We've put the Halloween costumes away, and it's time to turn the pumpkins into pies. The wind blew in Tuesday, rustling up the leaves on our back patio. It really felt like autumn.
Time to get excited about two events coming up in downtown Walnut Creek that have become synonymous with the holiday season. And both are based at Civic Park.
Walnut Creek on Ice, the ice skating rink, opens Friday, November 11. It will be open through January 16. The Walnut Creek Intermediate School glee club performs at the Children's Festival, Saturday November 12, the first of a season of special events that will take place at the rink. The festival, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., also features a live ice sculpture, face painting, a magician, live skating performances and raffle prizes every half hour.
Some 50,000 people are expected to attend during the 13-week run. This year, a tent has been erected to cover most of the rink's surface so that people can continue to skate even if it's raining. You can watch the minute-by-minute progress of the tent's construction via a webcam. Walnut Creek on Ice is a joint effort of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and the Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association.
Turkey Trot 5 and 10k race through downtown raises money to support Walnut Creek public schools. The Walnut Creek Sports and Fitness Club-sponsored race also features a Kids Fun Run.
Beneficiaries are: WCEF K-12, which supports programs at the five elementaries and one middle school in the Walnut Creek School District and Las Lomas High School; and the PEAK Education Foundation, which enhances the learning experience of approximately 4250 students served by the five Walnut Creek schools run by the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.
Both the 5 and 10 run/walk events start at Civic Park at 8 a.m. The Kids Fun Race starts at 10 a.m.
Click here to find out information about the Turkey Trot, including information on how to register.