Last week Rancho Y Childcare celebrated the completion of its new center on the campus of Rancho Romero Elementary School in Alamo, which provides before and after school care for students. The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA contracted with Resun Space Solutions to construct the combined five modular buildings to provide a spacious, comfortable facility for the program. A separate homework room provides three computers and a bookshelf of reference materials.
Principal David Gold cut the ribbon. He said afterward that the center will be even more attractive after landscaping and an awning are added.
The Y also provides childcare at two other sites in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, Alamo School and Gale Ranch in San Ramon, as well as more than 20 sites in other districts.
Measure A construction is also taking place at Rancho Romero to replace portables with four permanent classrooms, including one for computers, and to replace the metal roof and covered walkways and provide adequate staff support areas.
Raising cancer research funds
Danville resident Connie Heim, a sales representative in Northern California for Viewpoint Leather, has raised more than $100,000 for breast cancer research since her diagnosis with the disease in October 2001.
She has walked 340 miles in seven events since 2002 with the Avon and Susan G. Komen organizations. It is sometimes a family affair, when she is joined by husband Don, a 1969 graduate of San Ramon Valley High School, and daughter Katie, a 1998 grad. "Team Heim" walked 60 miles in San Diego in 2004 and signed up again for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in San Francisco on July 7-8, 2007.
Boutique for animal lovers
A boutique with jewelry, greeting cards, home decor items and whimsical ornaments sure to please animal lovers is being held to benefit the Just Like New fund of the Valley Humane Society. This fund helps pay veterinary costs for owners who might not be able to afford them and sometimes for homeless animals.
The boutique will take place 4-9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10; and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at 4510 Entrada Court (off Neal Street), Pleasanton. Call the Valley Humane Society at 426-8656.
Bruns house needs volunteers
Volunteers are needed to work at the Hospice and Palliative Care of Contra Costa's Bruns House In-Patient Hospice. This home in Alamo is the only one of its kind in the East Bay; it has six bedrooms for patients who are too medically fragile to be cared for at home. Bruns House offers an opportunity for meaningful volunteer work close to home, keeping patients and their families comfortable and relaxed, and helping them live life to its fullest until the final moment.
Hospice is seeking volunteers to fill two- to four-hour shifts, weekdays and weekends. People who would like to work alongside facility staff to provide patient support will receive appropriate training so they can be confident in carrying out their duties. For a volunteer application and to be included in upcoming training, call Hospice at 887-5678 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospice and Palliative Care of Contra Costa, established in 1977, is a not-for-profit agency that helps people cope with life-threatening illnesses by providing medical, emotional, spiritual and practical support for patients and families, regardless of their ability to pay.