Helping history

The Concord Historical Society has been offered a matching funds grant up to $200,000 to jump-start the fund drive to restore the recently relocated 1928 Masonic Temple into the Concord History Museum and Resource Center at the Masonic Temple.

Donations will be greatly appreciated to help the society reach its goal of $400,000. Checks should be mailed to CHS, P.O. Box 404, Concord, CA 94522. Contact Lloyd Crenna at 415-722-7100, lloydcrenna@comcast.net or visit www.concordhistorical.org for information on how you or your organization can help.

Progress already includes a new foundation, roof, engineered drainage and parking plans. The Resource Center and Museum will be operated in conjunction with the adjacent Galindo Home, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, which was restored and opened as a museum in 2012.

The Museum and Resource Center will be open to Concord students, residents and scholars and will display the society's large collection of historical artifacts of Concord from 1850 to the present. The original dance floor and stage will be retained and available for rentals for weddings and other occasions, providing a source of income to maintain and operate the Galindo Home as well as the museum.


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The dance floor and stage was the location of one of the first public performances of Concord's favorite son, Dave Brubeck. The historical society plans to celebrate that heritage with the Black & White Ball, sock hops, performances by the Brubeck Institute and local musicians, history lectures and other cultural presentations. Can't wait!

Sheriff's Posse Ball

STAND! For Families Free of Violence will be the main beneficiary of the annual Contra Costa County Sheriff's Ball, hosted by Sheriff David O. Livingston and the Sheriff's Posse.

Visitors can enjoy cocktails, dinner and dancing to music performed by David Martin's House Party, at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Blackhawk Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle in Danville.

Complimentary formal photographs will be provided by Wentling's Studio. Tickets are $150. Call 925-265-4422 or email alivingston001@yahoo.com.

More good news for STAND! It is one of 20 Northern California organizations sharing a $1 million Trauma Informed Care grant from Kaiser Permanente to help youth heal from trauma and move on to lead healthy lives.

Kudos to volunteers from the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church who recently pitched in to refresh the STAND! emergency shelter for women and children recovering from abusive relationships.

Volunteers cleaned the kitchen, dining room, living room and child care room, restocked the kitchen with cooking supplies, changed light bulbs, and even made some minor repairs.

The women and children staying in the shelter can relax and enjoy each other's company in a beautiful, clean and safe space. Clients expressed their appreciation and said they are motivated to keep it in tiptop shape.

Golf Fore Kid's Sake

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley annual Golf Fore Kids Sake Tournament will be held Friday, April 25, at Roddy Ranch Golf Club, 1 Tour Way in Antioch.

Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. The four-person scramble tournament will include a $1,000 hole-in-one prize, raffles, dinner, drinks and lots of fun. Call 925 228.3896, ext. 102, or visit www.bgcdv.org to sign up.

Cost is $125 which includes green fees, cart rental, range balls and dinner, or you can purchase a foursome for $500. Funds raised help sustain programs offered to our community's youth all year.

Boys & Girls Clubs play a key role in reducing delinquency, increasing academic achievement, providing access to technology, developing career goals and improving attitudes toward school by providing a safe and supportive environment, fun activities, supportive relationships with peers and adults, increased opportunities to learn and develop and recognition of achievement.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley has been an integral part of the Martinez community and surrounding area for more than 50 years working collaboratively through ongoing partnerships with families, volunteers, educators, businesses and community leaders.

'Night of Merriment'

The Rotary Club of Pleasant Hill gave the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District a grant of $25,000 to sponsor the entryway of the new Pleasant Hill Community Center which opened in January.

And the club is holding its St. Patrick's Night of Merriment on Friday, March 14, at the new facility, 320 Civic Drive in Pleasant Hill. Corned beef and cabbage are on the menu, and Irish dancers will provide lively entertainment.

Call Jim Bonato for tickets at 925-938-5433 or for more information visit www.rotaryclubpleasanthillca.com.

St. Patrick's dinner

The annual Grace Episcopal Church St. Patrick's Day Dinner will be begin with happy hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by traditional Irish fare -- corned beef and cabbage with all the trimmings, and musical entertainment on Saturday, March 15, 130 Muir Station Road in Martinez.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids 6-12 and it's free for children younger than 5. Call 925-383-8386 for reservations. Impromptu dancing in the aisles often follows dessert.

Day of the Book

The second annual Day of the Book will be held March 8, at John F. Kennedy University, 100 Ellinwood Way, in Pleasant Hill.

The daylong program will begin with registration and book sales at 9:30 a.m. The $20 cost includes a gourmet boxed lunch and more than a dozen literary sessions.

Among the sessions are Writing Your Non-Fiction Book, What Makes a Bestseller, Authors and Writers Connecting to the Community, How to Become Self-Published, The Future of the Book in the Networked World and more.

For information and to register, visit the events page at www.jfku.edu or call 925-969-3508.

Call for artists

The annual Creekside Arts event, coming to the Clayton Library from March 21-23, is looking for participating artists, environmental and community groups, and authors, poets and musicians and more.

The deadline for applying is March 8.

The fundraising festival this year will highlight the fire on Mount Diablo and the start of the mountain's regeneration, and will celebrate recovery, renewal and restoration. There will be exploration of the arts, culture and nature while supporting environmental education programs in the library's certified creekside wildlife habitat.

Interactive entertainment for all ages is planned, including workshops in visual and performing arts, art sales, cultural performances, storytelling, poetry, authors, illustrators and music, environmental education groups and guided nature, culture and art tours throughout Clayton.

Awards will be presented to artists who creatively interpret this year's theme juried by a panel from local art businesses, gallery museums, writer's clubs, and the Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, as well as a People's Choice Award.

Artists are requested to donate $30 for space to sell their work, as well as a percentage of their profits toward the fundraiser to benefit the environmental education programs in the library wildlife habitat and related library materials. All donations are tax-deductible. Obtain forms at the Clayton Library or www.claytonlibrary.org.

Those interested in being a part of the Creekside Arts Festival can contact Arlene Kikkawa-Nielsen, event director, at 925-673-0777 or email akiksen@aol.com.

Awards for YTC

Youth Theatre Company's Teen Theatre, a program of Civic Arts Education in Walnut Creek, brought home awards from the Musical Theatre Competitions of America, held recently at Disneyland.

Honors included the First Place Overall trophy for Ensemble Performance in the Intermediate Division for a performance of "Thoroughly Modern Millie;" third place in the Freshman Division for Danville's Clare Brennan's solo "Carrie" from "Carrie the Musical;" and fourth place in the Freshman Division for Walnut Creek's Tate Lipnicki's solo "Different" from the musical "Honk."

YTC producer Rachel Pergamit of Moraga was pleased that local youth actors Anna Lyubinina and Soly Ramin of Concord, and Andy Jacobson of Walnut Creek, were chosen for a group performance of "You're the One that I Want" from "Grease." Visit www.youththeatrecompany.org for more details.

Community Awards

Pleasant Hill's Community Awards Night was held at the new Pleasant Hill Community Center in February.

  • Citizen of the Year Paul Cotruvo was honored for volunteering and fundraising efforts on behalf teen programs at the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District.

  • Educator of the Year is William Hotter of Pleasant Hill Elementary, who received the award from City Councilman Michael Harris and Dawn Block, who also presented him with a $1,000 honorarium from the Block/Harris Tikkun Olam Education Fund for his school.

  • The Green Award winner was the "Green Team" at Sequoia Elementary, a group of parents and students who have composted more than 8,000 pounds of lunch waste over the past three years and used it to cultivate a thriving vegetable garden at the school.

  • Pleasant Hill Coin & Jewelry Exchange won the Business of the Year award. Co-owners Jennifer Grossi and Elizabeth Chapple were honored for their sponsorship of and volunteerism at many community events.

  • The Community Plus award, given to an employee of the city, chamber of commerce, or recreation district, went to Kendra Luke, the Senior Center manager. Kendra was recognized for her leadership and enthusiasm in sustaining senior programs over the past several years.

    Other awards presented included:

  • Mayor's Award went to Cindy Rubin, with the Foundation for Pleasant Hill Education, and the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District

  • Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District Board Appreciation Award recognized Harold Jeffry, John Matthesen and Marian Woodard

  • Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District Community Service Award went to Paul Cotruvo

  • Pleasant Hill Chamber Board Appreciation Award recognized Matt Rinn

  • Pleasant Hill Chamber Ambassador of the Year was Julie McCoy

  • Pleasant Hill Community Foundation Cornerstone Award went to Suzanne Salter

    Community Awards Night is hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, city of Pleasant Hill and the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District each year to honor citizens, organizations, businesses and employees who have made a significant contribution to the community through their selfless dedication and volunteerism.

    All of the nominees were honored and recognized for enhancing the quality of life in Pleasant Hill. Congratulations!

    Call for artists

    The annual Creekside Arts event, coming to the Clayton Library from March 21-23, is looking for participating artists, environmental and community groups, and authors, poets and musicians and more.

    The deadline for applying is March 8.

    The fundraising festival this year will highlight the fire on Mount Diablo and the start of the mountain's regeneration, and will celebrate recovery, renewal and restoration. There will be exploration of the arts, culture and nature while supporting environmental education programs in the library's certified creekside wildlife habitat.

    Interactive entertainment for all ages is planned, including workshops in visual and performing arts, art sales, cultural performances, storytelling, poetry, authors, illustrators and music, environmental education groups and guided nature, culture and art tours throughout Clayton.

    Awards will be presented to artists who creatively interpret this year's theme juried by a panel from local art businesses, gallery museums, writer's clubs, and the Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, as well as a People's Choice Award.

    Artists are requested to donate $30 for space to sell their work, as well as a percentage of their profits toward the fundraiser to benefit the environmental education programs in the library wildlife habitat and related library materials. All donations are tax-deductible. Obtain forms at the Clayton Library or www.claytonlibrary.org.

    Those interested in being a part of the Creekside Arts Festival can contact Arlene Kikkawa-Nielsen, event director, at 925-673-0777 or email akiksen@aol.com.

    Day of the Book

    The second annual Day of the Book will be held March 8, at John F. Kennedy University, 100 Ellinwood Way, in Pleasant Hill.

    The daylong program will begin with registration and book sales at 9:30 a.m. The $20 cost includes a gourmet boxed lunch and more than a dozen literary sessions.

    Among the sessions are Writing Your Non-Fiction Book, What Makes a Bestseller, Authors and Writers Connecting to the Community, How to Become Self-Published, The Future of the Book in the Networked World and more.

    For information and to register, visit the events page at www.jfku.edu or call 925-969-3508.

    Artsy city shout out

    Does your city do a great job supporting arts and economic development? Ask the city leadership to apply in the "Economic Development Through the Arts" category of the Helen Putnam Awards from the League of California Cities. The deadline for applications is Thursday, April 10. Full details are at www.helenputnam.org.

    Remember to support California arts education programs by contributing to the "Keep Arts in Schools Fund" in the Voluntary Contribution Fund section of your state tax return.

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