Walnut Creek service day Saturday

Community Service Day is this Saturday, Oct. 6, and more than 800 people have already signed up.

While a number of projects are full, there are still many opportunities for every age, ability and interest, from preparing the Rossmoor community garden for winter to cleaning book covers in school libraries.

Online registration is open until midnight Thursday. Go to www.walnut-creek.org/service to sign up. Those without computer access may call the Community Service Day hotline at 925-256-3505.

Volunteers can also come at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the event to Heather Farm Community Center, 301 N. San Carlos Drive and see what open projects are available.

Community Service Day begins at 7:30 a.m. with a free pancake breakfast at Heather Farm Community Center, courtesy of the Walnut Creek Lions Clubs. Community Service Day T-shirts will be given to the first 700 volunteers that morning.

At 9 a.m., volunteers will go to work.

Fundraising walk Sunday to fight ALS

Hundreds of people and patients are expected in Walnut Creek on Sunday for a 2-mile fundraising walk to help people suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease -- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The annual event of the ALS Association Golden West Chapter will begin with a check-in at 9:30 a.m. at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek, and the walkers will set off at 11 a.m. fueled by free coffee and continental breakfasts. Boxed lunches will be available for $5 after the walk.

ALS is a fatal disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. People with ALS lose their ability to move, speak, swallow and finally the ability to breathe. The annual costs for home care, including the cost of necessary equipment, can exceed $200,000 per year, according to the ALS Association.

Information and registration is available at www.walktodefeatals.org or at 415-904-2572.

All money raised supports the priorities of The ALS Association Golden West Chapter in care services, public policy and research.

Applicants sought for county commission

Supervisor Karen Mitchoff is accepting applications for a District 6 resident to serve as a commissioner on the First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission.

Applicants for this position must live within the county supervisorial district six boundaries. District 6 includes the communities of Concord, Pleasant Hill, Clayton and parts of Walnut Creek. To verify which district you live in, call 925-521-7100.

There is one opening on the First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission. The appointment will be made to complete an existing term, which will complete on Aug. 16, 2014. The Commission meets monthly on the first Monday evening of the month. Commissioners are also encouraged to serve on a subcommittee, which may regularly meet once a month.

All meetings are held at the First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission Main Office at 1485 Enea Court in Concord.

Applications are available on the county's website at www.cccounty.us/index.aspx?NID=3418.

For additional information, or to request an application be sent to you contact Lia Bristol in Mitchoff's office at 925-521-7100.

Fall festival at Ruth Bancroft Garden

The county fair meets The Ruth Bancroft Garden Saturday. From noon to 4 p.m. there will be scarecrows, pumpkins, free admission and family fun at the Fall Festival. Meet chickens and goats, play games, do crafts and learn about plants, pollination and this special garden in Walnut Creek. Enjoy special varieties of pumpkins and gourds grown on site and cast your vote in our scarecrow contest. A

Admission is free with learning stations, voting stations and other fun activities available for no additional charge. Participate in carnival games and fall crafts for $1 each.

The Ruth Bancroft Garden is located at 1552 Bancroft Road in Walnut Creek.

Invitational golf tournament, walkathon

On Oct. 8 the Wellness City Challenge is hosting "A Day of Health: Invitational Golf Tournament and Walkathon" in Rossmoor. Every dollar raised from this event will be supporting the "Food for a Healthy Community" pilot program at Mt. Diablo High School and planting the seed at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek.

Restaurant owner (and now teacher) Cindy Gershen is leading the efforts to pilot the new food and sustainability curriculum.

The golf tournament begins at 12:30 p.m., with registration at 10:30 a.m. and a lunch at 11:30 a.m. Non-golfers can enjoy a walkathon led by Mayor Bob Simmons at 10 a.m. There will also be a healthy dinner at 6 p.m. catered by the students of Mt. Diablo High School. All-day events includes speakers, videos, healthy eating guidelines, cooking demonstrations, recipes, massages and raffles.

Sponsorships are still available. A foursome in the tournament will cost $600 and the walkathon costs $25. Go to www.adayofhealth.eventbrite.com for more information.

Lee to be honored by peace center

The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center will honor Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, at its Peace Awards Dinner 6 p.m. Saturday Oct. 27. Lee will be given the "Peacemaker of the Decade" award for her vote against the bombing of Afghanistan and her "voice for peace," according to a news release.

Lee has consistently opposed calls for military action around the world and challenges the proportion of federal revenue committed to military action, weaponry, intelligence gathering and U.S. covert operations.

She has also offered legislation in support of public health and education, the fight against HIV/Aids and poverty, the rights of LGBT community, criminal justice reform, living wage jobs and affordable housing.

She will give a talk on "Working for Peace in the War Economy" at the event. Tickets are $85 and are available by contacting the center at 925-933-7850 or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/274969

The event starts at 6 p.m. in Bortin Hall at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. For more information call Crystallee Crain 925-933-7850 or at crystallee@mtdpc.org.

Volunteers needed for Walnut Creek Watershed

Walnut Creek, Lafayette and Pleasant Hill each have a small group of dedicated volunteers working to protect and restore creeks in their part of the Walnut Creek Watershed. And in the coming weeks, each group is asking for some more "people power" to help clean up the local creeks that empty into the main channel of Walnut Creek

These local cleanup events are part of COASTWEEKS -- The California Coastal Commission's annual campaign which runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 7. The campaign aims to get trash and debris out of the creeks before the winter rains wash it into San Francisco Bay and the Pacific. Some events will include cutting back vines and bushes that choke the creek channels and might cause debris jams or flooding when the rains come.

Events:

Walnut Creek -- 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 6, Downtown Walnut Creek Cleanup. For more information e-mail www.friendsofthecreeks.org or 925-672-6522 x113.

Danville -- 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 20, Interpretive Creek Walk. For more information e-mail Mary.grim@ca.nacdnet.net or call 925-672-6522 x113.

Three creek groups -- Lafayette Creeks Committee, Friend of Pleasant Hill Creeks and Friends of the Creeks -- are all in the same large watershed but have worked independently for the past several years. Now they will work together with the help of the Contra Costa Resource Conservation District, which was awarded a grant from the Contra Costa CleanWater Program to help these groups begin to collaborate. The groups will share tools and work on educational events.

Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi