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Martinez resident Connie English with her pets, two blue macaws and a cockatoo, will donate the proceeds from the sale of her mosaics and encaustic wax paintings to various projects that help animals. See her work at the Artistís Market Exhibit and Sale in Walnut Creek from Dec. 6-8.

AAUW home tour

The Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek chapter of the American Association of University Women will present its Holiday Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14.

Five festively decorated Alamo private homes are featured.

Tickets are $30, and seniors 65 and older are $25, if purchased before Dec. 6. Thereafter, they are $35 and $30, respectively.

Mail your check payable to: "Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW" with a business size, self-addressed, stamped envelope to: AAUW Holiday Home Tour, P.O. Box 996, Alamo, CA 94507.

Tickets are also at East Bay Flower Company at 206 Sycamore Valley Road, Danville (Livery Shopping Center) with cash or checks only.

Or you can purchase them online at No children under 12.

Profits support local college scholarships for women and Tech Trek, a weeklong, residential summer camp for middle school girls interested in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), and held at Sonoma State.

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Email: for more information.

Artists' Market

If you're looking for holiday gifts for that special someone, check out Civic Arts Education and Clay Arts Guild "Artists' Market Exhibit and Sale" from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6, for an opening reception with entertainment.

The sale continues from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (at Shadelands) and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (at Civic Park) on Dec. 8.

There will be ceramics, paintings, photography, printmaking, glass art, jewelry, textiles and more at Shadelands, 111 N. Wiget Lane in Walnut Creek.

Functional and decorative ceramic art, including porcelain, raku and sculpture, will be featured at Civic Park, 1365 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek

Call 925-943-5846 or visit, for more information.

Artist Connie English, a teacher and artist, became aware of the plight of abandoned birds, and has secured a 12-acre space in the Sonoma area where many rescued and abandoned pet parrots will have a new home. Proceeds from her sales at the exhibit will benefit projects that help animals.

When completed, 40 rescued and abandoned pet parrots will have a new home, and Connie's parrots (two blue macaws and one cockatoo) will be among the new residents.

"I will miss them terribly, but it's where they belong," she explains.

For more information on Connie's fundraising endeavors, visit

Bonnes Fetes

"It's a Wonderful Life in Lafayette." Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas with Santa, food, drinks and entertainment for the whole family from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6, in Lafayette Plaza Park, near the intersection of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Moraga Road in downtown Lafayette.

Enjoy French carols to Saint Nicholas at 5 p.m. performed by Langeac Society Francophones and Francophiles, led by director Madame Catherine Jolivet-Johnson.

Contact her at or call 925-283-9822 to learn more about the Langeac Society and rehearsal times if you would like to join the chorus.

ARF pet food drive

In partnership with the Salvation Army, Animal Rescue Foundation's Holiday Pet Food Drive will once again lend a paw to those in need this holiday season.

ARF will collect cat and dog food donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. weekends through Jan. 10, at ARF's campus, at 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek.

Food will be distributed to Contra Costa County families through the Salvation Army in Concord. Families in need of pet food assistance should contact the Salvation Army directly at 925-676-6180.

Elena Bicker, ARF executive director, said, "No one should have to choose between feeding themselves and feeding their pets.

Through the generosity of animal lovers, ARF is able to ease a little bit of their burden during a time when families should be together."

FPA donations

The East Bay Chapter of the Financial Planning Association's third annual East Bay Golf Tournament helped raise funds for three local charities, Concord RotaCare Clinic, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, and The Salvation Army of Central Contra Costa County.

The Concord RotaCare Clinic, originally launched and supported by the Rotary Club of Concord, received a $2,000 donation, equivalent to 750 flu vaccinations.

FPA president-elect and event chairman Brian Gemmer, said, "As an organization comprised of financial planning experts and financial service professionals, we are intimately aware of the challenges faced by individuals and families with inadequate resources.

"We feel it is our obligation to do what we can both monetarily and with our time to help the less fortunate. I feel so privileged to be associated with such a caring group."

Rita Corbinook, administrative director for RotaCare Concord, said "this donation, along with RotaCare's new mobile health care vehicle will allow the organization to help even more people this flu season."

The RotaCare mobile health care vehicle, donated by funds raised through the Concord Mayor's Cup tournament in May, is outfitted with medical supplies and equipment, and a volunteer crew of physicians and medical professionals who provide monthly medical services for qualified uninsured patients in Contra Costa County.

RotaCare Bay Area is a volunteer alliance of medical professionals, organizations and community members dedicated to providing free primary, quality health care services to uninsured families and individuals with limited ability to pay for medical care.

The Concord RotaCare Clinic is a program and major community project of the Rotary Club of Concord.

An urgent care clinic is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at Cambridge Elementary School, 1135 Lacey Lane in Concord.

The Healthy Women's clinic is from 5 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays monthly, at the Salvation Army Church, 3950 Clayton Road, in Concord.

Visit for more information.

Daffodil Hill

The Clayton Valley Garden Club has done it again ... donated and planted another 500 daffodil bulbs on Daffodil Hill.

Volunteers Ben Shikano, Nick Caspar, Steve Lane, Valerie Austin, Alyce Shikano, Erik Ortiz, Ingela Nielsen, Michelle Ortiz and Bruce Balha, Susan Balha, Ray Bauer, Rory Richmond, Sheila Nichols, Chris and Haley Callaghan all helped on a beautiful November day.

Ray Bauer's electric Clay Spade tool, operated by volunteer Nick Caspar, was used to break up the rock-hard clay soil in a seemingly never-ending task of digging enough holes to plant 500 yellow trumpet daffodil bulbs.

Volunteers worked in production line precision to finish the planting by hand before they enjoyed a nice potluck lunch in Grove Park.

Unfortunately, everyone will have to wait until late March to enjoy the blooms on "Daffodil Hill."

To learn more about the Clayton Valley Garden Club and their other community projects, visit the website at

Prom Dresses wanted

A prom dress drive is being held by Soroptimist of Martinez. New or slightly used dress donations are requested.

Call president Stacy Lomp at 925-787-3745 or drop off your donation to June Rogers, at 1875 Arnold Drive, in Martinez.

Concord Cares

We were impressed last week by Concord Mayor Dan Helix's announcement of a new social services program in the works called Concord Cares, a "coordinated interagency system for providing responsive and immediate support for those in acute need."


Helix served Concord well as mayor this year and we thank him for his exemplary service. To read the entire article, click on this link:, or go to and search My Town/Concord.

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