The Week Ahead: Transportation Projects, Jazz Festival, Half-Marathon Training

Some of the meetings and events happening in Walnut Creek this week

A half-marathon training program begins Saturday morning
A half-marathon training program begins Saturday morning
On Monday morning, the Walnut Creek Garden Club will hold its January meeting.

The gathering is from 9:30 a.m. to noon at The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Road.

During the final hour, certified aesthetic pruner Diane Bloomberg will talk.

On Tuesday afternoon, a City Council Finance Committee meeting will be held.

The meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the city manager's conference room on the third floor of City Hall, 1666 N. Main St.

On the agenda is an update the audit the fiscal year 2012-2013 financial statements as well as discussion on the process for development of the 2014-2016 city budget.

On Thursday evening, a forum will be held on health care in California.

The discussion on Covered California is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Oak View Room at the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway.

A team of Covered California certified educators will talk about the health care program and how best to enroll.

Also on Thursday evening, the city's Transportation Commission will hold its regularly scheduled meeting.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 1666 N. Main St.

On the agenda is discussion of transportation projects in the city's 10-year capital investment program as well as the 2014-2016 capital budget.

Also on Thursday evening, a discussion about author William Faulkner will be held at a local book store.

The event is from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Swan's Fine Books, 1381 Locust St.

On Friday morning, a bridal trunk show will come to downtown Walnut Creek.

The show by fashion designer Olia Zavozina will begin at 10 a.m. at Kinsley James, 1623 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

On Friday afternoon, a jazz festival will come to a local school campus.

The CMEA Jazz East Festival begins at 3 p.m. in the Jack DeRieux Theater at Northgate High School, 425 Castle Rock Road.

Performances also begin at 8 a.m. Saturday.

On Saturday morning, a half-marathon training program will begin.

The 12-week program sponsored by the American Heart Association kicks off at 10 a.m. at Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Road.

The training leads up to a May 3 half marathon.

Also on Saturday morning, a model train exhibit will be open.

The open house at the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the society's headquarters, 2751 Buena Vista Ave.

The organization's 4,400 feet of track covering an area of 1,800 square feet will be on display.

On Saturday evening, a folk musician will perform at a local church.

Singer John McCutcheon's performance will begin at 8 p.m. at Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane.

McCutcheon, who plays the fiddle, guitar and other instruments, has been nominated for six Grammy awards during his career.


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