Best of Walnut Creek

EVENTS

  • Public Services Expo, 'Second Saturday' program -- 9-10:30 a.m. March 9. Walnut Creek Public Services opens the gates to its corporation yard as part of the Second Saturday Spotlight series. Meet the people and see the equipment and vehicles that take care of thecCity's parks, open spaces, streets, signs and more. See how the auto shop customizes Walnut Creek police cars and get up close to street-sweeping machines and other "big trucks." 511 Lawrence Way, Walnut Creek. Tours are free; preregistration is requested. 925-943-5895, www.walnut-creek.org/spotlight.

  • 'Laugh for a Cause' benefit -- 7:30 p.m. March 16. Benefits All Faith House in Walnut Creek (Habitat for Humanity) and Winter Nights Shelter Homeless project of Interfaith Council of Contra Costa. IMPROV U is graciously donating its talents for this event. Players from a wide variety of backgrounds specialize in short-form improvised comedy, enjoying the opportunity to act like kids again. 200 La Casa Via, Walnut Creek. 925-935-3250, www.shellridge.org.

    CLASSES

  • Running For Women -- Begins March 19. Beginner 5K class with plans to add a 10K and half-marathon group. The class accommodates a wide range of abilities. Coach-led workouts and information on running, nutrition and women's wellness. 1528 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek. 925-943-6453.


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    MEETINGS

  • Valley Quail Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America -- 10 a.m. March 14. Laurie Doty will teach an embroidered rooster pincushion class. Guests and new members welcome. Faith Christian Fellowship Church, 860 Bancroft, Walnut Creek. 925-687-6787.

  • SIR 146 Monthly Luncheon -- 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 14. The guest speaker will be Tom Ehman, director of external affairs for the 34th America's Cup Yacht Race to be held in San Francisco Bay this summer. Clubhouse at Boundary Oak, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek. $25. Reservations by March 8. 925-937-3833, www.sir146.com.

    HEALTH

  • Tuesday Health Series,

    Integrative Psychotherapist Carole J. Morton -- "Distressing and De-Stressing," 6:30 p.m. March 12. A look at the physiology of stress and the various ways to approach de-stressing. 1633 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek. Free. Reservations: 925-274-1633, damian@eatatharvest.com.

    MUSIC

  • 'A Hundred Thousand Welcome' Irish celebration! -- 7:30 p.m. March 10. Go green with the Contra Costa Wind Symphony as it performs Irish music and dance with a Riverdance flare. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr Walnut Creek. $10-$25. 925-943-7463, www.lesherartscenter.org.

  • Contra Costa Performing Arts Society Evening Concert -- 7:30 p.m. March 12. Featuring solo piano music by Ravel, Shostakovich and Bach. The concluding work will be "Beethoven's Quintet in E flat played by the Aeolus Wood Wind Quintet: flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon. Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. Free. www.ccpas.org.

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