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Kevin Hughes, director of gift planning for Childrenís Hospital Foundation of Oakland, left, accepts a donation from East Bay Claims Association treasurer Joe Baughman of SRI, EBCA secretary Gemma Houser of Paul Davis Restoration, and EBCA president Jodi DeVillier of Coast Construction.

Martinez Home Tour

Experience the rich fabric of local history and residential architecture in Martinez at the Martinez Historical Society Home Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. The tour begins at the Craftsman-era Shell Club House, 1635 Pacheco in Martinez. Local car clubs will display restored vintage cars in front of the tour properties.

Visit the Martinez Home Tour website to see photos of all the properties on the tour at www.martinezhometour.com. Tickets are $25 online, www.martinezhometour2013.eventbrite.com, or available at Martinez businesses, including Char's Flowers, 635 Main St.; Rumain's Jewelry, 510 Center Ave.; Bagel Street Café, 580 Center Ave.; The UPS Store, 1155 Arnold Drive; and I've Been Framed, 411 Ferry St. Tickets are $30 at the door the day of the event.

Drive or walk the two-hour tour route, or take a free shuttle service with guides who will entertain you with stories of Martinez history. Children must be over 12, (infants may be carried) and the tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Historical Society's effort to restore and reopen the Old Train Depot, originally built in 1877 in downtown Martinez, as a community resource.

Other tour properties include the 1890 Borland House, a Carpenter Gothic structure which is the home of the Martinez Museum; John Muir's 1882 Italianate Victorian mansion; the 1849 Martinez Adobe; and the First Congressional Church of Martinez, established in 1874, famous for the "Rose Window" over the altar.


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Alzheimer's walk

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at Heather Farm Park, 301 N. San Carlos Drive in Walnut Creek.

Participants will check in at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Preregister for the three-mile walk (or 1-mile shortcut) with Lacey Todd at 650-623-3101 or email LTodd@alz.org.

So far, the event has raised $60,931.53 and there are 334 walkers registered.

In California there are 1.1 million family members who provide daily care for people with Alzheimer's, a progressive, fatal brain disease for which there is no cure.

But no matter what age it strikes, the initial diagnosis is always a difficult and confusing time for family members. According to Pleasant Hill resident and caregiver Kelci Miller, who takes care of a grandmother with Alzheimer's, it is easy to misplace the blame because the disease is so poorly understood.

Even though it is the sixth-leading cause of death, Alzheimer's disease is severely lacking in fundraising and research. Visit www.alz.org for more information.

CVWC fall happening

"An Evening with Dan Ashley and his band, "PUSH," is slated at the Clayton Valley Woman's Club's fall fundraiser beginning with cocktails, dinner and dancing at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Drive in Clayton.

Proceeds will fund selected community charities and scholarships. Tickets are $47.50, and reservations are requested by Oct. 1. Call 925-672-9448 or visit www.claytonvalleywomansclub.org.

Railroad exhibit

The Clayton Historical Society Museum is celebrating Oktoberfest with a special exhibit, "Railroads of the Clayton and Diablo Valleys and Beyond" through Oct. 9. Visitors to Clayton's Oktoberfest can see the exhibit from 1 to 4 p.m. the weekend of Oct. 5-6.

Shakers & Bakers, the surprising history of aprons for baking and otherwise, with vintage and modern salt and pepper shakers sprinkled throughout the exhibit will open at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, and extend throughout the year at the museum, 6101 Main St. in Clayton. Hours are 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays. Call 925-672-0240 or visit www.claytonhistory.org.

A special Movers and Shakers presentation will be given at 7 p.m. followed by a reception at 8 p.m. Oct. 15, at Diamond Terrace retirement community, 6401 Center St. in Clayton.

The museum will be decorated in Victorian style during the Christmas season. A special yearlong exhibit begins in January featuring the 50-year anniversary of the city of Clayton entitled "Our Town -- The History of Clayton's Streets & Neighborhoods," featuring scrapbooks, pictures and vintage items from 1964.

Third-grade field trips are offered each year and include a tour of downtown Clayton and a tour of the museum. A "hands-on" station was added last year as well as a "Town of Clayton" workbook for each child. The society also provides a free self-guided walking tour of Clayton.

Evening of Promise

The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) celebrates 32 years of advocating for foster children at the 32 annual Evening of Promise at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

Enjoy an inspirational evening of the fine dining, silent and live auctions led by master of ceremonies Dan Ashley, ABC7 news anchor. Visit www.cccocasa.org or call 925-256-7284, ext. 6, for details.

Documentary, Q&A

Join our friends at STAND! For Families Free of Violence for a wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2, followed by a screening of the documentary, "Crime After Crime," which was featured at the Sundance Film Festival.

Meet Nadia Costa and Joshua Safran, the two attorneys highlighted in the film, and participate in a discussion following the screening led by ABC7 news anchor Cheryl Jennings. It will be held Oct. 2, at the Orinda Library Auditorium, 26 Orinda Way.

Call Katie Owensby for more information at 925-603-0120.

EBCA donation

The East Bay Claims Association, a charitable and educational organization representing insurance claims professionals, recently made a $2,500 donation to Children's Hospital Oakland.

Making the presentation to Kevin Hughes, director of gift planning for Children's Hospital Foundation of Oakland, were EBCA treasurer Joe Baughman with SRI; association secretary Gemma Houser with Paul Davis Restoration; and EBCA president Jodi DeVillier with Coast Construction.

EBCA is planning a food drive this fall to benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Non perishable food item donations can be made at Zio Fraedo's in Pleasant Hill during October and November.

Monetary donations can be mailed to EBCA, 25A Crescent Drive #266, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. Checks should be made out to Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

Visit www.eastbayadjusters.org for more information.

Shadelands Tea

The Walnut Creek Historical Society will present the always popular Shadelands Holiday Faire and Victorian Tea from Nov. 30-Dec. 15, at Shadelands Ranch, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek.

There will be seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. Groups are welcome.

Many families and friends maintain an annual tradition of attending the teas.

This year's theme will be "A Child's Treasure Trove." Games, puzzles, and toys from long ago will be presented. Enjoy a lovely tea party and fabulous holiday gift ideas.

Tickets are available beginning Oct. 1, by calling 925-935-7871.

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