More than 1,000 Concord High School students and teachers, supported by a team of Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery employees, will be out on Halloween night to "Scare Away Hunger" on behalf of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.
The students have formed teams that will trick-or-treat for food and/or donations in neighborhoods near Concord High School. School teams are competing against each other to see who can raise the most funds or pounds of food.
Tesoro Golden Eagle manager Steve Hansen is coordinating the event with volunteers and vehicles, and matching dollar-for-dollar funds collected or pounds of food donated to both the food bank and Concord High. Tesoro will also provide a hearty dinner for participants. Food bank executive director Larry Sly and the staff will be on hand afterward with scales to weigh the food.
Several days before the drive, students will place bags requesting donations at homes near Concord High. They will return on Halloween before 8:30 p.m. to collect the donations. If you don't receive a bag and would like to participate, bring donations of food or funds to Concord High between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31, 4200 Concord Blvd. in Concord.
Visit www.foodbankccs.org for more information.
Need 2014 calendars
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services is seeking donations of illustrated, cheerful 2014 calendars to distribute to their clients as a holiday gift.
Calendars have been given for many years, and in order for this tradition to continue, they need your help, since funding is no longer available. Calendars are welcomed by seniors and give them a place to jot down reminders and doctor's appointments.
The goal is to collect enough for each Meals on Wheels client, nearly 700 people, to be distributed before the holidays.
Meals on Wheels is looking for calendars from your insurance agent, vet, Realtor, or anyone who traditionally gives out calendars. Ask for extras you can donate. Encourage your organization to collect calendars at their next meeting. If your business targets senior citizens, donate the calendars yourself.
Calendars can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the Meals on Wheels office, 1300 Civic Drive, in Walnut Creek. Visit www.mowsos.org for more information.
The Concord-Diablo Rotary's Picker Squadron gleans excess fruit for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, and food pantries in Concord.
In the last four years, they have collected more than 40,000 pounds of fruit from residents' homes to feed the hungry!
To have them gather fruit at your house, contact Edi Birsan at 925-798-3537 or EdiBirsan@astound.net.
Concord-Diablo Rotary meets at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Drive, in Concord. Visit www.CDrotary.org.
Rotary on the map
The Martinez Rotary Club has painted a map of the United States on nearly all elementary school playgrounds in Martinez, including John Swett, Las Juntas, John Muir and Morello Park, to provide a space for educational games outdoors.
Guests are welcome at Rotary meetings, which are held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays, at Grace Episcopal Church, 130 Muir Station Road, in Martinez.
Clayton Railroad Day
The Clayton Historical Society Museum's recent Exhibit: Railroads of the Clayton & Diablo Valleys, and Beyond ... was a great success. Railroad Day featured special guests, Joel Clayton's great-great- grandson, Ray Strong, a brakeman for the Niles Canyon Railway; and Clayton's first Mayor, Bob Hoyer.
The current exhibit "Shakers and Bakers," features the surprising history of aprons, and features vintage and modern salt and pepper shakers, at the museum, 6101 Main St. in Clayton.
The Clayton Valley Historical Society Christmas Home Tour will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, beginning at the museum. Cost is $30. Six beautiful homes decorated for the holidays will be open for self-guided tours taking approximately two hours.
Visit www.Claytonhistory.org for ticket information.
'Invisible War' film
The American Association of University Women Concord Branch will host "Invisible War," a film and discussion at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7, at Vineyard Community Center, 1970 Grant St. in Concord.
Concord AAUW is hosting the event to address the need for awareness about the way sexual assault is handled by the military. The event will benefit Concord by providing education to the community about the problem and inform them about what they can do to make the military safer for all service members.
"As a member of AAUW and as an educator, I think it is so important to inform and empower women, girls and their families to stand up for themselves and others," said Michelle Koski, co-president of the Concord Branch. "The film 'Invisible War' offers an opportunity to have a conversation about the problem of sexual assault in the military and what we can do about it."
Nationally, AAUW is making a difference on critical women's and civil rights issues, briefing policymakers, spearheading coalitions, and making an impact on the world through international initiatives and partnerships.
In addition to the benefits offered by this event, AAUW members enjoy opportunities to network at the local level, sponsor community projects to promote equity, serve in branch leadership positions, and lobby local and state legislators on AAUW priority issues.
Visit http://concord-ca.aauw.net for more information about supporting these women in their efforts.
Creek Kids sponsor the annual Angel Project, during which a family/individual/group gets a wish list from a homeless community member and purchases gifts for this person.
During the Trinity Center holiday celebration, Creek Kids distribute the gifts. Many families, individuals, Scout troops and Creek Kids Care school groups participate in the Angel Project.
Visit www.creekkids.org for information on how you can support their great work in our neighborhoods.
Clayton bake sale
The annual Clayton Valley Woman's Club Holiday Crafts and Bake Sale is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Clayton Community Library, 6125 Clayton Road.
Breads, cookies, fudge, jams and cupcakes are always a hit and sell fast. Proceeds support community donations from the club.
For information, call 925-524-0641 or visit www.claytonvalleywoman'sclub.org.
"Good Neighbors" is compiled by Faith Barnidge. Send club and organization news, Scouting items, notices of awards and other submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.