Solid Waste Authority selects recycling contractor

The Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority, which includes Walnut Creek, has contracted with Mt. Diablo Recycling as the area's new recycling processing company.

This came after months of consultants and bids for the $500 million, 10-year contract. The 12-member board decided in February to stick with Republic Services for its garbage hauling.

The authority manages the solid waste and recycling for the communities of Alamo, Danville, Lamorinda, Walnut Creek and a portion of unincorporated Contra Costa County.

After nearly six hours of presentations, speakers and deliberations, the authority on an 8-3 vote to begin negotiations on a 10-year contract with Mt. Diablo Recycling.

Three companies were vying for the recycling portion of the authority contract. Pacific Rim Recycling, the current recycling contractor out of Benicia, and California Waste Solutions, a company headquartered in San Jose.

"Mt. Diablo Recycling is local, we respect our employees by paying a living wage and providing benefits for their families, with many of our team members having worked for us for over 30 years," said Jim Nejedly, a longtime Walnut Creek resident and general manager of Mt. Diablo Recycling in a news release. "We will work hard to do an excellent job and want to thank the Authority for its confidence in our great community recycling programs."

Lindsay museum loses well-known animal ambassador

Sentinel, a male bald eagle and Lindsay Wildlife Museum resident since 1994, died unexpectedly on March 25.

A beloved ambassador, often seen perching proud and tall in the exhibit hall or on the arm of one of his animal handlers, came to the museum 20 years ago.

The story behind Sentinel is that as in eaglet in the nest, a scientist put a special silver band on his leg soon after he hatched in Idaho in 1988, according to museum officials.

In 1993, he was observed flying into an electric power line in Northern California. He was electrocuted and his left wing had to be removed. After treatment and recovery, he came to live at the museum in 1994.

Poets at library for National Poetry Month

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Walnut Creek Library Foundation features two acclaimed Northern California poets, Ellen Bass and Tess Taylor, for an evening of poetry reading and discussion, moderated by Walnut Creek poet and author Cheryl Dumesnil.

The free event will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 at the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek. Registration on the Library Foundation's website is required to reserve a seat at the library, www.WCLibrary.org. Poets & Writers, Inc., is supporting this event through a grant it received from the James Irvine Foundation.

Walnut Creek downtown history tour Saturday

It's time to walk the city's sidewalks and learn about the rich history of Walnut Creek.

The Downtown History Tour sponsored by the Walnut Creek Historical Society will continue this weekend on Saturday April 12.

This easy, 90-minute guided walking tour brings to life the early times and development of what has become a Bay Area destination.

The tours will be held on the second Saturday of each month. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. at the fountain at Liberty Bell Plaza on the corner of Broadway and Mt. Diablo Blvd. The tour begins at 9:30 a.m. and is free. A booklet with historic photos of the sites visited may be purchased at the tour for $5.

Registration in advance is required and space is limited. To sign up for the tour go to the Walnut Creek Historical Society's website www.walnutcreekhistory.info and click on "Walnut Creek Downtown Tours."

It is one of the "100 Ways to Celebrate the Centennial," a communitywide yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of Walnut Creek.

Dine out during restaurant week

Walnut Creek Restaurant Week runs April 21-27, a week during which customers dine at various restaurants and enjoy a prix-fix menu for a discounted price.

More than two dozen restaurants with cuisines that encompass American, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Mexican are participating. The cost is $10 for lunch and $20 for dinner.

Participating Restaurants include C-Blue Wet Bar & Bistro, Corners Tavern, Hamachi, Havana, Hubcaps, Il Fornaio, Kanishka's, Katy's Kreek, Lark Creek, Maria Maria, Massimo, Montecatini, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom Cafe, Opa!, Ottavio, Residual Sugar, Ruth's Chris, Salvatore Ristorante, Sasa, Stanford's, Va-De-Vi and Walnut Creek Yacht Club.

Egg hunt will roll in Walnut Creek

Get out those Easter baskets because the annual egg hunt in Walnut Creek will take place at 9 a.m. April 19.

The "Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt" will be held at Heather Farm Park, 301 North San Carlos Drive. The egg hunt will start promptly, so don't be late.

Parents' Night Out benefits museum

Kids can enjoy fun nature activities and a movie Friday, April 11, while moms and dads catch up with a date night, courtesy of a fundraiser to benefit Walnut Creek's Lindsay Wildlife Museum.

Parkmead Keyspot, the nonprofit day care center at Parkmead Elementary, hosts this parents' night out. The event will raise money to benefit the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, which provides wildlife care and education to more than 100,000 visitors each year.

The cost is $40 per child. Keyspot staff are donating dinner, activities and child care. For more information or to sign up, contact Joyce Wylie-Reubelt at attendance@keyspot.org or at 925-939-1543.

-- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi