Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Friday, April 29, 2022

Thank you Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation!


March 23, 2022


Dear Barbara,

 

On behalf of the Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation, I am excited to inform you that Guitars Not Guns Contra Costa has been chosen to be the recipient of our Compassion in the Community Award. This motivation behind this award is to honor and bring awareness to organizations that are volunteer based and serve the community with compassion. Organizations are nominated anonymously, and each quarter our Foundation chooses one organization to honor. Guitars Not Guns is our first quarter recipient for 2022.

 

We would love to schedule a time when we can come and present you with the award, and take some photos and video. There is also a small cash award that we provide with this honor. Please contact me by phone or email and let me know a day/time that works for you.

 

Congratulations again, and we look forward to meeting you.

 

-- 

Leslie Grgurina | Acting Executive Director

Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation

Phone: 510-985-9965

Leslie.Grgurina@cchealth.org
LeslieGrgurina@ccrhf.org

www.CCRHF.org


Pictured from left to right:  Deborah McKim Strong, Board Secretary; Jay Kirkland, VP Special Projects; Barbara Anne Gorin, Director; Steve Kennedy, volunteer instructor, Patty Sorensen, secretary, Betty Felton, CC Regional Health Foundation




On behalf of our Contra Costa County Chapter,  BIG thank you to CC Regional Health Foundation for their generous donation.  We are thrilled to have been selected to receive this wonderful honor and the funds donated will go directly towards purchasing guitars and supplies for our classes!  Thank you!  


Thursday, January 27, 2022

 

IN LOVING MEMORY OF RICHARD CLAYTON





On December 11, 2021, we lost one of our amazing volunteers, Richard Clayton.  He was an asset to our program and well respected and loved by everyone.  Unfortunately, he suffered in silence and took his own life.  His wife, Contra Costa County Supervisor Diane Burgis has requested donations in lieu of flowers.  Donations be sent to our Contra Costa County Chapter in his memory.  Donations can be sent to our Board Treasurer Bruce Johnson:  

BRUCE JOHNSON
c/o Guitars not Guns
Contra Costa County Chapter
3695 SHERIDAN COURT
CONCORD, CA  94518

Richard Clayton shown in the photo kneeling, with the shirt "YEAH!" Barbara's hand is on his shoulder.








If you or anyone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

Friday, September 10, 2021

Rohan Chandran Podcast Interview

Ever heard of an “ear worm?”   Check out this interview by one of our Guitars not Guns instructors and gifted musician, Rohan Chandran.  


Guitars not Guns Contra Costa County Director/President Barbara Anne Gorin and VP of Special Projects, Jay Kirkland, both also known as “The Breedloves.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mpqVrgAOYU




The Black Crowes - Autograph a guitar for Guitars not Guns

VP Special Projects, Jay Kirkland and Treasurer, Bruce Johnson 

Contra Costa County Chapter Director/President, Barbars Anne Gorin and VP Special Projects, Jay Kirkland

Chris and Rich Robinson - The Black Crowes

 The Black Crowes, brother Chris and Rich Robinson, autographed a beautiful Gibson Les Paul donated to us from Gibson Guitars!  Their tour “Shake Your Money Maker,” brought them to the Concord Pavilion on August 23, 2021.  Their first tour in 30 years!  

Our Director/President, Barbara Anne Gorin, is a gigantic fan of The Black Crowes, and reached out to their management, asking if the “brothers” would sign a guitar.  They said, “absolutely!”  A big thank you to Mark DiDia and Mark Botting, for helping make this happen!  

We will have an upcoming auction in the near future!  Stay tuned! 




Richmond Standard Article

Check this story out!  Thank you Richmond Standard, Chevron and the San Pablo Library

 http://bit.ly/2zqNTV1



Friday, February 5, 2021

 GOOD BYE 2020!!  HELLO 2021!!


Wow!  What a year 2020 has been, no one in our life time would of thought we would have all of these challenges we had to face because of the pandemic.  It was a difficult year for everyone, especially the music industry.  Our Contra Costa County Chapter was not able to hold any classes due to the pandemic.  We are currently looking into starting up Zoom classes and are working out the kinks.  

Music is so important, as is sports, for children.  Kids need an outlet to help them cope with life, and to learn the tools to become a responsible adult and lead a productive life.  

Stay tuned for updates!  

Thank you everyone for your continued support! 

Sincerely,
Barbara Gorin
Director - President, Contra Costa County Chapter
Overseer of Fundraising and PR
Guitars Not Guns
Cell: 925-785-8342
Email;  Barbara.Gorin@guitarsnotguns.org
Contra Costa County California Blog Site:  http://guitarsnotguns.blogspot.com/
National site:  www.guitarsnotguns.org
 

Guitars Not Guns is a federally exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Providing guitars and lessons to deserving kids since 2000

DECEMBER 2020

 A BIG Thank You to the Martinez Music Mafia for your generous donation of $500 to our music program! We look forward to resuming classes at the Martinez library and elsewhere in Contra Costa County when it is safe to do so! We miss teaching our kids and we miss our amazing volunteer instructors. Without the support from our community, such as this awesome donation, our program would not be possible! Happy Holidays to everyone and we look forward to a better and brighter New Year! #martinezmusicmafia #childrensmusiccharity #music#guitarsnotguns #thankful #keepmovingforward #nevergiveuphope #keepmusiclive #guitar #ourfuturegeneration

Martinez Music Mafia



Wednesday, March 11, 2020



ATTENTION: I regret to inform everyone that our much anticipated event on March 29, 2020, has been cancelled due to the precautions being taken in San Francisco for the Corona Virus. It was decided, in the best interest of everyone, to put this event on hold for now. We will reschedule at a later date, when things calm down. This is a very scary time for all of us, and although we are sad to have to postpone this event, we do look forward to collaborating with Monica and her children, Elle and Jack, "The Davisson Duo," in the future.Sincerely,
Barbara GorinDirector - President, Contra Costa County ChapterOverseer of Fundraising and PRGuitars Not GunsCell: 925-785-8342Email; Barbara.Gorin@guitarsnotguns.orgguitarsnotgunsbarbara@gmail.comContra Costa County California Blog Site: http://guitarsnotguns.blogspot.com/National site: www.guitarsnotguns.org

Monday, March 2, 2020

SAVE THE DATE!  MARCH 29, 2020

THERE WILL ALSO BE A GUITAR RAFFLE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A BEAUTIFUL CLASSICAL 





Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Classes at the Concord Library in Session Now, not too late to sign up!


Monday nights from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. no class February 17, 2020, (holiday) - graduation April 6, 2020.



Saturday, November 23, 2019

November 19, 2019 Guitars Not Guns Graduation - Martinez Library

Martinez Library Graduation- extra special evening with Martinez Mayor Rob Schroeder, District Attorney Diane Becton, County Supervisor Federal Glover and County Supervisor Diane Burgis in attendance - John Busse, film producer, filming an upcoming documentary, with Host Crystal Lee and boom Sound Michael J. Padilla









Tuesday, October 8, 2019

GUITARS NOT GUNS CLASSES NOW IN SESSION 

MONDAY NIGHTS FROM 7-8 PM AT THE CONCORD LIBRARY

TUESDAY NIGHTS FROM 6:30 TO 7:30 AT THE MARTINEZ LIBRARY

STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDE OUR YEARLY GUITARS NOT GUNS BENEFIT TO TAKE PLACE AT VINNIE'S IN CONCORD, CA ON NOVEMBER 30, 2019

MORE INFO TO BE POSTED