Playground support

The All Abilities Playground under construction at Heather Farm Park will open Oct. 25.

A very generous donation of $333,247 to the project was made by the Walnut Creek Civic Pride Foundation. Dedicated members raised funds this year from local foundations, community service groups, businesses and individuals for projects that benefit the entire community of Walnut Creek.

Some 200 personalized brick donations from caring members of the community will pave the entry to the 30,000-square-foot playground, designed to accommodate all children, including those with physical or developmental limitations.

Foundation president Natalie Inouye said at the recent check presentation to the Walnut Creek City Council, "On behalf of the Walnut Creek Civic Pride Foundation, a huge thank you goes out to everyone that contributed to this wonderful project."

Fremont Bank Foundation, HEDCO Foundation, William Kerr Foundation, the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation and the Thomas J. Long Foundation added to funds contributed by Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, the Walnut Creek Festival Association, Walnut Creek Little League, Walnut Creek Soccer Club, Walnut Creek Seniors Club, former Walnut Creek mayors, businesses, families and individuals to supplement funds provided by Measure WW, county and city park funds.


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For more information, visit www.wcivicpride.org.

Bark For Life

Dog of all sizes and breeds are invited to "take a bite out of cancer" at the fourth annual Bark For Life fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 2, at Pleasant Hill City Hall gazebo, 100 Gregory Lane.

The event is an extension of the Pleasant Hill Relay For Life, which has already collected more than $70,000. Donations are still being taken through Aug. 31.

Dogs are important caregivers for many cancer patients, and this event is a way to honor the dogs while raising money for the American Cancer Society.

At the Bark, people walk their dogs on a leash around a small track. There will be contests with prizes for dogs and their masters. Each dog will get a goody bag.

Register your dog in advance or on-site for $25, and then solicit donations from your dog-loving family and friends. To register, visit www.relayforlife.org/barkpleasanthillca, call 925-944-4898 or send an e-mail to lmasseo@yahoo.com.

Helping school arts

The Spotted Cow, a new Walnut Creek boutique catering to the vintage-inspired lifestyle, owned by Mackenzie Lesher and Mary Niles, donated 20 percent of opening day sales to The Diablo Regional Arts Association.

DRAA executive director Peggy White accepted the donation of behalf of the Arts Access School Time Program, which offers more than 6,000 underserved Contra Costa students, teachers and chaperones opportunities to experience high-quality live performances and visual arts exhibits at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.

"I've seen firsthand the joy on the faces of kids experiencing live theater for the first time," said Lesher, "and it's a privilege to help more children have that experience through Arts Access, which helps integrate the arts into young people's lives."

Visit The Spotted Cow at 2631 N. Main St. in Walnut Creek, visit http://www.spottedcowvintage.com or call 925-933-7768.

ALDV seeks members

Assistance League of Diablo Valley will welcome prospective members at a coffee at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at their headquarters, 2711 Buena Vista Ave. in Walnut Creek.

Members provide hands-on community service with primary financial support from the Way Side Inn Thrift Shop, 3521 Golden Gate Way in Lafayette, grants and donations.

To attend the coffee, call 925-934-0901 to register or visit diablovalley.assistanceleague.org.

Operation Backpack

Foster A Dream fills in the gaps of the foster care system and helps foster kids thrive.

Gifts of new backpacks and school supplies for "Operation Backpack" have been collected and volunteers are needed to sort and organize them through Aug. 13, at Foster A Dream, 633 Escobar St. in Martinez.

Email volunteerbayarea@voa-ncnn.org, visit OperationBackpackBayArea.org, or call Erin at 510-663-4546, ext. 109 or call 925-228-0200.

Monument Impact

The first annual Monument Impact Community Awards breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd., in Concord.

Carlyn Obringer, Concord Planning commissioner, and Gene Dolan, of Dolan's Lumber, are co-chairs for the event.

Those to receive awards include Dan Helix for the Michael Chavez Leadership Award; Lorena Cruz for the Making a Difference Award; Silvia Barajas and Los Rancheros for the Business Partner Award; The Hofmann Family and the Community Youth Center for the Community Champion Award.

"As a local business owner in Concord," Dolan says, "I have had the pleasure of working with our 2014 honorees and it is very exciting to be able to take this opportunity to recognize these individuals and organizations for their many years of service to the community."

All proceeds will support Monument Impact's economic development, civic engagement and healthy community programs which are providing tools and resources to build a vibrant community.

Contact Judith Parker at 925-682-8248 ext. 2140 or Judith@monumentimpact.org. You can also register online at www.monumentimpact.org.

Honor philanthropists

Do you know of a business, organization or individual making a significant difference that benefits the Contra Costa or Tri-Valley community?

The East Bay Leadership Council's Philanthropy Awards celebrates outstanding contributions of time, leadership and financial support by businesses, individuals and community service organizations in Contra Costa County and the Tri-Valley. Award recipients will be honored at a special breakfast event Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville.

Nominate favorites for:

  • Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist (three awards based on the size of company)

  • Outstanding Philanthropist

  • Outstanding Foundation or Community Grant Maker

  • Outstanding Collaborative Project

  • Volunteer of the Year

  • Next Generation Philanthropist

  • Lifetime Achievement.

    The deadline to make a nomination is Friday, Sept. 5. For more information and to access the nomination form, visit www.eastbayleadershipcouncil.com.

    "Good Neighbors" is compiled by Faith Barnidge. Send club and organization news to goodneighbors@bayareanewsgroup.com.