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Amanda Henderson

Honoring volunteers

The Volunteer Center of the East Bay, in partnership with Hanson Bridgett LLP, Bank of Marin and Fenwick & West, will honor more than 600 agencies and thousands of volunteers who provide vital services to our communities from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21, in the Oak View Room on second floor of the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway.

The cost is $40. Enjoy a relaxed, early-evening gathering of friends and colleagues with wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, door prizes, a little music, and a silent auction.

It's an easy and fun way to support The Volunteer Center, a nonprofit agency that champions community service, and sustains our nonprofit community through its executive and board training workshops and easy volunteer access. Call 925-472-5760.

Turkey Trot

Bring your family to the Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk on Thanksgiving morning. The festivities will kick off with registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, in Civic Park, 1375 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek. The 5K and 10 K run starts at 8 a.m. and the Kids' Fun Run starts at 10 a.m.

The event benefits the Walnut Creek Education Foundation, P.E.A.K Education Foundation, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Wellness City Challenge, FORMA Kids Foundation and the San Pablo Corridor Coalition. It is presented by A Change of Pace Foundation.

The food bank will accept holiday food donations. All 5K and 10K entrants will receive a T-shirt, post-race refreshments, and eligibility for awards and raffles.


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Preregister in person through Friday, Nov. 22, at Walnut Creek business: Forma Gym, 1908 Olympic Blvd.; Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Road; or Sports Authority Elite, 1675 Olympic Blvd. Cost for the Kids Fun Run is $14- $16. For the Run/Walk, under 17 the cost is $28-$38, and 18 and over is $38-$43.

Email info@changeofpace.com or visit www.changeofpace.com/walnut-creek-turkey-trot for more information.

'Artistry for Autism'

Guests and donors enjoyed the tropics at a Hawaiian luau fundraiser benefiting Redefining Educational Services (RES Success) "Artistry for Autism" event.

Proceeds will support programs and curriculum, providing adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders an enriched environment in which they can become successful in academic, social, vocational and interpersonal pursuits.

Ian G. Bremner, executive director and founder of RES Success said, "The past eight years of budget cuts have hit services for individuals with developmental disabilities extremely hard. RES strives to operate programs that exceed expectations and enrich the lives of our participants. The luau fundraiser is an exciting way for us to reach out to our community and raise funds to keep our services running at their fullest potential."

RES Success programs are located in Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Pittsburg and the newest location in Hercules. Call 925-229-8228 or visit www.ressuccess.org for more information.

Light the Night

Some 2,000 residents turned out on the evening of Oct. 26, at Civic Park in Walnut Creek, for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk.

There were participatory walks scheduled throughout the region, and the East Bay event raised an amazing $315,000.

The society's Light the Night walks fund lifesaving research and patient support for individuals and families battling blood cancer.

Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams and then join together for an inspirational walk. During the two-mile walk, participants carried illuminated balloons -- white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.

Interact Club honors

Tom Murray, an English teacher at Alhambra High School, was honored by the Martinez Rotary Club for his involvement with the AHS Interact Club. The club, sponsored by Rotary, attempts to broaden young people's views of the world, and develop leadership skills.

Murray has been the faculty adviser for the club for at least 10 years.

Murray was presented with a Paul Harris Award, one of the highest honors Rotary can bestow. In his acceptance speech, Murray said the award came full circle from when he was growing up in Chicago, and his father reached out to everyone in his neighborhood, and would be especially touched by his son's accomplishments.

The Martinez Rotary Club meets at 7:30 a.m. every Wednesday at Grace Episcopal Church, 130 Muir Station Road in Martinez. Call 925-229-2508.

Teen's campaign

Sacramento State student Amanda Henderson, a Concord native, is a member of the student activist group, "Hornets for a Healthy Hive," which hopes to eliminate secondhand smoke on campus and become the first CSU campus to be 100 percent tobacco-free.

She and other members hope to keep Sacramento State beautiful for many years to come. They organized a town-hall meeting and sent representatives to Long Beach to meet with the CSU board of trustees at the CSU chancellor's office to encourage the tobacco-free policy at Sacramento State.

For more information, contact Amanda at amandahenderson09@gmail.com.

ECHO women

East Bay CREW, committed to promoting women in the typically male-dominated field of commercial real estate, announced the ECHO Award winners, recognizing people who have made significant strides toward the organization's mission.

  • The Sustained Leader in Commercial Real Estate ECHO Award winner is Patricia Curtin, a Lafayette resident who works in Walnut Creek at Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean.

  • The Emerging Leader in Commercial Real Estate ECHO Award winner is Andrea Landsberg-Reeder, who works in San Ramon at Sunset Development Company.

    For more information, contact Peggy Cramer Jara, Harden Communications Partners, 510-635-4150 or visit www.hardenpartners.com.

    Holiday donation

    During the holiday season, many individuals and businesses reach out to help our neighbors in need through donations and supportive fundraisers.

    AAA and Cupertino Tow recently donated 1,300 pounds of frozen turkeys to Loaves & Fishes of Contra Costa. Head Chef James Porter will prepare 1,200 traditional Thanksgiving meals with all the trimmings to be served Wednesday, Nov. 27 -- the day before Thanksgiving -- in all five of the organization's dining rooms in Martinez, Antioch, Bay Point, Pittsburg and Oakley.

    Since 1983, Loaves & Fishes -- in its mission to feed the hungry of Contra Costa County free hot nutritious meals at its dining facilities -- has served more than 4.0 million meals to thousands of our neighbors.

    Ethics Days

    The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce Education Committee is sponsoring Ethics Day for high school students Wednesday, Dec. 4, and for middle school students, Tuesday, Dec. 10.

    Ethics Days bring together business leaders, educators, government officials and high school students for an interactive exploration of various ethical challenges facing all of us today.

    The chamber is seeking volunteers to serve as business representatives. Please volunteer and send an email to chamber@walnut-creek.com, indicating which day (or both) you would like to participate.

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