Best of Walnut Creek
WORKSHOPS Fundraising Workshop, 'Finding Foundation Support for Your Education' -- 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 13. Participants will learn how to obtaining financial aid for their studies. What they need to know before approaching foundations. Other topics discussed include the different sources of funding, how to create a personal profile to attract funders, print and electronic resources that provide information on scholarships from foundations and other grantmakers. The application process, including tips on how to make your application successful will be covered. Register at http://tinyurl.com/foundation-support-education. Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway, Oak View Room, Walnut Creek. 925-977-3340.
EVENTS Ygnacio Valley High School Closs of 1972 40th Class Reunion -- Noon-6 p.m. Sept. 8. An amazing, fun-filled time of food, music and laughter as we make new friends and renew old friendships. Catered BBQ (includes meal, beer, wine and soda). Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area, 1700 Castle Road Road, Walnut Creek. Betsy (Goulette) Coutts: 530-589-0811. Civil War Novelist Jeff Shaara, Walnut Creek's 'One City One Book' event -- 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11. New York Times bestselling author and master storyteller of historical and military fiction Jeff Shaara makes a special West Coast appearance, sponsored by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation. Shaara is the author of 12 books, including Civil War novels "Gods and Generals," "The Last Full Measure" and the recent bestseller "A Blaze of Glory." His books will be on sale, and he will sign copies after the presentation. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $35-$75. 925-943-7469, www.LesherArtCenter.org. Ruth Bancroft Garden's free Fall Festival & Scarecrow-Making Contest -- Contest entry forms due Sept. 15. Festival noon-4 p.m. Oct. 6. Prizes including tickets to San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay and Wax Museum and Concord's Ghost Golf. The garden provides the scarecrow frame, allowing scarecrow designers to let their imaginations go wild. Pick up scarecrow frames now at The Ruth Bancroft Garden; call 925 944 9352 to arrange. Deliver finished scarecrows between Oct. 1 and 5 to 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. Free admission and free parking; no cost to enter the contest. 925-944-9352, www.ruthbancroftgarden.org.
GALLERIES Artist Reception, Blanca Alfonso -- 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6. Welcome artist Blanca Alfonso at an opening reception for her exhibit of acrylic paintings. The show runs from Sept. 1-30. Light refreshments will be served. Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. 925-938-1481, www.ccclib.org.
MUSIC Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, 'Seven Wonders of the World' -- 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra will present "Seven Wonders of the World," featuring violinist Jeremy Cohen. He will perform a trio of tantalizing tangos, and the program will move from Argentina to Norway, Hungary, Russia and Great Britain. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. $10-$30. 925-943-7469, www.lesherartscenter.org
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