Best of Walnut Creek
HEALTH Frankly Speaking About Melanoma -- 6-8 pm. Jan. 15. Learn about the latest treatments for melanoma, including very recent advances. Learn about side effects and their management, along with social/emotional challenges of the diagnosis. Presented by Dr. Matt Sirott, an oncologist with Diablo Valley Oncology Hemotology. Cancer Support Community, 3276 McNutt Ave., Walnut Creek. Free. Reservations, 925-933-0107.
EVENTS Shell Ridge Friday Movie -- 2 p.m. Dec. 27. "The Lorax" is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. It follows the journey of a boy searching for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. Free drinks and popcorn. Ideal treat for children. 200 La Casa Via, Walnut Creek. Free. 925-935-3250, www.shellridge.org. Stand-Up For Animals at Comedy Night! -- 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4. ARF has an all-star lineup in place for Comedy Night, hosted by San Francisco funnyman Mark Pitta. Featuring actor Kevin Pollak, who returned to the stand-up stage in 2001, and Canadian comedian and author John Wing. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. $20-$60. 925-943-7469.
MISCELLANEOUS Free Tax Preparation for 2013 tax season -- Starting in February. From AARP's Tax Aide and United Way's "Earn it, Keep it, Save it" programs. All tax preparers are trained and certified by the IRS. While both programs serve taxpayers of any age, Tax-Aide does not have an income limit in whom they can served but EKS can only serve individuals whose incomes do not exceed $50,000. Beginning Jan. 9, for information or to make an appointment for Tax-Aide sites serving the Walnut Creek area, call 925-943-5851 Walnut Creek Senior Club; 925-405-6278 Walnut Creek Grace Presbyterian Church; 925-979-5013 Walnut Creek St. Paul's Episcopal Church; Walnut Creek Rossmoor Adult Community, Hillside Clubhouse Vista Room, appointments made at site 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 5. For information and other site locations call: 925-726-3199. For information on EKS sites call 2-1-1 or www.earnitkeepitsaveit.org.
MEETINGS Sons in Retirement Branch 146 -- 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 10. The guest speaker will be Leigh Kjeldsen, a local audiologist, whose topic is "Hearing Loss -- Causes and Remedies." Clubhouse at Boundary Oak, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek. Reservations are required by Jan. 4. 925-939-8073, www.sir146.com.
MUSIC Contra Costa Performing Arts Society Classical Concert -- 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8. The concert will include three cellos and piano playing David Popper; a Villa Lobos work for flute and cello; compositions for solo piano by Chopin and Lowell Liebermann; and flute, clarinet and piano playing Donald Draganski's "Trio from Rio." Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. Free. www.ccpas.org.
n Walnut Creek Chorus Open House Sing-a-long -- 7 p.m. Jan. 14. Love to Sing? Are you working or going to school and have Monday nights free? Then make a New Year's Resolution and join the Walnut Creek Chorus. The chorus performs two concerts each season along with a few sing-outs. They meet every Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. There is no formal audition. Trinity Lutheran Church, 2317 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.