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Walnut Creek's 2017 Citizens Institute

Dec 30, 2016 10:50AM ● Published by Jennifer Neys

2017 Citizens Institute

Registration for the 2017 Walnut Creek Citizens Institute is under way. Citizens Institute participants learn firsthand how their city works through tours, interactive exercises, and presentations by key staff and city council members. Discover opportunities to be involved with their local government. Cost is $25, payable on the first day of class. Anyone who lives or works in Walnut Creek (including unincorporated Walnut Creek) and has an interest in local government is invited to sign up for the Institute. Classes are designed for 30-35 students to encourage discussion, involvement, and interaction. The classes are popular and usually fill up fast!

Classes will be seven Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:30pm, February 16 through March 30, with graduation on Saturday, April 1, at 9am. Some of the topics covered include:  Understanding the Big Picture - Meet the mayor and city manager and explore the roles of government. Learn how the city council, commissions, and advisory committees work together; Money Matters: The Scoop on City Finances - Learn where the city gets its money and where the money goes; Enjoying Yourself in Walnut Creek - Learn about services that enhance quality of life. Take a backstage tour of the Dean Lesher Regional Center For The Arts and visit the Bedford Gallery. Learn about all the diverse neighborhoods in Walnut Creek. To register, visit and click on the “About Us” tab at the top. Click on “Community Resources and Programs” and then “Citizens Institute” on the left hand side.

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