Lindsay volunteers: $17,000 challenge match for public support

Volunteers at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum have a challenge for the public.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum announced last week that the animal rehabilitation hospital has treated more than 1,900 animals in 2014, 1,000 of which are currently receiving care. This influx of patients includes hundreds of injured and orphaned baby animals.

To help pay for this care, Lindsay Wildlife Museum volunteers issued a "Volunteer Challenge" to the public to support a springtime drive for donations. Lindsay volunteers pledged that they will match gifts totaling up to $17,000 from new donors.

"The very first patients of the season in the wildlife rehabilitation hospital were a pair of baby Anna's hummingbirds so small their nest fit inside the lid of an orange juice jug," said Norma Bishop, executive director for Lindsay Wildlife Museum, in a news release. "Like most animals we treat in the wildlife hospital, these hummingbirds require round-the-clock care. Frequently, a volunteer has committed more than 40 hours of selfless care for each animal before it can be released. Our volunteers' service is all the more remarkable in light of the incredible match they have pledged."

To donate call 925-627-2961 or go to wildlife-museum.org/support.


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Projects sought for Community Service Day 2014

Community nonprofits, schools and other local groups are invited to submit a volunteer project for Community Service Day 2014, to be held Saturday, Sept. 27.

The deadline to submit a project for consideration is June 20.

More than 1,400 community members volunteered for 61 different projects last year -- helping at schools, libraries, parks, the open spaces and local social service organizations. In addition, volunteers collected nearly 6,000 pounds of food for the needy.

Projects must be located in Walnut Creek and appropriate for a range of ages and abilities. For additional project guidelines and a submittal form go to www.walnut-creek.org/service.

New county librarian to discuss library challenges, services

Contra Costa County Librarian Jessica Hudson will explain the Contra Costa Library System's services and fiscal challenges at the meeting of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road in Walnut Creek.

Hudson oversees 26 libraries and a staff of more than 300. The system maintains millions of books, periodicals and DVDs, and offers patrons a host of lesser-known benefits, including adult literacy tutoring, special programs to help veterans adjust to civilian life, and discount museum tickets.

Hudson came to Contra Costa in April and served most recently as Nevada County librarian. She holds a bachelor's degree in finance and a master's degree in library science.

For more information, call 925-946-0469 or go to www.dvdems.org

Solar panels coming to Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek will be installing solar panels at Heather Farm Park, Boundary Oak Golf Course, and the city's three downtown parking garages. The city's solar panel installation is under the umbrella of the Regional Renewable Energy Procurement (R-REP) Project.

This is the largest multiagency renewable energy procurement project in the country and includes 187 sites across 19 Bay Area public agencies, according to the city website. If all sites are developed, these projects will effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the amount generated by over 6,300 average-sized homes for an entire year.

Alameda County is the lead agency on this project and worked with participating agencies to review bid proposals and select a vendor. Sun Edison was selected for the bundle that includes Walnut Creek and three other agencies for a total of sixteen sites.

Walnut Creek submitted five projects for solar parking shade covers: Heather Farm Park, Boundary Oak Golf Course and the three downtown parking garages. These sites were selected based on the solar site assessments conducted in 2010.

This will be paid for through a power purchase agreement that Walnut Creek staff is still working out with Sun Edison.

For more information call Gwen Ho-Sing-Loy at 935-256-3536.

All-cities picnic June 8 at Heather Farm

Walnut Creek Sister Cities is having an all-cities picnic at Heather Farm on Sunday June 8 starting at 5 p.m., in celebration of Walnut Creek's 100th birthday.

The public is invited; cost is $10 per person over 5 years of age.

Before the picnic there will be an "amazing race" with teams of up to five people. There must be at least one adult on each team, as a car will be needed. The race will start at 3 p.m. at Heather Farm Park where each team will pick up their first clue -- like a citywide scavenger hunt.

Teams will need to solve each clue to go to where the next clue will be. The clues will be about Italy and Hungary, the countries of Walnut Creek's sister cities. The cost is $10 per team. There will be a first prize and all who participate will receive participation ribbons.

All must preregister for either the picnic and/or race by June 2 at www.wc-sister-cities.org. and click on events. Registration fees are to be sent to Walnut Creek Sister Cities, 1921 Argonne Dr., Walnut Creek, CA 94598.

Art and wine festival coming soon

The 33rd annual Art & Wine Festival will come back to Heather Farm Park May 31 and June 1, with entertainment, thousands of distinctive handmade crafts and works of art and of course, award-winning local and regional wines and microbrews. There will also be ethnic and traditional festival foods, a special premium wine tent, beer garden and a children's area.

While admission is free, food and drink isn't.

This event is put on each year by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. There are sponsorship packages still available that range from $800 to $50,000. For more information call the chamber at 925-934-2007.

Night of Northgate history June 3

Advanced Placement U.S. History students at Northgate High School have spent the last couple of weeks investigating the history of their school as part of the city's year-long Centennial Celebration.

Teacher Meg Honey's class will take their research and present a nostalgic trip down memory lane in "A Night Celebrating Northgate High School's History," 7 p.m., June 3 in the Jack DeRieux Theatre at the school. The class will present 40 years of Northgate history, gathered from old yearbooks, interviews with alumni and former faculty and by combing through old newspaper articles.

The event is free and open to the public.

-- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi