Best of Walnut Creek

FOOD/WINE

  • Third annual Diablo Ballet Gourmet Gallop -- 6-8 p.m. Aug. 8. Gourmet adventure walking tour, tasting wine and food at some of the city's restaurants. Diablo Ballet dancers will join the fun. Sip, sample and stroll through downtown Walnut Creek at Lark Creek, Massimo, Walnut Creek Yacht Club, Tender Greens, SF Creamery Company, Silk Road, Stella Bistro, We Olive and others. $35-$45, includes 'Gallop' map. 925-943-1775, http://diabloballet.org/tickets/.

    EVENTS

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

  • Yoga in the Garden -- 6-7 p.m. Thursdays Aug. 1-29. Sugi Yoga is a technique that anyone can do, "comfort-based" yoga that leaves you feeling flexible and renewed, not sweaty and worn-out. Pair it with The Ruth Bancroft Garden. Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. $12-$15. 925-944-9352, http://www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/.

  • Bluegrass Sunset Social -- 5-8 p.m. Aug. 23. Get a dose of country music and dance until sunset. A social for the entire family. The Alhambra Valley Band plays its brand of urban bluegrass, and the celebration continues with barbecue by Willowstone Catering and drinks by Pyramid Brewery in Walnut Creek. Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. $15, food and beverage sold separately. Free parking. 925-944-9352.

  • Christian College Fair -- 6-8 p.m. Sept. 19. More than 50 college reps will be in attendance. Financial aid presentation at 6 p.m. from a college financial aid officer. 245 El Divisadero Ave., Walnut Creek. Register for your bar code at www.myblueprintstory.com.

    THEATER

  • 'Summer Magic,' Walnut Acres Children's Theater -- 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2 p.m. Aug. 2. The Walnut Acres Children's Theater, directed by Judy Ryken, Lee Oller and Joni Cote, will perform an hourlong production of select Disney favorites, including "Beauty and the Beast," "Mary Poppins" and "High School Musical" in this song- and dance-filled show for the entire family. Walnut Acres Elementary School's Multiuse Room, Wiget Drive at Blackstone Drive, Walnut Creek. $8. 925-939-1333.

    MEETINGS

  • Christian Business Women's Connection -- 7:15-8:30 a.m. Aug. 8. Speaker will be Sharon Van Brunt, CEO/executive director of A Hand n' Hand Career Training Center. Topic: "Job Seekers, How to Answer Some of Those Tough Interview Questions." Sunrise Bistro, 1559 Botelho Drive, Walnut Creek. $16.50. 925-939-2710.

    HEALTH

  • Cancer Support Community --

    Frankly Speaking About Cancer Treatment: Take Control of Side Effects with Medicine, Mind and Body 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 3. Learn strategies to manage treatment side effects such as fatigue, anemia, infection and pain. Learn how to manage emotional distress and optimize quality of life during and after cancer treatment.

    Update on Head and Neck Cancer 6-8 p.m. Aug. 27. Join Dr. Richard Carmel and Gail Santos-Silva, RN, OCN and learn about advances in the treatment of head and neck cancers along with strategies for managing side effects. 3276 McNutt Ave., Walnut Creek. Free. 925-933-0107.

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