Valley Air District opens annual calendar contest

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is seeking entries for its annual Healthy Air Living Kids’ Calendar art contest, officials announced Wednesday.

The bilingual wall calendar is produced with the help of students in San Joaquin Valley schools who illustrate ways residents can help keep the air clean. Each drawing is accompanied by a clean-air message. Twenty-thousand copies are printed and distributed free of charge to schools, community groups, healthcare facilities, churches and nonprofit organizations throughout the Valley. The contest is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

According to contest guidelines, 14 pieces of art will be selected, one for each month of 2015, a cover art piece and one for January 2016. Paper should be placed sideways in landscape orientation, so that it is 8 1/2 inches high and 11 inches wide. Officials ask that the artwork be in vivid colors. The medium can be paint, pen, crayon, marker, pencil or computer-generated art.

The artwork should also contain a message about how to live a healthy air life. Message examples from the 2014 calendar include: “Do your share, let’s clean the air” and “Don’t use your car if you don’t live too far. Walk, bike or run.” Bilingual and Spanish-language messages are also encouraged.

Artists must include their name and address, phone number, email, age, grade and school on the back of the entry. The deadline for entries is Oct. 6.

The art should be mailed flat, not folded, to: 2015 Kids Calendar, Valley Air District, 1990 E. Gettysburg Ave., Fresno, CA 93726, or submit the art to the nearest district office. Contest entry forms can be downloaded at the district’s website,