types of photography.

Artwork must be no larger than 28 x 28, and 4 inches deep, and weigh no more than 15 pounds including the frame.

For more information, contact Adrienne Ursino at (925) 602-1880.

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    In its 32nd year, the Walnut Acres Day Care Center is now accepting enrollment in its dynamic Summer Camp. The camp runs for nine weeks, from June 16 through Aug. 15. It takes children 4 1/2 through 12 years old, and offers a wide variety of activities including sports, arts and crafts, swimming, carpentry, nature studies and field trips around the Bay Area.

    Register online at or in person.

    The day care is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The day care offers flexible scheduling for working and non-working parents.

    To schedule a tour, call 925-932-0507 and ask for Jaime or Barry.

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

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    Northgate High School senior 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 is hosting 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.

    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 to donate.

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    Las Lomas High School presents Frank Loesser's 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.

    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 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.

    Submit School Notes items to Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617.