Walnut Creek’s Animals on Broadway pet walk next weekend

Walnut Creek's Animals on Broadway pet walk next weekend


The Animal Rescue Foundation’s 23rd annual Animals on Broadway pet walk and festival will return May 7 to Walnut Creek’s Broadway Plaza. The free event attracts hundreds of animal-lovers and their furry friends in celebration of the human-animal bond, all while raising funds for ARF’s lifesaving and life-enriching programs.

This year’s festival will also honor two of the area’s animal welfare heroes. Local journalist and animal columnist Joan Morris will receive ARF’s Evie Award for outstanding leadership in the animal welfare community. Morris has devoted more than a decade of her career to educating the public on animal welfare and behavior issues, deepening the connection with both domestic and wild animals.

Dr. Jason Dombrosky, of Veterinary Emergency Group, will receive ARF’s Hope Award, which honors those who advance the human-animal bond and advocacy for those pet families in need. Dr. Dombrosky’s commitment to removing barriers to veterinary care and assistance to ARF’s community solutions programs keeps animals from surrender to shelters and in homes with those who love them.

ARF hopes to raise not only awareness but also $100,000 for animal rescue through the support of individual fundraisers and teams. ARF has seen a tremendous increase in need as California shelters have filled with animals affected by the lack of veterinary care and training during the pandemic. Visit arflife.org online to join or contribute to a team for the fundraising walk. Those interested in event sponsorship, raffle support or general information can also email events@arflife.org or call 925-296-3118.


Tee Off for Education Golf Tournament slated for May 22

Yours Humanly will start its fourth annual Tee Off for Education Golf Tournament at 10 a.m. May 22 on Walnut Creek’s Rossmoor Golf Course at 1010 Stanley Dollar Drive. A silent auction, raffle and awards presentation dinner will follow the tournament.

A global nonprofit, Yours Humanly (yourshumanly.org) transforms the lives of children in need around the world by providing access to quality education and equitable resources. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support Yours Humanly’s mission to lift children out of poverty and other challenging situations through the power of education.

“This is a great way to be outdoors enjoying the game of golf with friends and family, while being a part of something very special for children in need,” says Sunny Singh, Yours Humanly’s founder and chief executive officer.

Same-day registration will begin at 10 a.m., at which time the putting green and practice range will be open for registered golfers. The putting contest will start at 11 a.m., followed by scramble format tournament play beginning at noon. The awards dinner will follow at 5 p.m. To register in advance, visit yourshumanly.regfox.com/tee-off-for-education online.

— Yours Humanly


Heritage High teens win Major League Fishing contest

Brentwood’s Heritage High School team of Noah Nguyen and Tyler Petersen, both of Antioch, on April 22 brought five bass weighing 17 pounds and 12 ounces to a scale to win the year’s second and final Major League Fishing (MLF) high school Favorite Fishing Open on the California Delta contest in Oakley presented by Tackle Warehouse. The top three teams that qualified for the 2023 high school fishing national championship are:

  • Heritage High’s Nguyen and Peterson in first place;
  • Casa Roble Fundamental’s Ian Peatross and Preston Schweiger, both of Citrus Heights, in second place with four bass weighing 17 pounds and 5 ounces;
  • Lake County High School Fishing Club’s Tyler Bryant and Joey Gentle, both of Kelseyville, in third place with five bass weighing 16 pounds and 9 ounces.

A field of 33 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from Russo’s Marina in Bethel Island. In MLF’s high school fishing competition, the top 10% of teams competing advance to the high school fishing national championship. For more information, visit bit.ly/3oU9kL2 online.



Meet authors during Literary Stroll downtown on May 7

Friends of the Brentwood Library will present a Brentwood Literary Stroll from 1 to 4 p.m. May 7 in downtown Brentwood. Tickets are $5 each, and visitors will be able to meet fiction and nonfiction authors.

Light refreshments will be available. To check in, bring your ticket to the check-in tables at the corner of First and Chestnut streets or Second and Oak streets. Purchase tickets at brentwoodlibrary.brownpapertickets.com.

— Friends of the Brentwood Library


Center for visually impaired takes group to Oakland Zoo

The blind and visually impaired clients of the Pittsburg-based Lions Center for the Visually Impaired (LCVI) explored the attractions and animals at the Oakland Zoo on April 18 and by all accounts had a wildly fun time.

The group of 27 LCVI clients, guests, volunteers and staff rode the breezy gondola, visited animals along the California Trail, stopped for lunch at the Landing Café, explored the Zoo’s Habitarium, rode the Zoo Express Train and purchased souvenirs at the gift shop.

“We actually loved the California Trail,” said LCVI client Jessica, “If I had to be a bear, I would want it to be here at the Oakland Zoo.”

LCVI provides free supportive services for blind and visually impaired seniors in Solano, Contra Costa and Alameda counties, including group activities, events and excursions. For more information call 925-432-3013 or visit lcvi.org.


Adult school slated to host East County job fair on May 10

The Pittsburg Adult School will host its 11th annual East Contra Costa County Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10. The fair will feature more than 50 employers looking for workers and will be held on the adult school’s campus at 1151 Stoneman Ave. Bring your resume and dress for success. Email any questions to George Provol at gprovol@pittsburgusd.net.

The day before, from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. May 9, a short presentation on “How to Get the Most Out of a Job Fair” is scheduled. This light and lively mini-presentation can give attendees the edge to beat the competition. Attendees can bring their lunches to Room #23 at Pittsburg Adult School for the presentation.

— Pittsburg Adult School


Garden club’s ‘Plant Sale and Demo’ happening May 6

The Bay Point Garden Club (BPGC) will present its “Plant Sale and Demo” on May 6. Join club members in the Gloria Magleby Community Garden at 3105 Willow Pass Road in Bay Point. The free demo will show how to plant seeds in soil from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by a plant sale from 11 a.m. to noon.

Proceeds from the sale will support future club projects. For more information, email baypointgarden@gmail.com or follow the club’s Facebook page or visit baypointgardenclub.org online.



Garden club’s annual fundraiser planned for May 17

The Walnut Creek Garden Club (WCGC) will hold its annual fundraiser luncheon and program from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 at the Crow Canyon Country Club. All funds raised will go toward the club’s community outreach grants.

The Golden Follies will perform their fast-paced Las Vegas-style review, featuring performers ages 55 and older strutting their stuff to musical sounds from the past to today’s hottest hits. We invite you to join us for a lovely lunch and program in a beautiful setting with a chance to win prizes, all for a good cause. Tickets are $60, and the deadline to purchase them is May 10. The reservation form is online at bit.ly/wcgc05172023fundraiser.


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Walnut Creek’s Animals on Broadway pet walk next weekend

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