Best of Walnut Creek

FOOD/WINE

  • Dim Sum class -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 19. Dim Sum can be served as an elegant appetizer, light lunch or as a special treat. In this class you will learn to use a variety of ingredients and seasonings to create these popular little snacks such as pork and shrimp dumplings, BBQ pork buns, Chinese broccol, and sesame seed balls. Supply fee due at class and preregistration is required. 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. $57. 925-943-5858, www.walnutcreekrec.org.

    EVENTS

  • Ace Hardware Girl's Night Out -- 6-8 p.m. May 9. Enjoy refreshments as you shop the night away and enjoy special events and activities throughout the store. Complimentary professional nail painting, Mother's Day gift boutique with free gift wrapping, DIY crafts and how-tos and giveaways and discounts. 2044 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. 925-705-7500.

    MUSIC

  • Guitarist Glenn Staller -- 3 p.m. May 11. Staller teaches guitar, theory and piano and is currently writing instructional books and videos for both guitar and ukulele. He preforms frequently throughout the Bay Area, with appearances around the country. Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. Free, donations accepted. 925-935-2100.


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  • The Beat Goes On with the Blackhawk Chorus -- 8 p.m. May 21. 130 voices of the men and women of the Blackhawk Chorus will present a show that features hits that include Sweet Caroline, The Look of Love, Feelin' Groovy, Unforgettable and more. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. 925-943-7569, www.blackhawkchorus.com.

    DANCE

  • Great Masters, Inside the Dancer's Studio -- 8 p.m. May 9; 2, 8 p.m. May 10. Featuring Val Caniparoli's passionate duet "Fade to Black," set to the legendary songs of Nina Simone. The duet, demonstrates fireworks between a couple in a sassy, sultry and rough-love dance work that will leave you breathless. Also on the program is George Balanchine's celebratory concert version of "Who Cares?" set to the Broadway music of George Gershwin, and performed live under the musical direction of Greg Sudmeier. Shadelands Arts Center Auditorium, 111 N. Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek. 925-943-1775.

    CLASSES

  • Beginning Argentine Tango -- 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays through May 29. Learn fundamentals, technique, rhythm and musicality while gaining movement awareness and the satisfaction of being able to dance the most challenging of all dances. Wear leather-soled shoes. 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. $48. Registration, 925-943-5858, www.WalnutCreekRec.org.

    WORKSHOPS

  • Savvy Social Security Planning For Women -- 1-3 p.m. May 10 and 17. Topics include: Women's Realities, Understanding the Value of Social Security, How to Increase Retirement Income, The Best Time to Apply for Benefits and Married? How to Coordinate Benefits with your spouse. Walnut Creek Main Library, Las Trampas Room, 1644 N Broadway. 510-207-7621.

    LECTURES

  • Urban Design Critic John King -- 9:30 a.m.-noon May 12. Part of the 100 Ways to Celebrate Walnut Creek's Centennial, King will discuss what works and what could be done better in his Walnut Creek hometown. King has been with the San Francisco Chronicle since 1992. Lunch follows. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. $25. 925-627-2913.

    POLITICAL NOTES

  • State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Sacramento Update -- 7 p.m. May 21. Senator DeSaulnier will discuss the status of state legislation on water, high-speed rail, budget and more timely issues at the Diablo Valley Democratic Club, Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. 925-946-0469, www.dvdems.org.

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