Have you had the feeling that the older you get, the more you want (and need) to learn? Me, too. We need to keep up or be left out in the cold.
Fortunately, there are plenty of professionals willing to share their expertise and knowledge to catch us up to current practices. Some are being gathered for a conference in Martinez later this month. You can learn from the experts and share your knowledge with others in your organization. Keep growing!
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The Martinez Historical Society will co-sponsor the California Historical Society Conference workshop featuring local movers and shakers from business and the nonprofit sector who will share their expertise.
Representatives from historical societies throughout Northern California and the interested public can attend a workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Shell Club House, 1635 Pacheco Blvd. in Martinez.
Registration for members of an historical society is $25. Guests may attend for $40, which includes the workshop and lunch. Feature presentations include:
Historical societies in Walnut Creek, Concord, Clayton, Martinez, Alamo, Lafayette, Moraga, Pittsburg and other Northern California cities and counties will be participating, as well as interested community volunteers. Contact your local historical society for more information.
Change a life
Be the person who changes a life! English need not be your first language and no teaching experience is required to join the staff at Diablo Valley Literacy Council. They will help you become a tutor for 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, limiting their roles as employees, as parents and as members of the community. Learning to speak English gives them confidence to become a fully immersed member of our society.
The Diablo Valley Literacy Council's fall workshop series begins at 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28; with sessions from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1; and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4000 Clayton Road in Concord.
Volunteers must attend all three sessions. There is a $15 materials fee. Volunteers typically give one or two hours per week. For more information, call 925-685-3881, email DVLC4ESL@gmail.com or visit www.dvlc.tripod.com.
Clayton Valley Garden Club
The Clayton Valley Garden Club was formed to bring together people with a common interest in gardening, and to develop that interest, have fun, and make new friendships.
This group of more than 75 members are predominately from Clayton and Concord, but welcome membership from any city. Meetings are held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month (February through November) at Diamond Terrace, 6401 Center St. in Clayton.
When Eagle Scout Ryan Nebeker needed a nonprofit organization to sponsor his "Barn Owl Nest Box" project, he received enthusiastic support from members of the Clayton Valley Garden Club. Members Steve Lane and Dr. Ray Bauer, assisted by biologist Dr. Jim Hale, installed barn owl boxes at Diablo View Middle School, Mt. Diablo Elementary and at the Clayton Museum. Garden club members hope to set up a webcam before the nesting season to view the progress of the growing owlets.
The garden club sponsors an annual Valentine event, "Blossoms for Barbara," in memory of Barbara Manss, chaired by member Linda Manss Karp, where members deliver a flowering plant to more than 700 of our neighbors in convalescent care, Hospice, veterans centers, battered women's shelters and those receiving Meals on Wheels in the greater Clayton, Concord, and Diablo Valley area.
Visit www.ClaytonValleyGardenClub.org or call Linda Cruz at 925-672-0503 for information about how you can join this thriving organization.
Culture to Culture
The Culture to Culture Foundation, based in Walnut Creek, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting mental health and emotional wellness within the San Francisco Bay Area's growing Asian-American community. Director Chia-Chia Chen has announced two upcoming events.
The annual Senior Volunteer Awards ceremony will honor 30 volunteers from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 22, at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center, 233 Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill.
Everyone is invited. Visit www.culturetoculture.org for reservations.
Save the date! Culture to Culture mental health awareness and essay scholarship project youth participants and winners will be presented at the Mental Health Awareness Ceremony from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 12, at Dougherty Valley High School, 10550 Albion Road in San Ramon, followed by a reception and entertainment.
Community leaders and residents concerned about the mental health needs of our high school students are invited.
'Ducks' help kids
The Duck Derby held by Rotary International Clubs of Diablo Valley from Concord, Clayton, Walnut Creek, Martinez, Pleasant Hill and San Ramon event raised more than $23,455 for a water well and school construction project in the West African nation of Burkina Faso.
The $1,000 grand prize went to Colin and Beverly Collier of the Walnut Creek Club.
New school classrooms will serve more than 800 elementary students and will serve as a community base for health clinics.
"Good Neighbors" is compiled by Faith Barnidge. Send club and organization news, Scouting items, notices of awards and other submissions to email@example.com.