San Ramon may be celebrating its 30th anniversary as a city, but it's the '80s everyone will remember when they are taking part in the July Fourth 10K and 5K runs. Runners and walkers are encouraged to add a little '80s flair to their outfits with special prizes given to the best '80s outfits to go along with the music from the era played during the warm-up this morning and after the race.

For those starting the day early, registration begins this morning at 6:30 a.m. The 10K run begins at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K run/walk and 3K fun walk begin at 8:20 a.m. All start and finish at San Ramon Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd.

Despite the absence of fireworks tonight, the party continues at the park from 4 to 7:30 p.m. with a concert of patriotic music performed by the San Ramon Symphonic Band. Then the dancing begins with a concert by The Cheeseballs, featuring hits of the '80s. Bring a picnic dinner and lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with family and friends under the summer stars.

TEA PARTY: Don't forget your hat. The San Ramon Historic Foundation is hosting a Garden Tea Party honoring Ruth Quayle Boone and featuring a traditional tea service at her historic house at Forest Home Farms Historic Park July 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. The Gift Shoppe will also be open.


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Boone lived at Forest Home Farm for almost 70 years after moving there in 1929 with husband Travis Moore Boone. She donated the 16 acres of land, the home and the barns and buildings to the City of San Ramon when she died in 1998 in memory of her husband, who had died in 1981.

Tickets are $25 and may be bought via PayPal at www.srhf.org, or an order form can be downloaded at www.srhf.org. The event is sponsored by the San Ramon Historic Foundation. The deadline for reservations is July 15.

Get involved: The Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley welcomes local business leaders and community residents to join and be a part of an active organization.

Marge Jensen, the club's membership chair, says the club is celebrating more than 50 years of community involvement and has members who live and work from Walnut Creek to Dublin. The club meets at the Round Hill Country Club on Thursdays for lunches featuring guest speakers. Club members get involved in the communities and are particularly proud of the impact they have had with their generous grants.

Jensen says that grants from $500 to $3,000 have been given to many nonprofit organizations throughout the year including the American Association of University Women, the San Ramon Senior Center, Contra Costa Child Care Council, The Danny Foundation, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, San Ramon Libraries and many more. The club also supports the Grad Nights with funds to the high schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

For information about club membership, contact Jensen at 925-963-5876 or marge@TouchStoneMCG.com. For information about grant funding, contact the Grants Committee Chairman at grant@kiwanis-srv.org. Check out the club's website at www.kiwanis-srv.org.

Contact Monica Lander at landerfamily@comcast.net.