Best of Walnut Creek

EVENTS

  • Vintage Paper Fair -- 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 21-Nov. 24. California's finest selection of postcards and ephemera. Walnut Creek Elks Lodge, 1475 Creekside Dr., Walnut Creek. Free. Information, www.vintagepaperfair.com.

    HOME AND GARDEN

  • Annual Gardens at Heather Farm Spring Plant Sale -- 9 a.m.-noon April 13, 27. Purchase new plants for your garden from a beautiful selection of Mediterranean and California native plants; plants for birds and butterflies; spring/summer annuals and vegetables; herbs; container plants and succulent wreaths. In addition there will be various artisans' crafts available for sale. Visit the website www.gardenshf.org for a complete list of plants and artisan crafts available. Gardens at Heather Farm Propagation Center, 600 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek.

  • Family wildflower walk, 'Spring Blooms on Mount Diablo' -- 10 a.m. April 21. Spot early blooming flowers, rare plants, the critters that pollinate them and learn the legend and lore surrounding Billy, the flower-loving dog on his visit to Mount Diablo in 1830. This two-hour, three-mile hike up Mitchell Canyon on the Red Road and Lilly Trails travels over moderate terrain during which hikers will learn to identify early blooming wildflowers such as Indian Warriors, Baby blue eyes, Chinese houses, Lupine and learn how they got their names. Watch for the rare Mount Diablo fairy-lantern which is endemic to California and rarely seen elsewhere. Mount Diablo Interpretive Association naturalists Liz Watson and Ken Lavin lead the hike.

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    WORKSHOPS

  • Shell Ridge Conversations -- "Working Toward a More Just World: Four Conversations about Matters That Matter," 6 p.m. May 1. The first conversation in the series is "Social Justice and What This Means for Health Care." A discussion of today's social justice realities whether in poverty, housing, hunger, education and in more depth, health care. Shell Ridge Church, 200 la Casa Via, Walnut Creek. Free. 925-935-3250, www.shellridge.org.

    MEETINGS

  • Sons in Retirement Branch 146 -- 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 11. Guest speaker is Joel Bryden, Walnut Creek's chief of police. Clubhouse at Boundary Oak, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek. Reservations by April 5. 925-937-3833.

  • Valley Quail chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America -- 7 p.m. April 11. Joyce Mason will teach a program making a Pagoda Pincushion. Guests and new members welcome. Christian Fellowship Church, 860 Bancroft Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-687-6787.

    HEALTH

  • Tuesday Health Series -- "Your Daily Relationship with Your Body, Your Mind and Your Spirit," 6:30 p.m. April 9. 1633 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek. Free. Reservations: 925-274-1633, damian@eatatharvest.com.

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