Local leads national convention

A Walnut Creek resident and president of The Blue Star Mothers of America will lead the group's annual convention in San Francisco. In its 71st year the convention will be held Aug. 13-17 at the Marines' Memorial Club in San Francisco.

Pat Soler said, in a news release, that she expects 150 members who represent 220 chapters of the troop supporting group from around the country.

A full day-and-a-half will be allocated to educational seminars. The keynote speech will be from retired Marine Corps Reserve Col. William E. Peacock, who also served in a civilian capacity as the assistant secretary of the army for manpower and reserve affairs.

The Blue Star Moms is the oldest national support group for mothers with sons and daughters serving in military.

Looking for 1973 Del Valle graduates

Back in the day there was a Del Valle High School in Walnut Creek. And Class of 1973, it's time for your 40-year reunion.

Organizers want to make sure all their former classmates make it to the party to celebrate the now shuttered high school. The reunion will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Concord Hilton. Ticket information and details available at www.delvalle73.org. For questions e-mail dvhsreunion73@gmail.com, or write: Del Valle 40 Year Reunion, P.O. Box 309, San Geronimo, CA 94963


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Moonlight hike to uncover night creatures

Join Mount Diablo Interpretive Association's Liz Watson under a nearly full moon for a three-hour, three-mile round trip hike looking and listening for creatures of the night, including owls, bats and scorpions.

The night hike will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 17 starting at Mitchell Canyon Visitors Center and Trailhead in Walnut Creek. The cost is $6 per car. Reservations are required by going to www.mdia.org. Attendees are asked to bring a flashlight, jacket and water.

Rally planned at Livermore Lab

Several groups including the Walnut Creek Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center will participate in a rally 7 a.m. rally to protest nuclear bombs at Livermore Lab.

The rally is planned on the 68-year anniversary of the atomic bombs on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Participate in a rally with musicians, speakers and Taiko drummers will be followed by a short march and nonviolent direct action at the West Gate of the lab.

"We will gather at the location where U.S. nuclear weapons scientists are developing the world's first so-called "interoperable" warhead to deliver annihilation interchangeably from land or sea," according to a news release from the group. Those who plan to attend are asked to meet at the northwest corner of the lab, at Vasco and Patterson Pass Roads.

For more information go to www.trivalleycares.org or www.wslfweb.org

Groups who have co-sponsored the event include American Friends Service Committee, Asian-Americans for Peace & Justice, Grandmothers for Peace International, Livermore Conversion Project, Tri-Valley CAREs, United Nations Association-SF, Veterans for Peace, and Western States Legal Foundation.

Mayor's Healthy Cook-Off Challenge Thursday

The Fifth Annual Mayor's Healthy Cook-Off Challenge will be held Thursday, July 18 at Todos Santos Plaza in downtown Concord. Mayors from several cities, including Walnut Creek will bring a chef and participate in a cook-off inspired by the TV show "Iron Chef." Each chef will be given a grocery bag containing a protein item and produce from local farmers. They must use all the items given to them in their dish. Judging will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Presented by the Wellness City Challenge, which originated in Walnut Creek, the goal is to highlight the importance of healthy eating and encourage people to use fresh fruits and vegetables.

Concord's Thursday Night Music and Market will also be in the plaza. The Farmers' Market is open from 4 to 8 p.m. and an Eagles tribute band Hotel California will perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The cook-off is sponsored by Wellness City Challenge, the City of Concord, Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association and Grocery Outlet.

For more information, visit www.wellnesscitychallenge.org.

Bluegrass social at Ruth Bancroft Gardens

Enjoy country music and dancing until the sunsets at the Ruth Bancroft Garden's "Bluegrass, BBQ and Beer" event on Aug. 23.

The sunset social for the entire family will be set in the succulent garden. The Alhambra Valley Band play urban bluegrass, and Willowstone Catering will offer barbecue along with drinks by Pyramid Brewery in Walnut Creek.

The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and costs $15 per person. The garden is located at 1552 Bancroft Road. For reservations call 925-944-9352.

-- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi