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The Clayton Historical Society Garden Tour will feature six beautiful home gardens Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27. Committee members hard at work preparing for this yearís garden tour are, from left, Carmen Williams, Betty Overstreet, Julie Pierce, Cindy Haydon, Carin Kaplan (standing), Joan Bergum, JoAnn Caspar, Sally Turner, Peggy Arundell, Barbara Hill, Dee Totman and Nancy Dunn. Member Linda Cruz snapped the photo.

Garden delights

  • Begin your Mother's Day weekend by treating your mothers and daughters to a self-guided tour of five of the loveliest gardens in Alamo and Danville, at the 14th annual Gardens Tour, sponsored by the Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Branch of the AAUW.

    The tour will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10. From the calm serenity of an artist's studio garden to an exquisite entertainment garden featuring expansive lawns, terraced hillside and multiple patio areas, you will be inspired by the creative elegance of each of these unique gardens.

    Tickets can be purchased at the East Bay Flower Company, 206 Sycamore Valley Road West in the Danville Livery, or online at http://daw-ca.aauw.net/garden/. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for seniors before May 3.

    Light refreshments will be provided. All proceeds from the tour benefit AAUW scholarships, research and grants for aspiring women scholars.

  • The Clayton Historical Society Clayton Gardens Tour will feature six lovely local gardens on a tour beginning at the Clayton Museum, 6101 Main St.

    It is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27. Tickets are $30. Proceeds benefit the Clayton Historical Society.

    The self-guided tour features a "bumblebee farm & garden," organic garden, a beautiful hillside waterfall, wandering pathways, a wishing well, a conservatory with unusual plants, cactus gardens mixed with lawn, and an acre-size garden featuring permaculture techniques using water-capturing systems through recycled decks.

    Allow about two hours for the tour.

    For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.ClaytonHistory.org or call 925-672-0240.

    Benefit tourney

    Concord Mayor Tim Grayson will host the annual Mayor's Classic Golf Tournament on Friday, May 2, at Diablo Creek Golf Course.

    The event benefits the Community Youth Center, RotaCare Bay Area, and the First Tee Contra Costa Youth Golf Program.

    Registration/lunch is at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Entry fee of $150 includes a shirt, golf cart, green fee, lunch, awards dinner and prizes. The special rate is $125 for seniors 60 and over and city employees. The cost is $30 per person dinner only. Make checks payable to: Diablo Creek Golf Course by April 23, to Mayor's Cup Golf Classic, 4050 Port Chicago Highway, Concord, CA 94520, or call 925-686-6266 for more information.

    For social workers

    Counseling Options and Parent Education (C.O.P.E.) Family Support Center of Concord provides comprehensive family support services to prevent child abuse and strengthen families in our community through counseling options and parent education. Visit www.copefamilysupport.org for more information.

    C.O.P.E. recently recognized 50 Contra Costa County social workers at the Social Worker Appreciation luncheon, recognizing the hard work and dedication of social workers in Contra Costa County.

    Honored were Antoinette Harris, regional manager EMQ Families First in Concord; Carol Carrillo, executive director Child Abuse Prevention Council in Concord; Cathy Botello, executive director C.O.P.E. Family Support Center in Concord; and Tom Pearson, Life Success consultant Own My Greatness in Clayton.

    Youth concert

    Creek Kids Care is celebrating 10 years of service at the "SAY YES" Youth Benefit Concert and Boutique from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Hillside Covenant Church, 2060 Magnolia Way in Walnut Creek.

    Proceeds will support Trinity Center in Walnut Creek, and Mother of Peace Community in Mutoku, Zimbabwe.

    Creek Kids Care was cofounded in 2004 by Julie Miles, a master at finding the positive in every situation. Even in her battle against breast cancer, Julie found ways to SAY YES rather than resist and say no to impossibly difficult circumstances.

    The concert is a celebration of Julie and saying yes -- finding the good, celebrating it, and doing our best, no matter what. For more information, email Victoria at victoria@creekkids.org.

    Silver Award project

    Girl Scout Troop 32681 members Kayla Kelly and Juliana Friis' Silver Award project seeks to help elderly dementia patients with music to stimulate their memories.

    Music is an integral part of human memories. A song from our past can invoke an emotional response. We all remember specific times in our lives when we hear certain songs and can sing along to songs we heard when we were children.

    Kayla and Juliana are collecting used iPods, MP3 players and iTunes gift cards in collection boxes at Christ the King Church, Grace Healthcare, and Valley View Middle School, all in Pleasant Hill, and at Grace Healthcare of Moraga.

    The music players will be preloaded with chosen music for residents at Grace Healthcare of Pleasant Hill and Grace Healthcare of Moraga.

    With Honor Worn

    Last call for a special exhibition of historic military uniforms from the Revolutionary War to the present, "With Honor Worn: Military Uniforms" at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Shell Club House, 1635 Pacheco Blvd., in Martinez.

    Reservations are $25 for the exhibition, presentation and luncheon.

    Daughters of the American Revolution Turlock Chapter Chaplain Katherine Borges, will discuss "History of My Family's Military Uniforms."

    Borges is co-founder and director of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy and president of the Salida Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of Captain James Davis Chapter, Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, and Salida Rotary.

    Proceeds will help fund local student awards, the homeless veterans Stand Down event in September, and the restoration of John Marsh House in Brentwood.

    Reservations are required. Contact Donna Weis at dfweis@comcast.net or call 925-279-2227.

    Education foundation

    The Martinez Education Foundation (MEF) Legacy Fund, for the future benefit of students and teachers in the Martinez public schools, has received a generous bequest of $50,000 from the estate of Martinez resident and Alhambra High School graduate of the Class of 1955 Sheila A. Grilli, who died in August 2013.

    MEF's goal is to build its endowment fund to $1,000,000 by reinvesting earnings and collecting additional contributions and planned gifts from other Martinez community members and supporters.

    With this gift, Grilli has left a legacy to the Martinez schools that will pay future dividends to the teachers and students throughout the Martinez public schools.

    ARF is expecting

    Spring has sprung and animal shelters are overflowing with puppies and kittens in need of rescue.

    Help ARF prepare to care for them at the Puppy and Kitten Shower from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Drive in Walnut Creek.

    Choose a gift from their registry, available at participating local Pet Food Express stores, and stop by to meet adorable "babies" and enjoy treats. If you can't make it, drop your gift off at ARF anytime, or visit www.arf.org.

    Martinez 'Citizens'

    The Martinez Chamber of Commerce will present the Citizen of the Year Awards Dinner at 6 p.m. April 26, at the Martinez Event Center, 524 Main St. in Martinez.

    Honorees include Dick Duncan, Charles Laird Award; Andrea Blachman, Lifetime Achievement; Cassandra Campbell, Woman of the Year; John Curtis, Man of the Year; Audrey Lee, Educator/Teacher of the Year; Irene Merkel, Service Without Borders; Francisco Dona, Young Man of the Year; Crystal Willet, Ambassador of the Year; and Shell Oil, Business of the Year. Congratulations!

    For reservations, call 925-228-2345.

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