Best of Walnut Creek

MEETINGS

  • 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 an honored certified interviewer for the Yad Vashem "Names Recovery Project." All are welcome. Refreshments. Congregation Bnai Shalom Social Hall, 72 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. Suggested donation $5. 925-934-7622.

  • SIR 146 Monthly Luncheon -- 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 14. The guest speaker for the luncheon will be Tony Schilling. He will discuss the colorful history of the USS Hornet docked in Alameda. The Clubhouse at Boundary Oak, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek. Reservations needed by Feb. 8. 925-925-937-3833, www.sir146.com.

    HEALTH

  • Cancer Support Community, '

    Managing Symptoms and Side Effects' -- 10 a.m. Feb. 2. Learn what you can do to feel better during cancer treatment. In this informal workshop, Diana Longacre, RN, and an oncology nurse, will discuss methods for managing fatigue, nausea and other treatment side effects. Cancer Support Community, 3276 McNutt Ave., Walnut Creek. Free. Reservations: 925-933-0107.

    EVENTS

  • Civil War Scholar to Present 'Lincoln at the Movies' -- 7 p.m. Jan. 31. The Walnut Creek Library Foundation will to host Saint Mary's College history professor and Civil War scholar Carl Guarneri, who will discuss Steven Spielberg's acclaimed movie "Lincoln" and expand on the film's storylines. Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek. Seating limited, registration required. www.WCLibrary.org, 925-977-3340.

  • Lindsay Wildlife Museum's Free Admission Day -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 2. Walnut Creek families will meet face to face with more than 50 wild furry, feathery and slimy creatures that inhabit our vicinity, including eagles, hawks, foxes, raccoons, owls, opossums and more. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-935-1978, www.Wildlife-Museum.org.

    HOME AND GARDEN

  • Lovers' Day Aloe Tour -- 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Turn Valentine's celebrations green with The Ruth Bancroft Garden's all-day event focused specifically on their dramatic aloe collection. Three one-hour docent-led tours will highlighting the most spectacular blooms and giving a brief description of the plants' history and native habitats. Hot drinks and snacks will be served. 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. $15-$20. 925-944-9352, www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/.

    MUSIC

  • Chamber Concert of Classical Music -- 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12. The Performing Arts Society concert will open with a piano quintet by Shostakovich, followed by Soprano Diane Barton Brown singing songs by Faure and Ernest Chausson, accompanied by pianist Nancy Rude; Barton Brown singing Airs and Fancies by American opera composer Seymour Barab; and Beethoven's String Quartet in C Major. Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. Free. www.ccpas.org.

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