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Please come out and support the Kiwanis Club of Brentwood and Kiwanis Club of the Delta-Antioch while enjoying our local restaurants from 1 to 5 p.m. July 31 in the Brentwood and Southeast Antioch Restaurant Tour 2022.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and community at a time. Our Motto is “Serving the Children of the World.” This year with the support of our area community we have donated $1,000 scholarships to each local high school, sent $5,000 for Ukraine refugee relief, supported the Elderly Wish Foundation and sent $1,000 (as we do annually) to the Kiwanis Family House to help families affected by medical emergencies.
Tour tickets are $20, restaurants on the tour can be visited in any order, and all proceeds will go to charity. For a full list of participating restaurants or to buy tickets, visit tinyurl.com/2p829pmj online. For further details, call Argentina Davila-Luevano at 925-813-2178, Kay Power at 925-202-3519 or Allison Norris at 925-642-5404.
— Tom McNell
Downtown to host second Arts Around August program
During the month of August, downtown Walnut Creek is the place to be with dozens of fun events celebrating the arts during the second annual Arts Around August program. Free live music events begin Aug. 3 at the First Wednesday Street Festival with two stages, food and drink vendors and much more.
Every Thursday evening, dance the night away during free summer concerts at Broadway Plaza, and on Fridays enjoy pop-up opera performances around downtown. On Wednesdays, the popular Moveable Feast returns with gourmet food tours.
Art tours, ceramics pop-up sales, family days at the Lesher Center for the Arts, a scavenger hunt, Wizard of Oz performances and much more ensure that there will be something for everyone. Visit walnutcreekdowntown.com for more information.
— Kara Navolio
Foundation awards $10K grant to group Choice in Aging
The Pleasant Hill Community Foundation (PHCF) has awarded a $10,000 Distinguished Service Award to Choice in Aging to demonstrate community support for its capital campaign for new program and residential buildings.
This grant award is one of the Community Grant Awards we have funded thus far for 2022. The PHCF will continue to accept grant applications on an ongoing basis this year to be responsive to the needs of the recreational, cultural and educational organizations that serve the residents of Pleasant Hill.
“The Distinguished Service Award to Choice in Aging will help support the Aging in Place Campus, which will provide seniors with affordable, independent housing and services to age with dignity in their own homes,” said Jackie Perkins, the grants allocation chair. “We are thrilled that we can help support this important resource for our seniors.”
You can donate to Pleasant Hill organizations on our website at phcommunityfoundation.org/make-a-donation, and grant applications can be downloaded from phcommunityfoundation.org/grants-scholarships. For any questions about the Pleasant Hill Community Foundation or our Community Grant Awards, please contact us at info@PHCommunityFoundation.org.
City releases yearly reviews on flood mitigation reports
Since 2007, the city of Concord has participated in the Community Rating System (CRS), which is part of the National Flood Insurance Program, regulated under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). By participating in the CRS, Concord is designated as a class level, which earns a percent discount for all flood insurance policyholders within the city.
The city has completed its annual review of the city’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) and the Repetitive Loss Properties Report. The report reviews 18 action items, which are identified in the mitigation plan to reduce or prevent flood damage. These annual status reports are one of the FEMA requirements for recertification.
The program rewards communities for following specific floodplain management activities by providing a discount on flood insurance. As part of its participation in the CRS, City of Concord policyholders receive a 20% discount on flood insurance. Both annual reports are available on the city’s webpage at ca-concord.civicplus.com/299/Flood-Zone.
City’s ‘Take Five’ jazz festival scheduled for Aug. 3-7
The curtain is ready to rise on this year’s Concord Jazz Festival with five days of jazz-inspired events perfect for any music enthusiast! Dubbed “Take Five” in honor of Concord native Dave Brubeck, these five events have become an annual must-attend for locals and visitors.
- Aug. 3: Jinx Jones kicks off the festival with a free show at The Veranda as part of The Veranda Unplugged series. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Aug. 4: Catch Carlos Reyes for a free show at Todos Santos Music & Market series from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
- Aug. 5: Glib Rig performs at Jazz Night at the Concord Tap House from 5 to 7 p.m. The show is free and features special guest KJ Focus.
- Aug. 6: The sounds of jazz will fill downtown Concord during Jazz in the Park from 1 to 4 p.m. in Todos Santos Plaza, featuring performances by Chaz Gunter and special guest Howard Wiley. This show is free.
- Aug. 7: Java & Jazz returns with Stratify and special guest KJ Focus. This final day of the festival takes place at the Concord Museum and Event Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $15.
— city of Concord
English volunteer tutors sought for weekly commitment
The Diablo Valley Literacy Council (DVLC) welcomes volunteers to tutor adults in English in Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Clayton, Pacheco, Walnut Creek and Lafayette. We need tutors who can commit to one or two hours of tutoring per week on a regular basis.
We provide training, match you to a student and help start your one-on-one tutoring. English need not be your first language, and no teaching experience is required. Come and help ESL (English as a Second Language) adults in your neighborhood to read, write and speak the English language. Working one-to-one, you will help adults gain confidence and skills that can lead to better jobs, citizenship, reading books to their children — the possibilities are endless.
The next Saturday workshops will be held online and in-person from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 17 and 24 in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 4000 Clayton Road in Concord. Volunteers must attend both sessions. A $20 fee covers training, material costs, light food and refreshments, annual membership dues and ongoing support.
Adult volunteers typically give one or two hours per week. Register online at dvlc4esl.org. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-685-3881.
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