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Rainbow Girls from Concord recently volunteered their gardening services at Bay Area Crisis Nursery.

Artist's Market

Civic Arts Education's annual Spring Artists' Market is always a treat, especially for Mother's Day gift ideas. The weekend event will feature local artist creations, including ceramics, glass art, paintings, photography, printmaking, jewelry and textiles.

The fun begins with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 2, featuring live music and hors d'oeuvres, and the sale continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 3; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at two Walnut Creek locations: Shadelands Auditorium, 111 N. Wiget Lane, and Civic Park Studio E, at the corner of Civic Drive and Broadway. All art media is available at the Shadelands location, with functional and decorative ceramic art at the Civic Park site.

Call 925-943-5846 or visit www.arts-ed.org; www.clayartsguild.com for details. Support your local artists!

Being neighborly

Walnut Creek Area Neighbors and Newcomers created 100 lovely Easter baskets for St. Vincent dePaul Society families, distributed from the St. Vincent de Paul pantry located at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Concord.

"It is very gratifying and a wonderful experience to make these baskets every year and know they are greatly appreciated," said Carol Ann Bonfiglio, publicity and coordinator of the yearly project.

Neighbors and Newcomers also assist Trinity Center of Walnut Creek and Bay Area Crisis Nursery in Concord.


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The club welcomes women of Diablo Valley, offering social and volunteer activities. Contact Laurie Colton, at 925-937-2652 or visit www.walnutcreeknewcomersclub.org for more information.

Our 'Rosie the Riveter'

"Rosies" were women entering a workforce depleted by men serving overseas in World War II. Twenty-one year old mom, Agnes Moore, of Martinez, answered the call as a welder for Kaiser Shipyard in Richmond.

Moore spent a week in Washington, D.C., in April with other surviving Rosies, meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. She was accompanied by one of her proud daughters, Cheryl Walters Buscagila, while daughter Wanda cheered from home.

Hospital chic

Hospice nurse Claire Finne suggested to Betty Wass that she could redesign a few of her husband's shirts to use as an alternative hospital gown when Mohamed "Bill" El Eakil was a patient a few years ago.

Bill has since passed on, but Betty and friend Angie Dometrovich, volunteers at the Walnut Creek Thrift Shoppe, select shirts there that they continue to redesign for Hospice of the East Bay patients.

Angie recently began using women's shirts to make shirts that are a better fit for female patients.

To date, approximately 150 Hospice shirts have been presented to patients due to the unwavering devotion of Betty Wass and Angie Dometrovich.

Hospice of the East Bay provides compassionate end-of-life care to terminally ill patients, while offering emotional, spiritual and grief support for the entire family.

For more information call 925-887-5678, or visit www.hospiceeastbay.org.

Soroptimist 'Woman

Soroptimist International Diablo Vista chapter annual Women of Distinction Luncheon in March honored Woman of the Year, Lt. Robin Heinemann for making a difference through her work with the Concord Police Department.

Other Women of Distinction included Ann Notarangelo for serving as a volunteer emcee for community events; Lori Sanson for helping to provide housing for those in need; and Maureen Wright for her support of families maintaining their family member with developmental disabilities in their own home, by giving them periodic breaks from caretaking responsibilities via the Respite Inn.

The Violet Richardson Award was given to Casey Mitchell, a teen who has made a significant contribution through volunteer work in the community.

The Women's Opportunity Award winners were Shonté Johnson, Tara Wallack and Constance Gutierrez. The Marie Broman Award was given to Rachelle Hampton.

Soroptimist International supports projects and programs that assist women and girls to create social and economic equality. Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista assists the Monument Crisis Center, Shelter, Inc., STAND! For Families Free of Violence,

The Respite Inn, the Mt. Diablo athletic program, and the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District.

For further information contact Carlyn Obringer at carlyno@yahoo.com.

Rainbow Girls help

Members of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls Concord Assembly #15 recently helped rake, pull weeds, and lay down new mulch for the Bay Area Crisis Nursery in Concord.

They also buy new toys each December for children who will be spending their Christmas at the nursery.

Member Elizabeth Slivinski explained that the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is a service organization for all girls ages 11-20, and girls 8-10, promoting service to the community, public speaking, leadership and team building.

For more information visit http://www.gocarainbow.org.

The Bay Area Crisis Nursery offers free 24-hour residential care services for children in families suffering from stress or crisis. For more information, visit http://www.bacn.info.

Scout Gold project

Emily Rabbitt, a junior at Clayton Valley Engineering Academy, and a member of Girl Scouts of America Clayton Troop 31895 since 2003, used her engineering skills to build "Cubbies for Kids" at the Monument Crisis Center in Concord, as her Gold project for Girl Scouts.

Emily worked with the staff at Dolan's Lumber to check her design plans, recruited 12 young women volunteers from Clayton Valley Charter and Carondelet high schools to build the units.

She led volunteers in learning how to use a chop saw, orbital sander, drill, and nail gun as well as sanding, painting and assembly.

Parent volunteers were on hand for safety.

The Cubbies for Kids were unveiled at a handprint paint party for after-school kids and teen volunteers. More than 20 people decorated the cubbies with water-based paint before they were moved into the children's rooms. Great project!

Ambassadors 'Walk'

Concord Ambassadors will participate in the downtown Concord Art and Wine (and Beer) Walk as part of an effort to promote the upcoming visit in October, of residents of its Sister City of Kitakami, Japan.

The Ambassadors will be hosting an "Art Stop" at Brenden Theatre, where participants will see the origami crane sculpture by Oakland artist Sean Olson, created in honor of Concord's Sister City, and the work of Alice Martinez, a local artist who is best known for her tropical watercolors.

The Art and Wine (and Beer) Walk, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, around downtown Concord's charming Todos Santos Plaza, begins at E.J. Phair Alehouse, 2151 Salvio St. Tickets are $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door, and participants must be 21 or older.

Participants will begin their stroll tasting wines, microbrew beers, and enjoying local art. The All Area Music Festival, featuring music students from Mt. Diablo elementary, middle and high schools, will serenade visitors from the bandstand in the plaza.

Proceeds will benefit scholarships for girls from American Association of University Women, Concord.

For more information, call 925-363-4438 or visit http://concord-ca.aauw.net/.

Residents who would like to become a member of the Ambassadors or host visitors from Kitakami during their October stay should contact Concord City Clerk Mary Rae Lehman at 925-671-3495. For more information, visit www.concordambassadors.org.

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