Best of Walnut Creek

WORKSHOPS

  • Contra Costa Small Business Development Center --

    Social Media and Email Marketing Workshop 5-7 p.m. Dec. 10. Learn how to find and keep customers using Vertical Response email marketing, as well as how to market effectively via social media sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest.

    Practical Business Planning Information Session 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 12. Get information about the 10-week practical business planning class that begins in January. The training is flexible, hands-on and collaborative, with group feedback and support as well as individualized business advising. Both workshops held at Walnut Creek City Hall, 1666 N. Main St., 3rd Floor. Free. 925-602-6806, www.contracostasbdc.com.

    MEETINGS

  • Christian Business Women's Connection -- 7:15-8:30 a.m. Dec. 13. Speaker Veronica Scheers. Topic: Don't Tell God How Big Your Problems Are; Tell Your Problems How Big Your God Is. Sunrise Bistro, 1559 Botelho Drive, Walnut Creek. $16.50. 925-939-2710.

    EVENTS

  • Grad Menorah Lighting at Broadway Plaza -- 4 p.m. Dec. 9. A Menorah (largest in Contra Costa County) will be erected by the Promenade Fountain across from Nordstrom. The holiday festivities include music, face painting, crafts for children, traditional Hanukkah doughnuts and celebration with greetings by city dignitaries. Chabad of Contra Costa sponsors the event in conjunction with Broadway Plaza management. Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek. 925-937-4101.

  • Hanukkah on Ice -- 7-9 p.m. Dec. 12. Ice skaters of all ages will enjoy a Menorah lighting sponsored by Chabad of Contra Costa on the outdoor rink while skating to Jewish music. Traditional Hanukkah doughnuts called Sufganiot and crafts for kids will be offered. Individual tickets are $14, a family pack of four tickets is $54, if ordered in advance at www.JewishContraCosta.com. Tickets are $16 each if purchased at the event based on space available. Walnut Creek Park Ice Rink. 925-937-4101.

  • Lincoln at the Library Open House -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 14. The Walnut Creek Library is set to host a national traveling exhibit, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," from Dec. 14-Feb. 8. Kicking off the exhibit is the Lincoln at the Library open house, when the Walnut Creek Library becomes a living history showplace for all things Civil War. All free and family friendly. 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek. 925-935-5395.

    MUSIC

  • Voices of Musica Sacra -- Voices of Musica Sacra sings the "Glory of Christmas," with organ, brass and percussion. The program includes a carol singalong. Mark Tuning, music director. 8 p.m. Dec. 14, Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Ave., Walnut Creek. 2 p.m. Dec. 16, St. Stephen Catholic Church, 1101 Keaveny Ct., Walnut Creek. www.vmschorus.org.

  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony Features Sister Harp Quartet -- 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. A four-sister harp ensemble, "The Four Graces," joins the Contra Costa Wind Symphony in a free concert of music with familiar carols, Christmas favorites and more. Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 La Cassie Ave., Walnut Creek. www.CCWindSymphony.org.

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