Best of Walnut Creek

MEETINGS

  • Education in California-What's Next? -- 7 p.m. Nov. 29. Craig Cheslog, adviser to state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, will discuss how the 2012 election results will affect schools and colleges in California at the meeting of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club. Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. 925-946-0469, www.dvdems.org.

    HEALTH

  • 'Planning Your Legacy' giving program -- 6-8 p.m. Dec. 4. Learn about planned giving, both current and deferred. What are the tax advantages of leaving a gift to a nonprofit? For cancer patients, their families and friends. Cancer Support Community, 3276 McNutt Ave., Walnut Creek. Free. Reservations: 925-933-0107.

    EVENTS

  • Beacon Lighting on Mount Diablo Honors Pearl Harbor Day -- 3:45 p.m. Dec. 7. Save Mount Diablo and the Sons & Daughters Of Pearl Harbor Survivors Association light The Eye of Diablo, the rotating summit beacon atop Mount Diablo, to memorialize Pearl Harbor Day. Parking is available in the Lower Summit Parking Lot and can be accessed from either entrance to the Park. A shuttle service is provided by a volunteer from the lower lot to the Summit for those who would like a ride for the last quarter mile. The ceremony is held in the Summit Visitors' Building. $10 per car park entrance fee to Mount Diablo State Park. 925-947-3535.


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  • Walnut Creek International Half Marathon and 5K Race -- 7 a.m. Dec. 8. Includes a Fitness Expo, pre-race dinner, race day, post-race festival and awards ceremony. Starts at Civic Park entrance, course loops through Walnut Creek. Registration: Now through Sept. 30 $35/$85; through Dec. 1 $40/$95; Dec. 2-Dec. 7 $45/$100. www.runwalnutcreek.com.

    HOME AND GARDEN

  • Eighth annual Holiday Home Tour -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Showcasing six decorated homes in the Alamo/Danville/Walnut Creek area. This year's tour has something to please everyone, from trees decked out entirely in Poland Glass ornaments, to rooms devoted entirely to model trains. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors; prices go up $5 after December 1st. US Mail — Please send a check by Dec. 1 payable to Danville-Alamo-WC AAUW with a self-addressed stamped #10 business size envelope to: AAUW Holiday Home Tour, P.O. Box 996. Alamo, CA 94507. For more info, go to www.aauw-daw.org/hhtour/hht12.html.

    MUSIC

  • Diablo Vista Chorus Show -- 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Under the direction of Randy Meyer, "Sing-a-Bration — The World Tour!" will be a musical journey of epic proportions as the women's a cappella chorus circles the globe in search of perfect harmony. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. $17.75. diablovistachorus.net.

  • Diablo Women's Chorale 70th annual Holiday Concert "Stars" -- 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Director Mary Sorenson and accompanist Stephen Evans will guide this cosmic journey featuring the All-Stars Band and Girl Scout Troop 30760. Featuring an audience singalong and a twinkling holiday reception following the concert. St. Matthew, 399 Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek. $10-$15. www.diablowomenschorale.org.

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