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Danville teenager copes with complex regional pain syndrome By Staff Writer

Before Nicole Hemmenway’s diagnosis of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in 1998, she was a typical Danville teenager looking forward to college. As a senior at Nicole Hemmenway Carondelet High School, a fluke incident caused her to pull two tendons in her right hand, resulting in a long and painful nine year journey through the medical system. CRPS, a neurological and chronic pain disorder, changed the course of her entire life. Instead of college and dorm life, Nicole lived at home with her parents. She visited


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Danville Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony By Staff Writer

D a n v i l l e a re a C h a m b e r o f Commerce announced the recipients for the 2009 Educator, Business, Citizen and Charitable Organization of the year. Awards were presented at an annual installation dinner held on February 18 at The Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon. The following are the 2009 award recipients: Business Person of the Year Guy A. Greco has been in banking for over 45 years. His career started with Bank of America in San Francisco, then Home Savings of America as Regional Vice President for 21 years. He was with Fremont Bank in Danville as Area Manager and currently with Heritage Bank of Commerce as Vice President and Branch Manager. He has been a member of San Ramon Rotary Club for 12 years

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and served as Program Chair, Director of Club Services and Club President in 2002-2003. On the Rotary District level, he was Assistant Governor for

the six Clubs in the San Ramon Valley from 2007-2009 and is currently the Annual Giving Chairman for the District Rotary Foundation and also the Sub-Committee Chair for District Rotary Grants. He has been involved in the church community. He was Co-Chair of the Annual Golf tournament for 20 years, as a Chairman on the Parish Advisory Council, and is currently Chairman of the Finance Council. He has been very active in the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce, serving as Chairman of the Board in 2002 and 2006 and currently on the Board of Directors. In addition, he will be the Chair for the See Awards page 5

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Local student selected for Honor Band of America By Staff Writer

Grace Glowniak

Alamo resident Grace Glowniak has been selected to the Honor Band of America, which will perform in March at the Music For All National Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. A junior at Monte Vista High School, Grace plays the contrabass clarinet in her school’s wind ensemble, and is drum major of its marching band. See Student page 5

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March 2010 Kat Club,” where anything goes on the stage. Whatever your troubles, you will forget them at the Cabaret! Material intended for mature audiences. Tickets: $39. Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Dr., San Ramon. Information: 973-3350.

March 19 George Komsky Live in Concert 8pm. Celebrated young Danville tenor George Komsky i s re t u r n i n g h o m e f ro m Hollywood to perform a live solo concert for the first time before a hometown audience. Enjoy a night of opera, pop opera, Neapolitan classics and musical surprises to start out

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Life in Danville just got sweeter as Terri Vollmer has opened Danville Chocolates on the corner of East Prospect and Front Street. Vollmer, who is self taught, owned and operated a very successful confections shop in San Francisco for many years, but recently decided to bring her considerable talents home to Danville. Terri is assisted by store manager Brianna Moore. Moore is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley. Together they make almost all of what they sell right on the premises, and you can watch them in the store front window. The shop is beautifully renovated in bright colors which contrast nicely with the “chocolate” ceiling. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. Some of the customer favorites are: the decadent chocolate dipped strawberries, the fabulous white chocolate raspberry bark, the many different types of Granny Smith caramel apples and a wide variety of melt-in-your-mouth truffles. They are happy to accept special orders for weddings, b i r t h d ays, a n n i ve rs a r i e s and other occasions. They create specialty chocolates and strawberries for all the traditional holidays. They also serve the awardwinning Double Rainbow

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Two Day Town appears magically at Lake Del Valle on April 23 and disappears without a trace the following Monday. This is the East Bay’s premier family camping and community music weekend. An army of volunteers creates what would not be possible without the coordinated efforts of many dedicated individuals providing vision, direction, manpower and capital. The first Two Day Town was held the last weekend of April in 2001 and has been held on the same weekend ever since. This is the tenth. This crowd is choosing to have a weekend away from the chaos and stress of everyday life, especially now. They come out in force whether it’s sunny, raining cats and dogs or freezing cold. It just doesn’t matter. Even though there are over 20 bands, dance troupes and solo performers lined up, ranging from rock to pop to folk to jazz to cowboy, there is an emphasis on their core group’s mantra, “Everything Subject To Change�. The promoters encourage everyone to come on out and “plop down and do nothing� for a couple of days, even though there is so much to do. Wildlife biologist extraordinaire Jim Hale (Doc Hale to the cognoscenti) leads excursions every day that uncover more environment in an hour than most people experience in a lifetime.

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Citizen of the Year Scott Heller has been a Danville resident for 21 years. Scott is President of Heller Jewelers, Inc., a local business that regularly provides significant financial contributions to local schools, including Green Valley Elementary, Cal High, Dougherty Valley High and Monte Vista High. Scott has been a youth athletic coach for six years, a regular sponsor of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, a contributor to the Taylor Family Foundation and the main sponsor of the Kiwanis Student from page 1

But it is her bass clarinet skills that earned her selection to the national Honor Band. High school musicians from across the country e l e c t ro n i c a l l y s u b m i t t e d auditions, which were adjudicated by leading music educators to select the seating of America’s Honor Band. The resulting ensemble of 88 distinguished musicians will perform in concert on March 6 in Indianapolis under the direction of H. Robert Reynolds, principal conductor of USC’s Thornton Wind Ensemble and retired longtime Director of Bands at the University of Michigan. As part of this experience, the students had several days of intensive rehearsal and master classes in advance of the concert and ended the National Festival with a banquet in their honor. “ To b e s e l e c t e d f o r membership in this elite national ensemble is a great achievement and honor,” says Scott McCormick, Music for All President and CEO. “The 2010 Honor Band of America members are ambassadors of America’s music programs, as well as their states, schools and communities.” G ra c e a l s o h a s b e e n seated in the NorCal and California State Honor Bands for 2009 and 2010, crediting her music teachers for these

March 2010 Club of San Ramon Valley Annual 4th of July Parade in Danville. The Heller family has been active in the formation and construction of Temple Beth Chaim, Danville. The thriving and maintenance of public school activities, athletics and community services in the Danville area is a testament to Scott’s commitment.

p u b l i s h e d t wo b o o k s t o benefit the victims of the 2004 Tsunami & 2005 Hurricane. It was a great opportunity for her students to learn about making a difference in the lives of others. Her class is currently preparing to publish a book to assist the victims of the Haiti Earthquake. Connie always develops a “family of learners” atmosphere in her classroom and is beloved by students and parents for her respectful, motivating and encouraging classroom environment. “Connie treats each child who enters her classroom as a gift. She finds and celebrates their strengths and supports them through their challenges. I love watching Connie walk around the school as children syndrome from page 1

Educator of the Year Connie Forslind has been a dedicated, highly respected teacher for over 38 years. She has provided so much to her students, faculty and community, and has directed the Rancho Romero children’s chorus for over 28 years. Connie’s second grade students great opportunities. Grace stated, “I chose the clarinet in fourth grade at Alamo School, where Mrs. Edington taught me the basics, like what a reed is and how to read music. Then at Stone Valley, Ms. Musiel took it up a notch and I began to enjoy it even more. She also persuaded me to try the bass clarinet. Mr. Cloyd, our director at Monte Vista, keeps us advancing with tougher music and a lot of extra ensembles. He’s also moved me onto contra-bass clarinet this year, which is cool. They give so much time and effort for us, its crazy.” Grace and fellow Honor Band of America members performed a program chosen b y P r o f e s s o r Re y n o l d s , which includes: “Weiner Philharmoniker Fanfare” by Richard Strauss, “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” by John Adams/Odom, “The Logic of All My Dreams” from Alchemy in Silent Spaces by Steven Bryant, “Slalom” by Carter Pann, “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen/Reynolds, and “Suite” from Mass by Leonard Bernstein. Grace’s family reminds us that the district’s music departments are nearly fully funded through parental and community donations. Please consider supporting music in the schools. For Monte Vista High School, you can help by visiting www.mvkeynoters. com.

the most renowned medical institutions and saw specialist after specialist; she tried procedure after procedure, medication after medication. Nothing brought her relief. In 2002, four years into her diagnosis, mainstream medicine wrote her off as being untreatable and incurable. At that time, she had no use of her right hand and minimal use of her arm. She also depended on massive amounts of narcotics to survive each day, and there were periods where she found herself bedridden or wheelchair bound. Her life was in shambles, and the dreams she had for her future were gone. She was living a nightmare. However, Nicole didn’t believe she would be sick forever, refusing to accept the medical profession had explored all avenues. Even with excruciating pain, and the odds of overcoming slim, she continued to hold on to the hope that her miracle would someday arrive. Her dreams of recovery

The Valley Sentinel of all ages run up to her and throw their arms around her. She remembers ALL of their names and stories. She makes each and every child feel special, important and loved. Connie is a creator of school community!”

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Charitable Organization of the Year S a n R a m o n Va l l e y Education Foundation (SRVEF) provides valuable support for the schools of San Ramon Valley Unified School District. SRVEF conducts fundraisers

throughout the year and then returns the proceeds directly to our schools and classrooms. The foundation’s largest fundraiser is the annual Primo’s Run for Education. They also partner with the San Ramon Rotary Club on their annual Christmas tree lot and coordinate the Bridges dinner in the spring. Several years ago, SRVEF introduced a new Major Gifts and Endowment program to provide a stable local funding source that will enable the district to undertake long-term, innovative programs to enhance the curriculum. Thanks in part to record numbers at this year’s Primo’s Run, SRVEF is contributing more than $180,000 back to local schools!

finally came true when she discovered a doctor in south Texas who had invented a non-invasive electrical stimulation device called the STS treatment. After a horrific ten month withdrawal from opiates, the therapy began to work. She had finally found what she had been searching for - a cure. Through her journey, Nicole discovered few books on the market that truthfully portrayed the ravaging side of pain while maintaining an optimistic outlook for recovery. Just like the 75 million other Americans dealing with chronic pain, she needed validation not to give up or lose hope. Believing no one should have to face the darkness alone, Nicole turned her journals depicting her chronic pain experiences into “No, It Is Not In My Head: The Journey of a Chronic Pain Survivor from Wheelchair to Marathon.” She says the book is a culmination of all of us. “It is not my story back to health, but our stories back to health,” said Nicole. I n t h i s exc e r p t f ro m her upcoming memoir, she

chronicles her road to recovery: “Today will be the ultimate test of my healing. In three hours, I hope to be able to put the past behind me. … I want to say the war is finally over and I prevailed. … I crank up my iPod to hear Luther Vandross singing “One Shining Moment.” I first heard the song seven years ago while driving home from the hospital after my first attempt at forgoing morphine-derived medications. My parents and I were crossing over the Bay Bridge when I looked across the choppy waters at Alcatraz and Angel Island. It was then that I knew I would be happy again. That someday I would smile and laugh, and it would mean something. With the lyrics giving me the comfort and drive to persevere, I make my way down the street, putting one foot in front of the other. Running would parallel my nine-year battle with chronic pain.” Autographed copies of her book are currently available at http://nicolehemmenway. com.

Operation Welcome Home Ceremony for Vietnam Veterans The Town of Danville, long a supporter of our servicemen and women, will be honoring Danville residents who are veterans of the Vietnam War with a special recognition ceremony and reception. The event will be held Sunday, April 18, at 2 p.m. in the Valley Oak Room at Danville’s Community Center, 420 Front Street. Danville will honor Vietnam Veterans from all branches of service. This event is an opportunity for the community to show how much we appreciate their service and dedication during a difficult time in our nation’s history. Each of the honorees will receive a special proclamation, followed by a reception at the Community Center. Refreshments will be provided. The public is invited to attend. If you are a Vietnam Veteran residing in the Town of Danville, or know of a Danville resident who served in Vietnam, please contact Rochelle Flotten at rflotten@ci.danville., or by phone at 925-314-3328. Please provide the name, rank and branch of service of the Vietnam Veteran. Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 2, 2010.

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Pre-School performance program Evan O’Dorney: Spelling+ Math+ Music =WOW! By Kathy Moore rocks Village Theatre By Staff Writer

Danville parents and preschoolers packed into the Village Theatre for an hour-long concert from noted children’s performer Gary Lapow. Over 200 residents clapped, sang and danced along with Lapow during the event, part of the ongoing Pre-School Performance Series being put on by the Town of Danville’s Recreation Services Department. “The Pre-school Performance series is a way to introduce the children of the community to the cultural arts at an early age,” explained Recreation Services Manager M i c h e l l e L a cy. “ T h i s i s something we’ve been wanting to do for a while now.” During Friday’s performance Lapow, who has been featured on the Disney Channel, talked to the children and sang songs about

such topics as eating your vegetables, respecting your elders and practicing love and tolerance. The series runs one Friday per month. Next month, the program will feature ventriloquist Steve Chaney on March 12, from 10 – 11am. at the Village Theatre, 233 Front Street. For more information on the Pre-School Performance schedule, see the calendar section of the Town website at

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and winning an award for the most creative solution. At a recent math competition in San Francisco, Evan won $5,000, and then received $5,000 more for the Berkeley Math Circle award. No stranger to the limelight, Evan won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2007. That was fun, but math is his true calling. His mind prefers logic, rules, and the known conditions of problem-solving. Math makes sense to Evan; so too does programming language and code. He has been mentored in advanced math and computer programming for seven years by Ken Perano of Sandia National Labs, and he spends hours at a time at working at the computer station in his living room. Next

to the computer is a grand piano where he also spends hours playing. There, Evan composes long, melodic pieces that just seem to flow out of him. Occasionally he writes out musical compositions through an intricate numbering system that he refers to as “pseudomath.” Evan is a student at Venture Alternative School in San Ramon and has been homeschooled since childhood by his mom, Jennifer. She, too, is a lover of math, but is the first to admit that her son’s mathematics ability is at a totally different level. She works with him on English and history, but he works out the math alone. With a whiteboard full of complicated equations, Evan will clear his mind with some rigorous physical activity to clear his mind. A member of the Berkeley Math Circle, he takes advanced math courses at UC Berkeley —no doubt he’ll someday be teaching those courses. After all, this is a brilliant young man who has already proven that talent, hard work and dreams add up to success.

American Legion Oratorical Competition By Staff Writer

On January 24, 2010, the American Legion Post 246 of Danville had its follow up contest of the American Legion Oratorical Competition at the local Veterans’ Hall. The competition was the American Legion District 9 contest involving the winners of the Lafayette Post 517 and the Danville Post 246 contests. Entitled “A Constitutional Speech Contest,” it focused on the constitution with an emphasis on the attendant duties and responsibilities of the citizenry to the constitution and the United States government. The format was the same

as the previous Posts’ contests, consisting of a prepared eightto-10 minute oration on some phase of the constitution, followed by a three to five minute oration on an assigned topic regarding a specific clause, statute, section or amendment. This year’s participants were Sam Stone from MonteVista High School in Danville and Chelsea DeVries from Miramonte High School in Orinda. In an incredibly close competition, Sam Stone, a senior, won the gold medal and a check for $150. As the second place winner, Chelsea DeVries was awarded a check for $125.

Sam will represent Danville post 246 at the Area 2 finals to be held on February 14 at 1p.m. at the Post 238 American Legion Hall in Pacifica. The winner of this contest will participate in the department finals to be held February 28 in Modesto. The National finals will be held in March in Indianapolis. The specific date is yet to be announced.

Teen Esteem—Community Outreach By Staff Writer


Teen Esteem is a local nonprofit organization whose goal is to equip, educate and empower teens, parents and educators in the community on issues related to teens and adolescent health, while addressing the importance of self-respect and respect for others. T h e “ Te e n E s t e e m Connection” event is an evening of appetizers and wine at a

beautiful French Chateau for parents to connect through one on one conversation with local professionals and community members such as local school administrators, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and law enforcement who support the children in our community. They will be available to offer valuable information as well as answer questions. Teen Esteem recognizes the need for parents to become

educated and aware of the changes adolescents face in today’s changing culture. We will provide the chance for parents to get answers from the professionals who are in touch with our Tri-Valley community. T h e Te e n E s t e e m Connection will take place on Saturday, April 24, at 6:30pm in Alamo. For more information, contact Teen Esteem at 925-855-9941 or

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Is summer camp the right choice for your child? By Veneta Roberts

Dear Mom and Dad, I hate being here. The counselors expect us to cook and keep everything clean. Before dinner we have to say something about what happened that day. It’s stupid. I had to hike to the top of a mountain when I didn’t want to. I want to come home — now! Your daughter The last letter home:

Dear Mom and Dad, This summer changed my life. Before, I always called the shots, but not here. Everyone is supportive and accepts me for the real me, not the pretend me. I can’t wait to come back next summer and climb more mountains. Your loving daughter While the letter above is fictitious, it’s based on real events. The advantages that children gain from summer programs are often intangible. In conjunction with home and school, summer programs are one of the many building blocks that create an adult. And while few children realize how much they’ve been influenced by their summer experiences, as adults they often see how their lives were enriched and layers added to their development. There are many different activities children can participate in during the summer months, such as attending golf school, swimming classes, summer sports, and summer camps. Summer camps are one of the best things that children can partake in. Summer camps help children to become responsible, teach them the importance of sharing and giving and also enable them to make the right decisions. They learn to build confidence, self respect, and social and service skills, all of which further their development of leadership skills. A child can learn to communicate more effectively when they participate in the various activities offered through summer camps. They may even learn the values of time management and resourcefulness, all while making good friends and discovering new things on a daily basis. The give and take of communal living, bunk mates,

counselors and staff all play an influential role. Kids living in cabin situations soon find out that when they don't treat one another well, there are consequences. If one person chooses not to cooperate, the whole group is affected. Furthermore, children learn to accept differences such as race and religion, eventually making them better people in life.

Kids who have never been leaders take charge. The popular outgoing teen becomes the quiet observer. It is a wonderful experience for a child or teen to come to a place where he or she is an unknown entity and freed from his or her usual context. Trying out new things is another significant benefit. At home and in school, children can dodge new experiences: At well-run camps, they can’t. Of course, the primary goal of any program is fun. Independence from parents also exerts a strong influence. The child who is away from home encounters new experiences independently. Choosing a Great Summer Program Summer camps provide so many benefits such as physical fitness, personal growth and socialization. It enables children to learn skills such as hiking, swimming, horse riding and so on. There are many different types of summer camps available. Therefore, the most important thing for parents to consider is choosing the best one for their children so that they can enjoy themselves and learn new things. Here are a few things to consider: It is important to make sure that the child is going to be interested and willing to do it. Different camps offer different experiences. There are summer experiences to fit any interest, from classic camps that emphasize sports

to niche programs that develop computer skills. It is also really important for parents to make sure they send their children to camps appropriate for their age. Though summer camps and programs can have a deep impact on a child's development, not all camps have what it takes. The maturity level and experience of the staff is a key factor. An experienced counselor can size up a child’s situation and step in to help someone who is shy or shore up a child who will get picked on before the child even knows it. Given all the factors to consider when choosing a summer program, most parents don’t look beyond the location, f a c i l i t i e s a n d a c t i v i t i e s. However, those fine points add up to one of the most powerful educational experiences a human being can have. Good summer programs encourage kids to learn new things about themselves and to explore unfamiliar activities. As you begin to research programs, you should ask how a program will influence your children now and in the future. Of course, this information can be harder to dig up if you only look at brochures or videos. You have to look beneath the surface. Talk to the faculty of a program. Ask questions such as: What is your program’s philosophy? What are the u n i q u e f e a t u re s o f yo u r program? How will my child be challenged by your counselors a n d a c t i v i t i e s ? H ow a re children motivated to try new things? How are leadership and personal growth fostered? How does your program measure and reward success? What happens when children violate the rules? How do you deal with conflict? Parents often ask about the ratio of campers to counselors. While that's a valid question, the maturity and experience of the staff is of utmost importance. When speaking with program directors, you should inquire: What is the maturity and experience level of the staff? How long has your staff been with you? Where do most of your counselors come from? How are counselors trained? What is the ratio of counselors to children? Ask parents of former participants: How did your child grow as a result of participation? How is your child

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using the experience he or she gained from the program? How did your child respond to the counselors? What didn’t you like about the program? Before you pack your child’s bags, ask yourself: Do I trust the people who staff this program? Will my child like the activities and do they fit his or her interests? Is this an environment in which my child will thrive? Will the size and location of this camp suit

my child? Will the level of regimentation in this program fit my child’s personality? Talk to the people who run the camp. A friend’s advice is helpful, but camp directors are always the best source. It’s perfectly acceptable to quiz counselors about anything and everything. A director should be able to communicate his or her program’s underlying philosophy. See Camp page 8

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Wildflower season is always a bit unpredictable, but with ample rain this winter, Park District naturalists believe 2010 will be a spectacular year. The naturalists believe there are over 150 different species of wildflower in the parks and offer several ideas on how to explore the many local varieties: including suggested trails, organized hikes, online flower guides and a wildflower festival. Naturalists say the following parks and trails typically provide some of the best flowers: Las Trampas from San Ramon, follow the

Chamise to Las Tampas Ridge to Trapline and Mahogany Trails; Diablo Foothills in Walnut Creek, take the Stage Road Trail along Pine Creek; Black Diamond in Antioch, try the Chaparral Loop Trail and Manhattan Canyon Trail; and at Sunol, a good choice is the Canyon View Trail to Camp Ohlone Road and Meadow Loop. Some of the best wildflowers can be found on the Ohlone Wilderness Trail from Del Valle in Livermore. Stop at Del Valle’s entrance kiosk and get an Ohlone hiking pass for $2 before you go. Tilden Nature Area and Tilden’s Botanic Garden also offer a variety of flowers and plants along gentle hiking paths that are fun for all ages. To help you identify wildflowers, Regional Park

District botanist, Wilde Legard, has photographed and documented just about every wildflower in the East Bay, and has made his work available on the District’s website. To take a look, log onto www.ebparks. org/stewardship/plants and look for the wildflower guide on the right side of the screen. All guides download as PDF files. You can also take part in wildflower hikes and other events by visiting and clicking on the “EBParks Online� button under the “Activities� tab. Type in “wildflower� as a keyword search. I n ke e p i n g w i t h t h e wildflower theme, Sunol Regional Wilderness will be hosting its 8th Annual W i l d f l o w e r Fe s t i v a l o n Saturday, March 27, 11 a.m.

The Sentinels of Freedom Fo u n d a t i o n , d e d i c a t e d to providing life-changing opportunities to men and women injured in battle, held a special ceremony Friday evening, February 25th at Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon. U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Matthew Carhart and U.S. Army Cpl. Elizabeth Bailey Wafflard were saluted by representatives from all branches of the military. It was a moving moment. Inside a packed room of supporters, proclamations were read and awards handed out. A handful of dignitaries including San Ramon Mayor H. Abram Wilson, Danville Mayor Mike Doyle and Pleasanton Vice Mayor Jerry Thorne spoke of truth, justice, freedom, duty, honor, country, resilience, strength and promise. It was obvious that they were speaking from the heart. Bailey Wafflard, recovering from severe brain and spine injuries, smiled broadly at the promise of four years of support

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Attention San Ramon Valley High School Class Of 1980 Graduates We will be having our 30th reunion on July 3, 2010 at Little Hills Ranch. Please email your information, name, phone number, address and, most importantly, email address to srvhsclassof1980@ so that the reunion committee can send you a Evite. If you have information on any of the 1980 graduates, please send it to the class of 1980 email address as well. Thank you, Class of 1980 reunion committee. Now through March 31 Mustang Soccer Registration Mustang soccer registration for the 2010 season is now open online. Register at and click on Registration. U6 Ponies are $100 and U7-U19 is $225 per player. Mustang soccer serves the communities of Danville, Blackhawk, Diablo and Alamo. Join the nearly 5,000 children who play soccer in the fall. For more information call Diane Ruetman, Mustang office, 648-4121 Ext. 10. March 10 – 19 John Baldwin’s school fundraiser & March 27 John Baldwin’s Cougar Ed Fund Gala Auction online goes from March 10 to March 19. People can bid on many fabulous items and services to fund special programs at John Baldwin Elementary School. Website is www.bidforkids. com. Gala: Casino Royale theme at 6pm. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at Event will be held at the Round Hill Country Club in Alamo, 3169 Roundhill Road, Alamo. March 13 Workshop on Stephen Ministry 9am-1pm. The San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church is hosting a workshop on Stephen Ministry for people interested in becoming a Stephen Minister or churches interested in their congregation being a part of the Stephen Ministry program. The church is located at 902 Danville Blvd., Alamo, CA. The workshop will be led by the Stephen Ministry staff homed in St. Louis, MO. $15 per person or $50 if four or more from the same congregation participate. For additional information, contact Barb McWilliams (925) 837-0971 or Horace Crawford (925) 937-8330. Glorious Gardens in San Ramon: Starting a Spring Vegetable Garden 2-4pm. Learn how to grow more food in less space, and how to do it organically and sustainable. This workshop will cover garden planning, bed preparation, when to plant, when to use seeds vs. seedlings, growing cover crops and companion planting. Speaker: Janet Miller, Contra Costa Master Gardener. Free. No registration required. San Ramon Library, 100 Montgomery St, San Ramon. Information: 973-2850. March 15 Tri-Valley Holistic Moms Network hosts Discussion on Going Native and Ditching Your Lawn 7-8:30pm. Get rid of your lawn yourself, and create a low maintenance, low water garden. Ever wondered how to keep your neighbors happy, quit wasting water, quit paying the mow-blow-and-go guy and have some fun in your garden? Sheet mulch your lawn and plant a few mounds of earth with California native plants! Harvest Park Middle School, 4900 Valley Avenue, Pleasanton. Free. Information visit March 18 The Commonwealth Club presents Steve Poizner 5:30pm. Steve Poizner, California Insurance Commissioner andRepublican Gubernatorial Candidate, gives his take on California challenges. $12 members; $22 non-members; $7 Students. Premium seating in first few rows is $30 members and $45 nonmembers. To buy tickets call (415) 597-6705 or register at www. Lafayette Veterans Memorial Hall, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. March 20 Wellness Panel Presentation on Women’s Health Issues in the Second Half of Life 9:30am. Danville-Alamo Branch off AAUW presents this discussion focusing on women over 50 titled “Hormones: The Good, The Bad and The Confusing.” Also included will the a discussion on eating properly and boning up on bone health. Refreshments served prior to presentation. Held at Shadow Hills Cabana Club House, 1001 El Capitan Drive, Danville. If you would like to attend, please send a check for $8 per person, payable to Danville-Alamo AAUW, by Monday, March 15. Mail your reservation to DanvilleAlamo Branch of AAUW, P.O. Box 996, Alamo, CA 94507 Attn. Programs. If you have any questions about this program, contact Loretta at 765-0895.

March 20 & 21 ARF Conference on The Business of Saving Lives For individuals working in the animal welfare industry as well as those interested in a life-saving career. This two day conference will be offering informative workshops on animal behavior, shelter wellness and business practices, as well as providing practical information and tools on topics such as engaging the community, using social media. and keeping shelter pets happy. Fee: $60 for both days. ARF’s Walnut Creek Shelter, 2890 Mitchell Dr., Walnut



Creek. Call for times and more Information: 256-1273.

March 22 – May 10 Hope Hospice offers: Widow and Widowers’ Support & Young Widow and Widowers’ Support Groups Monday evenings, 6 - 8pm. Hospice of the East Bay is pleased to offer a variety of support groups and workshops for adults, children and teens experiencing grief after the death of a loved one. Classes are offered at Hospice's administrative offices: 3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill and at 350 John Muir Parkway, Suite 120, Brentwood. March 27 Breakfast With The Bunny 8:30-10am or 10:30am-12noon. Celebrate Spring with the Easter Bunny and enjoy a variety of breakfast goodies, spring time crafts, entertainment and a chance to take a photo with the bunny. $2 for digital prints, or bring your own camera. Both adults and children must register. Residents: $10, Non-residents: $12. Community Center at Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon. To register, call 973-3200. April 1 Culture & Cocktails 
Start your Thursday night out at the hippest happy hour in Walnut Creek. Join in for a drink with Squeak, Hung and Inez, plus hands-on art making and music. 21 and over only. Admission: $7. RSVP suggested: 295-1423. Bedford Gallery, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. April 24 The Teen Esteem Connection 6:30pm. An evening of appetizers and wine for parents to connect through one-on-one conversation with local professionals and community members such as local school administrators, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and law enforcement who support the children in our community.Teen Esteem is a local nonprofit organization whose goal is to equip, educate and empower teens, parents and educators in the community on issues related to teens and adolescent health, while addressing the importance of self-respect and respect for others. At the French chateau home of Becky and Mark Pine, 9 Country Oak Lane, Alamo. For more information, contact Teen Esteem at (925) 855-9941 or

BUSINESS Alamo Chamber of Commerce – Event March 24: 5-8pm. Business Trade Show. It’s Time to Show off your Business. The event includes speakers and raffle prizes, and it typically draws local business people for great networking opportunities. Tables sell out quickly. Reserve a table so you can feature your product or service to our local business community. Round Hill Country Club, 3169 Round Hill Rd., Alamo. Visit www. or contact Bill White at (925) 820-7500 for more information. Danville Chamber of Commerce – Events March 11: Business After Hours Mixer 5:30 - 7 pm. Diablo Country Club Chamber members $5.00, non-members $20.00. March 25: Ribbon Cutting - Down Syndrome Connection 5:30 pm. Village Shopping Center. March 31: State of the Town Address, Mike Doyle, Mayor 11:30 am. Crow Canyon Country Club. Sign-up San Ramon Chamber of Commerce – Events March 17: Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Ceremony 5:30-7:30pm. Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony for San Ramon Regional Medical Center's WellWorks and MRI. March 18: Third Thursday Mixer, SAFKeep Storage 5:30-7:30pm. A night of food, wine and fun! Pricing: $5 for members and $20 for non-members. SAFKeep Storage, 200 Purdue Road, San Ramon. March 30: New & Prospective Member Orientation 5:30-6:30. Please come and learn about the various Chamber services that can benefit your business. Ambassadors and the Chamber CEO, Carolyn Degnan, will be there to greet you.You don’t need to RSVP and it’s free for anyone interested in attending. San Ramon Chamber of Commerce - Conference Room, 12667 Alcosta Blvd., Suite 160, BR15, San Ramon.

CLUBS March 11 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States 7pm. Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 75, San Ramon Valley – meets every second Thursday of the month at the Danville Veterans Hall at 400 Hartz Avenue, on the



corner of Hartz and Prospect in Danville. For more information contact Post Commander Nathan Greene at (925) 875-1747. March 15 Montelindo Club Meeting 9am. Speaker Patrice Hanlon from Heather Farm Gardens will talk about learning to plant by seeds, cuttings or division. There will be refreshments and a plant sale. The meeting is free and welcomes guests and new members. Orinda Community Church, #10 Irwin Way, Orinda. For information visit March 18 San Ramon Valley Newcomers Club 11:30am-2pm. New & longtime residents are invited to the monthly luncheon. The speaker will be John DeKoven, owner of Bunjo's Comedy Club in Dublin. Cost depends on menu choice. Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville. Call Myrna at 560-0656 for info and reservations. Mondays: Danville Rotary 12:15-1:30pm. Meets every Monday. Brass Door Restaurant, San Ramon. Info: Victor, (925) 838-8721. Tuesdays: Danville/Sycamore Valley Rotary 7am. Join us at the Crow Canyon Country Club every Tuesday morning for a good breakfast and great company. Info: Scott Sampson, (925) 743-8449. Wednesdays: Alamo Rotary Noon. Meets every Wednesday at Round Hill Country Club, Alamo. Info: Mark Kahn, (925) 837-3262. San Ramon Valley Rotary Club 7pm. Guests welcome. Join us at the Crow Canyon Country Club every Wednesday for dinner. A great way to make new friends. Info: (925) 838-9110. Blue Star Moms 6:30pm. Chapter 101 meets every second Wednesday of the month at the Danville Veterans Memorial Building at 400 Hartz Avenue in Danville. Danville Lions 7pm. Meets the first and third Wednesday of each month. Join us and learn about the good work Lions do around the world. Brass Door, San Ramon. Information: Ted, (925) 227-6617. Thursdays: Rotary Club of San Ramon 12:15-1:30pm. Meets every Thursday at the Crow Canyon Country Club, San Ramon Info: Hermann Welm, (925) 838-8261. Kiwanis of San Ramon Noon. Meets every Thursday at Round Hill Country Club, 3169 Roundhill Rd, Alamo. For information call 648-4800

Guidelines for San Ramon Rotary Foundation Grants The San Ramon Rotary Foundation shall make grants of financial assistance to individuals and groups according to the following guidelines: 1. The fundamental criterion for all grants will be achievement of the highest reasonable level of impact meeting a need. 2. The Foundation will not make continuing or permanent commitments to recipients. Each request will be evaluated annually on its merits as submitted. Recipients are advised that a grant approved in one year is no assurance of continuing support. 3. The Foundation will request a reasonable accounting for the use of its funds as a condition of support. 4. The Grants Committee will limit awards of assistance to those organizations which will complete the use of the award within the Rotary year. e.g. July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011 5. The Foundation will publicize the results of the approved grants in club Crows Call and in local media by Boards Public Relations Director. 6. Grant recipients are requested to publicize/ recognize The Rotary Club of San Ramon in an appropriate manner.

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