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The Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa poker benefit proved lucky for winners Joe, John and Carol Favalora of Favalora Trucking in Martinez, who won tickets to Disneyland. A lot of fun and money was raised to provide nutritious meals for at-risk seniors.

Five Aquanuts athletes ages 10-15 will represent the United States in the UANA Pan American Games in Riverside this month.

Participating are Sophia Kong, a fifth-grader at Camino Pablo Elementary School in Moraga; Yara Elian, in sixth grade at Stanley Middle School in Lafayette; Daria Torba, a sophomore at Miramonte High School in Orinda; Lauren Simonelli, a freshman at Carondelet High School in Concord; and Taylor Fair, a sophomore at Berean Christian High School in Walnut Creek.

The Walnut Creek Aquanuts Fall Synchronized Swimming Show will be held over Labor Day weekend, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the showcase in a theatrical format, complete with lights, a monumental 3-D stage and glittering costumes.

This year's theme, "Earth Odyssey," will celebrate Earth as seen through the eyes of extraterrestrial visitors. Seating begins at 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday Aug. 29-31, at Heather Farm Park Clarke Swim Center, 1750 Heather Drive in Walnut Creek. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online at aquanuts.org, or through Sports Basement.

MOW poker benefit

The tables were full at the Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa Texas Hold 'em fundraiser in July. Donations courtesy of Disney Resorts, Southwest Airlines, Los Panchos, Creek Monkey Tap House, Cal Shakes, Beach Blanket Babylon, Cal Bears, Beaver Creek Smokehouse and the Oakland Raiders helped up the ante.


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Thanks to Barbara Turcios and Suzie Tendrick, who crafted beautiful raffle baskets, volunteers Dolores Flores, P.J. Kraintz, Leigh Shugrou, and a special thanks to board member Cathy Ivers for facilitating the use of the historic Shell Clubhouse in Martinez for the event.

The fundraiser wouldn't have been possible without sponsors Union Bank, Courtyards at Pine Creek, Oakland Packaging & Supply, Meals on Wheels board president John Cottrell, Bateman Senior Meals, TNT Carpet Cleaning, Les Schwab Tires and Favalora Trucking Company.

Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa currently provides 335,000 meals annually, delivered primarily by volunteer drivers to 2,000 nutritionally at-risk elders not able to leave their homes, and with no other viable means of receiving nutritious daily meals.

Visit www.mowsos.org or call 925-937-8311 to sign up for services or to volunteer your services.

WC100 exhibition

In honor of Walnut Creek's centennial, the Bedford Gallery, located in the Lesher Center for the Arts, will begin the fall season with an exhibition of artwork that reflects the community's rich history, land, commerce and culture, both past and present.

Everyone who loves Walnut Creek is invited to enter a work of art. The "Walnut Creek Turns 100: Celebrating the City Through Art," deadline for submission is Sept. 4.

To find out more, visit www. bedfordgallery.org/wc100. The exhibition will open Sunday, Sept. 21, at Bedford Gallery, 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek.

Scouts Bronze Award

Twelve girls of Pleasant Hill Girl Scout Troop 30420 created pillowcases for patients at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland for their Bronze Award Project in May. It was part of the American Patchwork and Quilting magazine's "1 Million Pillowcases Challenge."

The troop wanted to help kids who feel sad or lonely in the hospital by creating something colorful and cheerful to brighten their days. Troop members include Valerie Begg, Abigail Bleichner, Casey Breithaupt, Morgan Crosby, Madison Helms, Kate and Amanda Philson, Jillian Richards, Morgan Salmon, Lena Scheidel, Isabella Trianna and Thea Winterich.

"We learned that it feels good to help kids who struggle with things that we cannot even imagine," said Kate Philson.

Visit www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases for more information about how your organization can get involved in a project like this.

Knights honoree

The St. Bonaventure Knights of Columbus Council 6038 has honored Joseph Simini for serving 75 years as a faithful Brother Knight of Columbus.

Simini made his 1st degree on Jan. 1, 1940, and subsequent degrees in Council 1220, in Allegheny, NY. In 1958, Simini joined the Escondido Regina Coeli Council 4953, and transferred to the San Francisco Council in the 1990s.

In 2013, Joseph joined the St. Bonaventure chapter in Concord. Simini is also a 4th degree Knight, the Patriotic degree of the Knights.

Service award

Concord resident Joan Miller, president and founding member of the Mount Diablo Music Education Foundation was recently presented with the regional Jefferson Award for her selfless service to the community in promoting music in schools.

The top five Bay Area Regional Award winners will move on to a national competition later this year. In January 2015, a reception will be held at the San Francisco Jazz Center to honor all the 2014 recipients.

The Mount Diablo Music Education Foundation was formed to raise awareness and solicit donations to support music education for students.

The foundation sponsored a California Symphony performance for more than 2,300 fifth-grade students at the Lesher Center for the Arts.

The foundation and the city of Concord have hosted annual All-Area Music Festivals featuring music students from local elementary, middle and high schools performing different styles of music and vocals.

Visit www.mdmusicfoundation.org for more information.

Hospice support

Bereavement support services are provided free of charge to all community members in need through Hospice of the East Bay, providing compassionate end-of-life care to terminally ill patients, while offering emotional, spiritual and grief support for the entire family.

Preregistration is required for the following support groups and classes held at Hospice's administrative offices, 3470 Buskirk Ave. in Pleasant Hill. Call 925-887-5681 or visit www.hospiceeastbay.org for more information.

  • Adults Who Have Lost a Parent: 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 6-Nov. 24.

  • Widow and Widowers' Support: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 23 and 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 29-Nov. 17.

  • Adult Drop-In Bereavement Support Group: 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays.

  • A Creative Arts and Grief Workshop helps adults express their grief in intuitive and creative ways from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21.

  • Children and Teen support programs are also available for parents and guardians.

  • A Pet Loss Support Group is offered from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Drive in Walnut Creek.

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