Danville Express

Living - April 6, 2007

Of note

Planning for the arts

A community arts planning meeting took place recently at Richard's Crafts in Alamo Plaza, attended by Beth Batchelor, president of the Contra Costa Academy of Fine Art; Bill Carmel, president of the Danville Area Cultural Alliance; and other interested people and artists to discuss plans for a new arts facility.

The Contra Costa Academy of Fine Art is planning art programs including adult and children's classes, paint-our sessions, open studios, art exhibitions, art auctions, fashion shows and public receptions to honor local artists, contributors and supporters. For more information, call Batchelor at 837-5654 or visit www.contracostaafa.org. The next meeting, open to the public, will be at 11 a.m., Friday, April 13, at Richard's.

Grants to help kids love to read

The Rotary Club of Alamo recently presented the third annual Bob and Betty Myhre Literacy Enhancement checks. The use of the funds is restricted to books and materials that will encourage reading, and to software programs that teach geography. Bob and Betty Myhre want to encourage youngsters to "get off their X-boxes, video games, etc., and to learn the enjoyment of reading."

Checks in the amount of $1,000 each were presented Feb. 23 to Alamo Elementary School - principal Beverly Tom and librarian Marci Wehrley; Rancho Romero Elementary School - principal David Gold and librarian Linda Mailho; and Stone Valley Middle School - principal Shaun McElroy and librarian Irma Volenec, at the Rotary's luncheon at Round Hill Country Club.

This was the third presentation of the Myhre Literacy Grants to the three named schools. The total grant is for 17 years in the amount of $1,000 each for a grand total of $51,000.


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