Best of Walnut Creek
CLASSES Running For Women -- Begins March 19. Beginner 5K class with plans to add a 10K and half-marathon group. The program was founded by women's health physician Dr. Karey Zufelt. Instead of dropping women directly into a running program, RFW begins with run/walk intervals that are safe, gradual, and designed to keep the group together during every workout. The class accommodates a wide range of abilities. 1528 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek. 925-943-6453.
WORKSHOPS Social Security Benefits, 'Your Million Dollar Decision' -- Noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Presented by Gregory Hannah CFP, MBA. What are your benefits? When should you to take Social Security? How are your benefits are calculated? Taxation of Social Security, spousal benefits, benefit-maximizing strategies. Walnut Creek Library, Las Trampas Room, 1644 N Broadway, Walnut Creek. 510-207-7621. 'Mini Mondays' at Lindsay Wildlife Museum -- 10 a.m. -noon Feb. 25. Children become naturalists at Walnut Creek's Lindsay museum. Live animal encounters designed for children 2-5 years old. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver; registration not required. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. $5-$15. 925-935-1978.
EVENTS Shell Ridge Friday Movie Group -- 2 p.m. Feb. 22. The classic movie "To Kill a Mockingbird" tells the story of a lawyer in the Depression-era South defending a black man against an undeserved rape charge and teaching his children about prejudice. All are invited to enjoy free popcorn and soft drinks. Shell Ridge Church, 200 La Casa Via, Walnut Creek. Free. 925-935-3250, www.shellridge.org. All Aboard the Diablo Valley Lines -- 8-10 p.m. Feb. 22; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. March 16-17 and 8-10 p.m. March 29. Featuring hundreds of model trains representing the mid 20th century through today, traveling over 4,300 feet of track on one of the world's most mountainous model railroad layouts. Larkey Park, 2751 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek. $2-$3. 925-937-1888.
MUSIC Benefit concert, 'All About Poulenc!' -- 2 p.m. March 3. Featuring both vocal and instrumental music including solo piano, art songs, motets, flute sonata, Suite Française, and more by French composer Francis Poulenc. Proceeds will support the youth programs of Contra Costa Performing Arts Society, the Young People's Symphony Orchestra and Diablo Valley College's Chamber Chorale. Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. Suggested donation: $20 adults, $10 seniors and students. www.ccpas.org. Donato Cabrera Leads the California Symphony -- 4 p.m. March 3. The concert program includes John Adams' onomatopoeic Lollapalooza, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 featuring Van Cliburn competition winner Haochen Zhang, and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5. Lesher Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. $35-$65. 925-943-7469, www.californiasymphony.org.
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