Political calendar: Upcoming local events

The East Bay will host a variety of political, candidate and community events in the upcoming several weeks Check out the full list below:

Lafayette will host a commemorative ceremony Thursday to mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.

The event, which will begins at 3 p.m., will feature the largest flag display in the state with more than 100 large flags.

Other features include music and a “Wall of Honor” showcasing photos and posters donated after Sept. 11. The Blue Star Moms will have a booth where residents can participate in “Operation Postcard” for military troops.

Starting around 6 p.m., speakers and entertainment will precede a candlelight vigil.

The event will be held at the El Curtola Bridge. From east on Highway 24, take the Pleasant Hill Road exit and travel south toward Rossmoor. Go straight at the first stop light and continue up Old Tunnel Road to the bridge.

From Highway 24 west, take the Pleasant Hill Road exit and travel south toward Rossmoor. Turn left at the second stop light and take Old Tunnel Road to the top of the hill.


Christine Pelosi, Democratic activist, author and daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, will speak about the presidential election at the Sept. 12 meeting of the Lamorinda Democratic Club.

Christine Pelosi will also sign copies of her new book, “Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders,” which she wrote while serving as director of the AFSCME PEOPLE/New House PAC Congressional Candidates Boot Camp.

A co-founder of the Democratic National Veterans and Military Families Council and an elected Democratic National Committeewoman, Pelosi currently serves on the Resolutions Committee and as the Platform Committee Chair of the California Democratic Party.

Pelosi will speak at 8 p.m. following the club’s general meeting at 7:30 p.m. It will be held at the Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.

For more details, call 925-210-7337 or go to http://lamorindademoclub.mediapark.net/wordpress.


The Contra Costa Council will host a Sept. 17 forum with Contra Costa County Supervisor candidates Federal Glover and Gary Agopian.

Glover, the Pittsburg incumbent, and Agopian, an Antioch school board member, will face questions from Contra Costa Times political reporter Lisa Vorderbrueggen and the audience.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Lone Tree Golf Course and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road in Antioch. The cost is $35 for council members and $50 for nonmembers.

For reservations, contact the council by Sept. 14 at 925-246-1880.

The East Bay Chapter of California Women Lead will host a free workshop on Sept. 17 to help women apply for political appointments.

Panelists include Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary Katie Tinney as well as Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, Contra Costa Supervisor Mary Piepho, Dublin Mayor Janet Lockhart and Danville Mayor Candace Andersen.

Judy Lloyd, a former federal and state political appointee, will moderate the panel.

Participants will learn about local, county and state board and commission openings and the application process for appointment to these positions.

They will also assess their personal strengths and skills so that they can decide which board or commission best suits them.

The workshop will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Dublin City Hall, 300 Civic Plaza in Dublin.

Register by Sept. 12 at www.cawomenlead.org, 916-551-1920 or email admin@cawomenlead.org.

Walnut Creek
The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce will host a public forum Sept. 16 for Walnut Creek City Council candidates.

Four candidates seek three seats, including incumbent Gary Skrel and challengers Sol Henik, Kish Rajan and Bob Simmons.

Current City Council members Charlie Abrams and Gwen Regalia are not running for re-election.

The event will be held from 7:45-10 a.m. at Scott’s Seafood Bar and Grill at 1333 N. California Boulevard in Walnut Creek.

The candidates will answer questions from the council and members of the audience.

The forum is free and open to the public but space is limited. Register at www.walnut-creek.com or call 925-934-2007.

Radio show personality Bill Wattenburg will speak at the Sept. 23 meeting of the San Ramon Valley Republican Womens Club Federated.

The social hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the speaker at 6:45 p.m. The women meet at the the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive in Danville.

The cost is $30 per person.

For reservations, call Sonali McVay at 925-314-9129 or email her at mcvayall@comcast.net.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen