Walnut Creek Homelessness Community Forum November 17


The Walnut Creek Homelessness Task Force will be hosting a community forum via Zoom on Homelessness in Walnut Creek from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on November 17.

This will be the fourth in a series of forums designed to provide community members and business owners with a platform to discuss homelessness in Walnut Creek and learn more about actions being taken in the city and the county to fight homelessness. The fall forum will focus on mental health services available to the homeless and those at risk and will begin with a short video providing information on the continuum of care available to homeless people, followed by presentations by speakers. guest speakers.

Following the presentations, a panel of experts representing a variety of resources will be on hand to share information about homelessness and the mental health services available to people experiencing homelessness. During the question-and-answer session, speakers and panelists will answer questions from participants through the forum moderator. This is a free public event, but attendees must confirm their attendance online at Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link. Visit WCHomelessTaskForce.org for the full Eventbrite URL. To confirm your attendance by email, send one to [email protected]

– Walnut Creek Homeless Task Force

Click on the links to support the education of children in need

Yours Humanly is hosting their rescheduled annual education tee-off golf tournament (original October 25 date canceled) at 10 a.m. on November 15 at Rossmoor Golf Course, 1010 Stanley Dollar Drive in Walnut Creek, with a awards dinner immediately after the tournament at the Stanley Dollar Event Center.

A global non-profit organization, Yours Humanly (YoursHumanly.org) is transforming the lives of children in need around the world by providing them with access to quality education and equitable resources. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support Yours Humanly’s mission to lift children out of poverty and other difficult situations through the power of education. Registration begins at 10 a.m., with the putting green and driving range open to registered golfers, followed by a putting competition. The tournament starts at noon with a scrambled format. The awards dinner will follow with presentations, a silent auction and a raffle. To register, visit TeeOffForEducation.com.

“It’s a great way to be outdoors enjoying golf with friends and family, while being part of something extra special,” says Sunny Singh, Founder and CEO of Yours Humanly.

– Humanly yours

Garden Club welcomes the public to its monthly meeting on November 8

The Walnut Creek Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting on November 8 in the gardens of Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive in Walnut Creek. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by a brief business meeting, social time, and educational program.

Guest speaker Jill Appenzeller will present tips on growing and organizing flowers from your own garden to create pretty bouquets. Appenzeller is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Royal Horticultural Society, and the Diablo Women’s Garden Club. We invite the vaccinated public to visit our meetings and be part of the Walnut Creek Garden club. For more information, visit www.nutcreekgardenclub.org online.

– Walnut Creek Garden Club


Opening of a new Peer Connection Center recovery center

Putnam’s peer connection centers, formerly Recovery Innovations Inc., are located in Concord, San Pablo and now Antioch. After closing our doors due to the pandemic in 2020, we started supporting our people in other ways, such as calling, texting, and possibly with virtual groups. Our annual harvest festival on October 29 was very special this year, as we were not only able to host this event again, but it was also the grand reopening of our Antioch site.

We were joined for the ribbon cutting by Dr Suzanne Tavano, PhD, Director of Behavioral Health Services for Contra Costa County; Tamara Hunter, Executive Director of the Putnam Clubhouse; Jim Davis, President of Contra Costa Clubhouses Inc .; Sean Wright, CEO of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce; Doug Dunn, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Board Member Contra Costa and the Mental Health Commission, and his wife and NAMI volunteer Linda; and Chris Celio, PsyD, director of clinical programs at the Hume Center.

– Putnam Peer Connection Centers


Register soon for the Rotary ‘Fried Chicken Din’ fundraiser

Throw a pre-Thanksgiving party – the Orinda Rotary Club will bring you Casa Orinda’s famous “Fried Chicken Din” on November 9th. Each meal includes four pieces of chicken, sides and a holiday dessert to help raise funds for the Contra Costa & Solano (counties) food bank, Meals on Wheels and other club projects.

The cost is $ 40 per meal, with $ 17 of each order going to charities. The last day to order is November 6, online at orindarotaryfundraiser.com. Pick up your order from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on November 9 at Casa Orinda, 20 Bryant Way in Orinda. This makes a great gift, office, or dinner party and helps nourish your community. For details, email [email protected] or call 925-360-1761.

– Rotary Club of Orinda


Floral designer Winzler to address Garden Club meeting

The Lafayette Garden Club reunion on November 11 will begin at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building at 3780 Mount Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette. Laurel Winzler, floral designer and owner of Flaurel Design, began her career working for the San Fransisco Symphony preparing welcome bouquets for visiting conductors and musicians, and the symphony is today one of its customers. Winzler will present “Festive Holiday Decor” with a focus on materials that can be obtained locally or in your own backyard. There is no charge to attend. For more details, send an email to [email protected]

– Lafayette Garden Club


Hospice East Bay Tree of Lights ceremonies run through December 12

Hospice East Bay is proud to celebrate our 35th annual Tree of Lights. For 35 years, these ceremonies have allowed families and friends to honor loved ones and find solace in the symbolism of light when the names of loved ones are read.

These commemorative events always provide a powerful moment of healing, but after going through a pandemic that claimed the lives of one in 500 Americans, these events will have special significance this year.

There will be 12 ceremonies in Contra Costa County until December 12. Following the Walnut Creek Thursday event, there will be ceremonies at Brentwood City Park, 710 Second St. in Oak in Brentwood, at 5:30 pm on November 7; and on Gregory Lane near Cleaveland Road in Pleasant Hill at 6:30 p.m. on November 9.

Each event will feature a reading of commemorative names and symbolic tree lighting. The funds raised through these ceremonies allow us to provide palliative care to patients in our community who are not covered by insurance. For the full schedule of ceremonies, visit bayareane.ws/treeoflights online.

– Orient Bay Hospice


November 14 5 km race for the benefit of Contra Costa Blue Star Moms

The Diablo Valley Federal Credit Union, benefiting the Contra Costa Blue Star Moms, is sponsoring the November 14 Concord 5000 5K Run / Walk at Newhall Park, 1351 Newhall Parkway in Concord. Registration fees are $ 40 before November 13 and $ 45 on race day. Register online at runsignup.com/Race/CA/Concord/Concord5000. Check-in and pre-race activities start at 6:30 a.m. and the race starts at 8:00 a.m.

Event amenities provided by the Credit Union and other sponsors will be rewards based on age; electronic timing of results; a festival in the finish area with tables for sponsors, water and snacks; T-shirts and medals for finishers; “Support our armed forces” pins; a hydration station on the course; and distance markers on the course. View an online map of the course at mapmyrun.com/routes/view/1740280685. Due to limited parking, please consider walking to Newhall Park after parking at Clayton Valley Charter High School, where authorities have allowed parking during the event. Sorry, no strollers or dogs will be allowed.

Donations sought for troop care packages, veterinary gift bags

The Contra Costa Blue Star Moms are collecting donations for vacation packages for deployed troops and gift bags for veterans in the veterans building in Martinez.

The following items can be left at the reception of A-1 Storage, 5296 Concord Blvd. at the corner of Ygnacio Valley Road in Concord (closed Sundays and Wednesdays): SMALL packages of beef jerky, beef sticks, trail mix, crackers, cookies, nuts, granola bars and toaster pastries; tuna / chicken salad kits; 14 ounce cans of chili or stew; hard candy; gum and mints; drink singles to add to water bottles; instant coffee sachets; baby wipes; crew socks (at least 80% cotton); reading glasses (double or triple magnification); wipes for glasses; eyeglass repair kits; knitted hats (hats); knit / crochet / fleece scarves; disposable razors; small packages of cotton swabs and handkerchiefs; deodorants; lip balms; pun magazines; and packing tape.

Financial donations are also appreciated, as we have to pay the postage for each care package. Checks can be made payable to “CCBSM” and mailed to PO Box 6379, Concord, CA 94524. To donate by credit card or PayPal, go to ccbluestarmoms.org and click on “Donate” in bottom left of our home page. Questions can be directed to [email protected] or [email protected]

– Contra Costa Blue Star Moms


Donation bins for homeless and at-risk people in need of shelter

Elevate Collective Clayton Volunteers are looking to organize a big holiday food and donation drive and are looking for Clayton businesses to host donation bins for the homeless and those at risk. This is our third out-of-pocket event as we are proudly a cause, not a non-profit, and anyone can donate to help cover the cost of the bins and spread the word out. community.

Elevate Collective Clayton wants to make this event so big that we need several charities, but at the moment our main focus is to support Friends Feeding Friends through Good Shepherd Church. If you are a business or an individual who wants to help out, there are plenty of ways to do it. Just check out elevatecollectiveclayton.com to find out more and get in touch with us so we can happily accept your help! Bin locations will be posted on the website as they arrive.

– Elevate the Clayton Collective

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