The city of Oakley encourages local nonprofit organizations to apply for $180,000 in grants of up to $15,000 each that are now available to groups that serve a wide range of needs.
The grants are funded by the city’s allocation of the American Rescue Plan Act Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. Last year, Oakley received $10.2 million in ARPA funding to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic crisis. Of that the City Council set aside $180,000 to support local nonprofits.
The city is now accepting applications from registered nonprofits for projects that meet grant guidelines and are aligned with the city’s goals and priorities. The deadline is May 19. For details, go to ci.oakley.ca.us/grants-for-nonprofits.
Tickets on sale now for May 14’s Taste of Oakley event
The annual Taste of Oakley will be held on May 14 at the Oakley Recreation Center, 1250 O’Hara Ave. This event gives Oakley-based restaurants and caterers an opportunity to highlight their cuisine and allows guests a chance to sample dishes from a variety of local businesses.
This event typically sells out, so organizers suggest buying tickets early. The following restaurants, caterers and grocers will be participating, serving delectable appetizers, sample entrees and desserts: Girard’s Catering, Wanna Waffle?, Polar Bear Rolled Ice Cream, Sabrina’s Pizzeria, Lucia’s Baked Delights, Skipolini’s Pizza, Stacy’s Cakes, Sprinkle Cookie Co. and Hella Mas.
Tickets are $12 and are available at secure.rec1.com/CA/oakley-ca/catalog. Tickets can also be purchased at the Recreation Center during regular business hours (weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm, closed the first and third Friday of each month).
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Schools finish bond refinancing, saving taxpayers $49M
The Mount Diablo Unified School District recently completed the refinancing of $198 million in general obligation bonds begun last year, increasing savings to taxpayers from an estimated $48.7 million to nearly $49 million. This will save district property owners an additional $300,000 in taxes over the next 16 years above original expectations.
The district took advantage of interest rates near all-time lows due to the COVID pandemic and economic uncertainty to refinance bonds originally sold in 2011 and 2012, when interest rates were higher, and the school board approved the refinancing on Aug. 25. Last October , the district paid off nearly $30.3 million of the total. District officials expect to close on refinancing the remaining $167.98 million next month.
District voters approved the prior bonds in 2002 and 2010. The bond funds were used to build school facilities and provide for renovations and classroom improvements. Interest rates on the old bonds ranged from 3.5% to 5.5%, while the borrowing cost for the new bonds ranges from 0.08% to 1.79%. This difference will save property owners $48,998,846.
Group’s fundraiser supports education of children in need
Yours Humanly, a global nonprofit that transforms the lives of children in need through the power of education, held its 2022 Gift of Schooling Gala fundraiser March 19 at the Diablo Country Club, raising $220,000 to support its educational projects and programs that benefit children in Cambodia , Haiti, India, Nepal, the Philippines and the United States.
Emcee Juliette Goodrich, the Emmy Award-winning KPIX Channel 5 CBS television news anchor, and guest speaker Cherise Khaund, a member of the Mount Diablo Unified School District’s board of directors, shared personal perspectives about Yours Humanly and the impact the nonprofit has had on thousands of children in local neighborhoods and around the world.
visit YoursHumanly.org for more information and to view the event video that showcases Yours Humanly’s work over the past two years on behalf of children in need.
Area students invited to learn about careers in healthcare
Owners and staff at Muir Oral, Facial & Dental Implant Surgery in Walnut Creek want to help local students who are interested in healthcare careers get on the right track. The oral surgery practice is organizing its second Academic Advantage event.
The free healthcare symposium will take place virtually at 6:30 pm April 27. East Bay students can RSVP from now until then at muiroralsurgery.com/academicadvantage. Academic Advantage events give students from middle school through college and their parents the opportunity to gain inside knowledge about the healthcare field from local medical professionals.
Attendees will learn when and how to start planning for a career in healthcare; get tips on preparing for college and medical school; hear about a day in the life of a medical and dental professional; learn what to expect from a career in medicine; find out what it’s like to be an entrepreneur and a doctor; and get a breakdown of the various healthcare career paths. Two $500 scholarships and a day of mentoring with Dr. Nestor Karas in Walnut Creek will be up for grabs.
Take preschool through third grade kids to Science Day
Make a volcano explode, shoot a rocket, make slime, dig for dinosaur bones and test your senses. These will be just a few of the many hands-on activities at the 45th annual Lafayette Nursery School Science Day. The experiments are designed for children from preschool age through third grade. It’s a great experience for the whole family. Proceeds are donated to a local math or science-based charity.
The cost is $5 per child, and Science Day will be from 10 am to 1 pm May 7 at Lafayette Nursery School (LNS), 979 First St. For more Information: Call LNS at 925-284-2448 or visit the school’s website at lafayettenurseryschool.org.
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