Activities

Hooked on Books meets February 7

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Drop-in Group.  Members $2, Non-members $5

February Book: – Horse by Geraldine Brooks

UntitledA discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.

Kentucky, 1850. An enslaved groom named Jarret and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. When the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name on paintings of the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. On a perilous night, he reunites with the stallion and his groom, very far from the glamor of any racetrack.

New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a nineteenth-century equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance.

Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian American art historian, find themselves unexpectedly connected through their shared interest in the horse–one studying the stallion’s bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success.

Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.

 

Meets the first Tuesday of the month.
Location: Walnut Creek Main Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
(Next to the Civic Park Community Center)
LAS TRAMPAS CONFERENCE ROOM on the 2nd floor

 


Hooked on Books has a different discussion leader each month. Books are chosen by group discussion and often by a vote.

2023 BOOK LIST
Feb. 7, 2023 – Horse by Geraldine Brooks.
March 7, 2023 – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
April 4, 2023 – Invisible Child by Andrea Elliott
May 2, 2023 – Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult
June 6, 2023 – The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict
July 4, 2023 – Lightning Strike by Wm Kent Kreuger
August 1, 2023 – The Paris Library by Janet S. Charles
Sept.5, 2023 – Dinners With Ruth by Nina Totenberg
Oct. 3, 2023 – Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
Nov. 7, 2023 – Night Crawling by Leila Mottley
Dec. 5, 2023 – And There Was Light by Jon Meacham
Jan. 2, 2024 – The Revolutionary Sam Adams by Stacy Schiff

 

Activities

On ZOOM – Trivia Fan-atics

February 1, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Drop-in group.  No drop-in fee
We meet the first Wednesday of the month.

by Bob Mohler

We recently took a survey of our players to see if they wanted to continue on Zoom or meet at Civic Park. The overwhelming majority voted in favor of continuing on Zoom, and so we shall.
We are changing our frequency, however. Starting with June, we will be having only one Trivia meeting per month.
For a Zoom link email Bob Mohler at bobmohler82@gmail.com

Here are some questions from one of our members, so you can test your Trivia skills:

Can You Answer These Trivia Questions?

Trivia Questions to get the wheels turning.
Trivia Questions from the December 6, 2022, WCSC Trivia Session:

  1. What product had this slogan? “A Little Dab’ll Do Ya!”?
  2. Who was the original host of Jeopardy!?
  3. What is the longest-running western on U.S. network television?
  4. What movie, starring David Niven, won the 1956 Academy Award for Best Picture?
  5. What was Superman’s birth name?

ANSWERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST. Good Luck!

TRIVIA ANSWERS:

  1. Brylcream
  2. Art Fleming
  3. Gunsmoke
  4. Around the World in 80 Days
  5. Kal-El
Activities

WC Police Dept. Presents “Fraud Prevention”

Sponsored by the Walnut Creek Police Department

Presenter: Detective Thomas Brown

Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

FREE
Auditorium, Shadelands–Center for Community Arts (111 N. Wiget Ln)

This presentation will help you recognize scams and prevent scammers from getting your personal information. It will show you how to report fraud and tell you what to do is you are a victim of fraud or identity theft. Free Program. Please note the location of the presentation

Register Here

Activities

Senior Travel Presentation

Wednesday January 25, 2023, at 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Auditorium, Shadelands Art Center (111 N Wiget)

Free

The Walnut Creek Travel Program for Adult 50+ has many new travel opportunities for 2023! Join us at Shadeland’s Center for Community Arts Center to hear Lisa Mittone of Travel Center Tours showcase the upcoming day trips around the Bay Area and more! Joan Thornton from Premier World Tours will then present on some exciting extended travel opportunities for 2023! There will also be time at the end to sign up for upcoming trips. Come with questions and hear about fun travel opportunities!

Disclaimer: This program is only for individuals 50+. Need not be a WCSC member.

Call 925-295-1490 or email artsrec@walnut-creek.org with questions.
Click here to register: Register here!

 
 

 

 
 

Click here to register: https://bit.ly/3h4hqN1
Call 925-295-1490 or email artsrec@walnut-creek.org with questions.
Disclaimer: This program is only for individuals 50+. Need not be a WCSC member.

 

Come with questions and hear about fun travel opportunities! Call 925-295-1490 or email artsrec@walnut-creek.org with questions.
**Parking information is online in the description and will be provided via registration notes on your receipt.

 
 

Activities, News

Let’s Sing

January 20 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Drop-in group.  Members $2, Non-members $5.

For All Who Like to Sing

Let’s Sing has temporarily moved to
Heather Farms Community Center Lakeside Room (indoors)
301 N. San Carlos Dr., Walnut Creek, 9459
The group meets twice a month on Fridays from 1 to 2 pm.

Schedule:
First meeting Friday, January 20 at 1 pm
Friday, February 3, at 1 pm
Friday, February 17, at 1 pm
Friday, March 10, at 1 pm
Friday, March 24, at 1 pm

We sing songs from Broadway, Country and Western, oldies, and popular music. Solos are available. A lyrics book is provided. Anyone who likes to sing is welcome. There are no auditions. This group performs at Assisted Living places to brighten the day of residents.

Email Robin at rzzwolf@gmail.com or just show up at a meeting. Everyone who likes to sing is welcome.

Activities

Sign up for 2023 Membership Online

You can enroll online, or by mail for your 2023 Walnut Creek Seniors Club Membership for $20 for the calendar year.  The Civic Park Senior Center is closed for renovations until further notice, so you won’t be able to walk in and renew your membership.

Complete instructions are on the menu on the main web page. just click on Membership on the main menu or follow this link:  https://wcseniorsclub2020.wordpress.com/membership/

If you are using PerfectMind (the service the city uses) to sign up for classes, you are ready to go online.  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.

For complete instructions and a downloadable printable form, click MEMBERSHIP on the main menu.  The PDF instructions may say 2021, but the program hasn’t changed.

Activities

Market Day


Fresh Organic Produce at Wholesale Prices
Tuesday January 10, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm,
Assembly Hall in the Civic Park Senior Center

Second Tuesday of each month.

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.

 
 

Activities

On ZOOM – Trivia Fan-atics

January 4, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Drop-in group.  No drop-in fee
We meet the first Wednesday of the month.

by Bob Mohler

We recently took a survey of our players to see if they wanted to continue on Zoom or meet at Civic Park. The overwhelming majority voted in favor of continuing on Zoom, and so we shall.
We are changing our frequency, however. Starting with June, we will be having only one Trivia meeting per month.
For a Zoom link email Bob Mohler at bobmohler82@gmail.com

Here are some questions from one of our members, so you can test your Trivia skills:

Can You Answer These Trivia Questions?

Trivia Questions to get the wheels turning.
Trivia Questions from the November 2, 2022, WCSC Trivia Session:

  1. Consumption was the former name of what disease?
  2. What martial arts name means “gentle way”?
  3. What lost city was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911?
  4. What is the common name of the star Sirius?
  5. From what language does the word “alphabet” come from?

ANSWERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST. Good Luck!

TRIVIA ANSWERS:

  1. TUBERCULOSIS
  2. JUDO
  3. MACHU PICCHU
  4. DOG STAR
  5. GREEK
Activities

Hooked on Books meets January 3

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Drop-in Group.  Members $2, Non-members $5

January Book: – A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A Place for Us

A Place for Us unfolds the lives of an Indian-American Muslim family, gathered together in their Californian hometown to celebrate the eldest daughter, Hadia’s, wedding – a match of love rather than tradition. It is here, on this momentous day, that Amar, the youngest of the siblings, reunites with his family for the first time in three years. Rafiq and Layla must now contend with the choices and betrayals that lead to their son’s estrangement – the reckoning of parents who strove to pass on their cultures and traditions to their children; and of children who in turn struggle to balance authenticity in themselves with loyalty to the home they came from.

In a narrative that spans decades and sees family life through the eyes of each member, A Place For Us charts the crucial moments in the family’s past, from the bonds that bring them together to the differences that pull them apart. And as siblings Hadia, Huda, and Amar attempt to carve out a life for themselves, they must reconcile their present culture with their parent’s faith, to tread a path between the old world and the new, and learn how the smallest decisions can lead to the deepest of betrayals.

 

 

Meets the first Tuesday of the month.
Location: Walnut Creek Main Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
(Next to the Civic Park Community Center)
LAS TRAMPAS CONFERENCE ROOM on the 2nd floor


Hooked on Books has a different discussion leader each month. Books are chosen by group discussion and often by a vote.

2023 BOOK LIST
January 3, 2023 – A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
Feb. 7, 2023 – Horse by Geraldine Brooks.
March 7, 2023 – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
April 4, 2023 – Invisible Child by Andrea Elliott
May 2, 2023 – Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult
June 6, 2023 – The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict
July 4, 2023 – Lightning Strike by Wm Kent Kreuger
August 1, 2023 – The Paris Library by Janet S. Charles
Sept.5, 2023 – Dinners With Ruth by Nina Totenberg
Oct. 3, 2023 – Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
Nov. 7, 2023 – Night Crawling by Leila Mottley
Dec. 5, 2023 – And There Was Light by Jon Meacham
Jan. 2, 2024 – The Revolutionary Sam Adams by Stacy Schiff

 

 

Activities

Walking Buddies Hike Lafayette Reservoir

Photo Above: Twelve Walking Buddies participated in the hike via Larkey Park on May 18, which we described in a recent WCSC newsletter. The picture was taken at the turnaround point by Dan Crowley.

 

Meet at the Trailhead
Weekly, Tuesdays at 9:15 am
Tuesday walks are about 4 miles or 1 1/2 hours on flat paved or gravel trails.
There are occasional longer walks on Thursday.

Drop-in group

by Rolando Salazar

We hike at the Lafayette Reservoir about once a year. We went there a few weeks ago. The Lafayette Reservoir is located off Mt. Diablo Boulevard on the west end of Lafayette. Completed in 1933, the reservoir is a standby supply of drinking water for East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) customers. The 925-acre site, with a 1.4-billion-gallon reservoir, was opened to public recreation in 1966 with hiking, fishing, boating and picnicking.

We usually walk around the Reservoir on the paved trail that circles it. It is mostly shaded, with some ups and downs on the trail, but only enough to get your heart pumping. There are restrooms at the beginning of the trail and at the end, as well as several along the way. There are also drinking fountains on the loop around the lake, but we suggest bringing your own water, hats and sunscreen.

The walk around the reservoir is a little less than 3 miles. We did it on the day it was going to rain, but managed not to get wet. It was drizzling a little and had a few short, light sprinkles. Normally, we cancel the walks if it is raining or if it looks like it is going to be too wet, but the heavy rain didn’t come until later that day. Only 9 of us took that chance and we had a good hike.

If you would like to join us, contact Rolando Salazar at rsalazar94598@gmail.com for more information. The only requirement is that you be a member of the Walnut Creek Seniors Club and agree to its liability waiver. The schedule is at July – December 2022