Open Heart Kitchen, the only free hot meal service for the needy in the Tri-Valley, will temporarily move from Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, also in Livermore. The move, effective Feb. 23, was prompted by a renovation that Asbury is undergoing. The service will temporarily be held at the usual time and days (noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays) at the new location of Holy Cross, located at 1020 Mocho St. Holy Cross Lutheran Church is accessible by the #10 and the #18 Wheels bus lines. Open Heart Executive Director Linda McKeever said she expects the relocation to last about six months. The move has no effect on meal service in other regularly scheduled locations.
Collecting coats for the needy
Local Realtors Bob and Deb Cilk are in their ninth year of hosting the Have a Heart, Give a Coat drive. Through the end of February, the pair hopes to give away at least 150 coats to the less fortunate in Alameda County. They are also collecting blankets, hats, gloves and rain gear from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Northern California Brokers office, at 349 Main St. The effort began 10 years ago in trying to help families affected by broken levies outside Tracy. To learn more, call 487.8735.
Del Valle Fine Arts concert series
The Del Valle Fine Arts concert series present pianist Di Wu. She will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Bankhead Theater located at 2400 First St. in Livermore. Last year she was named one of the six finalists at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and in a 2008 musical America feature on young artists, she was called an up-and-coming talent. Tickets are $20, $25 and $20; $10 for college students when purchased that day; or free for high school students. Contact the box office at 373-6800 or www.livermoreperformingarts.org.