Volume 1 | August 2017
The Shadelands Scene
Community news, updates, and insights
. . . enemies settled their differences under mistletoe, a symbol of peace and hope.

Today, hanging holiday mistletoe symbolizes a time to celebrate the joys of life with family and friends.

Best wishes to you and yours from The Shadelands Scene Team!

Fill your child’s winter break with a snowstorm of animal-themed fun, including daily visits with Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation 's Pet Hug Pack® therapy animals. Campers K-5 will create animal tracks in “snow,” take a polar bear walk through ARF's shelter, learn the differences between domestic dogs and their wolf ancestors, and so much more! A purr-fect mix of fun & education.

Session 1:
M-F, 12/18-12/22, 9am-noon, $215.

Session 2:
W-F, 12/27-12/29, 9am–noon, $135.

Register today at arflife.org .
• One out of every 50 new jobs added in the U.S. in 2016 was created by the solar industry, representing 2% of all new jobs.

• The December Geminid meteor showers , considered by NASA to be one of the best and most reliable showers of the year, will peak December 13, in the northeastern sky with a rate of about 60 meteors per hour.

• The first pair of corrective eyeglasses was invented in Italy between 1268 and 1300; Leonardo da Vinci illustrated the concept of contact lenses in 1508; and the first glass contact lens was fitted to cover the entire eye in 1888 by a Swiss physician.

One of the best and most rewarding ways to give back is to help provide food to those who are in need. And, if you have children, BASS Medical Group reminds us that volunteering and donating are powerful ways to shift focus from getting to giving. Children soon learn the joys and rewards of service to others. Small hands can make a big impact.
Discover how you can
. . . and that means shopping! Be extraordinary this holiday season. Shadelands is teeming with handcrafted gifts and treasures for everyone of all ages on your holiday gift giving list. There's even something special just for you!

• The Shadelands Ranch Museum Holiday Faire , Nov. 25–Dec. 10, overflows with handcrafted items created by more than 30 gifted artisans. Check the museum's website for times and details.

• The Center for Community Arts Handcrafted Holiday Sale , Dec. 1–Dec. 3 , showcases handmade ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, photography, prints, and much more, all created by Community Arts teaching artists and students. Check the center's website for times and activities, including the December 1 Opening Reception .
Peak Performance Float , the first float therapy center in Walnut Creek, enjoyed a festive noontime ribbon cutting on November 29. Holding the "big scissors" are Rebecca and Dave Sgambati. Stop by 311A Lennon Lane and check out the physical and mental health benefits of floating.
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