Strike up the band to help raise money for the Walnut Creek Education Foundation.

A special benefit concert to raise money for Walnut Creek schools will be held 7 p.m. Saturday at Las Lomas High School's theater.

The "One Night Only! Play It Forward! Benefit Concert," to raise funds for the students will showcase jazz and rock and roll legends alongside a group of talented students.

Jamie Davis, a onetime vocalist with the Count Basie Orchestra, will share the stage with Lady Bianca, Leon Joyce, Glen Pearson, John Shifflett and Roger Glenn. There will also be guest appearances by the Walnut Creek Intermediate Jazz Band and members of the Las Lomas Jazz Band.

The foundation, in partnership with Unity Music Foundation, helped to make the concert possible. The cost depends on what time attendees want to enter the theater with priority seating costing $50 and senior cost at $20. To purchase tickets go to

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    Valle Verde Elementary, Walnut Acres Elementary and Walnut Heights Elementary were all named 2014 Distinguished Schools.

    The 2014 California Distinguished Schools Program focuses on California's students' right to an equitable and rigorous education, and recognizes those schools that have made progress in narrowing the academic achievement gap.

    To apply for distinguished school honors, schools must meet the criteria and then the California Department of Education invites them to apply. The process consists of a written application, which includes a comprehensive description of two of the school's signature practices and a county-led site validation review process.

    Schools selected as California Distinguished Schools will be honored in early June during regional award ceremonies.

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    The Contra Costa County Board of Education has appointed retired teacher Christine Deane as a new trustee to fill the vacancy left by the death of Board President Ellen Elster.

    The Board interviewed five applicants for the job Wednesday, then agreed to appoint Deane.

    She represents Crockett, Hercules, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Port Costa, Rodeo and parts of Alamo, Concord, Martinez, Pacheco, Pinole, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, and Walnut Creek. Her term ends in November, when she will have the option to run for a four-year term.

    Deane has a bachelor of science in family relations and child development from Syracuse University and a masters of science in correctional counseling from Chapman University, along with several credentials and certifications. She taught for 34 years, primarily in public schools in Contra Costa County.

    Staff writer Theresa Harrington contributed to this report. Submit School Notes items to Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617.