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Kaiser Permanente employees, physicians and staff members volunteered to paint, clean and garden at the Mt. Diablo Center for Adult Day Health Care in Pleasant Hill on Martin Luther King Day.

The Monument Crisis Center will now be able to serve more than 15,000 low-income families and individuals by providing nutritious food, education, general assistance and referrals at their new offices at 1990 Market St. in Concord.

Hundreds of supporters attended the grand opening in March, received a tour of the new facility and heartfelt thanks from executive director Sandra Scherer.

Programs at the center are planned by staff members and executed by dedicated volunteers for low-income and at-risk families in Contra Costa County. The diverse set of programs and services offered at Monument Crisis Center allows people from diverse backgrounds to become involved in a way that matches their skills and interests.

For more information call 925-825-7751.

Eagle recognition

The Las Aguilas de Diablo group of adult Eagle Scouts hosts an annual recognition dinner honoring Scouts, Sea Scouts and Venture Scouters of the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council who have received the highest award in their respective branch of Scouting, Eagle, Quartermaster or Silver Venture Scouter.

Each Scout will be the guest of an adult member of Las Aguilas or another friend of Scouting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Soda Center at Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Marys Road in Moraga.

John Menderman, a retired FBI agent and San Francisco police officer, will share highlights of his career, including the time he lead the FBI team that investigated White House involvement in the Watergate affair in the 1970s.


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Call Marc Slater at 925-289-7558 for ticket information.

Help foster children

Learn about all of the ways you can get involved to help foster children. Attend the Foster a Dream volunteer orientation from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at 628 Escobar St., in Martinez.

Volunteer opportunities include mentoring, Young Women's Empowerment Day, Get Set program, Operation Backpack, Online Ambassador Group, financial/tax education classes, office work/program assistance, Development Committee and special events. Email Erin at volunteerbayarea@voa-ncnn.org to sign up.

Grants available

The Pleasant Hill Community Foundation community grant application is available for public and nonprofit organizations in Pleasant Hill, and must be received by April 20.

Any recreational, cultural or educational program that serves the residents of Pleasant Hill may apply. Grants allocation chairwoman Adrianne Roe, says, "The foundation is again very proud to be able to provide this opportunity to organizations in our community that enrich the lives of the residents of Pleasant Hill through cultural, educational and recreational activities."

Visit www.PHCommunityFoundation.org, or email info@PHCommunityFoundation.org.

Kaiser's many hands

Kaiser Permanente employees, physicians and staff members gathered at the Mt. Diablo Center for Adult Day Health Care in Pleasant Hill, to volunteer a day of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January to paint, garden, and provide a general cleanup at the center.

"Coming together and doing this work with the Mt. Diablo Center for Adult Day Health Care is truly rewarding," says Jaina French, public affairs representative for Kaiser Permanente Diablo Area and organizer of the event.

"Kaiser Permanente is committed to the community and we have dozens of volunteers eager and ready to give back. We look forward to this day of community service every year."

The center provides structured day recreation and therapy services for the frail elderly, disabled adults, and adults with Alzheimer's and related dementia.

"We are here to serve and recognize a great community leader," said Rachel Cabugao of HandsOn Bay Area, coordinators of the event. "Working together like this has great impact and we are proud to partner with Kaiser Permanente."

Annette Reddrick, program director at the center, agreed. "Your volunteer efforts are greatly appreciated by our seniors. It is wonderful to see so many people here today."

Emeritus classes

DVC Emeritus College has some interesting, thought-provoking classes starting in April and May, along with tours of the California Railroad Museum and the Ruth Bancroft Garden, plus a hike of the Marin headlands.

Upcoming classes include the Asian Republics Post Soviet Union; My Son the Barber Surgeon: Jews and Medicine; I Wonder Who I Am: Genealogy 101; Perfumes, Pigments and Poisons, and JFK's Last 100 Days.

Expand your horizons! Call the Emeritus Office at 925-969-4316 or visit www.dvc.edu/emeritus for more information.

CCRMC layettes

The Priscilla Circle ladies of the First Congregational Church of Martinez held their annual "Grandma Baby Shower" to benefit the Newborn Layette Project at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez.

The ladies donated a lovely selection of blankets, sleepers, sets onsies and hats.

The Newborn Infant Project is an ongoing program of the CCRMC Auxiliary. Individuals and groups donate baby items; auxiliary ladies assemble the layettes containing a blanket, a receiving blanket, sleeper, onsie, diaper, hat, and sometimes a thermometer. This is given to each mother by the nurses as she takes her baby home.

Call Shirley Peterson at 925-228-5716.

Blue Star Moms

Blue Star Moms get together every week to make personal-size quilts for severely wounded military personnel, and baby quilts for military families in need.

They meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 2410 Olivera Court in Concord. Come even if you don't know how to sew! They will teach you to sew or you can help with other preparations.

For more information, call Mary O'Keefe at 925-689-5947.

Blue Star Moms send care packages in June for delivery in time for Independence Day on July 4.

Send APO or FPO addresses for anyone deployed, including an end of deployment date, and they will send a package.

Soldier-requested items and donations are needed before May 1, and may be delivered any day except Wednesday and Sunday, to A-1 Self Storage at 5296 Concord Blvd., in Concord.

Call 925-686-3944, visit www.ccbluestarmoms.org or email carepackages@ccbluestarmoms.org for a complete list of items.

Cash donations are also welcome, as each package requires $15.45 postage. Checks may be made payable to Contra Costa Blue Star Moms and mailed to P.O. Box 6379, Concord, CA 94524.

Military uniforms

Anne Loucks Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will present "With Honor Worn: Military Uniforms," featuring vintage and modern military uniforms at a special event luncheon at noon Saturday, April 12, at the Shell Clubhouse, 1635 Pacheco in Martinez.

Guest speaker Katherine Borges will talk about her own family military uniforms and history. Reservations are required. Contact event chairwoman Donna Weis at dfweis@comcast.net.

RotaCare clinic

The RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul marked three years of providing free medical care to the uninsured at an event last week recognizing the medical and support volunteers who make the clinic a success.

Volunteers at RotaCare include physicians, pharmacists, nurses, health educators, nutritionists, social workers, translators and others who have provided their professional time and expertise free of charge to the needy.

Volunteer medical director Hamid Khonsari, M.D., and volunteer nurse coordinators Angela Rivello and Helene Glaser, direct medical services. Katie Messina, clinic administrator, coordinates volunteers and clinic operations.

Since opening in 2011, the RotaCare clinic has provided more than 3,100 patient visits for the underserved and uninsured. A collaboration between St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County, local Rotary clubs and RotaCare Bay Area, the clinic provides urgent and primary care for poor, uninsured adults from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and from 9 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month.

Physicians, pharmacists, nurses and bilingual translators interested in learning about volunteering may contact Katie Messina at katiem@rotacarebayarea.org.

The clinic relies on ongoing support from donors to keep its doors open to those in need of free medical care. In 2013, it received support from more than 10 local Rotary clubs, the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit-Diablo Area, Los Medanos Community Healthcare District, the city of Pittsburg/CDBG, the Keller Canyon Mitigation Fund administered by Supervisor Federal Glover, the Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation, NRG West, LP/Genon Energy Services, Madison Family Trust, Catholic Churches in Contra Costa County, and generous individual donors.

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