Send announcements of your special
events, club or organizational meetings, grand openings, fund
raisers, celebrity appearances, to email@example.com.
We shall provide free listings to all qualified announcements.
No commercial listings please.
FREE E-Waste Recycling Event
Free e-waste recycling is available from 9 am to 1 pm on
the first Saturday of the month (Holidays Excluded) at the Dougherty
Valley campus of Diablo Valley College, at the corner of Watermill
Road & Bollinger Canyon Road. The next event is scheduled for
May 2, 2009 in the back parking lot. Drop off is free and no
following electronic items are accepted: Televisions, Monitors, Copy
Machines, Computers & Components, Fax Machines, Printers, Toner
Cartridges, Telephone Equipment, VCR’s & DVD’s, Cell Phones,
Power Cables, Video Game Systems, Stereo Equip., Scrap Metal, Wires,
Audio/Visual Equipment, Microwaves and more.
Appliances, Furniture, Fluorescent Bulbs, or Paint.
3rd Annual Adventure
Ride for the Arts
San Ramon Arts Foundation announces its 3rd annual bicycle
“Adventure Ride for the Arts 2009” – Wine Country to the Pacific
Coast featuring two Century Ride legs May 8 –11, 2009.
This is a charity fundraising ride (not a race) benefiting
art education in our schools, and the local art community including
civic art programs and facilities. Anyone over the age of 15 is
welcome to participate by raising a minimum of $250.00.
Participants can ride all four days or just a single leg with
ride leaders Mark Ballock and Terry Cunningham. Mark Ballock has
ridden 1853 miles from Seattle to the Mexican Border, and multiday
trips in Northern California. Terry Cunningham has ridden from San
Ramon to the Mexican Border as well as multiday trips in Northern
California. Both Mark and Terry have extensive experience in riding
safely on public roadways and highways riding 5,000 miles per
Please visit our website www.sanramonarts.org for more information on the
ride or contact Mark or Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scroll down to see continuing events, needs,
Children’s Storytime Podcasts
make it to the library for a traditional storytime? Now children can
enjoy listening to a children’s librarian share nursery rhymes and
stories over the Internet through Contra Costa County Library’s
newest service, storytime podcasts. The library is hosting two
initial podcasts. For older kids there’s the Chapter a Week
Podcast, featuring a new chapter every Monday. For younger
kids there’s the Online Storytime Podcast, featuring a new story or
nursery rhyme every Tuesday.
Podcasting is a simple means of
distributing audio content over the Internet. The term 'podcast,' a
combination of the words 'iPod' and 'broadcast,' is meant to imply
that these are radio type programs that can be downloaded and
listened to on an iPod or other MP3 player. Users can listen
to the library’s podcasts online at ccclib.wordpress.com or they can download the
podcasts to their home computer.
Music and Save Money
Save money and support the music
programs at California High School in San Ramon all at the same
time by purchasing a 2009 Entertainment Coupon Book for
only $25 each, including free delivery. These are big thick
coupon books with loads of 2-for-1 offers, 14 movie coupons to buy
tickets for only $6.50 each at the cinema ticket window, bay cruise
discounts, deli coupons, grocery store coupons, etc. We have
the 2009 Greater East Bay Edition in stock now, ready for
immediate use. This book covers Contra Costa County, Alameda
County, AND Solano County, and is valid until 11-1-09, with a
travel section valid until 12-31-09. To purchase a
book, please call Cam Reed at (925) 829-0628 (home) or (925)
997-2047 (cell), or e-mail at email@example.com. Thank you for
supporting music at California High!!
Simple Bike Safety Saves
School is in! Whether your child rides a bike to and from
school or just around your neighborhood, it is important to remember
to ride safely, follow all rules of the road and to always wear a
Each year more than 130 children die from bicycle-related
injuries and approximately 270,000 are treated in emergency rooms.
Of these, nearly half have traumatic brain injuries and almost all
involve a collision with a motor vehicle. Properly fitted bike helmets can
reduce the risk of injuries by eighty-eight percent; a bike helmet is essential safety
Get the right helmet! Look for one that is U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission labeled. As long as it is certified and
brand new, let your kid pick out their own helmet. If they think a
helmet looks cool, they will be more likely to wear it, even if you
are not around.
Safe Kids Worldwide provides these simple tips for bike
Make sure the
helmet fits and your child knows how to put it on correctly. In
a crash, the risk of head injury is doubled if the helmet is worn
incorrectly. A helmet should sit on top of the head in a level
position, and should not rock forward and back or side to side. The
helmet straps must always be buckled, but not too tightly. Safe Kids
recommends the "Eyes, Ears and Mouth" test: The rim of the helmet
should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows. The straps
should form a "V" just below the ear lobes and the buckle should be
flat against the skin and the strap should feel snug when the
rider's mouth is open.
Make sure the
bike itself is the right size for your child. There should be at
least one inch of clearance between the bike frame and the child's
crotch when the child's feet are flat on the ground. Also, make sure
the bike is in good repair; reflectors are secure, brakes work
properly, gears shift smoothly, and tires are secure and properly
helmets are for biking. Kids should not wear bike helmets on the
playground (where the straps can get caught on equipment and cause
injury) or for activities that require specialized helmets, such as
skiing, football, skateboarding or inline skating.
When in doubt,
get help. The sales staff at any bicycle shop or outdoor
recreation store should be able to provide expert advice on fitting
and adjusting bikes and helmets, just ask.
Remember bike helmets are not just for kids! The San Ramon
Valley Fire Protection District encourages all riders to protect
themselves by wearing safety gear.
For more information on bicycle safety and other preventable
childhood injury, check out theses helpful websites: Safe Kids
Worldwide at www.usa.safekids.org; and
the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute at www.bhsi.org.
For more information on bike safety, please contact the San
Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, Fire Prevention Division at
Museum of the San Ramon Valley
Beverly Lane, Curator of the Museum of SRV, invites San
Ramoners to visit the Museum of the San Ramon Valley at 205 Railroad
Ave., Danville for the current exhibit, We the People, A Century of
Political History in the Valley, 1900-2000.
According to Lane, "This should be very interesting in this
general election year! One section features the SRV Unified
School District unification in 1964-5 which was a really big deal
for the whole valley. Another features incorporation efforts,
ending with the Danville (1982) and San Ramon (1983) successes;
there are photographs, newspaper articles, brochures, buttons etc."
Exhibit closes Sat.
Sept. 27, 2008. Special tours during and outside open hours
for groups are available by calling 837-3750.
Lane also recommends visiting the museum's web site to read a variety of
short histories, many originally published in the Danville Weekly. These
columns have info about the entire valley. There are a
series of articles on incorporation attempts in the SRV beginning in
the sixties. The final two articles feature San Ramon's
successful incorporation in 1982-3.
Diablo View Toastmasters
of Public Speaking? Lose your fears of public speaking and develop
communication and leadership skills that will help you be more
successful in whatever path you've chosen in life. Be our
guest at Toastmasters. Meetings are held Tuesday mornings 7:55-9:00
am at 111 Deerwood Road San Ramon, CA 94583. We welcome you to
drop by and see what Toastmasters training can do for you!
Mary Man, VP of Membership 925-736-8808.
Gift Shoppe at Forest Home Farms
The San Ramon Historic Foundation will be opening The Gift Shoppe at Forest Home
Farms on Sheep Shearing Day, April 26, 2008. The Gift Shoppe
will provide a means for the Foundation to generate funds that will
benefit Forest Home Farms. There will be something for everyone,
such as items related to tractors, bugs, gardening and farm
life. There will also be old-fashioned toys, tea things and
Just for the kids: we will have edible “worms in dirt” and
old fashioned rock candy! We hope everyone who visits the farm
will come in and buy something to take home as a memory of Forest
Forest Home Farms is located at 19953 San Ramon Valley
Blvd. Parking at the farm is limited, but parking will
also be available on Pine Valley Road, west of
San Ramon Valley
Online Encyclopedia Now
The Contra Costa County Library is pleased to announce the
addition of the World Book Online Reference Center to our growing
collection of electronic resources available 24/7. This
comprehensive site includes all the articles from the 22-volume
print set, plus thousands of more, with state-of-the-art multimedia,
maps, editor-reviewed Web sites, and more. Also included are
World Book Kids, and the Spanish-Language Encyclopedia (Estudiantil
Hallazhgos en Linea).
Highlights of World Book Online
authoritative, easy to read articles from The World Book
Encyclopedia, plus related articles from major newspapers and
magazines (over 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles).
Extensive graphic and
multimedia enhancements, including photographs, maps, illustrations,
tables, animations, and audio/video clips.
Special Reports that
broaden and deepen coverage for selected topics.
Back in Time, a
captivating, you-are-there chronicle of events from the World Book
Year Book that begins in 1922 and unfolds in the distinctive voice
and perspective of each successive year.
Correlations to state
and provincial curriculum and achievement standards, plus educator
tools, student activities, and interactive games and
All that is required for access is a Contra Costa
card or e-card.
more information about online services, contact your local community library, or go online at http://ccclib.org.
Swim Team Looking for New Swimmers
The ClubSport San Ramon Marlins Swim
Team is looking for new swimmers for the 2008 swim season.
Space is available for almost all age groups, 6 - 18 years of
age. Have fun, make friends and swim, all while learning
the values of sportsmanship and being a great teammate. Also
take part in our numerous social activities such as going to A's
games, team picnics, and the waterslides. For more information
check out our website www.cssrmarlins.org or
San Ramon Regional Medical Center Receives Four Awards
San Ramon Regional Medical Center recently received four
awards for its cardiac program. The hospital received the Get with
the Guidelines Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) Annual Performance
Achievement Award and the Get with the Guidelines Heart Failure
Annual Achievement Award, both from the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association recognizes San Ramon
Regional Medical Center’s commitment and success for 12 consecutive
months in implementing a higher standard of cardiac care that
effectively improves treatment of patients hospitalized with
coronary artery disease and heart failure.
The UnitedHealth Premium® designated San Ramon Regional
Medical Center as Three Stars and Specialty Centers for both Cardiac
Surgery and Interventional Cardiac, based on the current review of
the hospital’s quality data provided by the American College of
Cardiology and/or Society for Thoracic Surgery.
“Our hospital and staff are committed to delivering care
that exceeds nationally recognized standards and ensuring that our
patients can be confident they are getting high quality treatment,”
said San Ramon Regional Medical Center CEO, Gary Sloan.
Projections have shown that implementation of
cardiovascular disease secondary prevention guidelines nationwide,
as promoted by Get with the Guidelines-CAD, could result in saving
more than 80,000 lives nationally each year. According to the AHA,
more than 450,000 people suffer recurrent heart attacks each year.
Statistics also show that within one year of an attack, 25 percent
of men and 38 percent of women will die. Within six years after a
heart attack, about 22 percent of men and 46 percent of women will
be disabled with heart failure.
of Public Speaking? Loose your fears of public speaking and develop
communication and leadership skills that will help you be more
successful in whatever path you've chosen in life. Be our
guest at Toastmasters.
are held Tuesday mornings from 7:55-9:00 am at 2333 San Ramon Valley
Boulevard , San Ramon, CA 94583. We welcome you to drop by and see
what Toastmasters training can do for you! Contact Sahar
Kordahi, VP of Membership
Ramon is Named One of
Best Communities for Young People
Press Release, dated 1/25/07)
Alliance for Youth is pleased to announce that the City of San Ramon
is a winner of a national competition to identify the 100 Best
Communities for Young People.
In partnership with Capital One, the 100 Best competition honors
communities – ranging from small towns to urban neighborhoods across
America – for their commitment to provide healthy, safe and caring
environments for young people.
Hundreds of communities in all 50 states, the District of
Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands took part in the
Ramon is one of the 100 Best
Communities for Young People, in part, because of its “Community
and Youth Resource” program, which works with at-risk youth as a
crime prevention program.
Because many of the identified traits that bring youth to the
program involve poor school performance (GPA under 2.0, truancy,
poor attendance), the program focuses on changing those behaviors
and works to assure that needed resources are available for
identified young people.
H. Abram Wilson said that San Ramon is one of the best communities
for young people because it “… adapts to changing demographics and
challenges as the city grows and develops, while maintaining quality
services and high expectations for good results. We assure that everyone
feels welcome and included, that every resident, particularly the
young people, feels equal ownership.”
is more important than seeing that our children and youth have the
resources and support systems they need to thrive and succeed,” said
America’s Promise Founding Chairman General Colin L. Powell, USA
(Ret.). “When a
community provides all that its young people need to be healthy and
secure, they deserve to be honored and showcased as an outstanding
example of what it takes to successfully nurture this nation’s young
complete list of winners can be found at www.americaspromise.org.
Cal High &
Iron Horse Win Blue Ribbon
Congratulations to California
High School, Iron Horse Middle School and Stone Valley Middle School
in Danville. These three schools in the San Ramon
Valley Unified School District were selected as 2006 No Child Left
Behind - Blue Ribbon Schools. This elite recognition by the U.S.
Department of Education is given to K-12 schools that are either
academically superior or demonstrate dramatic gains in student
Schools apply for the program and must be nominated by their
respective state. Cal High, Iron Horse and Stone Valley are three of
only 31 public schools in California and only four in Contra Costa
County to receive the recognition. Representatives from each school
will travel to Washington DC in November to participate in the Blue
Bishop Ranch Wins EPA
The United States Environmental Protection
Agency (US EPA) presented Marci McGuire, Manager of the Bishop Ranch
Transportation Center, with their highest honor—a “Best of the Best”
Award — at the Association for Commuter Transportation International
Conference in Boston, Massachusetts last week. This is the first time US
EPA, which sets the bar for outstanding programs with their National
Standard of Excellence, has ever presented “Best of the Best”
awards. Marci also accepted a Gold Award of Excellence for the
second year in a row.
Bishop Ranch was selected as a result of the
Workplaces Race to Excellence, a
10-month competitive national challenge developed by US EPA to
encourage, recognize, and highlight commuter benefit programs. All participants submitted
an application and supporting materials describing activities and
accomplishments from August 1, 2005 to June 1, 2006. McGuire and her assistant
met the challenge by reducing the number
of employees that drive alone to work from 69% to 67%, increasing
rail and transit use, and creatively and consistently promoting
carpooling, vanpooling, transit and biking to a workforce of
30,000. A new Earth Day
E-Waste Recycling & Commuter Fair event launched during the
competition was so popular it will be repeated in mid-October.
recognition couldn’t come at a better time,” said McGuire.
“Employees are tired of high gas prices and facing increases for
rent, food, many other basic necessities, and are eagerly taking
advantage of our 56 free express buses to nearby rail and train
stations, free taxi rides home, and other amenities and
need to know their consistent efforts to conserve fuel, reduce
congestion, improve air quality and perhaps stave off global warming
are recognized and appreciated by the EPA, their employers and the
Individual efforts really add up when thousands of people are
information contact Marci McGuire at the Bishop Ranch Transportation
Center at (925) 830-0101.
Gives $50,000 Grant to CBO
The Center for Community Benefit
Organizations, (CBO Center), a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation
headquartered in Concord, CA and serving the East Bay, announced
receipt of a $50,000 grant from Chevron Corporation for one of its
key nonprofit capacity building strategies. The grant will be
used to support and strengthen nonprofit leaders by creating
opportunities for peer learning and support, by leveraging the
considerable knowledge and wisdom of experienced executive directors
through a mentoring program for younger, newer executive directors,
and by expanding efforts to bring executive coaching to the
“We believe that this strategy, and particularly executive
coaching and mentoring, will make a significant difference in the
quality of nonprofit leadership in the East Bay," said Liz Callahan,
executive director of the CBO Center. "These programs draw on and
leverage the considerable expertise, experience and institutional
knowledge of those who have been serving the sector for years.
In that way, they align closely with Chevron's core value of
promoting self-sufficiency and sustainability through the creation
of community-based networks of learning and support."
Chevron believes that the development of nonprofit leaders
strengthens their organizations, thereby enriching the communities
they serve," said Matt Lonner, Chevron's Manager of Public Affairs.
"The East Bay is fortunate to have a resource like the CBO
Center to offer peer support and mentoring, which are essential
elements of professional development."
Over the next year, It Takes a Village
activities will include monthly roundtables for
executive directors, board members, development directors and
consultants serving the sector, one-on-one mentoring, monthly
facilitated peer learning
dinners, a resource and support group for
transitioning into retirement or new endeavors, and a pilot
program for seasoned executive directors that will assess the impact
of executive coaching on areas such as job satisfaction, leadership,
tenure and turnover, and effectiveness. In addition to the It
Takes a Village strategy, the CBO Center provides training and
technical assistance through workshops, consulting and an
information and resource center located in downtown Oakland.
For further information about the Center for Community
Benefit Organizations and its various programs and services, please
contact our offices at 925-602-6760.
Aurora Creative Studios
Offering Ceramic Classes
When the former Art 'N Play shut down in San Ramon, they
forwarded their email list to us, Aurora Studios, where we're
continuing to do the same thing that they did! We have all the
things you need to make a beautiful ceramic piece, to learn art, or
to have a birthday party! We specialize in painting your own
ceramics as well as teaching classes to both children and adults.
Aurora takes people of all levels...we will teach you everything!
We'd love to see you come in and visit our new location, 1021
Marketplace in San Ramon. Come on in! We have:
Fine art gallery
Kids' play area
Custom window treatments
Birthday or adult parties
Parents without Partners is a non-profit club for single
parents and their children. Monthly club activities for members and
their children include discussions, dances, dining out, tours,
concerts, game nights, picnics, camping, bowling, holiday
events, and hiking. Local chapter services the Tri-Valley/Concord
area. For further details about the organization, contact the
chapter President, Bill, at 925-447-9676.
Monthly fund-raiser dances for adult members and non-members,
open to the public, the
second Saturday of every month in Dublin. Dance is at the Rhythm
Street Dance Studio, from 8:00-12:00pm, cost of $12.00 for
Mary Anne at 925-227-1792 for further details.
Orientation meetings for prospective members are the second
Saturday of every
month, in Dublin, prior to the dance, from 7:15-7:45. They are also
held the fourth Tuesday of every month at Round Table pizza in
Pleasanton, from 7:00-7:30pm. Contact Maralynn at 925-556-1834 for
Special open to the public, family fund-raiser dance will be
at the Rhythm Street Dance Studio in Dublin on Saturday, September
23, 2006 from 7:00-10:00pm. Orientation meeting will be
held prior to the dance from 6:15-6:45pm. Contact Rick at 925-803-1786
for further details.
Sons In Retirement is a nonprofit public benefit
corporation for retired men, devoted to the promotion of
independence and dignity of retirement. Here is the URL to the
Web Page: http://sirinc.org/index.html. There is a monthly Web publication
providing inter-chapter information at http://sirinc.org/sirformspro/Happenings-Apr-06.pdf.
There are 5 chapters in the San
Ramon/Dublin/Pleasanton/Livermore area. Our chapter, #128,
meets every 3rd Wednesday for lunch at the San Ramon Golf Course,
starting at 11:30 AM, no-host cocktails. It is open to any
Medical Center Recognized
San Ramon Regional Medical Center is one of 22 hospitals in
California recognized for its outstanding commitment to health care
quality and patient safety with a new award presented by four of the
state’s leading health plans—Aetna, Blue Shield of California, CIGNA
HealthCare, and United Healthcare. The award, “Excellence in
Patient Safety & Health Care Quality Award,” is based on results
from The Leapfrog Group Hospital Quality and Safety
San Ramon Regional Medical Center is among the top 10 percent
of the 216 hospitals statewide responding to the Leapfrog survey.
Each of the winning hospitals holds a contract with three or more of
the four health plans.
“We take patient safety and health care quality very
seriously,” said Gary Sloan, CEO, San Ramon Regional Medical Center.
“This award is a reflection of the commitment of our doctors,
nurses, and staff to put patient safety and quality care
San Ramon Regional Medical Center received this recognition
based on outstanding scores for instituting or making great strides
in achieving The Leapfrog Group’s four hospital quality and safety
VCM Announces Building
The Valley Children's Museum held a media event on April 27,
2006 to announce that the Museum would be located in Dublin in the
new Camp Parks development.
Featured speakers included Janet Lockhart, Mayor of Dublin,
Marshall Kamena, Mayor of Livermore, Jennifer Hosterman, Mayor of
Pleasanton, Karen Stepper, Mayor of Danville, H. Abram Wilson,
Mayor of San Ramon, and John Chen, President and CEO of Sybase,
Inc. Chen presented the VCM with a check for $25,000, and the VCM
presented Chen with its first Founding Sponsor Award.
History of San Ramon Valley
Beverly Lane, former Mayor of Danville and
current Director of East Bay Regional Parks, co-authored a pictorial
history of the San Ramon Valley. The earliest settlers in the valley were
Indians. In the 1770's the Spanish built missions and later
awarded rancheros cut from the land. One of the most famous went to
Jose Maria Amador, which now takes the name Amador Valley. The book
covers the history of settlers from what eventually became the
Alameda-Contra Costa County line to Danville and Alamo. An ad
for an early Danville housing development lists home prices under
Danville, Dublin, and San Ramon were
incorporated as cities in the early 1980's. An early photo of
the Brass Door Restaurant, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary
this year, shows the original size. The building had the back half
cut off when the I-680 was built. It's especially fun to look at the
photos of the first City Councils of Danville and San Ramon, with
the venerable old guard (including Lane herself) looking like
spring chickens. The book is available for $20 + tax at
the Museum of the San Ramon Valley.
You can also find
Lane’s book at Bay Books San Ramon, 2415 San Ramon Valley
Blvd, San Ramon (in the Safeway/Longs
center). Bay Books President, Rich Van Tassel, informed the
Observer that the store “has carried this book ever since it
was published last year. In fact, Beverly
Lane and her co-author have had two
signing sessions at the store. I am hoping you can add the
fact that we carry this book (along
with many other local history titles), to your very interesting
online newspaper.” For
more information about local history books at Bay Books, call
Glass for Sale at Glass House
The San Ramon Historic
Foundation is pleased to announce
the continuing fundraising campaign, “Buy a Piece of the Glass House.”
David Glass House is the Italianate Victorian built in 1877 that is
located on San Ramon
Valley Boulevard at Forest Home Farms,
the City’s 16-acre historic park. The Historic Foundation is
raising funds to help complete the restoration and pay for the
furnishings plan for this much awaited historic house
completed, the David Glass House will be the only historic house
museum in the San
Ramon Valley. For $10, individuals can buy
a small piece of colored glass that entitles them to receive an
invitation to an Empty House Party when the first phase of the
interior restoration is completed. The glass pieces will
become decorations in stepping stones that will be placed in the
Victorian rose garden behind the house. For more
information, call Pat
Library Needs Donors
The San Ramon Library Foundation is
seeking bucks for books for the new Dougherty Station Library. The Foundation has already
raised approximately $50,000 from businesses and individual
supporters, but now needs you to help bring that total to
The new library is a victim of its own success. So many residents are
checking out books, CDs and DVDs, that like Mother Hubbard's
cupboard, the shelves are looking bare. Librarian Joyce Gunn doesn't
want to disappoint people looking for something and not finding it.
Contact Pauline Nolte at (925) 830-8362 for more
HGTV is looking for
HGTV (Home and Garden Television) and Weller/Grossman
Productions are looking for unique, cool and creative projects
designed and done by real people without the help of
contractors or experts. We're searching for individuals across the
country that would like to share their fun stories and incredible
fun and inspirational new program chronicles everyday people and
their amazing “did it myself” design endeavors. From unbelievable room
reinventions, to cool outdoor creations, innovative kids rooms, wild
wall treatments, playful pet projects, and more … we’re looking for
ideas that break the design mold and make people say
So, if you've transformed your garage into a wine room, built
Fido his own futuristic pad, designed a pool hall in your basement,
built a fantasy playroom for your kids -- or done something else
spectacular and uniquely special to your home, HGTV is looking for
To apply, e-mail a description of the
project (with pictures) of the area you've improved, and your
contact info to Brian Heller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laugh Club for
Medical research has
proven what people have known for ages, laughter is good for you.
The problem is that as we get older, it gets harder to have a good
Fortunately, we have a solution; laugh for no reason. Join us
for a half-hour laugh session. We’ll share a few jokes to get in the
mood. Then we just laugh. Laugher is contagious. Soon you’ll be
laughing just because everyone else is laughing. So please come laugh with
us, the more the merrier. The health benefits are
Senior Center, 9300
Alcosta Blvd., Tuesdays,
10:00am. Admission is FREE. To RSVP, call Fred Turner,
We C.A.R.E. Program
Helping Homebound Seniors
The City of San
Ramon is pleased to announce a new program
designed to help homebound senior citizens reach out in their
community. We C.A.R.E, Caring About Resident Elders, will match a
homebound person with a pre-screened volunteer who will provide a
friendly visit and run brief errands. The service is free for
seniors; just a brief questionnaire is required. Volunteers must be
at least 21 years of age and have reliable transportation, a valid
California driver’s license and
insurance. For more information, call the City of San Ramon Volunteer
Coordinator at (925) 973-2869.
Vial of Life
The San Ramon Senior Center has partnered with the San Ramon
Medical Center to produce a Vial of Life Cassette for emergency
purposes. In the event of an emergency or disaster, this cassette
will provide Police and Fire Department and any other emergency
personnel with an individual's emergency information and health
history. These cassettes are free and will be available at the front
desk. Assistance in filling in these forms will be available on Thursdays from 8:30am until
3:00pm. The cassettes are free, but donations of $1.00 or more
will be appreciated.
Thanks to Pat York for coordinating this very important
Agape Villages Fosters
"Agape" is a Greek word meaning unconditional
love. Agape Villages is a private, non-profit agency that
places children in foster homes. Some of these children have
been abused or abandoned, and some are "medically fragile" or
disabled. Agape conducts training in how to be a foster parent
before placing children, and their success rate is very
high. Many foster parents wind up adopting their foster child
and making them part of their real family.
Janet Kleyn, Vice President of Agape Villages,
gave a presentation at the February 18, 2004 lunch-time meeting
of the San Ramon Soroptimists. Kleyn introduced Terry Bruce,
who has been a foster parent to three "medically fragile" children
from Agape. The Bruce family has adopted two of their three
foster children so far.
The Soroptimists are working on a new program,
called Shining Stars, to help foster families with disabled or
challenged children. This will probably be expand to
adopted and even birth children with special needs. For more
information on Soroptimists in San Ramon, see their website,
www.soroptimist-sr.org. For more information on Agape Villages, or to become
a foster family or make a donation, visit their website at www.agapevillages.org.
MOMS Club of San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, CA is for stay-at-home
moms in this area. We meet on the 1st Wednesday of every
number of activity groups are included in the membership -- a
MOMS Night Out once a month, parties, playgroups, and much
MOMS Club activities, except MOMS Night Out, are during the day when
we need the support most. Dues
are only $28 a year.
For more information contact Michelle Borrero at
925-639-9556 or email@example.com.
Join the San Ramon Aqua Bears Swim Team! The Aqua
Bears is family oriented, focused on fun and swimming our
best. We have openings in most age groups, 6 and under through
18 years. Visit our website at http://www.aquabears.net or call (925) 355-8855.
Children of Crash Victim
(January 15, 2003)
Tow truck driver, Justen Purcell,
was killed by a drunk driver early Saturday morning, January 12,
2003. San Ramon Tow, the company Purcell worked for, set up a
fund at US Bank, for Purcell's three small children. The
company will make monthly deposits into the account until Cynthia,
7, Justen Jr., 6, and Gavin, 8 months, reach 18 years of age.
Purcell's sister, Jessica, will manage the account. Those
interested in donating to the Justen C. Purcell Memorial Fund can
call Walt Trembley at (925) 328-1825.