Opportunity Junction is recruiting students for its Administrative Careers Training and Health Care Career Pathway programs, which both start classes in early September.
The nonprofit offers the 12 weeks of classes free of charge for low-income qualifying applicants. Training is available in office computer applications, academic enhancement and life skills. After training, paid internships are offered for up to four months. Case managers offer support, ensuring links to child care, health care, food, transportation and other essential services. Meanwhile, a licensed clinician will provide therapy to address trauma and other issues that may hinder employment.
Interns also engage in comprehensive career-building activities, including skills assessment, job searching, resume practice and cover letter preparation and interview. Alumni services include ongoing career counseling and case management, helping alumni maintain employment, obtain a raise or promotion and, if needed, search for new employment.
For more information, go online to opportunityjunction.org/careers/administrative or opportunityjunction.org/careers/cna-training. Interested job seekers can also attend drop-in information sessions at 10 am Monday’s in Opportunity Junction’s office at 3102 Delta Fair Blvd. in Antioch. For details, email Annabelle Villanueva at [email protected]
— Opportunity Junction
Liberty High grad serving in Navy’s nuclear mission
A Brentwood native is serving in the US Navy at Oklahoma’s Tinker Air Force Base as part of the nation’s nuclear deterrence mission at Strategic Communications Wing One.
Its TACAMO (“Take Charge and Move Out”) mission provides airborne communication links to nuclear missile units of US Strategic Command. Petty Officer 1st Class Gabe Arcaina, a 2007 Liberty High School graduate, joined the Navy 12 years ago.
“I joined the Navy to honor my grandmother’s last wish for me to better myself, improve my opportunities and serve my country,” said Arcaina. “It was an opportunity to see the world. My family moved to California in the 1970s from the Philippines, and it was important for us to give back.”
Arcaina uses skills and values similar to those found in Brentwood to succeed in the Navy.
“My hometown taught me basic life skills of hard work, time management, discipline, respect, positivity and common sense,” said Arcaina. “I did then, and still participate in martial arts, which have taught me many positive lessons.”
The Navy’s presence aboard an Air Force base in the middle of America may seem like an odd location given its distance from any ocean. However, the central location allows for the deployment of aircraft to both coasts and the Gulf of Mexico at a moment’s notice. This quick response is key to the success of the nuclear deterrence mission.
The Navy command consists of a wing staff, the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, and three Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadrons: The “Ironmen” of VQ 3, the “Shadows” of VQ 4 and the “Roughnecks” of VQ 7. Arcaina serves as an aviation electronics technician with VQ 4.
Strategic Communications Wing One employs more than 1,300 active-duty sailors and 100 contractors to provide maintenance, security, operations, administration, training and logistic support for the Boeing E-6 Mercury aircraft fleet, an airborne command post and communications relay based on the Boeing 707.
Their mission stems from the original 1961 Cold War order known as ‘Take Charge and Move Out!’ Adapted as TACAMO and now the command’s nickname, the men and women of TACAMO continue to provide a survivable communication link between national decision makers and the nation’s nuclear weapons.
The commander-in-chief issues orders to members of the military who operate nuclear weapons aboard submarines, aircraft or in land-based missile silos. Sailors aboard TACAMO E-6 Mercury aircraft provide the one-of-a-kind and most-survivable communication needed for this critical mission.
As Arcaina and other sailors continue to perform missions, they take pride in serving their country in the United States Navy.
“Being a part of that one percent of the population of service members set forward to protect the nation we love makes me very proud,” Arcaina added. “I’m honored to provide protection for those back home.”
For more information, visit bayareane.ws/libertyhighsailor online.
— Navy Office of Community Outreach
Get tickets by Sept. 2 for Rotary Club’s ‘Night in Havana’
“Dancing with the Cars — A Night in Havana” is almost here. The fundraising event will be Sept. 9 from 6 to 8:30 pm on the Orinda Library’s outdoor upper plaza. Order tickets by Sept. 2 (the price is $105 per person) at orindarotary.org. If friends buy separately, use the lead guest’s last name in the “badge” box on the ticket page to be seated together.
The auction prizes lineup is a winner, with golf packages including the Blackhawk and Moraga clubs, catered dinner, gift certificates to restaurants such as Postino, Agrodolce and Rancho Cantina gift baskets, and more.
The sponsors are winners too: Orinda Rotarians, Orinda Parks and Rec; gold-level sponsors Davidon Homes, Mechanics Bank, Park Place Wealth Advisors and STE Global; and silver-level sponsors E’s Auto Service & Repair, Rodney Lal/Prime Vintage Realty, Muir Opthalmology, Old Republic Title Co., Orinda Medical Group, Orinda Shell Auto Care; and event sponsors Casa Orinda, Engeo Inc., Future Hyundai of Concord and Orinda Optometry Group. Enjoy a noche fabulosa on Sept. 9!
— Rotary Club of Orinda
CENTRAL CONTRA COSTA
Grief ministry to hold Thursday meetings through Dec. 8
The death of a loved one is unlike any other loss. Grieving people need time and space to honor their grief and figure out how to keep on living when their loved one has died. Please join Catholics of Pleasanton for our upcoming meetings held at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church at 4001 Stoneridge Drive in Pleasanton.
Our schedule will be as follows: 7 pm Thursdays, Sept. 8 and 22; Oct. 6 and 13; Nov. 17; and Dec. 8. There is no advance registration, but please arrive a little early to check in. The meetings are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation.
For a short video explaining our grief program and additional information, visit youtu.be/K7468pu5xoE online. If you have additional questions, please go to catholicsofpleasanton.org/grief-ministry or call Barbara at 925-846-3904.
— Catholics of Pleasanton
Community grant applications being accepted till Oct. 14
The Walnut Creek Civic Pride Foundation (WCCPF) is accepting applications until an Oct. 14 deadline for its 2022 Community Grant Program.
Ranging from $250 to $2,500, the grants will be for community-based recreation, cultural or educational programs and services provided by Walnut Creek nonprofits. The online grant application system is available through the WCCPF website at WCCivicPride.org.
Speaker at garden club’s next meeting to discuss olives
The Walnut Creek Garden Club meets the second Monday of the month at 9:30 am in The Gardens at Heather Farm at 1540 Marchbanks Drive in Walnut Creek. The Sept. 12 program is “Olive Trees, Olives and Olive Oil” by our guest speaker, Nate Bradley, owner of Amphora Nueva, a family-owned Lafayette store selling olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Bradley’s website is amphoranueva.com. You are invited to attend our program and consider becoming a WCGC member. For more information visit our website at walnutcreekgardenclub.org. We look forward to meeting you.
Learn about growing cool-season vegetables on Sept. 8
The Lafayette Garden Club’s (LGC) monthly meeting starts at 10 am Sept 8 in the city’s Veterans Hall at 3780 Mount Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette. Randall Barnes, a horticulturist from Lafayette’s Orchard Nursery, will focus on how to grow cool-season vegetables.
Barnes’s education in horticulture and landscaping covers all aspects of growing all varieties of plants, and growing vegetables is a special interest shared with his father. Also, he says enthusiasm for fine dining, cooking and healthy eating adds to the enjoyment of growing one’s own vegetable.
It is free to attend. If interested please contact [email protected] for more information. For attendees who are fully vaccinated, masks are optional. For those who are not, masks or proof of a recent negative test are required the day of the meeting.
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