Best of Walnut Creek

WORKSHOPS

  • 'Mini Mondays,' Lindsay Wildlife Museum -- 10 a.m. -noon Jan. 28 and Feb. 25. Children become naturalists at the Lindsay museum. Live animal encounters designed for children 2-5 years old. The two-hour program allows little ones to explore different animal species through arts, crafts, activities and more with a museum preschool program teacher. Snacks are provided; children must be accompanied by a care giver. Registration is not required. Jan. 28, "Fabulous Flying Friends;" Feb. 25, "Underground Animals." Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. $5-$15. 925-935-1978.

    MEETINGS

  • California Retired Teachers Association 50th Anniversary Luncheon -- 11 a.m. Feb. 6. Speaker will be Dan Ashley of ABC-7 News. Boundary Oak Club House, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek. Reservations by Jan. 26. Betty Hodge, 925-686-5637.

    EVENTS

  • All Aboard the Diablo Valley Lines -- 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. Diablo Valley Lines' winter shows, featuring hundreds of model trains representing the mid-20th century through today, traveling more than 4,300 feet of track. Larkey Park, 2751 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek. $2-$3. 925-937-1888.


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  • Eagle Peak Montessori Open House -- 10:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 26. The principal, teachers and parents will be on hand to answer your questions. Eagle Peak serves children from first through fifth grade. Childcare not provided. 800 Hutchinson Road, Walnut Creek. Reservations Amy Nelson: 925-946-0994, http://eaglepeakmontessori.org.

  • Jewish Genealogy Event -- 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31. Avner Yonai will speak about "Finding Family Information and Living Relatives in the Online Yad Vashem Database." Yonai is a genealogist and a certified interviewer for the Yad Vashem "Names Recovery Project." Congregation Bnai Shalom Social Hall, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 925-934-7622.

    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. For information of 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.

    MUSIC

  • Free Morning Concert of Classical Instumental Music -- 10:30 a.m. Jan. 25. Members of the Contra Costa Performing Arts Societywill open this morning concert with Mozart's Sonata #23 for violin and piano, followed by Dvorak's String Quartet in C Major, featuring two violins, viola and cello. Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. www.ccpas.org.

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