San Ramon Christian Academy recently held a "change drive," which it does several times a year for different causes, according to Leslie Knight, the student in charge. Some of the causes have been for its sister school, the San Francisco Christian Academy in the Tenderloin, and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. The last change drive for the year is raising money for "International Justice Mission," which works at freeing modern day slaves, Leslie said.
First-grader Samantha Gotz put up a snack stand at her brother's baseball game to help raise money for Loose Change to Loosen Chains, Ending Modern Day Slavery. She had waters, donuts, peanuts and sunflower seeds and a sign reading, "Donations Welcome."
"She had a successful day and raised $63.85!" reported Leslie. "This is one young girl making a difference! Way to go, Samantha!"
Alamo students chosen for Innerspark
Two Alamo residents - Alyssa Lempesis, a student at San Ramon Valley High School, and Theodore Urdea, a student at Acalanes High - are among nine Contra Costa County students who have been selected to participate in an intensive pre-professional training program at Innerspark, the California State Summer School for the Arts. It will be held at the campus of the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.
The California State Summer School for the Arts (InnerSpark) is a rigorous, pre-professional, month-long training program in the visual and performing arts, creative writing, animation and film for talented artists of high school age. Alyssa was chosen for the discipline of creative writing; Theodore, for theater.
The Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County is sponsoring a public recognition ceremony for the Contra Costa students at the May 22 meeting of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, at 9:30 a.m. The Board Chambers are located at 651 Pine St., Martinez.
Honors for software service
Assemblyman Guy Houston (R, San Ramon) honored Autonomic Software for its commitment to providing innovative technology, managed services, and educational seminars to help small businesses protect their business information networks. The certificate of honor was presented at a seminar in Danville on April 26.
"Autonomic Software is committed to providing an ongoing educational program to small and medium businesses to help them understand and manage the security of their business networks," said Tony Gigliotti, CEO and President, Autonomic Software. "Businesses need to understand what they are dealing with in order to keep their networks secure."
Time for tools at the museum
Got tools? Bring your antique tools to the Museum of the San Ramon Valley from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, May 19, and meet with an expert and other tool enthusiasts. The event is being held in conjunction with the current exhibit, "Out of the Attic," which includes a recently acquired collection of 106 tools from the turn of the century donated by long-time resident Howard Ferreira. Historic clothing, photographs and documents are also on display during this exhibit, which runs through May 31. The museum is located at 205 Railroad Ave., Danville. Call 837-3750.
Student writer can win $1,000
The Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County is assisting the California Arts Council with a short story writing contest designed to encourage young people to create literature by reflecting on their lives and emotional experiences to create literature. High school juniors are eligible to enter the competition to describe an emotional journey in an 800-word story. The student winner will receive $1,000 with the winner's school library getting another $1,000. The deadline for the story, submitted in hard copy and electronically, is June 1. For information, go to www.cac.ca.gov/mycastoryslam/.