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Living - October 24, 2008

Of note

Castille Zander, 11 and a sixth-grader at Stone Valley Middle School, was a State Finalist for Northern California representing Danville at the National American Miss Pageant held at the Santa Clara Hyatt in August. There were 70 girls in the pre-teen division and Castille placed Fourth Runner-Up in the Spokesmodel Competition. Her speech was "President for a Day," and she talked about her favorite causes: conserving energy by changing light bulbs, animal shelters that help abused and abandoned pets, and The Make A Wish Foundation. Now she qualifies to go to the National Pageant in November to compete against finalists from all over the United States.

Castille plays the flute and also enjoys lacrosse, tennis, hiking and swimming, as well as performing and singing with the Sunshine Vocal Group. She performed at the Danville Hay Days Talent Show held at the Veteran's Hall, where she sang a song by Kelly Pickler, "Things That Never Cross A Man's Mind." She is the daughter of Lisa and Aaron Zander.

Chris Erbe has been named as the new Executive Director of the San Ramon Valley School Age Child Care Alliance. The alliance operates 12 after-school childcare facilities under the name of Kids' Country on elementary school campuses in the School District.

"It is quite an honor to work in such a vibrant and successful organization like Kids' Country," said Erbe. "Kids' Country has a great reputation for providing outstanding after school programming for children in a fun, affordable, safe, and convenient environment. Its commitment to enrichment, diversity, discovery, and growth mirror the characteristics and values of the community as well as the excellent school system that partners with Kids' Country:"

"Chris Erbe has extensive public school and nonprofit executive experience," said Loucy DeAtley, vice president of the board of directors and head of the search committee. "Until earlier this year, Chris led the turnaround of a mental health agency in crisis, Child Haven (Fairfield), after several years of supervising the contracts with Solano County of eight Family Resource Centers. He had previously served as the executive director of the Las Vegas Inner City Games, providing after-school and weekend recreational programming for at-risk youth."

Erbe also devoted nearly 30 years to teaching in public schools, as a dean or principal for most of those years, including a stint as the principal of a middle school in Kuwait. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Erbe replaces Len Heid who retired from the alliance in May 2008. The San Ramon Valley School Age Child Care Alliance was established in 1985 as a community response to the need for quality before- and after-school child care.

The National Charity League Vista Oak class of 2009 helped sort and mail Christmas Stockings to Macedonian Outreach, which serves countries including Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania and Serbia with basic needs such as food, clothing, equipment and medical supplies. The nonprofit organization was founded by Danville residents Vula and Haig Rushdonny. Our NCL Vista Oak Chapter made and filled more than 300 Christmas stockings to send to the Balkans for Christmas.

The Senior Class of 2009 includes Katherine Boomer, Meghan Hammitt, Erin Morra, Katie Prakash, Kelsey Moss, Lindsay Forrest, Jovanna Pieri, Kristen Pries, Julia Drimmer, Kendyl Bachelor, Hailey Harrington, Natalie Moore, Morgan Chace, Courtney Monheit and Kaylee Schantz.