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CarFit helps seniors improve ”fit” of their cars

A CarFit event to help older drivers improve the “fit” of their vehicle”s safety and comfort is planned May 2.

The Pleasant Hill Commission on Aging will host the CarFit session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at 555 Boyd Road, in Pleasant Hill.

The community-based program also promotes conversations among older adults and their families and provides resources help them drive safely longer.

The 20-minute appointments are free, but reservations are required. To register, call the city of Pleasant Hill at 925-671-5221 by April 29.

For more information about the program, go to www.car-fit.org.

Dog wash fundraiser

to help Dogs4Diabetics

A dog wash fundraiser to benefit Dogs4Diabetics will be held at participating Pet Food Express locations Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19.

All proceeds from the sale of self-service pet washing tokens will be donated to Dogs4Diabetics, which trains medical-alert assistance dogs to protect insulin-dependent diabetics.

Using their sense of smell, the dogs warn their handler of the chemical change in their body before it becomes a serious medical issue. Dogs also provide companionship and support for patients with diabetes.

“Dogs4Diabetics estimates the direct cost associated with their dogs in training at $25,000,” said Christy Gillham, D4D”s director of development, in a news release. “And that does not include the costs for the ongoing support services provided to clients the working life of their dog.”

Participating locations include: 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill; 1388 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek; 3610 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette; and 5404 Ygnacio Valley Road and 785 Oak Grove Road, Concord.

For more information, go to http://bit.ly/1anD9Hu.

Blue Star Moms collect for July Fourth packages

Blue Star Moms are collecting for Fourth of July care packages, and preparing to send them to troops overseas.

For a list of acceptable items and drop-off sites, go to http://www.ccbluestarmoms.org/PDFs/CarePackageFlyer.pdf.

Those interested in having a package sent to troops should send the APO or FPO address to carepackageaddresses@ccbluestarmoms.org, along with approximate end-of-deployment date.

Cash donations are also welcome as postage for each package is $15.45.

For more information, contact www.ccbluestarmoms.org, or 925-686-3944.

Crime prevention classes for residents

The Concord Police Department Code Enforcement Unit will host crime prevention classes for homeowners, property owners and business owners from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 22 and 29, at Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road.

Using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, participants will learn how to maintain their property to improve quality of life and reduce crime and the fear of crime in their neighborhoods.]

Each class is limited to 80 people per session and attendance is free.

To register for the April 22 class, go to http://whoozin.com/TFA-JV3-GWFJ.

To register for the April 29 class, go to http://whoozin.com/GER-79D-YTPR.

For more information, call Sgt. Ross Norris at 925-671-3075.

Pleasant Hill to hold local ”Amazing Race”

The Amazing Race of Pleasant Hill will be held from noon to 4 p.m. May 3, starting at Magoo”s Grill, 1250 Contra Costa Blvd., in Pleasant Hill.

Based on TV show, the race challenges participants with clues and activities at city locations. Cost is $50 per team, and proceeds benefit the Foundation for Pleasant Hill Education school grants.

For more information, go to www.fphe.org.

Ygnacio Valley High sets Hall of Fame dinner

Ygnacio Valley High School Hall of Fame will hold its induction dinner on May 2, in the Clubhouse at Boundary Oak, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek.

Social gathering starts at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m.

Inductees include Rick Schaer ”66, Tara Flanagan ”81, Tom Duncan ”67, Lee Blakeney ”80, Michelle Maffei McConnell ”99, David Cutaia ”68, and coaches Ted Bogios and Bob Giardina.

Contact Debbie Carlin at 925-518-8455 or wccarlin@astound.net for more information.

Ford TriMotor tour to stop at Buchanan Field

The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 393 will offer Ford TriMotor airplane rides to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 1-3, at Buchanan Field Airport, 550 Sally Ride Drive, in Concord.

The cost is $70 per person in advance, or $75 on-site. Children 17 and younger are $50. Ground viewing is free.

EAA Chapter 393 is the local nonprofit chapter of the national Experimental Aircraft Association. Membership includes approximately 40 local pilots who help promote aviation in the community.

To book a flight or for additional information, visit www.eaa393.org.

Grant will help increase food access in Concord

The Pacific Coast Farmers” Market Association, which operates the Tuesday and Thursday Concord farmers markets at Todos Santos Plaza, in partnership with the Ecology Center in Berkeley, is among the organizations that will benefit from a $3.7 million Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

The grant will allow PCFMA to match CalFresh purchases dollar-for-dollar for the next two years through the Market Match program, increasing access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables for more than 5,000 low-income families across 60 farmers markets in the Bay Area.

With the grant, PCFMA will be able to double the buying power of CalFresh by matching redemptions up to $10 year-round for the next two years. It is hoped the program is up and running at the Concord markets in early May. For information, call 800-949-3276 or visit www.marketmatch.org.

Four-day ”glamping” trip set for Mount Diablo

Save Mount Diablo is hosting Four Days Diablo, a “gently roughing it” camping trip of hiking and gourmet dining from Walnut Creek to Brentwood via Mount Diablo”s parks.

Participants can explore mountain landscapes with guides while the staff hauls the gear and sets up camp as local chefs from restaurants prepare meals.

Four Days Diablo is from Wednesday, April 29-Saturday, May 2. The cost is $950. Proceeds benefit Save Mount Diablo”s preservation programs. Space is limited. For reservations, call 925-947-3535. For more information, go to www.savemountdiablo.org.

ARF to hold pet festival Animals on Broadway

ARF”s free pet festival, Animals on Broadway, will be held Sunday, May 17, at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek.

It kicks off with a one-mile fundraising Pet Walk to help reach the $85,000 goal to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats. For information and registration, visit www.arflife.org.

There will be pet adoptions, rescue groups, vendor booths, contests, demonstrations, prizes and dog wash, and a Kid Zone with pet-themed activities. The Pet Wellness Fair offers veterinary services for a small donation.

For more information, visit www.arflife.org.

Email kbennett@bayareanewsgroup.com.

CCTA to conduct bike/pedestrian counts

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority will conduct traffic and bicycle/pedestrian counts and vehicle turn movements throughout the county in April and May.

In Concord, the counts will take place at major intersections on Treat Boulevard and Ygnacio Valley Road.

CCTA is the congestion management agency for the county, and as such, CCTA must update its congestion management program every two years.

The program outlines managing regional transportation within the county. Biannual traffic monitoring is part of the program.

For information, contact Concord Transportation Manager Ray Kuzbari at 925-671-3129 or visit www.ccta.net.

CHP is seeking senior program volunteers

The California Highway Patrol is seeking members for its Senior Volunteer Program.

CHP senior volunteers provide a visual presence around local school zones, assist in the instruction of traffic safety programs, help maintain patrol vehicles, keep critical equipment operating, and help process essential paperwork.

Those interested in becoming a senior volunteer with the California Highway Patrol, Contra Costa Area Office, should call 925-646-4980 or visit the office, at 5001 Blum Road, Martinez.

Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and closed on federal and state holidays.

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