Spring fundraisers enable you to enjoy Swedish pancakes in Concord before tours of lovely neighborhood gardens in Clayton this weekend.
Or, get the family together to help retired police officers at the Run/Walk Wheelchair race on the Iron Horse Trail, raise funds to provide programs to help juvenile offenders change their lives. Donate to a good cause and have some fun!
The annual Clayton Gardens Tour will showcase five beautiful neighborhood gardens representing different gardening and landscape styles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 18-19. Enjoy a self-guided tour at your own pace beginning at the Clayton Historical Society Museum, 6101 Main St. in Clayton. Tickets are $25 in advance. Buy four, and get one free. Tickets are $30 at the door.
A garden boutique will feature unique items donated to the society by local businesses and individuals which will be raffled. Winners will be notified shortly after the event and prizes must be claimed at the museum within one week.
Proceeds will benefit the museum, now exhibiting photographs and artifacts from the Caldecott Tunnel fourth bore project from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays.
Buy a "Passport 2 Clayton" pass and become a complimentary member of the Clayton Historical Society and Museum, and receive discounts or free goodies at Clayton restaurants and businesses, including our favorites, Ed's Mudville Grill, Skipolini's Pizza, La Veranda and many more.
The nonprofit P2C Foundation raises funds throughout the year and returns the proceeds those in need in the Clayton community. It's a win-win!
Take a sneak peak at the gardens before the tour at www.claytonhistory.org, where you can also purchase tickets. Or send checks payable to Clayton Gardens Tour, to Clayton Gardens Tour, P.O. Box 94, Clayton CA, 94517.
Tickets can also be purchased with checks or cash in person at R&M Pool, Patio and Gardens, 6780 Marsh Creek Road in Clayton. No children under 12, please. Call the museum at 925-672-0240 for more information.
Kops for Kids race
Kops for Kids will hold its seventh annual Run/Walk/Wheelchair Race on May 18, on the Iron Horse Trail in Concord. It will feature one mile, 5K and 10K distances, and is being held on Armed Forces Day and the last day of National Police Week. Race day registration begins at 6:45 a.m.
Preregistered racers can pick up their T-shirts, race number and participant bags between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Roadrunner Sports in the Willows Shopping Center at 1975 Diamond Blvd. or register early for the event at that time. Preregister online at www.active.com. Cost is $25 per runner, and discounts are available for families with multiple runners.
Proceeds from the race will benefit Contra Costa Kops for Kids, an organization of active and retired law enforcement officials whose mission is to help prevent drug abuse, gangs, violence and juvenile delinquency in Contra Costa County. Grants of up to $250 are awarded for an individual child and up to $1,000 for a group of four or more children mentored by an active or retired law enforcement officer.
Volunteers are needed to help with registration, food service, materials handouts, setup, and cleanup from 6 to 11 a.m. Visit www.contracostakopsforkids.org or call 925-827-1998 for more information.
Boys & Girls Club gala
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley annual gala dinner on June 1 -- "An Affair to Remember" -- will begin with honorary chair Steve Lesher opening the festivities, including a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and a live auction. The event, sponsored by Shell Oil Company, is at the Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd. in Concord. Cost is $100 and black tie is optional.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley currently reaches more than 1,000 area youth age 6-18 through its after school and summer programs and activities.
Call 925-228-3896, ext. 102 or visit www.bgcdv.org for more information.
Thin pancakes, lingonberries, a choice of toppings, ham, fresh strawberries, coffee and orange juice are featured at the annual Swedish Pancake Breakfast of Sveaborg Lodge from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Odd Fellows Hall, 4349 Cowell Road, in Concord. Cost is $8 for adults; $3 for children 4-12; and free for kids 3 and younger.
Rob Laaback, Sveaborg chairman, says "These are the best Swedish pancakes this side of Stockholm, ya sure, you betcha!" The lodge's youth group, Vasablad, will offer a plant and bake sale fundraiser, said Rosemary Fassl, director. For reservations, contact Evelyn Ternstrom at 925-279-4301.
Hunger relief award
For his excellence in leadership, local impact and national influence, and commitment to hunger relief, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano executive director Larry Sly was awarded the 2013 John van Hengel Fellowship by Feeding America.
The annual award from the Food Bank's national network honors the ideals of the late John van Hengel, a soup kitchen volunteer and community activist credited with founding the nation's first food bank in 1967.
"There are so many excellent leaders in the food bank movement who have won this award before me, so I am understandably humbled and honored to be among them this year," said Sly. "I am proud to be part of a food bank that is as much a part of this award as me."
Larry has developed several comprehensive programs designed to organize people and agencies to be able to distribute more food smartly and less wastefully. The Food for Children program, for ages 4-6, gives free food every month to help children who aren't eligible yet for free lunches.
Farm 2 Kids makes food available for children -- whose families cannot afford to keep fresh food -- through after-school programs in 80 low-income schools.
Larry started in food banks in 1976 as a truck driver and is now the longest-tenured food bank director in the Feeding America network. Last year, the food bank distributed 16 million pounds of food. To learn more or how you can help, visit www.foodbankccs.org or call at 855-309-FOOD (855-309-3663).
The Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards program assists women who are the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.
Soroptimist 24-680 chapter of Walnut Creek has awarded Jasmine Jimenez the Women's Opportunity Award to help her work and attend school full time, while caring for her young son.
Grace Barosky received the Violet Richardson Award to honor her volunteer work at Zenophon Therapeutic Riding of Orinda. Runner-up Casey Miller is a regular volunteer at Aegis of Moraga.
Kathy Macbride received the Ruby Award for her work with women and girls in the Kasigau region of Kenya through A Better Education Club (ABE), to improve, expand and support education.
Congratulations to all!
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PHOTOS April 30 Img 148- from left to right: Scott, Jack Roddy, Angela Rundles, Cole Raiford, Liz Ginocchio, Eric Schneider, Mark Leeds and Tuong Truong helped raise $13,000 at the Peter Ginocchio Memorial "Golf Fore Kids Sake" tournament at Roddy Ranch Golf Club in April for the Boys and Girls Club of Diablo Valley.