Walnut Creek

Wind symphony looking for players

The Contra Costa Wind Symphony, based in Walnut Creek, has openings for performers on a umber of different instruments.

Among the players sought are for French horn, tuba and percussion.

Those interested can contact conductor Duane Carroll by going to www.CCWindSymphony.org and pressing the "contact" link.

Creative Work Fund artists' grants

The San Francisco-based nonprofit Creative Work Fund is currently accepting letters of inquiry for its 2014-2015 grant cycle, with grants ranging from $10,000 to $40,000 available to Bay Area media and traditional artists and collaborating nonprofits.

To that end, the nonprofit is holding a grant applicationseminar in Walnut Creek on Monday, Aug. 18 in the Oak Room of the Walnut Creek library, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek to assist area applicants with the inquiry process.

To register, or for more information, go to www.creativeworkfund.org

Talks of the Muslim 'counternarrative'

In response to research that shows almost a quarter of the Bay Area's 250,000 Muslims have been victims of hate crimes since 9/11, leading Bay Area scholars are urging civic organizations to fight negative portrayals of Muslims in the media and popular culture.


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Hosting such a "counternarrative" is the Walnut Creek Library, which has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the American Library Association, to offer "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys," a five-part community reading and discussion series led by nationally renowned scholar Dr. Hatem Bazian (UC Berkeley, Zaytuna College).

The first for discussion program is Aug. 27, with an exploration of the book "Prince Among Slaves" by Terry Alford.

There also will be supplementary programs, including a kickoff event at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 16 as presenter Todd Javadi and musical group Shabahang host "An Afternoon of Rumi," an immersive experience focusing on the 13th century poet's works in the original Farsi and with English translation. Register at wclibrary.org/event/rumi/.

Subsequent discussion programs will run Sept. 10 ("The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States," edited by Edward E. Curtis IV); Oct. 8 ("Acts of Faith: the Story of an American Muslim" by Eboo Patel; Oct. 22 ("A Quiet Revolution: the Veil's Resurgence from the Middle East to America" by Leila Ahmed); and Nov. 12, with "The Butterfly Mosque" by G. Willow Wilson.

All these free discussions take place in Walnut Creek Library's Oak View Room at 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek.

For more information, go to wclibrary.org/event/roads/

LAFAYETTE

Artists' market event slated for Saturday

The Lafayette Art Gallery is hosting an Artists' Market Aug. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the courtyard and fountain area next to the gallery at 3420 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette.

A variety of artists will exhibit, demonstrate and sell their works. Lafayette Art Gallery members will be there, and outside artists, too — a total of 12-15 artists.

On exhibit will be paintings, ceramics, photography, fine art, textiles, candles, garden art and more.