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Martinez Historical Society and Museum volunteers, Kathy Schawel, left, and Barbara Patchin help decorate the museum for the two upcoming events รณ an open house Dec. 1, and the Holiday Frolic Gingerbread House on Dec. 6.

Tree of Lights

Hospice of the East Bay invites everyone to participate in Tree of Lights ceremonies offering community members a way to honor the lives of their friends and loved ones by dedicating a Memorial Light for a minimum gift of $25.

Honor someone you love while directly supporting end-of-life patient care. Call 925-887-5678 or visit www.hospiceeastbay.org to participate.

  • The Rossmoor ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Creekside Clubhouse, 1010 Stanley Dollar Drive in Walnut Creek. A reception is dedicated to longtime Hospice Thrift Shoppe volunteers Norma Heatley and Joan Holman.

    Committee co-chairpersons are Larry Barclay, Trish Dickson, Ruth DuFosse, Fran Elvin, Pauline Hanley, Anita Hartshorn, John Lee, Bev Louie, Bev Meinbress, Joyce Niebur, Barbara Phillips and Pat Ryan.

  • The Concord/Clayton ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the John Muir Medical Center parking lot, at East Street and Almond Avenue in Concord, dedicated to the memory of Donald Porter Shaffer.

    Co-chairpersons are Rocci Barsotti, April Charles, Frank Gurrascio, Sandra Hill, Tim McGallian and Concord Kiwanis.

  • The Alamo/Bruns House ceremony begins at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Alamo Women's Club, 1401 Danville Blvd., dedicated to Gloria Mann.


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    Co-chairing are Ann Kaye and Gayle Schapiro.

    CFE needs donations

    Christmas for Everyone is holding a holiday boutique fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at 6 Robinsdale Road in Martinez.

    This fine organization has provided Christmas Day to many of the county's working poor, seniors, and homebound for 27 years, and is still recovering from a burglary earlier this year. Visit www.christmasforeveryone.com for more information.

    Gingerbread House

    Two holiday events will be featured by the Martinez Historical Society this week.

    An open house will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, and the Holiday Frolic Gingerbread House will be featured from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6.

    Both events will be held at the Martinez Historical Society Museum, 1005 Escobar St.

    Call 925-228-8160 for information.

    DVC brunch, bazaar

    Emeritus College will hold its annual Holiday Brunch and Bazaar at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Diablo Valley College cafeteria, 321 Golf Club Road in Pleasant Hill.

    Santa will have treats for the kids, and Shellie Award winner Judy Ryken will entertain. The bazaar will offer holiday items.

    Relax, enjoy and support Emeritus College, offering seniors the joy of continuing their education.

    For more information or to register for events or classes, call 925-969-4316 or visit www.dvc.edu/emeritus.

    Food Drive

    County Connection encourages riders to donate nonperishable food to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano beginning Monday, Dec. 2.

    All County Connection buses will have plastic crates placed near the front of the bus to hold donations.

    The most needed items are protein sources, like peanut butter and canned meats, any canned goods, dried beans, rice, pastas, iron-rich cereal, tomato products, and 100 percent fruit juices. No glass containers, please.

    For information visit www.countyconnection.com.

    Christmas Closet

    Come shop for all your holiday decorating needs at the Christmas Closet and support the local nonprofit, Juvenile Hall Auxiliary.

    Christmas trees, wrapping paper, snowmen and collectibles are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, through Dec. 14, at the Hall Closet Thrift Store, 100 Glacier Drive in Martinez. Call 925-925-0019 for more information.

    All proceeds benefit the Juvenile Hall Auxiliary, dedicated to giving young people a second chance through scholarships, paid internships and mentoring.

    Threads of Hope

    Diablo Magazine invited readers to nominate exceptional volunteers who work for charitable causes in the East Bay, who will be honored at the "Threads of Hope" awards, from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5, at the Orinda Theatre, 4 Orinda Theatre Square.

    Honorees and nominees include Robert Pack of Danville, from the Troy and Alana Pack Foundation; Dave and Lori Sanson of Walnut Creek, for HomeAid of Northern California; Lou Bordisso, of Vallejo, an advocate with early-onset Alzheimer's disease; and Janet Herman, of Alamo, for the All-Star swim program.

    Cancer Crusaders honorees and nominees are Bob Hammer, of Danville, with Have a Ball Foundation; Sandra J. Wing, of Pleasanton, for Healing Therapies Foundation; Lisa Monroe, of Moraga, for Camp Okizu; and Bonnie Waters, of Walnut Creek for the cancer support community.

    Congratulations to all of the Threads of Hope nominees, many who have graced the Good Neighbors column for many years.

    Nominees include Shannon Blankenship, Child Abuse Prevention Council; Suzanne Beck, Dress A Girl Around the World; Peggy Fleming, Alamo Women's Club; Laura Graham, 1 Closet; Susan Junfish, PFSE; Betsy Streeter, Town Hall Theatre; Shelley Ham, Special Spaces; Neil Stratton, Contra Costa Kops For Kids; Susan Rosenthal, Regional Parks Botanic Garden; Colin Sutcher-Shephard, Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS); Jon and Anita Tonsing, Trevor's Eagle Blanket Foundation; Katie Easterly, Paige Blake, What's Mine Is Yours;

    Also included, Cheyenne Pico, the city of Livermore, Granada High Schools Adopt a Family and St. Vincent De Paul Food Locker and Bread Run; Alijandrina Estrada, PHD, John F. Kennedy University; Terry Patrick, Buena Vista Auxiliary, Assistance League of Diablo Valley; Jim Thayer, Lavar Castle and Estelle Evans, Opportunity Junction; Cynthia Valentin, the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Canine Team; Sue Guy, Wardrobe for Opportunity; and Marjorie Levy, Rehabilitation Services of Northern California. Dorothy McDonald, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley; John Gallagher, John Stuart and Dick Heron, Save Mount Diablo; Peggy James, Reins in Motion, Exceptional Needs Network, The Taylor Family Foundation; Steve Cundy, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano; Dave Olson, Wardrobe for Opportunity; Heidi Abramson, the Bounty Garden; Chelsea Edwards, San Ramon Police Department (Memorial Mural); and Pauline Kaune, Hospice of the East Bay.

    And nominees Melody Howe Weintraub, SHELTER, Inc.; Alicia M. Flores, Link to Children; Nadia Costa, STAND! For Families Free of Violence; Sandra J. Wing, the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation; Angie Solbeck, Livermore Area Recreation and Park District; Rich Leres, Alameda County Community Food Bank; Ray Zenoni, Caring Hands John Muir Health; Margaret Dixon, Oakland Police Activities League; Karen Douglas, community volunteer; Kim Cano, community volunteer; Tanya Aungle, Families Helping Families; Dr. J. Gabriella Heinsheimen, Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic; Ashraf Habibullah and Jax Kneppers, Engineers Alliance for the Arts; Barbara Markle-Casados, Kiss the Toad Creations -- Superhero Sponsor Program; and Eadie McDougald, Quilting for Hospice and Community Needs.

    Children's garden

    "It's amazing what a community with a common goal can achieve out of pure determination," proclaims the Martinez Early Childhood Center -- and that speaks to all of us.

    The center celebrated the completion of its newly landscaped interactive garden in November, thanks to volunteer organizer Eric Akeson and generous donations of materials from local businesses.

    The Martinez Early Childhood Center offers high quality education and full-time care for children ages 1-5 from low-income families, so that parents can work, look for work, or receive vocational training that will lead to employment.

    Visit http://martinezecc.org for more information.

    For the beacon

    Save Mount Diablo will receive a percentage of the proceeds of sales from items featuring Concord artist Rhu A. Bigay's painting, "Compass Heading: Hickam Field, Hawaii" in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day -- Dec. 7, 1941.

    The work features USAAC B-17s, based out of Hamilton Field, California, flying over Mount Diablo for a compass heading before leaving the mainland over San Francisco, to join the war effort.

    For information, visit on www.airshowblues.net or call 925-686-5133.

    "Good Neighbors" is compiled by Faith Barnidge. Send club and organization news to goodneighbors@bayareanewsgroup.com.