Libraries getting help from Half Price Books

Half Price Books 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.

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.

CVCHS to hold crab feed fundraiser

The Clayton Valley Charter High School Athletic Booster Club will host it's 19th annual Crab Feed at 6 p.m. March 16, at Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road, Concord.

Proceeds will benefit all sports programs at Clayton Valley Charter High School.

Dinner includes fresh Dungeness crab, pasta, Caesar salad, garlic bread and refreshments.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. A no host bar will feature beer, wine and signature cocktails. Tickets are $50 per person, and can be purchased at www.cvhsboosters.org.

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.

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. Email schoolscene@bayareanewsgroup.com or fax 925-943-8362.

    DVC looks for hosts for international students

    The International Education Center at Diablo Valley is looking for families to host international students on a long- or short-term basis.

    Families get a monthly stipend of $825 per student.

    For requirements or information, contact Fia Parker at 925-876-0080, or email fparker@dvc.edu.

    Items included on a space-available basis; not all submissions published. Email schoolscene@bayareanewsgroup.com or fax 925-943-8362.