The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter will recognize those in our community who have shown courage, dedication and character through acts of heroism and kindness at the Contra Costa County Heroes Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive in Danville.
Cost is $30. For reservations visit www.redcross.org/CCHeroes.
The annual breakfast gathering of more than 200 community and business leaders raises awareness about Red Cross disaster preparedness and response programs in Contra Costa County.
Recognized for their heroism and kindness this year are Ryan Sealey, Lifesaving Hero; Aaron Hern, Act of Courage; Mike Rose, Act of Kindness & Philanthropy Hero; April Rovero, Community Service Hero, Individual; DeNova Homes, Community Service Hero, Organization; and Outcast Cat Help, Animal Rescue Hero.
Roger Hancock, Contra Costa County Red Cross event chairman, manager of Community Affairs for the AAA Insurance Exchange, is on California's Volunteer Service Commission and was president of the Volunteer Centers of California.
Shadelands barn sale
The Walnut Creek Historical Society has cleaned out its barn and attic and will offer rescued treasures, antiques and furniture for sale for the first time.
The Barn Sale is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Shadelands Ranch Museum, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek.
Among sale items are a red velvet chair; two brass headboards; a nearly complete 1820 Iowa spinning wheel; typewriters from old to new; an 1813 wooden carding tool; Walberg Isofrad 1930 radio; L and H electric 1920-1930 green and white stove; antique and new furniture; lamps; linens; tools; and kitchen equipment.
Join STAND! For Families Free of Violence supporters at their annual Rebuilding Lives luncheon at noon Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd. in Concord. The cost is $100.
The event celebrates survivors, advocates and our community's efforts to end family violence and funds STAND! in-house and outreach services including a 24-hour hotline, women and children's shelter and educational programs in our schools.
Stand up and be counted!
Keynote speaker will be pro football All-Star and NCAA College Hall-of-Famer Don McPherson. The Rollie Mullen Award will be presented this year to Chief Chris Magnus and Capt. Bisa French of the Richmond Police Department.
Blue Star Moms
Help our sons and daughters in uniform. Donations for Blue Star Moms to sort into holiday care packages for our overseas troops stationed in Afghanistan will help make their holidays away from home a little brighter.
The donation drop site is at A-1 Self Storage office, 5296 Concord Blvd. at Kirker Pass Road, Concord. The hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday and Wednesday. Call 925-825-5100.
You can also make a donation to cover postage ($13.85 per box) by check to: CC Blue Star Moms, P.O. Box 6379, Concord, CA 94524.
Donations -- all tax-deductible -- will be accepted until Nov. 11.
To Lindsay, with love
Week of Caring volunteers from Chevron, Wells Fargo and Dow Chemical reorganized, cleaned and painted at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum during the Week of Caring in September.
The effort came just in time for the new California Indian exhibit and fall docent programs for schoolchildren.
Resident turkey vulture, "Richard," a female who is a remarkable 39 years old, resides most days in an outdoor aviary, now sporting new mulch. She has an interesting history to discover when you visit the museum at 1931 First Ave. in Walnut Creek.
"Many volunteers for the Week of Caring do try new places each year while some just love us and come back again and again," said Chris Bernard, operations director for the museum. For information, visit http://wildlife-museum.org. For visiting hours, call 925-935-1978.
Lindsay Wildlife Museum is now officially a partner in the Bay Area Science Festival. The museum will be the first Contra Costa location for the event, and will be having various programs during the run of the festival Oct. 24 through November.
The museum will also participate in the giant closing day festival event at AT&T park.
Join the Soroptimists of Diablo Vista for a "Two-Bit Dinner" at Back Forty Texas BBQ to raise funds for local programs benefiting women and girls.
No-host cocktails begin at 6 p.m. followed by barbecue, two-bit auction and door prizes. The event is Saturday, Oct. 26, at Back Forty, 100 Coggins Drive in Pleasant Hill.
Cost is $50, and those attending can bring a bag full of quarters (two bits) for bidding. Reservations are requested by Oct. 18. Call Jan Townsend at 925-827-1050.
Support local history
Concord Historical Society Museum docent Jan Trolan organized a docent appreciation luncheon in September in the lovely gardens of the Galindo Home and Museum in Concord.
The Galindo Home, at 1721 Amador Ave., in Concord, is a historical landmark, and is open for visitors each Sunday, and for weddings or other events by appointment.
Concord Historical Society docent chairman Gloria Mattson is seeking new volunteer docents to share their love of local history with our neighbors and visitors. They would also like some volunteers to help groom their lovely gardens. And data entry volunteers are needed in the Concord Historical Society Resource Center nearby. Call 925-827-3380 for details.
Members of the Martinez Lioness Club's Preschool Vision Screening Program attended the Prevent Blindness of Northern California volunteer appreciation luncheon.
Certified Lioness preschool vision-screeners receiving 10-year service award pins and recognition were Jeanne Hilson, Lee Ellingson, Marguerite Russo, Joan Hunt, Shirley Costanza and Norma Della Rosa.
Nearly all preschools in Martinez now receive vision screenings every year. Preschoolers with vision problems and amblyopia (lazy eye) are identified and recommended for treatment.
Lioness screeners Merry Pontar, Marilyn Thelen, Margie Pruitt, Barbara Costanza, Donna DiBetta and Marie Caccavo team leader, also attended.
100 Club beneficiary
The 100 Club of Contra Costa County purpose is to help provide immediate financial support for the spouses and children of police officers and fire fighters who lose their lives as a direct result of physical injuries sustained in Contra Costa County in the line of duty.
The 100 Club fundraising dinner this year will feature Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, speaking on "Making a Difference," stories of vision and courage from America's leaders.
He will show a video of his heroic landing in the Hudson River of the jetliner he was piloting.
The event will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd. in Concord. Cost is $60, and reservations need to be made by Oct. 18.
"Good Neighbors" is compiled by Faith Barnidge. Send club and organization news, Scouting items, notices of awards and other submissions to email@example.com.