Community invited to review plans for all-abilities playground
The public is invited to review plans for an all-abilities playground to be built at Heather Farm Park.
The plans will be available at the City Council booth at the Walnut Creek Farmers' Market from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. The Walnut Creek Farmers' Market is located on Locust Street between Giammona Drive and Lacassie Avenue.
Mayor Cindy Silva, members of the Park, Recreation and Open Space Commission, and city staff members will be available to discuss the plan and answer questions. The playground would include soft flooring that can accommodate wheelchairs; sound and sensory equipment; ramping systems; shade structures; free play areas; hills and mounds; climbing equipment and parking upgrades.
All but $100,000 of the $950,000 playground is being funded with dedicated parks bond money and in-lieu park fees. The Walnut Creek Civic Pride Foundation is working to raise the additional $100,000 needed. Construction is expected to begin next spring, with a projected opening in October 2014.
Safeway project focus of study session
The Orchards project, which aims to build a new Safeway shopping center at the corner of Ygnacio Valley Road and Oak Grove Road, will be the focus of a study session Oct. 16. The city's Design Review Commission will meet at 7 p.m., City Hall, 1666 N. Main Street for a study session to focus on the architecture, site layout and design elements for The Orchards. The 202,000-square-foot commercial development is proposed to include a 55,000-square-foot new Safeway store, retail shops, restaurant and a health club. The proposal also calls for an area for senior housing. The City Council will have final approval of the overarching project, likely sometime in December.
Supervisor Mitchoff to discuss the state of the county
District IV Supervisor Karen Mitchoff will describe the general state of Contra Costa County and discuss issues affecting residents at the meeting of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek.
Mitchoff will talk about fire protection, criminal justice realignment, public employee contract negotiations, mental health services and transportation. She was elected supervisor in 2010 after serving on the Pleasant Hill City Council for two years and on the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District Board for four years. She represents most of Walnut Creek, and Concord, Clayton and Pleasant Hill.
For more information, call 925-946-0469 or go to www.dvdems.org
Downtown Trick-or-Treat Oct. 25
The annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday Oct. 25. Kids are encouraged to dress up in their costumes and collect Halloween treats from participating retailers in the traditional downtown.
Those who wish to collect candy should bring their own bag. The starting location is 1601 Civic Drive at the Lesher Center, where participants will pick up a map of participating businesses. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Afghan author to talk about his new book
Afghan American author Tamim Ansary will discuss the history of modern Afghanistan and discuss his book, "Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan," from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Walnut Creek Library.
The free presentation will be in the Oak View Room at the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek. Reservations can be made at www.wclibrary.org.
Ansary was raised in Afghanistan, by an Afghan father and an American mother. His book "West of Kabul, East of New York" is a memoir about world conflicts after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Live! from the Library, produced by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation, features free public lectures, literary events, and cultural programs at the Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley libraries.
For more information about this and other Walnut Creek Library Foundation programs, go to www.WCLibrary.org, or call 925.935-5395.
'Finance 101' workshops continue off Friday
The Walnut Creek Library Foundation will continue its series of free financial workshops on Friday mornings in October, with "Income Investing," with Jude Bedell and Meredith Rosen of Bedell Frazier Investment Counselling, LLC.
Other planned sessions include:
Each program is free, and attendees can go to any class, or all of them. To register, go to www.wclibrary.org
Next 'Literary Speed Dating' session Oct. 21
Just in time for Halloween ... share the horror of dating while optimistically searching for your next date at the next round of Literary Speed Dating, coming Monday, Oct. 21 starting at 6:30 p.m. to the Walnut Creek Library, 1744 N. Broadway,
The event is free and aimed at adults in their 20s through 40s. Participants are asked to come ready to tell a condensed version of their favorite horror story -- a book, a movie or perhaps some other sort of story (perhaps your worst date ever). Each participant will be given an ID number upon sign-in that evening; each "date" will last approximately five minutes before participants rotate to the next person.
Participants are asked not to give out their name or contact information during the course of the evening. Matches will be contacted within five days following the event. Light refreshments will be served. Due to space limitations, pre-registration is required. Register online at WCLibrary.org/event/horror or by calling 925-977-3340. Cost: Free
For more information, call the library at 925-977-3340 or visit the library's website at www.ccclib.org.
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.
-- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi