“Heart of Larkspur” Event Draws More Than 100

More than 100 citizen volunteers who devote time to various Larkspur groups ranging from nonprofits and schools to city agencies and departments attended  the second annual “Heart of Larkspur” event at the American Legion Hall on March 9.

Co-sponsored by the Larkspur Community Foundation (LCF) and the City of Larkspur, the celebration drew high praise from both volunteers and organizations looking for more help.  Attendees praised the networking opportunities for citizens eager to learn about volunteer opportunities.  Some folks signed up immediately to go to work.

Foundation President Sandy Blauvelt and Larkspur Mayor Kevin Haroff welcomed and thanked the volunteers for their valuable contributions to the community. The mayor introduced two new Larkspur department heads, Julian Skinner, Department of Public Works, and Janice Akel, City Librarian. Both described activities and plans underway.

Redwood high school senior Landon Gregg, who recently completed an Eagle Scout Project refurbishing the basketball court at Heatherwood Park, was introduced. He received a $1,000 grant from the Foundation for his project.

A certificate of appreciation was given to Steve Nicol by the Larkspur Community Foundation in recognition of his family’s 52 years of community service in operating Red Robin Catering and carefully maintaining their historic structure to help downtown Larkspur retain its landmark status.

The evening concluded with a raffle of items contributed by Larkspur merchants.  Raffle contributors were: Equator Coffee, Lark Theater, Perry’s, Rulli’s and the Rustic Bakery. In addition, “Larkspur Past and Present, A History and Walking Guide” were given to attendees.

Lelia Lanctot, Larry Meredith, Marty Schwarz
Larkspur Walkers, seated around tables
Kathy Hartzell, Dan Schwarz, Mayor Kevin Haroff, Dwayne Price, Nancy Weninger
City of Larkspur employees: Julian Skinner, director of public works; Janice Akel, Larkspur Librarian; Shannon O’Hare, assistant to Larkspur City Manager.
Lou Schwarz bartending
Larkspur City Librarian Janice Akel
j7 Larkspur DPW Director Julian Skinner
Jill Knott and Jody Coker
Dan Schwarz, Larkspur City Manager; & Mary Denton & Monte Deignan
Dan Schwarz Larkspur City Manager & books; Dwayne Price, Kathy Hartzell
Hi & Lois Patton
Judy Barnett, Landon Gregg – Eagle Scout Recipient of LCF grant;, Sandy Blauvelt
Bill Howard & Sandy Blauvelt
Joan Lubamersky
Ann Morrison & Sue Karp
Mayor Kevin Haroff
Bartending Lady, Rotarian Rene Rymer
Nelson Lee

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Pat & Phil Terry & Sandy Blauvelt
Sheri Mowbray, Molly Wuthrich – raffle time
Sallyanne Wilson presents Steve Nicols with an award of Appreciation.
Sallyanne Wilson presents Steve Nicol with an award of Appreciation.
Steve Nicol with Kira Nicol
Joan Lundstrom recognizes Larkspur volunteers.
Joan Lundstrom recognizes Larkspur volunteers.