Lindsay benefit

Enjoy fine food, fine wine and fine company at "An Evening at the Bistro" to benefit the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.

The event will be held in the Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar's beautifully appointed courtyard under an ancient oak tree from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at 1511 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Walnut Creek.

Tickets cost $100 and are available at www.eventbrite.com, An Evening at the Bistro, or wildlifemuseum.org.

Proceeds will go to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum and rehabilitation hospital for local wildlife to heal and return these precious creatures to the wild.

The museum offers tours and educational programs by volunteers and professional staff at its facility, 1931 First Ave. in Walnut Creek.

ARF Wine & Whiskers

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation's Wine & Whiskers fundraiser features specialty wines and hors d'oeuvres from local wineries and restaurants, entertainment by the Later Dayz Band and a silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at ARF, 2890 Mitchell Drive in Walnut Creek.

Wine & Whiskers sells out every year. Tickets are $80 and available by calling 925-296-3154 or emailing Judy at jbentley@arf.net, or visit www.arf.net.


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ARF rescues dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters, giving them a chance at life until a new home can be found.

ARF thanks Chevron, AT&T, CSAA Insurance Group, and Gagen McCoy for their Gold Medal sponsorship of this event.

ARF's 2015 celebrity pet wall calendar features animal-loving celebrities with a friendly pet or two, for a $15 donation. Order your calendar today at www.arf.net or pick one up at ARF.

Library Friends

The Friends of the Walnut Creek Library are having a membership drive offering a "members only" drawing for $100 or $50 for all members joining by Aug. 31.

Annual membership is $25, or $15 for students or seniors, good for two people residing at the same address.

In addition to being eligible to win the drawing, members are allowed early entry to the Friends' popular quarterly book sale. Send your check to the Friends, P.O. Box 5764, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, or stop by the Friends Bookstore at the library, 1644 N. Broadway in Walnut Creek.

For more information, visit www.WCLibraryFriends.org.

Last year, the Friends of the Walnut Creek Library raised more than $60,000 from quarterly book sales, the Friends' Bookstore, online sales, and membership dues.

These funds went toward purchasing new library materials and supporting library programs for the public that the Walnut Creek Library could not otherwise offer.

Meals on Wheels

The Fall Prevention Program by Meals on Wheels Senior Outreach Services will receive proceeds from the Meals on Wheels Pancake Breakfast, Resource Fair and Boutique.

The event will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center, 233 Gregory Lane. Tickets are only $5, with the price for children 5-11 set at $3, and children 4 and under being free. Call 925-954-8736 or visit http://www.mowsos.org for ticket information.

Sept. 7 is Grandparent's Day, so bring the whole family!

Women in Leadership

Learn how to command the attention of others so you can turn the job you have into the career you desire.

Join the Women in Leadership conference on Professional Presence, sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of the Contra Costa Commission for Women in partnership with John F. Kennedy University.

The event is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 25, at JFK University, 100 Ellinwood Way in Pleasant Hill.

Panel moderator will be District V Commissioner Kirsten Upshaw, founder of Business Minded Coaching.

Panelists will include Linda Haycox, recruiting manager for Robert Half International; D'Ann Hayes, marketing and promotional specialist and owner of Ink It Up Designs; Carrie LaShell, AICI FLC, a certified image consultant and owner of Such Savvy Style; Maureen Viano, senior vice president of Professional Services; and career coach Lee Hecht Harrison.

The event is designed to educate and empower women to attain gender equity in the workplace.

The cost for advanced reservations is $15, and $25 at the door. To register, visit www.womenscommission.com.

Soroptimist show

Soroptimists of Martinez are hosting the Vintage Glamour Fashion Show Luncheon at noon Saturday, Sept. 13, at a private home.

Guests are encouraged to dress in glamorous outfits for the event. Vintage fashions for the show will be provided by Nancy Peacock of Martinez.

Funds raised will benefit Get Real Academy, a program supporting our young women eager to enter adulthood, the workplace and higher education. Tickets are $25. Call 925-228-2233.

Women's Club

The Martinez Women's Club is celebrating 103 years. The club donates clothing to Wardrobe for Opportunity, makes comfort pillows for heart and breast surgery patients, donates baby items to the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Layette program, donates to homeless shelters, provides scholarships to Alhambra High School students, and has donated a bell to the California Mission Bell Project.

Members have also provided turtle pillows and quilts to the Painted Turtle Camp in Southern California, the WHALE project at Martinez Mini Motorland, quilts for Project Linus and Veterans Affairs, assisted with Christmas items for the Bay Area Crisis Nursery, and much more.

The club meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Mt. View Clubhouse in Martinez. For more information, call 925 372-3633.

'Boost' for food bank

The Concord High Band Boosters recently donated $3,000 to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, which was raised at a dinner dance with entertainment provided by the orchestra, stage band and award-winning jazz ensemble of the Instrumental Music Program at Concord High School.

Partnered with the food bank and Tesoro, the event was supported by friends and families of the program.

The Boosters help students in need and give back to our community. The Concord High Band will be performing in the Walnut Festival parade Sept. 13, the Rossmoor parade on Sept. 20, and the annual March-a-thon in Concord on Oct. 4.

They will also be participating in "Scare Away Hunger," co-sponsored by the food bank and Tesoro Refinery on Oct. 31, in Concord.

Visit www.CHSminutemenmusic.org for event details.

Volunteer at hospital

Volunteers are needed to fill a variety of positions at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez.

Volunteers can work in the Gift Shop, at the Information Desk, for the Emergency Room, layette program, book cart and many more.

Volunteers of all ages, nationalities and skills are welcome, and are requested to work at least four hours a week. They receive free annual flu shots.

Call Rhonda Smith, volunteer coordinator, at 925-370-5440 or email Rhonda.Smith@hsd.cccounty.us for an application.

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