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The 2014 Relay For Life of Pleasant Hill held in June raised $68,800 for the American Cancer Society and continues through Aug. 31. To help reach the $70,000 goal, there will be a ├ČBark For Life├« walk for dogs and their families, from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Pleasant Hill City Hall Gazebo, with prizes. Register in advance ($25 per dog) at www.relayforlife.org/barkpleasanthillca. For more information, call 925-944-4898.

Music scholarships

The Friends of Civic Arts Education foundation in Walnut Creek recently awarded Civic Arts Education students with merit scholarships for talented music and art students to continue their studies.

A total of eight $250 scholarships, four in music and four in art, were awarded, in addition to three $100 honorable mention scholarships in music.

"The music pool of talent was so large that we decided to add the honorable mention category," says Kathy Jakel, a member of the Friends board. For more information, visit www.friendsartsed.org.

Drawing, Painting and Printmaking winners:

  • Eighth grade and under: Shira Bachman (Vallejo)

  • Grades 9-12: Anna Reck (Walnut Creek)

    Adult, College, Other winners: Julia McLeod (Walnut Creek)

    Music winners:

  • Fifth grade and under: Anna Ravid (Walnut Creek)

  • Grades 6-8: Nyah Santiago (Benicia)

  • Grades 9-12: Adah Forer (Walnut Creek)

    Music Honorable Mention:

  • 5th grade and under: Lia Kim (Walnut Creek) and Aaron Zheng (Walnut Creek)

  • Grades 6-8: Taylor Lai (Walnut Creek)

    Rossmoor awards


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    The Rossmoor Foundation hosted an Awards Ceremony for 30 scholarship recipients in May, and recipients included students from Acalanes, College Park, Concord, Las Lomas, Mt. Diablo, Northgate and Ygnacio Valley high schools, and Diablo Valley College.

    The awards were based on financial need, academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities and community service.

    Because of the generosity on behalf of Rossmoor residents and many other donors, these students will be able to achieve their academic goals.

    Families, friends, school counselors and trustees were able to share in the joy of this celebration.

    The Rossmoor Scholarship Foundation thanked Rossmoor Realty for sponsoring the awards ceremony and making it a successful event.

    Teachers give back

    The Diablo Vista California Retired Teachers Association Division 52 recently awarded seven outstanding DVC and Los Medanos community college graduates with $5,000 scholarships.

    The awards will help with students' expenses during their final two years at a four-year university. They also included one scholarship for an adult student who re-entered college, which was funded by an endowment from Barbara Riggins.

    Elizabeth Bowman, of Concord, and a graduate of Diablo Valley College, received the Barbara Riggins Scholarship for a re-entry student.

    She will be attending Cal State East Bay with a goal of becoming a nurse.

    Tristan Johnson-Marzink, of Oakland, is also a DVC graduate and will be attending the University of British Columbia to study international relations.

    Antioch resident Carolynn Connors graduated from Los Medanos College and will be attending Cal State East Bay to become an elementary teacher.

    Imara Jackson-Goudy, an Antioch resident, is a graduate of LMC, and will be attending Cal State East Bay to become a Spanish teacher.

    DVC graduates Latasha Johnson, of Pleasant Hill, and Elena Sierra, of Concord, will also be completing their studies. Johnson will be attending UC Davis to be a nurse, and Sierra will be pursuing a law degree.

    For more information about CalRTA, how to join or to donate to the scholarship foundation, visit www.Div52.CalRTA.org.

    Rotary scholarships

    Peter Beck and Mark Metzgar, recent graduates of Alhambra High School, were presented with scholarship awards of $1,500 each at a Martinez Rotary Club meeting.

    Beck is headed for Oregon State to major in mechanical engineering, with a special interest in the Society of Automotive Engineering.

    Metzgar is headed for UC Irvine for a double major in drama and film, and media.

    The Rotary Club of Martinez meets at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays, at Grace Episcopal Church, 130 Muir Station Road, Martinez.

    For further details, call 925-639-7647.

    Tech Trek, the hands-on science camp for girls entering eighth grade, provided by American Association of University Women, was the subject of an interesting program at a recent Martinez Rotary meeting.

    Katrinka March, DVM, the assistant director of the camp located on the Sonoma State campus, one of eight campuses involved every summer, spoke about the program.

    The first camp was held at Stanford in 1998, and was attended by 120 seventh-graders.

    The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math camp was so successful that there are now 10 camps on college campuses all over California each summer, reaching 800 girls.

    Teachers recommend candidates, who write an essay, and are then interviewed by local AAUW members.

    There is no cost to the girls even though the cost per girl to the program is $900 for the week.

    For further information, check out www.aauw- techtrek .org.

    AC5 Awards

    The Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County (AC5) is seeking nominations for the 2014 Arts Recognition Awards to honor individuals, businesses, institutions and charitable organizations that have made significant contributions to Contra Costa's arts and culture over a sustained period of time.

    Up to three honorees will be selected by an impartial panel.

    Who do you think should be honored?

    The nomination deadline is July 31.

    Visit www.ac5.org for nomination forms and information or email staff@ac5.cccounty.us.

    Helping homeless

    Students from Mt. Diablo High School in Concord created a video at Broadway Plaza as a school project to help Trinity Center of Walnut Creek raise awareness about homelessness in our communities.

    Students participated in a "flash mob" event, singing and playing instruments and joined by more than 50 volunteers from local churches who came to sing and support the students before visitors at the plaza.Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lTI6G2ihk0&list=PLBKoL-UVvnZzlLMnIMdKaOVXIk-ElAJ0U&feature=share, to enjoy this wonderful musical video.

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