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Debbie Arnold, president of the Pleasant Hill Garden Study Club, show off one of her potted succulent arrangements ready for the MotherĂ­s Day plant sale from 0 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Winslow Center, at the corner of Pleasant Hill Road and Taylor Boulevard.

Be an ambassador

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services invites you to become a volunteer ambassador to help build stronger relationships between your organization and the Meals on Wheels community.

This new program will provide volunteer ambassadors to enrich community education, volunteer recruitment, and development for Meals on Wheels Senior Outreach Services.

Participate and represent MOWSOS within your organization or at community events to educate the public about the good work of the meals and senior programs, recruit volunteers and seek donors for organization programs and services.

MOWSOS provides necessary services to help our senior neighbors live in their own homes for as long as safely possible. Orientation and volunteer ambassador training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 16, at 500 Ellinwood Way, in Pleasant Hill.

It is free, and there will be morning coffee and pastries and afternoon lunch will be provided. R.S.V.P. to Carol Louisell at 925-954-8736 or email clouisell@mowsos.org or visit www.mowsos.org for more information.

Meals on Wheels Senior Outreach Services headquarters is at 1300 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek.

Borges Ranch


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Step back in time at Borges Ranch, a 1,035-acre historic district, for a day full of music, games, and family fun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17

Visitors can park at Northgate High School -- beginning at 9:45 a.m. -- at 425 Castle Rock Road in Walnut Creek, and take the free shuttle to the ranch. Cars with disabled placards may park at the ranch, 1035 Castle Rock Road in Walnut Creek.

Cost for children ages 2-17 is $5, adults are $7.50 in advance and $10 the day of event. Tickets include all entertainment, demonstrations, tours and shuttle transportation. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

Visitors must print and bring their paper ticket. Email centennial@walnut-creek.org for more information.

Special events include a children's costume parade at 10:30 a.m., a concert by country singer and "American Idol" star Matt Rogers, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Dual centennials

CSAA Insurance Group of Walnut Creek, an Automobile Association of America (AAA) insurer, is celebrating a centennial this year. It has been named the Heritage Sponsor for the Walnut Creek Centennial celebration for a donation of $10,000 to fund several centennial events, including the May 17 Centennial Heritage Day at Borges Ranch, and the Fourth of July Ice Cream Social to be held in Civic Park.

Wine, Women & Shoes

Sip fine wines from top vintners, savor delicious food bites, shop the latest in shoes and accessories and kick up your heels for a celebration of Wine Women and Shoes, from 2 to 5 p.m. May 18, at the Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive in Pleasant Hill.

Tickets are $125, and $175 for VIP's on eventbrite.com (search Wine Women & Shoes). For more information, call Gloria Blecha at 925-887-5678 or email gloriab@hospiceeastbay.org.

Proceeds will benefit Hospice of the East Bay and Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District youth, teen and senior programs.

Hospice of the East Bay offers a specialized, personalized approach to medical care and support at the end of life, and has more than 350 volunteers.

"Why do I volunteer for Hospice of the East Bay? The gift I receive back is much more than I give," said Bob King, Walnut Creek Thrift Shoppe volunteer for more than 10 years.

There is volunteer training from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays, May 9 and 16, at 391 Taylor Blvd., Ste. 100, in Pleasant Hill.

The registration deadline is May 7. For more information on volunteering for Hospice of the East Bay, call 925-887-5678 or email volunteers@hospiceeastbay.org.

International vintages

Enjoy Palm Bay International wine tastings from all over the world at a benefit to raise funds for Counseling Options and Parent Education (C.O.P.E.) Family Support Center. The event is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Drive, in Clayton. Tickets are $45 per person or $75 per couple. R.S.V.P. to Ashley at Ashley.ryan@copefamilysupport.org or 925-689-5811.

C.O.P.E. provides low- or no-cost parenting classes to struggling parents who learn to manage their child's behavior, reducing stress for the entire family. Classes are given by mental health professionals from First Five Contra Costa Center, county mental health clinics, Juvenile Hall and Head Start.

Joan Carolan and the C.O.P.E. board of directors will honor volunteer Patsy Sherman, recipient of the Contra Costa Community District's Unsung Hero Award 2014, at this event for her long time dedication to raising awareness in child development and family services.

C.O.P.E.'s founder and executive director, Cathy Botello, also works with the Contra Costa Office of Education to provide anti-bully awareness presentations to elementary and middle schools in an effort to educate all school staff on the subject of bullying.

C.O.P.E Family Support Center's mission is to prevent child abuse and strengthen family relations through comprehensive support services that empower parents, encourage healthy relationships and cultivate nurturing families.

Plant sale

Mother's Day signals the annual plant sale sponsored by the Pleasant Hill Garden Study Club from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Winslow Center, at the corner of Pleasant Hill Road and Taylor Boulevard in Pleasant Hill.

Shoppers will find colorful arrangements and other items suitable as gifts for Mom, landscape and gardening plants, priced for children's pocketbooks.

Bargain hunters will like the "garden shed" area selling gently-used garden tools, garden-related décor, and vintage treasures. Garden boutique items include hand-painted decorative pieces and succulents presented in distinctive containers.

A portion of the sale proceeds are donated to garden-related local nonprofits.

The garden study club is co-sponsored by the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District.

For more information about the sale or the club, call 925-944-4898, e-mail phgardenstudyclub@yahoo.com or visit the club's website at www.phgsc.com.

Volunteer Center

Volunteer Center of the East Bay executive director Jo Loss welcomed Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services executive director Elaine Clark; Senior Helpline Services executive director Elaine Welch; 6,000-hour lifetime volunteer Ray Zenoni; Opportunity Junction executive director Alissa Friedman; and Caring Hands Volunteer Caregivers program manager Linda Groobin to honor volunteer service in our community last month. Longtime volunteer Zenoni received special recognition for devoting more than 6,000 volunteer hours.

Volunteer Center of the East Bay, in Walnut Creek, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Know How Network (KHN) of retired advisers assists local nonprofit organizations representing all facets of our community.

The roster of skilled volunteers is incredibly diverse -- from pharmacist to gardener to information technology specialist.

RSVP matches volunteers 55 and older, through both professional skills-based and direct hands-on volunteering, to the needs of local nonprofit agencies. The goal is to increase the impact of those agencies within the communities they serve.

Visit knowhownetwork.org or call program director Dolores Pita at 925-472-5769 to volunteer your expertise.

Fruit gleaning

The Concord-Diablo Rotary fruit-gleaning project collects unwanted fruit from homeowners for distribution to our hungry neighbors through area food pantries.

Call Edi Birsan at 925-798-3537 to schedule an appointment.

Concord-Diablo meets Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza off John Glenn Drive in Concord. Visit CDrotary.org.

"Good Neighbors" is compiled by Faith Barnidge. Send club and organization news, Scouting items, notices of awards and other submissions to goodneighbors@bayareanewsgroup.com.