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On StageLaptop Lounge Comedy Corner
Join for a night of Sketch Comedy, Improv, and Stand Up, featuring the Ready Or Not Improv players and headliner, Los Angeles Comedian Matt Rath, from 5:30-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 at the Laptop Lounge in Walnut Creek. Tickets are $15. Call or go to www.laptoplounge.biz/laptop-lounge-comedy-corner. Laptop Lounge, 1701 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek.
EventsVeterans Receive Free Admission to Monte Vista High Football Game
Monte Vista High School Athletic Boosters will host the 3rd Annual "Honoring our Veterans" football game on Friday, Sept. 19 at Monte Vista's Sam Zackheim Stadium. All veterans are encouraged to come enjoy the evening as the Mustangs host the Liberty High Lions. Tickets include free admission and complimentary hot dog, beverage, and home made apple pie. Call VFW at 362-9806. Monte Vista High School, 3131 Stone Valley Road, Danville.
On StageEugene O'Neill Festival Productions
The 15th Annual Eugene O'Neill Festival in September presents: "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" by Tennessee Williams, running from Sept. 5-20 at the Village Theater in Danville; and "The Iceman Cometh" by Eugene O'Neill, running from Sept. 19-28 at Old Barn at Tao House, O'Neill National Historic Site in Danville. Tickets are $28-$35. Call 820-1818 or go to www.eugeneoneill.org. Village Theatre, 233 Front St., Danville.
On StageBerlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill
Enjoy this remarkable musical voyage through the career of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, at 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Aug. 22-Sept. 20; and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 31-Sept. 14 at Masquers Playhouse in Point Richmond. Tickets are $22. Call (510) 232-3888 or go to www.masquers.org. Masquers Playhouse, 105 Park Place, Point Richmond.
FundraisersARF's Wine & Whiskers
Join ARF for Wine & Whiskers, an evening of specialty wines and hors d’oeuvres to benefit ARF’s life-saving programs, from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at ARF’s headquarters in Walnut Creek. Enjoy live music and a silent auction. Rescued dogs and cats and therapy animals from ARF’s Pet Hug Pack will be on hand to greet and delight attendees. Reservations are $80. Register online at www.arf.net. Call 296-3149 to learn about sponsorship opportunities. Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek.
FundraisersTips for Change
Join the San Ramon Arts Foundation for a night of Italian food and fundraising to support the foundation, which provides funding for art education, civic art projects and and other programs in San Ramon. Make reservations at the restaurant referencing the Arts Foundation fundraiser - 925.820.6969. Event is from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 22 at Gianni's San Ramon, 2065 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon. You pay for dinner; all tips support the foundation. 5-9 p.m. Gianni's San Ramon, 2065 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon.
ClubsSan Ramon Valley Republican Women Present November 4th Propositions
"Unraveling the Propositions" will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 23. We will be discussing the water bond, the state budget, healthcare insurance, drug and alcohol testing of doctors, criminal sentences and Indian Gaming. Our Speaker is Allison Olson, an Advocate for California Federated Republican Women in Sacramento. All are welcome. For more information contact Mary Zellhart at email@example.com.
FundraisersHorses Healing Hearts Comedy Show
See a great comedy show featuring Jeff Applebaum, Robin Cee, Dave Nunez, Jason M. Rogers and Laniea D. at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Laugh for a cause that benefits Horses Healing Hearts, Inc., providing rescue, rehab and adoption services to horses in the community. Appetizers, wine and beer will be served. Adults 21 and over only. Tickets $50, presale only. Go to HorsesHealingHeartsInc.org. Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave., Danville.
On Stage'Life Could Be A Dream'
Meet Denny and the Dreamers, a fledgling doo-wop singing group preparing to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest with dreams of making it to the big time. Trouble comes in the form of Lois, who arrives to put some polish on the boys. See the show Wednesdays-Sundays, Aug. 29-Oct. 5 at Lesher Center for the Arts. Tickets are $37-$56. For tickets, show times and more information, call 943-7469 or go to http://www.centerrep.org/season1415/lifecouldbeadream.php. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.
Support GroupsWidow and Widowers' Support Afternoons
Join this group from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 23 at Hospice of the East Bay in Pleasant Hill. Bereavement Services are provided free of charge to all community members in need, however, donations are greatly appreciated. Registration required. Call 887-5681. Hope Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill.
Lectures/WorkshopsWidows/Widowers Grief Recovery
Have you or someone you know experienced the death of a spouse recently or within the last few years? Find hope, support and successful ways to process this significant life event with these workshops, from 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 16–Nov. 18 at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church in Lafayette. Registration is required. Workbook is $15. Contact Bev Fellows at 949-7628 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette.
VolunteeringFoster 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
VolunteeringAARP 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.
EventsVeterans 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 TeensAfter-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.
EventsVisit 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.
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 email@example.com.
VolunteeringBruns 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
VolunteeringAssistance 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.
VolunteeringChild 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.
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.
Enjoy playing bridge from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday at the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St., Danville. Cost is $1 per person, per day. Experienced players only. For reservations, call Jerri Kaldem at 837-6283. Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St., Danville.
Support GroupsCelebrate Recovery in Danville
Celebrate Recovery is a forward-looking and balanced Christ-centered recovery program for people with hurts, habits and hang-ups. The group meets at 6 p.m. for dinner, and the program starts at 7 p.m. every Friday at East Bay Foursquare, 2615 Camino Tassajara, Danville. Childcare available for ages 5-11. Call 736-5100 or visit www.eastbayfoursquare.com. East Bay Foursquare, 2615 Camino Tassajara, Danville.
SeniorsValley Oak Respite Center Activities for Seniors
Valley Oak Respite provides an interactive program for frail seniors and those afflicted with Alzheimer's or related dementias and physical disabilities, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at Danville Congregational Church, 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville. The cost is $30 per session, which includes a morning snack and beverage; participants should bring a bag lunch. For information or an application, call Carmen McCarthy at 945-8040, ext. 53. Danville Congregational Church, 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville.
SeniorsLunch 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 TeensFree 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.
SportsSan 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.
MiscellaneousDonations 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.
VolunteeringSenior 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.
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.
SeniorsClasses 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.
SeniorsSenior 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.
VolunteeringSave 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 email@example.com.
MiscellaneousBooks 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.
VolunteeringSan 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 GroupsHospice 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.
VolunteeringHospice 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
VolunteeringMt. 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.
VolunteeringCalifornia 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.
VolunteeringAnimal 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.
ClubsFriends 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.
ClassesFree 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.
MiscellaneousRecycle 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.
SeniorsSenior 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.
VolunteeringBlackhawk 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.
VolunteeringCCI 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.
VolunteeringFriends 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.
VolunteeringLindsay 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.
VolunteeringMake 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.
VolunteeringMuseum 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.
VolunteeringSearch 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.
VolunteeringSheriff 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.
VolunteeringUrban 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 email@example.com for more information. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
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.
VolunteeringVolunteer 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 driver’s 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ScholarshipsCCAR 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 email@example.com or go to www.ccarscholarship.com.