The Lindsay Wildlife Museum is celebrating the 40th birthday of resident Lord Richard, a turkey vulture and longtime Animal Ambassador to many thousands of visitors.
The party will include birthday cake specially baked for Richard, arts and crafts, the turkey vulture dance, storytelling and animal keeper talks about these magnificent birds at 11 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.
The two-day celebration is Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave. in Walnut Creek, adjacent to Larkey Park.
Orphaned and admitted to the Lindsay in 1974, she was assumed to be male because, without more intimate examination, female and male turkey vultures look identical. Then, in late 1980, Richard laid an egg.
The Lindsay is a nonprofit educational center and rehabilitative hospital for local injured wildlife. General admission is $8.50 for adults; $6.50 for children ages 2-17; $7.50 for seniors 65 and older, and free for members.
For more information, call 925-627-2913 or visit www.wildlife-museum.org.
In collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America, the Lindsay offers free admission to the nation's service members and their families all year.
The free admission is also offered to members of National Guard and Reserve and their families.
The Assistance League of Diablo Valley Scholarships Program offers financial aid to high school, foster youth, community college, and university students who demonstrate the need and desire to improve their lives by furthering their education.
Scholarships chairman Jodi Riley and her dedicated committee selected the following students to share $73,200 in scholarship funds:
High School recipients included Armani Jones, El Cerrito High; Lucero Davalos Vizcarra, Kennedy High School, Richmond; Kajol Raju, Pittsburg High; Fearious McClary and Monica Aguilar, Deer Valley, Antioch; Anthony Andrade, Mt. Diablo, and Isabelle Santiago, Concord High, Concord; Ryan Tsao, College Park, Pleasant Hill; Eric Wagoner, Independence, Brentwood; and Alison Spencer, San Ramon Valley High.
Community college awardees were Gloria Duarte and Johneshia Mullins, Los Medanos College; Delila Brookstone, Latasha Johnson, Evan McCurdy, Walter Munoz, Elena Sierra, Jessica Costello and Sierra Talavera-Baca, Diablo Valley College.
Hailey Russell, a 2013 Scholarships awardee and agricultural business major at Chico State, received the annual Mardis Preciado Memorial Scholarship, that awards $20,000 over a three-year period.
To learn more about Assistance League of Diablo Valley and the Scholarships Program, visit diablovalley.assistanceleague.org.
Counseling Options and Parent Education (C.O.P.E.) Family Support Center's first annual wine tasting fundraiser honored advisory board member Patsy Sherman, a community advocate for foster, adoptive and kinship families.
Foster care and adoption can be a trying time for families. Sherman has worked to bring education and support to these families.
Sherman was honored for more than 50 years of service in Contra Costa County serving as director/teacher at Clayton Valley Preschool Co-Op, and presently as director of continuing education for foster, adoptive and kinship care providers at Los Medanos College, and with other nonprofits, including the Family Stress Center, EMQ Families First, Contra Costa Children & Family Services, and Independent Living Skills Program.
C.O.P.E.'s mission is to provide low- or no-cost parenting classes to families who do not qualify for government funding assistance, and also expand services to families with special needs children. C.O.P.E. believes every parent should have access to parenting classes and support.
C.O.P.E. practitioners are marriage and family therapists, social workers and other professionals who all want to see parents raise children in a positive manner, reduce incidents of child maltreatment and abuse, and decrease out-of-home placements and/or ensure reunification.
Together with community partners such as Contra Costa First Five Commission, county Mental Health Services and clinics, Juvenile Hall and Head Start, C.O.P.E. works with case managers, social workers and attorneys to enroll some parents in specific parenting classes. An Anti-BULLY Awareness program is offered for elementary and middle school staff.
C.O.P.E.'s founder and executive director, Cathy Botello, an adoptive parent herself, has gone through some of these same challenges, and has both the passion and vision to guide parents through trying times of childhood and adolescence.
The Concord branch of the American Association of University Women recently awarded $5,000 in scholarships to local community college students Karen Hernandez, LaTasha Johnson, Daisy Rios and Carisa Valerga. Students each received $1,000 scholarships to continue their college education at four-year universities.
Presentations were made to named gift honorees, chapter members Carlyn Obringer and posthumously to Betty Hirsch. Woman of the Year honors were awarded to member Jean Simutis.
AAUW raises funds from the generous donations of members and fundraising for the California AAUW Tech Trek program that sends junior high girls to a college campus that emphasizes science and math.
Scholarships are funded by staffing a concession stand at San Francisco 49ers football games and the annual AAUW-Concord Art and Wine (and Beer) Walk each May.
The branch currently has more than 60 members and is actively recruiting new people interested in furthering equity for women through advocacy, education and research.
For further information, contact Carlyn Obringer at 925-324-9595.
Light the Night
Preparing for the East Bay Light the Night Walk in Walnut Creek this fall, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society held its community breakfast June 12, at the San Ramon Marriott, for those interested in learning about the event, how to start teams, fundraising and more.
The walk is scheduled at 5 p.m. Oct. 25, at Civic Park in Walnut Creek, and will be held for Honored Hero Jordyn Hernandez, of Concord, who is battling T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, said Nicolette Baker with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Greater Bay Area, in a news release.
Light The Night Walk is a fundraising campaign of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society which brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the diseases, and shine a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients, according to its website.
For more information about Light The Night Walk, visit www.lightthenight.org/gba.
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