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No teaching experience is required to be an English tutor for residents who cannot effectively speak English.
Diablo Valley Literacy Council tutors with international language skills are sought to help our neighbors and their families become more successful.
For some people who cannot effectively speak English, simple tasks like reading product labels, following street signs, understanding instructions or talking to a child's teacher can be frustrating and even scary.
This limits their roles as employees, as parents and as members of the community.
Students feel that learning to speak English gives them confidence to become a fully immersed member of our society.
Diablo Valley Literacy Council's next tutor training workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, and from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4000 Clayton Road, in Concord.
Participants must attend all three sessions. A nominal fee of $15 pays for training and material costs.
Adult volunteers are matched with students, and give one or two hours per week.
'Golf Fore Kids Sake'
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley, based in Martinez, will hold the ninth annual "Golf Fore Kids Sake" Peter Ginocchio Memorial Tournament on Friday, April 26, at the Roddy Ranch Golf Club, 1 Tour Way, in Antioch.
Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. The golf tournament will be played as a four-person scramble format and will include a $1,000 hole-in-one prize, raffles, dinner, drinks and lots of fun.
Individual golfers can play for $125, which includes green fees, cart rental, range balls and dinner, or a foursome can be purchased for $500. Sponsorships are also available beginning at $100.
The Boys & Girls Clubs golf tournament is one of four major fundraisers throughout the year that raises much needed funds to help sustain the programs that are offered to the community's youth.
Research shows that Boys & Girls Clubs play a key role in reducing delinquency, increasing academic achievement, providing access to technology, developing career goals and improving attitudes toward school.
In a safe and supportive environment, there are activities, supportive relationships with peers and adults, and increased opportunities to learn and develop, and receive recognition for achievement.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley has been an integral part of the Martinez community for more than 50 years, providing services to thousands of young people.
Its mission, according to its website, is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their fullest potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
The organization has ongoing partnerships with families, volunteers, educators, businesses and community leaders to offer quality after-school and summer programs at little or no cost to families.
The club is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Programs that are offered include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, and sports fitness and recreation.
For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley programs or activities, call 925-228-3896, ext. 102 or visit www.bgcdv.org.
Walk for Noah
Join the Weber family for the second annual "We Walk for Noah" at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Lafayette Reservoir. The brisk 2.7-mile walk, good food, fun and raffle prizes will help keep this very special little boy's memory and spirit alive.
The walk and picnic is held in memory of Noah Atticus Weber, the infant son of John and Jennifer McKay-Weber of Concord, who died of complications from biliary atresia, a rare childhood liver disease.
Funds raised through the event will benefit the George Mark Children's House in San Leandro, an invaluable pediatric palliative care facility devoted to providing compassionate, comprehensive and life-affirming care to children with life-limiting illnesses.
This place became the Weber family's sanctuary at a time when life was so very dark. It is where they spent Noah's remaining days together as a family.
Last year, more than 200 people participated and $10,000 was raised, and expectations are to exceed that this year.
Meg Honey, a history teacher at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, was named Outstanding Teacher of American History by the Anne Loucks Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, at a chapter luncheon in February at Grace Episcopal Church in Martinez.
Regent Susan Busenius and Outstanding Teacher of American History committee chair Dana Matthews, presented the award.
Meg's husband, Kevin Honey, mother Carole Wynstra, and daughter, Carson, were in attendance.
The Anne Loucks DAR chapter congratulates Honey for consistently demonstrating excellence in readily sharing an incisive knowledge of American history, being committed to her students, fostering a spirit of patriotism and loyal support of our country, relating history to modern life and events, and requiring high academic standards from her students.
The critically acclaimed African Children's Choir will be returning to First Presbyterian Church of Concord for a concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 1965 Colfax St., in downtown Concord.
The choir is comprised of 20 children from Uganda, led by eight adult chaperones. The kids will perform lively songs, and energetic dancing, along with their love for Jesus and hope for the future of Africa.
The public is welcome. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the concert is free, with a freewill offering accepted to help support the choir and their ministry's ongoing work for the children and future of Africa.
Call 925-676-7177 for more information.
Apply for MCF grants
Projects or programs that are located in, or which primarily serve Martinez, may submit grant applications for the spring 2013 review by the Martinez Community Foundation board of directors. Applications must be received by March 15.
Established in 1993, the foundation has provided nearly $543,000 in grants to projects and programs, primarily in community services, cultural and community celebrations, economic development, education and the environment. In November, the board awarded eight grants totaling almost $11,500 to Loaves & Fishes, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Assistance League of Diablo Valley, Martinez Recreation and Parks, John Muir Association, Martinez Historical Society, Soroptimist International of Martinez, and the Sea Scout Ship Albatross.
The foundation does not award grants to individuals, to for-profit organizations, new or startup organizations, nor may grants be used for research, administrative or operating expenses, or for sectarian religious functions.
Call 925-372-6286 or write Martinez Community Foundation, P.O. Box 789, Martinez, CA 94553 for more information.
"Good Neighbors" is compiled by Faith Barnidge. Send club and organization news, Scouting items, notices of awards and other submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.