Click photo to enlarge
Hospice of the East Bay recently opened a new Thrift Shoppe at 550 Morello Drive, in Martinez, featuring costume and fine jewelry, collectibles, clothing, household items, furniture, linens, books, CDs and DVDs. The organization has six shops throughout the East Bay.

Hospice of the East Bay provides compassionate end-of-life care to terminally ill patients, while offering emotional, spiritual and grief support for the entire family.

Hospice has served more than 20,000 patients and their families in our neighborhoods since 1977. Everyone can help a little or a lot by donating goods to their six Thrift Shoppes throughout the East Bay.

Hospice donations

Cleaning out your garage this summer? Downsizing and looking for a new home for old treasures? Nest not so empty?

Consider donating to Hospice Foundation of the East Bay, which raises needed funds through six Hospice Thrift Shoppes, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Its newest shop is located at 550 Morello Ave. in Martinez.

Hospice of the East Bay's Walnut Creek Thrift Shoppe was voted Best of the East Bay in 2012 by Diablo Magazine, and is located at 1345 Newell Ave., adjacent to Whole Foods.

Shops are also located at 5350 Clayton Road in Concord; Stone Valley Plaza, 3162 Danville Blvd. in Alamo; 444 Diablo Road in Danville; and 7381 Amador Valley Blvd. in Dublin. All locations feature costume and fine jewelry, collectibles, clothing, household items, furniture, linens, books, CDs and DVDs.

Hospice will pick up donations of furniture at your home. Call 925-674-9072 to plan a pickup time. Contributions are tax-deductible, and receipts will be provided. Other donations are requested on Saturdays at your local Hospice Thrift Shoppe locations. And don't forget to shop while you are there!


Advertisement

Lioness Club honored

Martinez Lioness Club's Preschool Vision Screening program member volunteers were recently honored at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon hosted by Prevent Blindness of Northern California.

Receiving 10-year service award pins and recognition for "saving the sight of children," were volunteer screeners Jeanne Hilson, Lee Ellingson and Marguerite Russo. Screeners are trained and certified to identify vision problems and amblyopia (lazy eye). Results are communicated to school administrators.

Lioness vision screeners also attending the luncheon included Merry Pontar, Marilyn Thelen, Margie Pruitt, Barbara Costanza, Shirley Costanza, Joan Hunt, Donna DiBetta (team leader), Marie Caccavo, and Jeanne Hilson.

Library centennial

Contra Costa County Library is turning 100 years old and celebrating its birthday festival from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at Pleasant Hill Park and Teen Center, 147 Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill. There will be arts and crafts, children's performers, music, and fun for the whole family.

Food Bank 'birthdays'

Celebrate your child's birthday at the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. You provide the party guests and refreshments and the Food Bank will provide the space, the decorations, invitations and a fun volunteer project.

With so many children caring about hunger in our community, this is a great way to engage children while celebrating a birthday.

Email jtomasini@foodbankccs.org or call Joan at 925-676-7543, ext. 208, for reservations.

  • Families are invited to attend the Food Bank's 38th birthday celebration from 1 to 2:30 p.m. or 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at the Food Bank warehouse, 4010 Nelson Ave. in Concord.

    The special event showcases the benefits of families working together, introduces young children to community service, and encourages those who haven't yet made a commitment to volunteer as a family.

    Guests will take a tour and participate in fun, educational activities. Children 5 and older can participate and must be accompanied by an adult.

    To register, visit www.foodbankccs.org, or contact Gina Zeppegno at volunteerhelpdesk@foodbankccs.org or call 925-676-7543 ext. 256.

    Rotarians at Work Day

    Rotary Club of Martinez worked in conjunction with Diablo View Rotary of Walnut Creek this spring during "Rotary at Work Day" to help STAND! For Families Free of Violence.

    The nonprofit organization based in Concord is committed to promoting safe and strong families by eliminating family violence.

    Rotarians painted, cleaned, sorted and organized all day, providing much needed TLC for this very worthwhile organization.

    Friend Tree fair

    The Friend Tree Autism Center, in collaboration with The Taylor Family Foundation, is hosting the East Bay Special Needs Family Fun Night & Resource Fair from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Heather Farm Park baseball field #1, 301 N. San Carlos Dr. in Walnut Creek.

    Families with autism or special needs (or those who suspect their child has a special need), are welcome to attend for a fun night of games, activities, raffles, food, enjoying a "movie under the stars" and help raise money to build an Autism Play & Development Center in our community.

    Admission and some activities are free. For more information, visit www.TheFriendTree.org.

    Help STAND!

    How can you help STAND! For Families Free of Violence? Dine at Pasta Pomodoro on July 18.

    The restaurant at 45 Crescent Drive in Pleasant Hill will donate 20 percent of purchases to STAND! (The flier can be copied at www.standffov.org).

    STAND! received a $10,000 grant from Verizon Wireless through the company's cell phone donation program, Hopeline, which collects old cell phones, batteries and accessories for refurbishment or recycling and then uses the cash to fund grants for domestic violence organizations across the country.

    Verizon awarded more than $14.2 million in grants last year, and $227,000 went to nonprofits in the Bay Area.

    The STAND! 24-hour help line provides crisis intervention and peer support by telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 888-215-5555 or e-mail crisisline@standffov.org.

    AAUW awards

    The American Association of University Women mission is "advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research."

    The AAUW Concord branch recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to Los Medanos College students Nyemachi Chikere, Andrea Crump, Amanda Davis and Stacey Durocher; and Diablo Valley College student Lisette Alaniz.

    Concord AAUW's "Named Gift" honors a member for exceptional accomplishment and distinguished service over several years of membership. This year, past branch presidents Bea Cortes and Carol Slatten and co-president-elect Michelle Koski were the recipients, and a donation was given in their names to the Association Opportunities Fund for Fellowships and Grants.

    Carlyn Obringer was announced as the branch's "Distinguished Woman," an honor awarded to a member who has made outstanding contributions to the branch in the past year.

    Outgoing president Terri Almeida was thanked for her leadership. Newly installed co-presidents Michelle Koski and Monica Johnston were joined by Carlyn Obringer, vice president of programs; Jean Simutis, vice president of finances; and co-secretaries Andrea Proctor and Betty Hirsch.

    Congratulations!

    Relay For Life success

    Pleasant Hill's 24-hour Relay for Life raised more than $55,000 for cancer research and cancer patient services. There were more than 400 participants, 55 teams and 100 cancer survivors taking part in the fourth annual relay held at the Pleasant Hill Middle School track June 1-2.

    Donations are being accepted through Aug. 31 for the American Cancer Society fundraiser and can be made online at www.relayforlife.org/pleasanthillca.

    To increase the fundraising total, a related event with competitions and prizes -- the Bark For Life -- will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Pleasant Hill City Hall gazebo park.

    Since dogs are important caregivers for many cancer patients, the event is a way to honor their role. Visit www.relayforlife.org/barkpleasanthillca for information.

    Food Boxes

    The Assistance League of Diablo Valley's community program, Food Boxes, organizes food into boxes destined for Bay Area individuals and families who are in crisis.

    Food Boxes chairman Karin Mendiola and committee members were recently joined by corporate partner employee volunteers Ryan McClain, Debbie Doolan, Mackenzie Watten, Cameron Beck, Mike Rodriguez, Kevin Johnson, Diane Archuleta, Judy Schaefer and Robert Paderna, from Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants, who helped fill 60 boxes of food for families in Richmond and Bay Point.

    The "special deliveries" were distributed by the Contra Costa County Services Integration Program, with the help of CAL WORKS.

    To learn about Assistance League of Diablo Valley, and the Assistance League Way Side Inn Thrift Shop, at 3521 Golden Gate Way in Lafayette, that funds the programs, visit diablovalley.assistanceleague.org.

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