Student poets to be honored on May 3

The Walnut Creek Library Foundation will celebrate poetry with a student poetry reading by the winners of the 6th Annual Student Poetry Contest. The First,- second- and third-place winners will read their poems at the Walnut Creek Library in the Oak View Room of the downtown library, 1644 N. Broadway, at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3.

The 2014 contest theme, "100," celebrates and commemorates the City of Walnut Creek's Centennial. More than 300 poems were submitted by students from first through 12th grade at Walnut Creek schools.

The poetry contest and event are part of the Library Foundation's annual Poetry Live! program. Ellen Bass and Tess Taylor are this year's featured poets and will be at the Walnut Creek Library 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 for readings and discussion, along with moderator Cheryl Dumesnil. The event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.

For more information about these and other Walnut Creek Library Foundation programs, go to www.WCLibrary.org, or call 925.935-5395.

Art and wine festival coming soon

The 33rd annual Art & Wine Festival will come back to Heather Farm Park May 31 and June 1. The annual event features entertainment, thousands of distinctive handmade crafts and works of art and of course, award-winning local and regional wines and microbrews. There will also be ethnic and traditional festival foods, a special premium wine tent, beer garden and a children's area. The Art & Wine Festival annually draws 100,000 visitors over two days. While admission is free it does cost to drink and eat.

This event is put on each year by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. There are sponsorship packages still available that range from $800 to $50,000. For more information call the chamber at (925) 934-2007.

Former KGO 'Money Talk' host to speak at library

Jim Jorgensen, former "Money Talk" host on radio stations KGO and KABL and nationally syndicated from New York for many years, will meet with former

listeners and readers in Walnut Creek to talk about his 40 years on radio and from his many books on personal finance. Jorgensen, a Walnut Creek resident, will appear Sunday, May 4, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Oak View Room of the Walnut

Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway.

The most recent of his eight books, "Where Did My Money Go?," is about what he learned in building a retirement nest egg, is a bestseller.

If you can't attend, drop him a note and questions to info@financialsavvy.com.

Trees coming down in Walnut Creek

Beware Walnut Creekers -- over the next three weeks Walnut Creek and contractors will be removing trees. But it has nothing to do with the 735 trees that PG&E plans to remove and city leaders are raging against.

Here are the locations and the reasoning from the city for removal of some other trees:

  • Heather Farm Park -- Three eucalyptus trees in front of the preschool and are in decline, having dropped several branches. They are a safety concern for the children in the preschool.

  • Heather Farm Park -- Seven trees are in poor health and need to be removed for the construction of the All-Abilities Playground.

  • Oak Grove -- Two magnolias trees located in the sidewalk and their roots have raised portions of sidewalk creating an ongoing public safety hazard.

  • North Main Street -- Two ask trees are located in the sidewalk and their roots have raised portions of the sidewalk creating an ongoing public safety hazard.

  • Walnut Avenue -- Nine various species trees have lifted and damaged the sidewalk along Walnut Avenue. This is part of the city's capital budget "Sidewalk Repair Project."

  • Heather Farm Tennis Center -- Two trees are have lifted and damaged the concrete flat work adjacent to the tennis courts. This is part of ongoing capital budget work.

    In most cases these trees will be replaced in the same location. However, the species of tree may change to better suit the site, according to city officials.

    And the Centennial Grove legacy project will result in 85 new trees at Heather Farm Park.

    Playground bricks are still available

    There's still time to adopt a commemorative brick for the new All Abilities Playground, to be built this summer at Heather Farm Park.

    The Walnut Creek Civic Pride Foundation has extended the deadline for the brick program to June 30. The Foundation is trying to raise more than $325,000 for the playground.

    Two sizes of bricks are available for individuals or families -- 4-by-8-inches for $100, and 8-by-8-inches for $250.

    Other donor opportunities are available for businesses and community groups. To make a donation or for more information, go to www.WCCivicPride.org. Earthquake historian to speak at Library

    Author and Historian Richard Schwartz will share stories of how refugees transformed the East Bay when they fled San Francisco in the wake of the 1906 quake at a special presentation at the Walnut Creek Library.

    The free presentation begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15 in the Walnut Creek Library's Oak View Room.

    On April 17, 1906, the day of the great earthquake, Berkeley had 26,000 residents.

    A year later, its population had grown to 38,000, largely due to the influx of homeless refugees. Berkeley residents set up temporary camps, dispensed food, listed jobs, took in the homeless and helped victims reconnect with their loved ones.

    Schwartz's book "Earthquake Exodus, 1906" highlights how community members organized relief efforts to feed and shelter the earthquake victims with virtually no help from the government.

    The presentation is hosted by Walnut Creek's Community Emergency Response Team and is open to the general public. Signed copies of Schwartz's book will be available for purchase.

    Advance registration is requested. Visit www.walnut-creek.org/cert or call 925-943-5895.

    Applicants needed for county boards

    The city seeks applicants for County Connection Advisory Committee and County Library Commission.

    Applicants for both positions must live in incorporated Walnut Creek and be registered voters.

    There is one opening for a Walnut Creek representative on the County Connection Advisory Committee and one opening for an alternate representative on the Contra Costa County Library Commission.

    The appointment to the County Connection Advisory Committee will be for two years will be for a period of two years and the appointment to the Contra Costa County Library Commission will be for a term through Dec. 15, 2015.

    Applications are available on the city's website at www.walnut-creek.org; at the City Clerk's Office, 1666 N. Main St.; by phone at 925-943-5818; and via e-mail at smartinez@walnut-creek.org.

    Completed applications and the supplemental questionnaires must be submitted to the city clerk's office.

    For additional information, please contact Suzie Martinez, city clerk, at 925-943-5819.

    -- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi