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The Youth Homes Auxiliary Fashion Show will be held April 12 to benefit foster children. Hardworking committee members include, from left, Linda Spiegelman, Penelope Hickey, chairwoman Linda Theuriet and Edie Henchey, assistant chairwoman. Not pictured are members Cathy Barber and Sybil Gibbons.

Youth Homes

Fashion, food, fun and a very worthy cause all combine at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, for the "April in Paris" luncheon and fashion show sponsored by Youth Homes Auxiliary at Round Hill Country Club, 3169 Round Hill Road in Alamo.

World-class entertainment will be provided by French song stylist Laurent Fourgo, whose repertoire is a unique combination of swing, jazz, blues and pop, with a dash of rock 'n' roll.

Reservations are requested by April 4. Tickets are $45. For additional information, contact Sybil Gibbons at sybilgibbons@gmail.com, or Linda Speigelman at 925-322-8470.

Youth Homes Inc. provides support and care for young people who are removed from their homes by the court system in four group homes in Contra Costa County. These abused and neglected children and adolescents receive shelter, education, counseling and career-planning assistance.

Youth Homes Auxiliary supplements county and state funding, providing special-occasion gifts, money for school supplies, and scholarships for college and vocational training.

The organization's thrift shop at 15B Vivian Drive in Pleasant Hill is celebrating 20 years of raising funds for foster youth.

To learn more about how you can help foster children, visit www.youthhomes.org or visit their headquarters at 1855 Olympic Blvd., in Walnut Creek.


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Rodgers Ranch Expo

Rodgers Ranch Urban Farm will present a garden Expo and Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday April 5, at Rodgers Ranch, 315 Cortsen Road in Pleasant Hill.

The free expo offers fun for all ages, exhibitions of worm farming, chicken coops, bees, bats and home gardening lead by local experts. View thousands of heirloom vegetables, herbs, bee-friendly and drought-tolerant flowers for sale.

Jim "Doc" Hale will share stories of how Native Americans used local plants for food and medicine. Marian Woodard, a UC Davis Master Gardener, teaches classes at Rodgers Ranch Urban Farm and will be joined by many other experts to discuss greywater systems, edible and medicinal local plants, and gardening in drought conditions.

In the evening, Rodgers Ranch will present award-winning author of Gaia's Garden, Toby Hemenway, in "The Joys of Drought -- Living with Nature's Cycles," beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the Diablo Room of Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Drive in Pleasant Hill.

Dinner will follow the presentation, prepared by student chefs from the DVC Culinary Department. Tickets are $25. Call 925-890-7289 or visit www.RodgersRanchUrbanFarm.org for full details on both events.

For information on the presentation by Toby Hemenway, visit sustainablecoco.ning.com/events or http://rodgersranchurbanfarm.org/evening-with-toby-hemenway/.

Soroptimists Get Real

Soroptimist District II of Founder Region held the 11th annual "Get Real Academy" in March for 179 Contra Costa high school senior girls to learn life skills, including job interview exercises and workshops on money management, women's health issues and violence awareness.

Also attending were 38 high school counselors, who chose participants from their schools.

Seven Soroptimist International clubs in District II, including chapters 24-680, Antioch, Diablo Vista, East Contra Costa County, Martinez, Pittsburg and the Delta conducted fundraising, coordination with the schools and planned the event.

Laura Delehunt, deputy district attorney of Kops for Kids; and special agent Christine Loscalzo, from the FBI, shared advice about successful careers for women.

Soroptimist's mission is "improving the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment."For more information visit www.si-founderregon.org.

'Laugh, Love, Learn'

The "Laugh, Love and Learn" senior information fair at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 4, at 233 Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill.

Enjoy breakfast and a walk through the information fair, with more than 50 vendors. The event is free.

A special conference and luncheon will be held that same day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring a crime prevention presentation by Pleasant Hill police, lunch, a fashion show by Hospice of the East Bay, and Wine 101, featuring David Viano of Viano Vineyards in Martinez, who will discuss wine and offer tastes of several varieties.

Preregistration for the conference and luncheon is $25 for those over 60 and $30 for everyone else by calling 925-798-8788. Seating is limited and tickets may be sold at the door, if available, for $5 more.

Proceeds will benefit the Pleasant Hill Senior Center Care Management Program, a resource for seniors and their families to help continue living independently and safely for as long as possible.

Feeding body, mind

The Mountain View Emergency Family Shelter in Martinez Food Smarts nutrition workshop was recently held to empower homeless parents and their children to make positive changes in their diet and lifestyle.

The workshop was hosted by SHELTER, Inc. partner, Leah's Pantry and funded by Kaiser Permanente.

"Our definition of self-sufficiency includes stable income and housing, as well as having the tools to make good choices, whether serving and eating healthy foods or putting a priority on being physically active," says SHELTER, Inc.'s executive director Timothy O'Keefe.

The White Pony Express nonprofit organization has delivered more than 4,500 pounds of fresh produce to the shelter since 2013. Volunteers deliver unwanted fresh food from orchards, grocery stores and restaurants.

"The belief is in not creating more, but in sharing what is already there," says White Pony Express co-organizer Gary Conner. "When we give parents and children the tools to make healthier choices, we know they are likely to continue making healthy choices after they leave our care and are in their own homes."

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