DANVILLE

Congregational church to install new pastor

Danville Congregational Church will install a new pastor and hold a welcoming reception for him to meet the community on Aug. 25.

Rev. Anton DeWet will be installed as the church's senior pastor at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary, 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd. A reception for Rev. DeWet and his wife, Henza, will follow in Fellowship Hall. The public is welcome. Child care will be provided. DeWet was raised in the former Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and met his wife while attending school in South Africa. They lived in South Africa for 20 years before immigrating to the United States, according to a church news release.

In the United States, DeWet has served churches in Orlando and Clearwater, Fla., and in Portland, Ore. He holds a doctorate of ministry from the Florida Center for Theological Studies in Miami. For details on the event, call the church at 925-837-6944.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

SAN RAMON

Forest Home Farms is seeking volunteers

Forest Home Farms Historic Park will hold an informational meeting Aug. 28 for people interested in volunteering at the park.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. and will provide information on the variety of volunteer jobs available, including those for farm life field trip docents to introduce third-graders to the San Ramon Valley's agricultural history through gardening in the organic garden, leading activities and tours and canners to help with canning demonstrations.

Volunteers are also needed to lead tours of the Victorian Glass House and for other activities. For details or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Sharon Peterson at 925-973-3282 or speterson@sanramon.ca.gov. Forest Home Farms is at 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., just south of Pine Valley Road in San Ramon.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

SAN RAMON

Artists' work sought for exhibits in 2014

The City of San Ramon is seeking artist applicants for 2014 exhibits in the city's art galleries, including the Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery, inside the Central Park community center; the Dougherty Station Community Center Gallery and the San Ramon Library Gallery.

Those interested must submit applications by Sept. 3. Applications will be reviewed by the San Ramon Arts Advisory Committee. Applications are available at www.sanramon.ca.gov/parks. For details on each of the galleries, download the 2014 Artist Information Brochure at www.sanramon.ca.gov/parks.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

PLEASANTON

Annual Pooch Parade taking to streets Aug. 7

Break out the dog costumes -- it's time for the 16th annual Pooch Parade in downtown Pleasanton.

The event will take place Aug. 7 in conjunction with the First Wednesday Street Party. Canine events will be at Lions Wayside Park at the corner of Neal and First streets. There will be registration and judging at 5:30 p.m., dog tricks at 6:30 p.m. and the traditional Pooch Parade at 7 p.m. Winners will be announced at 7:45 p.m.

The entry fee is $10 per category. This is a fundraiser for Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raisers. For details, or to download an application, visit www.trivalleyguidedogs.org.

-- Kelly Gust, Staff