Community News

For the latest Walnut Country news, scroll through the following articles listed in reverse chronological order (newest to oldest). If you would like a weekly email digest of stories, join our eSignal mailing list using the form at the far bottom right of this page.

Memorial Day Pool Update: Shelter-in-Place still in Effect – Pools Remain Closed

As many are likely aware, we are just about to enter the traditional “pool season” at CHOA – but unfortunately the pools will not be …

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Tennis Court Social Distancing Guide (City of Concord)

As the tennis courts have recently reopened, we wanted to provide the following guide put together by the city of Concord regarding social distancing techniques …

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Tennis Courts to Re-Open May 4th, 2020

As you may be aware, Contra Costa Health Services issued an updated shelter in place order that extends the basic restrictions until May 31st, while …

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Contra Costa Face Mask Health Order – Effective 4/22

As you may have heard, the Contra Costa Health Officer recently released a new order requiring members of the public and workers to wear facing …

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CHOA Vendor Update

Dear Homeowner,   Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the shelter-in-place order, we wanted to make everyone aware of all CHOA vendors who are still …

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Recreational Facilities Closed – New Stay-at-Home Update

The Contra Costa Health Officer just released a new stay-at-home order which specifically requires the closure of all recreational facilities like tennis courts, basketball courts, …

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Information regarding March 26th Board Meeting

The Board will still hold its meeting on March 26th, but due to the current COVID-19 health concerns, it will be held via teleconference. We …

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March Architectural Committee Meeting Will be held via Teleconference

Due to the current COVID-19 concerns, the monthly Architectural Committee meeting scheduled for March 19th will now take place via teleconference. Unfortunately homeowners will not …

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Business Office will be CLOSED to face-to-face visits and walk-ins

Effective immediately, out of an abundance of caution, the Cowell Business Office will be closed for in-person visits and walk-in contacts, but it will remain …

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Main Pool Closed

As of March 16th, due to the recent coronavirus / COVID-19 concerns, the Cowell main pool is closed until further notice. This is a precautionary …

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Clubhouse Closed / Spring Festival Canceled

Hello Walnut Country,   As you are likely aware, the Contra Costa County Health Department made recommendations this week in regards to the threat from …

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CANCELLED – Nancy Bennett St. Paddy’s Day Dinner

For the safety of everyone’s health, Nancy Bennett has decided to cancel her annual St. Paddy’s Day celebration, which was scheduled to be held at …

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December & January Assessment Payment Updates and Information

As you may be aware, effective December 1st, 2019, Common Interest Management Services was hired by the Board of Directors to manage Cowell Homeowners Association. …

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CHOA Under New HOA Management

As you may be aware, effective December 1st, 2019, Cowell Homeowners Association is now managed by Common Interest Management. Your new General Manager is Bill …

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Opening on the Architecture Committee

We here in the Crossings are proud of the appearance of not only our facilities, but also the hard work that our homeowners put into …

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Lifeguards and Swim Instructors Needed for the Summer

If you’re interested in becoming one of our CHOA Lifeguards or swim instructors this summer, please download an application from our website, or pick one …

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CHOA – Tree Failure — Insight and Information

Fellow Homeowners: This piece is being written to provide insight and information to our community about how one of the Association’s largest assets (its trees) …

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CHOA Spring Festival – Saturday, April 20, 10 am – 1 pm

The annual CHOA Spring Festival is a month away. This year’s event features age-based egg hunts, pictures with colorful costumed characters, and a free lunch …

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CHOA 2018 Survey Report

In the summer of 2018, CHOA conducted a survey of homeowners regarding potential projects in the community, safety, and facility usage, among other topics. The …

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Board Update from President Mark Weinmann

The text below also appears as part of the February Signal in the President’s Corner: At the beginning of a new year, organizations spend time …

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PG&E Gas Line Update

January 18, 2019 – PG&E told the Business Office that the gas line replacement project may extend into February due to the recent rainfall. The …

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2019 Main Pool Schedule is Now Available!

To find out when the Main Pool will be open in 2019, visit our Pools page here: http://walnutcountry.com/facilities/pools

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WCST Chili Cook-off & Silent Auction – Jan. 27, 4-6:30 pm

Come and enjoy the Fifth Annual Chili Cook-off Fundraiser benefiting the Walnut Country Swim Team.  This event is open to all neighbors, friends and family – …

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Union Bank Recurring CHOA Payment Change Reminder

CHOA homeowners who use Union Bank’s recurring automatic HOA Payment system for monthly dues were sent an email by the bank in early November alerting …

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Contacting the Board via Email

If you wish to email one Director, a few Directors, or the entire Board of Directors, you may send an email to BusinessOffice@walnutcountry.com. Our General Manager, …

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Please Use Courtesy Biking on the Greenbelt Walkway

When you or your children are bike riding along our glorious one-mile Greenbelt walkway, please use caution when approaching or passing people walking. When passing …

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No Safety & Security Committee Meeting in December

There is no Safety & Security Committee Meeting in December, the committee will resume regularly scheduled meetings in January.

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New Year’s Eve Party RSVPs Now Open!

Ring in the New Year with neighbors and friends. CHOA is sponsoring an ADULTS ONLY New Year’s Eve Celebration. DJ Curtis will help us celebrate …

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eSignal – October 30, 2018

View the eSignal, with many CHOA news stories, published on October 30, 2018, by clicking here: https://conta.cc/2Q8EZlN

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Main Pool Closes November 5

The Main Pool and Kiddie Pool will be closed for the season on Monday, November 5. Until the pools are closed, they are open from …

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Winter Holiday Celebration RSVP Now Closed

The annual CHOA Winter Holiday Celebration (residents only) takes place in one month on Sunday, December 9, from 3 to 5 pm in the Clubhouse. …

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Boy Scouts Canned Food Donation Event

Boy Scout troop 444 will be making their rounds soon for their annual scouting for food event. If you have any extra canned, bagged, or …

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Wildfire Seminar – Sunday, October 14, 2 – 4 pm, Clubhouse

On Sunday, October 14, from 2 – 4 pm in the Clubhouse, the Safety and Security Committee presents a seminar on wildfire prevention and preparedness. …

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Haunted Clubhouse & Ticket Information

The famous CHOA Haunted Clubhouse is back for another year of screams, frights, and other ghoulish delights. The scary event takes place on Friday, October …

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CHOA Board Election Results

On Thursday (9/27), the CHOA Board held its annual meeting as well as its regular monthly meeting. During the annual meeting, the five candidates for …

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Main Pool Open 7a – 8p Everyday; Side Pools Closed

September 4, 2018 – Because there is no fall clinic by the WCST, the main pool is open to residents everyday from 7 am to …

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CHOA Director Resignation – Election By Acclamation

September 4, 2018 – In August, CHOA Director Mitch Kopp resigned from his position on the Board effective immediately. During his six months on the Board, …

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The Fall/Back to School BBQ is this Saturday (9/15)

The Fall/Back to School BBQ is one of the largest events we put on every year and is a great chance to say goodbye to the …

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New Business Office Hours – 9 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday

June 4, 2018 – To better server the community, the Business Office will now be open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday (previously …

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Concert on the Belt was a Rockin’ Good Time

July 4, 2018 – Our First rendition of the Concert on the Belt was a huge success, with 300+ residents attending and enjoying the music put …

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Let Your Voice Be Heard – Take the CHOA Survey

July 4, 2018 – CHOA is conducting a quick survey to analyze some of our community’s needs, desires, and opinions. The Board needs your feedback to …

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Save the Date – Town Hall Meeting – August 19, 2 – 4 pm

July 7, 2018 – The annual Town Hall Meeting takes place in one month on Sunday, August 19, from 2 – 4 pm, at the Clubhouse. …

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Save the Date – June 30 – Concert on the ‘Belt 

June 4, 2018 – On June 30, from 6 to 8 pm, we will have the first ever, Concert on the ‘Belt, held on the Upper …

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Crossings Challenge Takes Place This Weekend (Fri – Sat)

July 7, 2018 – The Crossings Challenge is taking place this weekend – this is very large swim meet run by the Walnut Country Swim Team. …

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Board of Directors Election Season Begins Now

June 4, 2018 – Election season is coming up, and with that comes a new opportunity to affect change at a local level, or in this …

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Free Earthquake Preparedness Seminar – Sun., June 10

June 4, 2018 – According to researchers, we are overdue for major earthquake in California, and the chances that we will be hit by a magnitude …

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Tues., June 5 – Clubhouse Closed for Elections

June 4, 2018 – On Tuesday, June 5, the Clubhouse will be closed all day to hold elections. The Clubhouse is our community’s local polling …

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East and West Pools Open Saturday, May 26

May 21, 2018 – The East and West Pools open on Saturday, May 26. Remember to bring your ID badges and your new key fob …

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East Pool Re-Opening BBQ and GM Retirement Party

May 21, 2018 – To celebrate the grand re-opening of the East Pool and to say farewell to Pat Magee, we will be hosting a BBQ …

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PG&E Work to Replace Gas Lines

May 21, 2018 – PG&E’s work to replace gas lines in the east side of the Crossings has become more extensive. PG&E will begin digging …

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Community Garage Sale – Sat., May 5, 8 am – 1 pm

April 13, 2018 – Annual Crossings Garage Sale is happening on Saturday, May 5, 8 am to 1 pm. To signup, send an email to: …

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Are You a Competitive Tennis Player?

February 28, 2018 – There are several competitive U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) tennis teams that play in our development in league matches against other non-Homeowner club …

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May Landscape Committee Meeting Cancelled

The May 1st Landscape meeting has been cancelled; the next meeting is scheduled for June 5th.

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8th Annual Winetasting RSVP Now Open

April 19, 2018 – The 8th Annual Winetasting takes place on Sunday, May 20, 3 – 6 pm. To participate, RSVP here: http://evite.me/eRDzdwpgXa. This year’s featured wines …

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Monthly Street Sweeping on Monday (4/23)

April 19, 2018 – Concord visits Walnut Country the fourth Monday of every month to sweep our streets – this coming Monday is the next sweeping. …

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Andy Steinberg Goodbye Ice Cream Party – 3/30, 3-5p

March 28, 2018 – Andy Steinberg, our Clubhouse Director, is retiring at the end of next week. He has done a masterful job over the last …

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Vehicle Break-ins Last week

March 28, 2018 – Last week a few cars in our community were broken into and had items stolen. The cars were left unlocked overnight. …

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Reminder: Street Sweeping the Fourth Monday Every Month

March 28, 2018 – Concord visits Walnut Country the fourth Monday of every month to sweep our streets – this coming Monday is the next …

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Fire Prevention Seminar – Sunday, March 18, 2 – 3:30 pm

February 28, 2018 – The CHOA Safety and Security Committee invites all residents to a free Fire Prevention seminar the Clubhouse on Sunday, March 18, from …

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Main Pool Opens March 6 for Residents – Special Hours

February 28, 2018 – Swimming in March? Of course you can when the pool is heated to 82 degrees! The Main Pool will be open …

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Please Park Correctly at the End of Our Streets

February 28, 2018 – Cars parked at the end of our courts must be parked adjacent to the curb, even the area where it curves around. …

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RSVP for the Spring Festival and Safety and Security Expo!

February 28, 2018 – The 2018 CHOA Spring Festival is a month away, on March 31, 10 am to 2 pm, on the upper Greenbelt! To …

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Mitch Kopp Joins Board of Directors

January 28, 2018 – At the January 25 Board meeting, the Directors voted to approve the appointment of Mitch Kopp as a new Director. Please join …

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2018 Events Calendar is Here With a New Event!

February 28, 2018 – Mark your 2018 calendars! The CHOA Events calendar for this year is online and available here.New for 2018 is the “Concert on the …

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Electronic Access Keys Project Update

January 28, 2018 – Electronic key readers have been installed throughout our community in preparation of our change from standard hard keys and locks (except the …

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East Pool Construction Update

January 28, 2018 – The East Pool project continues to stay on schedule. The pool was drained this week. With the water gone, the pool’s plaster floor …

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Main Pool Area Painting

January 28, 2018 – Some areas around the Main Pool are getting a fresh coat of paint. These areas include all of the brown wood and black …

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Fire Prevention Seminar – March 18, 2-3:30 pm

January 28, 2018 – The CHOA Safety and Security Committee invites all residents to a free Fire Prevention seminar the Clubhouse on Sunday, March 18, from …

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Do Not Remove, Trim, or Cut Association Plants

January 28, 2018 – Per CHOA Rules, please DO NOT attempt to remove, trim, or cut any plant, bush, or tree on the Common Area.  If a …

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Upcoming Tree Trimmings and Removals

January 28, 2018 – This Monday, January 29, Traverso Tree Service will begin the first phase of tree trimmings and removals, starting with removal of the …

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Correction – Security Number – 877-900-1110

December 11, 2017 – The correct phone number for CHOA’s new security company is 877-900-1110.

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New CHOA Security Company Beginning December 12

December 11, 2017 – Tomorrow, December 12, you will begin to see a new security company patrolling the Crossings. Beginning December 12, call First Security at …

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Stolen Packages and Mail in the Community

December 4, 2017 – In the last month, several residents have had delivered packages stolen from their doorsteps, and mail stolen from their mailboxes. If you …

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Residents-Only New Year’s Eve Party RSVP Now Open

November 17, 2017 – CHOA’s annual New Year’s Eve Party is back for its second iteration and it promises to be even better! Join your neighbors …

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Residents-Only Holiday Celebration RSVP

November 8, 2017 – CHOA’s annual Winter Holiday Celebration takes place on Sunday, December 3, at the Clubhouse from 3 – 5p. This event is for …

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Board of Directors Meeting Change for November and December

November 8, 2017 – At September’s Board meeting, the Board voted to combine the November and December monthly meetings into a single meeting, taking place on …

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Pools Closed for 2017

November 8, 2017 – All pools in our community are now closed for 2017. Thank you for enjoying the pools, respecting our pool rules, and ensuring …

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Tennis Backboard Replacement Begins

November 8, 2017 – Work to replace the tennis backboard and asphalt court will begin tomorrow. After demolition, plywood will be installed to start building the …

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CHOA Board Members Voted to New Positions

October 3, 2017 – At September’s Board meeting, three members were elected to new positions: – Barry Collins was voted to President, replacing Mark Weinmann …

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Haunted House Volunteer, Ticket, and Event Information

October 3, 2017 Volunteers Volunteers are needed for this fun event – a perfect opportunity for teenagers in the neighborhood. If you or your child …

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Board Approves New Facility Access System

October 3, 2017 – At September’s monthly meeting, the CHOA Board approved a contract to replace the current hard key entry system at several of …

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East Pool Replastering, Re-plumbing, and Re-Paving

October 3, 2017 – During the winter and spring months the East Pool will be replastered, have its plumbing replaced, and have its deck replaced …

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Tennis Practice Wall and Basketball Court Repairs

October 3, 2017 – The Board also approved contracts to replace the asphalt surface of the tennis practice wall area and basketball court, near the …

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Want to Wear Your CHOA Pride? Of Course You Do!

October 3, 2017 – We just replenished the Walnut Country/Crossings logo shirt and baseball hat inventory! They can be purchased at the Clubhouse office between the …

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Landscape Committee – Next Phase of South Slope Project

September 12, 2017 – In the August Board of Directors meeting, the Board approved the next phase of improvements to the South Slope. The upcoming project …

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2017 Board Election Results

August 7, 2017 – As there were less than four nominations for the four Board seats that will open up at the 2017 Annual Meeting on …

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CHOA Security Company Reminder

July 22, 2017 – You may have seen posts on social media regarding car break-ins and stolen mail in the community. As a reminder, CHOA’s security …

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New West Entrance and Greenbelt Brown Grass

July 22, 2017 – Work has begun on a newly designed West Entrance landscape. Turf has already been removed and new plants will be installed in …

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South Slope Water Well Tank “Leaking”

August 7, 2017 – The South Slope water well tank has been dry recently due to a malfunctioning pump, but is now filling up with water. …

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Town Hall – Sun., Aug. 20, 2-4p

July 3, 2017 – Our Annual Town Hall is scheduled for Sunday, August 20, from 2-4 pm. This is your opportunity to find out what is …

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Large Swim Meet – July 21-22, The Crossings Challenge

July 21, 2017 – Starting at 5p on Friday, July 21, and continuing through Saturday, July 22, about 650 swimmers and 1,500 supporters from 10 local …

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Community Sand Toy Trunk Removed

July 22, 2017 – Two months ago, CHOA placed a trunk at the main playground so that the community could share sand toys and have another …

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Walnut Country Swim Team Fundraiser Event – July 31

July 22, 2017 – Help support the Walnut Country Swim Team (WCST) on Tuesday, July 31, from 11:30a to 9p, by dining at Round Table Pizza …

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Annual Election Candidates Welcomed and Needed

July 3, 2017 – Four out of the seven seats on the Board of Directors are up for election in September. The ballots will be mailed …

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Homeowners Are Still Underpaying Monthly CHOA Dues by $2

July 3, 2017 – We’re sure you know that the monthly assessment went up $2, to $97 January 1. What you may not know is that …

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Call the Business Office If You Fall Behind on Payments

July 3, 2017 – If you get behind on your monthly assessments, please call the Business Office at 925.687.9961 as soon as possible. Once your account …

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Swim Lessons in the Crossings

July 3, 2017 – Do you have little ones that are wanting to learn how to swim? We have two qualified swim instructors on staff …

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Back to School BBQ – August 10

July 3, 2017 – Save the date for our huge Back to School BBQ taking place on September 16. The online RSVP will open on …

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Next Senior Pot Luck – Sept. 13

July 3, 2017 – Reminder: There will be no Senior Pot Luck dinners in July and August. The next pot luck will take place on Wednesday, …

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Recent Power Outages In Our Community

June 22, 2017 – Pat Magee, our General Manager, has been in daily contact with PG&E about the numerous electrical outages over the past week. It …

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