Dedicated volunteers from our local historical societies preserve the past to enrich the present, sharing their knowledge with students, residents and visitors to our communities and having a good time in the process.
Join them by visiting a historic home in your neighborhood, learn about local history and support the future of our past.
Concord's big plans
The Masonic Temple was moved across Clayton Road this spring to stand next door to the Galindo family's historic home and museum in Concord.
What is next for the new site of the Masonic Temple?
Concord Historical Society members Chuck Gabrysiak and Lloyd Crenna are co-project managers for the Masonic Temple building restoration. A new roof is planned, along with an overall Galindo property drainage system, shared parking lot, utility hookups and a multistory addition to the back of the Masonic Temple which will house a museum storage area.
The interior finishing work, windows and painting, when completed, will provide space for the Historical Society office and a museum for their collection of more than 10,000 artifacts, photos and documents.
The restored building will be renamed The Concord History Museum and Resource Center at the Masonic Temple.
Gabrysiak and Crenna anticipate that the work will take at least another 12 months and will depend on the success of fundraisers.
The Concord Historical Society Wine and Appetizer fall fundraising event will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the historic Don Salvio Pacheco Adobe, 1870 Adobe St. in Concord. Call 925-827-3380 for reservations.
The Galindo Home Museum and Gardens is a lovely Victorian residence surrounded by lush gardens and is open for docent tours, organized by volunteer Jan Trolan, from 1 to 4 p.m. every Sunday, at 1721 Amador St. in Concord.
Christmas decorations will transform the Galindo Home in December for a memorable tour, including apple cider and cookies!
Historical Society members are busy all year preserving the history of our community and sharing it with new generations. Teachers of third- and fourth-grade classes from Mt. Diablo Unified schools in Concord are invited to the Galindo Home in early October to receive free curriculum materials on the history of Concord, take a tour and discuss field trip opportunities for their students, organized by volunteer Vivian Boyd.
Concord Historical Society membership is open to all residents who wish to participate in preserving and sharing community history with others in a relaxed and friendly volunteer organization. For more information about their activities or to join, call 925-827-3380, email the Concord Resource Center at email@example.com or visit www.concordhistorical.org.
For Meals on Wheels
Enjoy a festive afternoon of golf and camaraderie at the Martinez Mayors Cup Golf Tournament benefiting Meals on Wheels, Friday, Oct. 11, at Roddy Ranch Golf Course in Antioch, sponsored by Main Street Martinez and the Martinez Chamber of Commerce.
For more information about sponsorship, foursomes, and more, visit www.MartinezMayorsCup.com.
Court Appointed Special Advocates are agreeably matched with a foster child to serve as a constant adviser during their time in foster care, which is filled with uncertainty. Informational sessions are designed so every participant leaves with a clear understanding of what it means to be a CASA volunteer. Attend the next informational session, 12:30-2 or 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, September 16, at 2020 N. Broadway, Suite 204 in Walnut Creek. Call 925-256-7284 to register.
Christian College Fair
Contra Costa Christian High School is hosting a Christian College Fair and luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at 2721 Larkey Lane in Walnut Creek.
College and university representatives from across the nation will present information on admissions, course offerings and financial aid. Parents, students and friends outside of CCCS are all welcome to attend.
Contra Costa Christian School offers students private education from preschool to high school graduation. Contact Susan Gaudenzi, guidance counselor, at 925-934-4964, ext. 273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or visit www.cccss.org.
Writers club luncheon
Judith Newton will present "Publishing Both Short and Full-Length Works" at the next luncheon meeting of the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Zio Fraedo's Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill. Cost is $20 for CWC members, $25 for guests.
Newton will speak about her experiences transitioning from academic to memoir writing, publishing short and long articles, blogging, using social media, and publicists.
She is the author of the memoir "Tasting Home: Coming of Age in the Kitchen," winner of a bronze Independent Publisher's Award, and a finalist for a Readers Favorite Award this year. Reservations are required. Contact Robin Gigoux at email@example.com, or 925-933-9670.
The Devil Mountain Chorus of Walnut Creek will be performing at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, Sept. 15, at the First Congregational Church, 1229 Court St. in Martinez.
The men's barbershop chorus is dedicated to singing well and having fun. Based in Walnut Creek, they specialize in a cappella music in barbershop, doo-wop and other styles.
The Devil Mountain Chorus rehearses from 7:30 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2317 Buena Vista Ave. in Walnut Creek, under the direction of Kristen Taylor.
If you can sing in tune with a pleasant sound and are looking to add some fun in your life, you are welcome to join them.
Save the date for their annual show Saturday, Oct. 19, at Shadelands Arts Center in Walnut Creek. For more information about the chorus, visit www.devilmountainchorus.org.
AAUW Festa Italiana
Festa Italiana celebrates wine and Italian food at the Viano Winery from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at the winery, 150 Morello Ave. in Martinez. The event is sponsored by the Pleasant Hill-Martinez Branch of the American Association of University Women to raise funds for their scholarship program.
"This event sells out every year, so buy your ticket soon!" said Janice Walker, one of the co-presidents of the branch.
Alana MacDonald, chairwoman of the Festa Italiana committee invites residents to enjoy wine and appetizers before a lasagna dinner accompanied by the vintner's table wines, with homemade biscotti for dessert. There is also a crystal wine glass for each participant to take home.
Tickets are $35 and reservations must be made by Sept. 21. Call Joy Barden at 925-935-7118 or Marilyn Thelen at 925-228-2600.
Loaves & Fishes will help with Income Tax
Loaves & Fishes is partnering with United Way and its "Earn it! Keep it! Save it!" program that helps low-income residents complete and file their federal income tax returns at no charge.
Ten volunteers are needed who can donate the time to learn a new skill, and help clients complete their income tax returns. No experience is needed. Training will be provided in January 2014 over several Saturdays, and tax return preparation will be held in February and March over a two- to three- week period.
For more information and details, call David at 925-687-6760, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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