Danville Express

Calendar - May 20, 2005

Community Calendar


Blackhawk Art Gallery open house
The Blackhawk Art Gallery, 3628 Blackhawk Paza Circle, Danville, invites the public to enjoy a free open house artist reception from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, June 11. It will feature works of painter Diana Smith, sculptor Jason Griego and other local fine artists. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Call 736-5640.

Danville Fine Arts Faire
The Danville Chamber of Commerce will hold its 14th annual arts fair from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19, on Hartz Avenue, Danville. It will feature more than 200 artists and Italian street painters who will transform the streets with temporary art. The fair also will offer music and food. New this year is the Open Aire Gallery on Hartz Avenue, between School Street and Hartz Way, offering champagne, Dixieland jazz and art, plus the Street of Flowers on Prospect Street, featuring flowers, arches, fountains and topiaries. A free shuttle service will operate Sunday at the Sycamore Valley Park N Ride. Call 837-4400 or visit www.mlaproductions.com.

Paint-In at the Ranch
Alamo Parks and Recreation is holding an artist "paint-in" at Hap Magee Ranch Park, 1025 La Gonda Way, Danville, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, June 25. There are spots for peaceful outdoor painting, or artists can catch some of the new action at the park. A noon barbecue lunch includes a show-and-tell session. Preregistration and $7 fee required for lunch. Call Karla Schreffler at 886-4716.

Author Visit

Authors at Rakestraw
Rakestraw Books, 409 Railroad Ave., will host Les Standiford, author of "Meet You in Hell," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 25. Call 837-7337.

Civic Meetings

Arts Commission
The Danville Arts Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, at the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St.

Budget Session Meeting
The last of four planned town budget sessions will be held at 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 24, at 510 La Gonda Way.

Danville Heritage Resource Commission
The Commission meets regularly on the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St.

Danville Parks and Leisure Services Commission
The Commission meets regularly on the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St.

Danville Planning Commission
The Commission meets regularly on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front St.

Hap Magee Ranch Park Meeting
The Joint Planning and Operations Committee for Hap Magee Ranch Park will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 26, at 1029 La Gonda Way.

Town Council Meeting
The Danville Town Council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m., at the Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front Street.


Alamo Parks and Recreation offers adult yoga classes at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, June 22-Aug. 10 at the Cottage, Hap Magee Ranch Park, 1025 La Gonda Way. Cost is $85. Call Karla at 886-4716.


Alamo Cribbage Club
The club plays cribbage for fun. It meets at 6:15 p.m. every Wednesday at the Safeway conference room, 200 Alamo Plaza, Alamo. Call 935-3325.

Alamo Rotary
The Alamo Rotary meets at noon every Wednesday at Roundhill Country Club, 3169 Roundhil Road. Call Mark Kahn at 837-3262.

Alamo Women's Club Federated
The club meets on most Wednesdays at its clubhouse, 1401 Danville Blvd. It holds a business meeting and tea on the second Wednesday at noon; meets for Mah Jong at 10:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday; and holds a luncheon with program at noon on the fourth Wednesday. This month the club will hold a tea and scholarship presentation to high school students and a college student re-entering the workforce at noon May 26. For information, call Jean Stringfellow at 552-9733.

Alamo-Danville Newcomers' Club
This club is open to new and long-time residents of Alamo and Danville interested in making new friends while learning more about the area. Activities include games, day trips, sports, crafts, couples events, volunteer projects and book, movie, international and cooking groups. A prospective member coffee is held the fourth Thursday of the month, and a monthly luncheon on the second Tuesday. Call 775-3233 or visit www.alamodanvillenewcomers.com

Blue Star Moms California
Blue Star Moms is a support group for families of members of the U.S. Armed Forces. It meets 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the Danville Veterans Hall, 400 Hartz Ave. Call Peggy at 866-7035 or Patty at 838-9096 or visit www.bluestarmoms.org.

Business Development Network
BDN is a group of professionals that share resources and develops business through relationships. It meets 7:45-9 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at Denny's, 807 Camino ramon, Danville. Call Bonnie at 648-0222.

Danville AM Toastmasters Club
The club meets from 7-8:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Father Nature's, 178 E. Prospect Ave. Guests are welcome. Call Marge, 831-3802.

Danville Business Network International (BNI)
The Danville Business Network International (BNI) meets at 7 a.m. every Friday at the Marriott Residence Inn, 1071 Market Place, San Ramon. Guests are welcome. Call Susanne Olsen, 937-5055.

Danville Mid-day Referral Group, BNI
Danville Mid-day Referral Group, a chapter of Business Network International, meets from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every Wednesday at Louka's, 267 Hartz in Danville. Call Fran Bates at 363-4327 or e-mail franbates@marykay.com.

Danville PM Toastmasters Club
The club meets 7:30-9 p.m. every Monday at the San Ramon Campus of Diablo Valley College, 315 Crow Canyon Place, Room 106. Meetings move to Room 109 beginning in June. Guests are welcome. Call Debra Elmore at 934-3113.

Diablo Valley Single Parents
This group meets at 6:30 p.m. on various days each month at different locations in the valley. Contact Rich at abersr@toast.net or 838-9487.

Diablo View Toastmasters
This chapter meets from 7:55-9 a.m. every Tuesday at the San Ramon Community Center, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. Novice and veteran speakers meet to develop speaking skills. Guests are welcome. Call Pat Griffin, 426-3844.

eWomen Network Accelerated Networking Luncheon
The eWomen Network holds its monthly accelerated networking luncheon from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. the second Thursday at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. Contact Claire at 648-3105 or clairesheperdson@ewomennetwork.com.

Mt. Diablo Genealogical Society
The society meets 1:15-3 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month except August at the California Savings Building, Rossmoor Shopping Center, Tice Valley Blvd. and Rossmoor Parkway, Walnut Creek. Guest speakers present at each meeting.

Porsche Club of America, Diablo Region
This club is for owners and enthusiasts of all Porsches. It meets at 8 a.m. every Saturday for breakfast at Denny's, 803 Camino Ramon, Danville. For information, visit www.pca.org/dia.

San Ramon Valley Rotary Club
This club meets for dinner at 7 p.m. each Wednesday at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. Guests are welcome. The club offers a great way to make new friends while making a difference in your community. Call Bill at 838-9110.

Veterans of Foreign Wars
The organization meets at 7 p.m., every second Thursday at the Danville Veterans Hall, 400 Hartz Ave Call Post Commander Mac McCuskey at 837-2740.


Blackhawk Chorus
The Blackhawk Chorus, under the direction of Diane Gilfether, will perform two concerts featuring the works of Cole Porter and George Gershwin. The chorus will perform at 7 p.m., Friday, May 20, at the St. Isidore Church Community Center, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville, as a benefit for St. Isidore School. Suggested donations are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. The chorus will also appear at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 22, at the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. The Mary Fettig Quartet will perform with them. Regular admission is $16, youths $8. For tickets, visit www.dlrca.org or call 943-7469.

Concert at Livorna Park
Alamo Parks and Recreation hosts Duo Gadjo playing blues and zydeco, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, June 17, at Livorna Park at Livorna Road and Miranda Avenue. Bring the family and a picnic supper. Future concerts will run on alternate Fridays. Call Karla at 886-4716.

Danville Community Band
The Danville Community Band presents "As Time Goes By" for its debut concert at the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 5. Show features songs from the '20s, the '30s and the war years with vocal artist Jodi Lavender Aldredge and a special appearance by the "Andres Sisters" with local recording artists Linda Thorp and Juli Winter. Also music by Cole Porter, Shostakovich and John Williams. Admission is $12; $10 seniors; $8 students. Partial proceeds go toward the band's new student instrument grant program. Call 943-SHOW (943-7469).


Ballroom dancing
Stead Motors Mercedes Benz will present "An Elegant Evening of America's Best Music" from 7-11 p.m., Saturday, May 21, at the Blackhawk Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle. The program features Rex Allen's Swing Express with dance lessons and demonstration by Adrian Flores. There will be hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Cost is $30 in advance/$35 at the door. For reservations, visit www.kalbradio.com or call (415) 538-5653.

Farmers Market
The Danville Farmers Market is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday at the Railroad Avenue Municipal Parking Lot, at the corner of Railroad and Prospect avenues. Call 825-9090 or visit www.pcfma.com.

Garden Walk
The Contra Costa Master Garderners Association is holding a garden walk of six neighborhood gardens, including some in Danville and Alamo from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Saturday, May 21. The event includes education talks, plants for sale, master gardeners available for questions, and light refreshments. Tickets are $15. Call Cami at 646-6540 for tickets, maps and information.

Memorial Day Ceremony
The Viet Nam Veterans of Diablo Valley invites the community to its 14th annual Memorial Day Ceremony and the dedication of the new "All Wars Memorial," at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 30, at Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Road. The program will feature patriotic music, the presentation of Colors, and remarks by Medal of Honor recipient SGM Jon Cavaiani, U.S. Army (Ret.). Bring chairs, blankets and food. Call Norm Mahalich at (530) 642-2030.

Muscle Car, Hot Rod and Art Fair
Hats Off America, in conjunction with the Biletnikoff Foundation, presents its second annual Muscle Car, Hot Rod and Art Fair from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22, at Bollinger Canyon Road and Camino Ramon, San Ramon. The fair is free to the public and proceeds will benefit families of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan and children suffering from substance abuse and domestic violence. In addition to cars and art, the event features live bands, chilrdren's activities, and a beer and wine garden.

Old Town Walking Tours
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley conducts Old Town Danville Walking Tours the second Saturday each month through September. Meet at 10 a.m. for one-hour tour at the museum, at the Danville Depot, 205 Railroad Ave. Call 837-3750 to register for the tour.

Pet Adoptions
Tri-Valley Animal Rescue offers cats and dogs for adoption noon-4 p.m., Saturdays, at Petco, 2005 Crow Canyon Place, San Ramon. Call TVAR at 803-7043 or visit www.tvar.org.

Spring-tober Fest
The Alamo Rotary Club is hosting Spring-tober Fest at Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Road, from 5-9 p.m., Saturday, June 4, featuring the lively music, spirited dancing and hearty food of Bavaria. Tickets are $10, which includes food, dancing and live Bavarian musical entertainment. Tickets are available at Mark Kahn Jewelers, 3202 Danville Blvd., Alamo, or call 820-6847.

Tuesdays at the Ranch
Join the Alamo Parks and Recreation staff for family nights, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, June 21-Aug. 16 (except July 5) at Hap Magee Ranch Park, 1025 La Gonda Way. Games and activities will be available at the equipment table. Campfires held alternate weeks: June 21, July 12 and 26, Aug. 9. Bring your guitars, bongos and songs. Call 886-4716.


Treasures of the Museum
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is displaying "Treasures of the Museum," with artifacts that the museum has never or rarely previously exhibited. They include collections of clothing, Indian tools, early farm implements, prehistoric fossils and other items from the valley's early history. The exhibit runs May 10-June18. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. The museum is located at the Danville Depot, 205 Railroad Ave. Call 837-3750 or visit www.museumsrv.org.


Moonlight Movies
"Grease" (PG) will be shown on Friday, June 3, and "E.T." (PG) on Friday, June 10, at the Danville Town Green, between the Danville Library and Community Center, as part of the city's outdoor evening movie series. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a snack. The movie begins when the sun goes down, approximately 8:15 p.m. The event is free.


Garden of Fashion
This fashion show and luncheon benefits the Discovery Counseling Center of the San Ramon Valley in Danville and will be held 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m., Friday, June 3, at the San Ramon Royal Vista Golf Banquet Room, 9430 Fircrest lane, San Ramon. Sponsored by the Friends of Discovery and the Thrift Station, the program also includes a drawing and silent auction. The cost is $16 and reservations must be made by May 21. Call 837-0505 or 820-1988.



Kids & Teens

Berkeley Chess School
The Berkeley Chess School will teach the "game of kings" at summer camp for grades 1-8 at Hap Magee Ranch Park, 1025 La Gonda Way. Three sessions are offered: June 20-24, June 27-July 1 and July 5-8. Cost is $150; $130 for final session. Classes are held 1-4 p.m. each day. Call Karla at 886-4716.

Camp for the Crafty
Alamo Parks and Recreation offers a crafts camp for grades 2-6 at Hap Magee Ranch Park, 1025 LaGonda Way, Danville, 9 a.m.-noon, June 27-July 1, and again July 5-8. Craft projects include paper mache, painting and making wizard accessories. The cost is $150. Call 886-4716.

Sports camps
See Sports section of calendar.

Story Times
Mother Goose Time, the Danville Library's spring story time groups for ages 0-3, meets Mondays at 10:15 a.m.; Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.; and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. Preschool Story Time, for ages 3-5, meets at 11:15 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Advance registration is required for the current sessions, which run through June 1. Story times are held in the Mt. Diablo Room, Danville Library, 400 Front St. Call 837-4889.

Summer internships
Alamo Parks and Recreation offers summer volunteer internships for youths in grades 11-12, providing experience in planning and running recreational activities at Hap Magee Ranch Park. Internships are unpaid and have flexible hours. Call Karla at 886-4716.

Wizard Camp
Alamo Parks and Recreation offers two week-long "Wizard Camps" at Hap Magee Ranch Park, 1025 LaGonda Way, 9 a.m.-noon June 20-24, and again July 5-8. The camps, for grades 2-6, includes mysteries puzzles, science, quidditch for the gravity-challenged, arts, crafts, potions, herbs, strange creatures and scary characters. First session costs $150, second session costs $130. Call 886-4716.

YMCA summer camps
Mt. Diablo Region YMCA offers weekly summer camp sessions from June 20-Aug. 26. Camps run half days for children 3-6 and full days for grades 1-9. Programs include field trips, swimming, arts, outdoor ed, games and teambuilding. Specialty camps range from Dude Ranch to Wizardry. The Y also has resident camps for grades 3-8 and a variety of teen camps. Call San Ramon Valley YMCA at 831-1100, or visit www.mdrymca.org.


Live Music


Borge Ranch hike
The Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation is leading a wildflower walk at Borges Ranch from 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, May 21. The distance is three-four miles with 400 foot elevation gain. Meet at Shell Ridge Open Space, Old Borges Ranch, southwest off Castle Rock Road. Rain or excessively muddy trails cancels hike. No reservation required. For information, call 934-1161 or email oldjer30@aol.com.

Donner and Back Canyon hike
The Sierra Club will lead a leisurely loop hike in Mt. Diablo State Park, 4-6:30 p.m., Sunday, June 5. Meet at the end of Regency Drive off Marsh Creek Road, Clayton. Optional nearby refreshment stop after hike. No advance registration required. For information call 458-0860.

Frogs and hot dogs
Join Save Mount Diablo for a talk on the red-legged frog by amphibian expert Dr. larry Cory, followed by a barbecue and ice cream social, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 4, at the Morgan Territory Regional Preserve. An option short hike through frog habitat follows. The preserve has expansive views of Mount Diablo and the Delta. Due to road closure, the preserve can only be accessed from the south from I-580 at North Livermore Ave. Meet at main parking lot on Morgan Teritory Road. Cost is $5. Call Sharon Walters at 947-3535 to RSVP (required).

Silva Loop hike
The Sierra Club will lead a leisurely six-mile hike 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, May 21, at the Silva Look in Mt. Diablo State Park. The hike explores the park's recent southeast addition. Climb to Bob's Pond for lunch by the Tassajara Creek Trail and return by Highland Ridge and Morgan Creek trails. Rain cancels hike. No advance registration. Call 837-5646 for directions and carpool information.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
The S.T.A.G.E. Troupe, a teen actor's group, performs Shakespeare's comedy, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," on Friday-Sunday, June 10-19, at the School House Theatre, 2050 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Performances begin 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Call 682-0896.

On Stage

Danville Ballet
The Danville Ballet Company with students from Ballet and Theatre Arts presents "Spring Performance 2005" at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 27-28 at the Amador Theater, 1155 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton. More than 50 preprofessional dancers will perform the Dream Sequence from Don Quixote and a two-act version of the lighthearted Coppelia. Guest artists Carmichael Blankenship and Lewis Smith will also appear. Call the Civic Arts box office at 931-3444 for tickets.

Political Notes




Seniors meet to play bridge from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday at the Danville Veteran's Memorial Hall, 400 Hartz Ave. Cost is $1. Reservations are required. Call Jerri Kaldem at 837-6283.

Cookies, coffee and conversation
Seniors are invited to come for cookies, coffee and conversation from 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, May 31, at the Danville Veteran's Memorial Hall lounge, 400 Hartz Ave. Cost is $2-$3. Call 314-3400 to sign up.

Danville Primetime
Danville Primetime meets from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Danville Community Presbyterian Church, 222 W. El Pintado. Arts and crafts, fellowship Bible study, and lunch are available. Call 837-5525.

Danville Senior Citizens Club
The club meets from 9:45 a.m.-2 p.m. every Monday at the Danville Veterans' Memorial Hall, 400 Hartz Ave., for line dancing exercise, bingo, mah jong and more. Membership is just $9 a year. Call Fran Britt at 743-4026.

Ice Cream Social
Seniors are invited to an ice cream social from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, June 7, at the Danville Veteran's Memorial Hall lounge, 400 Hartz Ave. Cost is $2-3. Call 314-3400 to sign up.

St. Isidore's Young at Heart
The Young at Heart meets from 11:15 a.m.-2 p.m. on every third Tuesday at St. Isidore's Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville. Mass at 11:15 a.m. is optional. Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. at no charge. Nonprofit bingo follows. Reservations appreciated. Call Joan Singer at 820-4447.

Walking Buddies
Morning hiking walks geared toward seniors meet in the lobby of the Walnut Creek Senior's Club at Civic Park, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Meet at 8 a.m. Tuesdays for walks on paved trails lasting 1-1 1/2 hours or Thursdays (same time) for 2-3 hour walks usually on unpaved trails. Group carpool to area locations for the more challenging outings. Call Maureen at 256-0690.



Adult open gym basketball
Danville Parks and Recreation Department holds drop-in volleyball year-round at the Los Cerros Middle School, 968 Blemer Road, for ages 18 and over. Drop-in times are 7:30-9 a.m. Saturdays. Bring your own ball. Cost is $3 for residents, $5 for non-residents. Call 314-3400.

Boys Water Polo
The Danville Boulevard Boys Water Polo Program, open to boys ages 9-18, is now accepting registration for summer. The sport is like a combination of soccer and basketball played in water. No polo experience required, but good swimming skills are necessary. Practices are at San Ramon Valley High School, 140 Love Lane, Danville, and Soda Aquatic Center, 300 Moraga Road, Moraga. For schedules, fees and other information visit www.dbpolo.com.

Danville Tennis Club
The Danville Tennis Club meets 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 9-11 a.m. Saturdays for drop-in tennis at San Ramon Valley High School. This free co-ed club provides play for 4.0 to 5.0 and very strong 3.5 level players. The current run schedule is available at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/danvilletennisclub.

Swim classes
Summer swim classes from and age 3 and up begin June 20 at Monte Vista Community Pool, 3131 Stone Valley Road, and San Ramon Valley High School Pool, at Love Lane and San Ramon Valley Blvd. The Town of Danville offers two-week group lessons, and one-week private lessons, all 30 minutes, with costs ranging from $45-$60. Drop-in parent/child classes for ages 6 months-3 years are held 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesdays at Monte Vista Community Pool beginning June 22 with fees of $10-$12. Call 314-3400.

YMCA sports camps
Registration is open for the San Ramon Valley YMCA summer sports camps in Alamo for grades 1-6. Supersports Camp runs June 20-24; Soccer Camp runs June 25-June 29. Camps are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, and cost $185. Call 831-1100 or visit www.mdrmyca.org.

YMCA Youth Summer Leagues
Registration is open for the YMCA's youth summer sports leagues in tee ball and baseball (grades K-3), street hockey (grades 2-9), basketball (pre-K-grade 8) and outdoor soccer (pre-K-grade 3). League fees are $108; members pay $90. Tee ball/baseball and hockey begins June 18. Basketball and soccer begins July 9. Call 831-1100 or visit www.mdrmyca.org. for locations and other information.

Support Groups

Bipolar Support Group
The Tri-Valley Support Group provides peer support for people with mood disorders. It meets from 7:15-8:45 p.m. every Wednesday at St. Clare's Episcopal Church, 3350 Hopyard Road, Pleasanton. There is no cost to attend. Call 560-0842.

Breast Cancer Support Group
This is a staff-facilitated support group for women with breast cancer. It meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the San Ramon Regional Medical Center, 7777 Norris Canyon Road, in the West Day Room of the South Building. Call Lisa Peguese at 275-8414.

Danville TOPS
The Danville chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets at 9 a.m. every Tuesday at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 1550 Diablo Road. Call Bob Blendow at 935-9344 or Rosemarie at 838-7870

The San Ramon Valley Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Support Group meets from 7-9 p.m. every other Monday in Danville. Call Denise for location and information at 837-0510.

Overeaters Anonymous
The group offers a 12-step approach to issues around food, overeating, anorexia and bulemia. It meets from 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday at the Danville Congregational Church, 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd. No fees. Call Susie at 275-1391.

The Danville/San Ramon Valley Chapter of Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a support group that meets at 7:30 p.m. on every third Monday at the Danville Congregational Church, 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd. Call 831-8172.


Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association of Northern California, East Bay branch, seeks volunteers to facilitate support groups, staff the help line and perform a variety of office support at its office in Lafayette. Call (800) 660-1993.

Animal Rescue
Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) needs volunteers to help with its animal rescue efforts. Monthly orientations take place at the ARF shelter, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. The next sessions are 10 a.m., Saturday, June 4; and noon, Monday, June 6. Call to register at 296-3130. For information, visit www.arf.net.

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 (over 2,000 children aided in 2004), 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.

Contra Costa Academy of Fine Art
The academy seeks new volunteers and members to help with tasks ranging from bookkeeping to recruiting instructors. The group meets noon-1 p.m. on the second Friday of the month at Richard's Art & Craft Store, 225 Alamo Plaza, Alamo. Call Beth Batchelor at 837-5654.

Crisis Hotline
The Contra Costa Crisis Center in Walnut Creek will begin a free class to train new volunteer hotline counselors on June 6. Volunteers, who must be 21, work one four-hour shift each week, providing emotional support to callers who are abused, depressed, grieving, suicidal, homeless or mentally ill. For information or to register, call Lesley Garcia at 939-1916, ext. 132, or email lesleyg@crisis-center.org.

Lend a Hand Day
The Town of Danville seeks volunteers to assist Danville seniors with their spring yard clean-up from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, June 4. Volunteers should submit a completed a volunteer application and waiver by May 31 to Danville Senior Services at the Community Center, 420 Front St. Meet in the Mt. Diablo Room of the Danville Library, 400 Front Street, for orientation. Bring your own lunch, gloves and any tools you wish to use. Call Christine Mabry at 314-3476.

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 additionally 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.

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.

Tri-Valley Animal Rescue
Tri-Valley Animal Rescue offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. It holds a volunteer orientation from 1-2:30 p.m., the second Saturday of each month at the East County Animal Shelter, 4595 Gleason Drive, Dublin. Contact Noelle Hartshorn at noellehartshorn@comcast.net or 846-0745.


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