Lafayette

Visitation, Mass for John Sabatte of Berkeley Farms

Visitation and Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday for John A. Sabatte, a Lafayette resident whose family in started what would become the well-known Berkeley Farms dairy foods business.

He died Nov. 20 in Oakland at the age of 95.

Sabatte, his four brothers and their parents came to the United States from France and started the South Berkeley Creamery, which later became Berkeley Farms. He fought in World War II in Italy and northern Africa under Gen. George Patton, and was a longtime member of St. Perpetua Catholic Church in Lafayette.

Visitation will be from 9:30 until 10:30 at St. Perpetua Catholic Church, 3454 Hamlin Road in Lafayette, with the Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 10:30.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to St. Perpetua Church, Mercy Retirement and Care Center 3431 Foothill Blvd. Oakland 94601, or St. Mary's College High School 1294 Albinia Ave., Albany CA 94706.

Assistance League gets busy with Operation School Bell

Assistance League of Diablo Valley's eight hands-on philanthropic programs target every age group in the community, helping those who are at-risk and in need. One meeting the needs of students -- some 4,000 this year -- is Operation School Bell, a nationally acclaimed program that provides clothing for elementary schoolchildren.


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The Assistance League also supports foster youth through its scholarships and community programs.

To learn more about the league's other philanthropic programs, its Corporate Partnership Program, and its primary fundraiser, the Way Side Inn Thrift Shop, at 3521 Golden Gate Way in Lafayette, visit the chapter website at diablovalley.assistanceleague.org. To learn how to help foster youth, visit www.cocoilsp.org.

Planning commission seeking new volunteer

The city is accepting applications for a new planning commissioner to replace Mark Mitchell who was elected to the city council Nov. 6.

Applications are available on the city's website at www.ci.lafayette.ca.us and are due Dec. 14. Interviews will be scheduled in January.

Applicants must reside in Lafayette.

For information, call planning director Niroop Srivatsa, 925-299-3206 or Greg Wolff, 925-299-3204.

MORAGA

Holiday Tree Lighting Saturday

A holiday tree lighting will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 at Moraga Commons Park.

The Moraga Community Chorus will perform at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. The tree lighting begins at 7 p.m. The town is accepting bulb lighting donations. Send checks to the Town of Moraga, Attn: Buy-a-Bulb Fundraiser, 2100 Donald Drive.

This year's 'Cycle Recycle' extended until Dec. 16

The "Cycle Recycle," now in its 15th year, is again collecting old, unused and outgrown bicycles to be repaired, refurbished and donated to groups which then gift them to underprivileged kids.

The program is run by Tom and Bobbie Preston of Moraga, who each November collect gently used bicycles and tricycles to benefit Bay Area charitable groups.

This year the collected bikes and trikes will go to rips for Kids/The Recyclery in Marin County, and to the Marsh Creek Detention Facility near Clayton. The Recyclery repairs and refurbishes bike and trikes to sell at deep discount, to support their Trips for Kids and Safe Routes programs. Trips for Kids provides free bicycling trips for underprivileged kids, an after-school program in which kids can study in the study hall, earn a bike by learning to build their own bike, or just hang out after school in a safe environment in the Canal district of San Rafael until their working parents return home.

The inmates at the low-security Marsh Creek Detention Facility for minor offenders repair and refurbish bikes, not only learning a skill but providing like-new bikes for the Sheriff's Department to distribute to worthy charitable organizations in the area, such as the Volunteer Center of the East Bay in Walnut Creek and the Cambridge Community Center in Concord, to be given to underprivileged kids.

Gently used repairable bikes and tricycles or usable bike parts will be accepted. They can be dropped off at the Prestons' home at 1307 Larch Ave. in Moraga. No scooters, skateboards or plastic bikes. Such drop-offs don't have to be arranged in advance, but for more information, call the Prestons at 925-376-8474.

Orinda

Open House Dec. 4 for Boy Scout Troop 57

All boys ages 10 (fifth grade or higher) through 17 are welcome to attend Boy Scout Troop 57's Open House, Dec. 4 starting at 7:10 p.m. at the Orinda Intermediate School Multi-Purpose Room, 80 Ivy Drive.

This will be a gathering in which boys who might have an interest in joining Boy Scouts can participate in one of our meetings and learn more about this troop.

For more information, contact David Finger at 925-247-0077 or by email at davidfinger@speakeasy.net

Pleasant Hill

Pearl Harbor remembrance dinner Dec. 7

The Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii will be remembered by veterans groups Blue Star Moms and the Navy League of the United States at a Dec. 7 dinner in honor of Pearl Harbor Survivors.

Everyone is invited to the event, at which the guest speaker will be retired Rear Admiral Thomas A. Cropper, a high-ranking Navy aviator and current president of the California Maritime Academy at Vallejo. Cropper served in attack squadrons on five carriers, flew in 43 different aircraft, made over 1,200 carrier landings and flew nearly 5,000 hours in his career. A onetime Atlantic Fleet Pilot of the Year, his last assignment was as commander of the "Top Gun School" at Fallon, Nev.

The dinner will be held at Zio Fraedo's Restaurant in Pleasant Hill with social hour beginning at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $35 per person, including wine with dinner; reservations are required.

The event is sponsored by Contra Costa Council, Navy League of the United States; West Contra Costa Council NLUS; Oakland Council NLUS; Summerset Veterans' Club; Blue Star Moms; Livermore Military Families; Golden Gate Chapter, 1st Marine Division Association; Mt. Diablo Detachment 942, Marine Corps League; and the San Ramon Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 75

For more information, call Jeanne Sharkey at 925-228-1375 or email bjsharkeyiii@yahoo.com

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards