MORAGA

Council, planning commission summer recess

The Town Council is taking a summer recess and will not meet Aug. 14. Instead, the council will hold its next meeting Aug. 28.

The Moraga Planning Commission will also hold a recess in August and will not meet. The Aug. 12 Design Review Board meeting has also been canceled.

The Planning Commission will resume meeting in September.

Contra Costa

'What's Mine is Yours' plans clothing giveaway

The "What's Mine is Yours Pop-Up Store," featuring clothing collected through a local 501 c (3) nonprofit started by students at Northgate High in Walnut Creek and Bentley School in Lafayette, will be open Aug. 10, at Seven Hills School in Walnut Creek.

It will operate primarily to provide a "boutique-like experience" for teen girls from throughout the county.

The two primary organizers and volunteers helping them will give as many as 40 girls, through the four agencies in Contra Costa County that operate group homes for foster girls, the opportunity to "shop" (free) for 15 pieces of the "gently loved clothing" collected by What's Mine is Yours.

To date, What's Mine is Yours has collected more than 4,600 pieces of clothing and distributed more than 1,700 pieces to group homes and agencies in the area. Other clothing has been given to individuals in need that have contacted What's Mine is Yours on their own.

Local leads national convention


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A Walnut Creek resident and president of The Blue Star Mothers of America will lead the group's annual convention in San Francisco. In its 71st year, the convention will be held Aug. 13-17 at the Marines' Memorial Club in San Francisco.

Pat Soler said, in a news release, that she expects 150 members who represent 220 chapters of the troops-supporting group from around the country.

The Blue Star Moms is the oldest national support group for mothers with sons and daughters serving in military.

Looking for 1973 Del Valle graduates

Back in the day there was a Del Valle High School in Walnut Creek. And Class of 1973, it's time for your 40-year reunion.

Organizers want to make sure all their former classmates make it to the party to celebrate the now-shuttered high school.

The reunion will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd. Ticket information and details available at www.delvalle73.org. For questions, email dvhsreunion73@gmail.com, or write: Del Valle 40-Year Reunion, P.O. Box 309, San Geronimo, CA 94963.

Moonlight hike to uncover night creatures

Join Mount Diablo Interpretive Association's Liz Watson under a nearly full moon for a three-hour, three-mile round trip hike looking and listening for creatures of the night, including owls, bats and scorpions.

The hike is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 17, starting at Mitchell Canyon Visitors Center and Trailhead in Walnut Creek. The cost is $6 per car. Reservations are required by going to www.mdia.org. Participants are asked to bring a flashlight, jacket and water.

Japanese American Club's Summer Festival

The Diablo Japanese American Club will hold its annual Summer Festival from 1 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10, and noon to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11, at 3165 Treat Blvd., Concord.

There will be cultural performances, classical Japanese dancing, ikebana flower arranging, food, kids games and more.

Admission is free and there is parking at Ygnacio Valley High School, 755 Oak Grove Road, with a free shuttle to and from the festival site throughout the day and evening.

For more information, visit www.diablojaclub.com.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards