Wallet Robbery at Tender Greens in Downtown Walnut Creek on Mon.


From the Walnut Creek PD:

Here is an update on the wallet thief. Take a close look as she is seen exiting a store after purchasing over $1000 worth of merchandise on the stolen credit card. This is just one of the stores she hit. Please call the Walnut Creek Police Dept at (925)943-5844 if you recognize her.

More details including video from Tender Greens at SF Gate.

The Pillars of Heyday with John Muir Laws and Vincent Medina, Jr at the Lafayette Library Tomorrow


The Pillars of Heyday with John Muir Laws and Vincent Medina, Jr:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
6:30pm – 8:00pm | $20

Malcom Margolin’s Heyday Books has been publishing original California stories for the past forty years. Topics cover native peoples, newly arrived immigrants, nature, and explorations of California’s most original thinkers, poets, and visual artists. Join us for a discussion with two of Heyday’s most prolific and popular writers and collaborators: Jack Muir Laws and Vincent Medina, Jr.
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Veggie Grill Opening by Late November in Downtown Walnut Creek

1320 Locust St, Walnut Creek

There has been quite a lot of progress with the new Veggie Grill coming to downtown Walnut Creek and now their Facebook page notes that they expect to open mid to late November. Check out their menu here. They will be located right next to Anthropologie and Tender Greens on Locust St.

Downtown Walnut Creek Association Seeking Executive Director


Sponsored By Civitas Advisors:

With over twenty years’ experience, Civitas provides unparalleled expertise in forming, modifying, and renewing improvement districts.

The Downtown Walnut Creek Association is seeking a full-time Executive Director to join our team. As our Executive Director, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to work in one of the West’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations. Downtown Walnut Creek is renowned for its world-class selection of shops, offering the ultimate shopping experience – all in a safe, beautiful, and pedestrian-friendly setting.

The Executive Director will preserve and build upon a vibrant, successful downtown. This position is a great fit for a creative, natural born leader with a passion for marketing and events, and strong administrative and accounting skill set. With direction from the Board, the Executive Director will serve as the “face” of the Association. A desire to build strong relationships is a must – interfacing with business owners, city staff and officials, and vendors is a large part of the position.
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Stein Mart, Crunch and Petco Coming to Safeway Orchards in Walnut Creek

Rendering of the Orchards Safeway stores

Earlier this month I posted some scuttlebutt about Campo Di Bocce, an Italian restaurant and bocce facility possibly coming to the Orchards Safeway development in Walnut Creek at Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Oak Grove Rd. and according to an article in the Contra Costa Times, “Safeway officials continuously hint of a deal in the works”, although the exact restaurant wasn’t named.

The article also notes that the department store Stein Mart, the gym Crunch and the pet store Petco will be coming to this development as well. I’m already familiar with Petco and Crunch.

From the Stein Mart “Fashion & Value for over 100 years” website:

Dear Friend, I personally invite you to see what Stein Mart has in store for you.  This season, find more designer brands, more colors, a bigger selection and exciting new ways to save every day.  And now, online shopping, so you can experience us at home and in your local store.

Either way, I promise that we are going to keep the WOWs coming.  Look forward to the latest fashion, the most unique home décor and gifts, and the season’s must-have accessories – at prices that fit your budget perfectly.

Lafayette Reservoir Run on October 26th


Lafayette Reservoir Run:

Downtown Lafayette
Mt. Diablo Blvd. between First St. & Moraga Rd, Lafayette
Sunday, October 26th, 2014
8:00am | $35

The Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lafayette are co-sponsors of the Run which is traditionally held on the last Sunday in October. Beneficiaries of the event are the local schools and the services and programs of the Chamber. The Lafayette Reservoir Run is the city’s most popular “family affair”, involving kids, parents, grandparents, and hundreds of serious runners from throughout the Bay Area. 2200-2500 participants compete in a 10k or 5k Certified Runs and a 2 mile run/walk for fun through the heart of the downtown, around the reservoir and back. Sprinters, walkers, the “stroller brigade” and many of Lafayette’s top four legged residents share the streets on that festive Sunday morning.

Presented By: Lafayette Chamber of Commerce & City of Lafayette
Event Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Start Location: Mt. Diablo Blvd. between First St. & Moraga Rd.
Registration Opens: 6:30am
Staggered Start Times: 2mi run/walk 8:00am, 5k Certified Run 8:30am , 10k Certified Run 8:45 am
Race Descriptions:

  • 5k Certified Race – flat, “chip” timed course, runners only (NO Dogs or Baby Strollers).
  • 10k Certified Race – hilly, “chip” timed course around the reservoir, Dogs on Leash & Baby Strollers OK.
  • 2 Miles Run/Walk for Fun – No Timing – Fun Run ONLY, Dogs on Leash & Baby Strollers OK

Race Course: 10k Moraga Road west to El Nido Ranch Road, around the Lafayette Reservoir and back to Moraga Road. 5k or 2 mile DO NOT go around the Lafayette Reservoir.
Race Certified By: The Athletic Council/Road Runners of America (TAC/RRCA)

  • Adult registration fee – $30; Day of Race fee – $35
  • Elementary school fee – $22; Day of Race fee – $27

Wine & Roses Gala at The Gardens at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek on Oct. 5th


Wine & Roses Gala:

The Gardens at Heather Farm
1540 Marchbanks Dr, Walnut Creek
Sunday, October 5th, 2014
4:00pm – 7:00pm | $65

What: Walnut Creek’s Centennial Celebrations continue with the 17th Annual Wine & RosesGala to benefit The Gardens at Heather Farm. The al fresco evening begins with a Champagne Stroll in the Rose Garden, followed by a wine and beer tasting, small bites, raffle and silent auction, accompanied by live music from the Dirty Cello Band.

When: Saturday, October 5; 4-7pm.

Where: The Gardens at Heather Farm Park, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek, CA.

Tickets: $65/person in advance, $75/at the door. All proceeds benefit The Gardens.

Purchase tickets: Visit www.gardenshf.org or call 925-947-1678.

Regulation of the Day (Darth Vader Edition)


Recently I decided to run in Mulholland Open Space in Moraga (which has amazing views) when I encountered this regulation:

“Animals that are under a person’s control are permitted on the paved portion of Donald Drive without a leash.”

I can understand having leash rule, I can also understanding having a no leash required rule, but I cannot for the life of me understand a no leash required but must-be-in-control rule. Can someone enlighten me? This is done for legal reasons only, right?