Veterans Day celebration Sunday at Lesher center
Air Force Capt. David Yuers will be the keynote speaker at Walnut Creek's Veterans Day Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts downtown.
Yuers lives in Walnut Creek and has been deployed overseas on eight occasions, most recently to Djibouti, Africa.
The Veterans Day ceremony will include a welcome from Walnut Creek Mayor Bob Simmons, a musical concert of patriotic songs including a salute to all the branches of the Armed Forces by the Walnut Creek Concert Band under the direction of Harvey Benstein, and an Honor Guard.
Yuers has been with the Air Force since 1982, and in 2004 earned a commission in the United States Air Force Reserve, and is presently stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
His decorations include the Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with Valor) and the Operation Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal.
There is no charge for admission.
Come eat, and help, at Community Thanksgiving Meal
The Bay Area Rescue Mission, working with St. Paul's Episcopal Church, other local houses of worship and various Walnut Creek individuals, is organizing a Walnut Creek Thanksgiving Day Community Meal.
All are invited -- not only to eat, but to volunteer with pre- and post-meal work and with donations of food and money.
The meal will be served from 1 to 3 p.m. at Trinity Center, at St. Paul's Episcopal, 1924 Trinity Ave. in Walnut Creek.
About 200 people, including volunteers, are expected to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal in what head organizer Gary Kingsbury said is Walnut Creek's first such community meal in many years.
Kingsbury is Gary Kingsbury vice president of operations for the Richmond-based Bay Area Rescue Mission.
Among the food donations still sought this week were rolls, bread and pies and other desserts.
For more information, contact Kingsbury at the Bay Area Rescue Mission at 510-215-4760 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oak restoration work at Sugarloaf Open Space
Volunteers are invited to Sugarloaf Open Space Tuesday, Nov. 13 to assist the oak restoration team of the Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation in removing unnecessary protective fencing from around maturing oak saplings.
Sugarloaf is at 2161 Youngs Valley Road off Rudgear Road in Walnut Creek.
An orientation to the project begins at 9 a.m., and work will continue until 3 p.m.
For more than 20 years volunteers from the Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation have worked to return trees to the oak savanna hills of the open space. Acorns are planted with protective caging to insure their early survival against browsing animals and human activity. As the tree matures, the protective caging needs to be removed to provide for growth, strength and general health of the tree. Volunteers will be cutting the caging away and weeding around the base of the trees.
Participants should bring leather gloves, a hat, water and heavy duty wire cutters. Extras will be available. Please wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt as well as sturdy hiking boots for work on the hillside. A pizza lunch will be provided as well as a morning snack.
Volunteers from the Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation, the East Bay Trail Dogs, the Orinda Hiking Club, the Mt. Diablo Trash Removal Project Team, the Rossmoor Trails Club and the city of Walnut Creek Open Space are participating in this event.
Register for the work party by e-mail to Supervising Ranger Nancy Dawson Dollard at email@example.com or by phone to 925/943-5899 ext. 2135.
City offices to be closed Nov. 12, and Nov. 22-23
Walnut Creek city offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, which this year falls on a Sunday. City offices will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 8 a.m.
City offices also will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov, 22-23, in observance of Thanksgiving, and will reopen Nov. 26.
Diablo Ballet set to open 19th season
Diablo Ballet, the award-winning Walnut Creek-based dance company, begins its 19th season with a program Nov. 16 and 17 at the Lesher Center for the Arts with a program featuring Shakespeare, a Latin fair and a world premiere.
The California Premiere of "Lento a Tempe a Appassionato" by renowned choreographer Vicente Nebrada of Ballet Nacional de Caracas features the music of Alexander Scriabin performed live. "The Moor's Pavane," by legendary modern dance choreographer Jose Limon, is brought to life in a co-production with Diablo Ballet and sjDANCEco, capturing the intrigue and emotion of Shakespeare's "Othello."
Broadway choreographer Sean Kelly creates the world premiere of "A Swingin' Holiday," which mixes favorite holiday songs with swing dance and swing music, accompanied by a live 16 -piece big band under the direction of Diablo Ballet Music Director Greg Sudmeier.
Performances are Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets -- $36 to $52 depending on performance -- may be ordered by calling the Lesher Center box office at 925-943-7469 or visiting www.LesherCenter.org
Building demolition will mean street closures
The tall white building at 1500 Newell Ave. downtown -- once known as "the Peace Building" is being demolished over the next several weeks. Internal demolition was underway this week, with demolition of the exterior having started Nov. 5 and expected to be mostly finished by the end of Friday.
Specific planned closures in that area include:
The Kaiser Permanente Medical Center garage entrance on Newell Avenue will remain open. Also, Newell Promenade shops on Newell between Main Street and California Boulevard will remain open.
Lane closures will be in effect between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Changeable message signs are now in place to alert drivers to the closures.
'Scouting for Food' drive begins Saturday
Area Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will leave hangers on many a Central County front door handles Saturday, seeking donations of nonperishable food as part of the Scouts' national "Scouting for Food" program.
The food collected is given to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano for its holiday food baskets.
The local food banks alone expect 175,000 pounds of food from Boy Scouts who collect food from residential addresses.
An estimated 6,000 Scouts are expected to take part first on Nov. 10, when Scouts leave the door hangers, and again on Nov. 17, to pick up bags and boxes of food residents leave on their front steps and porches.
Those who receive a Scouting For Food door hanger are asked to have food on the porch or steps by 9 a.m. Nov. 17 for pickup before 3 p.m.
For more information call Jim Mattson at 925-408-4065 or Joe Squeri at 925-674-6123, or go to our Blog at sff-mdsc.blogspot.com
Final 'Second Saturday' walk about downtown architecture
The last "Second Saturday" walk with Mayor Bob Simmons begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.
The theme for this walk is the art and architecture of downtown Walnut Creek.
Walkers should meet at the steps at the corner of California Boulevard and Ygnacio Valley Road, adjacent to the Walnut Creek BART station. The walk is free, and no RSVP is needed.
The Second Saturday walks are part of Simmons' "Walnut Creek Walks" initiative for 2012, designed to get people out and about, and to be a part of the local political process. For more information go to www.walnut-creek.org/walks
Seniors Club holiday boutique Nov. 9-10
The Walnut Creek Seniors Club Annual Holiday Boutique takes place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days at the Civic Park Community Center, 1375 Civic Dr.
Holiday ornaments and wreathes, table centerpieces, handcrafted cards, dolls, angels, needlepoint, cross stitch, embroidery, novelties, baby sweaters, blankets, bibs, woodcrafts, stuffed animals, baked goodies and more will make your day of shopping a pure delight.
All proceeds directly benefit The Walnut Creek Seniors Club.
Run the Thanksgiving morning 'Turkey Trot'
The 20th Annual Forma Gym Walnut Creek Turkey Trot, a 5K and 10K run to benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and local schools, starts at 8 a.m. at Civic Park.
Both the 5K and 10K courses will utilize Broadway and Main Street downtown; the 10K course extends north along the Iron Horse Trail to the Contra Costa Canal Trail.
Registration cost, depending on date of registration and the participant's age, ranges from $25 to $40. More information is available by going to http://www.changeofpace.com/wctt_details.html
Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi and Sam Richards.