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New Leaf Collaborative director Ellen Concepcion, left, discussed the merger of the John Muir Community Science Workshop of the Martinez Unified School District with the New Leaf program at Briones and Vicente-Martinez high schools at a recent Martinez Rotary meeting. Club president Maryanne Clark presented her with a certificate of appreciation

Walnut Creek's Open Space rangers will share their knowledge of family activities of the people who lived in the area thousands of years ago at a city centennial-related program at the Sugarloaf Open Space, 2161 Youngs Valley Road, in Walnut Creek.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9. This is the sixth year of a free program that helps kids experience primitive technology through fun and friendly competition and creative expression.

This year features the work of local students from Buena Vista Elementary and Walnut Creek Intermediate with life-size cutouts of the mega-fauna of 10,000 years ago. And students from the Las Lomas High School 3D Art Department transformed a mannequin into a Neanderthal. Learning to throw primitive tools, discussions about local history and a display of artifacts and replicas will be part of the event.

Visit www.walnutcreek100.com to find more centennial events, an online history quiz, or to share your own memories and photos.

Equestrian Club news

The Bay Area Equestrian Club Tack Shop sells donated riding boots, tack, show apparel, Breyer horses, horse-related books and memorabilia, with all proceeds used to support the club, a Walnut Creek-based nonprofit that helps rescue and rehabilitate abused and neglected horses.

In the first month of operation, the club's Tack Shop donated $500 toward the rescue and rehabilitation of miniature horses.


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Young people interested in veterinary medicine have opportunities to gain exposure to a wide variety of equine medical conditions and procedures, while caring for rescue horses.

For more information, visit the Bay Area Equestrian Tack Shop located in The Spotted Cow boutique, at 2631 N. Main St., in Walnut Creek. For more information and to help rescue horses, visit www.BAEClub.org.

Alamo teens 5K walk

The seventh annual Friends of the Poor Walk to benefit the needy and those living in poverty who are served by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at St. Isidore Church grass field, 440 La Gonda Way, in Danville.

Carondelet High students Siena Armanino, Katie Kuptz, Mia Malone and Sami Martellaro are coordinating the walk.

The county walk has raised more than $10,000 for St. Vincent DePaul programs over the past four years. Anyone interested in participating as a virtual walker may make an online pledge at www.fopwalk.org.

All proceeds directly benefit St. Vincent's Costa Contra County operations which include free dining room, medical clinic, food pantries, housing assistance, job training and placement, clothing, transportation and utility costs, thrift stores, home visits, care for the elderly, medicine and youth outreach.

"People who participate can take comfort knowing that any money they raise will stay local," said Melanie Anguay, St. Vincent DePaul of Contra Costa County executive director.

Call 925-439-5060, or visit www.svdp-cc.org for more information.

Summer Festival

Don't miss the annual Diablo Japanese American Club Summer Festival from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, and from noon to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at 3165 Treat Blvd. in Concord.

Admission, demonstrations and exhibits are free. There will be food for sale, displays such as flower arranging, bonsai and calligraphy; live demonstrations, including judo, kendo, taiko, obon dance; a craft boutique and children's games.

Schedules are available in advance on the club's website at www.diablojaclub.com.

Boatmun Garden

The Contra Costa Water District built a water conservation and demonstration garden at their Concord headquarters in 1991 to represent the many landscape styles and drought-resistant plants suitable for California's Mediterranean climate.

Recently renamed the Bette Boatmun Conservation Garden, in recognition of board member Bette Boatmun, who has served on the elected board for 40 years, board president Joseph Campbell said Boatmun is a tireless advocate on water issues.

"She is widely known in the community for her dedication and advocacy to provide clean and safe drinking water and educate the public about water conservation."

"It has been an honor and privilege representing the community on water issues locally, in Sacramento and in Washington D.C.," said Boatmun.

"I am truly honored and will keep on carrying the conservation message and other important issues forward locally and statewide."

The 35,000-square-foot garden is open to the public seven days a week with guides available to help navigate the plants and pathways at 1331 Concord Ave. in Concord.

For more information, visit www.ccwater.com/conserve/demogarden.asp.

Pleasant Hill Dolfins

The Pleasant Hill Dolfins Swim Team is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and all former swimmers and their families are invited to two events for the reunion.

The cocktail party for those 21 and older will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. Aug. 22, at Wence's Restaurant, 1922 Oak Park in Pleasant Hill, and a swim meet and barbecue will held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23, at the Pleasant Hill Education Center pool, 1 Santa Barbara Road in Pleasant Hill.

There is no cost for the swim meet, but the cocktail party and barbecue are $15 each (child barbecue is $12). Tickets are available at www.eventbrite by searching Dolphins-50.

Toasting Rep. Miller

Join the Concord Branch of the American Association of University Women, the Contra Costa Chapter of the National Organization for Women, and Planned Parenthood for a tribute luncheon to honor retiring Rep. George Miller at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Drive in Concord.

The Honorable Ellen Tauscher will be the keynote speaker. Individual tickets are $45.

Call 925-945-1938 for reservation information before Sept. 1.

School collaboration

The Martinez Unified School District serves as the fiscal agent for the New Leaf Collaborative, raising $250,000 in funds through grant writing and donations to enrich the educational experience of students.

Hands-on science exploration is provided by the John Muir Community Science Workshop, featuring a variety of scientific projects for ages K-14, adults and teachers. Visit newleaf-martinez-ca.schoolloop.com for more information.

Director Ellen Concepcion recently presented a detailed and informative program on The New Leaf Collaborative at a meeting of the Martinez Rotary Club, which meets at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 130 Muir Station Road in Martinez. For information, call 925-639-7647.

LWV on immigration

Everyone is invited to attend a seminar sponsored by the Diablo Valley Chapter of the League of Women Voters titled, Immigration: Up Close & Personal.

It will provide information about some of the drivers behind immigration, how immigrants are treated, how our immigration system conflicts with American values, and why immigration reform needs to happen.

Speaker and discussion leader Suzanne Llewellyn will provide information and personal experiences from her work with immigrants held at the Richmond Detention center. Residents are invited to share, discuss and learn from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Concord Library, 2900 Salvio St. Light refreshments will be served.

Wing Foundation Golf Tournament

Join the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation on the links for their second annual golf tournament at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at Castlewood Country Club, 707 Country Club Circle in Pleasanton.

Registration includes a round of 18 holes, a box lunch, awards, cocktails and appetizers. Visit www.healingtherapiesfoundation.org for more information.

The Sandra J. Wing Foundation provides complementary healing therapies, including massage, acupuncture, deep breathing meditation and guided visual imagery to help patients find comfort and stay strong during chemotherapy and radiation treatments in their fight against cancer.

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