Best of Walnut Creek

EVENTS

  • Go 'underground' in The Burrow, Lindsay Wildlife Museum -- Sept. 21-22 (opening weekend). Including hands-on science activities where visitors can engineer their own "burrow" in the form of a marble maze, meet the exhibit's creators and have fun with crafts and storytelling. The Burrow is a permanent exhibit. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 1st Ave., Walnut Creek. $6.50-$15. 925-935-1978.

  • Americas Wounded Heroes Charity Dinner, Live-auction Sentinels of Freedom Golf Classic -- 4:30-11 p.m. dinner auction Sept. 29 and 9 a.m. golf classic Sept. 30. Participate in one event, or both. Scholarships provide modified housing, modified transportation, mentoring and education and culminate with a career track job. Diablo Country club, 1700 Clubhouse Road, Diablo. 925-380-6342, sentinelsoffreedom.org.

  • Bike the Devil (Mount Diablo Challenge) -- 8:30 a.m. Oct. 6. Save Mount Diablo's 42nd annual Mount Diablo Challenge offers races for seasoned cyclists and newbies to raise funds for Save Mount Diablo's land conservation efforts. Join 1,000 cycling enthusiasts competing for prizes during a heart-pounding spin along either the 11.2-mile timed ride climbing 3,249 feet to Mount Diablo's summit or the 6.5 mile ride with a 1,578 elevation gain. A family-friendly summit party with food and beverage caps off the day. Start at Athenian School, 2100 Alameda Diablo, Danville. Registration closes Oct. 3. $45-$90. www.savemountdiablo.org.

    HOME AND GARDEN

  • Author event, Debra Lee Baldwin -- 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Debra Lee Baldwin, author of "Designing with Succulents and Succulent Container Gardens, "has released her third book focused on succulents, Succulents Simplified, which is a great addition to the collection. This book introduces Baldwin's favorite 100 succulents for gardens and containers, explaining how to grow them and showcasing fantastic projects which use them. Doors open at 5 p.m. The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. 925-944-9352.

    WORKSHOPS

  • Saturday Keeper Workshops -- Young naturalists, ages 6 to 15, learn how animal keepers care for animals, clean enclosures, prepare diets, encourage exercise and activity and train cooperative behaviors. Participants will be up close and personal with the animals. Raptors 9-11 a.m. Sept. 28. Mammals 9-11 a.m. Jan. 25. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-627-2913.

    HEALTH

  • Wellness challenge, 'Fun-Fabulous-Fierce' -- 9-10:30 a.m. Sundays Sept. 22-Nov. 17. Are you ready to become a triple-threat gal? Then come join us for a wellness challenge like no other. We'll set and achieve goals, learn how to improve the wholeness of our lives and workout together every week, all the while earning points toward fabulous prizes. 1881 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Reservations: funfabulousfierce@gmail.com, funfabulousfierce.wordpress.com/

  • Healing Fair -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28. Featuring 15-minute healing sessions throughout the day, six free lectures every half-hour starting at 1 p.m. and booths displaying products and services. Healing sessions include several forms of massage therapy, energy work, Chinese medicine modalities, ear candling, psychic readings, and much more. The healing sessions are $20 each or four for $65. The lectures cover topics such as healing prayer, gluten-free eating and forgiveness. Vendors will feature healing herbs, aromatherapy, pain relief methods and a variety of other interests. Unity of Walnut Creek, 1871 Geary Road, Walnut Creek. 925-937-2191, www.UnityofWalnutCreek.com.

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