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Lost Dog Found will return to the Foster a Dream ìSip, Savor and Swingî benefit to provide ìSwingî and help raise funds for foster youth, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the Martinez Veterans Memorial Building.

The East Bay Leadership Council's third annual Contra Costa/Tri-Valley Philanthropy Awards breakfast Nov. 7 celebrates outstanding contributions of time, leadership and financial support by businesses, individuals, families and nonprofit organizations that benefit residents throughout the East Bay.

Award recipients receiving our congratulations include:

  • Phillips 66

  • Heffernan Insurance Brokers of Walnut Creek

  • Brookfield Homes for the remodel of the Bay Area Crisis Nursery Dahlstrom House facilities in Concord

  • Douglah Designs, through support of SHELTER, Inc. in Martinez

  • Wendy and Earl Dunivan of Pleasant Hill, for their generosity and volunteer work with Foster A Dream in Martinez, which provides supportive services for foster youth;

  • Target Foundation, corporate partner for the Walnut Creek-based Diablo Regional Arts Association's Arts Access School Time Program

  • John Muir/Mt. Diablo Community Health Fund and the Mt. Diablo Beacon Restoration Project.

  • Congratulations to Volunteer of the Year, Deborah Jansen of Lafayette, director of the Academic Excellence program at the Community Youth Center in Concord


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  • Katie Easterly and Paige Blake of Walnut Creek, high school students and founders of What's Mine Is Yours, a nonprofit that works with Youth Homes and other nonprofits to provide clothing for middle school and high school girls

  • Project Hearth, a group of Contra Costa women whose fundraising efforts since 1990 have provided financial assistance and counseling to low-income families through the group's partnership with SHELTER, Inc. of Martinez.

    A panel representing all sectors of community and government was formed to make the award selections, including Elaine Taylor, president of The Taylor Family Foundation; Cliff Glickman, chief of staff for Contra Costa County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff; Cheryll LeMay, Diablo Valley College counseling department chair; and Judith Parker, Social Responsibility Task Force consultant and chair of the East Bay Leadership Council.

    For information, visit www.eastbayleadershipcouncil.com.

    'A salute to our Vets'

    Shell Martinez Refinery will host "A Salute to our Vets," a benefit for the Martinez Veterans Memorial Building kitchen remodeling project to honor Pearl Harbor survivors.

    The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Martinez Veterans Building, 930 Ward St. in Martinez. Tickets are $25, and Shell will match the proceeds. Enjoy a tri-tip dinner, fun and special prizes.

    Call 925-313-3193 for reservations or email Mathew.M.Thompson2@shell.com for more information.

    Sip, Savor and Swing

    Enjoy fine wine, delectable delights and music by contemporary swing band, Lost Dogs Found, at the Foster a Dream "Sip, Savor and Swing" benefit to raise funds for foster youth.

    The event is at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the Martinez Veteran's Memorial building, 930 Ward St. in Martinez. The cost is $35.

    Foster A Dream provides foster youth with many holiday and special events, and funds programs for important extras that build meaningful childhood memories ... sports, cheerleading, music lessons, summer camps, senior portraits and proms that inspire adulthood dreams.

    They also provide clothing at the Dream Store, support and encouragement to foster children, and are seeking volunteer mentors to provide an ongoing adult connection during their time in foster care.

    Foster A Dream's annual Wonderland becomes a "Dreamland" that brightens the holidays for local foster children with games, prizes, holiday lights and decorations, cookies, stockings, portraits, a gift of their choice, and a room full of volunteers try to make their dreams come true.

    Preparation begins in early December for Wonderlands on the weekends of Dec. 7-8 and 14-15. Volunteers are needed! To get involved or for information: wonderland@fosteradream.org or call 925-228-0200 if you are a foster youth or service provider and would like to submit a "Dream Request."

    Gettysburg Address

    "Four score and seven years ago" in 1863 was 150 years ago, when the Declaration of Independence, written at the start of the American Revolution in 1776, examined the founding principles of the United States in the context of the Civil War, that "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

    President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address will be discussed at the Lafayette Historical Society's Speakers Series from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Community Room, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette.

    A $15 donation is requested for the general public. Children under 14 are free with a paying adult.

    John J. Fitzpatrick Jr., retired Marine Corps captain and Air Force colonel, a licensed Gettysburg battlefield guide, will present 'There is no fail here,' and lead the discussion and answer questions.

    The Lafayette Historical Society has evolved from a group of dedicated volunteer members of the Lafayette Library Association (now the Friends of the Lafayette Library) storing artifacts above Bill Eames' pharmacy on Mt. Diablo Boulevard, and in member's garages and closets until the new Lafayette Library and Learning Center opened in 2009.

    The Lafayette Historical Society is now gratefully housed on the lower level of the Lafayette Library, where their offices and museum is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

    The society provides programs for the community and supports third-grade social studies curriculum for the Lafayette School District and tours historic downtown and the Lafayette Cemetery.

    For volunteer information, email Lafayette.history@comcast.net, call Judie Peterson, History Room coordinator at 925-284-1848 or visit www.LafayetteHistory.org.

    CCRMC bazaar

    Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Auxiliary volunteers will present their annual Holiday Bazaar, featuring home-baked goodies and handmade holiday gifts from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

    This is your opportunity to bring a little extra cheer to friends and loved ones in the hospital during the holidays. You may find some special treats for yourself, too!

    The CCRMC gift shop, staffed by auxiliary volunteers, is also holding an accessories sale, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12-13.

    Both events will be held at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, 2500 Alhambra Ave., in Martinez. All proceeds benefit programs for hospital patients and personnel.

    Please bring along recently read magazines and drop them off at the gift shop for patients and guests.

    Toys for Tots

    Security Public Storage is proud to be a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Official collection station for Toys for Tots.

    Bring in your new, unwrapped toy donation for a needy child. Drop-off hours 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 19, at 111 Muir Station Road, in Martinez.

    Call 925-265-8346 for more information.

    Saranap boutique

    The Saranap Community Association Children's Boutique gave away thousands of donated clothes, toys and games in October, and has begun sorting donations for their Children's boutique Dec. 22, at Meher School in Lafayette.

    Volunteers collect and spruce up donations throughout the year.

    The October event drew more than 800 parents and children, invited by many local organizations that provide assistance to underserved families from all of our neighborhoods.

    If you'd like to be a part of their growing team of volunteers, call 925-952-5839, or e-mail boutique coordinator Stephanie Monson at Stephanie.Saranap@gmail.com. For more information visit www.saranaponline.org.

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