Commission application deadline extended
The Design Review Commission has an open spot and the city has extended the deadline to accept applications. The new deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25.
The Design Review Commission reviews and approves the design components of development applications; prepares, adopts and recommends to the Planning Commission and City Council standards and policies for the design of buildings; and performs such other duties as may be required by the City Council.
The commission meets twice a month, on the first and third Wednesday of each month. It's a five-member volunteer commission appointed by the City Council.
Two members must be residents of the city and three members must be registered architects, one of whom must be a registered landscape architect. The architects need not be residents of the city.
The current opening on the Design Review Commission is to fill an unexpired term ending in March 4, 2014. The newly appointed commissioner will then be eligible for a subsequent appointment to a first full term of four years. The ideal candidate will be a registered architect, though applicants don't have to live in the city.
Applications are available at www.walnut-creek.org
Residents wanted for medical study
IPM Medical Group is looking for participants in Walnut Creek for a clinical study aimed at establishing the safety and effectiveness of the Axium Neurostimulator System for patients with chronic lower limb pain.
The Axium Neurostimulator System (developed by Spinal Modulation, Inc. of Menlo Park), is a small implanted device that delivers stimulation to a specific branch in the spinal cord, said the release. While this therapy is approved throughout Europe and Australia, the device is for investigational use only in the U.S.
IPM Medical Group is one of up to 25 centers across the United States participating in the study and among the first sites in the country to join the study.
Neuropathic pain is induced by an injury or disease of the nervous system such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Another common cause is chronic post-surgical pain, which affects up to 35 percent of patients who undergo hernia surgery and 50 to 85 percent of patients who undergo amputations, according to a news release. Patients suffer from a wide variety of pain sensations including stabbing, burning, pins and needles, and numbness, and few long-term treatment options exist.
To qualify for the study, participants must be between the ages of 22 and 75, have had chronic pain affecting lower limbs for at least six months and have not seen lasting success with other treatments or previously used spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain.
If interested go to www.ACCURATEStudy.com or call 1-888-978-8397.
October 'Spotlight' highlights police
October's "Second Saturday Spotlight" shines on the work of the Walnut Creek Police Department Foundation with a guided tour of the department.
The program begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 and will last 90 minutes.
Tour guides will lead participants to different stations where police department employees will share information about everything from solving crimes to working with the K9 units. Highlights include the Bomb Truck, SWAT team and a variety of police vehicles. Plus, Walnut Creek's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be on hand to share disaster preparedness tips. (Note: Activities may vary depending on weather).
Check-in will be in the lobby of City Hall, 1666 N. Main Street between 8:30 and 9 a.m. All Spotlight programs are free, but advance registration is requested. To register, visit www.walnut-creek.org/spotlight. To register, visit www.walnut-creek.org/spotlight or call 925-256-3505.
Learn about California's role in Obamacare
Healthcare expert Debbie LeVeen will describe California's progress in implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") at the meeting of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek.
LeVeen will explain the importance of California's efforts to sign people up for health care under the Affordable Care Act and how citizens can help with this work. She is a professor emerita from San Francisco State University, where she taught health policy for more than 25 years. She has worked in health care advocacy, on women's health issues and in California's single-payer campaigns. For more information, call 925-946-0469 or go to www.dvdems.org
Registration open for Community Service Day
Registration is now open for 2013 Community Service Day, to be held Saturday, Sept. 28. There are more than 60 widely varied projects for volunteers to choose from.
Last year's Community Service Day drew more than 1,100 volunteers, with the most popular projects filling up fast. Many projects, such as creating fundraising stationery for Creek Kids Care, helping the homeless and beautifying Lar Rieu Park, are back. And there are some new projects as well, such as installing a disc golf course at Walden Park or working on the 10-home Habitat for Humanity project on Barkley Avenue, adjacent to Interstate 680 and across the freeway from the Walnut Creek BART station.
Every public school and library in Walnut Creek is offering at least one project, and food drives will be held throughout Walnut Creek.
Community Service Day begins at 7:30 a.m. with a free pancake breakfast at Heather Farm Community Center, courtesy of the Walnut Creek Lions clubs. Community Service Day T-shirts will be given to the first 700 volunteers that morning.
At 9 a.m., volunteers will begin working. There are also seven projects that offer an afternoon shift from noon to 3 p.m. For a complete list of projects and links to online registration, go to www.walnut-creek.org/service. Those without computer access may call the Community Service Day hotline at 925-256-3505.
Get 'up close' at Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Lindsay Wildlife Museum introduces "Saturday Keeper Workshops" that let young animal lovers meet the museum's professional animal keepers, and learn how they do their jobs caring for the museum's resident animal ambassadors.
This two-hour workshop explores the world of the museum's animals and their human caretakers close-up. Young naturalists, ages 6-15, learn how animal keepers care for animals, clean enclosures, prepare diets, encourage exercise and activity and train cooperative behaviors. Workshops begin at 9 a.m. before the museum opens to the public.
The first workshop will be held 9 a.m. Sept. 28 and will focus on raptors. The second workshop will take place on Jan. 25 and will focus on mammals.
Both workshops will take place at the museum, 1931 First Ave., in Walnut Creek.
The cost is $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers.
For more information call 925-627-2913 or go to wildlife-museum.org.
'Restaurant Walk' a benefit for girls' learning
More than 25 Walnut Creek restaurants will be providing delicious samples from their menus as part of the Walnut Creek Restaurant Walk, from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 1, sponsored by the American Association of University of Women.
This is essentially a progressive dinner party in downtown Walnut Creek, with ticket sales revenue to benefit the Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette Tech Trek fund, which supports sending young women to science/math university summer camps The camps feature hands-on activities in math, science and related fields.
Send checks, at $30 per person, to Gail Chesler at 2914 Fyne Dr., Walnut Creek, CA 94598. Checks should be made out to AAUW OML Community Outreach Fund, Inc.
-- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi