Best of Walnut Creek
CLASSES Wind 'n Sea Sailing Club Training Class -- 7 p.m. Oct. 10. This class will be general sailing skills, knots and terminology, which will be followed by further sailing classes. Being held at a member's home in Walnut Creek. Jan, 925-837-3381.
MEETINGS Shell Ridge Social Action Leadership Team -- Noon Sept. 30. An informative meeting featuring guests League of Women Voters. The election initiatives will be presented followed by a time of questions, answers and discussion. All are welcome. 200 La Casa Via, Walnut Creek. Free. 925-935-3250, www.shellridge.org. SIR 146 Monthly Luncheon -- 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 11. The guest speaker will be Jay B. Gaskill, a veteran criminal defense attorney and former Alameda County public defender who has appeared on CBS' "48 Hours" as a commentator, speaking on "Thugs and The Criminal Mind." The Clubhouse at Boundary Oak, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek. Reservations by Oct. 5. 925-939-8073, www.sir146.com.
HEALTH Cancer Support Community, Update on Prostate Cancer -- Noon-2 p.m. Sept. 27. An overview of advances in prostate cancer treatment with plenty of time for questions. With Dr. Patrick Swift, Director Radiation Oncology at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. For prostate cancer patients and their caregivers. Light lunch provided. Cancer Support Community, 3276 McNutt Ave., Walnut Creek. Free. Reservations required; 925-933-0107.
EVENTS Elks Lodge Antique Appraisal Event -- 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Bonhams, one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques, is bringing in appraisers to give verbal auction market values of the items brought in for review. Participants will have the option to consign and sell at auction if their items meet the minimum consignment requirements. Verbal appraisals in fine art, including silver; furniture and decorative arts; Asian furniture and decorative arts; and books and manuscripts. Participants can bring in 2 items to be appraised. All money raised goes directly to the charity. 1475 Creekside Drive, Walnut Creek. $10 per 2 items. Reservations needed. Kathryn Sabah: 925-642-0415, Kathryn.firstname.lastname@example.org. Walnut Creek International Half Marathon and 5K Race -- 7 a.m. Dec. 8. Includes a Fitness Expo, pre-race dinner, race day, post-race festival and awards ceremony. Starts at Civic Park entrance, course loops through Walnut Creek. Registration: Now through Sept. 30 $35/$85; Oct. 1-Dec. 1 $40/$95; Dec. 2-Dec. 7 $45/$100. www.runwalnutcreek.com.
HOME AND GARDEN Ruth Bancroft Garden's 2nd annual Fall Festival -- Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 6. The county fair meets The Ruth Bancroft Garden in an event full of charm and fun. Whether you come for the scarecrows, pumpkins, free admission or just a day of family fun, there will be plenty to do and see. Admission is free with learning stations, voting stations and other fun activities available for no additional charge. Participate in carnival games and fall crafts for $1 each. 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. 925-944-9352, ruthbancroftgarden.org.
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