Happy centennial birthday to Walnut Creek! The city of Walnut Creek is planning a series of 100 events during 2014 to celebrate the anniversary of the city's founding.
Flappers and Flasks
"Flappers and Flasks" will celebrate the roaring 20s with a speak-easy theme from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Jan. 24, at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek.
Flappers and friends will enjoy live entertainment and dancing to the music of Dan Ashley and his rock n' roll band, PUSH, and celebrity dealers will offer casino games.
Prohibition-era rules won't apply since a whiskey tasting is included with the price of admission, $100 (free for those over 100 years old).
Cocktail attire or festive costumes are welcome.
To purchase tickets, call 925-943-SHOW (925-943-7469), or visit www.lesherartscenter.org.
Would your organization like to host a centennial event?
Visit www.walnutcreek100.com for more information.
Byron Park celebrates
Byron Park senior living community in Walnut Creek invites everyone to honor and explore the city's colorful history and attire over the last 100 years, celebrate the present and look to the future.
A free event with Mayor Kristina Lawson will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1700 Tice Valley Boulevard in Walnut Creek. Free.
Walnut Creek Historical Society historian Sheila Rogstadt will share a selection of period clothing, and Catherine Accardi, noted author and historian, and past newsletter editor of the Walnut Creek Historical Society, will share insights from her book "Images of America-Walnut Creek," based on two decades of research on the rich heritage and history of Walnut Creek.
For reservations, contact Bryon Park at 925-937-1700 or visit www.LifeatByronPark.com.
AAUW layette support
The Pleasant Hill-Martinez chapter of the American Association of University Women held its annual Layette Shower last month at the home of member Margi Alkire.
Baby items and newborn necessities were collected and donated to the Hillcrest Congregational Church of Pleasant Hill Layette Program, coordinated by Barbara Cotton.
Hillcrest's Layette Program has been providing complete layettes to the neediest babies in Contra Costa for more than 50 years.
Nearly 270 layettes were distributed last year by Contra Costa Health Services' public health nurses during home visits to low-income new mothers.
Hillcrest has also recently been asked to provide newborn items and diapers for three new mothers in a local homeless shelter.
Hillcrest accepts layette donations from more than 20 local organizations.
If you would like to participate in the project, bring layette items to the church office from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays), 404 Gregory Lane in Pleasant Hill.
They will also be happy to pick up your donation. Call 925-689-8260 for more information.
AAUW helps women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
Visit the Pleasant Hill-Martinez chapter at www.aauw-ph.org, the Concord chapter at http://concord-ca.aauw.net, the Clayton chapter at www.claytonaauw.org, and the Walnut Creek-Alamo-Danville chapter at http://daw-ca.aauw.net.
DVC emeritus classes
The DVC Emeritus College spring 2014 brochure is now available with an exciting and interesting line up of affordable classes, tours and day trips.
The offerings include a tour of the California Railroad Museum, opening day on the bay aboard the USS Potomac, a hike in the Marin headlands, and classes on art, music, philosophy, history, cooking and much more.
Emeritus College, a nonprofit, fee-supported program of Diablo Valley College, offers classes for people 50 and older designed to challenge your brain, stimulate your senses, and create new friendships.
To see the entire brochure, visit www.dvc.edu/emeritus or call 925 969-4316.
CVWC donates books
The Clayton Valley Woman's Club celebrated the holidays recently at Oakhurst Country Club where members generously donated children's books to Silverwood Elementary School in Concord, and the Diablo Valley Literacy Council, headquartered in Concord.
The Diablo Valley Literacy Council is an organization made up of trained volunteers who are dedicated to teaching adult speakers of other languages to speak, read and write English well enough to function in our society.
DVLC trains and supports English language tutors who meet with students individually or in small groups to instruct them in the English language, using a method developed by Dr. Frank Laubach.
Tutors use pictures, stories and conversations to teach the consonants, long and short vowel sounds of the English language, and vocabulary and sentence structure.
If you can read and write English, like people, and have one to two hours a week, you can become a volunteer tutor.
The council provides training, teaching materials, and mentors to assist you in this important work. Call 925-685-3881 or email email@example.com.
The Clayton Valley Woman's Club is dedicated to meeting the needs of local communities, and welcomes you to join them the second Tuesday of most months at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, at Alberta Way and Ygnacio Valley Road in Concord.
Call 925-672-9448 or visit www.claytonvalleywomansclub.org.
Live! From the library
Marc Holmes, Bay Restoration program director for The Bay Institute will present "San Francisco Bay and The Delta: The Big Picture," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the Oak View Room at the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway.
The program is free.
Call 925-935-5395 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Live! from the Library events are produced by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation, featuring free public lectures, literary events and cultural programs at the Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley libraries.
White Elephant sale
The White Elephant Preview Sale is a one-day event that offers an early chance to take home great finds before the public sale March 1-2.
Clothing, jewelry, books, tools, art, sports equipment, furniture and household items will be for sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Oakland Museum warehouse, 333 Lancaster St. in Oakland.
A free shuttle will provide transportation to and from the Fruitvale BART station and the warehouse site from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This event sells out quickly and tickets are limited. They are $15 in advance purchased at the museum store (1000 Oakland St. in Oakland), by mail (http://www.whiteelephantsale.org/pdf/previewsale.pdf), or $20 at the door.
Call the Oakland Museum Women's Board at 510-536-6800, email email@example.com or visit http://museumca.org/event/white-elephant-preview-sale for more information.
No scurvy in Concord
The Rotary Club of Concord-Diablo's Picker Squadron kicked off its new year with a gleaning of 150 pounds of lemons in Concord.
The unofficial motto of the squadron remains: There will be no scurvy in Concord.
If you have fruit trees with excess fruit, contact Community Service director Edi Birsan at 925-798-3537 or EdiBirsan@astound.net and he will schedule a group to come and pick the fruit.
The Concord-Diablo Rotary Club meets at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, at John Glenn Drive and Concord Avenue in Concord. Visit www.CDrotary.org. for membership information.
Mitzvah Day is Jan. 20
Join hundreds of your neighbors for a communitywide day of tikkun olam (repair of the world) as part of a National Day of Service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan 20.
Contact your local temple or Jewish Community Center to find out how you can participate.
Send club and organization news, Scouting items, notices of awards and other submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.