Arts commissioners approving 'Orchards' project artists Monday

The Walnut Creek Arts Commission will deal in development and public art at their 7 p.m. Monday meeting at city hall, 1666 N. Main St., when commissioners will select artists for The Orchards' required public art pieces.

The Orchards is a massive 24-acre project on the east side of town that will bring a new Safeway, shops, open space and senior housing.

Also on Monday, commissioners will look at proposed changes to the public art master plan in references to murals. Commissioners will also receive the Lesher Center and CenterREP annual report for the closing fiscal year 2013-14.

'Healthy' skate competition this August

The first-ever "Healthy Walnut Creek Festival and Skateboard Competition" will take place on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at Heather Farm Park. More than 50 city programs, community sports groups and local partners will be on hand to provide healthy activities, food, games and more, according to city officials. For more information go to www.WalnutCreekRec.org.

Two City Council seats, treasurer 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, indeed 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.

Also up for election is the city treasuerer position. City Treasuerer Ron Cassano is the city's 12th in the role since 1914, and is completing his fifth term. Cassano was appointed to fill an unexpired term on July 15, 1996.

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.

Shadelands business district in front of council Aug. 5

The drive to create an improvement district for the Shadelands Business Park is moving forward, as property and business owners there have joined to ask 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, wayfinding signs, security and advocacy concering local issues including zoning changes that could affect them.

The property improvement district would bring in an estimated $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.

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.

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.

Summer concert at the Lesher Center

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