)HEUXDU\6HUYLQJ'DQYLOOH Teen Esteem By Fran Miller The statistics are startling: if a teen begins drinking at age 15, he or she has a 40% chance of becoming an alcohol-dependent adult; 67% of these 15 year-old drinkers will experiment with elicit drugs. Alcohol, which can affect the natural development of the teen brain, is implicated in the top three causes of teen fatalities. And, one out of two eighth graders have experimented with alcohol. The pressures faced by today’s youth can often lead to risky behaviors such as underage and binge drinking, drugs, prescription drug abuse and sexual activity. And, the limited reasoning skills of an under-developed adolescent brain often lead to perilous choices, made without regard to consequences. The high-risk behavior of today’s youth High school students participate in the “Teacup Analogy” requires the watchful eye exercise with Teen Esteem volunteer presenter Jill Daniels. and guidance of not only parents, but also community members and neighbors. Never before has the adage, “It takes a village to raise a child,” been more apt. Teen Esteem is that village. Teen Esteem was founded in 1994 by Linda Turnbull out of concern that many young people were lured to risky behaviors that could potentially lead to negative lifelong repercussions. Executive Director Turnbull and her team of four part-time staff members, a board of directors, trained volunteer speakers, and community volunteers work together to equip, educate, and empower teens and their parents on issues related to health, well-being, self-respect, and respect for others. Through volunteer speakers and ongoing interaction with school administrators, counselors, law enforcement, doctors and parents, Teen Esteem has the ability to accurately access current youth culture and trends, and in turn, relevantly address high school and middle schools students throughout the Tri-Valley area with their “Healthy Choices” presentations. Teen Esteem speakers are young adults, trained to deliver an informative, dynamic, and memorable message. The parent education team includes community professionals who, through informaGet S.M.A.R.T. tional events, equip parents as to how A Teen Esteem tool to use when mak- they can best prepare their child for ing a difficult decision or avoid a difficult the turbulent adolescent years. situation: Get S.M.A.R.T. A presentation example includes S – Say no. Be comfortable using this the “teacup analogy” exercise: three super important tool! volunteer students each choose a M – Make up your mind about your cup- a red plastic cup, a chipped values. Do it now, not later! ceramic coffee mug, or a fine china A - Accountability. Make friends with teacup. They are asked to describe those who support you and your values! what their cup is used for, how they R – Respect. No one wants to be feel about it, how long they will treated with disrespect. Treat others with keep it, and if it is special. Resultrespect, even if they don’t act like they ing dialogue is reflective of how the want it! students view themselves and how T – Think beyond the moment. It they allow others to treat them: Party could save you from broken dreams and cup: flashy, pretty, no worth, disposLOTS of heartache. See Teen continued on page 10
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Tao House - Gateway to Eugene O’Neill’s Legacy By Jody Morgan The dramatic views of Mount Diablo enjoyed by Eugene O’Neill and his wife Carlotta are accessible to Tao House visitors free of charge thanks to the perspicacity and perseverance of a few individuals who persuaded Congress to create a unique arrangement between the Eugene O’Neill Foundation and the National Park Service. A memorandum of agreement defines the partnership between the Foundation that saved the property
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from becoming one more hilltop housing development and the Park Service that preserves it. Park Service rangers maintain the house and grounds and guide visitors through O’Neill’s secluded haven. Foundation volunteers provide artistic and educational programs that highlight O’Neill’s impact on American theatre. The only American playwright ever awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, O’Neill used the Volume III - Number 4 $40,000 sum the 1936 honor brought with it to 3000F Danville Blvd. #117, Alamo, CA 94507 purchase a 158-acre Danville ranch in 1937. (925) 405-6397 Carlotta oversaw the design and construction Fax (925) 406-0547 of their retreat blending the couple’s interest in Alisa Corstorphine ~ Publisher Oriental art and philosophy with Spanish coloeditor@ nial architecture appropriate to the site. A 1941 yourmonthlypaper.com Life Magazine photo shoot provides detailed documentation of the interior décor. (Destined The opinions expressed herein belong to the writers, and do not necessarily for a December issue, the spread was replaced reflect that of Danville Today News. Danville Today News is not at the last minute by pages on Pearl Harbor.) responsible for the content of any of In the study where Eugene wrote A Long Day’s the advertising herein, nor does
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Boulevard View By Alisa Corstorphine, Editor The other day I noticed a tattered, old, quilted comforter lying on one of our beds. We pulled the old quilt out from the cupboard when the nights became cold. I am sure my grandmother spent quite a long time perfectly cutting over 1,600 one-inch small squares, folding and ironing all four edges of each square, and then laying the tiny squares out in designs before hand-stitching them together. I can’t even imagine the time it took to put something like this together. I once tried the old craft of rug hooking and managed to make a piece about 1’x2’; it took over a year. The quilt has seen better days. The white batting is showing through as well as the blue backing layer. As I examined it, I thought maybe I should put it in a box in the closet for “safe storage.” But then I
www.yourmonthlypaper.com thought that Grandma would not want her masterpiece sitting in some box. She created the quilt to be used just like she made braided rugs to be walked on. These handcrafts were probably created during nights listening to the radio, sitting in front of a fire, or socializing with a group of friends. She made them with care and love, and she made them to be seen and used - not stuck in some box in a closet. I mentioned Grandma’s quilt to one of my sisters, and it started her thinking about the silver and china that was given to her when she and her husband were married. There were grand plans made by the young couple that included fancy dinner parties that never materialized, and the silver and china have sat in a cupboard for the last 22 years where they were “safe” from being dropped, broken, or chipped. After all that time, one plate recently saw the light of day when it was brought out for a special school project one of her children had. It was the first time the plate had ever had a food item placed upon it. Worries of the dishes being too fancy kept them packed away. But what is too fancy? When is it the right time to use something special? When we pack something away for the “right time,” does it ever get used, or is it just forgotten? Another of my sisters just recently began bringing out the two sets of “special” china dishes that she has. She, along with her husband and two young children, will make a dinner together - maybe something as simple as spaghetti and meatballs with salad - and then turn the simple dinner into an occasion by turning on some classical or jazz music and serving the dinner on the china dishes in their dining room. Instead of waiting for a special event to use the dishes, they are making the event special by bringing the dishes out. Many other treasured items can end up in the same “special” category: special heirloom jewelry, memorable baby clothes, a wedding dress. What do you have tucked away waiting for “the right time” to be used? (If you do decide that now is the right time, take a picture to remember the item in its original condition, then free it from that box or special storage spot and let it be used!) I know Grandma wouldn’t want her labor of love packed away. Her quilt was created to be used and enjoyed, and we plan to enjoy many more nights made warmer by Grandma’s masterpiece.
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Xenophon Gala Fundraiser Please join Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center for its annual gala fundraiser, “An Enchanted Emerald Eve.” This year, the event will be held at Round Hill Country Club in Alamo on Saturday, March 17th at 6pm. The evening includes a sit down dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $100 each, and reservations are required. Please visit www.xenophontrc.org for more details and to purchase tickets or call 925.377.0871. Funds raised at this event will be used to support the overall cost of providing riding lessons to children with special needs. Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center is a nonprofit organization located in a beautiful rural setting in Orinda. The center offers life-changing experiences for children with a wide range of disabilities, and it provides therapeutic horseback riding in a safe and secure environment. The children achieve goals that they never before dreamed possible. By focusing on enhancing their unique abilities, and with a horse as their guide, there is no limit to what these children can achieve.
Alamo-Danville Newcomer’s Club Please join us February 14th for our Luncheon at Uncle Yu's Restaurant in Lafayette. We have an exciting speaker joining us, Deborah Francesconi, a medical esthetician who is a frequent guest on KGO Radio. She will bring us up-to-date on the latest anti-aging, non-surgical skin treatments. Reservations are required. Please contact Marty at 925-838-8113 for more information.
Clipper Cards for Seniors Important information for BART riders! BART transitioned from paper tickets to Clipper cards earlier this month. The Town of Danville is offering a second special senior “Buzz Session” to demonstrate and explain the new Clipper card system. The Buzz Session will be held Thursday, February 16th from 9am to 11am at the Town Meeting Hall located at 201 Front Street in Danville. Representatives from BART will provide a brief overview regarding the transition from tickets to Clipper cards. The rest of the presentation will be dedicated to registering seniors and issuing the Clipper cards. Seniors must have a valid government issued I.D. to receive the card. The cost of this Buzz Session is free, however pre-registration is required. To register, call (925) 314-3400. For more information, visit www.danville.ca.gov.
Rowan Branch Seeking Members Rowan Branch auxiliary of Children's Hospital Oakland has been an AlamoDanville institution for more than 50 years. Meeting once a month in Alamo and Danville homes, this group of 50 or so women organizes two fundraisers each year to benefit the Hospital. In spring, Rowan Branch puts on the popular Spring Shopping Spree at Round Hill Country Club. Sold out every year, the Spree attracts over 250 attendees who shop at selected vendors, enjoy lunch, and listen to a speaker from the Hospital. In the fall, Rowan Branch presents the annual Gala des Enfants, a grand but not stuffy affair that features a live auction, fun games and raffles, and each year raises a significant amount of funding for the Hospital. This year's Gala is set for Saturday night, October 13th, at Diablo Country Club. Do you have some time on your hands to devote to a good cause and enjoy the company of fellow Alamo/Danville women with a philanthropic bent? Our meetings are held on the first Wednesday night of the month. We would love to meet you and welcome you to Rowan Branch! Please call membership chair Jill Pfeiffer at 837-2507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Veterans Building Means New Programs With the newly renovated Veterans Memorial Building opening in the spring, the Town of Danville has been busy programming new classes to expand the already existing and exciting classes for seniors. Seniors will have an opportunity to learn more about programs and instructors by attending the free Senior Recreation Program Expo on Friday, February 24th, from 9am– Noon at the Oak Hill Park Community Center located at 3005 Stone Valley Rd in Danville. Instructors will be available to discuss their programs and answer questions. Visit www.danville.ca.gov or call (925) 314-3400 for more information.
San Ramon Valley Newcomers Club The San Ramon Valley Newcomers Club invites new and long-time residents to its monthly luncheon on February 16th at Crow Canyon Country Club located at 711 Silver Lake Dr. in Danville. The meeting will take place from ll:30 to 2 PM, and the cost is $21. The speaker will be Sheila Bali, an author who will speak on her family’s escape from the Hungarian Revolution. Call Grace at (925) 828-8554 for reservations and information.
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The Exchange Club of San Ramon Valley The Exchange Club of San Ramon Valley meets for lunch the second Wednesday of each month at Faz Restaurant in downtown Danville. Sign-in and social time begins at 11:30AM. The meeting starts promptly at noon and ends promptly at 1PM. The one-hour program features guest speakers and a business networking speaker. Guests are welcome. Price is $16 for members and first time guests and $20 for returning guests. For more information, call Karen Stepper, President, at (925) 275-2312, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.srvexchangeclub.org.
Danville Lions Club The Danville Lions Club invites you to join us for dinner and to learn more about how our club serves the community. Meetings are held at the Brass Door, 2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7PM. For more information, please call Dr. Brent Waterman at (925) 275-1990.
San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society The San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society meets at 10AM the third Tuesday of every month, except August and December, at the Danville Family History Center, 2949 Stone Valley Road, Alamo. For information call Ed at (925) 299-0881, or visit www.srvgensoc.org.
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