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Antioch School Board Trustee Ruehlig compliments school concerts, music programs

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Deer Valley High School recently held its Jazz Ensemble during which members of their instrumental music groups performed. Photo by AUSD – See more photos of the various school concerts on the district’s Facebook page.

Dear Editor:

This holiday season brings the usual cheer, but adds a personal festive exclamation point with the local bounty of school concerts.  I was personally privileged to attend the Black Diamond Middle, Antioch and Deer Valley High Schools and Dozier Libbey Medical School combined concert and the Park Middle Schools performance. We had heard about the overflowing 1,300 students at elementary schools taking band but now we tasted the fruit of that pipeline.

We’re in our third year with music alive and well in the AUSD and are reaping benefits in more ways than one.  As might be expected, motivation took a hit when the heart and sound that can soften the daily grind was taken from the schools to save dollars and allow doubling down on core subjects. Granted, reading and math remain fundamental, but face it, for many kids, music or sports are the sole connection and engagement keeping them from truancy.

Aside, though, from increased attendance and GPA, we’ve noticed that, in and of itself, music is aiding academics as a sort of super brain food, bringing a plethora of values.  No surprise to us music lovers as poll any group of physicians or engineers and you will find that an amazing number of these hi-achievers had studied music in their formative years.

You see, in one sense music is pure math. Understanding beat, rhythm and scales helps children learn how to divide, create fractions and recognize patterns.  It sharpens special, temporal skills associated with math comprehension.   Essentially, then, music is a sort of hard wiring for all kinds of basic and advanced math.

Studying music also instills short and long-term memory aides by using mnemonic devices.  It also physically develops the left side of the brain, the part involved in language acquisition.

Music employs multiple skill sets, exercising eyes and ears and both larger and smaller muscle sets. Certain instruments, like percussion, develop timing, coordination, motor skills and ambidexterity. Call it sports in a chair.

Good news moms and dad; a 2007 study by Christopher Johnson at the University of Texas showed students in elementary schools having superior musical programs scored 22% higher on standardized English tests.

So-called soft skills, cited by employers as invaluable workplace skills, also mature. Musical student attendance is cumulatively higher and discipline rates less. Poise under pressure and accepting and giving constructive criticism also benefit. The habits of discipline, perseverance and the ability to demonstrate deferred gratification also develop.

Musical students learn teamwork and collaboration in group performance, and how to patiently wait their turn and respectfully listen to others.  They also broaden horizons as they are introduced to various genres, styles and cultures.

We might ask, how, then, does our child pick a chosen instrument?  Treat it like a petting zoo and let your child explore for the right sound, feel and temperamental fit. Make sure the challenge is appropriate, the price affordable, and that you, the parent, can live for endless hours without going crazy over home practice of that instrument. Drums, after all, may not fit us all.

Thankfully, with School Board support, and LCAP funding, we have welcomed back the spiritual soundtrack of our lives.  The enrichment surely can’t hurt our kids and our collective humanity. It’s an opportunity to celebrate as we affirm Frederick Nietzsche’s charge that “without music, life would be a mistake.”

Walter Ruehlig, Trustee, Antioch School Board

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Enjoy the Christmas Extravaganza at Lone Tree Golf & Event Center, Saturday, Dec. 23

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

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Get your tickets for The Nutcracker at El Campanil Theatre in December

Friday, December 8th, 2017

The Ballet Company of East County presents The Nutcracker

Friday December 15     7:00 pm

Saturday December 16   3:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Sunday December 17   12:00 pm  & 4:00 pm

Reserved Seating.  Performance Length: 1 hour 15 minutes

Tickets: Orchestra (Ground Level): $20, Loge (1st Level Upstairs): $18, Opera (2nd Level Upstairs): $16  https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=79145

Scouts can receive a scout patch.  Remember to order it while checking out.

Come Celebrate With Us! The Ballet Company of East County is celebrating its 13th anniversary presentation of The Nutcracker. This timeless holiday classic is sure to delight your entire family

Special meet and greet opportunities! (Before the Saturday 7:00 pm & Sunday 4:00 pm shows).

About Convenience Fees: You can buy tickets for no additional fees at the box office. The Box Office is open Monday – Friday from 10 am – 2 pm and one hour before each performance.

If you choose to order by phone, the convenience fee is $2 for the entire order. If you choose to order online 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, the convenience fee is $1.50 per ticket.

About Ticket Delivery Fees: There is No Ticket Delivery Fee if you choose to receive your tickets by email or will-call. There is a $2 Ticket Delivery Fee if you choose to have your ticket order sent by US Mail.

El Campanil Theatre is located at 602 W. 2nd Street in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown. For tickets shop online, call 925-757-9500 or stop by the box office next door to the theater.

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See a live manger scene at Antioch Wesleyan Church’s annual Walk Thru Bethlehem Dec. 16-18

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

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See A Christmas Story, It’s A Wonderful Life films at El Campanil, Dec 2 & 3 for $5 each

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Win replica of the leg lamp “Major Award” from the movie

1983’s “A Christmas Story” The Movie 

Saturday December 2, 2017 2:00 pm

Enjoy the Lighted Holiday Parades after the movie.

Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and “this thing which tells time” (a sundial). Ralphie’s desire is rejected by his mother, his teacher Miss Shields, and even a Santa Claus at Higbee’s department store, all giving him the same warning: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

Christmas morning arrives and Ralphie dives into his presents. Although he does receive some presents he enjoys, Ralphie ultimately is disappointed that he did not receive the one thing he wanted more than anything. After it appears all of the presents have been opened, Ralphie’s father, who is referred to throughout the film as “The Old Man,” directs Ralphie to look at one last present that he had hidden. Ralphie opens it to reveal the Red Ryder gun he wanted. From this point on, hilarity ensues.

In 2012, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”

The leg lamp “Major Award’ as seen in the movie.

Runtime: 94 min, Rated: PG   Adults: $8 Seniors: $7 Students: $7.  No convenience fees with pre-purchase online

HOLIDAY SPECIAL – BUY TICKETS TO A CHRISTMAS STORY and IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Sunday Dec 3rd at 2pm) AND ONLY PAY $5 PER TICKET.  Purchase for both shows must be made at the same time

For Tickets and Video Preview, click here: https://www.elcampaniltheatre.com/A-Christmas-Story.html

It’s A Major Award … and you can win it!!!

We will be raffling an authentic 50″ replica of the famous “Major Award” Leg Lamp right after the screening of the film.  $5 per chance to win this beautiful window display. Must be present to win. Buy Raffle Tickets for $5 each along with your movie tickets online – or at the door.

It’s A Wonderful Life ~ The Movie 

​Sunday December 3, 2017  2:00 pm – Director Frank Kapra’s 1946 Christmas Classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”

George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has always longed to travel but never had the opportunity in order to prevent rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town. All that prevents him from doing so is George’s modest building and loan company, which was founded by his generous father. But on Christmas Eve, George’s Uncle Billy loses the business’s $8,000 while intending to deposit it in the bank. Potter finds the misplaced money and hides it from Billy. When the bank examiner discovers the shortage later that night, George realizes that he will be held responsible and sent to jail and the company will collapse, finally allowing Potter to take over the town. Thinking of his wife, their young children, and others he loves will be better off with him dead, he contemplates suicide. But the prayers of his loved ones result in a gentle angel named Clarence coming to earth to help George, with the promise of earning his wings.

 

Runtime: 118 min, ​Rated: PG   Adults: $8 Seniors: $7 Students: $7.  No convenience fees when ordering online

​HOLIDAY SPECIAL – BUY TICKETS TO IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and A CHRISTMAS STORY (Saturday Dec 2nd at 2pm) AND ONLY PAY $5 PER TICKET.  Purchase for both shows must be made at the same time

For Tickets and Video Preview click here: https://www.elcampaniltheatre.com/Its-A-Wonderful-Life.html

El Campanil Theatre is located at 602 W. 2nd Street in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown. For tickets shop online, call 925-757-9500 or stop by the box office next door to the theater.

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Hotel California Eagles tribute band to play El Campanil Theatre, Friday Dec. 1

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

The Eagles tribute band Hotel California will perform at Antioch’s El Campanil Theatre on Friday night, Dec. 1. Herald file photo.

Concert is at 8:00 pm

HOTEL CALIFORNIA “A Salute to the Eagles” was founded with the intent of filling the void left by the demise of The Eagles in 1982. By blending their extraordinary vocal and musical talents, HOTEL CALIFORNIA faithfully and accurately reproduces the sound of the Eagles studio recordings while recreating a classic sound which undeniably transcends the boundaries of Rock, R&B, and Country while delivering a modern, action packed performance that brings this timeless music into the new millennium.

This band, comprised of five respected, multi-talented top music industry professionals, presents a dynamic exciting show saluting the music of The Eagles, a supergroup whose music has proven to have a staying power that few bands lay claim to. Finally, audiences can once again experience the energy and magic of this timeless music.

This concert presents an exciting showcase of The Eagles mega-hits such as “Take it Easy”, “Heartache Tonight”, and “Hotel California” as well as newer releases “Get Over It” and “Love will Keep Us Alive”. The group also performs select titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh.

This timeless music is appealing to audiences of all ages, bringing back memories and touching the hearts of every generation. So, join us now on a trip down a dark desert highway, feel the cool wind in your hair, and experience the Grammy Award winning sounds that defined a generation.

Relax…It’s time to check into the HOTEL CALIFORNIA.

All Ages. Reserved Seating ~ Tickets: Adults: $27, Seniors (62 & Over): $25, Youth (Under 18): $10 https://www.elcampaniltheatre.com/hotel-california.html  ​No convenience fees – Save time later – Buy Online Now.

El Campanil Theatre is located at 602 W. 2nd Street in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown. For tickets shop online, call 925-757-9500 or stop by the box office next door to the theater.

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Ronnie Laws performs live at Southern Cafe in Rivertown following the lighted parades, Saturday, Dec. 2

Friday, November 24th, 2017

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Haunted House Sat & Sun Oct 28 & 29 to benefit Dallas Ranch Middle School students

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

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