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New Year’s Superstitions

Superstition is something we encounter every day: You should pick only Mondays for all new beginnings, or brides should have something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Superstition tells us that bad luck arrives when a black cat crosses your path, you break a mirror, or you walk under a ladder. On Friday the 13th something is bound to go wrong.

People around the world celebrate New Years’ with rituals thought to bring good luck and prosperity. Especially prepared food is one such ritual. In the South, eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is thought to bring good luck, prosperity, and money. At exactly 12 o’clock, Spanish people have a custom of eating 12 grapes – one for all 12 months of the year to come. Greek people eat a specially prepared cake with a coin in it – for happiness and good luck the next year. The first piece is for baby Jesus, the second for the father of the house, and the third for the home. If the coin is found in the third slice the family can look forward to happiness throughout the whole year.

In Britain, traditional New Year gifts are coal for the fire, bread for the table, and a drink for the master’s house. Brazilians wear white clothes on New Year’s Eve and if they want good luck they have to jump seven waves and throw flowers in the sea. Some people believe that if you put a citrus seed in your wallet, that assures that your wallet will never be empty. Large grapefruit seeds are preferred, placed in the paper money compartment!!!

Filipino people scatter coins all over and around the house to have money in the coming year. If you have Danish friends, don’t be alarmed to see them stand on a chair and jump into the New Year just at midnight. This symbolizes the hope for a better time and eases the transition from old to new.

We all need a good, workable superstition to transition from 2020 to 2021!!

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Library Book Delivery Now Available for Homebound Seniors

In addition to grocery delivery, food pantry bags and farmer’s market goodies, the Arts + Recreation Senior Care Team has expanded services for seniors. Through the Neighbor Express Walnut Creek Program, homebound seniors are now able to request delivery of Library books from the WC Downtown location.

  • Step 1. Seniors can reserve their books from the Walnut Creek library at https://ccclib.org/
  • Step 2. Receive an emailed confirmation that your books are available for pick up.
  • Step 3. Request a delivery by a community volunteer at Neighbor Express

For questions about how to access the library site, please call 925-943-5852 or email cpcc@walnut-creek.org

Any individual or household can purchase a Farmer’s Market pre-packaged box!
If you are a homebound senior Neighbor Express will deliver them.

If you are a senior sheltering in place, a partnership with the Arts + Recreation staff is available to coordinating with community volunteers from Neighbor Express to deliver pre-packaged Good to Go boxes from the Sunday Farmer’s Market for homebound seniors or individuals with immuno-compromised systems only.

How does this work?
The pre-ordered box includes a seasonal mix of produce, to include vegetables and fruit. All products are from your Certified Walnut Creek Farmer’s Market growers and handpicked by the grower at the farm to guarantee freshness.

IF YOU ARE NOT A HOMEBOUND SENIOR: Simply order your prepackaged box directly from the Farmer’s Market for curbside pick up after 10:00 am Sunday. You will receive confirmation from the Farmer’s Market directly with instructions.

IF YOU ARE A HOMEBOUND SENIOR: Pre-packaged boxes will be picked up by volunteers on Sunday and delivered to your home early afternoon. Make sure to order BOTH your box on the Farmer’s Market website AND request a delivery through the Neighbor Express site.

HOW TO ORDER FARMERS MARKET BOX

  • Step 1: Go the Farmers Market Website and click on “Shop Now” for a Pre Order Good to Go Box.
  • Step 2: Click “Order Now” .
  • Step 3: You can get either a vegetable & fruit box for $35, a smaller bag of items for $25 or add in 1 Dozen Eggs for $5 for a total of $40.
  • Step 4: Follow the prompts and purchase your box using a credit card. A receipt will be emailed to you.
  • Step 5: IMPORTANT FOR HOMEBOUND SENIORS – You must go into Neighbor Express site and “Request a Delivery.” On the grocery notes section, indicate that you are requesting a pick up for the Farmer’s Market Box. A staff member will call you to confirm we have received your order and answer any questions you have.
  • Step 6: Your box will be delivered Sunday morning between 10 – 11am.

Please let us know if there is a specific location to put your box if you will not be home.

A Couple Notes:

  • Farmers Market can only accept credit card orders online for these boxes through the Farmer’s Market website. If you would like a staff member to fill out your form for you, please call 925-322-0264 and have your credit card ready.
  • We cannot guarantee what produce is in your box however, in general, it will contain items that can be easily used to cook with. You will receive an email on Friday outlining what is in your box and who grew it.
  • There is a limited number boxes available as so please fill out the form as it’s first come, first service.
  • Make sure to go to Neighbor Express AFTER you order your box from the Farmer’s Market site to request the delivery.

If you need assistance filling out the forms or have questions, please call us at 925-322-0264.

Activities

Sign up for 2021 Membership Online

Starting January 4, 2021, you can enroll online for your 2021 Walnut Creek Seniors Club Membership for $15 for the calendar year

If you are using PerfectMind (the service the city uses for classes) to sign up for classes, you are ready to go.  As always, the link is: cityofwalnutcreek.perfectmind.com

If you are already a member, but don’t know your password, instruction #1 will tell you how to retrieve it. New members to Arts + Rec or the Walnut Creek Seniors Club, please start at #1.

You can sign up for membership and also make a donation.  Please read all instructions carefully.