Secondhand-smoke rules now in effect
The city is putting people on notice that the controversial new secondhand-smoke rules are now in effect. So put out that cigarette.
"On Oct. 1, the Walnut Creek City Council adopted a comprehensive Second Hand Smoke Ordinance to protect residents and visitors of Walnut Creek from the harmful effects of second hand smoke," according to an alert on the city's website.
The ordinance prohibits smoking throughout the downtown pedestrian retail district; within all multiunit residencies, common areas, balconies and within 25 feet of all enclosed areas, in all city parks and open space areas, in places of employment, other public places, outdoor dining areas, within 25 feet of all enclosed areas where smoking is prohibited and in all service areas such as ATM and ticket lines.
For multifamily housing, property managers are required to let their tenants know by Nov. 30, with the ban to go into effect Jan. 29. For more information, please visit www.walnut-creek.org/no smoking
Ygnacio apartment project coming forward
The public can get its first real look at "The Landing at Walnut Creek" apartment project during a study session Design Review Commission meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 6.
The project would demolish 21 residential units at 207-235 Ygnacio Valley Road and build in its place a 178-unit four-story building over podium parking. The 1.78-acre site would have a density of 100 units per acre directly across the street from the Walnut Creek BART Station and the planned transit village there. The study session will be used to introduce and gain initial feedback for developers BHV CenterStreet Properties LLC. An environmental impact report for the project is being prepared.
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."
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.
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 email@example.com.
'Strenuous' hike this Sunday at Diablo Foothills
Autumn colors and towering sandstone cliffs are the attractions along the way on a strenuous seven-mile hike from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at Diablo Foothills Regional Park in Walnut Creek, led by East Bay Regional Parks naturalist Eddie Willis.
The hike is for ages 10 and older and it's canceled if there's rain. Keep in mind, too, that Daylight Saving Time ends that morning (clocks move back an hour).
Meet at the staging area at the end of Castle Rock Road in Walnut Creek, out past Northgate High School. For information, call 888-327-2757, ext. 2750.
Go behind the scenes at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Walnut Creek's "Second Saturday Spotlight" program wraps up with a Nov. 9 tour of the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.
The free 90-minute tour begins at 8:30 a.m. and will include a behind-the-scenes visit to the wildlife hospital, as well as docent-led tours of the Natural History Collection and the live animal collection.
The Lindsay Wildlife Museum is at 1931 First Ave. in Walnut Creek.
Space is limited, and advance registration is required. For registration and additional information; go to www.walnut-creek.org/spotlight.
The Second Saturday Spotlight is a yearlong community engagement series led by Mayor Cindy Silva, focusing on city and community programs.
Plant identification lectures offered
Ruth Bancroft Garden will offer docent training lectures to the public. Classes begin 9 a.m. Nov. 2 for in-depth succulent identification classes and boost plant knowledge. Learn how to distinguish Agaves from Aloes, delve into the depths of the Echeveria plant family, including the popular "hens and chicks" and much more. These classes focus on identifying the plants of the garden and will showcase characteristics of particular plants.
Classes will be approximately twice a month, November through April.
Docent Training is $100 for 10 classes, individual lectures are $20 each. For more information call 925-944-9352. The garden is located at 1552 Bancroft Road in Walnut Creek.
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. For more information about this and other Walnut Creek Library Foundation programs, go to www.WCLibrary.org, or call 925.935-5395.
-- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi