When the Concord Historical Society relocated the historic Masonic Temple adjacent to the society-managed Galindo Home and Gardens on Amador Avenue in Concord, they began a drive to raise $400,000 to restore the building and create the Concord History Museum and Resource Center, which will be used for community and cultural events.
Co-project manager Lloyd Crenna reports that $170,000 has been raised so far, including a generous $30,000 donation from a former society board member. A sponsor will also match each 2014 donation over $50, up to a total of $200,000.
The center is scheduled to open in 2015, and it will be beautiful The facility will offer opportunities for many local events, including weddings.
The Concord Historical Society is a volunteer, privately funded nonprofit organization. No local, state or federal money has been provided.
Contact Crenna at email@example.com for more information on how you or your organization can help. Visit concordhistorical.org or mail donations to the Concord Historical Society at P.O. Box 404, Concord, CA 94522.
Remember our veterans at Operation Swingtime, a USO show and picnic featuring the Big Band of Rossmoor and the Swingin' Blue Stars, organized by Lamorinda Rotary clubs. It will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Rotary's new stage and picnic area overlooking the Lafayette Reservoir, at the east end of the dam, adjacent to a shady picnic area, public restrooms and a children's playground.
Military vehicles will be on display and veterans will be honored during the free program. Bring your own picnic.
A golf cart shuttle is available for those who may need assistance.
Be a host family
The Rotary Club of Clayton Valley/Concord Sunrise is sponsoring a youth exchange student from Belgium for the 2014-2015 school year at Ygnacio Valley High School, where she will be a senior starting in August.
While French is her native language, Aline also speaks Dutch and English. She says she likes to dance, ski and play tennis. Aline will arrive in California in mid-August and will return to her native Belgium in mid-July 2015.
The club is looking for volunteer families to host Aline, each family for a three- to four-month period for the year she will be here. Host families come in all shapes and sizes (including single parents) that might include young children, older children or no children at all. Like other Rotary-sponsored youth exchange students, Aline will be provided a monthly allowance by Rotary.
Each year, Rotary districts worldwide arrange more than 9,000 international youth exchanges for secondary school students. A primary goal of the program is to foster world understanding and peace through intercultural exchange.
Rotary sponsors outbound students to live abroad in one of 188 countries with qualified host families for anywhere from a few months to an entire year. If your student has an interest, contact them.
The Rotary Youth Exchange plan is for students ages 15-18 1/2 years old. Most colleges will hold a student's admission slot, acknowledging the exchange experience makes for a much better student.
Contact Monica Fraga at the Clayton Valley/Concord Sunrise Rotary Club at 925-566-8166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Birthday Ladies" of Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services were recently recognized as the 2014 Volunteers of the Year at MOWSOS's annual Volunteer Appreciation Event and BBQ at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek.
More than 270 volunteers, donors and community leaders gathered to celebrate the contributions of MOWSOS, and recognize the 2014 Ray Zenoni Exceptional Volunteer of the Year, named for volunteer extraordinaire Ray Zenoni, a board member and volunteer driver since 2004.
Ray recently delivered a birthday gift and said, "It was Barbara's birthday and no one remembered. I showed up with a gift from the Birthday Ladies along with her daily meal, and she was so touched. I was touched too. She was so appreciative! She thought no one remembered."
Founded in 2001 by Sheila O'Leary, the Birthday Ladies have been providing more than 750 gifts each year to seniors unable to leave their homes. Lois Adair, Sandy Heller, Mimi Howard, Maria Jones, Clara King, Carole Koo, Michele Roma, Christine Scimia, and Rita Smiley get together monthly to prepare birthday packages for delivery. National Charity League — Rolling Hills and Vista Oaks chapters provide decorated bags and handmade cards. Donations of playing cards, personal items such as lotion and stationary are always welcome.
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services was founded in 1968 and coordinates care for more than 5,000 isolated seniors each year who live in Contra Costa County. For information, contact executive director Elaine Clark at 925-937-8311 or ECLARK@MOWSOS.ORG.
For Boys & Girls clubs
Enjoy an afternoon with friends to sample a variety of fine local wines and delicious hors d'oeuvres accompanied by live music. A benefit to raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Diablo Valley is slated from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at a private residence in Martinez.
Space is limited and tickets are $40. Call 925-228-2600 or email email@example.com for information.
Celebrate being green
The annual Sustainability and Green Building Awards are accepting nominations until July 31 to honor those who demonstrate outstanding commitment and leadership in making Contra Costa communities healthy, beautiful, clean and resilient.
Learn more at www.SustainableCoCo.org/awards.
CVWC seeks members
The Clayton Valley Woman's Club is seeking new members.
The club raises funds for student scholarships and local community organizations. Throughout the year, they volunteer with Blue Star Moms, Pennies for Pines, and Prevent Blindness of Northern California.
Meetings are held the second Tuesday of most months at Holy Cross Lutheran Church at Alberta Way and Ygnacio Valley Road in Concord.
Call 925-672-7947 or visit www.claytonvalleywomansclub.org.
"Good Neighbors" is compiled by Faith Barnidge. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org.