Registration open for annual Community Service Day

Registration is now open for the fourth annual Walnut Creek Community Service Day, set for Saturday, Sept. 27. This year's lineup features 55 projects, including ones at nearly all local schools, at public libraries, in the open space and creeks, at Rossmoor, and in gardens and parks.

Community Service Day kicks off with a free pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Heather Farm Park Community Center, courtesy of the Lions Clubs of Walnut Creek. From there, volunteers will fan out across Walnut Creek to work on a variety of projects. Space is limited in many of the projects; volunteers are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

For a list of projects and online registration, visit www.walnut-creek.org/service. Persons without Internet access may call the Community Service Day hotline, 925-256-3505.

For further information, email serviceday@walnut-creek.org.

Trail workshop for Olympic Corridor

A community workshop to review draft recommendations and an opportunity for the public to share thoughts on the Olympic Corridor Trail Connector Study will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 at Parkmead Elementary School's multipurpose room, 1920 Magnolia Way in Walnut Creek.


Advertisement

The trail study is a planning effort to identify feasible alignments and a preferred alternative for a pedestrian/bicycle facility connecting two well-used, paved, multiuse regional trails in Contra Costa County, the Lafayette-Moraga Trail and the Iron Horse Trail.

If connected, these facilities (in addition to the Contra Costa Canal Trail two miles to the north of downtown Walnut Creek) would complete a trail network that joins most of Lamorinda, San Ramon Valle, and Central Contra Costa.

For more information go to www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/trailconnectorstudy

Library friends group to hold drawing

The Friends of the Walnut Creek Library are having a "Members Only" drawing for $100 or $50 for all members on Sunday Aug 31.

Anyone can join the Friends and be eligible for the drawing. Annual membership is $25 or $15 for students or seniors. One membership is good for any two people residing at the same address.

In addition to being eligible to win the drawing, members are allowed early entry to the Friends quarterly book sales. To join send a check to the Friends, PO 5764, Walnut Creek, 94596, stop by the Friends Bookstore at the library, or go to www.WCLibraryFriends.org and click "Join Us".

Last year the Friends of the Walnut Creek Library raised over $60,000 from its quarterly book sales, the Friends' Bookstore, online sales, and membership dues. These funds went toward purchasing new library materials and supporting library programs for the public that the Walnut Creek library could not otherwise offer.

The Walnut Creek Library is located at 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek.

Luxury vacation company opens in Broadway Plaza

Denver-based luxury destination club Inspirato opened an interactive retail location in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek on Aug. 25. Think of the store as a place to experience what one can experience on an Inspirato vacation; the store actually has a faux living room that overlooks a snowy mountain in Vail.

The opening of the Inspirato at Broadway Plaza is one of five high-profile locations planned to open across the country in the next few month.

"Unlike traditional retail stores, the Inspirato member experience center will focus on educating consumers about what it means to be an Inspirato member, and inspiring them to embrace vacations as a vital aspect of a life well-lived," according to the release.

The Broadway Plaza center will also serve as a clubhouse for the more than 500 Bay Area-based Inspirato members.

Ballot propositions focus of Democratic Club meeting

A panel from the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley will explain the propositions on the November ballot in California and present supporting and opposing arguments at the meeting of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Rd. in Walnut Creek.

Propositions about water, the state's rainy day fund, health care, crime and Indian gaming will be on the ballot. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization encouraging informed participation in government and influencing public policy through education and advocacy. For more information, call 925-946-0469 or go to www.dvdems.org

Senior villages setting up shop in Contra Costa

A new movement known as the senior "Village Concept" has arrived in Central Contra Costa County. A nonprofit, self-governing, community-based membership organization with the goal of enabling seniors to remain in their own homes and communities as they age is setting up shop in Lamorinda, Clayton and Walnut Creek. And a community conversation about "aging in place" in Diablo Valley will be held 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Congregation B'nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane in Walnut Creek.

The villages are not a bricks-and-mortar establishments, but instead "virtual" villages. Learn how seniors can create and join a community-based network of people over 50, with membership providing an array of supportive services, both volunteer and screened. Such services range from shuttling service to doctors appointments to simple home maintenance tasks like changing the batteries in smoke detectors, according to the group's website.

For more information go to www.lamorindavillage.org or www.claytonvalleyvillage.org

There are more than 100 such "villages" in operation throughout the country, the idea based on the Beacon Hill Village established in Boston over 10 years ago, according to the company's website. In the Bay Area there are numerous active villages -- Ashby Village in Berkeley, Avenidas Village in Palo Alto, San Francisco Village, and North Oakland Village. Lamorinda Village will be the first Village in Contra Costa County. The cost for membership ranges from $420 to $1,200.

Walnut Festival coming to town; parade Sept. 13

The 77th Annual Walnut Festival kicks off Sept. 13, and will be followed by two weekends of family fun, all part of Walnut Creek's yearlong centennial celebration. Presented by the Walnut Festival Association, the festivities include a free twilight parade in downtown Walnut Creek and four-day festival with family-friendly entertainment, two stages of live music, a large carnival with more than 30 rides and 40 vendors, exciting games, food and beverages, Specialty Beer Garden and more.

The twilight parade will be held at 6 p.m., Sept. 13 on Main Street in downtown Walnut Creek. The festival runs Thursday Sept. 18 from 5 to 10 p.m.; Sept. 19 from 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 20 there will also be free fishing for kids in the lake from 7 to 11 a.m. and a car show from noon to 6 p.m.

Festival admission is $6 per person, with $1 off per ticket when guest brings a can of food to donate to the Contra Costa Food Bank. Admission is free for active military with valid identification, seniors and for children under 5 with paid adult admission. Food and beverage, games, rides and parking not included in admission price.

Special prices: "Pay One Price" Ride Bracelets, providing full access to all the Festival's great rides without purchasing individual tickets, will be available. Admission and advance sale Ride Bracelets are available at www.thewalnutfestival.org.

Streets getting new seal; road closures will result

The 2014 Slurry Seal project in Walnut Creek has begun, and will continue through September.

The slurry seal work is part of the city's ongoing effort to preserve, maintain and maximize the service life of public streets. Affected streets will be closed to traffic during slurry operations, and vehicle access will be limited.

The 2014 project covers sections of 94 streets, including portions of North Gate Road, Hutchinson Road, Arbolado Drive, Quail Quest Drive, Whitehaven Drive and Snyder Lane.

An interactive map that shows which streets will be impacted and when is posted on the city's homepage under "What's New." Visit www.walnut-creek.org. Contact Slurry Seal Project Manager Joe Sadri at 925-943-5899 ext. 2217.

'Leadership Contra Costa' enrollment happening now

The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is accepting applications for enrollment in Leadership Contra Costa, a program designed to motivate and identify potential leaders and prepare them for community leadership.

Participants meet once a month, the first Thursday of every month from October through May, via workshops, presentations from community leaders and group exercises to develop their understanding of leadership roles and prevailing issues with the community.

Leadership Contra Costa accepts 28 to 32 individuals from throughout the county with diverse backgrounds to participate in the program. The 28th year of the program kicks off at the end of September.

There are more than 600 Leadership Contra Costa alumni.

To obtain an application for Leadership Contra Costa's 2014-2015 season, visit the Chamber's website at www.walnut-creek.com.

-- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi