Danville Express

Living - December 14, 2007

Of note

Danville Girl Scout troops No. 545 of fifth-graders and No. 1614 of third-graders recently distributed compact fluorescent bulbs to John Baldwin Elementary School. They - along with the Girl Scouts of Northern California - are working with Climate Project and Sierra Club to end global warming.

Girl Scouts in Northern California are handing out 160,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs to residents living in Contra Costa County. The light bulbs use less energy than incandescent lights, and they are supplied by the California Public Utilities Commission, in partnership with PG&E and the Sierra Club.

"We are delighted to take part in the Climate Project's nationwide effort," said Marina Park, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of Northern California, which has 325 troops.

The Scouts who handed out the compact fluorescent bulbs are: (front, l-r) Ashley Hamano, Madison Lai, Caroline Grossman, Riley Arbuckle, Madison Idso, Nicole Marchesani, Haley Lawrence; (back) Ashley Arbuckle, Haley Talbot, Colette Smith, Jessica Wright, Jewel Morgin, Cailey Steffens, Amelia Phillips, Kayla Birdsall, Tia Kim and Amber Smith.

This Veterans Day, Den 7 of Pack 815 packaged more than 450 bags of Halloween candy they collected at Greenbrook Elementary School to help out the Blue Star Moms with their care packages for troops. Helping out are (l-r) den leader Neri Rocaa, Antonio Rocca, Adam Perrine, Zachary Tufer, Max Schmidig, Nick White, Jacob Davis and Jacob Ehrlich.

The Danville Bethel of Job's Daughters International will be hosting its 108th semi-annual Installation of Officers at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Danville Grange, 743 Diablo Road, Danville.

The following have been elected officers for the upcoming six-month term: Mari Gilliland, queen-elect; Lauren Muhleman, senior princess-elect; and Megan Gordon, junior princess-elect. Gilliland is a sophomore and member of the San Ramon Valley High School drama department. Muhleman plays the flute and is a junior at Campolindo High School in Moraga. Gordon, a sophomore at Monte Vista High School, is active in vocal music and lacrosse.

Danville Bethel Job's Daughters - part of Job's Daughter's International - is an organization for young women ages 10 to 20. The group works on projects to raise money and help charities. Members also do art, photography, writing, sewing and sports. Regular monthly meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Danville Grange.

The organization is asking women not to wear hats, gloves or pantsuits at the installation in January. For membership information, contact Leah Muhleman at 829-8505.

Brownies performed the flag ceremony at the 26th annual Mayor's Installation and Community Service Awards in Danville last week. Brownie Troop No. 858, third-graders from Green Valley Elementary School, also gave U.S. historical tidbits at the event.

"This was a very special moment for the girls," said Bridgit Pelly, troop leader.

Attending the installation were the following: (front row, l-r) Ava Schulte, Savannah Sturla, Louise Marshall, Keely Prosser, Julia Van Warmerdam; (middle) Megan Brear, Natalie Riddel, Julia Leong, Matea Olson, Megan Pelley; (rear) Amanda Hanson and Lea Miller.

The Home Builders Association of the Northern California Women's Council collected thousands of pounds of food and raised more than $7,000 in cash and gift cards for the needy. The group also received help from subcontractors and trade partners.

"We are thrilled with the effort from the home builders and all our volunteers," said Beatrice Stonebanks, the group's vice-president and chairwoman of the 2007 Food and Gift drive. "It has been very exciting to work with people who are so dedicated to this great cause."

This year's drive benefits the residents of Shelter Inc. of Contra Costa County, the Family Emergency Shelter Coalition of Hayward (FESCO), Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, Mission Solano of Fairfield and Shepherd's Gate of Livermore.

The Food and Gift Drive is held to mark Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, a national event that takes place the week before Thanksgiving. For more information on the annual Food and Gift Drive, contact Julie O'Connor at 820-7626 or e-mail joconnor@hbanc.org.

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