The annual free Senior and Community Live Well Resource Fair is heading back our way again.

On May 18, at the Alcosta Senior and Community Center, the free event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event starts off deliciously with a pancake breakfast provided and cooked by the firefighters and staff of the San Ramon Fire Protection District.

Information about health screenings, vendors and help for caregivers and families will be featured in addition to guest speakers providing information about earthquake preparedness, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and personal home safety. This is a great event for our seniors and their families.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: San Ramon will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an action-packed Memorial Day weekend.

The annual Art and Wind Festival blows into town again May 26-27. The festival made its debut in 1990 after being the Street Faire for three years. It was. and still is a chance to celebrate and capitalize on those breezes that blow through the city. If you have lemons, you make lemonade. If you have wind, you fly a kite!

The festivities always include great arts and crafts booths, entertainment on three stages, a kids zone and the incredible professional kite flying demos and hot air balloon launch at 6 a.m. May 27. Check out the fun at www.ArtandWind.com.


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THIRTY YEARS OF GIVING: That's what the Rotary Club of San Ramon has been doing by awarding their annuals grants to individuals and organizations around the community and the world.

When floodwaters damaged the Sunny Glen Senior Center several years ago, the Rotary Club came to the rescue with $100,000 to help restore the facility and a lot of the physical labor as well. They built the garden beds at the San Ramon Senior Center and funded a new sound system for the California Shakespeare Festival lecture series. They provided the flagpole for the San Ramon City Hall and continue to sponsor projects at the city's historic Forest Home Farm. The club members also have generously funded and helped local scouts with Eagle Scout projects. And it's that time of year when the club provides thousands of dollars in scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

Beyond our city limits, the local Rotarians have also helped with grants to support various projects. With only three countries left that have reported cases of polio, the club continues to annually contribute to the campaign to eradicate polio worldwide. Shelter boxes were funded after the devastating Haitian earthquake and Indonesian tsunami.

The club funded an ambulance and medical supplies for a poor neighborhood in Mexico and school supplies to a trade school in northern Brazil. Its members supported developing clean water projects in Africa and Asia and provided supplies for a national convention of TAPS, an organization working with children who have lost loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Stuffed toys were sent to children in Iraq, and several thousand emergency meals for people around the world have been funded.

Contact Monica Lander at landerfamily@comcast.net.