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15th Annual JF Kapnek 5/K Fun Run Supports Education and Wellness for Zimbawe Children
The 15th annual JF Kapnek Trust Family Fun ...

Burton Valley fifth-grader advances to GeoBee state finals
Burton Valley Elementary School fifth-grader Jacob Jo won this year's National Geographic GeoBee at his school and passed the qualification test to enter the state finals. According to its website, The National Geographic GeoBee includes three levels of competition; ...Submitted by Diane Hong

The College Admissions Scam
The recent college admissions scandal that was revealed in a March 12 New York Times article quickly spread to all the major news media. The article reported how William Singer, a businessman who owns the Edge College & Career Network, also known as The Key, opened a ...By Elizabeth LaScala

`Lamorinda Teens Read' program returns for second year
Following the successful launch of the Lamorinda Teens Read program last year, the school libraries of the Acalanes Union High School District and the Lamorinda community libraries of Contra Costa County have teamed up again to offer "One Community, One Book" to local ...By John T. Miller

With summer fast approaching, lifeguard slots open at regional parks
Ever consider becoming a lifeguard over the summer? If so, the East Bay Regional Park District is recruiting 40-60 new full-time lifeguards for the 2019 swim season at its 11 facilities in the East Bay. But the application process isn't easy. Participants must swim ...By John T. Miller

PCO performs `Schubert - The Sublime' at LLLC
Pacific Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Lawrence Kohl, will perform Schubert's Octet, Ravel's Introduction and Allegro, and Fran‡aix's Dixtuor, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23 in the Community Hall at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.
Submitted by Lawrence Kohl

Acalanes alum speaks to local teens about anxiety
Anyone who is a teenager, has a teenager or ever was a teenager can fully understand what the experts say: those teen years are difficult. Young people, perhaps more so today than in the past, are stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. A recent afterschool.com poll asked ...By Diane Claytor

Playwrights' CageMatch pits writers against one another
Over 300 playwrights from across the English speaking world entered a unique theater competition offered through Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette - all for the glory and the fun of it. The five best plays will be performed Sunday, March 24, with the audience choosing a ...By Sophie Braccini

Orinda woman honored for 30 years of volunteering for hospitalized children
The Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area honored Orinda resident Deana Freedman at the end of February with the organization's 2018 Big Red Shoe Award. Every year, RMHC Bay Area's Big Red Shoe Award is presented to a member of the extended RMHC Bay Area community ...By Sora O'Doherty

Papa John celebrates 1,000th student at chicken workshop
Proving the impact one individual can have on a community, John Kiefer, better known in these parts as Papa John, clocked his 1,000th student at his March 3 chicken workshop. It could be said his impact is far from chicken feed.
By Pippa Fisher

Part 1, Spring Break, Full Day and Overnight ...

Acalanes and Campo place 3rd and 4th in County Mock Trials Competition
For four weeks (seven evenings) 17 Contra Costa County high school Mock Trial teams have been battling it out with each other inside the superior courthouse courtrooms of Martinez during the 38th Annual Contra Costa County High School Mock Trials. Each school ...Submitted by Jonathan Lance, CCCOE

SMC grad student pens book about gang violence, revenge
While many young writers finish a new book and languish away trying to find a publisher, Darrion Theodore Carlyle, a Saint Mary's College graduate student, jumped that hurdle by forming his own company.
By John T. Miller

Family Focus
Some of the same guidelines mentioned in the last column about helping a young child cope with the death of a loved one apply to an older child as well. You will want your child to hear the sad news of a loved one's death from you, if possible. Pick a familiar setting ...By Margie Ryerson, MFT

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