Best of Walnut Creek

DISCUSSION

  • Sierra Club Talk-California Wildflowers -- 7 p.m. May 8. Ygnacio Valley Library and the Mount Diablo Group of the Sierra Club invite you to a discussion by Yulan Tong, as she discusses the more than 6,000 native plant species in California. Yulan's program will cover both common and rare flowers of the state. After 30 years as a chemist, Yulan Tong took up nature photography, with a special interest in wildflowers. She has contributed photos for the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association botanical guide, Mount Diablo Wildflowers. Free. Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek 925-938-1481.

    EVENTS

  • Horse Faire 2013, The Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 4. Experience the excitement of galloping horses, live music, performances by expert riders and hands on horse encounters -- something for everyone. Children can walk a mini-horse, pet a variety of farm animals and create equine art. Food and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the day. Free admission. www.equestriancenterofwalnutcreek.org.

    FUNDRAISER

  • Raptor 'Quick Draw' fundraiser -- 2-5 p.m. May 11. Observe eight or nine working artists draw and paint four live raptors from Native Bird Connections. The artwork will be offered for sale by silent auction. Proceeds benefit the raptors and the Bedford Gallery's valuable educational programs. 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. www.nativebirds.org.

  • Parkinson Network of Mt.

    Diablo's 3rd annual Charity Golf Tournament -- 11 a.m. check in, 1 p.m. shotgun start May 13. A donation of $150 includes 18-hole scramble, lunch, dinner, raffle prizes and awards. Emceed by the Carey Brothers. Boundary Oak Golf Course, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek. 925-588-9837 or 925-336-9554.

    HOME AND GARDEN

  • 52nd annual Mt. Diablo Iris Show and Plant Sale -- 1-5 p.m. May 4. If you are fascinated by the iris, this is the place to come to marvel their beauty and fragrance. Choose from a variety of plants. The show is open to the public; there is no admission fee. First Baptist Church of Walnut Creek, 2336 Buena Vista Ave. 925-606-0355.

    MUSIC

  • Contra Costa Performing Arts Society Founder's Concert -- 2 p.m. May 5. Musicians representing all seven sections of the Performing Arts Society will play more than 20 compositions for voice and instrument to honor it's founder, Rosamond Davis. The music spans Baroque to contemporary and includes known and loved composers from each. Admission is free. Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. For a detailed program, go to www.ccpas.org.

  • Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra "French Connection" -- 7:30 p.m. May 12. The program includes Glazunov's romantic "Concerto for Saxophone and String Orchestra" which showcases the saxophone, not commonly heard in a classical context. Professor Dale Wolford from San Jose State University will perform the solo. The orchestra will also perform Debussy's enchanting "La Boite a Joujoux" ("The Box of Toys"), and Ravel's "Le Tombeau du Couperin" ("The Tomb of Couperin"). Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek. $10-$30. 925-943-7469, www.lesherartscenter.org.

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