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The Brenden Mann Foundation grant funded the Community Youth Center of Concordís purchase of two new 12-passenger vans to transport students to events.

As fall approaches and the weather gets cooler, growing children in our community are in need of warm clothing to see them through the winter.

You can help by contacting the administration office of your local school to locate community service agencies that support their neediest students.

One Warm Coat

One Warm Coat, based in San Francisco, helps local organizations collect new or gently worn coats for those who need them.

Many Scouting troops and religious organizations participate throughout our communities.

If your organization would like to hold a coat drive, Jennifer Stockard, president of One Warm Coat, will help you spread the warmth this fall.

Their mission is to provide any person with a warm coat, free of charge. There are no costs required to organize a One Warm Coat drive. Most tools and resources are available on their website at www.onewarmcoat.org.

If you have coats you would like to donate individually, call 877-663-9276 or email Jennifer at jennifer@onewarmcoat.org for the nearest drop-off point or for more information.

Francophiles unite

Catherine Jolivet has dedicated herself to the revival of the Langeac Society, founded in Lafayette in 1983, designed to bring together Francophones, Francophiles and those who enjoy speaking French and learning about French history and culture.

She sponsored a picnic in honor of Le Marquis de Lafayette's birthday, Sept. 6.

Those attending enjoyed French wine and cheese, pastries, music and the spirit of camaraderie during the festivities in front of the statue of Le General de Lafayette. Birthday cake was provided by the French Bakery of Lafayette.

Practice your French and meet new people by joining the Langeac Society. For more information, contact Catherine Jolivet at 925-283-9822 or email madame@frenchforfun.com.

Support a foster child

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 an informational session from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 2020 N. Broadway, Suite 204, in Walnut Creek.

Call 925-256-7284 to register.

... and Foster a Dream

Foster a Dream director Kim Casteneda met with Shell representative, Nicola Maher and asked for help to create a "Dream Store" for donated clothing and school supplies. Foster youth could come anytime in the year when they have a need.

Children often arrive in a foster home with nothing to wear but the clothes on their backs. Now they can "shop" and pick out what they want and need, thanks to the generosity of Shell employees who not only helped, but created a friendly and organized environment to help foster children feel special.

Way to go Shell employees! Call Kim at 925-228-0200 to learn how you can help.

Elks golf tourney

The Walnut Creek Elks Lodge 1811 golf tournament on Oct. 4 will be held at Boundary Oak Golf Course.

On-site registration is at 11 a.m. and tee off begins at noon. The $60 cost includes a round of golf, cart and dinner at the Walnut Creek Elks Lodge 1811. Awards will be presented at the Louisiana-style shrimp boil dinner.

Guest meals are $16 and dinner reservations are necessary. Call 925-935-1811 to prepay for golf and dinner reservations.

Donation for CYC

Thanks to a generous grant from the Brenden Mann Foundation, the Community Youth Center of Concord recently purchased two new 12-passenger vans.

This nonprofit sports and academic center sponsors youth sports programs and promotes academic excellence. CYC believes a positive environment, academics, and sports can build a foundation for success in life.

CYC's wrestling team recently traveled in the new vans to Camp FUN in Fullerton, a six-week fitness and nutrition summer camp for overweight and obese children, and also biked at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, and hiked at Briones Regional Park.

Johnny Brenden, foundation president, said, "We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Community Youth Center with this matching grant. These vans are critical to helping young people from throughout the Concord area participate in the programs the center provides."

Brenden added, "We hope this grant will help broaden the financial base of support for the center and expand the number of young people who benefit from their services."

CYC is grateful for the generosity and support of Johnny Brenden and the Brenden Mann Foundation. The foundation and CYC celebrated the new vans with a trip to the movies for 100 CYC members and staff for a private screening of Disney's "Planes," with popcorn and drinks for all.

The Brenden Mann Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to strengthening families and communities. For further information, contact Kathryn Jensen at Kathryn@brendenmannfoundation.org.

Dennis Costanza, president of the Community Youth Center, can be reached at 925-566-7564, dcostanza@cycmail.org or www.communityyouthcenter.org.

Young composers

Original piano compositions created by children ages 7-16 were featured at the Young Composers Concert held at Chateau III in Pleasant Hill in September.

"Our residents enjoy watching the students perform and are impressed by their playing skills," said J.C. Paleja, Chateau Personal Expressions director. "Watching the students learn about composition and then create their music is a thrill for me," said piano teacher and mentor, Joan Miller.

Students participating in the concert included Allison Bertolozzi, Isabella Bertolozzi, Fedra Britvic, Emmanuel Cortez, Denny Dinh, Shireen Lam, Sydney Milgate, Karen Recinos, Rohan Sen, Edward Senz and Jessica Speckart.

Fedra Britvic, who has been composing for 10 years, was given special mention along with graduating seniors Jessica Speckart and Emmanuel Cortez.

Visit www.JoansHouseofMusic.com for more information.

Word Weavers

Toastmasters Club 400/Word Weavers will be having an open house at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the Montecito Facility, 4756 Clayton Road in Concord.

There is the opportunity to improve your public speaking in a club that is friendly and supportive. Visit http://400.toastmastersclubs.org for more information.

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