Support our wildlife

More than 5,000 injured or orphaned local wild animals are cared for each year at the Lindsay Wildlife Hospital and Museum in Walnut Creek, and most return to the wild happy and healthy.

Animals that are still healthy but unable to feed themselves in the wild any longer become Animal Ambassadors you can see up close and personal when you visit.

With proper care and loving attention, our wild friends thrive at Lindsay, often living to a ripe old age, like Lord Richard, the 40-year-old turkey vulture that spends most days in an avian cage near Larkey Park.

Honor our wildlife and support Lindsay Wildlife Museum by attending the Faces of Wildlife Gala beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Round Hill Country Club, 3169 Round Hill Road in Alamo.

Tickets are $250 for wine, a gourmet dinner and dancing to live music by Locust and Main. Valet parking is complimentary.

Tickets are available at www.wildlife-museum.org/gala, by calling 925-627-2961 or emailing donors@wildlife-museum.org. Contributions are always welcome.

Sponsor of 'century'

Walnut Creek's Celebration of the Century has begun, with Mechanics Bank as its "Sponsor of the Century." The 108-year-old community bank is lead sponsor for the city's community-led, community-funded Centennial Celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of Walnut Creek.

"Mechanics Bank has helped our community grow and prosper over the years, and we are so thrilled they could partner with us for this tremendous community celebration," says Walnut Creek Mayor Kristina Lawson. "Walnut Creek and Mechanics Bank have practically grown up together."

"When the city approached us about this sponsorship, we leapt at the chance to be a part of such a special program," says Christa Steele, CEO of Mechanics Bank. "The businesses and people of Walnut Creek have played a huge part in the bank's growth and success. This is our chance to say thanks."

Mechanics Bank was founded in 1905. Four generations later, the founder's descendants still own the majority of shares. Dianne D. Felton, chairman of the board, is the great-granddaughter of the founder E.M. Downer.

"Our East Bay roots go very deep," Felton says."As a community bank, our mission is to support the communities where we operate. We are so pleased to be a part of celebrating the wonderful history of this community."

The Centennial Steering Committee is partnering with a vast array of community groups to offer "100 Ways and More" to celebrate Walnut Creek. A special interactive website offers calendar listings, historical timelines and quizzes, and information about ways to support this signature year at walnutcreek100.com.

Kiwanis clubs

Kiwanians are a cross-section of dedicated men and women serving the needs of our community in neighborhood chapters throughout our area.

The Martinez Kiwanis Club is active in community service programs, including Meals on Wheels and Loaves and Fishes. They meet for lunch at noon Thursdays, at the Kiwanis Youth Center, 750 Allen St. in Martinez.

Visit www.kiwanisofmartinez.org for membership information.

Kiwanis of Walnut Creek emphasis is on "Children, Priority One." It meets at noon Tuesdays, at Massimo's restaurant, 1604 Locust St., in Walnut Creek. Contact Pete Schmitt at akapete2@comcast.net to join them for a meeting.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Concord has actively supported the Concord High School Key Club since 1961, encouraging teens to participate in local community service projects.

Kiwanians meet for lunch at noon on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 1955 Mount Diablo St. in downtown Concord.

Visit their Facebook page for more information.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Concord recently presented Concord Police Detective Tamra Roberts with the 2013 Concord Kiwanis Police Officer of the Year award. Roberts was chosen for this award by her peers with collaboration from Concord Police Chief Guy Swanger. Congratulations!

For Valentine's Day

Mountain Shadow, the new nonprofit independent film society, will host a Valentine's Day showing of "Fill the Void" (Israeli, English subtitles), shown at the Sundance, Toronto and New York film festivals.

Join other film buffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in the Oak View Room of the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway.

Tickets are $12. The short film, "Shanghai Love Market," (Chinese, English subtitles), will also be presented.

Visit http://mountainshadow.org or contact John Bennison at jb@mountainshadow.org.

Mamma Mia! sing

Join in and sing along to Mamma Mia! at a fundraiser for Soroptimist International of 24-680. The Saturday, Feb. 22 event begins with heavy hors d'oeuvres and a no-host wine bar at 6:45 p.m. The movie starts at 7:45 p.m., at the Rheem Theatre, 350 Park St. in Moraga.

Attire of the 1970s is welcome. First prize in the wine raffle is 50 bottles of wine and a wine cooler. Tickets are $20. For more details and tickets, call 925-323-1797 or email SIof24.680@gmail.com.

Diablo Theatre Co.

Funds are needed to support the next season of musicals produced by Diablo Theatre Company, based in Pleasant Hill and presented at the Lesher Center for the Arts. The group's current production, "Guys and Dolls," on stage through March 1.

Their goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of February in a campaign on website Indiegogo to "Keep Our Doors Open!" Visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/661805/emal/6205023, or visit http://www.diablotheatre.org/.

Be a library volunteer

Hundreds of volunteers make a difference in our libraries, providing assistance to people of all ages in our community.

Volunteer programs include "Books for the Homebound," providing books to residents in convalescent facilities or those unable to leave their homes; "Homework Help" during the school year; "Stories To Go" reading stories to preschool children; and "Technology for Teens in Transition" providing Internet instruction and guidance for incarcerated juveniles. Probation Department screening is required, along with a one year commitment.

"Friends of the Library" groups support their local libraries with book sales, and "Project Second Chance," the Contra Costa Library adult literacy program, offers free, confidential one-on-one basic literacy instruction to people older than 16, out of school and conversant in English.

Call your local library to see how you can help!

  • Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Road; 925-673-0659

  • Concord Library, 2900 Salvio St.; 925-646-5455

  • Pleasant Hill Library, 1750 Oak Park Blvd.; 925-646-6434

  • Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway; 925-977-3340

  • Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road; 925-938-1481

  • Martinez Library, 740 Court St.; 925-646-9900.

    The Martinez library has a new partnership with the Martinez Arts Association's Rotating Art Program under the direction of Debra Dodson and Dorrie Langley.

    February celebrates Black History month, and March will celebrate Women's History month.

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