Two City Council seats up for grabs in November

Let the games begin -- filing for elected office in Walnut Creek opens Monday, July 14 and runs until Aug. 8.

Two City Council seats are up for election. Two-term councilwoman and former mayor Cindy Silva has already said she plans to run for re-election. And first-term Councilwoman and current Mayor Kristina Lawson has said she does not intend to run. If Lawson, as an incumbent, does not run, the filing period will be extended by five days to 5 p.m. Aug. 13 for nonincumbents. Both of the council seats up for election are four-year terms.

The general election will be held Nov. 4.

To run for city office one must be a resident of Walnut Creek, at least 18-years-old and a registered voter of the city when nomination papers are issued. Candidates are asked to make an appointment with the City Clerk to obtain nomination papers.

For more information about the nomination and election process, contact City Clerk Suzie Martinez at 925-943-5819.

Free soccer clinic for girls in Walnut Creek

Soccer fever will hit Walnut Creek July 26.

Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla, D-Concord, will host the "Taking the World by Storm" Soccer Clinic and girls ranging in age from 8 to 16 are invited to participate in the free clinic on Saturday, July 26 in Walnut Creek.


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The event in partnership with local soccer organizations and the city of Walnut Creek, will give girls from all different skill levels the opportunity to learn more about the game, participate in technical drills, and interact with players from the women's semiprofessional team, the California Storm, according to a news release.

"I am proud to announce July 26 as the date for our annual soccer clinic that has been a smashing success in the community for three years in a row," said Bonilla in the release. "The event is not only a great opportunity for hundreds of girls in the area to join one another and improve their soccer skills, but more importantly the experience empowers young women and promotes healthy and active lifestyles."

The clinic will be held at Arbolado Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be instructional scrimmages, team-building activities, an educational session with the Storm players, an opportunity to meet with U.S. Olympians, free catered lunch, as well as a feature presentation by health professionals on the prevention and treatment of sports related injuries for all attending parents, according to the release

For more information and to register go to http://asmdc.org/members/a14/district/upcoming-events/free-soccer-clinic-for-girls

Submit art for 'Walnut Creek 100'

In honor of Walnut Creek's centennial, the Bedford Gallery will host an exhibition titled "Walnut Creek Turns 100: Celebrating the City Through Art," which runs Sept. 21-Nov. 16 at the Lesher Center.

To be a part of this historic exhibition submit your artwork that reflects Walnut Creek's rich history, land, commerce, community and culture, both past and present, according to a news release. Walnut Creek Turns 100 is open to members of the community who live or work in town, and anyone else who loves Walnut Creek.

The exhibit is open to artists 18 years of age and older and includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, printmaking, collage, textiles, video and digital media. The online entry deadline is Sept. 4; in-person deadline is Sept. 5. For more information, go to www.bedfordgallery.org/artopportunities/wc100.shtml.

Walnut Creek Toastmasters celebrates 10 years

Walnut Creek Toastmasters #8629, a local branch of the internationally-renowned communication and leadership development organization, celebrated its 10th club last week.

"The first location we hosted our club meetings at was an unkempt storage room where no more than five or six members would show up, the majority being officers of the club," said Monica Sullivan, an active member of the club since its founding in 2004.

Over the last 10 years, the Walnut Creek Toastmasters has increasedwith more than 40 active members. A big part of this growth is thanks to members such as Sullivan, Teri McDonald, Lisa Rosenberg and Kevin and AnnaBelle Powell "who saw a vision for the club and made it happen," according to a news release.

Rosenberg and Kevin Powell, former club presidents, spearheaded the efforts to make the Walnut Creek Toastmasters a "President's Distinguished Club," the highest level of recognition available for a Toastmasters club.

The group meets every Wednesday night from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at The Kensington, 1580 Geary Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94597. Guests are welcome to sit-in at as many meetings as they would like before choosing whether or not to join.

Fundraiser for police dogs this weekend at Pet Food Express

The 6th Annual "Cover Your K-9" fundraiser will take place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 12 and 13 to raise money for a first-aid like wearable pack called the K-9 Stat Pack, bullet proof vests, car heat alarms and trauma kits for working K-9 police dogs. The fundraiser will be taking place at Pet Food Express stores across Contra Costa County include in Concord, Clayton, Walnut Creek, Danville and Pleasant Hill.

From 11 to 1 p.m. there will be K-9 appearance and demonstrations at various stores showing bomb detection and other maneuvers by the four-legged officers.

To contribute to the fundraiser put on by the store and the Working K-9 Foundation, customers can wash their own dogs at Pet Food Express on Saturday or Sunday and 100 percent of the pet wash sales goes directly to "Cover Your K-9" to provide safety equipment for police dogs. Each wash costs $15.

Pet Food Express and its customers have raised nearly $500,000 for the Cover Your K-9 nonprofit over the past 5 years.

Downtown History tour July 12

The Downtown History Tour sponsored by the Walnut Creek Historical Society will take place July 12. This easy, 90-minute guided walking tour brings to life the early times and development of what has become a Bay Area destination city, according to a news release.

The tours are held on the second Saturday of each month. The next tour will be 9 a.m., July 12. Check-in is at the fountain at Liberty Bell Plaza on the corner of Broadway and Mt. Diablo Blvd. The tour begins at 9:30 a.m. and is free.

A booklet with historic photos of the sites visited may be purchased at the tour for $5. Registration in advance is required and space is limited. To sign up for the tour go to the Walnut Creek Historical Society's website at: www.walnutcreekhistory.info

'Movies Under the Stars' sequel back in July

After a three-year hiatus, the city's "Movies Under the Stars" event returns this summer, with "Frozen" on Friday, July 11. That will be followed by the "The Sandlot" on Aug. 8.

The movies begin at dusk at Heather Farm Park's Ball field No. 2. And families are encouraged to come and picnic while watching the free movie.

Call 925-943-5858 or go to www.WalnutCreekRec.org

Grove to mark Walnut Creek Centennial

To celebrate Walnut Creek's 100 years, it's time to plant 100 trees.

Dubbed the "Walnut Creek Centennial Grove at Heather Farm Park," the public is invited to help make it a reality.

Individuals, families, businesses, community groups and non profits can be a part of the gift to future generations by making a donation of $250 to fund the project. The names of all supporters will be etched in stone on the Centennial Rock in the Centennial Grove.

"Designed to provide a peaceful place to relax and reflect, the Centennial Grove of 100 trees, adorned with a new piece of public art, will encircle the pond at Heather Farm Park," according to a news release.

Among the 100 trees in the grove will be both native varieties, such as coast live oak and western rebus, as well as trees from six different continents, according to the release.

"The mixture of native and exotic trees is designed to represent and pay tribute to the diversity of people from around the world who settled Walnut Creek and helped create and build the community residents and visitors treasure today," read the release.

Donations may be made online at WalnutCreek100.com, or by sending a check payable to Walnut Creek Centennial Grove/Walnut Creek Historical Society, 1630 N. Main St., Suite 118, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Call 925-943-5895 or go to the website.

Summer concert at the Lesher

The Walnut Creek Concert Band presents their annual Summer Pops Concert, an entertaining program of light classical music and marches, on Tuesday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lesher Center for the Arts. Summer Pops will include a special guest appearance by the Clarinet Fusion, an area clarinet choir founded by Walnut Creek Concert Band member Karyn Weber. Call 925-943-7469, or go to www.Lesherartscenter.org for tickets.

-- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi