Best of Walnut Creek
CLASSES Running For Women -- Begins March 19. Beginner 5K class with plans to add a 10K and half-marathon group. The program was founded by women's health physician Dr. Karey Zufelt. Instead of dropping women directly into a running program, RFW begins with run/walk intervals that are safe, gradual and designed to keep the group together during every workout. The class accommodates a wide range of abilities. In addition to coach-led workouts, the program delivers information on running, nutrition and women's wellness. Each new class begins with a shoe clinic, where women get expert advice on choosing the best running shoe at Athletic Outpost. 1528 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek. 925-943-6453.
WORKSHOPS 'Mini Mondays," Lindsay Wildlife Museum -- 10 a.m. -noon Feb. 25. Children become naturalists at Walnut Creek's Lindsay museum. Live animal encounters designed for children 2-5 years old. The two-hour program allows little ones to explore different animal species through arts, crafts, activities and more with a museum preschool program teacher. Snacks are provided; children must be accompanied by a care giver. Registration is not required. Feb. 25, Underground Animals. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Avenue, Walnut Creek. $5-$15. 925-935-1978.
MEETINGS Walnut Creek Sister Cities Dinner Meeting -- 6 p.m. Feb. 12. The February bimonthly membership meeting will discuss plans for the April 13th arrival of the Youth Ambassadors from Siofok, Hungary. They will also present the latest development of the teacher exchange, Youth Ambassador Exchange, and adult delegation trip with Walnut Creek's other Sister City, Noceto, Italy. Massimo's Ristorante, 1604 Locust St., Walnut Creek. $30. Reservations needed. Marge Hudock: firstname.lastname@example.org. Christian Business Women's Connection -- 7:15-8:30 a.m. Feb. 14. Speaker Shelia Tyson, a retirement benefits consultant, who will speak about "Wise Women Protect Their Retirement." Sunrise Bistro, 1559 Botelho Drive, Walnut Creek. $16.50. 925-939-2710. SIR 146 Monthly Luncheon -- 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 14. The guest speaker for the luncheon will be Tony Schilling, who will discuss the colorful history of the USS Hornet docked in Alameda. The Clubhouse at Boundary Oak, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek. Reservations needed by Feb. 8. 925-925-937-3833, www.sir146.com. Valley Quail Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America -- 7 p.m. Feb. 14. An informal stitching session will be included. Visitors and new members welcome. Faith Christian Fellowship Church, 860 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. 925-687-6787.
EVENTS All Aboard the Diablo Valley Lines -- 8-10 p.m. Feb. 22; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. March 16-17 and 8-10 p.m. March 29. Diablo Valley Lines' Winter shows feature hundreds of model trains representing the mid-20th century through today, traveling over 4,300 feet of track on one of the world's most "mountainous" layouts. Larkey Park, 2751 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek. $2-$3. 925-937-1888.
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