'Finance 101' workshops kick off Friday

The Walnut Creek Library Foundation will present a series of four free financial workshops on Friday mornings in October, the first being "Finance 101," at 11 a.m. Oct. 4 in the Oak View Room at the Walnut Creek Library downtown.

That session will be led by Ward Pynn, a partner with PMB Helin Donovan CPA.

The workshop speakers -- investment experts, CPAs and others who know about retirement planning -- will discuss how to fund college, income investing and asset allocation, retirement planning, estate planning and charitable giving.

Other planned sessions include:

  • Oct. 11, "Income Investing," with Jude Bedell and Meredith Rosen, Bedell Frazier Investment Counselling, LLC.

  • Oct. 18, "How to Create Sustainable Income in Retirement," with George Noceti, chartered retirement specialist, wealth adviser and senior partner with the Integra Group at Morgan Stanley in Walnut Creek.

  • Oct. 25, "Estate Planning and Charitable Giving Under the New Laws," with Gordon Baker, Jr., attorney and certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law with 30 years of experience.

    Each program is free, and attendees can go to any class, or all of them. To register, go to www.wclibrary.org

    City of Walnut Creek wins award

    The League of California Cities has selected the city of Walnut Creek as a 2013 Helen Putnam Award winner.

    Walnut Creek was honored for the 20-page publication "A Community Connected: The 2012-14 Budget Story," which used graphics, photos and short stories to share the city's budget details and process in a more engaging way than traditional budget binders full of spreadsheets.

    "A budget really tells the story of an organization's priorities," said city Communication and Outreach Manager Gayle Vassar. "So why not use storytelling techniques to bring critical information to the community in a way they might enjoy reading?"

    The final printed product was delivered to every residence in Walnut Creek and included QR codes for readers that are interested in greater detail on the budget. The city also created and published an interactive multimedia PDF that was published through Issue.com.

    The 2013 award winners were honored during the Opening General Session of the League's Annual Conference & Expo at the Sacramento Convention Center held Sept. 18-20, according to a news release.

    The "Budget Story" is available on the City's website, www.walnut-creek.org/budget. The detailed budget is also available at that site.

    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. 12 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 St. 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.

    Workshop on creating your own graphic novel

    Aspiring graphic novelists can learn from acclaimed writer and artist Oliver Chin when he leads a workshop on "How to Create a Graphic Novel" Thursday Oct. 10 at the Walnut Creek Library.

    The two-hour workshop -- designed for those 18 and older -- will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is free to the public. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at www.WCLibrary.org.

    The workshop is one of this year's community events for One City One Book: Walnut Creek Reads, which has featured "Fahrenheit 451," the Ray Bradbury classic about censorship and the burning of books.

    Called a "comics expert" by the San Jose Mercury News, Chin has conducted comics workshops at dozens of public libraries and schools. He also is an entertainment columnist for Comics and Games Retailer magazine and reviewer for Comics Buyer's Guide.

    "Fahrenheit 451" book discussion, this week, will focus on "Which Book Would You Save?" The discussion is set for Mon., Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Ygnacio Valley Library. The event is free; reservations are not required.

    For more information on the Walnut Creek Reads program, visit www.WCLibrary.org or call 925-935-5395.

    Hike to help save Twin Canyon camp

    The Twin Canyon Girl Scout Camp in Lafayette, adjacent to Briones Regional Park, will host a hike Saturday to the ridge to raise money to help preserve the camp.

    Twin Canyon has been threatened with closure for the past few years as the Girl Scouts of Northern California determines which of their properties can be made self-sustaining.

    For a $50 donation, hikers can ascend the rough Junior Trail through the camp and return via East Bay Regional Park Trails for a "camp brunch." The one- to-two-hour hike is suitable for hikers 12 and older, as the terrain is quite steep.

    The event opens at 7 a.m. Saturday and closes at 11 a.m. Register online only to help preserve this important link in Lafayette's open space buffer at http://girlscoutsnorcal.doubleknot.com/event/hike-a-thon-to-preserve-twin-canyon-girl-scout-camp-10052013/1334899

    -- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi