Two trustees to discuss changes, challenges in Mt. Diablo schools

Brian Lawrence and Barbara Oaks, trustees of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, will present a program entitled "Changes and Challenges in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District" at the May 30 meeting of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club.

They will also give an update on education in California.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek.

Lawrence and Oaks are part of a new board majority pledging more openness and transparency. Lawrence is a school district parent, a mentor for at-risk youth and a volunteer for school sports. Oaks retired from the district in 2011 after serving a total of 25 years as teacher, vice principal and principal at College Park High School. Her grandchild attends kindergarten in the district.

For more information, call 925-946-0469 or go to www.dvdems.org.

Aquanuts hold celebration event

The Walnut Creek Aquanuts, the 2013 U.S. Senior National Champion synchronized swimming team, will perform its swimming routines at the 2013 Celebration of Champions June 15.

The multi-award-winning team offers 10 performances, choreographed to music, in the deep water pool at the Clarke Memorial Swim Center, Walnut Creek. The team will perform from 4 to 8 p.m. June 15.

The cost is $15 per person and $10 for seniors and children. Tickets can be purchased at the door at 1750 Heather Drive, Walnut Creek.


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For more information and tickets call 925-934-4792 or visit www.aquanutscelebration.eventbrite.com

Bicycle commission to ride into sunset

Mayor Cindy Silva will address Transportation Commissioners and Bicycle Advisory Committee members at a joint meeting of the two bodies 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

The purpose of the joint meeting is for the mayor to explain the transition of the bicycle committee, basically disbanding it. This move has been planned for years after the city did a review of all of the city's committees and commissions. The bike committee will basically be folded into the transportation commission. This will allow the private sector and private citizens to advocate for bike needs, said Transportation Engineer Rafat Raie. This will be the final meeting of the bicycle committee.

Art exhibit in the garden to start soon

The month long Ruth Bancroft Garden's 19th Annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibit will begin June 14. The extensive, blooming garden will serve as a spectacular backdrop for more than 50 artists from across the west coast to display more than 150 sculptures along meandering paths bordered by dramatic succulents, according to a news release.

All works are for sale, with prices range from $60 to $50,000. Most pieces are under $1,000.

There will be a preview part 5:30 p.m. June 14, where art and garden lovers can witness the unveiling of the exhibition and mingle with the artists while sipping champagne. Advance ticket purchase required, the cost is $65 per person. During the rest of the exhibit, which runs into July, the cost is adults $10 and seniors and students $7.

For more information call 925-944-9352.

City Memorial Day event planned for May 27

Walnut Creek will honor the memory of fallen servicemen and women, with a special focus on those lost during the Vietnam War, during its traditional Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 27.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the gazebo at Civic Park, corner of North Broadway and Civic Drive.

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Barton J. Gilbert will be the keynote speaker. He joined the Army the day after his 17th birthday, and retired with more than 40 years of Army and Reserve service. His military duties have taken him to Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Central America. He served as a Captain in combat assignments with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam during 1968 and 1969.

Other highlights of the Memorial Day Ceremony include music by the Walnut Creek Concert Band under the direction of Harvey Benstein.

Chaplain Dwane Michael of John Muir/Mt. Diablo Health System will give the invocation and blessing, and the U.S. Navy Color Guard will present the colors and close the ceremony with the traditional laying of the wreath at the Veterans Memorial Plaza.

North Broadway between Civic Drive and Lincoln Avenue will be closed during the ceremony.

Proposals are now being considered for library art gallery

Walnut Creek, in conjunction with the Walnut Creek Downtown Library, is now accepting proposals for the Library Community Art Gallery's 2013-2014 exhibition season. This program is administered by the city under the direction of the Walnut Creek Arts Commission.

The gallery is open to applications from individual artists or noncommercial groups with priority going to those living or working in Contra Costa County.

Each exhibitions last four to six weeks and artists are responsible for the installation of their own work. The Arts Commission Selection Committee and Bedford Gallery staff will review exhibition plans in advance of each proposed project, according to the release.

To apply for an exhibition at The Library Community Art Gallery, there is a nonrefundable fee to submit an application for review of $150 for an organization, $100 for two or three individuals and $50 for an individual artist. Application forms are available at the Bedford Gallery website: http://www.bedfordgallery.org/librarygallery.htm. Applications must be received by May 31.

International film festival coming to town

Tickets are now on sale for the firs Walnut Creek International Short Film Festival, taking place June 7-9.

The festival features an lineup of short films from across the globe, including selected entries from Tribeca, Cannes, Sundance and other top festivals. Seventy films will be screened, culled from the hundreds of entries submitted, including those with performances by Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

The festival kicks off June 7 with a red-carpet opening screening and after-party that will cost $15 per person. The festival will take place at the Cinemark Century 14 in Walnut Creek, with multiple screenings each day.

The festival also features a workshop exploring the short film and a showcase of Northern California filmmakers.

For tickets, a list of the films and more information visit: www.wcsff.com.

'Young Performers' Spring concert

Young Performers Orchestra and Diablo Regional Youth Orchestra will perform their Spring concert May 28, starting at 7 p.m. at the Shadelands Auditorium, 111 N. Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek.

The young musicians will play compositions by W.A. Mozart, J. Brahms and Franz Peter Schubert, as well as the premiere of a specially commissioned work for the youth orchestra by Curtis van Liew, featuring the young composer on trumpet.

Tickets are $10. For information, call 925-943-5846

-- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi