Shadelands business district in front of council Aug. 5

The drive to create an improvement district for the Shadelands Business Park is moving forward.

Shadelands property and business owners have joined together and asked the city to form a special improvement district, which would levy fees on businesses in the park. That money would be used to help pay for a shuttle to the BART station, way-finding signs, security and advocacy on issues including zoning changes.

The property improvement district would bring in nearly $400,000 a year. The rate would be .06 cents per building square foot for commercial properties plus .019 cents per parcel square foot.

The improvement district would have a five-year life beginning in January 2015. If enough property owners protest, the assessment cannot be levied.

A public hearing in front of the City Council, which must vote on the issue, will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 5, City Hall, 1666 N. Main St.

City, volunteers team for trail improvements

The Walnut Creek Open Space Division is partnering with Volunteers for Outdoor California to improve some of the city's well-beaten paths.

Local volunteers are needed and welcome to join in on the project that will help improve trails in the Shell Ridge Open Space.

City staff has long wished to have a large scale project with V-O-Cal and are excited for this opportunity, according to a news release.

On the weekend of June 27 to 29 staff and volunteers will be working on the connector trail from Wiget Lane into the Upper and Lower Buck Trails in Shell Ridge.

This heavily used trail is showing signs of wear from erosion and off trail activities, said Supervising Ranger Nancy Dawson Dollard. Volunteers will work to re-establish the trail surface with appropriate slope and an improved alignment.

This project will improve the accessibility and sustainability of a beautiful trail through oak woodlands and grassland savanna habitat, she said. The trail is open to hikers, runners, bicyclists and equestrians.

Volunteers for Outdoor California is a volunteer workforce for large-scale trail maintenance and construction projects on public lands in partnership with public agencies and local volunteers.

The weekend begins with camp set up at the Hanna Grove Activity Area of Shell Ridge near Borges Ranch on Friday June 27.

Camping is available for those wishing to join in but it is not mandatory.

All meals are provided from Saturday morning breakfast through lunch on Sunday.

On Saturday June 28, after an introductory information and safety talk, the crew will hit the trail for a full day of trail restoration work.

Entertainment is provided that evening in the campground. Sunday morning June 29, the project resumes and is completed by 2 p.m. For more information and to register go to

http://www.v-o-cal.org.

Diablo Valley Lines celebrates 65 years

Celebrating its 65th anniversary, The Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society started in 1948 with a group of men with an interest in the hobby, meeting at each other's homes.

And now families can "ride" the Diablo Valley Lines during their whistle stop show, featuring hundreds of model trains representing the mid-20th century.

The show includes a dramatic sunset and night scenes with a rainy thunderstorm, a street railway with trolley cars, big freight yards and a large passenger terminal.

The elaborate 34-by-56-foot layout includes a composite of the mountainous area of the Western United States, bridges, tunnels, terrain from desert to snow covered mountains, towns, train yards, electric streetcars, a wind turbine, a ski lift gondola and more. More than 200 train cars and 50 steam and diesel engines are in operation during the show.

The show runs July through December, the dates are July 25, Aug. 29 Sept. 26, Oct. 31, Nov. 21, Dec. 26 from 8 to 10 p.m. Then Sept. 20-21, Nov. 22-23 and 29-30 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The cost is adults-$3; Senior-$2; Children-$2 (age 6-12); Free under 6 years old. Located at Larkey Park, 2751 Buena Vista Ave., in Walnut Creek.

Camp ARF! sessions start June 16

Animal Rescue Foundation's award-winning camp Camp ARF! for grades 1 through 12 offers a variety of educational week-long sessions beginning June 16 and running throughout the summer.

Designed for kids and teens interested in animals, Camp ARF, based in Walnut Creek, promotes important humane education concepts and character values while strengthening the bond between kids and animals.

To register online, go to www.arf.net. Discounts are available when registering with a sibling or friend, and full or partial scholarships may be available for qualifying low-income families. Contact youth@arf.net for details.

-- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi