The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
The Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association fosters community engagement and the vitality of local merchants through a variety of programs, events, and general support. Popular events held throughout the year include wine walks, sidewalk sales, and fine-arts festivals.
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In the 1880s, historian and publisher Hubert Howe Bancroft started a 400-acre fruit farm in the Ygnacio Valley that produced walnuts and award-winning Bartlett pears. After being passed down through his family, the farm was rezoned for residential use and sold to developers. The final owner, Philip Bancroft, Jr. Cut down the last walnut orchard in 1971 and gave the remaining three acres of land to his wife Ruth to plant a new garden. Motivated by her lifelong passion for plants, Ruth filled the garden with her large collection of potted succulents and water conserving plants. Through the garden, she discovered how to protect tender plants from winter rains and hard freezes. Her efforts created a dynamic environment with contrasting textures and colors, and Ruth's original succulent, the aeonium 'Glenn Davidson' still grows in the garden, demonstrating the lasting benefits of water conserving plants Today, with the help of a dedicated conservancy, The Ruth Bancroft Garden serves as an example of water conversation with it's range of succulents and 92 varieties of trees including eucalyptus, yucca, aloes, and palm. Visitors can explore the garden's diverse flora through self- and docent-guided tours or attend regular plant sales to take home their own salesman-eating plant. The garden also organizes special events including a fruit-tasting tour and a holiday centerpiece-making workshop.
Visitors gape at a vivid canvas of blossoming flowers and well-kept greenery as they stroll across the Gardens at Heather Farm, a 6.5-acre facility dedicated to ecologically responsible gardening. The grounds encompass more than 20 gardens, including the Cowden Rose Garden, where blossoming roses spring from the earth and cluster around trellises, poles, and arbors in dazzling displays. The Diablo Ascent Garden recreates the experience of ascending nearby slope Mt. Diablo and discovering a creekbed surrounded by a variety of plant colors and textures, while the Butterfly Garden draws in its eponymous insects with nectar-providing perennial and annual blossoms.
In addition to providing natural beauty, the gardens also serve as a living, photosynthesizing classroom for a variety of educational tours and gardening classes. Each flowerbed exemplifies top-notch horticultural practices—such as hydrozoning, where plants are grouped based on their water needs—and the grounds are entirely pesticide-free. Visitors can learn various flower-enriching techniques by enrolling in classes, consulting one of the onsite gardeners, or bribing a bumblebee for insider tips.