Garden party

The Loaves & Fishes "Food For Thought" Summer Garden Party will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at Hacienda De Las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive in Moraga. Tickets are $75.

Enjoy fantastic food from local chefs, including Jeff Asadi from La Finestra, Stewart Beatty from Postino, John Townsend of Orinda Country Club, Kevin Weinberg of Walnut Creek Yacht Club, Gary Rust from Rustic Tavern, Eric Hopfinger of The Cooperage American Grille, Adam Carpenter of The Park Bistro & Bar, and James Porter, head chef at Loaves & Fishes.

Generations in Jazz will provide great music. Get your tickets early because this event sells out fast. Register at www.loavesfishescc.org or call 925-687-6760.

Loaves & Fishes has served more than 4 million free meals to hungry people throughout Contra Costa County since 1983. Dining rooms are located at Trinity Homeless Outreach at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave. in Walnut Creek; and meal service is provided to students enrolled in day job training programs at Opportunity Junction, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd. in Antioch; First Baptist Church, 1802 Alhambra Ave. in Martinez; the American Legion Hall, 403 W. Sixth St. in Antioch; Community Baptist Church, 62 Bella Vista Ave. in Bay Point; the Redman-Pocahontas Hall at 1403 Main St. in Oakley; St. Vincent de Paul, 1415 Simpson Court in Pittsburg; Mental Health Consumer Concerns, 2975 Treat Blvd. Building C in Concord, and 2400 Sycamore Drive, Suite 30 in Antioch.


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Volunteers are always needed to help with food preparation, serving, pickup and delivery. Join a project committee or organize a food drive for your organization. Contact Eleanor Bonner, manager of volunteer services, at 925-687-6760 or eleanor@loavesfishescc.org.

Alamo Run

The Alamo Run, sponsored by the Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center, will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Sunday, June 22, beginning at 3189 Danville Blvd. in downtown Alamo.

This annual 5K run/walk on the Iron Horse Trail and Danville Boulevard benefits educational programs for the center.

Festivities will include contests for fastest dog and baby stroller, commemorative T-shirts, refreshments and prizes for winners. To register, call 925-933-7850 or visit www.ourpeacecenter.org.

Synchronicity

The Walnut Creek Aquanuts, according to its website, is a world-renowned synchronized swim club based in Northern California, organized to develop athletes from novice to elite, building both bodies and minds and instilling skills that will serve swimmers throughout their lifetime.

Over its 45-year history, the organization has trained more than 30 Olympic athletes and garnered more than 200 national and world competition titles. The Aquanuts is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization, with a roster of over 100 athletes ranging in age from 6-21, and in ability from novice to Olympic hopeful.

The Walnut Creek Aquanuts Celebration of Champions and Duck Derby will celebrate Walnut Creek's centennial, athletes, and the rich history of the Walnut Creek Aquanuts.

Doors open at 3 p.m. for food, drinks and shopping, and the show begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Heather Farm Park Clarke Swim Center, 1750 Heather Drive in Walnut Creek.

Guest performances will include the U.S. National Synchronized Swim Team, and 2012 Olympian Mariya Koroleva.

The Duck Derby, Heads & Tail Game, and a live auction will be held during intermission. Win cash prizes or an iPad Mini. Tickets include one duck derby ticket. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for ages 5-12, and $15 for seniors over age 62.

For more information on the club, visit www.aquanuts.org, or call the event hotline at 925-934-4792.

More than 120 Girl Scouts recently took part in a "Try It" day with the Walnut Creek Aquanuts to share the sport of synchronized swimming.

Each Girl Scout learned basic synchronized swimming figures and were able to put together mini routines by the end of the session. They earned a badge for their performance and were able to take home a Walnut Creek Aquanuts swim cap.

Additional "Try It" days are scheduled, and registrations are open for summer and fall trainee sessions. Visit aquanuts.org.

Opportunity Junction

Wells Fargo has made a generous contribution of $30,000 to Opportunity Junction's very successful Job Training and Placement Program.

About 93 percent of Opportunity Junction graduates are placed into good jobs within six months of graduation. In addition to financial support, Wells Fargo provides volunteers to share their expertise.

Opportunity Junction offers residents the chance to learn new skills that will help them re-enter the job market, build confidence and increase their earning potential.

To learn more about how you can support the continued success of Opportunity Junction, hire graduates or volunteer your services, call 925-776-1133 or visit www.opportunityjunction.org.

Concord blooms

Concord's devotion to urban landscaping was reaffirmed on Earth Day, April 22, when Concord Mayor Tim Grayson and the City Council recognized the long service of the Concord Garden Club as the founder of the city's memorial tree planting program.

The council also adopted an official policy to provide city oversight and a consistent approach to requests from the public for not only memorial trees but other commemorative items in public places as well, such as benches and plaques.

In 1968, the City Council approved the launching of the Concord Women's Garden Club's memorial tree planting program. The first tree, a eucalyptus, was planted on June 1, 1968, in Willow Pass Park. Since that time, a total of 396 trees have been planted by club members.

The City Council presented Phyllis Wanamaker with a special commendation as the longtime coordinator of the memorial tree program. Wanamaker alone coordinated the planting of 192 of the 396 trees, beginning in 1989.

"I commend Phyllis Wanamaker for her tireless work with the Concord Garden Club to make the Memorial Tree Planting Program such a great success, providing all those trees in our parks to be enjoyed by residents for years to come," said Mayor Grayson.

The Concord Garden Club also collaborated with the Concord Trees Committee to establish the Markham Regional Arboretum Society.

The club meets the from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Salvation Army Community Church Social Hall, 3950 Clayton Road. Call 925-676-6180. Visit www.cityofconcord.org to learn more about the city's new policy on memorial and commemorative items.

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