Two Works of Fiction by Local Authors Highlight Youth Homes Auxiliary Annual Book Review

Walnut Creek, California (EastBayDaily) — Two book readings, “Clear of Clouds” and “The Cultivation of Weeds”, followed by a question and answer period with Mr. Leigh Robinson and Dr. Emory Menefee, the books’ authors and close personal friends, will be the highlight of the annual Youth Homes Auxiliary book review to be held on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at the Hope Center Covenant Church (2275 Morello Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523).

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. Cost of a ticket is $15.00 per person. Youth Homes Auxiliary, (, is a non-profit group of nearly 200 dedicated volunteers who, through various activities, help to fund the care and raising of neglected and troubled youth at Youth Homes, Inc. facilities. For more information or to purchase tickets for the book review, contact Ms. Carole Brown, Azalea Chapter, Youth Homes Auxiliary at 925-682-2225.

“Come and enjoy hearing how two good friends came to write such different books,” said Shirley Fulcher, president of Youth Homes Auxiliary. “In ‘Clear of Clouds,’ Leigh Robinson tells the story of a man who cannot forgive himself for tragic mistakes, but finds redemption from unexpected sources, while Emory Menefee takes the reader on an exciting journey through nanotechnology, politics, sex, and death in ‘The Cultivation of Weeds.’ It is a tantalizing juxtaposition; clouds and weeds; sky and earth. I can’t wait to hear them both.”

“Clear of Clouds” author Leigh Robinson, taught high school English for 12 years, has successfully developed and sold three shrink-wrapped software products and written four books. His first three books were non-fiction, with “Clear of Clouds”, his first novel. Robinson has been married to his wife, Ivy, for 43 years and lives in El Cerrito, where he is an adventurous bicyclist, a cautious pilot and an avid golfer.

Author Emory Menefee received his PhD in physical chemistry from MIT and afterwards did research on natural and synthetic polymers. His interests include experimental film, general semantics and making mosaics and paintings. Menefee is married to Josephine and they live in Richmond. “The Cultivation of Weeds” is Menefee’s first novel.

“Youth Homes Auxiliary continues to be Youth Homes’ biggest supporters,” said Stuart McCullough, Executive Director of Youth Homes. “This group of volunteers works tirelessly to make certain the children in our care are provided with items they would not receive — such as school supplies, sport participation fees and even, something as expected as a school yearbook. The money raised through Youth Homes Auxiliary events directly supports the high quality residential treatment programs for abused and neglected children and adolescents offered by Youth Homes.”

About Youth Homes Inc.: Youth Homes Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been in operation for 40 years, providing California counties with high quality residential treatment programs for abused and neglected children and adolescents. Current programs focus on providing residential treatment in Contra Costa County. The agency provides a safe and supportive environment for 30 boys and girls in five State-licensed facilities, 24-hours a day.

The organization was founded in Contra Costa in 1964, when a group of concerned citizens responded to articles in the Contra Costa Times and the Oakland Tribune which exposed Juvenile Halls overcrowding with children who could no longer remain in their homes, most often through no fault of their own.

For further information, to send donations and ask questions, please contact Youth Homes, Inc., 1291 Oakland Boulevard, P. O. Box 5759, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-1759, 925 933-2627, fax: 925 933-5824.

About Youth Homes Auxiliary: Youth Homes Auxiliary is a group of over 200 volunteers that has served as the primary benefactor to Youth Homes for over 35 years, providing gifts and festive events for birthdays and holidays, to ensure that houses are equipped with all household necessities, and to donate funds for graduates to find apartments, home furnishings or provide academic scholarships. The Auxiliary consists of five chapters (Azalea, Camellia, Edelweiss, Fuchsia, and Mimosa) with members located throughout Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

The Youth Homes Auxiliary Thrift Shop sells donated clothing, furniture and other items, all for the benefit of the residents of Youth Homes. The Youth Homes Auxiliary Thrift Shop, an upscale thrift store, specializes in high quality small home appliances, jewelry and art. Donations are always welcome.

To find out more about the Auxiliary, to join as a member, volunteer or donate, call or stop by the Youth Homes Auxiliary Thrift Shop located at 15-B Vivian Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, call 925 798-5561.


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