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Charlie Fernandez-Hibbard of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition goes over the ABC's of bicycle safety with a youngster at a hands-on workshop for kids and families held at Cambridge Elementary School in Concord, and hosted by the EBBC and the Monument Community Partnership.

Cultural activities, entertainment, food and boutiques will be featured from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and everyone is invited to share in the fun at the Diversity Spring Festival this Sunday, May 4, in Todos Santos Plaza, at Willow Pass Road and Grant Street in downtown Concord.

The free festival, sponsored by the South Asian Behavioral Health and Training Foundation and the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

It aims to bring all of our neighbors together with their families and children to share their culture, faith and positive contributions in making our human race more loving, caring and peaceful.

Young Writers awards

The Young Writers Contest award winners will be honored at the next meeting of the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Zio Fraedo's Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill.

Reservations are requested by May 8. Cost is $20 for CWC members, and $25 for guests. Contact Robin Gigoux at ragig@aol.com or 925-933-9670.

Special guest speaker Mike Jung will address the contest winners, members and guests. His topic,"Writing -- It's not for the Chicken-Hearted," will explain how to choose your idea, find your process, and share your work.

Jung is the author of "Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities," a superhero novel.


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Hope I can pick up some writing tips! See you there. Visit http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/ for more information.

Help Bike to Work Day

511 Contra Costa is looking for energizer station hosts along the Contra Costa Canal Trail for Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 9.

Energizer stations are places set up along major bicycle commuting routes that have food, goodies and good cheer to encourage cyclists on Bike to Work Day.

Volunteers are sought for both morning and evening as station hosts. 511 Contra Costa will provide the necessary supplies. All they need are volunteers!

If you are interested, contact Leona Gee at lgee@511contracosta.org.

Be a museum docent

Shadelands Ranch Museum, served by the Walnut Creek Historical Society, welcomes new volunteer docents any time of the year to help share the history of Walnut Creek with children and adults interested in our community.

Shadelands Ranch, located at 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek, is a colonial revival home built in 1902 by Hiram Penniman, one of Walnut Creek's early settlers. The house contains many of the original furnishings and is open to the public for docent-led tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays.

Volunteering as a tour leader is an opportunity to learn about the history of Walnut Creek and the history of the very interesting Penniman family. Docents chose when and how often they wish to volunteer.

Showing guests through this beautiful home is fun and rewarding. If you are interested in joining the docent team, call the Walnut Creek Historical Society at 925-935-787 or e-mail wcshadelands@sbcglobal.net.

Easter Seals gala

Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.

Easter Seals Bay Area, based in Oakland, has a specific expertise in providing services for individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum, including consultation, early intervention, school-based social skills and therapeutic services.

A new Pediatric Activity Center opened last year at 391 Taylor Blvd., Suite 250 in Pleasant Hill.

The Easter Seals Spring Gala will feature entertainment by Javier Colon, grand champion of the NBC's "The Voice."

Cocktails begin at 5 p.m. followed by fine dining, entertainment and dancing at the black tie event Saturday, May 18, at the San Francisco Hilton, 750 Kearny St.

Purchase tickets online or earn complimentary tickets through "Dine With Me," a way for you to raise funds to support Easter Seals Bay Area and receive complimentary admission to the gala.

For every $250 you raise, you will receive one complimentary ticket. Visit www.bayarea.easterseals.com for more information.

Free concert

The Contra Costa Performing Arts Society will play more than 20 baroque to contemporary compositions for voice and/or instrument to honor its founder, Rosamond Davis, at 2 p.m. May 5, at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd. in Walnut Creek.

The concert is free. See www.ccpas.ort for details.

Helping Shelter Inc.

Barrel Aged Bar in Martinez stepped up the plate for Shelter, Inc. in March with a fundraiser and silent auction that brought in more than $3,000 for the organization. Shelter, Inc. was founded in 1986 to help prevent and end homelessness for low-income residents of Contra Costa County by providing resources that lead to self-sufficiency.

The theme for the event was Hollywood glam -- and the 50 participants did their part by arriving dressed for the occasion in ball gowns, and as Hollywood A-listers like Marilyn Monroe, said Ashley Afferino, owner of Barrel Aged. There was also a poker run, live jazz music and Roxy's Photo Booth, and cocktails and food provided by Barrel Aged.

"We are very proud of everyone coming together to help us give back," said Afferino, noting that all proceeds benefitted Shelter, Inc.

Be aide for MDA camp

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is seeking enthusiastic, hardworking and compassionate individuals to serve as volunteer camp counselors for its annual summer camp in Occidental from Aug. 3-9.

MDA's camp program offers children and teens living with a neuromuscular disease the opportunity to form friendships and build self-confidence in a safe and supportive environment.

The camp, 75 miles north of San Francisco, is free of charge and open to all MDA clients between 6-17 years old.

Volunteer camp counselors help campers take part in sports, craft projects and other activities designed to suit a wide range of physical abilities.

MDA's summer camp is a life-changing experience, for counselors and campers alike. Please note that counselors must be at least 16 years old, though most are 18-24.

The deadline to submit an application is June 1. An online training program will need to be completed before the first day of camp. The medical orientation is Aug. 3. The counselors and the MDA staff come to the camp the day before the kids arrive.

For more information, contact Brandon Sims at 415-673-7500 or bsims@mdausa.org.

Our local MDA branch is located at 1800 Sutter St. in Concord. Call 925-356-0114 or email concord@mdausa.org.

Bike safety

Kids and families got tips on bicycle safety recently at Cambridge Elementary School in Concord.

The event was a partnership between the East Bay Bicycle Coalition and the Monument Community Partnership through a grant from Kaiser Permanente. Several certified safety instructors from the EBBC led families through the hands-on workshop.

"Many of these families do not have cars, so guiding them to the rules of the road and sharing these safety tips with their kids is important," said Ana Villalobos, healthy living and Monument HEAL Zone manager for Monument Community Partnership.

Charlie Fernandez-Hibbard, with the EBBC, took the kids to the street to practice tasks like crossing the street with a bike, signaling, yielding and looking both ways.

"Cars are big and they can't see the children; that is why we encourage the kids to signal with intention and make sure that they make eye contact with drivers before they venture out into the road," said Fernandez-Hibbard.

Adults need to remember these safety rules, too!

For more information on the bike safety class or other programs in the Monument Corridor, contact Ana Villalobos at Ana@monumentcommunity.org.

Visit www.ebbc.org/safety to find out more about bike safety and classes offered by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition.

"Good Neighbors" is compiled by Faith Barnidge. Send club and organization news, Scouting items, notices of awards and other submissions to goodneighbors@bayareanewsgroup.com.