Weekly Calendar

Calendar for the Week of Nov. 27, 2022

Day Time Event Location
Tuesday 8:45 am Walking Buddies various
Tuesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am Native Plant Growers Meet at the Gardens
Tuesday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Mah Jong Multi-purpose Room
Wednesday 12:00 am – 3:00 pm Bridge Assembly Hall
Wednesday 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Qi Gong Back Patio
Thursday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm BINGO Multi-purpose Room
Thursday 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Qi Gong Zoom
Thursday 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Mix and Mingle Lobby check in

This calendar publishes all activities. See the Zoom and in-person Weekly Activity pages for links and details on weekly activities, and the posts for more details on other activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

News

Jody’s Words: Thanksgiving 2022

By Jody Johnson

This year has gone so fast – last January when we were still masked and getting over being locked down it seemed like the year would never end – but here we are thinking turkey and cranberries! Speaking of which – did you know the turkey got its name from Turkey – due to confusion about what to call guinea fowl imported from North Africa to Turkey – the little bird ended up just being called Turkey.

Most of us like cranberry sauce with our Turkey dinner – but the Indigenous Americans used cranberries for healing wounds and fabric dye. Besides Black Friday being the busiest day after Thanksgiving for shopping it is also the busiest day for plumbers! Does your family fight over who gets the wishbone – well the Ancient Etruscans dried the wishbone in the sun and kept it for a good luck charm. Speaking of good luck charms – Calvin Coolidge was given a live raccoon for Thanksgiving – to be eaten – but he and his wife adopted the raccoon instead and kept her – named Rebecca – as a pet in the White House – not exactly a good luck charm, but a loyal pet indeed. We hope you have a thankful Thanksgiving!!

 

Activities

Holiday Sing Along on Zoom

Friday, December 1, 1:30 pm

 

on Front Patio of Community Center

Come join us for a 40- minute Holiday Sing-Along with lyrics sheets available for the the audience. The Let’s Sing Chorus will sing White Christmas, Silver Bells, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, O Holy Night and much more. We would for you to sing along with us. Or you are welcome to sit and observe.

If you would like an email reminder the day before the event, click on rzzwolf@gmail.com. It is helpful if we know you would like to come. Then we can have enough chairs, snacks, and lyrics booklets for the audience. But no reservation is necessary. It is a drop-in event.

Weekly Calendar

Calendar for the Week of Nov. 20, 2022

Day Time Event Location
Tuesday 8:45 am Walking Buddies various
Tuesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am Native Plant Growers Meet at the Gardens
Tuesday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Mah Jong Multi-purpose Room
Wednesday 9:30 am – 10:30 am Creative Water Coloring Senior Center
Wednesday 12:00 am – 3:00 pm Bridge Assembly Hall
Wednesday 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Qi Gong Back Patio
Thursday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm BINGO Multi-purpose Room
Thursday 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Qi Gong Zoom
Thursday 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Let’s Sing! Lobby check in

This calendar publishes all activities. See the Zoom and in-person Weekly Activity pages for links and details on weekly activities, and the posts for more details on other activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

News, Tips

Native Plant Growers – Planting Wild Violets Helps the Fritillary Butterfly


by Robin Wolf

Native Plant Growers
Tuesdays, weekly from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.
Meet at the garden with green fence & flags near the Community Center at the entry to the small parking lot.
No Drop-in fee.

The Seniors Club has a Native Plant Growers drop-in group. We are creating a habitat for butterflies, including the beautiful orange and black Fritillary. The Native Wildflower Garden is near the Civic Park Community Center.

California native violets are the only plant on which most Fritillary butterflies lay their eggs. In the fall, the female Fritillary deposits her eggs at the base of California native violets. The eggs spend the winter there in a sort of insect hibernation called dispause. When spring comes, caterpillars hatch and begin munching violet leaves. Like Monarch caterpillars who only eat milkweed, native Fritillary caterpillars only eat native violet leaves. Wild violets used to cover many parts of Contra Costa County. But these violets are disappearing along with California’s Fritillary butterflies.

Wild Violets are a beautiful, low-growing, sturdy perennial plant that is easy to grow. It makes a good ground cover or border for taller plants. Here are two native violets that our Native Plant Growers are putting into the Civic Park garden. They might interest you for your garden.

Dog Violet, Viola adunca, (also called Hookedspur Violet) is a perennial with blue, purple or white flowers in the spring and summer. This drought tolerant ground cover grows about 1 foot high, and spreads. It likes part shade but can take some sun.
Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens, (also called Redwood Violet) is a low growing perennial, 6 inches tall that spreads. It blooms with yellow or purple flowers in winter and spring. This violet likes full shade or part shade and is drought tolerant.

Planting California native violets will help increase the population of Fritillary butterflies.

Activities

New $15 Travel Club Memberships

Walnut Creek Recreation is offering Travel Club 2023 Memberships for $15 a year. You must be 50 years or older to join.

Sign up for the Travel Club to receive a discount on adult 50+ day trips and 50+ extended travel trips.

Visit on the online registration system to sign-up.

Having trouble doing it online? Stop by the Civic Park Community Center Monday through Thursday between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM for more information.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please email the Arts + Recreation Customer Service Team at ArtsRec@walnut-creek.org or call (925) 295-1490.

 
 

Weekly Calendar

Calendar for the Week of Nov. 13, 2022

Day Time Event Location
Tuesday 8:45 am Walking Buddies various
Tuesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am Native Plant Growers Meet at the Gardens
Tuesday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Mah Jong Multi-purpose Room
Wednesday 12:00 am – 3:00 pm Bridge Assembly Hall
Wednesday 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Qi Gong Back Patio
Thursday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm BINGO Multi-purpose Room
Thursday 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Qi Gong Zoom

This calendar publishes all activities. See the Zoom and in-person Weekly Activity pages for links and details on weekly activities, and the posts for more details on other activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

Activities, News

Pétanque Has Closed Down

 

by Sharon Doherty, Leader of Pétanque

Pétanque has been cancelled because of low attendance. Pétanque was held on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 10:30 to 12:30. Our membership has been very low, and it seems the time doesn’t work for many of our old timers. Perhaps another year we can try again. It was lots of fun and making new friends along the way has been just great.

Activities

Market Day


Fresh Organic Produce at Low Prices
Tuesday November 8, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm,
Front Porch of the Civic Park Senior Center

Second Tuesday of each month.
November 8, 2022
December 13, 2022

Come by the Civic Park Plaza to purchase produce at wholesale prices!

Market is CASH only!

Walnut Creek Recreation, in partnership with Front Porch (formally Covia), is promoting healthy eating by making locally sourced produce available once a month at Market Day. Shoppers like the convenient parking next to the front patio of the Civic Park Plaza. Any leftover produce that is not sold is donated to local nonprofits.

 
 

Weekly Calendar

Calendar for the Week of Nov. 6, 2022

Day Time Event Location
Tuesday 8:45 am Walking Buddies various
Tuesday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Market Day Front Patio
Tuesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am Native Plant Growers Meet at the Gardens
Tuesday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Mah Jong Multi-purpose Room
Wednesday 9:30 am – 10:30 am Creative Water Coloring Senior Center
Wednesday 12:00 am – 3:00 pm Bridge Assembly Hall
Wednesday 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Qi Gong Back Patio
Thursday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm BINGO Multi-purpose Room
Thursday 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Qi Gong Zoom
Thursday 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Let’s Sing! Lobby check in

This calendar publishes all activities. See the Zoom and in-person Weekly Activity pages for links and details on weekly activities, and the posts for more details on other activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.