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Clayton Historical Society volunteers, front row, from left, Shannon Seven, Julie Pierce, Barbara Hill, Barbara Fogerson and Alice Ponti, and back row, from left, JoAnn Caspar, Mary Spryer, Cindy Haydon, Dee Totman, Peggy Arundell, Marcia Thome and Sharon Barrington have beautifully decorated the Clayton Museum for the holidays. The historical society is sponsoring the fourth annual Christmas Home Tour of six residences from noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 15.

Clayton home tour

The Clayton Historical Society will present the Christmas Home Tour from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, beginning at the Clayton Museum, 6101 Main St. in charming downtown Clayton.

The self-guided tour features six private homes, beautifully decorated for Christmas. Refreshments will be served at one of the homes.

Reservations are available in advance for $30 or sold at the door on the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the Clayton Historical Society Museum.

For additional information, call 925-672-7680, email museum@claytonhistory.org or visit www.claytonhistory.org. Join the fun at your local historical society!

SHELTER Santa

Many families in our community continue to struggle to provide even the basic necessities of food, warm clothing and shelter.

We love to hear about local business owners who help their neighbors in times of need as well as provide some comfort and joy during the holidays.

Bo McSwine, of Bo's BBQ in Lafayette, has played Santa for more than 10 years as a partner of SHELTER, Inc. Every year, he asks for a wish list from SHELTER, Inc.'s transitional housing program in Antioch.

He delivered toys and food to some 35 children last weekend at the Lyle Morris Family Center in Antioch. "Providing toys for these kids is the highlight of my year," says Bo.

The mission of SHELTER, Inc. is to prevent and end homelessness among low-income residents of Contra Costa County by providing resources that lead to self-sufficiency.

SHELTER, Inc. is in need of gifts or gift cards for teen boys and girls who are often forgotten this holiday season.

If you would like to donate, call Theresita Gonzales at 925-957-7561 or email theresitag@shelterincofccc.org.

You may drop off your donation at SHELTER, Inc., 1815 Arnold Drive in Martinez, call 925-335-0698 or visit www.shelterincofccc.org for more information or how to help.

Joyeux Noel

The Walnut Creek Library Foundation and new nonprofit Mountain Shadow Film Society, will present French foreign film and Oscar nominee, "Joyeux Noel," at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, in the Oak View Room at the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway.

The film is a recreation of a historic incident from World War I that took place on the front lines on Christmas 1914 when warring German, British, French and Belgian troops initiated a spontaneous and unsanctioned armistice to celebrate the holiday.

Admission is free, but limited to 150 guests. Call John for reservations at 925-787-6965, or email info@mountainshadow.org.

Visit www.mountainshadow.org to learn how you can support local foreign and independent film showings each month at the Walnut Creek Library.

Wonderland for kids

Foster A Dream's annual Wonderland will brighten the holidays for thousands of local foster child again this year.

Wonderland has evolved into an amazing 10,000-square-foot Dreamland where games, prizes, holiday decorations, cookies, stockings, portraits, a gift of their choice, and more welcomes them.

Donations can be delivered to the Foster A Dream office located at 628 Escobar St., in Martinez. To get involved or for information, email wonderland@fosteradream.org or call 925-228-0200.

Veterans' wreaths

Wreaths Across America ceremonies take place each December at veterans national cemeteries.

The Anne Loucks chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Martinez will make sure that each veteran's grave will be decorated with a 36-inch balsam wreath at the 9 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road in Dixon.

Chapter Regent Susan Busenius, mistress of ceremonies, and First Vice Regent Judy Onopchenko, Wreaths Across America chapter coordinator, invites all local veterans and their families to attend.

DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.

The Anne Loucks Chapter represents members from the Diablo and San Ramon valleys who have relatives who made a significant contribution or fought in the Revolutionary War. Visit www.anneloucks.californiadar.org for more information.

Revisit World's Fair

The 1939-1940 World's Fair Golden Gate International Exposition and the newly created Treasure Island will be the topic of discussion of the Contra Costa County Historical Society meeting at 1 p.m. Dec. 14, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 930 Ward St., in Martinez.

Elena Paras Noble of Concord is the daughter of the late George Paras, a Bay Area photographer from the 1930s to the mid-1970s.

She will show many of her father's pictures taken before the Exposition opened, and the art deco magnificence of the Exposition during its run.

Noble will describe not only the exhibition buildings but also the more formal culture of the time. People "dressed up" to go to the fair, she observes, even as Sally Rand was a hit for "dressing down."

Elena taught in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District for 22 years.

She is also a member of Pleasant Hill-Martinez American Association of University Women.

As Northern California regional field manager for $tart $mart classes through the Wage Project, she helps prepare young women to attain equal pay for equal work, a program supported by AAUW.

Layettes to CCRMC

Members of the Martinez Women's Club, Mary Alice Paisley and Carol Lynn Holmes, recently delivered baby items to the Newborn Infant Project at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.

Included were teddy bear recovery pillows for the surgery children, baby clothes and blankets. The Martinez Women's Club has supported this project for many years.

The Newborn Infant Project been in operation for more than 30 years at CCRMC.

Layettes provide a new mother with basic essentials needed for their infants, including a receiving blanket, sleeper, onesie, cap, thermometer and baby toy as they leave the hospital with their newborn.

A group of dedicated volunteers from the CCRMC Auxiliary meet every Monday to assemble and deliver more than 175 layettes each month.

Call for further information or arrange for your donations at 925-370-5440 or email Rhonda.Smith@hsd.cccounty.us.

CCRMC is grateful for donations of children's books, magazines, movies, and library materials. Magazines may not be older than 6 months from the publication date.

Art supplies need to be nontoxic.

New reading glasses (all strengths) are also needed.

Tax-deductible donations can be mailed or brought to the information desk located at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Volunteer Office, 2500 Alhambra Ave., in Martinez.

Whole Foods' gift

Whole Foods Market dedicated more than $5,600 of one day's revenue last week to Loaves & Fishes, now struggling to meet the demand of hungry residents in our community.

Loaves & Fishes provides free hot, nutritious meals at five local dining facilities.

Visit www.loavesfishescc.org to learn how you can help.

Red Cross donation

Please make a donation of your lifesaving blood to the Red Cross this holiday season.

It doesn't take much time to make a huge difference in someone's life.

Call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) to schedule an appointment, or visit redcrossblood.org to find a location near you.

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