Best of Walnut Creek

EVENTS

  • 'Dine Out For DM' -- 11 a.m.-10 p.m. June 21. Help raise funds to help fight Myotonic Dystrophy. Daphne's Greek Restaurant will donate a percentage of the evening's sales. The Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people living with DM and helping find treatments and a cure for the disease. Dine-in and takeout food qualifies, but be sure you print out and bring the fundraising flier, which can be downloaded at http://myotonic.org/daphnes-dineout-dm-fundraiser-flyers. 1813-A Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. 925-934-5098.

  • 'Paws for a Cause' fundraiser -- 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 23. Create a fundraising team, enter a pet contest, sample food from Rubio's, win a raffle prize and bring a picnic for after. First 30 registered adults will receive a special goody bag compliments of Whole Foods Lafayette, Rubio's Pleasant Hill, and more. Castle Rock Regional Park, 1700 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek. Registration is $25 per adult 13 and up; 12 and younger (and dogs) free. Info, 925-279-2247; to register, go to www.cchumane.org or www.firstgiving.com.

  • Diablo Valley Lines, model railroad open nights -- 8-10 p.m. June 28, July 26, Aug. 30. Featuring hundreds of model trains representing the mid 20th century through today, traveling over 4,300 feet of track. Larkey Park, 2751 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek. $2-$3. 925-937-1888.

    HOME AND GARDEN

  • 'Roots, Stems, Leaves and Flowers,' Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center -- 10:30 a.m.-noon June 22; "Solar Cooking for First-World-ers," 3:30 p.m. June 30; "Lafayette's Amazing Natural History," 3:30-5 p.m. July 13; "Composting 101," 10:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 10; "Winter Gardens," 3:30-5 p.m. Sept. 14. These classes are interactive, informative and fun so come join us and prepare to get your hands dirty. Lafayette Community Garden across from the Reservoir. http://lafayettecommunitygarden.org/sign-up-for-events/.

    LECTURES

  • Lecture on Hyperthyroidism -- 7 p.m. June 25. 45-minute lecture by Dr. Michael Ruscio of Walnut Creek. A low level of thyroid hormone affects can bring on weakness and, if untreated, can raise your cholesterol levels and increase risk of heart attack or stroke. 1280 Boulevard Way, Suite 106, Walnut Creek. Free, but RSVP required. 925-705-7454, or www.DrRuscio.com

    RELIGIOUS HAPPENINGS

  • 'Recognizing Service to Women' Special Worship Service -- 10 a.m. June 30. The guest preacher will be Rev. Glenda Hope of San Francisco Network Ministries and Safehouse. The Rev. Hope is retiring after 40 years of service to the underserved population of The Tenderloin. Come and hear how she has spent a lifetime helping the poor, and supporting women in leaving lives of prostitution. Other organizations, including the American Association of University Women and Church Women United, have been invited to participate. Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 925-935-2100.

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