'What's Mine is Yours' plans clothing giveaway

The "What's Mine is Yours Pop-Up Store," featuring clothing collected through a local 501 c (3) nonprofit started by students at Northgate High in Walnut Creek and Bentley School in Lafayette, will be open Aug. 10, at Seven Hills School in Walnut Creek.

It will operate primarily to provide a "boutique-like experience" for teen girls from throughout the county.

The two primary organizers and volunteers helping them will give as many as 40 girls, through the four agencies in Contra Costa County that operate group homes for foster girls, the opportunity to "shop" (free) for 15 pieces of the "gently loved clothing" collected by What's Mine is Yours.

To date, What's Mine is Yours has collected more than 4,600 pieces of clothing and distributed more than 1,700 pieces to group homes and agencies in the area. Other clothing has been given to individuals in need that have contacted What's Mine is Yours on their own.

76th annual Walnut Festival in September

September is Walnut Festival Month with events that include a 10K/5K run, the Twilight Parade and the Walnut Festival.

The Walnut Festival Association presents the 76th annual Walnut Festival, with three weeks of events. The fun run will be held Sept. 8, and all money raised through registrations for the race will be donated to Walnut Creek schools based on the number of runners each school has in the race.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Main Street will come alive with the Twilight Parade. And beginning Thursday, Sept. 19, the Walnut Festival will take over Heather Farm Park. The four-day event ends Sunday, Sept. 22.

There will be two live music stages, two areas of carnival rides, a beer garden and car show. Admission is $6 per person; $1 off per ticket when a guest brings a can of food to donate to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano; free for active military with valid identification, seniors and for children under 5 with paid adult admission.

For more information, go to www.thewalnutfestival.org.

Park, recreation board will meet Monday

The Park, Recreation and Open Space Commission will meet 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, in the City Council chamber, 1666 N. Main St.

The commission will receive a presentation on park maintenance and on the city's open space. For more information, go to www.walnut-creek.org.

CERT training returns to Walnut Creek in the fall

Become a trained disaster service worker for the city of Walnut Creek by taking the upcoming Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.

CERT teaches people how to safely respond to the needs of the community in the event of a disaster. CERT graduates are sworn in as volunteer disaster service workers for the city upon completion of their training.

If disaster strikes, CERT team members check on their own families and homes first, and then assemble at a predesignated site to work together to respond to the needs of the neighborhood and gather information for the city's Emergency Operations Center.

"CERT classes are a combination of lecture and hands-on training, and include light search and rescue, disaster medical operations, and CERT team organization," according to a news release. "Among other skills, participants learn how to use hand-held radios, shut off gas and operate a fire extinguisher."

Classes will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays Sept. 11-Oct. 16, at Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Drive. There is a final graduation drill Saturday, Nov. 2.

There is a $25 program fee. Register at www.walnut-creek.org/CERT or call the CERT registration line, 256-3556. Space is limited, and classes fill up quickly.

Ancient Ways, atlatl contest set at Sugarloaf

The Ancient Ways family program at Sugarloaf Open Space returns for its fifth year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10.

The day, which allows families to participate in primitive contests, games and crafts in the open space, is sponsored by the city and the Friends of the Society of Primitive Technology.

Families can try tossing the atlatl (a device for throwing a spear or dart) and throw a rabbitstick (a flat, curved club once used for game hunting, like a boomerang).

Participants will travel back in time to experience primitive technology through fun and friendly competition. Kids ages 9 and older can participate in throwing the atlatl. There will be an internationally certified contest using criteria from the World Atlatl Association.

Those attending can also visit the tule house and relax on a "chieftains bed." Demonstrations include flintknapping, fire starting and cooking in a willow basket. Discussions about local history and a display of artifacts and replicas will also be part of the day.

All activities will be taking place in the orchard picnic area at Sugarloaf. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic basket.

For more information, call the Open Space office at 925-943-5899, ext. 2135 or email dollard@walnut-creek.org.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, there will be a history tour at Howe Homestead park. The tour will be led by a ranger and will show visitors the home of James Pomeroy Howe, a former reporter for The Associated Press.

Reservations are required by calling 925-943-5899, ext. 2135.

'Banned Books' teen photography contest

The Walnut Creek Library Foundation got caught reading banned books, and wants to see your banned book(s), too.

Email the foundation with your original photo with a banned book (one or more) and you could win a Barnes & Noble gift certificate.

Entrants must be 13-18 years old and must attend a Walnut Creek school or live in Walnut Creek. Deadline is Sept. 4; winners will be announced after Sept. 23, during Banned Books Week.

Email your photo along with your signed entry form to SRTeens13@gmail.com; the words "TEEN PHOTO CONTEST" must appear in the subject line of the email. (Or you may bring your signed entry form to the Walnut Creek or Ygnacio Valley libraries.)

Selected entries may be displayed on the Walnut Creek Library Foundation's website (wclibrary.org), Facebook or Instagram (#wcbannedbooks) sites, and/or in the Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley Libraries.

For more details, go to www.WCLibrary.org or call 925.935-5395.

Residents can learn to 'zero waste' their home

Ben Johnson, a blogger and author of Zero Waste Home, will be the featured speaker 7 p.m. Aug. 29, at the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek.

Johnson, who lives in Mill Valley with her husband and two sons, is known for having managed to reduce her family's waste to a mere quart jar per year. She has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Sunset Magazine, People, Huffington Post, YES magazine and Mother Earth News, and has been on The Today Show.

She will give a presentation related to her recently released book and answer questions on how the change in family lifestyle has provided a better quality of life, provided more time and cut spending.

This talk is free and co-sponsored by the Green Group of the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek. Visit www.mduuc.org.

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 hike is 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. Participants are asked to bring a flashlight, jacket and water.

Bluegrass social set at Ruth Bancroft Garden

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

The Alhambra Valley Band play urban bluegrass, and Willowstone Catering will offer barbecue along with drinks by Pyramid Brewery in Walnut Creek. From 5 to 8 p.m.; $15 per person. The garden is located at 1552 Bancroft Road. For reservations, call 925-944-9352.

-- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi