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Elizabeth Jones, Chicoís associate, from left, and store manager Kobi Said, join Clayton Valley Womanís Club members serving as fashion models Mary Markow, Jean Doward, Linda Pasini, Sheila Driscoll and Carole Gardner at the recent ìFestival of Tables and Fashionî event.

Rotary 'fiscal fitness'

Rotary Club of Walnut Creek Sunrise members rich in financial and business expertise responded to an article in The Wall Street Journal entitled, "Is There a Cure for Financial Illiteracy?" by bringing practical financial instruction to students at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek.

The "Fiscal Fitness" program stressing personal responsibility for finances, budgeting and making realistic financial plans, became a reality in 2010 and continues today.

There are classes in vehicle purchasing and budgeting; insurance fundamentals; renting or buying real estate; banking, credit cards and identity theft; smart shopping; college financial aid; and investments and retirement planning. Classes are organized with Rotary advisers by economics teacher Don Bradshaw.

"It is surprising that there has been little or no effort to start our young citizens in the right direction by instilling in them at least the basics of personal finance and the crucial decisions that must be made by each citizen, especially those who are near to starting adulthood.

"Our hope is that every Rotary Club will try to do this sort of outreach as we are fully stocked with the talent and experience to bring the financial lessons learned and best practices to the students in our communities," said Rotary Club of Walnut Creek Sunrise member W. Jeffrey Filter, financial adviser at Merrill Lynch of Walnut Creek.

Rotary members engage clubs in our area as guest speakers to encourage other chapters to get involved. For more information about this wonderful program, contact Jeff Filter at

Northgate concert

The award-winning Northgate High School Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek, conducted by Northgate Music Director Greg Brown.

Tickets range from $5-$14 and are available at the Lesher Center box office, at 1601 Civic in Walnut Creek. Call 925-295-1400.

CVWC news & notes

The Clayton Valley Woman's Club recently received awards from the General Federation of Women's Clubs District Convention in April, including first place for Community Service in Conservation, Education, Fundraiser and Leadership.


Financial contributions were announced last week at the club's annual Donations Luncheon, to Loaves & Fishes, Shelter Inc., Stand! For Families Free of Violence, Clayton Historical Society, Concord Historical Society, Clayton Community Library and, the 2014 scholarship recipients.

The organization also hosted its ninth annual "Festival of Tables and Fashion" in April, coordinated by Priscilla Manlove and her committee. Members individually decorated 21 tables with different whimsical themes.

Chico's of Walnut Creek presented the fashion show with club member fashion models. Proceeds from the event benefit local charities and scholarships.

Congratulations to newly elected co-presidents Kathy Hester and Merle Whitburn; first vice president Linda Pasini; second vice president Sheila Driscoll; co-third vice presidents Barbara Glass and Aleta Huck; recording secretary Jeanne Groschwitz; corresponding secretary Kathy Olson; budget director Joyce Atkinson; treasurer Rosemary Harwood; and auditor Priscilla Manlove.

Visit or call 925-672-9448 for membership information.

Shell aids CERT

Martinez Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) director Brian Lindblom was pleased to accept a $7,500 donation from Shell Martinez Refinery to provide funds for CERT's new community safety trailer that will appear at community events to support CERT programs.

Learn more about CERT and its course offerings at

'East Bay Gives'

"East Bay Gives" was part of a nationwide campaign, "Give Local America," that raised more than $51 million online for worthy causes over a 24-hour period May 5-6.

Locally, the East Bay Community Foundation raised $200,669 for 150 local nonprofits in Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

The event marked the 85th anniversary of the East Bay Community Foundation, one of the oldest charitable institutions in Northern California, and one of largest sources of philanthropic support for the East Bay, established in 1928.

Interim president and chief executive officer Janet Y. Spears, said "Once again, we have proof that you don't have to be wealthy to give back and have an impact. What we see here in these results is the power of many people making many small donations to worthy causes."

For more information visit

'Dream' works

Foster a Dream helps foster kids in so many ways. Their mission is to ... "provide programs and resources that build the hopes, dreams and futures of Bay Area foster children; and be a guiding source for successful transition into the adult world."

Foster children have been removed from their homes for a variety of reasons and placed with foster families for stays ranging from temporary to long term, or until they "age out."

Could you spare a little time to help make their dreams come true? Be a mentor, or help out in other ways for a few hours a week or a month.

Learn how you can help at the next volunteer orientation from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at Foster a Dream headquarters, 628 Escobar St., in Martinez.

Register with Erin at or visit

Juvenile Hall Auxiliary

Juvenile Hall Auxiliary received a grant from Thomas J. Long Foundation for $5,000 in support of its Internship Program employing post-detention youth as regular store employees at the Hall Closet Thrift Store.

These kids receive tangible work experience, wages and support at a critical point in their lives. For many, this is their first job on their path to a better future.

You can help, too! Volunteers and donations are welcome and needed. The Hall Closet Thrift Shop, at 100 Glacier Drive in Martinez, sells donated clothing, books, electronics, small furniture, jewelry, games, movies, music, antiques, collectibles, and seasonal/holiday items.

Call 925-957-0019 or visit the store, drop off a donation, do a little shopping and volunteer to help. Visit or call executive director Janet Young at 925-957-2718.

St. Vincent safety net

St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County is pleased and grateful to have received a $10,000 grant from the office of Contra Costa County District V Supervisor Federal Glover, generously funded by GenOn Energy and Calpine, two energy firms with production plants in the Pittsburg and Bay Point.

The grant will fund critical safety net programs administered by St. Vincent de Paul for more than 200,000 people in Contra Costa County. St. Vincent de Paul Family Resource Centers meet the urgent needs of the most desperate members of our community, through emergency pantry food, free daily hot meals, medical care for the uninsured at the RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic at St. Vincent de Paul, daytime shelter, workforce development and employment training, rental assistance, and social services case management.

For more information visit

Rainbow volunteers

The Rainbow Community Center needs volunteers to welcome guests at reception, chaperon dances, visit LGBTQ seniors unable to leave their homes, volunteer in the food pantry for seniors and people with HIV/AIDS, deliver food boxes to homebound clients and to help manage the agency's thrift store -- Everything Under the Rainbow -- at 2095 Pacheco St., in Concord. Call 925-566-8078.

Interested LGBTQ and straight prospective volunteers over 18 are invited to attend orientation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Rainbow Community Center, 2118 Willow Pass Road, in Concord. Visit, or call 925-692-0090 for more information.

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