Best of Walnut Creek

LECTURES

  • The Jewish Connection in Making the Film 'Casablanca' -- 10 a.m. Feb. 22. Speaker: Dr. Irwin Tallarico, lecturer and film historian. Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. $7-$10. 925-938-7800 ext. 239.

  • Exploring Opera - A Director's Journey -- 9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 24. World renowned Opera Director Lofti Mansouri in person, interviewed by opera instructor James Sokol. A multimedia meet-the-author event for opera and theater aficionados. Lofti Mansouri will be at the event in person to hold discussion about his career in opera and his new autobiography "Lofti Mansouri: An Operatic Journey." Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. $17-$22. 925-938-7800 ext. 239.

    HEALTH

  • Help For GERD - Is it Only Heartburn? -- 8-11:30 a.m. March 5. A free health program where an expert panel of physicians will discuss the causes of GERD, symptoms to watch for, and treatment options including lifestyle changes and surgery. We will also discuss Barrett's Esophagus, a precancerous condition that can develop as a result of GERD. St. John Vianney Church, Mullens Commons Vista room, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. 925-947-4447, johnmuirhealth.com/classes.

    EVENTS

  • Wine and Hors D'oeuvres Tasting Party -- 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25. An evening of olive-oil-inspired hors d'oeuvres, charcuterie and appetizer plates with wine tasting, olive oil tasting, music and fun. Menu by Executive Chef Tom Voss from Laurus Bistro and Stomp! Wine Lounge in Blackhawk Plaza Wines from Damian Rae Winery. We Olive, 1364 N. Main St., Walnut Creek. $20. Space is limited. Reservations, 925-280-4574.

  • Murder at the Abby Mansion -- 7 p.m. Feb. 26. Annual costumed mystery solving game. Match yours and your tablemates' wits against those at other tables. Appetizers and desserts provided. Fun prizes. Congregation B'nai Shalom, Social Hall, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. $30. 925-934-9446, www.bshalom.org.

    n Appraisal Event -- 1-6 p.m. March 6. Bring your family heirlooms and favorite flea market finds to be professionally valued by certified appraisers. Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. $5-$15. 925-947-1678, www.gardenshf.org.

    MUSIC

  • California Symphony Presents World Premiere by Cindy Cox -- 4 p.m. March 6. The new work by Cox is an orchestral piece for the entire symphony with extra timpani, entitled 'En espiral.' Guest Conductor is George Cleve. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Center Dr., Walnut Creek., 925-943-7469.

    DANCE

  • The Dance Legacy of Isadora Duncan -- 6:30 p.m. March 9. Lois Flood performs dances inspired by the original choreography of San Francisco-born Isadora Duncan (1877-1927), who became world famous as the first modern dancer. The program includes a narrative about Duncan's life. Walnut Creek Library, 1644 North Broadway. 925-977-3340, www.ccclib.org.

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