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DANIEL YVEDAYVE & GENNADY SYTNIK TAKE FLIGHT
as they rehearse one of the dance routines
“In these dark days,
people get it. Their
lives are changed.”
- Anandha Ray
Artistic Director of
Moving Arts Dance Center
By Lou Fancher cliché of completing each other’s sen- talent and the eager dance audiences in Belding complete the last stages of the
The Concordian tences, they share a graceful, organic the Bay Area, Ray planted her roots in dance company’s current project. Ray
understanding. Contra Costa County. With the perse- speaks of the future, of the center as a
nandha Ray is in the construc- Belding prefers to ground the dis- verance of a saint, the endurance of an “community,” stretching out her long,
A tion business. Recognized offi-
cially as the artistic director of
the Moving Arts Dance Center, Ray’s
cussion in facts and logic. “Society is
desensitized, with information so
abundant through the Internet,” he
Olympic athlete and a nomadic exis-
tence resulting in multiple moves with-
in the East Bay, the MADC has at last
capable arms as if to embrace the new
space and all the people within its
position requires three skills of a mas- muses. found a permanent home in Concord. Indeed, the dance center is more
ter builder: careful renovation, Ray allows the conversation to spiral The warehouse nestled in the fork than an armful – encompassing the
thoughtful restoration and constant and float, like a kite caught in shifting where I-680 and 242 divide boasts two school’s students, a thoughtfully cho-
innovation. cross currents. “We’ve lost our sense of studios, one of which converts into a sen faculty, a professional modern
Behind the MADC’s sturdy facade of touch,” she says, extending her part- 90-seat theater, offices, plentiful stor- dance company, a growing, enthusias-
dance and imagination, Ray is an ner’s thoughts beyond technology to age space for costumes and lighting tic audience, a bounty of affiliated
imposing entity – a more than 50-year- humanity. and convenient parking. artists and arts organizations, a dedi-
old in a hardly seems 30-year-old In the end, one is struck not so Unfortunately, demolition has also cated pack of volunteers, and valuable
body, brimming with energy. Years of much by their contrasting styles as by been necessary. For that, Ray needed corporate and private support.
training dancers has honed her mus- the commonality of their vision. not dynamite, but patience, because Remarkably, it is the fear of being
cles, while decades of forging ahead – If this pas de deux they perform isn’t the problem wasn’t exactly in Concord. alone that propels Ray forward. To find
despite the bumps and bruises impressive enough, the vision they The problem was in the Caldecott expression, she choreographs on the
involved in heading an arts organiza- share for MADC is breathtaking, Tunnel. Expecting a flood of dancers to dark side – often grounding her work
tion – have “bulked up” her vision and expansive, ambitious. At the heart is a jeté over the hills and pirouette in her in life’s painful, bitter truths.
solidified her sense of purpose. profound belief in the value of the direction, Ray was sorely disappointed. “In these dark days, people get it.
She’s the forewoman, so it’s not product. Despite a proliferation of eager bal- Their lives are changed,” she says,
hard to picture her raising the Concord “Art is vital to life,” Ray says, her let dancers, several excellent ballet sounding softly surprised.
dance center’s new roof single-handed- face glowing as the conversation moves schools and sizable, adoring ballet She has made the dance center a
ly. But Ray is too experienced to beyond budgets and ballet to modern audiences flourishing this side of the home: a place for practicing art, for
believe that a construction project is a dance – her great love. tunnel, modern dance struggled to nurturing children, for developing
solo act. Moving in tandem with Ray is With unwavering focus, Belding make the trek beyond Berkeley. resilient, intelligent adults, for “moving
Scott Belding, the center’s executive brings her thoughts back to earth. “For Fortunately, the persistence and people with dance.” Then she flings
director and man of many talents. every fundraising ‘no,’ there’s another, devotion so integral to being a dancer wide her doors and invites every one of
These two veterans of the entertain- much better ‘yes’ around the corner.” has served her well. Destroying the us to feel welcome.
ment world form a brilliant partner- Central to achieving their greater wall of indifference was messy, but the
ship. Like peanut butter and jelly or, purpose is this business of building. As burst of light shining on MADC today Moving Arts Dance is at 1281
more appropriately, like Balanchine everyone knows, the first step in suc- makes the dust and dismay a mere Franquette Ave. For more informa-
and Kirstein, they are different but per- cessful construction is selecting the memory. tion, call 825-8399 or visit
fectly matched. Without falling into the right location. Mindful of the abundant Now in their new home, Ray and www.movingartsdance.org.
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r ound Family Stress
Crab dinner raises awareness of Meals on Wheels program
People, places and things
seen around Concord
center caters to
romance as a
The Family Stress Center had a very
romantic and very sold out fundraiser
for Ellen’s Guild on Feb. 12 at the
The 18th annual Meals On Wheels by Senior Outreach Shadelands Art Center in Walnut
Services crab feed fundraiser on Feb. 6 at Centre Concord Creek. More than 180 people sampled
was a great success. People from all over the county dined wines and chocolates, bought raffle
on crab, made bids on silent and regular auction items and tickets and bid on gift baskets and
were entertained by a lion dance from Tomizaki Champion silent auction items.
Kung Fu. “This is our first year doing this
Sandy Warren, executive director of Meal on Wheels, event, but we have been doing dinners
hopes to net about $15,000. “We desperately need it every year for five or six years. This is
because government grants don’t cover our administrative the first time we’ve done a wine tast-
costs,” she said. ing,” said David Dolder, vice president
The need for services is up 15 percent over last year, of the Board of Directors. “We’ve got
Warren added. “Budget cuts are coming and so we’re going more people coming tonight than any-
to be in the situation of more thing we’ve ever done – it’s very excit-
need and less funds.” ing. We have nine, 10 wineries from all
The event was co-spon- around the Bay Area, just not from one
sored by the Concord Senior location, who have come to support us
Citizens Club. tonight.”
It was the first year of The Family Stress Center’s mission
table sponsorship for Paul Photos by Mike Dunn/The Concordian is to strengthen families and to treat
Doolittle’s group, National KEN RISHELL, LEFT, SHARON FITZGERALD AND PAT RISHELL are from the
and prevent child abuse and neglect in
Electrical Contractors Concord Senior Citizens Club. Fitzgerald is with Meals On Wheels’
Senior Outreach Services. Contra Costa County by providing
Association-International counseling, educational and support
Brotherhood of Electrical always like to take part in our community.” he said. services focusing on the essential needs
Workers. “We have 10 people, 10 full crab eaters – we brought in of children and their families.
“We bought a table for the the ringers for this one!” he added with a laugh.
ANNE LAGACHE, a volunteer from crab feed because we really For more information, visit http://mealsonwheelsofcon-
the Beachcomber Singles group, agree with the Meals on tracosta.org/about_us.php.
makes her silent bid on a gift Wheels program. We realize -Mike Dunn
basket. the need out there, and we
Solving the mystery of volunteering
People often want to help out in the community but don’t Counseling, Ken and Jan Carpoff of Concord Volunteers in
know where to start. On Feb. 10, Hearing and Doing, spon- Police Service, Etta Maitland of the Ombudsman Office of
sored by Church Without Shoes, held a panel discussion at Contra Costa County, Linda Grooban of Caring Hands and
the Concord Senior Center to help potential volunteers find Sandy Warren of Meals on Wheels by Senior Outreach
the right path. Services.
Each panel member discussed the needs, opportunities “We are advocates for elderly and dependent adults who
are in nursing homes and residential care facilities all across
Contra Costa County,” said Maitland, executive director of
The ombudsman office has been in existence for 25 years. Mike Dunn/The Concordian
CAROLE TEMPS bids on an item during the
“We have our office right in downtown Concord, but we
serve the whole county,” she added. “We have a wonderful
corps of volunteers who make regular humanitarian visits, “We serve about 7, 000 people a
but we have a lot of budget cuts so we now have 2.6 staff year throughout Contra Costa County,”
left. But we do a lot of work. We work on residents’ rights said Jennifer Stasch, director of devel-
and complaints about their care, or lack of care.” opment.
Avis Connolly, the city’s senior program manager, said According to Stasch, the majority of
Concord is talking about matching volunteers with senior the families live on an annual income
services providers – “such as the ombudsman office, the of $15,000 or less. “We’re supporting
Senior Helpline that needs volunteer drivers, the senior cen- grandparents who are taking care of
ter.” children who have been removed from
The city has volunteer opportunities as well, including the home. We’re supporting fathers.
Mike Dunn/The Concordian
helping with the phones or providing activities. “If you have We are supporting children who have
RICHARD WELCH, LEFT, TALKS WITH JANET JOHNSON OF SENIOR HELPLINE AND
ETTA MAITLAND, executive director of Ombudsman Services of Contra
special talents, they can be put to use,” Connolly noted. “We been abused,” she said. “We are pre-
Costa. have Meals On Wheels here that needs volunteer drivers.” venting children from being abused by
Church Without Shoes is a faith-based group of more being able to go into the schools and
and ways for those who want to help seniors and others in than 30 Diablo Valley churches. The group looks for ways to providing them with the tools so they
need in the Diablo Valley. Organizations and programs from work together to serve. Each Hearing and Doing panel fea- can be safe. We really involve the
around the county set up displays where representatives tures experts from the community and focuses on a specific whole family in preventing and treating
explained their programs and services to potential volun- topic of concern. For more information, visit child abuse and neglect.”
teers. Panel members were introduced by Elaine Welch, http://hearinganddoing.com. For more information, call 827-
executive director, of Contra Costa For Every Generation. For more information about the Concord Senior Center 0212 or visit familystresscenter.org.
Those who spoke were Linda Schaeffer of Senior Peer or volunteering, call 671-3320. -Mike Dunn -Mike Dunn
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Wren students make giving a true Valentine experience for Travis
On Feb. 11, the students of Wren Avenue Elementary “In January, we all came together as a community – mak- Credit Union
School in Concord celebrated Valentine’s Day by raising ing and collecting items needed for our local nursery,” said
needed items and money to donate to the Bay Area Crisis Michele Blake, one of the Chevron volunteers involved. “I Eric Maldonado has been appoint-
Nursery. just want to say thank you so much to everyone at Wren for ed community involvement officer
making this event a huge success.” for Travis
“It was wonderful to see the excitement on the children’s Credit
faces when we came to pick up their donation,” said Sandy Union. The
Hathaway, community relations director for the Crisis Concord
Nursery. “They were really happy to be helping; even the lit- resident will
tlest ones understood how important they were to us.” be responsi-
Pointing out that the school had 350 students, she added: ble for rep-
“We were amazed to learn that the children had voted unan- resenting
imously to ‘share their love’ with the Crisis Nursery. They the credit
were excited about voting and genuinely happy to be help- union at
ing. They were so attentive and well-behaved when we spoke community
to them – great children! Their parents and the school and indus-
should be very proud of them.” try events
The Bay Area Crisis Nursery provides residential care for and pro-
children birth through age 11 while their parents deal with a moting
crisis (homelessness, illness, domestic violence, drugs or credit union
Photo by Nancy Scott/BACN
GIFT BASKETS OF NEEDED SUPPLIES for the Bay Area Crisis Nursery were alcohol, etc.) or stress from parenting. products and services in Contra
collected by the students of Wren Avenue Elementary For more information, visit www.bacn.jkmas.com. Costa County.
Additionally, he will serve as a
public relations generalist to include
advocacy for members and potential
Milestone reached in planning for Concord members of modest means. He’ll be
working out of the Travis branch in
Naval Weapons Station site the Clayton Valley Shopping Center.
Maldonado was formerly with
Last month, the city reached an the Local Reuse Authority (LRA), Concord BART station, a series of Northwestern Mutual Financial
important milestone in the three-year- unanimously approved the Clustered three pedestrian-friendly villages west Network, where he served as a finan-
long process to prepare the shuttered Villages alternative as the Preferred of Mt. Diablo Creek, and designates cial representative. He sits on the
Concord Naval Weapons Station for Reuse Plan Alternative at its Jan. 12 about 65 percent of the 5,028-acres board of the Contra Costa County
reuse. meeting. site as parks and open space. The plan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and
On Feb. 4, the city formally submit- “The plan is the result of an exten- includes land for a number of commu- is a member of the Concord Chamber
ted a Preferred Reuse Plan Alternative sive and successful community-based nity amenities, including a tourna- of Commerce.
to the Department of the Navy and a planning process that began in 2006,” ment-level sports complex, a universi- He has been recognized by
Homeless Assistance Plan to HUD, as noted Mayor Laura Hoffmeister. ty/education center, a public safety Congressman George Miller, Sen.
required by base closure law. “Since that time, over 36 public meet- training facility, and a variety of types Tom Torlakson and Assemblyman
The submissions allow the Navy to ings and 8 community workshops have of active and passive parks. The plan Mark DeSaulnier for his service to
proceed with federal environmental built consensus around the Reuse Plan will undergo additional environmental the community.
review under the National and Homeless Assistance Plan. The review by the City before it is adopted “Eric’s extensive community
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as LRA is pleased with the outcome of as the City’s final Reuse Plan later this involvement experience, coupled
required prior to disposition of the this process from both a City as well as year. with his seasoned background in
property, and HUD to initiate its regional perspective,” she added. financial services, makes him a high-
review of the homeless plan for com- The Clustered Villages alternative For additional information, visit ly valuable member of the Travis
pliance with base reuse mandates. features retail, residential and com- www.concordreuseproject.org or call team,” said Lila Dressen, executive
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Thelma was petrified to get out in entrance. She saw Cab Calloway, Pearl
Concordians celebrate 100 years
Mississippi and sat on the bus praying.
When she arrived in NYC, she got a
Bailey and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson
perform at the Apollo Theatre or the
job at a dressmaker’s shop. “I did a little Cotton Club.
of everything – running errands, work-
ing the switchboard, sewing, dressing
In New York, she married a chauf-
feur, William Brown. He would take
the mannequins in the display windows people to Saratoga and other racetracks
and delivering clothes,” Thelma said. in New York, then return home to pick
After 100 years, Concord resident She became so good at her job that up Thelma and take her for a ride. “We
when the company went out of business, traveled all over New York and Canada,”
marvels at political change she was immediately snapped up by a
Thelma lived in
By Jay Bedecarré would be a black president, but I never Eventually, she her Jamaica, Queens,
Special to The Concordian thought I’d be alive to see it,” Thelma worked for three home for more than
explained while sitting in the living firms in the fash- 50 years. When the
helma F. Brown filled out her ion district. “I owner of her third
room of a Concord home with her care-
absentee ballot for Barack Obama giver, Andrella Bohanna. never had to look dress shop retired, so
last fall, voting as she’s been Concord Mayor Laura Hoffmeister for a job,” she did Thelma.
doing for quite some time. The unusual and a group of neighbors and friends proudly explained A few years ago, a
thing about this simple act of an were on hand last month to help as she rattled off friend drove Thelma
American citizen exercising her rights is Thelma celebrate her 100th birthday on the addresses of across the country
that when she was born, Thelma or her “Thelma F. Brown Day” in Concord. each of her and she settled in
seamstress mother never could have Thelma spent her childhood and teen employers. Walnut Creek and
dreamed this would happen. years in New Orleans, where she attend- Eleanor Photo by City of Concord
then Concord. She
When Thelma was born in New ed Catholic school. She married, had a Roosevelt had her MAYOR LAURA HOFFMEISTER honors Thelma likes Concord, but
Orleans on Feb. 7, 1909, women in the child who died in an accident and hats made on the Brown’s 100th birthday with a Proclamation “it’s so quiet out
United States were not allowed to vote divorced. same floor Thelma here!”
and blacks in the South were disenfran- At the height of the Depression, the worked on and she would often see the She delights in talking about politics
chised. The odds were astronomical that 22-year-old’s mother passed away and future first lady. or her beloved New York Mets. She
a black woman from the South would Thelma got on a bus and headed for “I first voted for (Franklin) Roosevelt watched the Jan. 20 inauguration festiv-
ever cast a vote for an African-American New York City, where two aunts lived. because I didn’t have enough money to ities from dawn till dark. Rev. Peter
presidential candidate. The bus stopped in Meridian, Miss., so be a Republican,” Thelma said with a Lofredo of St. Agnes Church and
“As a child I was always told there passengers could use the restroom. laugh. Josefine Stolz of Caring Hands are regu-
Wallis Simpson, the American lar visitors.
divorcee for whom Edward VIII gave up While regaling her audience with sto-
the crown in England, shopped there ries of one American’s century, she
too. Thelma would deliver clothes to the summed up her first 100 years: “I’ve
Rockefellers, using the servant’s enjoyed every bit of it.”
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André and Tiffany Gensburger
Tamara and Bob Steiner
matters sap on the committee hearing hot
seat, or the NFL star prancing around
the field after knocking an opponent
senseless, and on and on. What a
refreshing change to see the quiet
Associate Editor dignity of the reluctant media sensa-
Chief Operating Officer tion.
email@example.com The one-minute hero shows us Sometimes, we are quick to put the
wrong people on pedestals for the
Graphic Designer a lifetime of integrity wrong reasons; it’s nice to see the
right one sitting up there for all the
firstname.lastname@example.org right reasons.
n 60 seconds, less time than it surance before we go hurling into the We can list ad nauseam the jocks
I takes to brush your teeth, Capt.
Chesley Sullenberger made a series
of complex decisions that kept 154 peo-
air in that small movie theater wrapped
by a thin steel membrane. He has all
the attributes central casting would
in jail for guns, drugs, animal abuse,
etc. Throw in the Blagojeviches of the
world and the occasional rampaging
movie star, and you wind up with a
Display Advertising ple depending on him alive. send over: kind but serious eyes, a
A flock of birds that chose the pre- capable manner and the silver hair that dubious list of distinctions from peo-
cise wrong moment to share the air- connotes the “he’s seen it all” experi- ple who should know better. Even
Christina Scarlott space with his jetliner instantly turned ence that any anxious flyer is glad to that all-American Olympic gold
Administration a routine takeoff from New York’s La see on the way to their seat. medal machine Michael Phelps has
Guardia airport into a near death expe- slipped a notch or two thanks to a
Dan Ashley An unassuming hero bad decision and a not-very-kind fel-
Special Correspondent rience for the passengers. It was an
unwanted opportunity to test the train- Sully is a role model we can all low partier turned photographer.
| ing of the pilot and crew. learn from, but for far more than the Don’t bother looking for any com-
Jay Bedecarré With both engines shut down only a courage he demonstrated in the cock- promising photos of Sully on the
Special Correspondent few thousand feet into the climb, there pit on Jan. 15. As impressive as his Internet, because something tells me
email@example.com was almost no time to produce any nerve and his skill as a pilot are, his you won’t find any not with this guy.
result other than utter disaster. But humility and decency as a human What really matters is that we rec-
that’s not what happened. being are equally worth emulating. ognize the genuine article when we
Staff Writers This is a guy who, for 40 years, has see it. You and I may never save a
“We’re gonna be in the Hudson.”
Jeanna Ross These six words said so calmly and done his job quietly and competently planeload of people, but we can learn
firstname.lastname@example.org so decisively by an airline pilot from and that was satisfaction enough. nonetheless from the heroism and the
Danville have become synonymous Now, because of the most rare of humility of Capt. Chesley
Mike Dunn with courage. freak mid-air mishaps, he’s famous Sullenberger; he can make us all bet-
email@example.com for doing “what we were trained to ter in big ways and small ones.
“Sully” is our new national hero and
we could not ask for a better one. His do” as he so humbly put it during a He reminds us of what people are
bravery, level-headedness and icy pro- welcome home celebration in capable of being: smart, solid, dedi-
fessionalism are the stuff of major Danville two weeks after the splash cated and decent. In an era where so
Lou Fancher motion pictures – Harrison Ford type landing. many of our role models disappoint,
firstname.lastname@example.org heroics, only better because he’s the There is something about the unas- one cannot help but feel fairly certain
real deal. suming hero that is so much more that Sully is not going to let us down
Mary Ellen Butler compelling, especially these days. just like he didn’t let a single person
email@example.com Thinking safety first You can’t turn on the television on that plane down.
I am writing this a few days after the today without seeing people calling
Jill Ann Bedecarré release of the tower recordings from attention to themselves. The talking
1950-2007 U.S. Airways flight 1549 and only a few heads on cable screaming some point Dan Ashley is an anchor at ABC-7
Her spirit is our muse minutes after watching the first televi- of view they cannot possibly really News and can be seen weeknights at 5,
sion interview of the deservedly named believe, the politician showboating 6 and 11 p.m. on ABC-7 and at 9 p.m.
The Concordian, published in Clayton,
CA, is a sister publication to The Clayton “Hero on the Hudson.” If you didn’t for the cameras while putting some on KOFY-TV20.
Pioneer. It is delivered by mail, free to hear the air traffic transmission or
approximately 34,000 residences with every watch the interview on television, go to
business in Concord receiving one. YouTube because they are not to be
LET US KNOW YOUR NEWS
Not only did this 58-year-old veter-
Weddings, engagements, anniver-
saries, births, deaths, events, sports an pilot put his plane down on the
news, accomplishments, school news river in one piece, but this outwardly
and more. Please let us know of these ordinary man then twice walked the
important events by using the forms on length of the cabin as it filled with
our Website at freezing cold water to make sure every
www.myconcordian.com or email last soul on board had gotten out.
firstname.lastname@example.org or Only then did Sully leave his plane
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These items are published free for maintenance log that the NTSB investi-
Concord residents as space permits. gators would surely want to study. Are
Please visit the Website to find addition- you kidding? Harrison wouldn’t even
al forms for submitting a press release, be cool enough to do that in the
letter to the editor, story ideas and movies.
sports items. Sully, as we have come to call him as
CONTACT US if we know him, is an example to us all.
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damage programs with the cuts that
we’ll need to have come back when
the budget’s back.”
Officials at the meeting expressed
frustration with the current state
budget progress – or lack of such. The
county receives 31 percent of its fund-
County looking for ways to ing from Sacramento, with another 18
percent from the federal government.
beat the recession “I really do wish the legislators
could come to one of my waiting
hile Republican and Democrat Employment and Human Services rooms to see the people waiting in
W state leaders continued to
squabble over the state budget,
Contra Costa County leaders are scram-
Department, also attended the meeting.
His department alone suffered more
than $25 million in cuts in 2008-’09,
line to get help,” Valentine said. “It is
the state’s failure to fund programs
that’s put us into this hole. … It really
bling to find the means to keep crucial with 74 county employees laid off and shows the fragility of the safety net.”
services available to residents. another 100 temporary employees sent Bonilla shared Valentine’s disen-
Contra Costa County is facing $56 home. chantment with the state’s process.
million in new budget cuts, on top of the “The problem is simply we have fewer After spending the day in Sacramento
$90 million the county already cut out of resources to serve many more people,” in meetings with state legislators, she
its budget in 2008. he said. “The people now coming in to said it was “disturbing to hear it’s not
Superintendent Susan Bonilla, head really a debate anymore – it’s just the
of the Contra Costa County Board of same thing over and over.”
Supervisors, appeared at a meeting of “We can take some encouragement
the Diablo Valley Democratic Club along that across the state, the people are
with other county department heads on going to demand more of a problem-
Feb. 18 to discuss the status of the coun- solving approach (from legislators)
ty’s budget. She described the efforts to and not just a digging in of heels.”
reduce the impact of cuts to county serv- Some local Democrats are already
ices for residents as extremely challeng- beginning that process. A resolution
ing. “The effect isn’t so much on govern- was passed at the meeting to support
a change in the state Constitution to
Healing Arts Studio
ment as it is on the people,” she said.
“Frequently when we help somebody, require a simple majority for passing
budget and revenue-related legisla-
FM Alexander Technique
it’s because they have nowhere else to Posture therapy for equestrian,
go. The strain on this safety net is just tion. A two-thirds vote is currently
required. sports and backpack issues
Current county statistics show an
unemployment rate of 7.6 percent as of
The resolution stated in part,
“(The) two-third’s rule has resulted in
Warm Oil Treatment
December 2008, or 41,000 members of a fiscal catastrophe for the state of for body and hair
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the workforce without jobs.
Programs cut include those providing
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SUPERVISOR SUSAN BONILLA shares her reces-
financial, food and medical assistance to
families. Meanwhile, the need for these
sion concerns regarding the state budget
After the meeting, Bonilla said she Deep Tissue Massage
services continues to rise. apply for general assistance are people sees a light at the end of the tunnel.
CalWORKS, which provides help for who were working, whose unemploy- “The bottom line is the projections also available for lectures
needy families, has seen an increase in ment insurance has run out, but who are we’ve seen say that there will be a T
applications of more than 30 percent. not able to find a job.” very strong recovery in the Bay Area.” h Call Carol Longshore
Applications for medical assistance from Half of the county’s child welfare staff, In the meantime, she asked that
county residents band together. She’s
the county increased by 76 percent in who conduct child abuse investigations,
2008. were lost. The remaining workers saw
their case loads double.
seen groups throughout the area build
strong communities and partnerships. Healing
Housing market takes a hit The number of social workers “I have seen a lot of very positive
Bonilla attributed much of the budget employed to investigate complaints of response and support from businesses H
woes to the rapid growth and subse-
quent plunge of home sales and values in
elder abuse and neglect has been cut
from 14 to six. “Only the most serious
and non-profit partners, to work
together and help people in need,” she
the area, along with the high rate of fore-
closures. “There were so many new
elder abuse cases can be properly inves- said. t
tigated,” said Valentine. As an example, she cited an
homes that were being built, and people Bonilla said that as of Dec. 31, 2008, attendee at that night’s meeting. The
were taking out loans that became com- the county was forced to lay off 100 person had retired two years earlier
pletely unaffordable,” she said. from decades of work as a social
According to the East Bay Economic
employees. “Real people, real jobs,” she
emphasized, drawing a distinction worker and offered to work for a day Spring Special
Development Alliance, foreclosures in or two each week for the county in the
Contra Costa County rose 218 percent
between 2006 and 2007.
between laying off current employees vs.
eliminating vacant positions. wake of the cuts. Another example is
the Assistance League, a volunteer
FREE 20 minute
Meanwhile, the county’s median
home prices dropped from $571,000 in
2006 to $250,000 in 2008, cutting
Trouble at the state level
She said that the key to making it
through a budget crisis of this magni-
organization that Bonilla said clothed
3,300 needy schoolchildren in the last
property tax revenues to the county.
Joe Valentine, director of the county’s
tude is to think strategically. “We
want to make sure we’re not going to
“We’re seeing the best in people,
stepping forward to help,” she said.
March, 2009 The Concordian • www.myconcordian.com Page 9
Mayor reports on how city is weathering financial storm Crime reporting
By Tamara Steiner
The Concordian The Concord Police Department
recently joined police departments
espite the budget crisis in throughout the state who have added
D Sacramento and a worldwide
recession, Concord’s financial
health is stable and the city is poised
on-line crime reporting to their arsenal
of victim reporting options.
The new system makes reporting a
to ride out the recession, says Mayor crime more convenient. Reports eligible
Laura Hoffmeister. for on-line reporting include lost property,
Furthermore, the city’s infrastruc- thefts under $400 with no suspects/wit-
ture is sound due to the millions of nesses, theft under $400 from an
dollars in city and Redevelopment unlocked vehicle with no suspects/wit-
Agency funds spent on revitalization nesses, tampering with a vehicle, vandal-
and rehabilitation projects through- ism under $400, and harassing phone
out the city. calls of a non-threatening nature.
Addressing some 260 Chamber of The on-line system does not replace
Commerce members at the annual having crime reports taken by officers
State of the City luncheon at the if that is the preference of the victim,
Concord Hilton on Feb. 3, but is offered as a convenient option
Hoffmeister warned of lean times to for busy residents.
come. But she assured the audience To submit a crime report on-line, visit
that budget reductions and a healthy the City of Concord Web site, type “crime
“rainy day” reserve will carry the city Tamara Steiner/The Concordian report” in the search window and select
through the next several years with- THREE MAYORS: LAURA HOFFMEISTER (current), Dan Helix (retired), and Bill Shinn (former) the first option on the search results page.
out major cuts to essential services. attended Hoffmeister’s State of the City Luncheon at the Concord Hilton Anyone with questions regarding
The city’s infrastructure is solid the system may contact Lt. Tim
by the Chamber of Commerce for nition for both longevity and signifi-
and revitalization has been robust Runyon at (925) 603-5902.
contributions to the economic well- cant business growth. East Bay
since 1974 with the formation of the
being of the city. Business Times named the company
Redevelopment Agency, which
Recognized for significant busi- the 29th fastest growing in the East
receives $14-$15 million in incremen-
tal property tax revenue every year,
ness growth was Biocare Medical, Bay. M&W Tax Service, owned by You can help solve
which was named the 36th fastest- Jan Townsend, began providing tax
less whatever is diverted by the state
(last year, it was $1.2 million). Of the
growing company in the East Bay last preparation and financial planning violent crimes and
total redevelopment money received
annually, about $8 million goes to
year by the East Bay Business Times.
The company has increased its rev-
services in 1959.
Galaxy Press opened in Concord stay anonymous
enue nearly 50 percent in three 31 years ago and is the first printing
service bond debt – leaving the rest The Bay Area Crime Stoppers
years. Biocare employs more than business in Concord to receive a
for new programs and projects. (BACS) provides a way for the commu-
100 and plans to add 30 jobs in the “green” designation by the county’s
“Redevelopment gets a really bad nity to inform law enforcement of tips
coming year. Green Business Program.
rap,” said Hoffmeister. “People think regarding crime. BACS Call Center
Several businesses were honored Recognized for their significant
of a bulldozer running over grand- answers the TIPS line 24/7 providing
for longevity. Concord Jewelers , sales tax contribution, Sears of
ma’s house.” instant encrypted crime info to the
owned by the Ricco family since Concord has been an anchor tenant
But in reality, she noted, “reuse, Police Coordinator. BACS Call Center
1986, opened on Main Street in 1907. in the Sun Valley Mall since it
rehabilitation and revitalization pro- provides multilingual translation serv-
Fleury’s Floor Covering, owned by opened in 1966. The store employs
vide real economic stimulus …” ices for 30 of the most spoken lan-
Kimberlee and Al Fleury, has been 230 and has consistently been one of
doing business in Concord for 34 the top performing stores in the guages of the World.
Weapons Station among 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477)
key projects years. region.
Entisys Solutions received recog- www.bayareacrimestoppers.org.
In recent years, redevelopment
funds have been pumped into the
city’s economy by major revitaliza-
tion projects in the downtown, North
Concord, the Monument Corridor
and around the airport. Major proj-
ects have included the Bank of
America technology center, the
Brendan Theatre, the Metroplex
Office Center, Salvio Pacheco Square
and Auto Row along Market Street.
Hoffmeister said several large
commercial and affordable housing
projects are waiting in the wings,
“ready for recovery.”
By far, the biggest project on
Concord’s horizon is the 5,200-acre
Naval Weapons Station Reuse Plan.
After four years of planning, the city
submitted a “clustered village” con-
cept to the Navy in January. The
design includes 65 percent open
space, 12,200 residential units, 6
million sq. ft. of commercial develop-
ment and 250 acres dedicated to
educational use, all to take place over
the next 30 to 40 years.
Local businesses honored
At the meeting, several local busi-
nesses were given special recognition
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Literacy Coalition Board, both with
Mayor Laura M. Hoffmeister quarterly meetings. Shinn meets month-
ly with the regional transportation com-
mittee TRANSPAC, advising on expen-
ditures related to Measure J – a county-
wide special tax for transportation. He
also serves on the Citizen Corps
Community Emergency Response
Team, with quarterly meetings. I serve
as Concord’s official on the County
Connection Board of Directors, with
For City Council members, regular monthly meetings.
Each of these bodies often has
meetings are only the beginning focused topic subcommittees that
involve additional meetings.
any people do not realize that tions to the full City Council on topics tee, which covers arts, special events, Lastly, there are representations that
M the City Council members are
elected at large and each year
choose a mayor amongst themselves.
appropriate to that committee.
These subcommittees meet monthly
or as needed. All of these meetings are
parks, golf course, trails/openspace,
youth programs and our sister city pro-
gram with Kitikami, Japan. This com-
have been made on a regional basis.
Allen is on the Local Agency Formation
Commission, dealing with city and spe-
None of these positions are full-time open to the public. mittee also oversees and serves as liai- cial distinct boundary and annexations.
paid jobs. In general, we are volunteers Vice Mayor Guy Bjerke and I serve on son for the Human Relations Shinn chairs the East Bay Regional
with a modest stipend that covers some the committee for Policy Development Commission and our Parks, Recreation Communication System. This body
of the time, gas, and phone expenses, and Internal Operations, which covers and Open Space commission on which assures that in a disaster, city emer-
etc, needed to hold the office. All of us budget, policy development, facilities our citizens serve. gency responders can communicate
have full-time jobs or are recently use, community relations and the base with other cities and agencies through
retired. re-use, and oversees and serves as liai- Pinpointing topics their radios. Shinn also serves as the
We do not have our own dedicated son for the Personnel Board on which In addition, there are three Ad Hoc Homeless Program Liaison to the
staff. The city manager administrative our citizens serve. committees which meet as needed to Mayors’ City-County Relations
assistant helps support and coordinate Councilwoman Helen Allen and I address and focus on specific topics for Committee.
our needs in serving the community. serve on Infrastructure and Franchise, a limited period of time. I serve on the Mayors’ Conference,
Most cities have two meetings a which covers transportation, cable, com- Allen and I serve on the Housing which meets monthly to discuss and
month, but in Concord our typical munication/technologies, solid Element Update Ad Hoc. I also serve coordinate issues within Contra Costa. I
schedule is three formal meetings a waste/recycling, public works, sewer with Shinn on the Los Medanos working also serve as liaison to the Concord
month. This allows us to complete busi- and any other franchise issues. It also group, along with Planning Chamber of Commerce.
ness at a reasonable time, because items oversees and serves as liaison for the Commissioner Kevin Costa, to discuss We all report items of interest to our
can be spread over more meetings. Board of Appeals on which our citizens issues with elected and appointed offi- colleagues and the public at the end of
The City Council members spend serve. cials from Pittsburg about the ridgeline City Council meetings.
much time preparing for meetings, Bjerke and Allen are on Housing and that is shared between Concord and As the official spokesperson for the
including reading reports, meeting with Economic Development, covering the Pittsburg. City Council, I respond to the press,
staff, etc. We may also have special downtown, redevelopment project And finally, I serve along with Bjerke attend various functions from a neigh-
meetings to discuss and provide direc- areas, housing, mobile homes and and two planning commissioners on the borhood meeting to ribbon cutting for
tion to our city attorney on pending or development permitting. It also over- Economic Vitality Ad Hoc committee to new businesses, meet with existing busi-
anticipated legal action or personnel sees and serves as liaison for the Design discuss and coordinate issues related to nesses and welcome organizations hold-
matters. Review Board on which our citizens improving and enhancing the economic ing conventions in our hotels.
serve. health of the city. As you can see, the City Council stays
Variety of committee Councilmen Bill Shinn and Mark Other external appointments I made busy working for you beyond just the
appointments Peterson serve on Neighborhood and include Allen to the Association of Bay regular meetings. Concord’s traditional-
In addition, your council members Community Services, which covers Area Governments, which has quarterly ly strong representation on so many of
serve on numerous city, county and neighborhood issues and neighborhood meetings to coordinate issues of region- these important committees provides an
statewide committees and boards. As programs/projects, social service issues, al interest. The East Bay League of important voice on issues of regional
mayor, in consultation with my col- American with Disability Act issues and California Cities, with its monthly meet- significance.
leagues, I made these appointments at programs for the elderly, and oversees ings, is handled by Shinn. He also serves All of this can easily add up to 40
the beginning of the year. and serves as liaison for the at the state level on the Public Safety hours a week or more which we do out
The City Council has five standing Commission on Aging and its Committee, while I serve on the of our true interest in bettering our
committees, with two council members Community Services Commission on California League’s Environmental community.
serving on each of them. In general, we which our citizens serve. Policy Committee. Send your comments and con-
each serve on two city standing commit- Peterson and Shinn also serve on the Bjerke is on the Mt. Diablo Unified cerns to Laura Hoffmeister, the
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Senior independent living –
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that is what you need to be safe and keeps them upbeat. It’s the little
still be considered independent.” things that give the most pleasure.”
Noting that places for low income Plaza Tower also takes advantage
senior living are limited, Cronin of a city-provided bus service to
believes that this problem is take residents to the Concord
increasing with time as the baby Senior Center or shopping twice a
boomer population reaches their week. Cronin is happy that the cen-
senior years. The situation is made ter has negotiated $14 a month
worse by our present economic con- extended TV service that keeps it
ditions. affordable for the residents.
“Their insurance goes up and It has been almost 24 years since
they are on a fixed income,” she Plaza Tower opened. Heritage
said. “It is very difficult to make it. House started as a church outreach
You go to the store and food prices from the neighboring Presbyterian
are going up, and if it is a choice of Church, with the same philosophy
doing without some food or without of providing affordable housing for
their medication, they choose to cut local seniors. Even though Plaza
back on their food.” Tower has no religious affiliation, it
This is not a good solution, owes its existence to the church for
because without adequate nutrition, the buildings and the philosophy.
mental ability deteriorates quickly. “It’s a great place to live,” Cronin
“They can go downhill very fast,” said.
With a staff she calls “excellent,” Seniors interested in learning
Cronin aims to provide enough out- more can stop by, get a tour and
lets to keep her residents happy and add their names to what Cronin
André Gensburger/The Concordian
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NANCY CRONIN, LEFT, PATRICIA BONEQUI, POLLY OLSON AND KAREN HEISINGER are part of the
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ith an increasingly aging
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income up to that level.
“We have 20 apartments that we
rent for a lot less money,” said
Nancy Cronin, the facility adminis-
in the heart of the cosmopolitan- trator with 13 years working for
styled downtown Concord, defy the Barcelon Associates Management
age old expectations of being places Corp., who operates the facility.
to die. Instead, they are places to “We have a wonderful board of
live, thrive and enjoy those senior directors,” Cronin said. “Their main
years as being the best possible. goal is to keep the rents as low as
Plaza Tower, across the street possible.”
from county supervisor Susan Cronin is quick to point out that
Bonilla’s Salvio Pacheco Square the definition of independent living
offices, offers a variation on senior has changed over the years. These
living. It caters to seniors who qual- days, the definition is living with or
ify not through an upper income without help. “As much as is needed
requirement, but rather a cap on to be safe,” she explained. “You can
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Police Athletic Association mentors at-risk kids
By Denisen Hartlove mentoring, show them a different way, Capt. Katherine Wayne is the com- employment, they stay out of trouble,”
The Concordian a different direction. Our whole goal is mander of the San Jose office of the he said.
to make these youth successful.” California Highway Patrol and a mem- Crossroads was also a recipient of
hen Concord resident, Neil
ber of CCPAA. Wayne teaches “Teen one of CCPAA’s $1,000 athletic equip-
Stratton retired from the Turning to sports Mom to Career Mom” classes to teen ment awards. Stratton brought by soc-
Walnut Creek Police The CCPAA funds grants for law
mothers at Crossroads Necessary High cer balls, along with softball and volley-
Department as a captain in 1995, he enforcement officials who work as
School in Concord. ball equipment, and then stayed to
wasn’t ready to hang up his belt and mentors to children. Grants of $250 to
Wayne talks to the girls from the per- coach the students.
shield. Instead, Stratton used his new- $1,000 are given to cover activity costs,
spective of someone who’s been in their “They actually got to be silly and be
found time to reach out to at-risk chil- from Little Leagues to traveling sports
shoes. Once upon a time, she was a kids and run,” said Neudecker. “It gave
dren – teaching and motivating them team registration fees, scouting groups
young single mother, struggling to finish them a chance to not be confined in a
to make choices that will move their to violin lessons and more.
her education while raising a child. classroom.”
lives in positive directions through the In addition, the group funds three
“I did it, but not without the help of a
Contra Costa Police Athletic $1,000 grants annually to different Making a difference
lot of people,” Wayne said of her experi-
Association. schools in need of athletic equipment. Bill Holian, who worked as a police
ence. “A lot of those kids don’t have that
kind of support at home.” officer for “forever,” has since retired
“She doesn’t sugarcoat it. She said it and is one of CCPAA’s newest recruits.
was tough,” noted Pam Neudecker, the He teaches the Positive Mental Attitudes
administrator at Crossroads High. classes.
Nevertheless, the girls find hope in “You can see when their heads start
Wayne’s lessons. “Since she could do it, nodding up and down that they like the
they could do it too,” Neudecker added. message,” he said of the students’ reac-
“One thing I always try to hit home is tions to the program. “You’re not
that they need to put themselves in a sit- preaching to them. You’re just telling
uation where they have choices,” said them, ‘Hey, you have choices. You can
Wayne. “If they drop out of school, don’t make it hard on yourselves, or you can
have an education, they won’t have make it just a little bit easier.’
choices. They’ll just have what’s left “I think some of them get it. You get
over. Education is the most important tired of hitting your head against the
thing they can do.” wall, and you’re looking for someone to
Denisen Hartlove/The Concordian Stratton agrees with this outlook. “If tell you it’s OK to stop. When you can
N EIL S T R A T T O N , TEACHES “T HE POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDES ” to encourage at-risk kids to stay they get their education, their high reach out and give these people a hand,
in school. school diploma, their GED, they go on you say, ‘Here, let’s try it one more
to college or vocational training, they get time.’”
Now in its 14th year, the group of “If we get them involved in sports,
active and retired law enforcement offi- they’re not just hanging around trying
cers works to reach at-risk children to figure out what to do next,” said
before they can get into trouble. They Stratton.
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dence for at least three years.
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married couple may qualify for
reduced credit. In any case, no cred-
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Concord Historical Society
Prime Clayton location
Call for more info
s cenes from the
society By Carol Longshore
DOWNSTAIRS Cowell Portland Cement Plant
1,134 sq. ft.
1,047 sq. ft.
Cowell history reaches near Concord (circa 1908)
6200 Center St.,
well into Concord
Village Oaks Center
Coates & Sowards
Call 408-371-8770, ext. 19
Account Execu ted
tives Photo provided by The Concord Historical Society
nyone who’s driven down ers, who were required to live there. structures. The smokestack is sched-
ions A Ygnacio Valley Road to Walnut
Creek has probably noticed the
smokestack in the middle of all the
They were also required to buy gro-
ceries and necessities from the com-
pany store. Their purchases were
uled to be demolished this year at the
expense of the Crossings’ homeown-
ers because it is disintegrating. Then
For More houses. It’s the remainder of the deducted from their salaries. The the little firehouse, being used for
Informatio Cowell Portland Cement Plant, company store’s prices were higher storage, will be all that’s left of Cowell
Brand Bui Matt Lope opened in 1908 by Henry Cowell. than others around. Village and the largest cement com-
lder and R z
ecruiter It was the largest cement plant in The local farmers were having pany in the world.
( 925) 699- the world, and Cowell later gave it to trouble with the dust and their wives The Crossings Homeowners
his son Samuel. Houses were built in were troubled by the dust on clothes Association is planning an area with a
the nearby village of Cowell for work- they hung out to dry. They commemorative plaque honoring the
approached the company but man- smokestack and its history. Be watch-
agement refused to take care of the ing for more information.
problem, so the farmers sued – and This month, the Concord Historical
lost. Society has two events. Sister Mary
In 1933, a young lawyer named Grace Puchac will speak to members
John Garavanta took the case. After a at the Lunchin’ and Learnin’ Lecture
53-day trail, he won and the judge at Legends at 11:30 a.m. Mar. 7. Her
ordered the cement company to put topic is the transformation of the
dust collectors on its chimneys. Adobe building.
Garavanta became a local hero and Our next event is the annual din-
went on to serve as the first munici- ner for members and guests at 6 p.m.
pal judge in the ’50s and ’60s. Mar. 19 at Oakhurst Country Club.
The company closed the plant in Father Richard Mangini will give us
1947, when the workers went on some memories of growing up in
strike and management did not want Concord with a talk entitled “Playing
to meet their needs. Cops and Robbers.”
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By Jay Bedecarré KIANA MASON OF DIABLO FC 95 BLUE splits her defenders in an under 13 competitive game
Special to The Concordian
n simpler, slightly less hectic times, (MDSA) began in the Clayton Valley 60 yards by 120 yards, without trees or program only. In its inaugural 2008
I say 20 years ago, the youth sports
calendar was fairly well-defined for
parents and youngsters alike.
area in 1980. All of these groups, at one
time or another, operated under the
AYSO’s five tenets of “everyone plays,
other vegetation, were few and far
A group of local civic leaders and par-
season, teams competed in Hawaii,
Idaho, Arkansas and Florida. Diablo FC
teams won State Cup, regional and
In the fall, there was football and balanced teams, open registration, posi- ents did a large amount of fundraising North American championships.
soccer and during the winter, basket- tive coaching and good sportsmanship.” and worked with Cal State East Bay and The club participates under the
ball. Spring sprung and baseball and What more could a parent want? the city of Concord to build the Daniel national umbrella organizations of US
track came along with it. Finally in But growing enrollment and passion E. Boatwright Youth Sports Complex, Club Soccer, Super Y-League and US
summer, it was swimming or a well- for the sport rolled over into more com- which opened in 2000 on the Concord- (California) Youth Soccer Association.
earned rest for parents worn out from petitive programs, and that competition Clayton border. The city of Clayton Its 48 competitive teams for boys and
loading the minivan and hauling kids to wasn’t just on the field of play. The opened its community park a few years girls from under 9 through under 21
practices, games, meets and tourna- leagues in this area (and everywhere before then, also helping ease the play in leagues and tournaments local,
ments. else) competed to secure use of the crunch for field space. regionally and nationally.
Locally, the youth soccer scene has valuable but finite fields and then Somehow the needs and demand This year, WCSC is taking another
embraced all of those levels. The sport sought to fill those facilities with play- were met, and registration in soccer step by affiliating with the Women’s
exploded in participation over a quarter ers who now had choices where they continued to rise. The local leagues Premier Soccer League, an independent
century ago, when numerous organiza- could play. offered “K league” for 5- and 6-year-olds national league whose main focus is on
tions started to serve the ever-expand- As in every endeavor, the com- up to the highest age group of “under the development of highly competitive
ing need. petitive looked for more challenges 19.” This allowed athletes to play from amateur women’s soccer teams.
Parents found the sport met many of and Diablo Valley Soccer Club the time they entered kindergarten until The Walnut Creek Power is the local
their real and perceived needs for their (DVSC) evolved out of CAL in 1991 they left for college. team which will wear the same colors
children. It was a good means for their with a competitive program for the Today, a young person can play soc- as the WCSC youth teams. WCSC com-
children to get outdoor exercise, expo- Concord, Clayton, Pleasant Hill and cer year-round with Diablo FC or petitive teams play in CYSA and US
sure to competition and teamwork and Martinez area to match that WCSC. Someone looking back fondly on Club Soccer leagues, tournaments and
something almost every skill and size already offered by WCSC. A decade “the good ol’ days,” when soccer was a cup competitions. Yet true to its origi-
level could participate in without much later, Mt. Diablo Soccer League fall sport, can still play in MDSA, nal mission, 75 percent of the 2,900
fear of injury. (MDSL) sprang from MDSA with its Concord AYSO or WCSC from August players in WCSC are on the recreation
own competitive program. until November. The vast majority of level.
Soccer kicks in during Coming full circle, DVSC and MDSL participants in those recreation pro- MDSA has the largest Concord-based
the ’70s merged a year ago to form Diablo grams do just that. youth soccer program and draws 95 per-
The Concord Athletic League (CAL), Futbol Club. However, even the AYSO programs cent of its players from Concord and
1970, and Walnut Creek Soccer Club have expanded to add select programs Clayton. About 135 teams play each fall
(WCSC), 1971, were the first to offer Field space at a premium in the winter. and nearly 40 percent return for spring
organized recreation programs for local This explosion of interest in soccer league, a program that didn’t exist 20
residents. Concord American Youth put a strain on local municipalities and Playing at the elite level years ago.
Soccer Organization (AYSO) evolved school districts for use of fields. For the competitive player, there is “We believe the best way for kids to
out of a baseball group, Pacific Coast Concord had developed a tremendous coaching and training by former profes- learn soccer is to play. Therefore MDSA
League, with soccer initially the “second park system in the 1960s, before there sional and international players, and mandates that every player on all teams
sport” in the 1970s. It became soccer was even a thought of organized soc- leagues and tournaments that take play- play at least three quarters of every
only in 1986. cer. Baseball diamonds and basketball ers around the country.
The Mt. Diablo Soccer Association courts abounded, but flat grass spaces Diablo FC is a competitive soccer See Soccer, page 19
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Regional Commissioner JC Araujo age 5 and up whose physical or develop- on ellen
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MDUSD superintendent’s resignation
focuses board on budgetary resolution
the school district. The district and the District looks to parcel tax need to be cut on top of the existing cuts
By André Gensburger community face many challenges, and making a parcel tax even more pressing.
As the board focuses on ways to gener-
the board members felt that new lead- ate new revenue, it is hoped that a much- “All funds from the proposed ballot
ership was necessary to achieve many discussed parcel tax of $99 per year measure would be used here in our local
he much-anticipated Feb. 10
T announcement of the resignation
of Mt. Diablo Unified School
District (MDUSD) Superintendent
of the desired outcomes.
“Dr. Nicholl’s financial and education-
al experience will help ensure that the
district will be well-led while we begin
would help retain many of the educational
services in danger of being cut or already
cut, by raising $7.5 million per year. With
the just passed state budget, the district
elementary, middle and high schools to
support student achievement and build
a strong academic foundation for our
children,” trustee Paul Strange said on
Gary McHenry has cleared the way for
the search for a new superintendent.” estimates an additional $8 million will the MDUSD bog site. “The state could
a now-unified board to focus on the
not take a single dime.”
budget crisis that is already causing
In addition, none of the funding
school closures in other Bay Area dis-
could be spent on administrator salaries
and would be monitored by independ-
Assistant Superintendent Dick
ent citizen and mandatory annual
Nicholl was appointed interim superin-
audits. The tax would expire after five
tendent. McHenry will receive about
years and could not be renewed.
$150,000 with his resignation effective
“I think the new board majority has
in September 2009, although he will not
shown that it will take the lead in mak-
report to work. He also will have health
ing changes,” Strange said.
benefits through the remainder of what
The district hopes to have the parcel
would have been his contract term.
tax added to the special election that
“We now look to the future and ask
will be held on May 19.
our employees, parents and greater
Citizen input on the parcel tax plan is
community to work with us to improve
welcomed at the district meetings or
our district together,” trustee Gary
André Gensburger/The Concordian through email at
Eberhart said at the start of the board FRUSTRATION OVER BUDGET CUTS HAS BEEN BUILDING since parents and teachers demonstrated email@example.com.
meeting. “This is a time of change in during the governor’s 2007 visit.
Parent teacher groups strive for district
By Denisen Hartlove coming from the teachers for the basic,
The Concordian bare bones things at the school that the
district or the school is not able to pro-
ith budget cuts casting an vide simply because budgets have been
W ever-present dark shadow
over California education,
public schools are increasingly relying
slashed tremendously,” she said.
School crossing guards are funded by
the Ayers PTA as well, though not with-
on the efforts of parent teacher associ- out some bureaucratic hurdles. “PTA
ations to keep teachers supplied with insurance rules do not allow for PTA’s
day-to-day necessities. recruiting or coordinating volunteers for
Parents and administrators at sever- this, so we are reimbursing the school TRACI GOULD WORKS THE BEAN BAG BOOTH at a recent
al Mt. Diablo Unified School District district for lunchroom aides to cover the Ayers Elementary carnival. PTA groups increasingly rely on
fundraisers like these to support budget-starved programs
schools agreed that such clubs have crossing guard duties,” she said. Photo by Denisen Hartlove/The Concordian
provided an increasing level of support According to Jimmy Araujo, presi-
to cash-strapped schools. dent of the Pine Hollow Middle School
goods students can buy from the stu- She said donations to the PTSA are
“Basically, it helps us survive,” said Parent Teacher Student Association,
dent store with tokens awarded for waning. “In some of our families where
Gary Swanson, principal at Clayton his group banded together and helped
good behavior to teacher appreciation both parents have been laid off, getting
Valley High School in Concord. put in a video surveillance system to
lunches, basics such as paper for the membership drives is harder and fund-
Due to budget troubles, programs at reduce school crime, to the tune of
teachers to use on classroom projects raising becomes a lot tougher,” said
CVHS have had to be cut – including a $20,000. In addition, each year they
and contributions to the fees required Whitmarsh, who also noted that corpo-
career fair for students and supplies for allocate $200 to each teacher to pay
for teachers to become nationally rate donations have decreased.
teachers. As an example, Swanson for basic classroom supplies.
talked about a video series for teachers “The PTSA basically provides sup- The fundraising continues
“We used to get enough money
on how to deal with behavioral issues port to the teachers, to the principal Ayers Elementary School has also
through the district to fund that,”
in the classroom. and mostly to the kids,” Araujo said. seen fund-raising revenues go down.
Sherry Whitmarsh said of the board-
“Normally, we would have funding See’s Candy sales for the association
Parents also hard hit certification fees. “The schools don’t
for that,” he said. “But with the budget have dropped from $15,000 in previ-
Parent teacher groups aren’t get as much from the district level. The
the way it is, that’s all been frozen. They ous years to $8,000 last year, nearly a
immune to the effects of the recession, district doesn’t get it from the state –
(Parent Faculty Club members) stepped 50 percent reduction. This lack of
however. This problem is especially it’s the trickle-down effect.”
in and said, ‘We’ll take care of it.’ ” funds affects the group’s ability to sup-
acute at schools where median family Whitmarsh is a member of the
MDUSD Board of Education, as well as port areas such as crossing guards.
Helping fill the gap incomes are low.
The Ayers PTA is holding a
Kristi Buchholz of the Ayers At Oak Grove Middle School, about the parent of two children attending
Oak Grove Middle School and Ygnacio fundraiser on March 6 at Centre
Elementary Parent Teacher Association five-sixths of the students are on free
Valley High School in Concord. In her Concord, with parents paying $39 per
said that their group funds everything or reduced-cost lunch programs, and
remaining spare time, Whitmarsh also ticket to attend a dinner catered by
from basic classroom supplies to a fall the recession is hitting their PTSA
carnival for students and their families. especially hard. serves as vice president of the Oak
The PTSA funds everything from the Grove PTSA. See Parent-Teacher, page 21
“We’ve certainly seen the demand
March, 2009 The Concordian • www.myconcordian.com Page 21
Mt. Diablo student takes poetry to heart
By Mary Ellen Butler their literary heritage. 23 in Sacramento. The winner of that national finals in April in Washington,
The Concordian “I always liked Shakespeare and contest will represent California at the D.C.
drama,” Ridgley said before going on
avannah Ridgley, a freshman at stage. “When I saw ‘West Side Story,’ I
S Concord’s Mt. Diablo High
School, won a spirited third place
in a recent countywide poetry contest.
knew it was a version of ‘Romeo and
Ridgley’s father, Steve, and her
Out of 12 contestants from different sixth- and eighth-grade teachers at
high schools in Contra Costa County, Benicia Middle School encouraged her
Ridgley was propelled into the top budding interests. Now, Barbara
three by her animated delivery of Lamberti, Ridgley’s language arts
“Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll and teacher at Mt. Diablo, recognizes her
“Sonnet XVIII: Shall I Compare Thee potential.
to a Summer’s Day?” by William “Savannah is a very talented young
Shakespeare. lady,” Lamberti said. “I think she will
The second annual county finals of eventually go into the performing arts.”
the “California Poetry Out Loud” The competition proceeded smooth-
National Recitation Contest took place ly as each teen dramatized two selec-
Feb. 8 at the Dougherty Valley tions chosen from a long list of pub-
Performing Arts Center in San Ramon. lished poems. The seven judges scored
Sponsors included the National on several factors, including level of
Endowment for the Arts, Poetry difficulty, articulation, stage presence
Foundation, California Arts Council and overall impression. An enthusiastic
and the Arts and Culture Commission audience of students, families and
of Contra Costa County. teachers lent its support.
More than 800 students participat- Junior Diane Rodriguez of Monte
ed in the classroom preliminaries, from Vista in Danville came in first. Senior
which schoolwide winners were cho- Annelyse Gelman of Orinda’s
sen. The contest aims to help young Miramonte was second.
people master public speaking skills, Rodriguez will represent the county
build self-confidence and learn about in the state finals competition on Mar.
Parent-Teacher, from page 20
Elegant Occasions and take part in an them in the home and bring them into
auction for items donated by local us,” she reported. Mary Ellen Butler/The Concordian
SAVANNAH RIDGLEY, 15, MT. DIABLO HIGH SCHOOL ninth grader and third place winner in the
restaurants and museums. At CVHS, Swanson says that in addi-
countywide finals of the “California Poetry Out Loud” National Recitation Contest, cele-
“I’m a little worried about what’s tion to the PFC, students are getting brates her good showing with her Language Arts teacher Barbara Lamberti.
going to happen next year,” said involved in supporting their school. For
Buchholz, who is especially concerned example, students in the Renaissance
about crossing guard costs. “If our program provide recognition certificates
fundraising is not as successful this for students who have made special
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Developing a specialty in
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Construction and Trades or my first five years as a lawyer, time-consuming that I end up earning
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Granelli Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .858-3866
Straight Line Imports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .335-9801
F I worked for two large law firms
defending mostly car accident
cases. I represented the driver who was
less than minimum wage, or if we lose
(which rarely happens!) I earn nothing.
I feel confident that in most cases I
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Center for Dental Health & Rejuvenation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .930-8488 ver’s insurance company. more from the insurance company
Robert H. Waldman D.D.S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .682-6940 Since the law firms billed the insur- than they could going it alone.
Dining and Entertainment ance companies by the hour, my life Smaller cases involving a minor
Diablo Light Opera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .944-1565 revolved around filling my timesheet accident and minor neck and back
Concord Hilton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .349-2609 with billable hours every day and try- injuries (whiplash) might be the excep-
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Willows Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .798-1300 money by either defeating the claims or than they were 10 or 15 years ago. In
Education at least paying as little as possible on these types of cases, I get hired more to
Hope Academy for Dyslexics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .687-7555 them. take away the hassle of dealing with
Wood Rose Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .824-4644 I grew disillusioned with this use of the insurance company than for being
Financial Services my law license, so about 22 years ago I able to get the client more money.
Andre-Grimesey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .689-3000 switched sides and started representing If you are injured in a car accident,
CD Federal Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .825-0900 injured persons. Over the years, I have my advice is not to trust the insurance
Chaotic Cancellation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .330-2795 probably been involved in more than company. Although most adjusters are
College Planning Specialists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .627-3570 1,000 car accident cases. nice and perform their jobs ethically
Thomas J. Miller, CPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .354-1385 Overall, representing injured per- and responsibly, the fact is that their
Travis Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-877-8328 sons has been satisfying. Most of these interests and yours are not the same.
Fitness people have little experience with the I suggest you talk with a lawyer on
Curves for Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .603-7555 legal system and so they rely on me to the phone or in person. You can easily
Ladies Workout Express . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .408-8888 help them. Most clients are apprecia- find a personal injury lawyer who will
Traveling Trainers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .890-6931 tive of my work, though, of course, I agree to talk with you for free, includ-
Weight Loss Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .685-2858 always have some who are difficult to ing calling the Contra Costa Bar
Funerals work with, who exaggerate their Association Referral Service at 825-
Ouimet Bros. Concord Funeral Chapel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .682-4242 injuries, who malinger and who seem 5700.
Home and Garden to view getting injured in a car accident Beware of lawyers who have big ads
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Navlet’s Garden Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .681-0550 I represent injured persons on a vision or radio. In my opinion, most of
Nichols Landscape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-9955 contingency fee, meaning that I get them are looking for volume work.
Window Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .689-1930 paid by receiving a percentage (usually Also watch out for lawyers who tell
Homes and Housing 33.3 percent) of whatever we collect you what your case is worth when they
Bennison, John - J. Rockcliff Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .787-6965 from the insurance company. I like this meet with you or talk with you the first
Coates and Sowards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .408-371-8770 x 15 arrangement, because I have to per- time. These lawyers are just trying to
French, Lynne - Windermere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .672-8787 form to earn my money. Meanwhile, I get you as a client. A good lawyer
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g etting Three Springs Flower Walk
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 18. A mostly gentle
hike led by Sue Watson. Meet at MP14, pullout
in Concord. RSVP at 827-3380. The Historical
Society Resource Center is open 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays
and by appointment. Walking tours are available
parking at top of grade on Marsh Creek Road, for groups of five to 15 by appointment. 1601
Clayton. Sponsored by Save Mount Diablo. Heavy Sutter St., Suite E, F. 827-3380 or www.conhist-
rain cancels. Contact Sue at 254-4077 or sjwat- soc.org.
firstname.lastname@example.org. CONCORD LIONS CLUB meets 7 p.m. the third
Tuesday of the month, La Tapatia Mexican
Four Days Diablo Restaurant, 1802 Willow Pass Road, Concord.
April 29-May 2. Take in the 39-mile Diablo Trail Contact Liz at 687-3594.
from Walnut Creek to Brentwood with a small CONCORD MYSTERY BOOK CLUB meets 2:30 p.m.
ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT FUNDRAISERS group. www.savemountdiablo.org. the second Sunday of the month, Concord Library,
2900 Salvio St. 646-5455.
Creekside Arts Celebration Ayers PTA Dinner/Auction Diablo Trail Endurance Ride CONCORD ROTARY meets 12:15 p.m. Fridays,
6-8:30 p.m. March 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 7 6:30-11 p.m. March 6. “An Evening in Hawaii,” June 27. Save Mount Diablo offers its first recre- Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd. Contact
and 1-5 p.m. March 8. With the theme “Cultural with dinner by Elegant Occasions, to benefit Ayers ational opportunity for equestrians on this 30-mile Jerry at 675-1042.
Legacies … Reflections of Our Past,” this arts cele- Elementary School. $39 or 2 for $75. Centre limited distance and 50-mile endurance ride that
bration supports environmental education pro- Concord, 5298 Clayton Road. Contact Kristi at CONCORD SENIOR CLUB holds ballroom dancing,
starts and finishes at Castle Rock Park in Walnut
grams in the library’s certified wildlife habitat. 676-5215 or AyersPTA@astound.net. 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays
Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Road. 673-0659 or and 8-11 p.m. the second Saturday of the month.
www.creeksideartists.org. Sponsored by the Concord Senior Club. 2727
YV Athletic Boosters Parkside Circle, Concord. 798-4557.
“Above the Violet”
Dinner/Auction VOLUNTEERS CONTRA COSTA BLUE STAR MOMS CHAPTER 20
6-11 p.m. March 7. BBQ, auctions, music,
March 6-22. An OnStage fantasy for the entire members have sons and daughters in uniform. Visit
dancing and a raffle to benefit Ygnacio Valley High Adult Literacy Tutor Training
family. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., ccbluestarmoms.org. Social and support meeting,
School sports. $35. Centre Concord, 5298 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Walnut Creek. www.onstagetheatre.org or 943- 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month.
Clayton Road. Contact Natalie at 689-7690 or March 10 and 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 14.
SHOW. Business meeting, 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of
yvhsboosters.com. Volunteer are needed to help non-English speaking the month, Community Room, Concord Police
adults to read, write and speak English well Department, 1350 Galindo St. Contact Becky at
Mystery Sunday at the Library enough to function in our society. Diablo Valley 286-1728 or email@example.com.
2:30 p.m. March 8. Mystery authors Hailey Lind Markham Arboretum Plant Sale Literacy Council, 4000 Clayton Road, Concord.
and Janet LaPierre will speak. A free event spon- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 7. Featuring California $15. Call Shirley at 685-3881. CONTRA COSTA CHESS CLUB meets 7-9:30 p.m.
sored by the Concord Friends of the Library. native plants and more. Markham Nature Park and Thursdays, Starbuck’s, 1536 Kirker Pass Road,
Concord Library, 2900 Salvio St. 646-5455 or Arboretum, 1202 La Vista Ave., Concord. 681- American Red Cross Clayton. The club is an affiliate of the United
ccclib.org. 2968 or www.markhamarboretum.org. Blood Drive: 12-5 p.m. March 11. John Muir States Chess Federation and players of all ages
Medical Center, Ball Auditorium, 1601 Ygnacio and skill levels are welcome. Contact Mike at 639-
Valley Road, Walnut Creek. 800-GIVE-LIFE or 1987 or www.uschess.org.
“The Producers” Curves Food Drive
BeADonor.com. Code MUIR. CONTRA COSTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY meets at 7
Through March 15. Diablo Light Opera March 9-28. Curves is waiving its normal service
Volunteer Orientation: 10 a.m. March 10 and 3 p.m. the second Thursday of the month, Church of
Company launches its 50th anniversary season fee for any new member who brings in a bag of
p.m. March 13. Learn about the different ways to Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3700 Concord
with Mel Brooks’ blockbuster musical. Lesher non-perishable groceries and joins during the food
help. 140 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Contact Blvd., Concord. rootsweb.com/.~cacccgs/.
Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. drive to benefit local food banks. Anyone can drop
Mandy at 510-594-5211 or firstname.lastname@example.org-
943-7469 or www.lesherartscenter.org. off non-perishable food items Monday through CONTRA COSTA MINERAL & GEM SOCIETY meets the
Friday during business hours. 4375 Clayton Road, second Monday of the month at Centre Concord,
Concord. 603-7555. 5298 Clayton Road. 429-2748 or 779-0698 or
Through March 15. A comic musical tribute to CLUBS http://home.comcast.net/~contracosta
“guy groups” and hits of the ’50s. Willows Cabaret AMERICAN LEGION POST 171 meets the third
at the Campbell Theatre, 636 Ward St., Martinez. SCHOOLS/YOUTH Tuesday of the month. 5 p.m. social, 7 p.m. meet-
DIABLO NUMISMATIC SOCIETY, a coin-collecting
798-1300 or www.willowstheatre.org. club, meets 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the
ing. Concord Veterans Memorial Hall, 2290
Oak Grove Rummage Sale month, Veterans Memorial Hall, 2290 Willow Pass
Willow Pass Road.
2:45-5 p.m. March 13 and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Road, Concord. Contact Mike at 825-0649 or
Bookies Award Dinner B2F BUSINESS NETWORKING GROUP meets noon- email@example.com.
6 p.m. March 19. A fundraiser for Project March 14. Donations needed: clothes, shoes,
housewares, home decor, etc. Oak Grove Middle 1:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the
Second Chance with author Annie Barrows of "The DIABLO VALLEY DEMOCRATIC CLUB meets 7 p.m.
School, 2050 Minert Road., Concord. Call Martha month. Contact Lori at 998-8844 or lori@lori-
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society." March 18, with Pat Snyder championing the single
at 682-1843. hagge.com.
Dinner, plus live and silent auctions. Lafayette Park payer bill in California. Ygnacio Valley Library,
Hotel, 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd. $50. 723-5811. To CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CONCORD/CLAYTON 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. 946-0469
MAGNOLIA BRANCH meets 7-9 p.m. the first Monday or www.dvdems.org.
vote for your favorite book, visit ccclib.org/psc. Gehringer Park Swim Club
of the month in Concord. Contact Lori at 998-
11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 14; 4-6 p.m. April 8; 4-6 DIABLO VALLEY MACINTOSH USERS GROUP meets
8844 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” p.m. April 27. Sign-ups for Swim Clinic, Swim 6:30-9 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. Bert
Team and Swim Lessons. Club membership not CIRCLE OF FRIENDS meets the second Monday of Monroy presents Photoshop digital art March 17.
7:30 p.m. March 20-21; children’s matinee
required. 1790 Lynwood Dr. the month, Walnut Country Club, 4498 Lawson Bancroft Elementary School, 2700 Parish Dr.,
2:30 p.m. March 21. Diablo Ballet, along with
www.pozzifamily.net/gators. Ct., Concord. This women’s group builds relation- Walnut Creek. 689-1155 or www.dvmug.org.
dancers from the Ballet’s Apprentice and
ships and ties through educational presentations
Professional Intermediate Program and students DIABLO VALLEY WINGS, Chapter P of the Gold
and social events. Contact Lori at 998-8844 or
from Civic Arts Education. Lesher Center for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party email@example.com.
Wing Touring Association, meets the second
Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. 943-SHOW or 4 p.m. March 19. Children 3-12 are encour- Tuesday of the month. 6 p.m. social hour, with din-
www.lesherartscenter.org. aged to wear their craziest hats and follow the CLAYTON VALLEY GARDEN CLUB meets 7 p.m. the ner at 7 p.m. Sizzler, 1353 Willow Pass Road,
White Rabbit on a free adventure. Concord Library, second Wednesdays of the month, Diamond Concord. 686-3774 or www.GWTA-CA-DVW.org.
2900 Salvio St. 646-5455. Terrace, 6401 Center St., Clayton. Nancy Harvey
Quilt Show will speak on plant propagation March 11. Call
EAST BAY CASUAL HIKING GROUP is for all ages and
10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 21 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. abilities. Hikes range 3-9 miles or 2-4 hours. No
Dorothy at 672-2526.
March 22. Sponsored by the Guild of Quilters of Dream Interpretation for Teens membership fees. http://Hiking.Bondon.com.
Contra Costa County. The public will have an 7 p.m. March 19. Learn how to interpret your CLAYTON VALLEY WOMAN’S CLUB meets 9:30 a.m.
ELLEN’S GUILD meets 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the
opportunity to make blocks for quilts for the Quilts dreams with lifelong dream interpreter Steve for coffee, 10 a.m. meetings, second and fourth
second Tuesday of the month in various locations.
of Valor project. Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Klitzing. Pick up a couple of free2Dream clouds at Tuesday of the month, Holy Cross Lutheran Church,
The non-profit supports the Family Stress Center,
Road. www.contracostaquiltguild.org or 370-8677. the library, record your dreams and bring them to 1090 Alberta Way, Concord. Call Joyce at 672-
helping to make a difference in the lives of under-
the free event. Concord Library, 2900 Salvio St. 3850.
privileged children. Contact Karen at 820-2371 or
“On Golden Pond” 646-5455 or ccclib.org. CLUTCH BUSTERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB meets 7:30- firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer at 827-0212,
March 23-April 26. The Willows explores the 10 p.m. Thursdays, Mt. Diablo Woman’s Club, ext.107 or Jennifer.email@example.com.
enduring relationship between a couple who’ve Teen Book Club 1700 Farm Bureau Road, Concord. www.familystresscenter.org.
been together well over 50 years. Willows Theatre, 4:30 p.m. March 24. The next book is “My CONCORD ART ASSOCIATION meets 12:50-3 p.m. KIWANIS CLUB OF GREATER CONCORD meets noon
1975 Diamond Blvd., Concord. 798-1300 or Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult. Reserve your copy the second Tuesday of the month. Meetings include Wednesdays, The Old Spaghetti Factory, 1955 Mt.
www.willowstheatre.com. today. Concord Library, 2900 Salvio St. 646-5455 an educational program by an invited artist with Diablo St., Concord. Contact Sandra at
or firstname.lastname@example.org. demonstrations of various art forms. Concord 372-5348.
“Evita” Library, 2900 Salvio St. 646-5455.
KNITTING GROUP meets 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday
March 27-April 26. Contra Costa Musical CONCORD DIABLO ROTARY meets 12:15 p.m. of the month, Concord Library, 2900 Salvio St.
Theatre’s biography of iconic Argentinean First OUTDOORS Wednesdays, Marie Calendars, 2090 Diamond Free instruction and practice yarn provided; bring
Lady Eva Peron. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Blvd., Concord. Email Kathy at your own needles. 646-5455.
Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. www.ccmt.org or 943- 50K Diablo Trail Run email@example.com.
SHOW. ODD FELLOWS meet 3 p.m. the second and fourth
March 22. An ultra-marathon starting at Round CONCORD GARDEN CLUB meets 9:30 a.m. the Tuesdays of the month, Pacheco Lodge 117, 4349
Valley Regional Preserve in Brentwood, following third Tuesday of every month. Bethel Baptist Cowell Road, Concord. Call Herb at 682-7358.
Diablo Symphony the Diablo Trail to Castle Rock Park in Walnut Church, 3578 Clayton Road, Concord. Contact
Creek. The fundraiser for Save Mount Diablo REBEKAH’S LODGE meet 8 p.m. the first and third
2 p.m. March 29. Featuring Anni Hochhalter, Betsy at 687-2334.
includes post-race lunch and T-shirts. Check in at Thursdays of the month, Mt. Diablo Lodge 228,
French horn player and winner of the symphony's CONCORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S annual dinner for
Brentwood 7-7:45 a.m. $75, or $100 after March 4349 Cowell Road, Concord. Call Carmen at
2009 Yen Liang Young Artist Competition. Lesher members and guest is 6 p.m. March 19, Oakhurst
10. www.savemountdiablo.org or 947-3535. 672-5045.
Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Dr., Clayton.
www.diablosymphony.org or 943-7469. Father Richard Mangini will talk about growing up See Getting Out, page 24
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Women’s Discussion Group: For Lesbians,
High quality professional tax preparation Getting Out, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays.
Transgender Support Group: 7-9 p.m. the first
at a reasonable rate from page 23 Thursday of the month.
Men’s Discussion Group: For gay and bisexual
ROTARY CLUB OF CLAYTON VALLEY /C ONCORD men, 7-9 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of
SUNRISE meets 7 a.m. Thursdays, Oakhurst the month.
Tax Preparation, Planning & IRS Representation Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Dr., Clayton STROKE SUPPORT GROUP OF CONTRA COSTA
Meeting includes breakfast and features a speak- COUNTY, meets 7-9 p.m. March 9, Ball
Thomas J. Miller, Certified Public Accountant er. Contact Chuck at 689-7640 or
Auditorium, John Muir Medical Center, 1601
(925) 354-1385 firstname.lastname@example.org www. claytonvalleyrotary.org.
Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. The program
Local resident SCRABBLE CLUB meets 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. the is “Get Moving: Sports Programs for the
America Counts on CPAsSM second and fourth Saturdays of the month, Carl’s Disabled.” Attendees will then break up into three
Jr. Restaurant, 1530 Kirker Pass Road, Clayton. coping groups. Contact Ann at 376-6218.
Players of all ages and skill levels welcome. $3
fee per player. Call Mike at 639-1987 or
MEET THE AUTHORS AT CLAYTON BOOKS. Schedule of Mar. Events
SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL DIABLO VISTA meets
CITY COUNCIL meets 6:30 p.m. the first, second
3/10, Tues. 4pm . . . . . .Children's author & illustrator Elisa Kleven presents her new book the second, third and fourth Wednesdays of the
and fourth Mondays of the month in the City
Carousel Tale and will teach children how to make their own carousels. month at Sizzler, 1353 Willow Pass Road,
Council Chambers, 1950 Parkside Dr. The meet-
Concord. Call Gloria at 890-8255.
3/12, Thurs. 7pm . . . . .James Morrow, author of “Shambling Towards Hiroshima” and “The ings are televised live on Concord cable TV chan-
Philosopher's Apprentice.” TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL has numerous meet- nels 28 (Comcast) and 29 (Astound) and on the
ing locations, dates and times in the Concord city’s Website. A calendar of all city meetings with
3/15, Sun. 3pm . . . . . .Tilar Mazzeo, author of” Backlane Wineries of Sonoma County”,
area. www.toastmasters.org. Toastmasters on a link to meeting agendas is available at
followed by a free wine tasting at The Wine Thieves. Monday, 7 p.m., Aegis of Concord, 4756 www.cityofconcord.org. Contact City Clerk Mary
3/17, Tues. 7pm . . . . . .Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Rose Murphy, author of “Ella Young, Clayton Road. Contact Carie at 682-7211. Rae Lehman at 671-3495.
Irish Mystic and Rebel: From Literary Dublin to the American West.” Toastmasters on Tuesday, 7:15 p.m., John Muir
Hospital Concord Campus, 2730 Grant St., COMMISSION ON AGING meets 1:30 p.m. the
3/19, Thurs. 7pm . . . . .Gordon Pimm, bestselling Canadian author of “Leo's War.” Exclusive third Wednesday of the month, Concord Senior
Classroom A. Contact Marion at 686-1818.
U.S. appearance. Center, 2727 Parkside Circle. The commission
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 1525 meets 9 works to identify, improve and develop services
3/22, Sun. 3pm … Peter Beagle presents his new book “We Never Talk About My Brother.”
a.m. the second Saturday of the month. Veterans and opportunities for senior citizens in Concord.
Memorial Hall, 2990 Willow Pass Road, 671-3419.
Open: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily Concord.
COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE meets 6:30
5433 D Clayton Rd., Clayton WIDOWS /W IDOWERS CLUB meets for dinner, p.m. the third Tuesday of the month, Concord
In the Clayton Station brunch, theater, etc. This is not a dating service
(925) 673-3325 Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle. The
email@example.com www.claytonbookshop.com nor is it a grieving class, just a way to meet other Community Advisory Committee for the Concord
people. Contact Lori at 998-8844 or lori@lori- Community Reuse Project provides input on plan-
hagge.com. ning for the civilian reuse of the Concord Naval
Weapon Station and continued community out-
reach efforts. 671-3019.
COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMISSION meets 6:30
AL-A NON FAMILY GROUP meets 7:30-8:30 p.m. p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, City
Mondays, St. Martins of Tours Anglican Church Manager’s Conference Room, Wing A, 1950
and Preschool, 5294 Concord Blvd., Concord. Parkside Dr. The commission identifies housing,
(This is while construction is underway at St. neighborhood and social services needs within
Bonaventure’s Church, the normal meeting the community. 671-3283.
place.) If you are concerned about someone
else’s drinking, Al-Anon Family Groups can help. CONTRA COSTA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
For meetings in other Concord locations, call meets 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, County Administration
932-6770 or visit www.ncwsa.org/district. Building, 651 Pine St., Room 107, Martinez.
www.co.contra-costa.ca.us or 335-1900.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS . For local meetings,
See our website for call the Walnut Creek Service Center at 939- DESIGN REVIEW BOARD meets 5:30 p.m. the sec-
4155 or visit www.aa.org. ond and fourth Thursdays of the month, Center
coupons and specials! CARDIAC CARE SUPPORT GROUP Mended Hearts
Conference Room, Wing D, 1950 Parkside Dr.
The board reviews the design for each improve-
visitors meets 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the
ment for which a building permit, certificate or
Mention this ad to any month, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
or Concord campus. Affiliated with the American
other approval is required. The board also
reviews any matter referred to the board by the
TSBA affiliated business Heart Association, the group provides support to
patients and family members dealing with heart
Planning Commission, zoning administrator or
planning manager, 671-3152.
and get a special discount! HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION meets the second
CONTRA COSTA FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP for
patients dealing with leukemia, Hodgkin’s lym- Tuesday of the month. Most meetings are at 7
phoma, lymphoma and multiple myeloma meets p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 1950
7-8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month. Parkside Dr. The commission fosters positive
For further information please call 521-9922 Sponsored by the Leukemia Society. Call Sarah at human relations through education, cultural
exchange and community outreach. 671-3327.
947-4466, ext. 32797.
HIV/AIDS S UPPORT GROUP meets 7-9 p.m. the PARKS , R ECREATION AND OPEN SPACE COMMISSION
second and fourth Thursdays of the month, John meets the second Wednesday of the month. Most
Muir Medical Center, Concord campus. 674- meetings are at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers,
2190. 1950 Parkside Dr. 671-3440.
HOSPICE OF THE EAST BAY , offers support groups PLANNING COMMISSION meets the first and third
and workshops for adults, children and teens Wednesdays of the month. Most meetings are
experiencing grief. Widow and Widowers Support, held at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers,
6-8 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 9-March 30. 3470 1950 Parkside Dr. The commission develops and
Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill. 887-5678 or maintains the General Plan, develops specific
www.hospiceeastbay.org. plans as necessary, makes recommendations to
the City Council regarding proposed General
RAINBOW COMMUNITY CENTER (RCC) fosters a Plan amendments, and reviews planned district
sense of community among gay, lesbian, bisexual, developments, tentative subdivision maps and use
transgender, intersex and questioning (GLBTIQ) permit applications. 671-3152.
persons and enhances their lives by providing
social opportunities, health and wellness services, MAYOR ’S OPEN OFFICE : Concord Mayor Laura
political and educational programs and is guided Hoffmeister holds regular open office hours in her
by a commitment to acceptance and equality. All office at the Concord Civic Center, 1950 Parkside
meetings held at the RCC Office, 3024 Willow Dr. The mayor looks forward to talking to resi-
Pass Road, Suite 200, Concord. dents about any issues they wish to address. To
make a 20-minute appointment, call Mary at
Project CONNECT: Free HIV testing (results in 671-3158 during business hours.
less than 30 minutes)and counseling, 6-8 p.m.
the first and third Fridays of the month. MT. D IABLO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Board of
Education meets 7:30 p.m. March 3 and 24,
Youth Peer Support and Social Group: For LGBT
Dent Center, 1936 Carlotta Dr., Concord. 682-
youth ages 13-20. 3-8 p.m. Saturdays.
Queer Talk: LGBT Youth After-School Program,
4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays.
All listings are as of date of publication
Men’s HIV Support Group: 6:30-8 p.m. deadline. We encourage you to call or visit
Mondays. Websites to confirm dates, times, etc.
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a entertainment rts &
were tragically cut off, not in of much audience awe and envy. His
their prime but before they Jinx spends the vast majority of the
could even begin. They are time looking befuddled, but he truly
granted one chance to per- shines on "Cry," proving that even the
form the show they never saw boys with high, delicate voices can
realized and perhaps fulfill rock out with the best of them.
their destiny, thereby escaping Finally, Christopher Purdy displays
the rigors of afterlife limbo. the most surprising array of talents as
Directed and choreo- Smudge. Purdy’s moment to shine
graphed by the star of last comes whenever the songs allow him
season's "Little Shop of to display his impressive bass, particu-
Horrors," Ricard Rust, the larly on the Tennessee Ernie Ford hit
quartet of "Forever Plaid" puts “Sixteen Tons.” However, his voice is
on quite a show for four guys just one of the plethora of tricks he
who were en route to a gig at holds up his sleeve. Watch him care-
an airport bar when they met fully to see this piano virtuoso, fire
their demise. eater, and juggler at work.
Andrew Willis-Woodward The playlist of “Forever Plaid” reads
leads the group as Frankie, a like a list of Top 40 hits from the
stereotypical pretty boy leader 1950s and ‘60s. Some of the more
who cuts a mean figure in a familiar include “Catch a Falling Star,”
dinner jacket. He’s cute, that’s “Day-O,” “Love is a Many Splendored
for sure, but the script gives Thing,” and even a delightful doo-wop
him little to work with until version of the Beatles’ “She Loves
his eleventh-hour cheerleader You.” Audiences will be hard pressed
monologue. Still, Willis- not to want to hum along to their
Woodward is polished and favorites.
suave. What the script lacks in The onstage hijinks are only part of
meat, he more than makes up the fun. The production completely
for in sweet, enthusiastic opti- ignores the fourth wall from the outset
mism. and invites the viewers in on the fun
Photo by Judy Potter Tony Panighetti (Sparky), for a brief sing-along, as well as a spir-
FOREVER PLAID, A TRIBUTE TO 50S "GUY GROUPS," plays at the Willows Cabaret in Martinez, Feb. 16 – last seen on the same stage in “I ited rendition of “Heart and Soul.” If
Mar. 15. L-R: Tony Panighetti, Andrew Willis-Woodward, Robert K. Dornaus III, Chris Purdy. Love You, You’re Perfect, Now the rest of the performances play as
show. Check. Change,” provides much of the goofy well as the hilarity of opening night,
Jeanna Ross It’s official - the combination of comic relief. His wide-eyed innocence audiences are certainly in for a treat.
The Concordian "Forever Plaid" and the Willows’ (and enthusiasm for all things Perry “Forever Plaid” plays at the
ld-fashioned theater. Check. Campbell Theatre in Martinez is a Como) are like a reminder of all that Campbell Theatre in Martinez from
O Old-fashioned cabaret style.
Check. Old-fashioned doo-wop
perfect marriage of art and venue.
This four-man show centers
around a 1960s singing group who
was wonderful about the bygone era.
Robert K. Dornaus III is the first
tenor, and his bell tones are the object
through March 15.
For more information, call (925)
798-1300 or visit willowstheatre.com.
Group brings artists and quality art to the public
Diana Farias one exhibit annually, at John Muir Hospital in
Special to The Concordian Walnut Creek. This year, the exhibit is sched-
uled for mid-May through mid-June.
he Concord Art Association, founded in
Monthly meetings provide an opportunity for
1963, is an active group of artists showing artists to connect and learn from each other.
artwork in local businesses, entering After a short time of discussing business, a pro-
exhibits and competitions and providing fessional artist gives a demonstration on a medi-
instruction for their adult members. um such as painting china, fabric arts, wood-
Infusing our city with beauty, CAA’s Rotating working, portrait drawing and children’s book
Gallery is a display of members’ works available illustrations.
free of charge to local businesses. CAA sets up Meetings also offer members the chance to
the displays and replaces them every two share one work of art each month and to donate
months with something different. Businesses art books to be raffled off. For those who want
often eventually purchase pieces of the artwork. further instruction, a video library is available.
Though you may see artwork from CAA As an option for artists who can’t get out to
members at local libraries and other sites, it is JULIE LIMBERG IN HER STUDIO with Black Velvet, watercolor painting
probably an individual display. CAA holds only See Concord Arts, page 26 just completed.
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n celebration of its 15th anniversary, Diablo In addition to two evening performances, Diablo
Dancers adapt to I Ballet continues its highly ambitious season with
a presentation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,”
based on the play by William Shakespeare.
Ballet will present an abbreviated 45-minute family
matinee without an intermission. Afterward, atten-
dees will have the opportunity to meet and have their
Shakespeare’s This fantastical masterpiece, choreographed by
Julia Adams in 2003 for the Marin Ballet, is a collab-
pictures taken with their favorite characters.
One of the core performance groups that make their
‘Dream’ orative community production featuring many of the
10 principal members of the world-famous Diablo
home at the Lesher Center for the Arts, the Diablo
Ballet has performed in venues around the world with
Ballet, as well as dancers from the Ballet’s Apprentice dancers who have graced the ranks of ballet’s most
and Professional Intermediate Program alongside stu- prestigious companies, including the San Francisco and
By Jeanna Ross dents from Walnut Creek’s Civic Arts Education. Moscow ballets. Since the premiere in 1994, they have
The Concordian “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” consists of three presented the finest in contemporary and classical
interweaving tales involving four young lovers, the king works, as well as introduced hundreds of children to
and queen of the fairies and their meddlesome match- the arts through their educational programs.
making, and a group of actors preparing to perform a
play at court. The tangle of mortals and immortals has “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be performed
combined with the spectacle of the midsummer fairy at 7:30 p.m. March 20 and 21 at the Lesher Center
night to enchant audiences for hundreds of years. for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. The chil-
The play is one of Shakespeare’s most famous dren’s matinee will be 2:30 p.m. March 21.
comedies and will be seen in its original text at the For tickets, call 943-SHOW or visit
California Shakespeare Theater this summer. www.lesherartscenter.org.
each year. His prints, T-shirts and
Concord Arts, from page 25 other items are often autographed for
purchasers by the Blue Angels.
evening arts meetings in neighboring Association at Yosemite National As a contributing artist for the EAA
cities, CAA holds its meeting in the Park. Young Eagles program, he hopes his
afternoon. All members also receive a Her watercolor paintings were used art will inspire young people to pursue
monthly newsletter with arts as examples in “Creative Computer a career in aviation. As a service to the
announcements, art related events Tools for Artists,” a guide to computer local school community, he is avail-
and art opportunities. art by Pollard and Little. All of her able to give free classroom presenta-
paintings are for rent or for sale and tions about his art and aviation. They
Finding a connection commissions are accepted. She can be include a video, models and painting
Concord resident Julie Limberg contacted at 685-3791. samples.
joined CAA in the ’80s as she was get- Artist Rhu Bigay joined CAA in Bigay has been featured interna-
ting back to painting after many years. 1999, about eight years after he began tionally in newspapers, art publica-
She wanted to know more about art in painting as an Army retiree. The tions, on TV and in numerous maga-
this community and what was new. Concord resident has given demon- zines, most recently in Filipina. His
CAA provides that for her, and she strations at CAA meetings on framing latest project, a tribute to the five U.S.
enjoys being with other artists to com- and marketing design. military branches, is headed to the
pare and discuss art. She also receives Air Show Blues is his full-time busi- RHU BIGAY STANDS NEXT TO HIS BEST SELLING State Capitol in Sacramento.
ongoing education from the meeting “AMERICA REMEMBERS,” in remembrance of the For more information on Bigay,
ness and he is known, unofficially, as
demonstrations and takes weekly trips World Trade Center Twin Towers. The origi- visit www.airshowblues.net, email air-
the Blue Angels Artist. One of his nal hangs in the White House. The photo
with other members to find new sites paintings is at the White House. The firstname.lastname@example.org or call 686-5133.
was taken at the Salinas Air Show.
and subjects. commissioned commemorative paint-
Limberg creates about 35 realistic ing shows the World Trade Center’s birds. All are carefully researched The Concord Art Association’s next
floral and landscape watercolors every Twin Towers. A commissioned ink using models, books and war movies. meeting is 12:50-3 p.m. March 10 at
year, with about 23 works in the stipple of John Paul II is in the Bigay travels several times a year to the Concord Library, 2900 Salvio St.
Rotating Gallery. She also has works Vatican art collection in Rome. West Coast air shows to sell his cre- Annual membership is $20. For more
in exhibition at Gallery Concord, His aircraft style started several ations. He says it gives him an oppor- information, email
Valley Art Gallery and John Muir years ago while trying to capture a tunity to express his patriotism. Most ConcordArtAssociation@yahoo.com.
Hospital. scene of Mt. Diablo. Military helicop- of his commissions are from people To inquire about the Rotating
She has won numerous awards in ters happened to fly into view, and his who want to honor a family member. Gallery, contact Carolyn Young at
California Watercolor Association, decision to include them in his paint- His next local display will be at 609-9799. To view the online gallery
Contra Costa County and California ing led Bigay to a new career – oil Buchanan Airport’s Open House, 10 and for a current list of Rotating
state juried exhibitions and is a guest paintings of historically accurate and a.m.-4 p.m. June 21. You can also find Gallery locations, visit www.interak-
art instructor for the Yosemite meticulously detailed U.S. vintage war him at San Francisco’s Fleet Week tv.com/concordart/index.htm.
Concord Rotary Endowment presents our ANNUAL SPRING FLING
AN EVENING AT MOULIN ROUGE!
Sat. March 15 Casino Games
before and after dinner
Hilton Concord Roulette, blackjack, craps & poker
Festivities Begin at 6 p.m. Raffle Tickets
Complimentary wine bar before dinner Win great prizes that you can choose!
Silent & Live Auction Dancing
Bid on get-away trips, to the sounds of “Oldies bu Goodies”
exotic dinners and more by our favorite D.J., Souza Sounds
Concord Rotary & Concord Rotary
Endowment’s community service projects
including: Dictionaries for
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Contact Tina Akins at 925-260-8462 or email@example.com
March, 2009 The Concordian • www.myconcordian.com Page 27
Willows Theatre stages award- ‘Violet’ a fantasy for all ages
winning ‘On Golden Pond’
By Gary Carr difficulties faced by a couple in the
Special to The Concordian twilight years of a long marriage.
“It’s a play about the seasons of
f you want to pick a theater mas- life,” says Elliott.
terpiece about marriage that sits “Happily for Norman, getting to
at the opposite end of the spec- know his new grandson allows him to
trum from “Who’s Afraid of Virgina remain in the Indian Summer of his
Woolfe?”, you’d hardly do better than years,” he explains. “Norman benefits
“On Golden Pond.” from his relationship with the boy, as
Ernest Thompson’s exploration of does Ethel, who wisely waits and
the enduring relationship between a watches as Norman’s transformation
couple who’ve been together well over takes place.” Courtney Sanderson and Concord’s Candace
50 years has won a trunkload of Elliot feels fortunate to reunite Carter share a moment
awards and is a favorite of three gen- Grant and Klitsner. “They’ve run the
erations of audiences. gamut in previous shows staged all
The Willows Theatre presents “On over the Bay Area, playing husband By Jeanna Ross plays “Vows,” “Eulogy” and
Golden Pond” beginning March 23. and wife, middle-aged lovers, arch- The Concordian “Christenings.” All three premiered at
The show is directed by Richard rivals and once I think Barbara even OnStage.
his month, OnStage Pleasant Directed by Randall Nott, an
Elliott and stars veteran regional the- played Stu’s daughter,” he notes.
ater actors Barbara Grant and Stu The original 1979 production of Hill presents “Above the award-winning playwright and 30-
Klitsner. “On Golden Pond” won a Tony and Violet,” a new production by year OnStage veteran, “Above the
five Drama Desk Alamo playwright Laura Means Violet” is intended to entertain the
Awards, including Berchdorf. entire family. As all worthwhile chil-
Outstanding New The fantasy revolves around a dren’s stories do, it works to engage
Play. The 1981 film third-grade girl who works to make all ages on multiple levels.
version won three amends with her fifth-grade brother The production design incorporates
Academy Awards after she accidentally spoils a sur- the original illustrations of San
and seven nomina- prise. In her quest, she opens a world Francisco Chronicle political cartoon-
tions, including of outrageous characters. ist Barry Hunau, as well as impressive
Best Actress for “Above the Violet” is the first of images from space, courtesy of the
Katherine Berchdorf’s plays to cater to a younger Hubble telescope.
Hepburn, Best audience. “This is the fifth full-length
Actor for Henry play that I’ve had produced,” says “Above the Violet” runs March 6-
Fonda and Best Berchdorf. “The first four were geared 22 on the Knights Stage at the Dean
Adapted toward adult audiences, but being the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic
Screenplay. Jane mother of three kids myself, my own Dr., Walnut Creek. For more infor-
Fonda was nomi- children were tired of not being mation, visit ww.onstagetheatre.org
nated for Best allowed to see the shows. I promised or call 943-SHOW.
Supporting Actress. this would be a show for the
“I love this play,” whole family and I’m making
Elliott says. “It’s good on it.”
The production is much more
BARBARA GRANT AND STU KLITSNER star in The Willows production of full of feelings that
come from the heart, than just a family show for
“On Golden Pond.”
and yet it’s very nat- Berchdorf. Producer Helen
“On Golden Pond” focuses on aging uralistic. The set for the summer Means, OnStage Theatre’s
couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, house will be photographically realis- founder, is Berchdorf’s mother.
who spend each summer at their tic, full of details – right down to the Means also appears onstage in
home on a lake called Golden Pond. cobwebs in the corner.” the production, along with Candy
During the year the story takes place, Carter and Joyce Tubb of
they are visited by daughter Chelsea “On Golden Pond” runs March 23- Concord.
with her fiancé and his son in tow. April 26 at the Willows Theatre, 1975 Berchdorf has quite the histo-
The play explores the often turbulent Diamond Blvd., Concord. ry with OnStage Theatre. She is
relationship the young woman shared For tickets, call 798-1300 or visit best known for the “Life Cycles DILLON AURELIO-PERATA AND EVAN LACHMAN, two of
with her father growing up and the www.willowstheatre.com. Trilogy,” which included the the performers in “Above the Violet.”
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Violinist brings joie de vivre to symphony audience
By Mary Ellen Butler Born in Romania, Stoian trained
The Concordian there and in Germany. She has
played throughout Europe and in
orina Stoian, a violinist who Israel and won several international
C has won raves in Europe and
more recently in Northern
California, made her East Bay debut
prizes. According to one German
review, Stoian “captivated (listen-
ers) with her musicality, bewitched
during the Diablo Symphony’s Feb. with her passionate sound and daz-
15 concert in Walnut Creek. zled with her technical refinement.”
Based on the reaction of the sym- In 2006, Stoian came to the
phony’s conductor as well as the United States and now divides her
Lesher Center audience, Stoian’s time between Sacramento and
guest performance was equally well- Germany. In addition to the Diablo
received here. Symphony, she has performed in
As part of the day’s theme of Auburn, Angels Camp and Sutter
“Celebrating the Music of France,” Creek.
Stoian played Violin Concerto No. 3
by French composer Camille Saint- For more information on upcom-
Saens. She earned sustained ing performances, visit www.dia-
applause and an enthusiastic blosymphony.org or call 943-7469.
Diablo Symphony conductor
Joyce Johnson-Hamilton called
Stoian “a brilliant soloist.” Audience Get your business
member Denis Smith of Martinez,
who played violin with the sympho- noticed
ny from 1980 to 1985, said Stoian’s in the ARTS and
intonation, phrasing and articula- AWARD-WINNING GUEST SOLOIST CORINA STOIAN has performed in Europe, Northern California ENTERTAINMENT section
tion were first rate, especially since and now Walnut Creek
the concerto is “a difficult piece.”
of The Concordian.
Nancy St. Germaine of Concord, Hochhalter, French horn player and contributions from individuals,” he
another violinist in the audience, winner of the symphony’s 2009 Yen
Liang Young Artist Competition.
said. “And since the orchestra mem-
bers are not paid, they play for the
said Stoian’s work was “excellent.”
Stoian’s appearance highlighted The May 10 program will feature the sheer love of the music.”
the third of the symphony’s five Contra Costa Children’s Chorus.
scheduled concerts during its 46th Founded in 1962, the Diablo
season. The fourth program, on Symphony is the oldest symphony of
March 29, will spotlight Anni professionally trained musicians in
Contra Costa County.
Its first concert was
held in a music room
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