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Mt. Diablo Elementary students Audrey Carlson and Matthew Hubbard, winners of the St. Bonaventure Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Poster Contest, stand with poster chairman Claire Tryon and fifth-grade teacher Barbara Kerr.

The Walnut Creek Historical Society has created the Oral History Project, a series of personal, filmed interviews with longtime residents and families who have lived in the Walnut Creek area for more than 50 years, inspired by the Walnut Creek centennial.

April Bell, personal historian at Tree of Life Legacies, has filmed interviews of local residents for the Oral History Project with Walnut Creek Historical Society member and film producer, Judie Hockel; society historian Sheila Rogstad and the late Audrey Veregge. Here is a link to view the interviews: http://walnutcreekhistory.info/video.

Would you like to propose a 50-year or longer Walnut Creek resident or volunteer yourself for the next series of interviews planned for late September? Call the Walnut Creek Historical Society at 925-935-7871 for details, or visit their website at walnutcreekhistory.info.

Advocacy award

Bob Jacobsen, of Walnut Creek, was awarded a 2014 Excellence in Service Award by the Developmental Disabilities Council of Contra Costa County. Jacobsen is as a participant and mentor in the Care Parent Network's support group providing emotional and informational support to fathers of young children who are newly diagnosed with developmental disabilities and special health care needs.


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Jacobsen has facilitated Just for Fathers, a support group that meets once a month providing parent-to-parent support and has organized family camping trips, picnics and parties. He has built a community of support that will last a lifetime for many fathers.

For more information about the Care Parent Network, based in Martinez, visit www.contracostaarc.com or call 925-313-0999.

Apply for grants

Organizations with projects serving Martinez and its residents may submit grant applications for fall review by the Martinez Community Foundation board of directors. Applications must be received by Monday, Sept. 15.

Primary areas of focus are community services, cultural and community celebrations, economic development, education and the environment.

"We are striving to leave a legacy," said Stuart M. McCullough, board president. "We carefully consider how best to distribute the funds so as to provide benefit to the greatest number of people, and to have a lasting effect."

The foundation has provided more than $542,000 in grants since 1993, including the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Loaves and Fishes, Martinez Unified School District, Main Street Martinez, John Muir Association Earth Day-Birthday celebrations, Martinez Chamber of Commerce, Martinez Historical Society, Martinez Public Library, Martinez Opera, Meals on Wheels, John Muir Regional Land Trust and the Contra Costa Historical Society.

Applications may be obtained by calling the foundation at 925-372-6286, writing to: Martinez Community Foundation, P.O. Box 789, Martinez CA 94553, or www.martinezcommunityfoundation.org.

Poster Winners

Pine Hollow Middle School students from Concord have won the Knights of Columbus, St. Bonaventure Council Substance Abuse Poster Contest for the third year in a row for the 12-14-year-old age group at the Knights of Columbus regional and state levels.

Winning themes were "Don't be Part of the Walking Dead," by Kailey Kingsmore for Drug Awareness; and "Don't Pollute Your Life," by Yaneli Balcazar for Alcohol Awareness. Both advanced to the state competition.

Special awards for Artistic Excellence in Graphic Art were presented to Tiffany Hernandez for "Rise Above," for Alcohol Awareness; and Sabrina Hambalek for "Drugs Aren't Anything to Laugh About."

Winners in the 8-11-year-old age group were fifth-graders Audrey Carlson and Matthew Hubbard of Mt. Diablo Elementary in Clayton, and Jessica Oledan of St. Agnes School in Concord. Jessica was a state winner and advanced to the international competition in New Haven, Conn., where she won fourth place.

The next poster competition will start Aug. 15 and continue through Jan. 31, 2015. Entry forms are required. Contact poster chairman Claire Tryon at greyeototo@sbcglobal.net or call 925-673-8564.

There are two age groups -- 8-11 and 12-14 -- and the categories are Drug Abuse and Alcohol Abuse. Winners advance through four levels of competition during the year.

Great Stuff Sale

The Concord Historical Society is accepting donations for the "Great Stuff Sale" to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14, in the lovely gardens of Galindo House, 1721 Amador St. in Concord. Proceeds will support the Historical Society.

Donations of household items (except large furniture) are welcome from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday until Sept. 4, at the adjacent Masonic Temple. Contact Barbara Strehlitz at 925-686-3917 for information about donations or attending the sale.

You can change a life!

Volunteer as a tutor to help adults in your neighborhood improve their English well enough to function in our society. The Diablo Valley Literacy Council provides training and offers volunteers a selection of students to provide a one-on-one opportunity to help change a life.

English need not be your first language and no teaching experience is required. Spanish, Scandinavian, Asian, Russian, Middle Eastern and Central/South America students are waiting for tutors.

Apply for the next workshop to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 6 and 13, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4000 Clayton Road in Concord. You must attend both sessions.

There is a nominal fee to cover the training and materials costs. Adult volunteers typically give one or two hours per week. For more information, visit dvlc.tripod.com. To register, call and leave a message at 925-685-3881 or email DVLC4ESL@gmail.com.

'Great Futures'

The Boys & Girls Club of the Diablo Valley "Great Futures" campaign hopes to mobilize the community to empower our youth by emphasizing the critical role out-of-school time plays in a child's chance to achieve success.

Every day, 15 million kids leave school with no place to go, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe. Boys & Girls Club of Diablo Valley provides access to positive and productive programs as well as caring adult mentors during out-of-school time.

The city of Martinez declared July 31 as the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley Great Futures Day. The club currently reaches more than 1,000 youths ages 6-18 through its various programs. Annual dues to attend the club are only $24 per year, and no young person is turned away for financial reasons.

Organized sports, art programs and tutoring are provided daily at the club's facility, 1301

Alhambra Ave. in Martinez. For information on how you can help, call 925-228-3896 or visit www.bgcdv.org.

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