Walnut Creek

Talks of the Muslim 'counternarrative'

In response to research that shows almost a quarter of the Bay Area's 250,000 Muslims have been victims of hate crimes since 9/11, leading Bay Area scholars are urging civic organizations to fight negative portrayals of Muslims in the media and popular culture.

Hosting such a "counternarrative" is the Walnut Creek Library, which has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the American Library Association, to offer "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys," a five-part community reading and discussion series led by nationally renowned scholar Dr. Hatem Bazian.

The remaining four discussion programs will run Sept. 10 ("The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States," edited by Edward E. Curtis IV); Oct. 8 ("Acts of Faith: the Story of an American Muslim" by Eboo Patel; Oct. 22 ("A Quiet Revolution: the Veil's Resurgence from the Middle East to America" by Leila Ahmed); and Nov. 12, with "The Butterfly Mosque" by G. Willow Wilson.

All these free discussions take place in Walnut Creek Library's Oak View Room at 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek.

For more information, go to wclibrary.org/event/roads/

'Local Produce' come to Valley Art Gallery


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Valley Art Gallery's new "Local Produce" exhibit of paintings by local artists is now on display, and runs through Oct. 2.

The Highway 24-Interstate 680 corridor is home to an amazing array of artistic talent, and the Valley Art Gallery is pleased to offer a juried selection of the very best local works, ranging from large, nonobjective abstracts to scenic landscapes to evocative etchings.

In addition to the new exhibit on the gallery main walls, the gallery has 30 "rolling walls" which display more than 300 additional works of art. Visitors can enjoy moving the walls and viewing the works at their own pace, or with the assistance of gallery volunteers. The gallery also features a continuously changing selection of fine crafts and jewelry, all hand crafted by Bay Area artisans.

Valley Art Gallery, at 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek, is a volunteer run, nonprofit organization that has been representing artists of the Bay Area for 65 years.

Diablo Women's Chorale auditions for fall season

Diablo Women's Chorale is gearing up for its December concert, "Holiday Sweet," and is auditioning new members for that show and others as part of its 2014 fall season.

Join Director Mary Sorenson and pianist Stephen Evans every Monday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 399 Wiget Lane in Walnut Creek. Guests are especially welcome.

Sight-singing lessons and practice recordings are provided. Experienced singers have

opportunities for solos and small group ensembles.

At the December concert, the chorale will sing a mix of seasonal and contemporary songs in the jazz, rock, pop, Broadway and folk traditions.

To schedule an informal audition, Sorenson at marysorenson2@gmail.com; for more information, go to www.diablowomenschorale.org

Submit for 'WC100' exhibition by Sept. 4

In honor of Walnut Creek's centennial, the Bedford Gallery, located in the Lesher Center for the Arts, will begin the fall season with an exhibition of artwork that reflects the community's rich history, land, commerce and culture, both past and present.

Everyone who loves Walnut Creek is invited to enter a work of art. The "Walnut Creek Turns 100: Celebrating the City Through Art," deadline for submission is Sept. 4. To find out more, visit www. bedfordgallery.org/wc100. The exhibition will open Sunday, Sept. 21, at Bedford Gallery, 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek.

Wind symphony looking for players

The Contra Costa Wind Symphony, based in Walnut Creek, has openings for performers on a number of different instruments, among them French horn, tuba and percussion. Those interested can contact conductor Duane Carroll by going to www.CCWindSymphony.org and pressing the "contact" link.

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Clay and glass artists' exhibit through Sept. 6

The Association of Clay and Glass Artists holds its annual juried exhibition at the Lafayette Art Gallery through Sept. 6. The clay and glass artists' show will augment the gallery's exhibition "Unique Art, Unique Homes."