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Thursday, August 14, 2014
 

Volunteering

Foster an Animal and save a life!
FOSTER HOMES URGENTLY NEEDED! You can make a HUGE difference!! Animals are pouring into local shelters. Can you help us save them? We're in URGENT need of FOSTER HOMES for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies. Tri-valley Animal Rescue (TVAR) provides everything that you need. training, medical care, foo
 

Volunteering

AARP Tax-Aide Tax Preparation Service
AARP Tax-Aide is seeking volunteers for the 2015 tax season. Both tax preparers and client facilitator are needed. Preliminary session in Nov. Training to begin Jan. 2015 with its free tax preparation service running Feb.-April 15. Call 726-3199 for initial interview. AARP Tax-Aide Free Tax Preparation Svc, Danville and San Ramon sites, Danville & San Ramon.
 

Events

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 75
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 75, San Ramon Valley - meets every third Wednesday of the month at the Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave., Danville. Doors open at 7 p.m., meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information contact Post Commander Ernie Petagara at 362-9806. Mail to: VFW Post 75 San Ramon Valley, P.O. Bos 1092, Danville, Ca 94526. Or visit www.vfwpost75.org. Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave., Danville.
 

Kids and Teens

After-School Field Trips at the Farm
Forest Home Farms hosts after-school field trips, including Fun with Farm Animals, Behind-the-Scenes with Tractors, Dig in and Grow, and Preschool Fun at the Farm. Field trips are for groups of five children or more and can be booked Monday-Friday by calling 973-3284. Cost is $5 per child. Forest Home Farms Historic Park, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon.
 

Events

Visit the USS Hornet
Across the Bay from San Francisco, take the family to visit the USS Hornet, a restored aircraft carrier in Alameda. The USS Hornet served in WWII and recovered the Apollo 11 astronauts. Tour the bridge, hangar deck, engine room, navigation bridge, captain's bridge, primary flight control and flight deck, or ride in the flight simulator. The Hornet is open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults; $12 for seniors; $12 for military and students with ID; $6 for ages 5-17; children under 5 are free. Parking is free. The USS Hornet is at Pier 3, 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda. Call (510) 521-8448 or visit www.uss-hornet.org for details. Pier 3 , 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda.
 

Volunteering

Anna's Program
The specialized program of Hospice of the East Bay, Anna's Program, is looking for dedicated and caring volunteers to provide companionship and practical support for women with recurrent breast cancer. To apply for free training, contact Vicki Smith at 887-5675 or e-mail vickis@hospiceeastbay.org.
 

Volunteering

Bruns House In-Patient Hospice
Bruns House In-Patient Hospice is seeking volunteers to fill two- to four-hour shifts during the weekdays and weekends. To apply for free training, call 887-5678 and ask for the volunteer department, or e-mail volunteers@hospiceeastbay.org.
 

Volunteering

Assistance League of Diablo Valley
This chapter of the National Assistance League seeks new volunteer members to help with a wide range of philanthropic service projects in many Contra Costa communities. These include vision screening in elementary schools, distributing clothing to school children in need, daily reassurance phone calls to homebound elderly and handicapped clients, and staffing the chapter's Lafayette thrift shop. Call 934-0901 or visit http://diablovalley.assistanceleague.org.
 

Volunteering

Child Abuse Prevention Council
The Contra Costa County Child Abuse Prevention Council needs volunteer speakers for the community education program. Volunteers must complete a mandatory 24-hour speaker's training course. For information, call 946-9961.
 

Volunteering

Trails Maintenance
East Bay Trail Dogs is an all-volunteer group that has built, repaired and helped maintain single-track trails in the East Bay Regional Park District, the Mt. Diablo State Park, and Walnut Creek open space. Volunteers meet the fourth Saturday and one weekday each month. To participate, call Harry at 443-3925.
 

Clubs

Business Development Network
BDN is a group of professionals that shares resources and develops business through relationships. It meets 7:45-9 a.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month at Danville Chamber of Commerce second floor, 117 E. Town and Country Drive. Call 648-8316 or visit www.bdndanville.com for more information. Danville Chamber of Commerce, 117 E. Town and Country Drive, Danville.
 

Sports

San Ramon Volleyball
The city of San Ramon offers five courts for volleyball players 18 years and older from 7-10 p.m. on Thursdays, at Iron Horse Community Gym, 12601 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon. Cost is $5. Bring photo ID. Call Ed Kallas at 973-3268 for more details. Iron Horse Community Gym, 12601 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon.
 

Clubs

Kiwanis Club of the San Ramon Valley
Kiwanis Club of the San Ramon Valley meets 12-1:30 p.m. every Thursday, at Round Hill Country Club, 3169 Roundhill Road, Alamo. Meetings include networking, lunch and a guest speaker. For information about speakers and events, visit www.kiwanis-srv.org or call 963-5876. Round Hill Country Club, 3169 Roundhill Road, Alamo.
 

Seniors

Lunch Program at Alcosta Senior and Community Center
The Alcosta Senior and Community Center offers a lunch program for seniors from noon-1 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. Participants must sign up by noon the day before they want the lunch. Options include a crab salad, hamburger, garden burger or chef's salad every day, or what is on the lunch menu for that designated day. The center is at 9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon. For more information or to place an order, call 973-3250. San Ramon Senior Center, 9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon.
 

Kids and Teens

Free Online Tutoring Available
Contra Costa County Library is offering free homework help from expert online tutors to students grades 4-12 and beginning college 1-10 p.m., Monday-Friday, at http://ccclib.org.
 

Sports

San Ramon Valley Tennis Club
This women's league is year-round for both A and B players who meet for practice weekday mornings. Membership is $30 annually. For information, call Patty at 820-8131 or Tilma at 736-3626, or visit http://srvtc.blogspot.com.
 

Miscellaneous

Donations for Blue Star Moms Needed
The Blue Star Moms group depends on support and help to continue mailing the care packages they send all year long to our troops overseas. The group is also available to speak to community groups and school events about its programs to support the military here at home, as well as deployed troops. For more information, visit www.bluestarmoms.org.
 

Volunteering

Senior Center Volunteers Needed
The San Ramon Senior Center can use the help of volunteers at the front desk, tutors for the Senior Scholar Program, special event assistants, kitchen helpers, van drivers, activity instructors, as well as marketing and computer helpers. For more information, call 973-3250. San Ramon Senior Center, 9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon.
 

Seniors

HICAP Appointments
The Health Insurance Counseling Advocacy Program (HICAP) offers its services free to anyone who is on Medicare or at least 60 years old and has questions about health insurance coverage. Appointments are available by calling 314-3400.
 

Seniors

Classes at San Ramon Senior Center
The Senior Center offers more than 30 hours of exercise classes each week, as well as a variety of dance classes. There also are fine art, craft, language, music and computer lab classes for Macs and PCs, plus senior issue lectures. The center is at 9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon. For a list of classes, visit www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us/parks/programs/ages55+.htm. Costs vary. Call 973-3250. San Ramon Senior Center, 9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon.
 

Seniors

Senior Center Computer Programs
The San Ramon Senior Center, 9300 Alcosta Blvd. in San Ramon, offers computer programs for seniors, including introductory, intermediate and electronics communications classes with PC computers. To register or find out more information, call 973-3250 or visit www.ci.san-ramon.ca.us/parks/programs/senior/classes. San Ramon Senior Center, 9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon.
 

Volunteering

Save Mount Diablo's Diablo Restoration Team
Save Mount Diablo acquires land then turns it over to park agencies. Before that happens, volunteers tackle clean-up, fence building, trail construction, planting, watering and habitat restoration, creek clean-ups, non-native plant removal and other work projects. Come and join this crew on the fourth Saturday of every month. For more information, call 947-3535 or e-mail George at gphillips@savemountdiablo.org.
 

Miscellaneous

Books for the Homebound Service
If you are a homebound individual living in the area and are unable to visit the Danville Library for materials, volunteers are able to deliver books to you. For more information, call Sandra Paiva at 837-4889.
 

Volunteering

San Damiano Retreat
Opportunities abound for people of all ages and abilities at San Damiano. Sit and socialize while helping with mailings, enjoy solitude and meditation while cultivating the flower, vegetable and fruit gardens or lend your support to the front desk and gift shop. Call 837-9141, ext. 307 or visit www.sandamiano.org. San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville.
 

Support Groups

Hospice Offers Support
Hospice of the East Bay offers a variety of support groups and workshops for people experiencing grief and loss after the death of a loved one. All groups and classes are offered for a fee and require pre-registration. Fees are waived for those who cannot afford them. Call 887-5678, ext. 1068.
 

Volunteering

Hospice of the East Bay
Hospice of the East Bay is seeking volunteers to assist hospice patients and their caregivers.† Opportunities include: volunteers who are fluent in Spanish; patient Support Volunteers to provide companionship and practical assistance to hospice patients and their caregivers; Bereavement Support Volunteers to provide support to family members after their loved one has died; Thrift Shop Volunteers to help in one of our six thrift shops (Dublin, Alamo, Concord, Antioch, Danville, and Walnut Creek) by sorting, pricing, preparing and selling merchandise; and Vigil Program Volunteers who can sit with patients that are actively dying--who do not have family or friends available--to ensure that no one has to die alone! To apply for free training, call 887-5678 and ask for the Volunteer Department, or e-mail volunteers@hospiceeastbay.org.
 

Volunteering

Mt. Diablo State Park
Mt. Diablo State Park offers many interesting ways to volunteer by helping with trail maintenance, serving as a docent at one of the Visitors Centers, helping with the new native plants garden or working on the trash removal program. Training provided for all areas. Call 837-6129 or visit www.parks.ca.gov.
 

Volunteering

California Independent Film Festival Association
Support the Arts in the Tri-Valley by joining the California Independent Film Festival Association. Membership donations support independent film events. For information, visit www.caindiefest.com.
 

Volunteering

Animal Fosters Urgently Needed
Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) is looking for short-term fosters for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. ARF will provide the food, supplies and vet care; all you need to do is provide the love. Call 296-3173 or visit www.arf.net for details.
 

Clubs

Friends of the Danville Library
Friends of the Danville Library are renewing annual memberships and recruiting new members to help support, raise funds and sponsor programs for the Danville Library. There are many benefits of being a Friend, including merchant discounts, volunteer opportunities and preview of book sales. Dues and donations are tax deductible. Application forms are at the library, 400 Front St. Call 837-4455. Danville Library, 400 Front St., Danville.
 

Classes

Free Computer Instruction
The Danville Library is offering free computer instruction on Word, Excel, Powerpoint or the Internet by appointment only. To make an appointment, visit the Danville Library Information Desk or call 837-4889. Danville Library , 400 Front St., Danville.
 

Miscellaneous

Recycle for Breast Cancer
Recycle for Breast Cancer is open seven days a week accepting free drop-offs of computers, monitors, cell phones, laptops, servers and TVs, at 31 Beta Court, Suite C, San Ramon. For more information, call 735-7203 or visit www.recycleforbreastcancer.org. , 31 Beta Court, Suite C, San Ramon.
 

Seniors

Senior Sneaker Trips
The Town of Danville hosts Senior Sneaker Trips to different attractions throughout the area. For a list of dates, go to the Danville Community Center at 420 Front St., call 314-3400 or visit www.ci.danville.ca.us. Danville Community Center, 420 Front St., Danville.
 

Volunteering

Blackhawk Museum Docent Training
If you are interested in becoming a much appreciated part of the Blackhawk Museum family while contributing to your community, making new friends, learning new things, and having fun, become a docent! Call 736-2280, ext. 238 for more information. Blackhawk Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville.
 

Volunteering

CCI Volunteer Puppy Raising Program
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is looking for special volunteers interested in raising a CCI puppy for 15-18 months and is accepting applications. For information, call 1-800-572-BARK (572-2275) or visit www.cci.org.
 

Volunteering

Friends of Discovery
The organization is looking for volunteers who can commit eight hours per month in the Thrift Station, 486 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville. Call the store at 820-1988. Thrift Station, 486 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville.
 

Volunteering

Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Docents are needed to lead class tours, teaching children and others about our important connection with wildlife and the world we share. No experience needed. Call 627-2444 or visit www.wildlife-museum.org for more information. Linsday Wildlife Museum, 1931 1st Ave., Walnut Creek.
 

Volunteering

Make a Difference
Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living (RCJL) in Danville provides assisted living, Alzheimer's and skilled nursing care in a community our residents call home. Volunteers play a key role at RCJL, and opportunities are available for students and adults. For information, call Volunteer Coordinator Irma at 964-2098. Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville.
 

Volunteering

Museum of the San Ramon Valley
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley welcomes volunteers and has a current need for greeters who give three hours one day a month to welcome visitors to the museum, register their attendance, and give them an introductory tour of the Waiting Room and the Museum Store. Call Carmen Curtis at 837-9781 or the museum at 837-3750 for more details. Museum of the San Ramon Valley, 205 Railroad Ave., Danville.
 

Volunteering

Search and Rescue
The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team needs volunteer members to respond to missing person incidents, disasters and other critical incidents. Team members are on call 24/7 year-round. The program provides required training, including wilderness traveling, first aid, map and compass, tracking disaster response and search skills, and may also include special training for canine, equestrian, technical, mountain bike or other rescue skills. For information and applications, visit www.contracostasar.org or call 646-4461.
 

Volunteering

Sheriff Seeks Senior Volunteers
The Sheriff's Valley Station Office in Alamo is seeking people interested in assisting law enforcement in the community. Citizens should have a clean criminal history and would be responsible for one shift a week for four-and-a-half hours. Interested applicants should call Deputy Michael Carson or Volunteer Fred Perfetto at 837-2902.
 

Clubs

Rotary Club of San Ramon
This club meets for fellowship at 11:45 a.m. and a meeting at noon on Thursdays at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive in Danville. For more information, visit www.sanramonrotary.org. Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville.
 

Volunteering

Urban Farmers' Fruit-Gleaning Project
Got excess fruit? Our volunteers will pick your trees, leave what you want, and bring the rest to local food pantries and animal centers. Learn more, register your trees, volunteer or tell a neighbor. Visit www.theurbanfarmers.org or email sustainabledanville@gmail.com for more information. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
 

Clubs

Iron Horse Mothers Club
Mothers of infants between the ages of 0-6 months from Danville, Alamo, San Ramon and Dublin meet monthly with guest speakers from 7-9 p.m., on the second Thursday of every month, at different locations. Social time with refreshments is from 7-7:30 p.m. and the speaker or activity is from 7:30-9 p.m. Cost is $37 per year. Non-members can get information by contacting the membership coordinator at membership@ironhorsemothersclub.com. Visit www.ironhorsemothersclub.com.
 

Sports

Danville Tennis Club
This club meets at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville for drop-in play from 6:30-9 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday evenings and on Saturday mornings. This club is for men and women of 4.0 level or above (also strong 3.5). Join the club for teams and events. Visit http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/danvilletennisclub/. San Ramon Valley High School, 501 Danville Blvd., Danville.
 

Miscellaneous

Pharmaceuticals Drop-Off
The Dougherty Valley Police Sub Station accepts prescription and over-the-counter medications 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the station, 2401 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon. Never place medications down toilets or drains because it can harm soil and water. Call 973-3300 or visit www.sanramon.ca.gov/recycle/hazard.html. , 2401 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon.
 

Volunteering

Volunteer Drivers Needed for the Senior Support Program
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley is looking for volunteer drivers to transport seniors to their medical appointments. Volunteers must have a valid driverís license, a registered vehicle, carry automobile liability insurance, and have a clear DMV record. To sign up, call Jennifer Cullen at 931-5387 or e-mail ja.cullen@yahoo.com.
 

Scholarships

CCAR Scholarship Foundation
Need money for college? The Contra Costa Association of Realtors Scholarship Foundation is offering scholarships to residents of Central Contra Costa County that have completed one year of full-time college, completed courses with emphasis on real estate, finance and/or business. Contact cccarsf2014@outlook.com or go to www.ccarscholarship.com.