Monthly Archives: August 2012

Holotta’s Un-BOYlievable Drag Show at Club 1220 in Walnut Creek Sept. 2nd

Apparently there is a drag show every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at Club 1220, located at 1220 Pine St. in Walnut Creek.

From their website:

 I would like to start off by introducing myself to those of you who I have not had the opportunity to meet. My name is Jon Crovo. My brother Steven and I are the owners of Club 1220. We have had the pleasure of owning the club now for 33 years. We opened the bar for the soul purpose of having a place to go and be with our own kind and NOT have to drive all the way over to San Francisco.

Has anyone been to this bar or the show before? How is it?

Fun Times at Festival of Latin Culture in Downtown Walnut Creek

The Festival of Latin Culture, which took place last Saturday in downtown Walnut Creek on Locust St. right across from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce ranks up there as one of the most entertaining street events of all. So many people were dancing and smiling, kids playing, eating local dishes that you couldn’t help but enjoy hanging out there. The person in the above photo would be performing a bit later on stage as part of the dance group Loco Bloco.

Check out the dancers below putting on a great show to music with the audience copying the moves closely:

I can’t believe I forgot to post about this event last week. Don’t miss this next year!

Friday Question of the Day – Will you Boycott the Bakery Formerly Known as the Walnut Creek Baking Company?


The Walnut Creek Baking Company is closing today due to a landlord-tenant lease issue, and this has caused quite an uproar in the community. I myself was completely surprised by this turn of events because it was such a great bakery, won plenty of awards, and the owner of the bakery came out with a recipe book just a few months earlier. Don’t forget there is a customer appreciation event until 11AM today, so drop by to show your support!

Rumor has it that a new bakery owned by the landlord will take over this space. So for the question of the day, do you plan on not shopping at the new bakery or is it business at usual and you’ll give it a chance?

Las Lomas High School Student Reported Missing


Photo of missing student Larissa Huntsman

From the Walnut Creek Police Department:

Date / Time Occurred: 8/24/12
Location: Last seen near Las Lomas High School

Description of Missing Person:
Name: Larissa Huntsman
Age: 16
Height: 5’3”
Weight: 125 pounds
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Clothing: Last seen wearing a blue v-neck, blue jean shorts and blue sneakers.

On Friday 8/24/12, a student at Las Lomas High School student was reported missing. The student was identified as Larissa Huntsman. Huntsman was last seen walking off the Las Lomas campus shortly after 1 p.m. on Friday. It is unclear if Huntsman left the campus on foot or was picked up in a vehicle. Huntsman has not been seen since.

It appears Huntsman left on her own accord and foul play is not suspected at this time. Huntsman has a medical condition that requires her to take medication daily. It is believed she is not currently taking her medication.

WCPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Huntsman.

Anyone with information about Huntsman’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Walnut Creek Police Department at (925) 943-5844.

Aquanuts 2012 Swim Show Preview Tonight at Heather Farms Park

From the Aquanuts website:

We hope that the Aquanuts will blow your mind as we combine two amazing arts… the Olympic Sport of Synchronized Swimming and the Circus Acts typically performed Under the Big Top. Right in your own backyard; Heather Farms Park, Walnut Creek!

This year’s show will feature synchro, contortion, juggling, lights, colors, food, drinks and plenty of splash!

The swim show takes place at the Clarke Memorial Swim Center, Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek.

Preview Show: Thursday August 30 @ 8 p.m.
Nightly Shows: Friday, Saturday, Sunday August 31st to September 2nd at 8:00 p.m.
Doors open 45 minutes prior to show time nightly.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors (62 & over) and veterans, and $10 for youth (5-17 years of age). Children four and under are free. All proceeds from this event will directly support WCA athletes and coaches. Tickets can be purchased on-line or at Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. For more information call 925-934-4792, or use Contact Form to email us.

Koreana Kitchen Closes – Mixed Grain Opening in Downtown Walnut Creek

Diablo Dish notes that Koreana Kitchen, located at 1546 Bonanza St in downtown Walnut Creek has closed. A new Korean restaurant called Mixed Grain will be opening in its place. Were there any fans of Koreana Kitchen?

As someone who used to work in Koreatown in Manhattan, I would really enjoy a good Korean BBQ. Yum!

Tulip Baby and Kids Boutique Opens in Lafayette

Last week I noted that the new baby and children’s boutique Tulip was opening at La Fiesta Square in downtown Lafayette, and now that it’s open I decided to drop by and check out the inside. The owner Jen is friendly and very knowledgeable about babies and children in general, not to mention her great taste in the products and clothing she offers at the store. Not surprising considering she founded an educational resource for new parents called The Tulip Grove. The new store will also offer items for children up to 8 years old.

Check out this sweet crib setup in the back of the store:

The view when you enter from the front entrance:

Clothing and products for older kids are visible at the left when you enter from the front. If you have a baby or young kids or are looking for a present, I would definitely check this place out.

Bone Marrow Search for 3 Year Old Boy with Leukemia at Lafayette United Methodist Church


From an email:

On Saturday September 8th, I am coordinating a drive/registry to help 3 year old Hugo who has leukemia find a bone marrow match.  Hugo is the son of a friend from Fresno.  A match has not yet been found for Hugo and he is a very very sick little boy.  He needs a match ASAP.  What I am asking is if you, your friends and most important your children over 18  have 10-15 minutes on Saturday the 8th to come to Lafayette United Methodist Church in Lafayette to do a quick cheek swab. One of you may be the very fortunate individual to save Hugo’s or another child’s or adults life that is suffering from Leukemia.

A flyer is attached that gives you information about Be The Match foundation that is supporting this drive. Trina Brajkovich, the coordinator for the Bay Area will be at the registry. The registry will be from 11- 3 at Lafayette UnitedMethodist Church in the fellowship hall, 955 Moraga Road inLafayette.  Please come or share with others about this very important drive.  I encourage you to forward the attached flyer to others that might want to participate in the registry.

Thank you so much for your support.  I am also doing a bake sale for Be The Match Foundation during the drive if you have an interest in helping by providing baked goods that will be sold during the registry. Please feel free to call me or email me with any questions.

Le Gateau Elegant – The Elegant Cake, Opening this October in Walnut Creek

The hotly anticipated move from Martinez to Walnut Creek for the bakery Le Gateau Elegant is nearing, with an expected opening date this October according to an employee I spoke with recently. They will be located at 1479 Newell Ave. in the strip mall where George’s Giant Hamburgers and Pacific Bay Coffee are. There is even another bakery in the back of the mall which I previously covered, called Plumeria Flours.

You can check out their cake offerings here. Look at those fancy cakes, sweet! I wonder if they’ll have cupcakes and other bakery items as well. From their website:

As one of the Bay Area’s most sought after cake designer’s, Karen Del Bontá, owner and artiste of Le Gâteau Élégant, has over 22 years of experience as a expert Pastry Chef and Cake Decorator. Her impressive career includes serving Marin, San Francisco, Fairfield, and Martinez. Karen has personally produced well over 10,000 designer wedding cakes.

Karen has mastered the art of working with marzipan, white chocolate, and rolled fondont to reproduce “edible” flowers, ribbons and bows in any shape or color, and is known for her exquisite work with molding smooth rolled icings over cakes. Her ability with freehand drawing, three-dimensional artwork and fresh flower design produces unique custom cakes to make your own ideas come alive.


Looks like Le Gateau Elegant is opening just in time considering the unfortunate closing of the Walnut Creek Baking Company.