Best of Walnut Creek

EVENTS

  • CROP Hunger Walk -- 1 p.m. registration, 1:30 p.m. walk Oct. 20. Twenty-five percent supports local rotating shelter "Winter Nights." 1375 Civic Drive at North Broadway, Walnut Creek. Anne Crisp, 925-356-8822. www.cropwalkonline.org/ContraCostaCA.

    EXHIBITS

  • 'Home,' Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art -- Through Nov. 17. This show features a national group of artists working in diverse mediums including painting, sculpture, video, and photography. Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. 925-295-1417, www.bedfordgallery.org.

    MUSIC

  • Sing For Joy -- 3 p.m. Oct. 6. Sponsored by Walnut Creek Chorus. Trinity Lutheran Church, 2317 Burena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek. $10-$12. 925-935-3360.

    WORKSHOPS

  • Saturday Keeper Workshops -- Young naturalists, ages 6-15, 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. Mammals, 9-11 a.m. Jan. 25. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-627-2913.

  • 'Mini Mondays' -- Children ages 2-5 become naturalists as they experience live animal encounters, with a different theme each month. The two-hour program allows little ones to explore different animal species through arts, crafts, activities and more. Nut-free refreshments are provided. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Animals of the Night, 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 28. Get ready for Halloween and its night creatures. Home in the Water, 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 18. Meet animals that live in or near freshwater ponds and streams. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. $5-$15. 925-935-1978.

    MEETINGS

  • SIR 146 Monthly Luncheon -- 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Local comedian Rex Meredith will give his perspective on current affairs, the age-old battle of the sexes, human nature and similar topics. Semi- or fully retired men are invited to meet members and learn more about belonging to SIR. Clubhouse at Boundary Oak, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek. $24. Reservations required by Oct. 4. 925-937-3833.

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    Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club -- 11:30 a.m. Oct. 12. Ron Shoop will present " Confessions of a Bookseller." Zio Fraedo's Restaurants, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. $20-$25. Reservations by Oct. 9. Robin Gigoux, 925-933-9670, ragig@aol.com.

  • Walnut Creek Sister Cities Dinner Meeting -- 6 p.m. Oct. 14. WCSC will celebrate the returning student ambassadors. Massimo's Restaurant, 1604 Locust St., Walnut Creek. $30. Reservations: 925-937-1783, Mhudock@astound.net.

  • Sons in Retirement Walnut Creek Branch 8 Luncheon Meeting -- 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 14. Guest speaker is Mark Peterson, Contra Costa County district attorney. Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord. $10. Reservations by Oct. 10. 925-901-4826.

    HEALTH

  • Fun-Fabulous-Fierce -- 9-10:30 a.m. Sundays through Nov. 17. A wellness challenge for women. Set and achieve goals, learn how to improve the wholeness of your lives and workout together every week. 1881 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Reservations: funfabulousfierce@gmail.com, funfabulousfierce.wordpress.com/