Local Happenings: Walnut Creek and Lamorinda Sept. 15 and beyond
Sept. 12--Email calendar submissions to Lisa Herendeen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WALNUT FESTIVAL FUN
Twilight Parade: 6 p.m. Sept. 16, Main Street, downtown Walnut Creek travels to Civic Drive. This year's theme "Yesterday and Today." Local high school bands, business owners, community groups (by invitation only after applying) for floats, entertainment on theme. Free.
81st annual Walnut Festival: 5-10 p.m. Sept. 21, 5-11 p.m. Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 24, Heather Farm Park, 301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek. Entertainment, live music, carnival, kid zone, artists, food, craft beer garden and more. $10.
Fishing Derby: 7-11 a.m. Sept. 22-23, Heather Farm Lake, before festival opens. Fishing poles, bait, hooks provided. Free. http://www.thewalnutfestival.org/
ART WINE FESTIVAL
Lafayette Art Wine Festival: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept.16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 17. Downtown Lafayette. Food, entertainment, arts and crafts, kids activities, wine, beer, exhibits. Free admission. http://lafayettefestival.com.
CHABAD OF CONTRA COSTA
Rosh Hashanah services: Sept. 20-22, 1671 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek. High Holiday Services with Chabad of Contra Costa. Prayers conducted with Hebrew, English prayer books. Sermons, announcements speak to all participants, topical and relevant. All welcome. Free, donations appreciated. 925-937-4101. Times, services: www.JewishContraCosta.com.
Pear and Wine Festival: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 23, Moraga Commons Park, 1425 St Marys Road, Moraga. Entertainment with DJ RyanO, wine tasting with the Lamorinda Wine Growers Association, pear pies, jumpies, food trucks, community booths, and more. www.moraga.ca.us/dept/park-rec/pearfestival.
Second annual Acalanes High School Color Run: 9 a.m. Sept. 24, 1200 Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette. 1.5-mile run through Acalanes campus, grounds. Each participant gets official Color Run T-shirt. $25. Register: Color Run -- Acalanes Web Store. If no account, check out as guest with code 9999999.
8th annual Las Lomas High School Car Classic: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 16, 1460 S. Main St., Walnut Creek. Communitywide fundraiser for Las Lomas All-Knighter, safe and sober graduation celebration. Vehicles, live music, food, entertainment, awards, raffle prizes. Free admission. $25 car registration. www.LLHSCARCLASSIC.org.
Gold Coast Chamber Players: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, Lafayette Library Community Hall, 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd. First of season's five concerts, "Family Business" featuring music by famous families. $15-$45. 925-283-3728, www.gcplayers.org/
9/11 Heroes Run 5K Race: 9 a.m. Sept. 17, Lafayette Reservoir, 3849 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Benefits Travis Manion Foundation. Annual race to unite community to remember nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, to honor veterans, military, first responders. $40-$45. www.911heroesrun.org.
Moraga Garden Club: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 21, Holy Trinity Church, 1700 School St., Moraga. Speaker Kristen Yanker-Hansen, past president of California Horticultural Society, discusses planting a dry garden. 925-283-4563.
Poetry in Motion: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive. Pacific Chamber Orchestra musical journey. Reception follows. $10-$59. www.PacificChamberOrchestra.org.
ROSSMOOR ART, WINE
Rossmoor 2017 Art Wine Festival: 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Rossmoor Event Center, 1021 Stanley Dollar Drive. Photography, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture by Rossmoor Art Association, wine sampling. Benefits Hospice East Bay's Rossmoor Respite Fund. $30-$80. Hospice East Bay/Art and Wine.
LINDSAY'S BISTRO NIGHT
An Evening at the Bistro: 5-8 p.m. Sept. 17, Va de Vi Bistro Wine Bar, 1511 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. Meet golden eagle Topaz. Silent, live auctions. Food, wine, animal ambassadors attend. $125. lindsaywildlife.ejoinme.org/tickets.
8th Orinda Olive Festival: 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 1, Wagner Ranch Nature Area, 350 Camino Pablo, Orinda. Activities for all ages. Games, crafts, music, food, raffle, tasting of olive products. Free admission. www.fwrna.org.
Thursday Night Street Feast with Taste of the World Market: 5-9 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 19, in front of Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way. Weekly food trucks, beer, wine, live entertainment, cornhole.
First Wednesdays Street Fest: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Cypress Street, (between Main, Locust streets) Walnut Creek. Live entertainment, arts and crafts, shopping, treats, more. 925-933-6778 or Christy@WalnutCreekDowntown.com.
Orinda Senior Health and Wellness Fair: 1-4 p.m. Sept. 23, Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way. Keynote speaker Patrick Arbore ont senior empowerment. Over 20 local business vendors, panel of health, wellness experts. 925-254-3909, orindachamber.org.
Senior Transportation Forum: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29, John Muir Medical Center, 1601 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. Welcoming remarks by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier. Learn about accessible transportation county, more. Lunch provided. Reservations: 925-937-8311.
Saint Wenceslaus Czech Festival: Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Orinda. Celebration of Orinda's Sister City, Tabor. Opening ceremonies 3 p.m., formal dinner 6 p.m. Sept. 29. Day in the Park 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 30. Dancing, booths, activities, crafts. Closing concert 5-6 p.m. Oct. 1. Events at Orinda Community Park, 28 Orinda Way. A formal dinner at Quarry House at Wilder, 8 Quarry Hill Road, Orinda. www.orindataborsistercity.org/festival/
ART OF MIXOLOGY
Craft cocktail competition and tasting: 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 7, Orinda Theatre Square, 2 Orinda Theatre Square. Art of Mixology hosts over 20 bartenders creating craft cocktails competing for the Mixologist of the Year, Top Amateur, Audience Favorite, Art of Staging Award. Finger foods, souvenir shot glass. $45-$55. lamorindaarts.org
JUVENILE HALL FUNDRAISER
Chief Philip Kader Walk: 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 7, Lafayette Reservoir, 3849 Mt Diablo Blvd. Benefits Juvenile Hall Auxiliary of Contra Costa County. T-shirt for every participant. www.juvenilehallauxiliary.org.
Diablo Valley Villages Lunch 'N' Learn: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 21, Merrill Gardens, 1010 Second St., Lafayette. Technologies for the Non-Techie to Stay Connected, information about Luminary tablet, easy way to stay in touch with family, friends. Also, information on how technology for transportation has evolved. Registration by noon Sept. 18. 925-253-2300, Lamorinda Village website.
Walnut Creek Village Launch and Professional Providers Fair: 1:30-4 p.m. Sept. 25, Congregation B'nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. Grand opening, welcome, live streaming presentation, health fair. Reservations by Sept. 22: 925-956-1990, www.WalnutCreekVillage.org.
Moving Mountains in the Congo Through Reconciliation: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sept. 22-23, Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette. Keynote speaker Dr. Pakisa Tshimika discusses current conditions in Congo, 9:15 a.m. Sept. 22. Full schedule at www.congopartners.org.
'Song of the Nightingale': Sept. 28-Oct. 21, Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St., Lafayette. New pop musical based on Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. $18-$30. 925-283-1557, www.townhalltheatre.com
Fall Lecture Series: 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 18, Acalanes Adult Center, 1963 Tice Valley Blvd., Room 103, Walnut Creek. Sept. 20: Globalization and World Population; Sept. 27: Election Reform-Gerrymandering; Oct. 4: Future of Our Health Care; Oct. 11: Energy Growth in California; Oct. 18: China -- Internal Struggles. $8-$40. 925-280-3980, Ext. 8001.
Stand with Planned Parenthood Paint Nite: 7-9 p.m. Sept. 19, 1515 Restaurant and Lounge, 1515 N. Main St., Walnut Creek. Create painting while enjoying food, cocktails, silent auction. $45. bit.ly/coconowpaintnite.
Many Faces of Gynecologic Cancers: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Lafayette Library Community Room, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Medical experts discuss issues of ovarian, cervical, uterine cancers. Screening guidelines, treatment options, minimally invasive surgery, issues faced by gynecologic cancer survivors. Q follows. Advanced registration recommended. 925-677-5041 x260.
Medical marijuana presentation: 11 a.m. Oct. 9, Civic Park Community Center, Assembly Hall, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Speaker Renee Lee developed Rossmoor Medical Marijuana Club for education, support for seniors interested in sharing knowledge, experience in safe nonjudgemental setting. 925-943-5851, https://walnutcreekseniorsclub.org/
Walnut Creek Oktoberfest: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 14, Locust Street, Walnut Creek. Live music, biergarten, autobahn, microbrews, kinderplatz, harvest-themed arts and crafts, gourmet food. www.walnutcreekdowntown.com
How to do Business with the State: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Oct. 18, Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce, 1280 Civic Drive, Suite 100. Learn about small business, disabled veteran business enterprise certification programs. Free. walnutcreek.chambermaster.com.
Bay Area Kids' Book Fair East Bay Edition: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 15, Acalanes High School, 1200 Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette. Authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, educational programs, toys, comics, games, commercial vendors. Free admission. www.BayAreaKidsBookFair.com.
KIDS FLY FREE
Young Eagles free plane rides: 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 16, Buchanan Field, 200 Sally Ride Drive, Concord. For kids 8-17. Parent(s) must attend. One to three passengers on most flights, 20-45 minutes. www.eaa393.org.
Eldercare speaker series: 2-3:30 p.m., third Friday of every month, 1808 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 866-760-1808.