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The Contra Costa Regional Medical Center honored, seated from left, Dudley Knisley and Helen Quinnen; and standing from left, Claire Mann, Betty Holt, Shirley Peterson and Brownette Hopkins for their outstanding service to the CCRMC Auxiliary.

The "All Abilities Playground" will be built this summer at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek, sponsored by the Walnut Creek Civic Pride Foundation. The group is seeking donations to fund this worthwhile project, and need more than $325,000.

The playground will encompass 30,000 square feet and is being designed to fully address the physical, cognitive, communicative, social/emotional and sensory needs of all children -- in particular, the estimated 10-20 percent of our children who have some type of disability.

The playground will feature ADA-compliant restrooms and parking facilities with van-accessible parking spaces and accessible pathways to the public spaces and playground.

The Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation has given a $50,000 Challenge Grant for the project. To make a donation and order a custom-engraved brick, visit https://wccpf.engravedbricks.com, or visit www.WCCivicPride.org.

Help Crisis Nursery

Bay Area Crisis Nursery helps parents who are having problems parenting, living in an unsafe environment, or are fearful of abusing their children.

Parents may leave children safely at the center for a minimum of 24 hours up to a month free of charge, until their crisis is over, or they find another solution.


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Children 5 years of age and younger receive a temporary home, good food, clothing and loving care. Dahlstrom House provides a temporary home for children 6-11.

Bay Area Crisis Nursery operates on donations only, without any governmental support. This wonderful organization is a favorite of local business and philanthropic organizations. Peet's Coffee in downtown Concord collected more than $1,500 in one month for BACN, and regularly offers coupons and items for gift baskets. Kiwanis Club of Walnut Creek recently held a "Golf for Kids" tournament naming BACN as recipient.

More help and support are constantly needed. Sister Ann Weltz, crisis nursery founder and its executive director for 33 years, requests donations and volunteers. For information on how you can help, visit www.bacn.info.

CCRMC volunteers

Contra Costa Regional Medical Center volunteer coordinator Rhonda Smith and Bill Cunningham, medical center lead volunteer and president of the East Bay Council of Hospital Volunteers, recently presented service awards and recognition to the many volunteers who support the hospital:

More than 10 years service: Clair Mann, Lorna Aylard, Brownette Hopkins, Betty Holt, Shirley Peterson, Deloris McDonald, Pat Ulmer, Jerry Collins, Arylss Steven and Pat Harris.

More than five years service: Beverly Annis, Jo-Ann Lee, Stathie Michaud, Maria Jimenez, Florence Berghuis, Linda Waxman, Jim Pettit, Norman Strong and Mary Burkard.

One year of service: Ed Quinnan, Zara Koerber, Tyler Woodward, Michele Turner, Chiara Tosoc, Douglas Sibley, Karla Panameno, Astar Liebermann, Brian Bryne, Janet Betz and Donna Oram.

Emeritus status, bestowed upon retirement from the volunteer program, was awarded by Jo-Ann Lee, CCRMC Auxiliary president, to Dudley Knisley (18 years and 4,100 hours) of service, and Helen Queenan (17 years and 3,000 hours). Other emeritus members present were Elisabeth Donavan, Doris Greene and Ray Ulmer.

Smith said CCRMC is also grateful for donations from groups, last year valued at $52,413. Representatives receiving certificates of thanks included Linda Farrar and Sherrie Buffa of the Diablo Eastern Star of Orinda; Christine Nadeau and Norma Strong for Richmond P.E.O.; Maryalyce Paisley of Martinez Women's Club; and Joanne Addy from Christ the Lord Church.

Volunteers are always welcome and needed. Call 925-370-5440 or email Rhonda.Smith@hsd.cccounty.us.

Scavenger hunt

Walnut Creek Sister Cities is having a scavenger hunt and picnic at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8, to celebrate Walnut Creek's centennial.

The scavenger hunt will feature teams of up to five people competing all around Walnut Creek to solve clues about its Sister Cities in Italy and Hungary.

There must be at least one adult on each team, as a car will be needed. The race will start at 3 p.m. at Heather Farm Park, where each team will pick up its first clue for the citywide scavenger hunt. A picnic will follow when all groups return to Heather Farm Park. The cost is $10 per team. Preregister for either the picnic and/or race by June 2, at www.wc-sister-cities.org. Cost of the picnic is $10 per person older than age 5. Registration fees are to be sent to Walnut Creek Sister Cities, 1921 Argonne Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94598.

Youth writing winners

The theme this year for the Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center of Walnut Creek Art and Writing Challenge for middle and high school students was working together to celebrate world diversity while challenging stereotypes.

Nearly 500 submissions were received for this year's contest for creative writing, essays, art and video categories.

High school winners:

  • Ivy Hughes for creative writing, Pittsburg

  • Taylor Welsh for art, Northgate (Walnut Creek)

  • Harini Rajan for essay, Dougherty Valley (San Ramon)

  • Katie Kwak for art, Athenian (Danville)

  • Khristin Labao for art, Pittsburg

  • Cristina Mendez for creative writing, Heritage (Brentwood)

  • Janelle Celestine for art, Antioch

  • Imani Reeves for art, Antioch

  • Katherin Buffum for essay, Independence (Brentwood)

  • Vincent Gonzalez for creative writing, Independence.

    Middle school winners:

  • Holly Lawrence for creative writing, Dorris-Eaton (Walnut Creek)

  • Neil Smith for art, Walnut Creek Intermediate

  • Kylie Drossner for essay, Adams (Richmond)

  • Olivia Lee for creative writing, Carquinez Middle (Crockett)

  • Faith Crow for art, Walnut Creek Intermediate

  • Bennett Winthur for essay, Dorris-Eaton

  • Devon Westhafer for art, Walnut Creek Intermediate

  • Alex White for creative writing, Iron Horse (San Ramon)

  • Verenice Ortiz for art, Hercules

  • Alyssa Arino for essay, Sequoia (Pleasant Hill)

  • Sofia Ciotola for art, Walnut Creek Intermediate

  • Millie Barman for creative writing, Dorris-Eaton.

    CVWC donations

    The Clayton Valley Woman's Club recently presented checks to Loaves & Fishes of Contra Costa, SHELTER, Inc., STAND! For Families Free of Violence, Clayton Community Library, Clayton Historical Society and Concord Historical Society representatives at the annual donations luncheon in Concord.

    A Clayton Valley Woman's Club scholarship will be awarded to Latasha Johnson, a Diablo Valley College student, who will attend Sacramento State.

    Club members regularly support Read Across America, Prevent Blindness, Blue Star Moms, Heifer International and Pennies for Pines.

    Meetings are at 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of every month (except July and August) at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Concord. Guests are welcome to attend meetings and social events. Call 925-672-9448 or visit www.claytonvalleywomansclub.org.

    Cancer Survivors Day

    Hear from cancer survivors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, 1425 S. Main St. in Walnut Creek.

    Cancer Survivors Day will feature guest lectures, raffles, lunch, educational booths and activities for kids.

    Reserve your space by calling 925-295-6211 or email DiabloKP@kp.org with your name and number in your party. No need to be a Kaiser Permanente member to participate. The event is free. Visit kp.org/diablo.

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