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Black Diamond Middle School band and orchestra perform at music festivals, receive awards

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
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The Black Diamond Middle School band and orchestra.

By John Crowder

On Saturday, March 21, three ensembles of students from Black Diamond Middle School (BDMS) performed at the 2014-2015 California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Bay Section Solo/Ensemble Music Festival at San Jose State University, achieving two excellent and one superior rating.

Then, on Friday, March 27, at the CMEA Large Ensemble Festival held at Deer Valley High School (DVHS), both the Advanced Orchestra and the Festival Band received awards. Superior is the highest rating possible, and Excellent the second-highest.

Excellent ratings were earned by the String Trio of Jeremiah Franco, Joseph Griego and Sophia Thoman and the Woodwind group of Tiffany Danh, Brianna Keleti, Tia Zaiser, and Julian Uy. The superior rating was earned by the Percussion Duo of Abraham Moina and Patrick Queiroz.

A composite Superior Rating in performance and an excellent rating in sight-reading was achieved by the Advanced Orchestra. The Festival Band topped the rankings, and earned the coveted Unanimous Superior rating in performance, and another Superior in sight-reading.

The talented students making up the music groups will be performing in concert at the BDMS Open House, 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 7, then again on Tuesday, May 12, at the BDMS Spring Concert.

Phyllis James, principal at BDMS, credited the hard work of music teacher Damian Ting for much of the success of the music program.

His caring and concern for our students is only surpassed by his love of music,” she said.

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Volunteers needed for 2015 Contra Costa County Fair, get free entry into the Fair

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Contra Costa Fair logo full 300x264 Volunteers needed for 2015 Contra Costa County Fair, get free entry into the FairThe Contra Costa County Fair is currently looking for individuals interested in volunteering at the 2015 Contra Costa County Fair, May 28th – May 31st.

Contra Costa County Fair volunteers play an important role in helping to make the annual Fair a success. Plus, the Fair is a great place to give your time, learn something new, and have some fun.

The Fair is looking for volunteers to help in the exhibit department, livestock area, agricultural education, fairgrounds classroom and museum, gardens, and office.

Teen and adult volunteers are encouraged to participate. Volunteer applications are now available at www.ContraCostaFair.com. (See bottom of web site). Simply fill out the form and return it to the Fair office by Friday, May 15, 2015.

This year’s Contra Costa County FAIRadise is May 28th – May 31st.

For information, visit www.ContraCostaFair.com or call the Fair Office at (925) 757-4400.

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Time to enter your exhibits in the 2015 Contra Costa County Fair

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Contra Costa Fair logo full 300x264 Time to enter your exhibits in the 2015 Contra Costa County FairEnter at the Fair Office or on-line – it’s fun and easy!

Want to enter something in this year’s Contra Costa County Fair? Imagine the thrill of winning a blue ribbon at the Fair for a special talent. Think you own the best pig, bake the most delicious apple pie, make a beautiful quilt, or have an uncanny knack for making crafts? Be sure to enter the Contra Costa County Fair’s competitive exhibits – and join the thousands of Contra Costa County residents who enter exhibits each year in the Fair. There are hundreds of categories and specialty contests for adults and children.

Now is the time to complete the paperwork for those entries. The Contra Costa County Fair’s Exhibit Handbook, which includes all the information you need to enter exhibits, is now available on the Fair’s website at www.ContraCostaFair.com. Both paper entries and online entries are currently being accepted. Simply visit the Fair Office in Antioch or log-on to the Fair’s website at www.ContraCostaFair.com to complete the entry process.

The Fair is accepting paper entries until April 25th and on-line entries will be accepted until May 1. In order to accommodate exhibitors, the Fair Office will be open from 8am – 5pm on April 25th to accept paper entries. If you prefer to enter online, visit the Fair’s website from now until May 1st at midnight to complete the process.

This year’s Contra Costa County Fair is May 28th – May 31st. For information, visit www.ContraCostaFair.com or call the Fair Office at (925) 757-4400. If you’re interested in receiving a copy of the Fair’s free electronic newsletter, visit the Fair’s website to sign up.

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Three Still Standing comedy film screening and stand-up at California Theatre in Pittsburg, Saturday night, April 18

Friday, April 17th, 2015

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Includes Pittsburg native Johnny Steele

Award-Winning “3 Still Standing” Film Screening

with Live Comedy from the Stars

Saturday, April 18, 2015 8:00PM

with After Party at EJ Phair

Three stand-up comedians seek fame and fortune in the hottest comedy scene in the world: San Francisco in the 1980s. There they meet rising stars Robin Williams and Dana Carvey. Success, it seems, is just one good stand-up performance away. Soon, Will Durst, Larry ‘Bubbles’ Brown and Johnny Steele are being courted by agents and studios. We follow them on a 30-year journey that is both hilarious and moving, through comedy’s boom and bust, and into their current scramble to survive as artists. 3 Still Standing offers a rare glimpse into the art and business of making people laugh.

After the screening the three stars, Larry ‘Bubbles’ Brown, Will Durst, and Pittsburg native Johnny Steele, will present comedy and commentary about the film. This is a night you don’t want to miss.

Performance(s):
Saturday, April 18, 2015 8:00 PM

Ticket(s):
Single tickets are $25

Tickets with after party at EJ Phair are $41

For more information, visit www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com.

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Brazil night returns to Tailgaters in Antioch this Saturday, April 18

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

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Contra Costa County Fair runs May 28 through May 31, 2015 in Antioch

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

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Exciting arena events, a concert series, carnival rides, livestock, exhibits and more!

Mark your calendar for this year’s Contra Costa County Fair happening May 28th through May 31st, at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch.

Contra Costa Fair logo full 300x264 Contra Costa County Fair runs May 28 through May 31, 2015 in AntiochWelcome to FAIRadise, is the theme for a fun planned four day event for Fair- goers of all ages. The Contra Costa County Fair is the perfect place to enjoy live entertainment, exciting arena events, delicious food, carnival rides, animals, and hundreds of exhibits – all in a community-friendly environment and at affordable prices!

For main stage entertainment, the Fair’s 2015 concert series features Summer Beach Party and Chris Gardner Band on Thursday, May 28th, Superlicious performing on Friday, May 29th, Journey Unauthorized performing Friday, May 29th & Saturday, May 30th, Metalachi and Cover Me Badd also on Saturday, May 30th, and Hispanic Musical Celebration on Sunday, May 31st.

All concerts are FREE with admission to the Fair.

While visiting the Fair, enjoy other highlights such Circus Imagination, Splash Dogs, Great American Duck Races, Wood Carvers, Undead Betty Roller Derby, Stock Car Races, Livestock and more!!!

Visit www.contracostafair.com for more information. The fairgrounds are located at 1201 West 10th Street in Antioch.

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Antioch’s Lenard “The Kyd” Jackson to star in “My Block” musical at LMC in April

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

My Block Antiochs Lenard “The Kyd” Jackson to star in “My Block” musical at LMC in AprilBeginning Thursday, April 16 the international, first hip hop musical to be performed on the West Coast entitled “My Block” will be presented at the Los Medanos College Little Theater.

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Lenard “The Kyd” Jackson

Starring actor/comedian/musician and Antioch resident Lenard “The Kyd” Jackson, this exciting love story is set amidst an all-too-real life of bad choices made between two friends and the consequences that result. Written by Federico C. Bartolo, III and directed by Nick Garcia, the play includes riveting performances, dancing and original music.

The musical runs everyday except Sunday through April 27. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m. There is one matinee on Wednesday April 22, at 10 a.m.

Tickets are available at the theater: $10 General Admission, $7 with LMC student or military ID, or $5 with high school or middle school ID.

Los Medanos College is located at 2700 E Leland Road in Pittsburg.

Pictured is Lenard The KYD Jackson and Federico C. Bartolo III

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Line dancing lessons during Country Kick-It at Tailgaters in Antioch, tonight

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

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