Youth Homes

Youth Homes is holding a rare open house and exclusive tour of the East Bay Shelter program for foster youth from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 2, in Pleasant Hill. The shelter serves vulnerable children when they must be removed from abusive or neglectful home situations.

Tour the organic garden program at the facility, where foster youth learn hands-on life skills that will help them not just survive, but thrive. Snacks and coffee will be provided.

Contact Leslie Harman for reservations at 925-933-2627, or email leslieh@youthhomes.org. Details will be provided after confirming your reservation.

Youth Homes, Inc. provides intensive residential treatment programs and community-based counseling services that promote the healing process for seriously emotionally abused and traumatized children and adolescents. Visit www.youthhomes.org.

Galindo House Tea

The Concord Historical Society will present a lovely Spring Tea at the Galindo House and Garden, 1721 Amador Ave., in Concord. There will be two seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, and a special "Honor Your Mother" tea at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at the historic home, built in 1856.

Call Kathy for information at 925-686-0430. Tickets are $30.


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Garden Tour

Five beautiful residential gardens in the Alamo and Danville area designed by John Montgomery Landscape Architects of Alamo, will be featured in the Alamo-Danville Garden Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

John Montgomery will speak on "California Casual Landscaping." Nibbles will be provided by Martini Sky of Danville, live music by the Danville Community Band, and beekeeping information presented by Kautch Family Farms.

Choose one of the six charities to order tickets, ($30 minimum donation).

  • Bounty Garden at www.jm-la.com

  • Quincy Lee Foundation at www.quincylee.org

  • Lazarex Cancer Foundation at www.lazarex.ejoinme.org/garden

  • Rotary Club of Alamo at 925-855-1598

  • Contra Costa County Guide Dog Raisers at 925-698-2460

  • Urban Farmers at 415-806-7005.

    For more information about the garden tour, contact Debbie at dblumhardt@jm-la.com.

    AAUW Spaghetti Feed

    The Clayton branch of the American Association of University Women's annual Spaghetti Feed will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Endeavor Hall, 6008 Center St., in Clayton.

    AAUW event chairwoman Linda Pinder welcomes everyone to join the fun to raise funds for eighth-grade girls' scholarships to attend Tech Trek, a math and science camp

    Girls are nominated by their teachers at Diablo View Middle School and then by an essay contest. Tech Trek works to help girls continue their interests in science, and features hands-on activities in math, computers, science and related fields, which are held on a university campus each summer.

    Tickets to the Spaghetti Feed are available in advance from any AAUW member, or at the door. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, with kids younger than 6 eating free. A wide variety of raffle items will be available.

    For more information visit www.claytonaauw.org.

    Cops and Donuts

    More than 100 Concord residents attended the recent Concord Police Association "Coffee and Donuts" event at Starbucks in Concord to meet and talk with officers.

    Topics of conversation included local neighborhood issues such as tips to prevent home burglaries, the police department's plan to deal with the homeless, panhandlers at Todos Santos Plaza, the new proposed Family Justice Center in Concord, and other local issues.

    The next "Coffee and Donuts" event is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, at Peet's Coffee at 5458 Ygnacio Valley Road, in Concord, sponsored by the Concord Police Association.

    "We love the Concord community and work hard to prevent crime and protect its residents, and we are always open to suggestions on ways we can do a better job serving Concord residents," said police Staff Sgt. Jeff Krieger.

    Dress a Child

    Dress a Child Around the World was founded more than two years ago with a mission to create and send simple sundresses for girls and shorts for boys to impoverished children in 20 different countries and many areas in the United States.

    Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Danville and Martinez women volunteer to sew each month at Christ the King Ministry Center, 199 Brandon Road in Pleasant Hill.

    They have now completed 3,000 garments with the aid of donated material and sewing machines. Join in the fun and volunteer your time to help. Call Carol Vogl at 925-288-0488 or 925-408-0666.

    CCRMC volunteers

    The Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Auxiliary honored volunteers at a luncheon earlier this month when Volunteer Program coordinator Rhonda Smith presented recognition and service pins to Charis Anderson (308 hours, 1 year) and Richard Frith, who in 2013 completed 1,031 hours for 4,700 hours over six years.

    Smith said, "As we celebrate National Volunteer Month, let's recognize those who give of themselves to help others. Let's encourage and motivate others to join us at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center. Let's stay focused on how volunteerism can continue to evolve and bring maximum benefit to the world locally and globally."

    Guest speaker Dr. William Walker, the director of Contra Costa Health Services -- the county health department -- discussed how the Affordable Care Act (Covered California), will be handled within the county and the role volunteers play in this new delivery system.

    Regional Medical Center Auxiliary volunteer officers for next year include Jo-Ann Lee, president; Bill Cunningham, vice president; Janet Betz, secretary; and Zara Koerber, treasurer. Congratulations!

    Visit www.cchealth.org.

    Art and Wine Walk

    Save the date!

    Residents can stroll around Todos Santos Plaza and Salvio Pacheco Square in downtown Concord enjoying fine wines, craft beers, and appetizers, while viewing beautiful art, and meeting local artists at Concord AAUW's Art and Wine (and Beer) Walk.

    The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Rockin' Flute. Proceeds will be used to provide educational scholarships to local women and girls.

    Tickets are $20 through noon May 9, and $25 at the door for guests 21 and older. Tickets and information are available at http://concord-ca.aauw.net/ or by calling 925-363-4438.

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