Tianjin Childrens Palace to perform at Concord Diversity Festival May 3

The internationally acclaimed performers from the Tianjin Childrens Palace will be featured performers at the 11th Annual Diversity Festival to be held Saturday May 3st at Concord’s Todos Santos Park Plaza. Organized by the South Asian Health and Training Foundation (SABH) and the Interfaith Council of contra Costa County, this event will feature a smorgasbord of entertainment from different cultural backgrounds.

Things get started at 10am with performances beginning at 11am. There is no admission charge to the Diversity Festival which is offering different entertainment from around the world especially geared for family enjoyment. According Dr. Harmesh Kumar who is organizing this event for the last eleven years, “Having the Tianjin Childrens Palace participation will go a long way to achieving our objective of furthering understanding between people of different cultures.”

With their extensive resume of having performed around the world including Canada, England, France, and France this famous colorfully attired student group of dancers, singers, and musicians from Tianjin, convey the best of Chinese culture. Members of the Tianjin Childrens Palace are part of an after school program that was first organized in 1956. In addition to their domestic work and foreign tours, they also host groups from around the world in Tianjin each year to promote cultural understanding.

It is hoped that American Children will organize trips to China in the near future to reciprocate with the kids they are hosting. Part of the Tianjin Children’s Palace program is showing others from around the world first-hand the many facets of Chinese Culture.

Being able to attract the Tianjin Childrens Palace to be part of Concord’s Diversity Festival is a major coup for their 11th annual event. This trip was planned almost a year ago when representatives first visited the offices of Concord City government to see if there was interest in hosting the group. With strong support coming from the Chamber of Commerce and other civic groups, this visit has become a reality.

Among the features of the tentative program to be put on by the Tianjin Childrens Palace are,

1. Dragon dance: Chinese drums and music

2. Drum play: Rolling walnuts

3. Solo: South of the Rainbow

4. Tibet dance: Happiness on the Himalaya

5. Mongolia Dance: Flying Eagle

As part of the cultural exchange aspect of the visit, individual households in the area will be hosting a child for a period of 4 days during the visit. Families willing to participate in this  activity are asked to contact Dr. Harmesh Kumar 925-285-9881 Carl Yu 925-789-0268 or Rich Eber 925=518-5852 to make arrangements.

In addition to participating in the Diversity Festival, the Tianjin Childrens Palace is also performing at Six Flags Theme Park in Vallejo Sunday May 4th. The following week they are headed to Southern California to perform another program in addition to visiting Disneyland and Universal Studios.

It is hoped that if this trip proves to be successful, the Tianjin Childrens Palace will come visit the Bay Area soon and be able to host youth groups from the area as well in China

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10 things that make Concord a great place to live

It kills me to read real estate advertisements touting homes for sale in Concord near the “Walnut Creek border” This gives the impression that living in the largest city in Contra Costa County is somehow inferior to residing in surrounding communities. I disagree. Below are 10 things I like about our community. Continue reading “10 things that make Concord a great place to live”

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Concord to consider installing parking meters around Todos Santos Plaza

The Todos Santos Business Association of downtown retailers, and the City of Concord will chat up deployment of parking meters around Todos Santos plaza to help raise revenue to fund events and activities at the Plaza. Revenue would be earmarked for the farmers market, concerts, and other programs. The meeting begins May 9 at 7:45 at EJ Phairs on Salvio St. Ray Kuzbari and John Montagh representing the City will be on hand to put the bell around the cat’s neck. Continue reading “Concord to consider installing parking meters around Todos Santos Plaza”

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A Charlie Brown Christmas in Concord, Dec 5

Concord celebrates a Charlie Brown Christmas December 5, complete with the rattiest tree in Todos Santos Plaza decorated for the holidays

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When I first saw that Concord had selected the rattiest looking tree in Todos Santos Plaza for use as its upcoming Holiday Christmas Tree I could not help but think of good ol Charlie Brown’s pathetic broken potted bare stick atop Snoopy’s dog house. Compare for your self below.

xmas_treeBut wait; Concord nailed it! It is indeed a Charlie Brown Christmas themed event to be held Saturday, December 5 beginning at dusk. Blankets will be collected for STAND Against Domestic Violence, and the Concord High Jazz Band will perform music from “Charlie Brown’s Christmas,” since the animated short’s most recent network airing was pre-empted by President Obama, Tuesday evening.

See Carol Longshore’s short history of the long tradition of decorating and lighting trees in Todos Santos during Christmas, in the back of the current Concordian (page 21).

Good Grief. It still looks like a dead fir tree.

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Events for MDUSD Sports

October 18 Walk run and October 26 specials at Spaghetti Factory highlight fundraising for MDUSD sports programs

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The United Mt Diablo Athletic Foundation has scheduled several fundraising events for school sports programs across the district.

First, a 5K Run & Walk on October 18 at Newhall Park, in Concord California. All MDUSD students and families and community are encouraged to support this huge fundraiser to “SAVE OUR SPORTS!” According to the Foundation, “We only need you and your family to register, we need students to obtain sponsors for their run, all students that obtain at least $25 in sponsorships, do not pay the registration fee!”

REGISTER

SPONSOR FORM

All proceeds will go directly toward keeping sports in our high schools, all donations are tax deductible, the Foundation is a 501(c) 3 corporation.

“As a Foundation we have pledged to give MDUSD $200,000 toward high school sports for this year, 2009/2010. Without this donation from the Foundation and the contributions due from families toward the sports your child(ren) are involved in, we will not be able to keep sports in our District. The time to act is now!”

Then, during the week from October 19 through 26, The Old Spaghetti Factory at Todos Santos Plaza in downtown Concord, will donate 25% of all Pasta Classics sales when you present the flyer below with your payment.

You can go everyday but the schedule highlights schools by day”

Oct 19 – Northgate
Oct 20 – College Park
Oct 21 – Concord
Oct 22 – Clayton Valley
Oct 26 – Ygnacio Valley and Mt Diablo (GO RED DEVILS!)

MDUSD Sports at Spaghetti Factory

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Santa has his hands full

So what do you want for Christmas, little girl? Santa had his hands full on Saturday at Todos Santos Plaza, as hundreds of families lined up before Christrmas to get pictures taken with Santa. Apparently some adults wanted to sit on Santa’s knee for the photo more than the kids as pictured nearby. Gives new meaning to naughty or nice.

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