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Leadership Contra Costa Class of 2014 graduates are, front row, from left, Maggie OíHearn, Deborah Harris, Lou Ramondetta, David Carrillo, Michael Cass, Michele Ternes and Steve Padberg; second row, Emily Hopkins, Kim Moore, Jenny Mack, Brian Nunally, Kimberly Lam, Margaret Stauffer, Suzanna (Suzie) Martinez, Kathryn Trapani, Inga Miller and Elaine Clark; and back row, Brian Shaffer, Basil Barouki, Steven Buckley, Frank ìRonî Mintz, William Clayton, James Becker, Tessa Edwards, Diana Camacho and Andrew Farrell.

County 'Leadership'

The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau-sponsored "Leadership Contra Costa" has graduated more than 600 people in the last 26 years from a program designed to identify and prepare potential community leaders.

Participants attend presentations and workshops from community leaders about critical issues facing the community, including health and aging, the price of justice, business and the economy, environment, education, technology and the future, government and politics, and Contra Costa in the future.

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2014, and welcome to current and future philanthropic corporate partners, board members and generous nonprofit supporters, including:

Basil Barouki, vice president and private client adviser U.S. Trust, Bank of America; James Becker, vice president of community investments of Richmond Community Foundation; Steven Buckley, planning manager of the city of Walnut Creek; Diana Camacho, program manager of community health for John Muir Health; David Carrillo, associate director for the Center for Human Development; and Michael Cass, associate planner for the city of Lafayette.

Also, Elaine Clark, executive director for Meals on Wheels; William Clayton, Independent; Tessa Edwards, consultant; Andrew Farrell, branch development manager for Culver Careers (The Culver Group); Deborah Harris, senior administrative assistant for the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District; Emily Hopkins, public information supervisor for the East Bay Regional Park District; Kimberly Lam, recycling coordinator for Republic Services; and Jenny Mack, senior manager of public affairs for the CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer.

And Suzanna (Suzie) Martinez, Walnut Creek city clerk; Inga Miller, attorney with Timken Johnson, LLP; Frank "Ron" Mintz, manager people and properties for Sotheby's International Realty; Kim Moore, counsel for Poole & Shaffery, LLP; Brian Nunally, economic development analyst for the city of Antioch; Maggie O'Hearn, financial adviser for Integre Wealth Management of Raymond James; Steve Padberg, vice president of Solar Universe Diablo Valley; Lou Ramondetta, president of Surplus Service; Brian Shaffer, commercial litigation attorney for Miller Starr Regalia; Margaret Stauffer, MFT vice president and program director of Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area; Michele Ternes, director of community relations of Contra Costa ARC; Kathryn Trapani, people connect supervisor for Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation; and Mike Vickers, public service manager for the city of Walnut Creek.

CASA advocates

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary work for abused, neglected and abandoned children and youth in foster care in our community.

As sworn officers of the court, CASA volunteers are appointed by a juvenile court judge to advocate one-on-one with a mutually selected foster child and become a caring, mature adult to be their voice, a mentor, and a trusting and consistent adult presence in their life.

CASA has 80 children and youth waiting for an advocate. Volunteer orientations are scheduled for 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 5, and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at 2020 N. Broadway in Walnut Creek. R.S.V.P. to Gina at 925-256-7284, ext. 7, or casa@cccocasa.org, or visit www.cccocasa.org.

Newest CASA board member, Mark Hughes, and Phillips 66 recently collaborated to secure a $1,000 sponsorship for the upcoming fourth annual Postrio Wine and Microbrew Festival benefiting CASA. Thanks!

Enjoy live jazz at the Postrio event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, in the charming boutique Prescott Hotel, one block off Union Square and the Powell Street Cable Car line, 545 Post St. in San Francisco. Tickets are $85. Call 925-256-7284, ext. 7, or email casa@cccocasa.org.

Lindsay challenge

The Lindsay Wildlife Museum is a natural history and environmental education center and the first wildlife rehabilitation hospital established in the United States, located at 1931 1st Ave. in Walnut Creek. The dedication of nearly 500 volunteers keeps things running smoothly, yet funding is crucial to ensure continued success.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum volunteers are issuing a "Volunteer Challenge" pledge to match funds up to $17,500 from new donors. Donations of any amount will increase total funds.

There are currently 1,000 animals in care at the rehabilitation hospital, with hundreds more admitted each week. The wildlife rehabilitation hospital treated 5,623 injured animals in 2013!

Support the Lindsay today and dedicated volunteers will match your donation. Call 925-627-2961, visit http://wildlife-museum.org/support or drop in from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday—Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free for members and children under 2 years old, $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors 65 and older, and $6.50 for children 2-17.

Red Cross 'Heroes'

The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is seeking nominations for the Hero Awards, recognizing members of the community who have shown courage, dedication and character through acts of heroism and kindness.

Contra Costa County residents are encouraged to nominate a hero for one of the following categories who work or reside in the county, although the heroic acts may have occurred elsewhere. The heroic act must have occurred between Jan. 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. The deadline to submit nominations is June 30.

  • Lifesaving Hero: An adult or youth who has performed an extraordinary lifesaving act, using skills such as CPR or first aid.

  • Act of Courage Hero: An adult or youth who has performed an extraordinary act of courage.

  • Act of Kindness & Philanthropy Hero, Individual: An adult or youth who has shown an extreme act of kindness or selflessness.

  • Community Service Hero, Individual: An adult or youth who has performed great community service.

  • Community Service Hero, Organization: A business or organization that has performed great community service.

  • Animal Rescue Hero: An animal that has protected a human in a time of need or a person who has rescued an animal from a traumatic situation.

    Contra Costa community leaders will select award recipients who will be honored at the Contra Costa County Heroes Breakfast on Oct. 24, at Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville.

    Visit redcross.org/CCHeroes for details on the event, purchasing tickets, and an online nomination form.

    To become a sponsor of the Heroes Breakfast, contact Roger Hancock at Roger.Hancock@csaa.com.

    Onstage in Martinez

    We are thrilled to see the Campbell Theater in Martinez come back to life.

    Dick Hinds, manager of the Onstage Theatre Repertory, brought Martinez Rotary members up to date on their plans for the future of the Campbell Theater in Martinez at a recent meeting.

    The Onstage play, "Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont" runs through June 1, at the theater, 636 Ward St., in Martinez.

    Future plans include an improv competition among four high schools and a work-shopped musical written by a Martinez resident.

    Hinds reminded his audience that high cost of putting on a production cannot be covered by ticket sales alone, and thanked them for their donation.

    Email Live@Campbelltheater.com, visit www.campbelltheater.com or call 925-518-3277 for information on upcoming shows and ticket sales.

    The Rotary Club of Martinez meets at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays, at Grace Episcopal Church. Contact Marianne Clark at 925-639-7647 if you would like to join Rotary.

    First 5 realty help

    Fifty volunteers from Keller Williams Realty in Walnut Creek, led by team leader Ryan McCarty, helped transform an unused dirt lot into a vibrant learning garden for low-income preschoolers and their families at the Monument Community First 5 Center, 1736 Clayton Road in Concord.

    The event was part of Keller Williams' annual RED Day campaign, a day of service for its associates to give back to important causes in their communities.

    The Monument Community First 5 Center provides free parenting and enrichment classes for families with children up to age 5.

    The "Garden of Good Things" will serve as an outdoor classroom offering new programs for children and parents focused on sensory art, science, nutrition and gardening.

    Monument Community First 5 Center is managed by nonprofit, Aspiranet, and funded by First 5 Contra Costa, serving approximately 300 families annually. It provides free parenting classes and activities to help young children grow up healthy, nurtured and ready for kindergarten.

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