Digest

VFW breakfast

  • VFW breakfast 8-11 a.m. Jan. 13, Veterans Memorial Building, 2290 Willow Pass Road, Concord. Eggs to order, pancakes, sausages, beverages. $5 adults, 12 and younger $2. Crafts sale, baked goods. 925-255-3449.

    Earn radio license

  • Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club seven-week course begins 7-9 p.m. Jan. 24, Salvation Army, 3950 Clayton Road, Concord. Class free, material fee $5 (book $26 if needed). Registration: HamRadioClass@gmail.com.

    Backcountry travel

  • Safety, survival tips 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 30, REI Concord, 1975 Diamond Blvd. Learn how to best prepare for potential hazards of winter backcountry travel. Free. 925-825-9400.

    Citizen Police Academy

  • Concord Police Department accepting applications for 10-week Citizen Police Academy, providing residents with inside look at law enforcement. Classes 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Feb. 7, at police department, 1350 Galindo St. Participants must be at least 16, live or work in Concord, no felony convictions, no misdemeanors within year of applying. http://www.cityofconcord.org/police/joinin/academy.aspx.

    Winter Brews Festival

  • Brewing Network's Winter Brews Festival noon Jan. 26, Todos Santos Plaza, Grant Street and Willow Pass Road, Concord. Tastings from variety of local brews, innovations, music, more. Tickets $40 at door.

    Writers meet

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    Mt. Diablo Branch California Writers Club meets 8:30 a.m. Jan. 12, Zio Fraedo's, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Connie Hale on "Creative Use of Language in Fiction and Non-Fiction." $34 members, $40 nonmembers. 925-934-5677, jeaniegpops@comcast.net.

    Democratic club meets

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    Diablo Valley Democratic Club meets 7 p.m. Jan 23, Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. Al Gore's Climate Reality Project multimedia presentation on climate change worldwide. 25-946-0469 or www.dvdems.org.

    Free health expo

  • East Bay Health Expo, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 26, Civic Park Community Center, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Information on natural health, green living, healthy foods, more. First 200 visitors get free swag bag. www.eastbayhealthexpo.com.

    Will, trust workshop

  • Will, trust workshop 6-8 p.m. Jan. 16, Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Road. Information to write will. Free. Register 925-673-0659, ccclib.org.

    Safety tips for kids

  • Keeping Kids Safe workshop 5:30 p.m. Jan. 11, Civic Park, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Designed teach children how to be safe at home, school, stranger awareness. $10. 925-207-4562.

    Free trees

  • Get five free crape myrtle trees by joining Arbor Day Foundation in January. Trees shipped Feb. 1-April 30. Send $10 membership contribution to: 5 CRAPEMYRTLES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Jan. 31, or arborday.org/january.

    Email transcript@bayareanewsgroup.com or fax 925-943-8362.

    Love to sing?

  • Walnut Creek Chorus open house Jan. 14, 7-9 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 2317 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek. Seek singers for concerts. No formal audition. walnutcreekchorus@gmail.com.