Best of Walnut Creek

CLASSES

  • Third annual 'Pilates for a Purpose' -- 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon Dec. 15. Three free classes to benefit ARM of Care (Art, Recreation, Movement). A charity that brings healing through the use of creative and expressive arts to those who have been exploited and abused. All fitness levels welcome. Lunch provided at 1 p.m. Bring your own mat. Each class limited to 25 participants. Ten percent of proceeds back to ARM. 1881 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Reservations: armofcare10@gmail.com; 925-941-6100.

    MEETINGS

  • Christian Business Women's Connection -- 7:15-8:30 a.m. Dec. 13. Speaker Veronica Scheers about "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.

    RELIGIOUS HAPPENINGS

  • 'The Man, Jesus' -- 9:30-10:20 a.m. Sundays through Dec. 16. The Rev. Dr. Willis Shotwell will present a special study giving a historical outline of the interbiblical period including the Old Testament, between testaments and the New Testament. Shell Ridge Community Church, 200 La Casa Via, Walnut Creek. 925-935-3250, www.shellridge.org.

    EVENTS

  • '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," Dec. 14-Feb. 8. Kicks offing off the national exhibit in which the WC Library becomes a showplace for all things Civil War. Check out Civil War civilian life, cavalry, artillery and medical artifacts and displays. Meet President Lincoln's impersonator and watch "The Civil War In Four Minutes." Listen to the Gettysburg Address presented by a special guest. All free and family friendly. 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek. 925-935-5395.

  • Stand-Up For Animals at Comedy Night -- 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4. ARF has an all-star lineup in place for Comedy Night, hosted by San Francisco funnyman Mark Pitta. Featuring actor/comedian Kevin Pollak and Canadian comedian and author John Wing. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. $20-$60. 925-943-7469.

    MUSIC

  • Voices of Musica Sacra -- Voices of Musica Sacra sings the "Glory of Christmas," featuring Rutter's "Gloria" and other carols and songs of the season with organ, brass and percussion. The program includes a carol singalong. Mark Tuning is the 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 celebrating the holiday season in a free concert of music designed to warm hearts. Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 La Cassie Avenue, Walnut Creek. www.CCWindSymphony.org.

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