City band to hold concert Tuesday

The Walnut Creek Concert Band will perform its summer pops performance "American Music Festival," featuring guest artist Mary Fettig at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive.

The concert will include performances of works by American composers Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, "Duke" Ellington and saxophonist Rudy Wiedoeft. The Concert Band, under the direction of Harvey Benstein, is sponsored by the city.

Tickets are $14 to $17 call 925-943-SHOW (7469) or www.lesherartscenter.org.

Boxer to speak in Walnut Creek

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is the featured guest at a July 23 fundraiser in Walnut Creek for the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County. Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, will introduce Boxer.

"Taste of California Summer," will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Shadelands Ranch, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road, in Walnut Creek.

For information, visit www.contracostadems.org.

Library book sale planned Saturday

The Friends of the Ygnacio Valley Library will hold a public book sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 23. A large variety of books are priced to sell. A bag sale -- fill a bag of books for $3 -- begins at 4 p.m.

The sale will take place at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, in Walnut Creek.

Boundary Oak is best in East Bay

For the second year in a row, Boundary Oak Golf Course was named the 2011 Best Golf Course of the East Bay by Diablo Magazine's 136,000 subscribers.

"We are honored," said Lance Iwanaka, general manager of Boundary Oak Golf Course, in a news release. "It is a true testament to the commitment and hard work by our golf course maintenance staff who continue to improve course conditions year after year."

CourseCo, based in Petaluma, took over the operations and maintenance for the course two years ago. Built in 1969, the course is owned by the city of Walnut Creek.

Free compost workshop offered

A free home composting workshop is offered at 10 a.m. July 27, at the Contra Costa Times Garden, 2640 Shadelands Drive, Walnut Creek.

The event is sponsored by the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority and participants will learn what can go into compost and how to create a compost area at home. This will be the last workshop of the season.

For more information go to www.wastediversion.org, click on "composting" and then "composting at home." On the left hand side of the screen click on "2011 workshop schedule" and sign up. Registration is required either online or by calling 925-906-1801, ext. 306.

Chamber offers leadership course

The Walnut Creek chamber is accepting applications for Leadership Contra Costa starting in September. The chamber program is designed to find and motivate community leaders.

Participants meet once a month for workshops, community presentations and group exercises. More than 500 people have taken the course which accepts approximately 30 applicants from across the county each year.

For an application, contact Marcie Hochhauser, chamber senior vice president, at 925-934-2007 or e-mail mhoch@walnut-creek.com.

Final summer Jazz concert set

Residents can enjoy the final live jazz Thursday evening event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21.

Featured at the final summer performance will be Brenda Russell.

The concert is free and will be held in the Stanford's Restaurant parking lot, 1300 S. Main St., Walnut Creek.

Fundraiser for student scheduled

The Indian Valley and Walnut Creek Intermediate community is coming together to put on a flea market and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 31, to benefit the Taylor Brown AVM Charity Fund, set up assist the Brown family with medical expenses.

Taylor, an 11-year-old girl, will be attending Walnut Creek Intermediate in the fall. Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is an abnormal connection between veins and arteries, usually congenital.

The flea market and bake sale will be held in the school district parking lot, 960 Ygnacio Valley Road. For more information on the event, contact Tari Peckham at tbpeckham@gmail.com.

Nominate now for peace award

The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center is asking county residents to nominate local peacemakers for a Peace and Justice Award to be given by the center at its annual Give Peace A Dinner Dance on Oct. 1. Deadline for nominations is Aug. 18. Nomination forms are available at www.mtdpc.org or by calling 925-933-7850.

A nominee must:

  • Be a locally-based (Contra Costa County) individual or entity

  • Involved in addressing a local peace or social justice need

  • Show evidence of long-term commitment

  • Lead and motivate others to participate.

    Last year's recipients were Budd MacKenzie, founder of Trust in Education; Jeff Heaton and Baika Pratt, founders/organizers of the Crosses of Lafayette; and Lorin Peters, member of Christian Peacemaker Teams.

    -- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi