Step up and work with others to address many communities’ pressing needs in Contra Costa County. At 4 p.m. April 22, a Zoom presentation by a panel of experts will describe the issues and how several organizations engage volunteers to deliver services. “Volunteerism: Contra Costa Needs You” will be presented by the Lafayette-based League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley (LWVDV) and the Contra Costa County Library system. Kristin Connelly, president of the East Bay Leadership Council, will moderate the Zoom presentation. Panelists include:
- Diane Burgis, Contra Costa County Supervisor, District 3;
- Marti Roach, a social and environmental justice activist;
- Sandra Scherer, Monument Crisis Center;
- Elaine Kociolek, Project Second Chance;
- and Carla Lehn, Volunteer Match online service.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers have been essential in helping our neighbors distribute and receive food and provide support and essential services. After the pandemic, volunteers will be critical to building trust, strengthening neighborhoods, advancing climate justice and securing an equitable social safety net for everyone. The panel discussion will highlight volunteer opportunities and organizations that connect individuals with groups seeking volunteers to rebuild our communities and support our neighbors.
Questions emailed from the public will be taken in advance at [email protected]. During the presentation, questions may be submitted through the Zoom Q&A feature. Register online at bayareane.ws/2QbUxtU. The recorded program will be available later on YouTube at bayareane.ws/3s958Tq and youtube.com/user/theccclib.
Discover all about sustainable chicken coops on May 20
Lafayette resident “Papa” John Kiefer will offer a free Zoom workshop from 6 to 7 p.m. May 20 on “Sustainable Coop Principles and Construction.” The Kiefer Sustainable Coop provides all the natural elements for chickens to be healthy, productive and safe and is unique in that there is no smell and no cleaning required. Visit bayareane.ws/3d4vySb online to register, which is required for the workshop. Kiefer will send out the event’s Zoom link shortly before the workshop.
— John Kiefer
State parks group, REI launch Earth Day Climate Action
For the month of April, the California State Parks Foundation, a statewide member-supported nonprofit, and REI Co-op, the specialty outdoor retailer with 10 stores in the Bay Area, have launched a virtual Earth Day Climate Action, a monthlong activation to inspire California residents to complete a do-it-yourself cleanup in their local communities and neighborhoods.
California residents can register online at bayareane.ws/3tlabBy to participate in the virtual Earth Day Climate Action month and receive a free Earth Day kit, available for pickup at their local REI store as supplies last. Each Earth Day kit includes a face mask, trash bags, REI coupon, stickers and more. Through this activation, REI and the California State Parks Foundation hope to inspire 5,000 volunteers across the state to clean up their communities to bolster climate resiliency. Register online at rei.com/events.
— Courtney Rose, REI
Area marriage therapist’s book ‘Family Focus’ published
“Family Focus: A Therapist’s Tips for Happier Families” by local marriage and family therapist Margie Ryerson, MS, MFT, is a collection of real-life problems and solutions for parents of children of all ages. Ryerson offers interesting examples from her private practice (with names and identifying features changed) to help illuminate exactly what others experience and how parents can apply specific tools with their families.
The book contains more than 75 different topics in concise, easy-to-reference chapters. A few examples are bullying, academic pressure, sibling rivalry, body image, effective communication and couple’s relationships. “Family Focus” provides positive encouragement for improving children’s and all family members’ well-being. The book is available at Orinda Books and on Amazon at bayareane.ws/3dNX3P0.
— Pat Rudebusch, Orinda Books
Learn how to prepare yourself, family for major disasters
The Martinez Area Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) presents lunchtime learning, with helpful tidbits from CERT basic training hosted by Martinez Library. Bring your own lunch to Martinez Area CERT’s gatherings at noon Tuesdays on Zoom. Also, from 10 a.m. till noon April 17, Martinez Area CERT will present a PEP (Personal Emergency Preparedness) class entitled “Are You Ready for a Disaster? Does Your Family Have a Plan?”
Spend two quick hours learning how to prepare yourself and your family to be ready when a major disaster strikes. An instructor will cover plans and ideas you should consider to help your family be ready when this challenging time occurs. Some of the topics covered will be identifying your disaster risks; preparing your “go” bag; securing your home and personal data; evacuation and sheltering in place; emergency kits and fire safety. Register online at bayareane.ws/3rPe9km.
— Martinez Area CERT
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
DeSaulnier announces 2021 Congressional art contest
U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, has announced that he is hosting the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for California’s 11th Congressional District. High school students who live in or attend school in Contra Costa County are invited to participate by creating original artwork. DeSaulnier’s office will accept virtual submissions until 5 p.m. April 26.
“Each year, I am inspired by the artistic talent of the high schoolers throughout our community,” said DeSaulnier. “I am excited to once again host this competition and share the creativity of our district’s young people in Washington and with the rest of the country.”
Participants can submit one photo or scan of their artwork, taken in the highest possible resolution, along with a student release form to [email protected]. To access the rules and guidelines, visit bayareane.ws/3cFlTRC online. Photos of each students’ artwork will be presented to a panel of judges who will view all artwork electronically. The winning artwork will be sent to Washington D.C. to hang in an 11-month exhibition in the U.S. Capitol along with the winning artwork from other Congressional districts.
Complete contest guidelines and submission forms are available on DeSaulnier’s website at desaulnier.house.gov/services/art-competition. For more information or help submitting artwork, call 925-933-2660.
— U.S. Rep. DeSaulnier’s office
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