CERT training offered this fall in Walnut Creek

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 through 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 homes 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.


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'Movie Under the Stars' at Heather Farm tonight

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

Families are invited to bring a picnic and catch the 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 at the Community Center lot.

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

Broadway Plaza's concert series Thursday

Broadway Plaza's 2014 Summer Concert Series continues Thursday Aug. 14 with Foreverland. And the concerts will continue Aug. 21 and 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 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.

Storybook Breakfast at the 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.

Submit art now 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.

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.

Skateboard competition to hit Walnut Creek

Healthy Walnut Creek Festival and Skateboard Competition will be held 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 23, Heather Farm Park, corner of Heather Drive and Marchbanks Drive. There wide variety of healthy opportunities offered by the Walnut Creek Arts, Recreation, and Community Services Department and Walnut Creek partners providing information to the community on how to obtain and maintain healthy hearts, minds and bodies. Features class demonstrations, games, sports, vendors, giveaways, guest speakers, raffle prizes, Walnut Creek Police Department Canine Unit, safety seat inspections and more. Skateboard competition begins at 10 a.m. Helmets, knee pads and elbow pads required. Participant registration/waiver required. All abilities welcome. Free. For registration information, contact Todd Trimble at trimble@walnut-creek.org.

-- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi