Candidates start filing for November election

Only two weeks into the candidate filing period and the November election is taking shape.

Two City Council seats are up for election. Two-term councilwoman and former mayor Cindy Silva has already filed and will officially run for re-election.

Also with filed papers, putting him officially on the ballot is Rich Carlston, a former Park, Recreation and Open Space Commissioner.

First-term councilwoman and current Mayor Kristina Lawson 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 non-incumbents. Both of the council seats up for election are four-year terms.

Others such as Blu 42 Sports Lounge co-owner Matt DeLima and City Council regular and former member of the Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging Ralph Hoffmann have pulled papers to run but not yet filed them, as of Tuesday.

Also up for election is the city treasurer position. Fifth-term City Treasurer Ron Cassano is the city's 12th in the role since 1914. Cassano was appointed to fill an unexpired term on July 15, 1996, and is set to run again.

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.


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

CERT training offered this fall in Walnut Creek

Residents can be a volunteer disaster service worker for the city by taking the upcoming Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.

Classes will be held Monday evenings from Sept. 8—Oct. 20, with a final graduation exercise the morning of Saturday, Oct. 25.

The purpose of CERT is to teach people how to safely respond to community needs in the event of a major disaster.

CERT graduates are sworn in as volunteer disaster service workers for the city upon completion of their training. If disaster strikes, members would check on their own families and home first, and then assemble at a predesignated site to work together to respond to the needs of the neighborhood and gather information for the city's Emergency Operations Center.

CERT classes are lectures and hands-on training, and include light search and rescue, disaster medical operations, and CERT team organization. Students will be taught the use of hand-held radios, when and how to shut off gas and how to properly operate a fire extinguisher.

The Sept. 8 class will be at City Hall; the remaining classes will be held at Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Drive. The final graduation drill on Saturday, Oct. 25 will be hosted by the Rossmoor CERT team.

There is a $25 program fee, payable the first day of class. Register online at www.walnut-creek.org/CERT or call the CERT registration line at 925-256-3556. Space is limited, and classes fill up quickly.

Movie Under the Stars at Heather Farm on Aug. 8

It's time to catch a Movie Under the Stars. The movie "The Sandlot" will play beginning at sunset Aug. 8, in Heather Farm Park.

Families are invited to bring a picnic and catch a movie. The fields open at 6 p.m. and the movie is free, though a $2 donation per person is appreciated.

Pets are not allowed, and lawn chairs are allowed in designated areas. Parking is available at the Ball field #1 parking lot and Community Center lot.

No food will be available for sale. No glass bottles or containers are allowed.

Broadway Plaza's concert series is back

Broadway Plaza's 2014 Summer Concert Series kicks off Aug. 7 with Super Diamond. The series runs four consecutive Thursdays, Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Concerts will be held in the Stanford's parking lot, located next to Broadway Plaza's five-level parking structure. The summer concert series is a tradition at Broadway Plaza, bringing together music and retail.

Acts slated to play include Foreverland, Stealin' Chicago and Joel the Band.

Concerts are free and will include live music, as well as special displays and booths provided by Broadway Plaza's event partners, Stanford's Restaurant & Bar and the Walnut Creek Downtown.

PRO's meeting Monday

The Park, Recreation and Open Space Commission will meet 7 p.m. Monday, at City Hall, 1666 N. Main St.

The commission will discuss the proposed 2014-2016 fees and charges changes for sports field rentals and ball field light fees, and use policies for sand volleyball courts. There will also be a parks overview and open space report.

Storybook Breakfast at library

The Ygnacio Valley Library is hosting a special Storybook Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, designed for children and families.

Joining participants for a continental breakfast will be several popular storybook characters. The fantasy morning includes story time, fun stations, arts and crafts, photo booths, and dress-up for the kids. The event is a fundraiser specifically benefiting the children's area at the Ygnacio Valley Library. Mechanics Bank is sponsoring with a $3,000 matching grant.

Admission is $10 per person, $5 for children; a $100 family donation includes admission of up to five people, a raffle ticket, and the family's name placed in a new book for the children's area. Raffle prizes include children's manicures and pedicures, gift cards to local restaurants, a one-of-a-kind piece of art, and a family photo session with a local photographer. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25.

Storybook Breakfast event tickets must be purchased online at www.wclibrary.org. There will be no tickets sales at the event. Raffle tickets are available online and at the event. Adults must be accompanied by a child.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.WCLibrary.org, or at 925-935-5395.

Primitive games, crafts at Sugarloaf Open Space

Walnut Creek and the Friends of the Society of Primitive Technology are bringing an atlatl toss and other primitive contests, games and crafts to Sugarloaf Open Space Preserve from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

This is the sixth year of a free program that helps kids experience primitive technology through fun and friendly competition and creative expression.

This year features the work of local students from Buena Vista Elementary and Walnut Creek Intermediate with life-size cutouts of the mega-fauna of 10,000 years ago. And students from the Las Lomas High School 3D Art Department transformed a mannequin into a Neanderthal.

Learning to throw primitive tools, discussions about local history and a display of artifacts and replicas will be part of the event. All activities will be taking place in the orchard picnic area at Sugarloaf. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic basket because no food will be for sale.

Downtown history tour to be held Aug. 9

What was the first use of a historic building that first opened in 1891 in downtown Walnut Creek and is still in use as a restaurant?

To learn the answer to this and many other questions about Walnut Creek, join a Downtown History Tour sponsored by the Walnut Creek Historical Society.

This easy, 90-minute guided walking tour brings to life the early times and development of the city.

The free tours are held on the second Saturday of each month. The next tour will be on Aug. 9. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. at the fountain at Liberty Bell Plaza on the corner of Broadway and Mt. Diablo Boulevard, and the tour begins at 9:30 a.m. 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, go to the Walnut Creek Historical Society's website at www.walnutcreekhistory.info and click on Walnut Creek Downtown Tours.

The Downtown History Tour is one of the 100 Ways to Celebrate the Centennial, a communitywide yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of Walnut Creek.

Civic Arts' Sounds of Summer Extravaganza set

"Sounds of Summer Extravaganza," featuring music by Mozart, Vivaldi and Schubert, as well as from "The Pirates of the Caribbean" and Disney's "Frozen" musicals -- including the world premiere of "Contrastare" by local composer in residence George Curtis van Liew -- will be performed by the Young Performers Orchestra Aug. 5, at the Shadelands Auditorium, 111 N. Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek.

And two evenings later, the 24-member Civic Arts Education jazz band will mix cool jazz and hot swinging melodies with classical ballads as well, with Max Pricco conducting the multigenerational group of musicians.

The Aug. 7 performance also takes place at the Shadelands Auditorium.

Tickets are $10 for either show. For more information, call 925-943-5846.

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 history, land, commerce, community and culture, both past and present. Walnut Creek Turns 100 is open to members of the community who live or work in town, and anyone else who loves Walnut Creek, according to a news release.

The exhibit is open to artists 18 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.

-- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi