The Clayton Branch of the American Association of University Women was chartered in March 1974 by 30 women. Members Roseann Krane, Barbara Fogerson and Rhoda McDaniel are still active today and were honored at a dinner in March at the home of member Diana Bauer. Group scrapbooks were shared as guests reminisced about past accomplishments.
AAUW supports women by providing education fellowships for women in postgraduate research and special projects. The Clayton Branch Roseann Krane Endowment honors her work in raising funds for those fellowships.
Clayton AAUW has financially sponsored Tech Trek, a science- and math-oriented camp for seventh-grade girls since its creation in 1998. More than 36 girls have since been selected to attend camps at Mills College and Sonoma State.
All graduates of two- and four-year colleges and universities are eligible to join AAUW. The Clayton Branch invites eligible women to share in the friendship of like-minded members and the opportunity to make a difference in the community. Contact Marcia Hart at 925-827-9540 for membership information and monthly meeting times.
Pixar Animation Studios' Danielle Feinber, director of photography for lighting, will share animation film insights for some of Pixar's famous film scenes at a presentation from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 5, at Roundhill Country Club 3169 Roundhill Road in Alamo. A continental breakfast is included.
Scenes will be from "A Bug's Life," "Finding Nemo," "WALL-E," "Monsters University," and "Brave."
The American Association of University Women, Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Branch, is sponsoring the presentation, which is open to the public. Tickets are $20. Visit http://daw-ca.aauw.net/pixar or call Mimi at 925-939-2383.
Walnut Creek exhibit
Walnut Creek is 100 years old this year and the Walnut Creek Historical Society display on the second floor of the Walnut Creek Library spans the 100-year timeline beginning with 1914 and World War I, and including an Army Air Corps uniform from that era, on loan from Richard Enger, worn by his father.
The exhibit includes WWI nurses hats and a "steel trench helmet" often worn by soldiers. The definition of the term"doughboys" is colorfully explained in the exhibit.
Walnut Creek went "From a Village to a City" in October 1914 when Justice of The Peace George O. Duncan called the first City Council meeting. Photos of his office and courtroom, and headlines from the Contra Costa Courier are also on display.
The Walnut Creek Historical Society will be changing eras throughout the rest of 2014 in this exhibit. Members Nancy Seligman and Sylvia Ortlieb have lovingly created 17 exhibits in the last two years for residents of all ages to enjoy.
Celebrate 100 years of Walnut Creek history by visiting this wonderful exhibit at Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway in Walnut Creek.
All about animals
The Clayton Valley Woman's Club invites guests to attend a presentation at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, to learn about how important our native animals are and how we need to protect them.
The presentation at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1092 Alberta Way at Ygnacio Valley Road in Concord, is by Lindsay Wildlife Museum director of education Melissa Strongman. Guests are encouraged to wear animal printed fashions to this interesting event, followed by a buffet lunch.
The Lindsay Wildlife Museum is a unique natural history and environmental education center with the first wildlife rehabilitation hospital established in the United States, treating more than 5,600 sick or orphaned wild animals just in the last year.
Membership in this fine organization costs $55 per year and new members are welcome.
Woman's Club luncheon meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month. Its special yearly fundraising event, Festival of Tables and Fashion, on Saturday, April 26, will be followed on Tuesday, May 13, with the donations potluck luncheon, when the club hands out checks to support local philanthropic organizations.
Call 925-672-9448 or visit www.claytonvalleywomansclub.org.
The Festival of Tables and Fashion Show celebrated annually by the Clayton Valley Woman's Club begins with a social gathering and opportunity prizes at 11 a.m.
It will be followed by a catered lunch by La Veranda Cafe of Clayton on Saturday, April 26, at Concord United Methodist Church, 1645 West St., in Concord.
Tickets are $40. Seating is limited, and the event was sold out last year. Call Rosemary Harwood at 925-672-3490.
Event chairwoman Priscilla Manlove invites all to enjoy beautiful and individually decorated luncheon tables and a fashion show by Chico's of Walnut Creek. Proceeds will support selected community charities and scholarships.
For more information visit www.claytonvalleywomansclub.com
Red Cross volunteers
The American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region will be holding volunteer orientations at the Pleasant Hill Blood Donation Center at 3 p.m. Friday, April 11, at 140 Gregory Lane.
Tour the center and learn about ways to greet, inform and thank our community's blood donors. Advanced sign-up required. To learn more, contact Mandy at 510-594-5211 or email@example.com.
'Light Up the Night'
Wear purple -- the color of cancer survival -- at "Light up the Night," sponsored by the Pleasant Hill Relay For Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser.
The 6 p.m. ceremony Monday, April 7, will honor those who have or had cancer. It will be held at Sweet Tomatoes, 40-A Crescent Drive in downtown Pleasant Hill, where the patio will radiate with luminarias -- white paper bags decorated with words and artwork and dedicated to someone with cancer.
The bags are illuminated by glow sticks inside. Guests may purchase luminaria bags ($10 suggested), and personally decorate them with materials provided.
Sweet Tomatoes will donate 15 percent of their purchase to the American Cancer Society that day between 5 and 8 p.m., if a flier is presented, which is available on the Relay For Life website at http://www.RelayForLife.org/PleasantHillCA.
This event is a preliminary to the 2014 Pleasant Hill Relay for Life on June 7-8, at the Pleasant Hill Middle School track.
Relay for Life is not a race or run. Teams form in advance and raise money. At the relay, teams educate visitors on cancer awareness and keep at least one member on the track for 24 hours, to signify that cancer never sleeps, and neither does the fight against cancer.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-944-4898.
Host families sought
Rotary districts worldwide arrange more than 9,000 international youth exchanges for secondary school students to foster understanding and peace through intercultural exchange.
The Rotary Club of Pleasant Hill hosted Rita Gebert from Austria, who will be returning home in July with a wide range of experiences and a very strong grasp of the English language.
Rotary hopes to sponsor another Youth Exchange student for the 2014-2015 College Park High School year. The student will arrive in mid-August and return to their native country in mid-July 2015.
They seek volunteer families to host this student for 3-1/2 to 4-month periods in fall, winter, and spring. The student will be provided a monthly allowance by Rotary.
Host families provide a safe, nonthreatening, respectful, and appropriate home environment, room and board, and are expected to exercise general parental supervision.
Rotary also sponsors outbound students to live abroad in one of 188 countries with Rotary host families. Have your student, age 15-18, contact Pleasant Hill Rotary Youth Exchange coordinator Jennifer Grossi at 925-285-1004 or email@example.com.
Jennifer will refer you to a Rotary in your area. She grew up in Australia and went to Japan for a year as a Rotary Youth Exchange student in her youth, and is very passionate about the benefits of this program.
"Good Neighbors" is compiled by Faith Barnidge. Send club and organization news and other submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.