BUSINESS

  • Contra Costa USA 2013 Conference -- 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Jan. 24. The county's premier half-day business conference, the 27th annual Contra Costa USA (CCUSA) offers recognized experts discussing the key issues at play in both the regional and national economic and political landscape. Presented by the Contra Costa Council and Chevron. Keynotes by Howard Dean, Michael Steele and Ellen Tauscher; also featured, economist Christopher Thornberg and two panels. Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord. Register by Jan. 18. 925-246-1880, info@contracostacouncil.com.

    MEETINGS

  • Christian Business Women's Connection -- 7:15-8:30 a.m. Jan. 10. Speaker: Tina Ory, nutrition coach with VitaliTi, who will discuss "How That You Eat Can Actually Bring You Closer to God." Sunrise Bistro, 1559 Botelho Drive, Walnut Creek. $16.50. 925-939-2710.

  • Valley Quail Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America -- 10 a.m. Jan. 10. Eilene Cross will teach a canvaswork mystery stitch project. Guests and new members welcome. Faith Christian Fellowship Church, 860 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. 925-687-6787.

  • Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Chapter of American Association of University Women -- 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Dawn Shaughnessy will present a layperson's address about the new element "Livermorium" for members of AAUW and their guests. San Ramon Community Center, 12501 Alcosta Boulevard. 925-973-3200, www.aauw-daw.org.

    EVENTS

  • 'The True Story of Glory Continues' -- 7 p.m. Jan. 14. A powerful documentary that tells the true story of the patriots of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, the first black fighting unit of the American Civil War. Following the film, Saint Mary's College history professor and Civil War scholar Carl Guarneri and Shad Small, from the Black Families Association, will discuss the role of African-American soldiers in the Civil War and their influence on the attitudes of white soldiers -- north and south -- and on the outcome of the war. Walnut Creek Library, Oak View Room, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek. The event is free, but seat reservation is recommended at www.WCLibrary.org.

  • All Aboard the Diablo Valley Lines -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 19-20; 8-10 p.m. Jan. 25; 8-10 p.m. Feb. 22; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. March 16-17 and 8-10 p.m. March 29. Families can 'ride' the Diablo Valley Lines during the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society's whistle-stop winter shows, featuring hundreds of model trains traveling over 4,300 feet of track on one of the world's most "mountainous" model railroad layouts. Larkey Park, 2751 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek. $2-$3. 925-937-1888.

    MISCELLANEOUS

  • Free Tax Preparation for 2013 tax season -- 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.

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