Best of Walnut Creek

EVENTS

  • Walnut Creek on Ice -- 11 a.m.-8 p.m. through Jan. 12. Eight thousand square feet of ice set in a "Winter Wonderland" scene. Walnut Creek's Civic Park, 1375 Civic Drive. www.iceskatewalnutcreek.com.

  • Diablo Symphony's annual Crab Gala -- 6-9 p.m. Jan. 25. Along with a delicious crab dinner, the evening features a silent auction, wine pull, live auction, and other entertainment, with all proceeds going to the Diablo Symphony. Del Valle Clubhouse (Rossmoor), 3400 Golden Rain Road, Walnut Creek. $65. www.diablosymphony.org/Events.html.

    AUDITIONS

  • Diablo Women's Chorale -- Welcoming new members for spring season beginning Jan. 13. Rehearsals from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays in Walnut Creek for the May concert "The Birds and the Bees", featuring mostly contemporary American music themed to nature and the seasons. Be a guest at open rehearsals Jan. 13, 27 or Feb. 3, 7 to 9 p.m. Practice recording and sight reading lessons are provided. St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 399 Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek. Mary Sorenson, 925-256-8961, diablowomenschorale.org.

    WORKSHOPS


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  • 'Dogs and Diapers' workshop -- 7-9 p.m. Jan. 8. Being pregnant means a lot of changes for you and for your dog, who has probably been "the baby" for a long time. From diapers to blinky, squeaky toys to crying in the night, your dog's world is going to be turned upside down. This class helps make sure that both you and your dog are ready for baby to come home. One additional family member is welcome to attend as a guest. Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. $25. http://training.arf.net/workshops?eventId=790115&;EventViewMode=EventDetails.

  • 'Mammals," Lindsay Wildlife Museum -- 9-11 a.m. Jan. 25. 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. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. 925-627-2913.

    MEETINGS

  • SIR Walnut Creek Branch 8 Luncheon Meeting -- 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Guest speaker is economist Jay Tontz, Ph.D. speaking on "What Will 2014 Bring, Will the Expansion Continue?" Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd. $25, $10 for meeting only. Reservations by Jan. 9. 925-901-4826.

    MISCELLANEOUS

  • Free Tax Preparation -- All tax preparers are trained and certified by the IRS. Both Tax-Aide and EKS serve all ages; Tax-Aide does not have an income limit, but EKS can only serve individuals whose incomes do not exceed $50,000. Beginning Jan. 6, for information or to make an appointment for the Tax-Aide sites serving the Walnut Creek area, please call: 925-943-5851 Walnut Creek Senior Club site; 925-405-6278 Walnut Creek Grace Presbyterian Church site; 925-979-5013 Walnut Creek St. Paul's Episcopal Church site. For information and other site locations, call: 925-726-3199. For information on EKS sites call 2-1-1 or visit www.earnitkeepitsaveit.org.

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