Kenneth Behring's road to wealth and fortune is one that few people have taken so successfully. And like Robert Frost's poem, Behring's road less traveled has made all the difference.

In his latest book, "The Road to Leadership: Finding a Life of Purpose," the multimillionaire Blackhawk developer and resident begins with anecdotes about his childhood in Wisconsin. The family lived in a house with no plumbing, minimal heat and very little money, making his tale truly one of rags to riches.

The little boy had a dream and the work ethic to go with it, and his journey from poverty to wealth was also part of his first book, "Road to Purpose," published in 2004. Behring, on the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans, is the speaker at Blackhawk Republican Women's Oct. 30 meeting at Blackhawk Country Club's Lakeside Ballroom.

"We know him as the developer of our idyllic neighborhood of Blackhawk," said publicity representative Valerie Jo Remley. "He found his purpose in life, however, not in his phenomenal business successes but in the joy of giving. His Global Health and Education Foundation incorporates his many international projects focused on health and education, such as the Wheelchair Foundation, support of the Smithsonian Institution, including a new $100 million pledge, and the Principal Leadership Institute at UC Berkeley and UCLA."

Remley said that Behring will discuss the history of Blackhawk and his newest mission, to develop the next generation of world leaders. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing. A social hour with hors d'oeuvres begins at 5:30 p.m. with the speaker to follow at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $25. To reserve a spot, contact Marilyn Bradley at marebradley@aol.com or 925-828-2360.

'A special night:' Chris Bryden, son of Karen and Mark Bryden, of Blackhawk, is a songwriter and musician who's also on a mission. He's a founding member and lead vocalist of Naked Soul, formerly Alma Desnuda, a four-man group who debuted songs from their latest release Sept. 26 at Danville's Village Theater.

"It was a special night, given that three of us were raised in Danville," Chris said. "The mayor of Danville came out, and we had a VIP meet-and-greet. Our producer, based in Los Angeles, flew up for the release, and we got such a warm welcome here. We hope that our music goes out and resonates with people and will inspire and uplift them."

The release, titled "Naked Soul EP," contains four songs, all written by Bryden and his bandmates, brothers Joe and Tony Glaser (also raised in Danville) and their newest member, lead guitarist Robin Applewood. One of the four new songs, "Mountain with No Top," is about following a dream or goal. "We're really excited and grateful to be able to put new music out. We know there's a long journey ahead, but we're intending to persevere and follow that path," Chris said.

Chris met Joe in 2002 when they were both studying in Spain as part of their UC Davis education. Although they grew up in the same town and attended the same church, St. Joan of Arc, they had never met. After college, they remained friends, but each went their separate way, with Chris serving in Ukraine during a stint with the Peace Corps and Joe taking on the corporate world. In 2007, they met up again and a year later formed their band along with Joe's brother, Tony, and Paul Suhr, who left the group late last year and is now director of an international education program in Connecticut.

But the dream continues for Chris, Joe and Tony, joined by Robin, who has guested with the group off and on since 2008. After a host of gigs in the Bay Area, including the ULUV Music Festival in San Francisco on Saturday, the Naked Soul players are heading to Oregon for a few weeks, including a Halloween show at Linfield College in McMinnville, where their performance will be live-streamed. For further information, check out their website at http://4nakedsouls.com.

Contact Georgia Lambert at arounddanville@yahoo.com.