Dance students from San Lorenzo and San Leandro will perform at a holiday celebration Dec. 1 at the Dunmuir-Hellman Historic House in Oakland.

Twenty students from the worlDancers of Washington Manor Middle School in the San Lorenzo school district will be joined by 57 dancers from the Ms. Wei Asian Cultural & Performing Arts Academy in San Leandro for two performances.

The Washington Manor students are among 180 who take dance classes at the school taught by Wendy Ellen Cochran. This year, the students are performing a world tour of dances from countries on the historic Silk Road: India, China, Spain, Egypt and Russia. The program is aligned with the sixth-grade social students curriculum, Cochran said.

The groups will perform at 1 and 3 p.m. as part of the festivities at the estate, which also include tours of the mansion, carriage rides, holiday shopping, pony rides, face painting crafts. Admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors and $7 for children if bought in advance; day-of tickets are $5 more. Tickets can be purchased at 510-238-3052 or www.dunsmuir-hellman.com.

Castro Valley students audit trash

A team of five students and a teacher at A Shepherd's Heart Christian School in Castro Valley sorted through a day's worth of trash earlier this month to see what could have been composted or recycled.


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The students found that of the 41 gallons of garbage, only 27 percent was actual trash and 73 percent could have been diverted.

The school is recycling or composting 11 percent more than it did last year. Shepherd's Heart installed recycling and organic bins in classrooms, the kitchen and bathrooms last year after finding that only 16 percent of what was being tossed in the trash was garbage, and 84 percent could have been recycled or composted.

The audits are part of Castro Valley Sanitary District's Green Ribbon Schools Program.

Fundraiser planned for Union City schools

A casino night has been scheduled early next year to raise money for the New Haven Unified School District.

The event's Mississippi-riverboat theme is titled "Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler," a French saying that is popular in New Orleans and means, "Let the good times roll."

The New Haven Boosters Association and the New Haven Schools Foundation, nonprofit groups that raise money for Union City schools, are hosting the fundraiser scheduled for Feb. 2.

Admission will cost $100 per ticket. Proceeds will go toward the nonprofit groups' goal of raising $100,000 this year to help pay for co-curricular and extracurricular school activities.

Those attending will be given 1,000 casino chips with which to play blackjack, roulette and a Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament. Attendees also can enjoy a buffet dinner of gourmet Southern food and beverages, including an espresso cart.

The event is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to midnight at the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church, at 32975 Alvarado-Niles Road in Union City.

For more information, email Rebecca Venable at rvenable@newhavenboosters.org or Eileen Riener at eriener@tri-ced.com.

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