Happy New Year to all of us around San Ramon. It will take a few weeks to get used to writing and typing 2014, but we'll have it down in no time. There's so much to do, see and enjoy in this bright new year. Let's welcome 2014 with wide-open arms!

If it's January in the Bay Area, then it's crab season and time to indulge at the many crab feeds benefiting local groups. The Dublin/San Ramon Women's Club invites everyone to an all-you-can-eat crab fest at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18. The event will be held in Moran Hall at St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave. Dublin.

Fresh cracked crab, salad, pasta and more will be served. There will also be entertainment, a silent auction and raffles. Tickets are $42. Proceeds will benefit the club's community service projects. Tickets must be bought in advance. Call Cary at 925-413-5134 or Valerie at 925-828-0231, or buy them at http://www.dsrwomensclub.org.

even more crab: The San Ramon Historic Foundation will hold its annual crab feed at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 beginning at the Dougherty Station Community Center, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Road in San Ramon. The no-host social hour with appetizers begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.

In addition to cracked crab, dinner will include pasta and coffee or tea. Special desserts will be auctioned. Tickets are $45 for adults, $25 for children ages 6 to 12. When ordering tickets, include the names of guests you wish to be seated at your table. Seating is reserved for this popular event that is a sellout each year. Buy tickets online at www.srhf.org/events or send a check to SRHF, P.O. Box 1, San Ramon, CA 94583. For details, call 925-828-0586.

Volunteer in 2014: Is this your year to step up and volunteer in the community? Consider volunteering for several openings on the San Ramon arts, library or senior advisory committees or the Teen Council.

Applications will be accepted from Feb. 1—25. Serving on one of these committees is a great opportunity for residents to get involved in our city's issues and city services. Committees meet monthly or bimonthly. Visit www.SanRamon.ca.gov for details on the mission and responsibilities of each committee.

The Teen Council is open to middle and high school students interested in providing leadership for the teens in San Ramon. The Teen Council has 21 members who make recommendations to the city staff, the Parks and Community Services Commission and City Council about teen programs, facilities, activities, services and policies.

The Teen Council also advocates for teen issues, volunteers at many city events and plans special activities for teens. Applications for Teen Council will be accepted Feb. 10-28. Visit www.SanRamon.ca.gov for more information.

beautiful and free: The San Ramon Youth Symphony will perform Jan. 27 at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center.

This free concert begins at 8 p.m. and will feature 45 young musicians directed by David Sego. Classical and contemporary music will be played in a performance appropriate for all ages.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY Improv: Enjoy a one-hour short-form improv show designed for kids at 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Front Row Theater at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10.

ALSO FOR KIDS: The Bay Area Children's Theater Youth Education Program will present two shows: Walt Disney's "101 Dalmatians" on Jan. 18-19 at 11 a.m. and at 1 and 4 p.m.

And the group will put on Disney's "Mulan Jr." on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. Both shows will be at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center. Tickets for "Mulan" are $10, and "Dalmatians" tickets are $8. Tickets may be bought at the box office or online at www.SanRamonPerformingArts.com. Call 925-973-3343 for details.

Contact Monica Lander at landerfamily@comcast.net.