CHS Mardi Gras dinner dance fundraiser set

A Concord High School Mardi Gras Dinner Dance fundraiser will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 22, at the Clarion Hotel, 1050 Burnett Ave., in Concord.

The Concord High jazz bands and orchestra will be featured. There will also be an auction and raffle.

Tickets are $30 each through Jan. 31, and $35 thereafter. Contact Theresa Dowd at trephone@gmail.com or call 925-586-0889.

Proceeds benefit the Concord High Instrumental Music program and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

Libraries getting help from Half Price Books

Half Price Books, committed to promoting literacy, is helping out school libraries through a Half Pint Schools giveaway through Feb. 17. Parents and educators can register their school at http://www.hpb.com/schools and share how their school would use a $100 Half Price Books gift card to enhance their school library. One East Bay winner will be randomly selected on March 4.

YVHS e-waste recycling to benefit Grad Night

A free e-waste recycling will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 1, in the main parking lot at Ygnacio Valley High School, 755 Oak Grove Road, in Concord.

It will benefit Grad Night 2014.


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E-waste items accepted include computers, TVs, monitors, laptops, cameras, cell phones, VCRs and DVDs, fax machines and printers, toner cartridges (in a plastic bag) and more.

Some items not accepted are lighting, household batteries, appliances and business waste without an appointment.

For more information, contact info@neuwaste.com, 310-734-6700.

Clayton Valley boosters host annual crab feed

The 20th annual Crab Feed & Auction will be held Saturday, March 15, at Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road in Concord.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. A raffle and auction will immediately follow dinner and there will also be dancing.

The fundraising event is hosted by the Clayton Valley Charter High School Athletic Booster Club. All those attending must be at least 21 years old.

Dinner includes Dungeness crab, pasta, Caesar salad, bread and dessert, and beer, wine and martinis are available for purchase.

Tickets are $50 each -- $60 after March 7 -- and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. They are available through any of the CVCHS sports teams or can be ordered online at www.cvhsbooster.org.

For more information, contact athleticboosters@claytonvalley.org, www.cvhsboosters.org or call 925-338-1101.

Crab feed is to benefit the Concord High choir

A Concord High School Choir fundraiser is planned from 6 to 10 p.m. March 2, at Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road, Concord.

There will be dancing, a raffle and silent auction. Dinner includes crab, pasta, salad, bread, coffee. A no-host bar offers beer, wine, and soda.

Tickets are $45 each or $400 for a table of 10. No tickets are sold at the door.

For tickets and information, call Rolynne Manalac, 925-788-9456 or email chschoirtickets@gmail.com.

Mountain View PFC is offering scholarships

The Mountain View Elementary School Parent/Faculty Club is offering its annual $500 scholarship to any student who attended Mountain View, completing at least the fifth grade, and upon graduation from high school plans to attend a community or four-year college/university.

Students should submit their applications through March 15 of their senior year.

Applications are available at the Mountain View office, 1705 Thornwood Drive, Concord.

For more information, contact Jana Branscum, scholarship committee chair, at 925- 689-6450, or branscumj@mdusd.org.

VFW Post 1525 names scholarship winners

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1525 and its Ladies Auxiliary have announced winners in its 2013-2014 Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program.

Elliot Thompson, a junior at Miramonte High School in Orinda took first place and received a $500 award. He was also selected the third-place finisher at the California District 25 competition.

Anthony Caldwell, a junior at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord, took second place and a $300 prize; and Joy Koonin, earned a $200 award and third place.

Thompson and Koonin were recognized at the post's annual Christmas luncheon, while Caldwell will receive his award at the annual M. Diablo High School Military Ball where he is a cadet in the JROTC program.

The Voice of Democracy program requires entrants to write and record a three- to five-minute script on a patriotic theme. "Why I'm Optimistic About our Nation's Future" was this year's theme.

VFW Post 1525 and its Ladies Auxiliary represent 400 members from Clayton, Concord, Pinole and much of Contra Costa County.

High school students can 'Direct Change'

Student filmmakers throughout California are invited to "Direct Change" by submitting videos for a statewide contest to prevent suicide and change minds about mental illness.

The contest is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students.

These initiatives are funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority, an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

Contest requirements:

  • Open to high school students in California

  • Asks students to develop a 60-second public service announcement about suicide prevention or eliminating mental illness stigma during the 2012-2013 school year

  • Awards the winning team and associated school a $1,000 cash prize

  • Enters each school into a drawing for a free suicide prevention program

  • Recognizes students and schools at an award ceremony in Sacramento at the end of the school year.

    Students can download an entry form at www.DirectingChange.org before submitting their PSA. For each Intent to Direct form that is submitted, the student's school is entered for a chance to win a suicide prevention program.

    Entry deadline is midnight March 1.

    For information or questions, email jana@directingchange.org.

    Items included on a space-available basis; not all submissions published. Email record@bayareanewsgroup.com.