Best of Walnut Creek

HEALTH

  • Cancer Support Community --

    Frankly Speaking About Melanoma 6-8 pm. Jan. 15. Learn about the latest treatments for melanoma including very recent advances. Learn about side effects and side-effect management along with social emotional challenges of the diagnosis. Presented by Matt Sirott, MD a medical oncologist with Diablo Valley Oncology Hemotology. Cancer Support Community, 3276 McNutt Ave., Walnut Creek. Free. Reservations: 925-933-0107.

    EVENTS

  • California and the Civil War:

    From Frontier to Province -- 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7. American historian Kevin Starr, Associate Dean of Libraries, will be the speaker. Starr will discuss the emergence of national leadership in California and by California during the Civil War with an analysis of California's transition from frontier to province and its remarkable development in social and political arenas. $15-$25. VIP reception available. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. Tickets: 925-943-7469. www.WCLibrary.org.

    HOME AND GARDEN


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  • Contra Costa Rose Society Winter Rose Pruning Demo -- 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 12. bring gloves and pruners for hands-on instruction. Meet in the rose garden by the gazebo. Rain date of Jan. 19 if it is raining on the 12th. The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. Free. Annie: 925-330-6212, www.ccrose.org.

    MUSIC

  • Contra Costa Performing Arts Society Classical Concert -- 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8. The concert will open with three cellos and piano playing David Popper, followed by a Villa Lobos work for flute and cello. The concert concludes with flute, clarinet and piano playing Donald Draganski's "Trio from Rio." Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. Free. www.ccpas.org.

    n Walnut Creek Chorus Open House Sing-a-long -- 7 p.m. Jan. 14. Love to Sing? Join the Walnut Creek Chorus. The chorus performs two concerts each season along with a few sing-outs. They meet every Monday from 7-9 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church 2317 Buena Vista Avenue, Walnut Creek. Contact: walnutcreekchorus@gmail.com.

    MEETINGS

  • Sons in Retirement Branch 146 -- 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 10. The guest speaker will be Leigh Kjeldsen, a local audiologist, whose topic is "Hearing Loss -- Causes and Remedies." Clubhouse at Boundary Oak, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek. Reservations are required by Jan. 4. 925-939-8073, www.sir146.com.

  • Mt.

    Diablo Genealogical Society Meets in Rossmoor -- 1:15-3 p.m. Jan. 18. Everyone is invited. Access for those coming from outside Rossmoor is by telling the Gatekeeper that you're going to the Genealogy Society Meeting in Creekside Clubhouse. Cat Nielson, an expert in genealogical research, will speak on "Genealogy! Where Do I Start?" Reservations for the lunch by Jan. 15. Laura Sanchez: 925-946-1620 or Laura3627@gmail.com.

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