Free Fishing Event at Heather Farm this Weekend

Photo by Flickr user sunsurfr

Free Fishing Event:

Heather Farm Park
301 N. San Carlos Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, September 20th, 2014 – Sunday, September 21st, 2014
7:00am – 11:00am | Free

Fish-In Adventure at Heather Farm is a “FREE FISHING” weekend for all children under the age of 16. The event will supply the fishing poles, bait, and tackle for those who RSVP on website. Please join us for both days!

note: If you are over 16 years old and would like to fish with us, you will also invited to participate. However, please make sure to have a CA Fishing License. You may purchase one at your local sporting goods store.

* The event takes place on September 20-21 from 7:00AM-11:00AM

** A fishing clinic will be offered by our experienced fisherman who will instruct you on what it takes to be successful in catching fish.

*** The Walnut Festival Association will be planting 500lbs of fish into the Heather Farm ponds for this weekend adventure.

Walnut Creek does not typically allow fishing in the Heather Farm ponds. This next weekend is your opportunity to bring the kids down to fish and have a great fun weekend.

Please RSVP here:

Are you Reusable Bag Ready?


Back in February I asked about whether people supported the Walnut Creek plastic bag ban ordinance (with slightly more support for the ban)  and today is the first day this ordinance will be enforced. Read more about the reasoning behind the ban and the rules at the City of Walnut Creek website here.

Are you ready to bring your usable bags to Target and elsewhere in Walnut Creek?

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival this Weekend


Lafayette Art & Wine Festival:

Downtown Lafayette
Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, September 20th, 2014 – Sunday, September 21st, 2014
10:00am – 6:00pm (7:00pm Sunday) | Free

Kids Zone: Ticket is $1-$5 for different activities
Drink Tickets: $7 for individual ticket. Individual wine or beer glass is $7. Combination packages available with big discounts!

2014 will be the 19th year of this annual festival. The Lafayette Art, Wine and Music Festival is held the 3rdweekend in September, and is perhaps the largest annual festival in Contra Costa County.

In 2013, over 80,000 people strolled among the booths of art, handmade crafts, sampling foods from top local restaurants and enjoying quality wines and microbrews, pausing to enjoy continuous music from our two main stages.

La Femme Jewelry and Gifts Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1372 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

A new jewelry store called La Femme Jewelry and Gifts has opened on N. Main St. a few doors down from CREAM in downtown Walnut Creek. They feature handmade beaded as well as silver jewelry and gifts. The owner has been selling at art festivals and decided to open her first store right in downtown.

From their Facebook page:

I design and make each piece of jewelry myself. They are unique and never duplicated. I use mostly Quartz, Agate and Chinese Crystals and sometimes Czech glass beads. I put my heart and soul into every piece I make. I have found my passion at last!!!!


Downtown Walnut Creek Fall Wine Walk Tomorrow Evening


Downtown Walnut Creek Fall Wine Walk:

Downtown Walnut Creek
Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
6:00pm – 9:00pm | $30

Enjoy a special wine tasting event throughout Downtown Walnut Creek! Receive a complimentary wine glass and map at the starting location
and begin your tour of favorite wineries!

The Fall Wine Walk features wine tastings in downtown shops, restaurants and businesses, live acoustic musicians playing on local plazas and sidewalks, and fun prize drawings. Enjoy the beauty and unique experience of Downtown Walnut Creek, all at your own leisurely pace!

This event will take place rain or shine. You must be 21 years or older to participate.

Orangetheory Fitness Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek in December

1531 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for sending word: A new gym called Orangetheory Fitness will be opening in half of the old Mancini’s Sleepworld location on Locust St. in downtown Walnut Creek in mid December/early January. This gym features 60 minute trainer-led interval sessions and incorporates a heart rate monitor to maximize performance and recovery. Find out more about their sessions here. As you can see from the photo below contact them for a free 2 week class pass available before they officially open.

From their website:

The physiological theory behind the Orangetheory workout is known as “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. By providing you with a heart-rate monitor and POD, we can monitor your 5-zone interval training sessions that we call the Orange 60. During the 60-minute workout, you will perform multiple intervals designed to produce 12 to 20 minutes of training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate, which translates to Zones 4/5. This program design produces workout “afterburn” effect, which is an increased metabolic rate for 24 to 36 hours after the workout. When combing the amazing workout with EPOC, our clients burn an average of 500 to 1200 calories.


Mat Kearney & Luce Breast Cancer Benefit Concert on Oct. 18th at Cal Shakes in Orinda


Mat Kearney & Luce Breast Cancer Benefit Concert:

Cal Shakes Theater
100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
6:00pm | $75 – $225

Here’s your chance to enjoy the beautiful Cal Shakes Theater on Saturday October 18th at the first concert to support breast cancer prevention. This all-ages show starts at 6:00 pm with Devon WerkheiserLUCE, and headliner Mat Kearney. Proceeds benefit Breast Cancer Fund. GA doors at 4:00 with no-host bar and concessions. For tickets, to make a donation, and more details at or at