Mayor's Message Walnut Creek
Oct 03, 2017 05:00PM
● By Rich Carlston
By Rich Carlson, Mayor of Walnut Creek
Community Service Day
Community Service Day is Saturday, October 14. With more than 50 projects to choose from, there is something for every age, interest, and skill level. This year’s line-up features work activities at nearly all the local schools, public libraries, parks, and gardens in our downtown and along our creeks.
New this year, volunteers can help: set up the downtown Oktoberfest event; distribute emergency prep information in local neighborhoods; create seasonal tray favors for meal deliveries to seniors; do work in the Lindsay Wildlife Hospital; create a children’s garden at Heather Farm; make educational “instruments” for a school music program; collect food for the needy – and watch a local company turn the cans into a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge.
In Rossmoor, residents can donate food to the food drive organized by the Rossmoor Rotarians or participate in any of the community wide projects. Community Service Day kicks off with a free pancake breakfast, 7:30am-8:30am, at Heather Farm Park Community Center, courtesy of the Lions Clubs of Walnut Creek. From there, volunteers will fan out across Walnut Creek to work on a variety of projects. Space is limited in many of the projects. For a list of projects and online registration, visit www.walnut-creek.org/service or call 925-256-3505. For further information, email [email protected].
Walnut Creek Transit Village
Walnut Creek Transit Village is a new, mixed-use, multi-purpose development that will contain a 900+ stall parking garage for BART patrons plus apartments, shops, restaurants, public plazas, views of Mt. Diablo, and improved access to the BART station. Work on the new parking garage began in September. The transit village will include 596 apartment units (all with underground parking) and retail on the ground floor. No BART parking will be lost during or after construction. You can get the latest information by going to wcbartparking.com. The west entrance to the existing garage is closed in September. Other entrances to the garage will remain open. Please follow signage for alternate routes.
Walnut Creek’s third annual Oktoberfest on Locust Street takes place on October 14, from 11am to 6 pm. This is a family-friendly festival that recreates the beloved German traditional fall celebration. The fun includes a Bier Garden, Kinder Platz, live music stages, gourmet food booths, and more. The festival will run along Locust Street, from Mt. Diablo Boulevard to Civic Drive, and includes the cross street of Bonanza Street and Cypress Street. Two music stages will feature a combination of music appropriate to this event’s theme and appeal to a broad range of age groups. Exhibitor displays will promote the Oktoberfest theme, and food concessionaires will be comprised of Walnut Creek restaurants and area vendors. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage concessions will offer the latest in mega hopped IPAs. A children’s area will be staged on Bonanza Street, with a pumpkin patch, rides, and activities for the young and young of heart.
Broadway Plaza Trick or Treat
Broadway Plaza will host its annual community Trick-Or-Treat on Tuesday, October 31, from 5:30 – 7pm. Kids of all ages are invited to join in on the fun and collect tricks and treats from participating Broadway Plaza retailers while supplies last.
Last Chance to Take a Walk into History
The final Downtown History Tour for 2017 takes place on Saturday, October 14. The Walnut Creek Historical Society sponsors the easy 90-minute guided walking tour of the downtown area. The tour brings to life the early days of Walnut Creek and reveals parts of our history hiding in plain sight. The tour is free and departs at 9:30am from the fountain at Liberty Bell Plaza (corner of Broadway and Mt. Diablo Blvd.) A booklet with historic photos of the sites visited may be purchased at the tour for $5. No advanced registration is required. For more details, call 925-935-7871 or visit www.wchistory.com and select “Tours.”
5K Run & Walk at Heather Farm
Sunday, October 8, is the Heather Farm Park Break a Sweat for Education Run & Walk/ Kids Fun Run (10 years of age and younger, registration is required) and Virtual 5K Run & Walk. It's time to lace up your sneakers and break a sweat for education. All paid 5K run registrants receive a race T-shirt and a 5K-finisher medal. Trophies are awarded to the top three overall male and female 5K run finishers, and the top three in each age group. Other activities include music, raffle, bounce house, face painting, balloon artist, and more. Yours Humanly is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Northern California and funds local, national, and international efforts to provide underprivileged children in underserved communities access to quality education. To learn more about Yours Humanly and to register, visit www.YoursHumanly.org and click on “Events.”