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

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.
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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

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

Hooked on Books meets December 6

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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

December Book: – Anxious People, by Frederik Backman

Review_AnxiousPeopleFrom the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and “writer of astonishing depth” (The Washington Times) comes a poignant comedy about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.

Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers begin slowly opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths.

First is Zara, a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else until tragedy changed her life. Now, she’s obsessed with visiting open houses to see how ordinary people live—and, perhaps, to set an old wrong to right. Then there’s Roger and Anna-Lena, an Ikea-addicted retired couple who are on a never-ending hunt for fixer-uppers to hide the fact that they don’t know how to fix their own failing marriage. Julia and Ro are a young lesbian couple and soon-to-be parents who are nervous about their chances for a successful life together since they can’t agree on anything. And there’s Estelle, an eighty-year-old woman who has lived long enough to be unimpressed by a masked bank robber waving a gun in her face. And despite the story she tells them all, Estelle hasn’t really come to the apartment to view it for her daughter, and her husband really isn’t outside parking the car.

As police surround the premises and television channels broadcast the hostage situation live, the tension mounts and even deeper secrets are slowly revealed. Before long, the robber must decide which is the more terrifying prospect: going out to face the police, or staying in the apartment with this group of impossible people.

 

Meets the first Tuesday of the month.


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

2022 BOOK LIST
December 6 – Anxious People by Frederik Backman
January 3, 2023 – A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

 

Activities, News

Medicare & Health Plans

 

November 3, 2022 at 2 pm

FREE!

What’s happening with your Medicare prescription drug or Advantage plan for the coming year? Medicare Open Enrollment occurs from mid-October through the beginning of December. Every year plans change their covered drugs, copayments, physician networks and more. Even if you like your current plan, it may no longer be best for you in 2023. In addition, your health care needs may have changed. Attend this “Medicare Changes for 2023 in Contra Costa County” presentation. You’ll get an overview of the 2023 changes affecting Medicare Prescription and Advantage Plans in Contra Costa County. You’ll learn about your coverage options and receive instructions on how to access helpful Medicare open enrollment material. 

Civic Park Senior Center

Register online here      or by calling (925) 295-1490

Activities

Hooked on Books meets November 1

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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

November Book: – The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.

 

Meets the first Tuesday of the month.


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

2022 BOOK LIST

November 1 – The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
December 6 – Anxious People by Frederik Backman
January 3, 2023 – A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

 

Activities

Perennials Garden Club

How to Create a Fall Wreath

Monday, October 24, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

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

by Jane West

Steven Brown, from City College of San Francisco, will do a one-hour presentation/demonstration that includes several “you can do” designs. Projects will include an herbal healing wreath, a living succulent wreath/centerpiece, and an arrangement of materials from the garden. A Fall centerpiece idea and a sustainable arrangement will also be displayed. This is your opportunity to get hands-on instruction about floral design. Mr. Brown will review the basic simple steps to arrange flowers/garlands like a Pro. Get a jump start on your holiday preparations with helpful hints and doable steps. Please contact Jane West at ginger20749@yahoo.com for more information.

Steven Brown, AIFD, MFA, CCF, CFD, CSFA, has taught Horticulture and Floristry at City College San Francisco (CCSF) for the past 35 years. He is currently the longest serving faculty elected Chair for the Environmental Horticulture/Floristry Department. Steven is Co-Chair of Facilities at the College and serves on many other committees as well. Steven’s goal is to facilitate the best learning environment possible in Horticulture and Floral Design and hopes that he has made a difference in the lives of others.

The Perennials do not meet during November and December, but resume in January.
The Perennials is a drop-in garden club. There is no special garden club fee other than the regular meeting drop-in fee of $2 (seniors club members) or $5 (non-members).

At the CIVIC PARK SENIOR CENTER
Room: Social Hall

Meets the 4th Monday of the month.

For more information and to receive emails about future garden speakers, email Jane at ginger20749@yahoo.com.

 

Activities

Senior Travel Presentation

Thursday October 13, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm,
Civic Park Senior Center

The Walnut Creek Travel Program for Adult 50+ has many new travel opportunities this coming year and next year! Join us at Civic Park Community Center to hear Lisa Mittone of Travel Center Tours showcase the upcoming day trips. These include everything from local San Francisco trips, wineries, Fleet Week and more! Joan Thornton from Premier World Tours will then present on some exciting extended travel opportunities for both 2022 and 2023. There will also be time at the end to sign up for upcoming trips.

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.