Oops -- I listed the wrong date for the Crab Feed benefiting Bay Area Crisis Nursery last week. The Bay Area Crisis Nursery Crab Feed will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall, 860 Oak Grove Road in Concord. $45 per person includes all the crab, pasta, salad and desserts you can eat along with auctions, raffles and lots of fun! Call 925-685-6633 or email events@bacn.info for tickets.

National Day of Service

Our National Day of Service is Monday, Jan. 21, a federal holiday honoring the service of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This day offers an opportunity to empower individuals and strengthen communities. Visit http://www.volunteereastbay.org/volunteers-opportunities/search-for-opportunities at the Walnut Creek based Volunteer Center of the East Bay's website, or call 925-472-5750 for ways to celebrate the day through service.

Mitzvah Day

Also on Monday, Jan. 21, join the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay for Mitzvah Day, a day of giving. The JCC will be co-partnering with the Watershed Project and the Martin Luther King Day Community Work Project to make healthy green spaces in our community.


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The Point Pinole Regional Shoreline volunteers will meet at 9:30 a.m. to pick up trash from the shoreline and remove invasive plants. The Richmond Greenway volunteers will meet at 9:30 a.m. to landscape, plant trees and clear trash.

Families of all faiths are welcome. For project details and sign-ups contact Alli Axelrod at 510-848-0237 x138, or email allia@jcceastbay.org.

Heartfelt Gala

Monument Crisis Center is hosting its largest fundraiser of the year at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at the Blackhawk Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle in Danville.

Tickets are $100 per person until Jan. 27. For reservations call 925-825-7751 or visit http://monumentcrisiscenter.org. Enjoy a delicious meal, live music, silent auction, raffles, award presentations and guest speakers.

Grant for children

We Care Services for Children in Concord has received a $10,000 grant from the George H. Sandy Foundation for the "We Chat" speech and language preschool program, which addresses the increasing needs of young children with speech, language, and social delays created by cuts in the state budget to children with special needs.

The goal of the program is to create a natural environment where children can improve communication skills and social interactions with adults and peers in order to reach their maximum potential in a community preschool or kindergarten setting.

We Care Services for Children is a private, nonprofit agency devoted to serving children birth to 6 and their families in Contra Costa County. To register a child or for additional information about We Care Services for Children's programs, contact Darcie Azzolini at 925-671-0777 ext. 226, or Barbara Langsdale 925-685-0207 ext. 108; also, visit www.wecarechildren.org.

Pleasant Hill Rotary

Pleasant Hill Rotarians supported the community at many recent holiday events including Food Box & Distribution for Thanksgiving, Salvation Army bell ringing, Adopt-a-Family Salvation Army Drive by Rotaract (a DVC club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pleasant Hill), Toy and Joy distribution at the Salvation Army location in Concord and food preparation for Christmas for Everyone.

If you are interested in learning more about Rotary, contact Ken Housefeld at 925-944-4898.

Retired teachers

The California Retired Teachers Association invites all retired teachers to attend its 50th anniversary luncheon at 11 a.m., Wednesday Feb. 6 at Boundary Oak Club House, 3800 Valley Vista Road in Walnut Creek. Speaker Dan Ashley of ABC News will be featured. Tickets are $27. Please RSVP by Jan. 26 to Betty Hodge at 925-686-5637.

Lime Ridge hike

Stop and smell the manzanita on the Lime Ridge Audible Guide Hike and Manzanita Foray. Join "Save Mount Diablo" from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday Jan. 26 on a 4-mile hike that traces the route outlined in the new Audible Guide for Lime Ridge.

Expert botanist Heath Bartosh will lead the hikers. Meet at the Montecito Staging area at the SW corner of Ygnacio and Cowell Road. RSVP to Save Mount Diablo at smdinfo@savemountdiablo.org or call 925-947-3535.

Kaiser HIV/AIDS grants

World Aids Day, held for 25 years on Dec. 1, was noted by a huge grant of $750,000 from Kaiser Permanente to 10 Northern California organizations offering HIV and AIDS education, prevention, testing, and connections to care. The grants were awarded by the East Bay Community Foundation through a fund established by Kaiser Permanente.

Kaiser Permanente has a long-standing commitment to help stop the spread of HIV, and to assist those with the virus to get connected with early, comprehensive care.

"One in five people infected with HIV is unaware of his or her status," said Michael Allerton, Operations and Policy Practice Leader, Infectious Diseases for Kaiser Permanente Northern California, citing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control.

Northern California organizations receiving the $75,000, one-year grants:

  • Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific, Antioch, Richmond, San Francisco, Vallejo

  • Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center, San Francisco

  • Black Coalition on AIDS, San Francisco

  • California Prevention and Education Project, Oakland

  • Center for AIDS Research, Education and Services, Sacramento

  • HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County, Oakland, Richmond

  • LifeLong Medical Care, Oakland

  • San Joaquin County Public Health Services, Manteca

  • Tri-City Health Center, Oakland, Fremont, Hayward

  • Women Organized to Respond to Life Threatening Disease, Oakland

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