Best of Walnut Creek

WORKSHOPS

  • Shell Ridge Conversations, Health Care -- "Working Toward a More Just World: Four Conversations about Matters That Matter," 6 p.m. May 1. The first conversation in the series is about "Social Justice and What This Means for Healthcare." A discussion of today's social justice realities whether in poverty, housing, hunger, education and in more depth, health care, responding the question "Who is our neighbor?" Shell Ridge Church, 200 la Casa Via, Walnut Creek. Free. 925-935-3250, www.shellridge.org.

    MEETINGS

  • Diablo Valley Democratic Club -- 7 p.m. March 20. A panel of professionals who work with people with severe mental illness will discuss the extent and limits of mental health services and facilities in Contra Costa County. Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. 925-945-7272, www.dvdems.org.

  • Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW -- 3 p.m. March 28. The program is "Victims of Circumstance: Life in a Philippines POW Camp during World War II." Speaker Sue DeVoe, born in Manila, will relate her personal story as well as the experiences of others in various Japanese POW camps in the Philippines during World War II. The bombing of the Philippines started hours after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Allied civilian families residing in the islands were put into Japanese POW camps within that month. Light refreshments will be served. Southside Sycamore Clubhouse, 1101 Greenbrook Drive, Danville. 925-876-8862, www.aauw-daw.org.


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    EVENTS

  • 'Laugh for a Cause' benefit -- 7:30 p.m. March 16. Benefits All Faith House in Walnut Creek (Habitat for Humanity) and Winter Nights Shelter Homeless project of Interfaith Council of Contra Costa. IMPROV U is graciously donating its talents for this event. Players from a wide variety of backgrounds specialize in short-form improvised comedy, enjoying the opportunity to act like kids again. 200 La Casa Via, Walnut Creek. 925-935-3250, www.shellridge.org.

  • All Aboard the Diablo Valley Lines -- 11 a.m.-6 p.m. March 16-17 and 8-10 p.m. March 29. Families can 'ride' the Diablo Valley Lines during their whistle stop Winter shows, featuring 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 model railroad layouts. The elaborate 34-by-56-foot layout includes bridges, tunnels, terrain from desert to snow covered mountains, towns, train yards, electric street cars, wind turbine, ski lift gondola and more. More than 200 train cars and 50 steam and diesel engines are in operation. Larkey Park, 2751 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek. $2-$3. 925-937-1888.

  • Free e-waste recycling event -- 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. April 6. Bring unwanted electronic equipment, such as TVs, monitors, printers, computers and more to a free recycling event. All e-waste collected will be recycled in the U.S. Event is held the first Saturday of every month at DVC in Pleasant Hill by Electronic Waste Management. Visit www.noewaste.com or call 866-335-3373 for accepted and non-accepted items and more info.

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