Walnut Creek honors veterans Nov. 11

The bond between soldiers in war and in peacetime will be the theme of Walnut Creek's Veterans Day Ceremony on 11 a.m., Nov. 11 at the Lesher Center for the Arts. The free event will open with a Walnut Creek Television documentary featuring the Third Thursdays Veterans Group to illustrate the ongoing importance of camaraderie among veterans, even decades postwar, according to a news release. The Third Thursday group began meeting 10 years ago with a handful of members; today, more than 100 veterans gather the third Thursday of each month to share their experiences over lunch.

In addition to the video presentation, Third Thursday group member Steve Cram will deliver a keynote address.

Cram may be the youngest Pearl Harbor survivor. When he was 4, he joined his father, a minister in a Congregational Church in Maui, for church service on the hospital ship USS Solace. Steve and his father were on the ship when bombs began falling, and returned home safely. He became a doctor and enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam.

The Veterans Day ceremony will include a welcome from Walnut Creek Mayor Cindy Silva and a musical concert of patriotic songs including a salute to all the branches of the Armed Forces by the Walnut Creek Concert Band under the direction of Harvey Benstein.

There will be a reception in the Hofmann rotunda following the ceremony. For further information, contact Walnut Creek City Clerk Suzie Martinez at 925-943-5819 or by emailing smartinez@walnut-creek.org.

Saint Mary's symposium on Jerry Brown

Saint Mary's College will host "Governor Jerry Brown: Leadership & Legacy," a symposium about the impact of one of California's most iconic political leaders, Nov. 12 starting at 7 p.m. at the college's Soda Activity Center, 1928 St. Marys Road in Moraga.

Having served two terms as governor in the 1970s, Brown has now served longer than any other California governor, having surpassed the tenure of Earl Warren, the Supreme Court chief justice.

A panel of California political experts -- journalists, academians and other observers -- will discuss Brown's life, impact and legacy as a policymaker, leader and political icon. A question-and-answer session follows the panel presentation, and audience members will be invited to participate in the discussion.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

Rajan to discuss economic development

California's busy GO Biz Director Kish Rajan -- a former Walnut Creek city councilman -- makes a special stop in Contra Costa County as featured speaker at a breakfast presentation sponsored by the Leadership Contra Costa Alumni Association from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 14 at Scott's Seafood Restaurant, 1333 N. California Blvd., in Walnut Creek.

For the past year, Rajan has had a leadership role as director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development, traveling the state to help realize job creation, economic growth and greater international trade.

"Rajan will share stories of success that have meaningful impact on SF Bay Area counties and local communities," according to a news release. "He will also discuss how he and his team are embracing their mission, overcoming complex challenges at the state level and growing California's economy through leadership excellence and innovative partnerships."

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $25 through association's website, www.lccalumni.net. For more information and to register, visit www.lccalumni.net.

Ice rink back in action Nov. 15

Walnut Creek on Ice opens Nov. 15, and for its ninth year, the outdoor holiday ice rink will open with a Children's Winter Festival on Saturday Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The free event includes figure skating, live skating performances, face painting, balloon artist, refreshments, live entertainments and giveaways. The rink, located in Civic Park, is put on every year by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and Walnut Creek Downtown. The rink's last day will be Jan. 12.

The rink will open at noon Monday through Friday and at 11 a.m. on weekends. It closes at 8 p.m. every day except Friday and Saturday, when it stays open until 11 p.m.

The price for admission depends on time and day and ranges from $11-$15 which includes a skate rental. Frequent skater passes are available. Birthday party and other private rentals are available for purchase. For more information and for holiday operating hours, go to www.IceSkateWanutCreek.com or call 925-935-7669.

Las Lomas' fall play 'Romeo and Juliet' opens Nov. 14

Las Lomas High School will stage "Romeo & Juliet," William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy that for this production is set in the 1940s, on Nov. 14-16, and Nov. 20-22 in the Las Lomas High School Theater, 1460 S. Main St., Walnut Creek.

This story of two young people in love kept apart by their feuding families -- this time set during World War II -- will be presented by a cast and crew of 45 Las Lomas students, mostly from the school's drama and stagecraft classes. Come and experience this superbly crafted play of one of Shakespeare's most loved stories.

The doors open at 7 p.m., with show time at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $8 for students and seniors, and $10 for the general public.

-- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi