“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.

IMG_1692
Lelia Lanctot, Larry Meredith, Marty Schwarz
IMG_1693
Larkspur Walkers, seated around tables
IMG_1704
Kathy Hartzell, Dan Schwarz, Mayor Kevin Haroff, Dwayne Price, Nancy Weninger
IMG_1700
City of Larkspur employees: Julian Skinner, director of public works; Janice Akel, Larkspur Librarian; Shannon O’Hare, assistant to Larkspur City Manager.
IMG_1690
Lou Schwarz bartending
IMG_1722
Larkspur City Librarian Janice Akel
IMG_1718
j7 Larkspur DPW Director Julian Skinner
IMG_1707
Jill Knott and Jody Coker
IMG_1695
Dan Schwarz, Larkspur City Manager; & Mary Denton & Monte Deignan
IMG_1697
Dan Schwarz Larkspur City Manager & books; Dwayne Price, Kathy Hartzell
IMG_1702
Hi & Lois Patton
IMG_1703
Judy Barnett, Landon Gregg – Eagle Scout Recipient of LCF grant;, Sandy Blauvelt
IMG_1708
Bill Howard & Sandy Blauvelt
IMG_1713
Joan Lubamersky
IMG_1711
Ann Morrison & Sue Karp
IMG_1712
Mayor Kevin Haroff
IMG_1734
Bartending Lady, Rotarian Rene Rymer
IMG_1710
Nelson Lee

IMG_1699 IMG_1715

IMG_1732
Pat & Phil Terry & Sandy Blauvelt
IMG_1731
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.
IMG_1727
Steve Nicol with Kira Nicol
Joan Lundstrom recognizes Larkspur volunteers.
Joan Lundstrom recognizes Larkspur volunteers.