Briefs: New dates for San Mateo County fairThe San Mateo County Fair will be held June 12-20 this year, instead of in late August.
Changes in the fair's agenda include new educational events, such as the top chef high school challenge, robot-building, booths exhibiting class projects, and a $20,000 creative writing scholarship.
There will be many new rides and Kid Land, a carnival especially for younger children.
The main stage entertainment will include the Michael Jackson laser spectacular, Tower of Power, Eddie Money, Rick Springfield, and Paul Rodriguez.
Open space district seeks art for book
A coffee-table book is in the works to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, and the district is inviting the public to submit district-related works of art — such as paintings, drawings and poems — for possible inclusion in the book.
Entries in the recently concluded 2009 photo contest are also eligible.
The district is leaving the door open for submissions through 2010 and possibly into 2011. Preferred subject matter is "the wide range of habitats across district lands, including riparian, grassland, chaparral and redwood environments," the district says.
The district is seeking work from artists of all ages. Children will need a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Go to www.openspace.org/book for more information.