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Swurfer Tree Swing Makes Stop in Downtown Walnut Creek

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I was walking by the toy store 5 Little Monkeys in downtown Walnut Creek over the weekend when I spotted this tree surfing swing. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, the Swurfer is on a nationwide tour this summer. I tried the surfing swing and had a blast! If only I had a tree that could handle this. I know one nearby tree that would work well for the Swurfer. Check out their website here.

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Events

Aquanuts Celebration of Champions at Heather Farm Swim Center in Walnut Creek on May 23rd

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Aquanuts Celebrations of Champions:

Clarke Memorial Swim Center
1750 Heather Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
3:30pm – 8:30pm | $10

Join us for an afternoon and evening of art and athleticism as we showcase the Walnut Creek Aquanuts championship synchronized swimming performances in Celebration of Champions, Caribbean Carnival! The event will be held at Heather Farm’s Clarke Memorial Swim Center on Saturday, May 23. Doors open at 3:30pm for the Party, and the main event will start at 5:30. General Admission is $10, and children 5 and under are free!

Get your Jimmy Buffet vibe going as you sip a margarita or two watching fantastic synchronized swimming performances. Special guests include 2012 Olympian Mariya Koroleva and the US National Team.  Enjoy Caribbean food while you stroll around the WCAville festival. Visit unique local shopping vendors selling art, athletic wear, jewelry and more, or pop into the photo booth to commemorate the evening!  There will be silent auction items donated by local businesses and WCA boosters,  raffle gift baskets, plus a very exciting live auction which includes trips to Mexico and Ireland! We will once again enjoy the fun of our DUCK DERBY and Heads or Tails Game. We will also give awards for best Jimmy Buffet, or Caribbean themed costume to encourage the “vibe.”

Avoid lines and get your tickets HERE!

Events

Anything Goes Playing at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek May 22nd – June 27th

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Anything Goes:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 – Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Music and Lyrics By: Cole Porter

Original Book by: P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and
Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse

New Book by: Timothy Crouse & John Weidman

Directed by: Michael Butler

Winner of the 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival.
As the SS American heads out to sea, two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love…proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this hilariously bumpy ride are some of Cole Porter’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick out of You”, “It’s Delovely”, and of course, “Anything Goes”.

Restaurants

Izakaya Jun Soft Opening this Weekend in Downtown Walnut Creek

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1552 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Eagerly anticipated since beginning of the year, the Japanese restaurant Izakaya Jun in downtown Walnut Creek is set for a soft opening this weekend. Check out photos of the inside below. The wood paneling throughout looks great. The menu will feature traditional izakaya fare including appetizers such as shiokara (salted fresh squid), dashi maki tamago (Japanese style sweet egg omelet), yaki onoigiri (grilled rice balls), and gyoza. There will also be a selection of sashimi, grilled and pan-fried dishes such as yakitori, ika-yaki (grilled squid). Deep fried dishes will include tori nankotsu no kara-age (deep fried chicken cartlidge), various tempura and more.

There will also be a large selection of Japanese sake and Asahi draft beer on tap. This is going to be a great addition to downtown, can’t wait to check it out!

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Bar area with sake selection:
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Art

BlowUP- Inflatable Contemporary Art at Bedford Gallery through June 21st in Walnut Creek

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Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek

A fun, new exhibit, BlowUP- Inflatable Contemporary Art is being featured at Beford Gallery in downtown Walnut Creek through June 21st.

From the Exhibit website:

BLOW UP explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture. Inflatable structures connote fun and whimsy, and challenge our everyday, feet-on-the-ground perspective. The show creates a spectacular, immersive environment and taps into our fascination with inflatables with artworks that are surreal, humorous and poetic.

artists
Claire Ashley • Chicago, IL
Lee Boroson • Brooklyn, NY
Lewis deSoto • Napa, CA
Patrick Flibotte • Brooklyn, NY

Billie Grace Lynn • Miami, FL
Guy Overfelt • San Francisco, CA
Momoyo Torimitsu • New York, NY
Andy Warhol • 1928-1987

BLOW UP will include a video component featuring documentation of inflatable works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude and Joshua Allen Harris.

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More photos of the inflatables after the jump… Continue Reading

Restaurants

54 Mint Il Forno Offering Dinner Service Beginning on May 20th in Walnut Creek

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1686 Locust St, Walnut Creek

The bakery and pizzeria 54 Mint Il Forno, which opened last May in downtown Walnut Creek, is expanding their pizza offerings to accompany their new dinner service times and is having a grand opening celebration this Wednesday, May 20th from 5-8pm. Check out this month’s menu here.

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“Please join us and bring a friend or two, if you like to RSVP please send an email to Daniele @ 54mint.com”

Shopping

Un Deux Trois Girls Clothing Store Opening Soon in Downtown Walnut Creek

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1537 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

Last November we learned that Radio Shack closed in downtown Walnut Creek, and now thanks to a reader for sending word that a new girl’s clothing store is opening soon called Un Deux Trois, “a unique shopping experience for girls & tweens”. Despite the French name, it’s based in Los Angeles.

From their website:

Un Deux Trois is a leading manufacturer and retailer of distinctive girls contemporary fashion clothing and is head quartered in Los Angeles, California. Un Deux Trois distributes to department and specialty stores throughout the United States, Canada and the UK. All  products are proudly manufactured in the USA. Sizing covers all girls 7 through preteen which is a popular size for the young girl who has a sophisticated and fun fashion look. The company maintains the highest of quality standards making it the leader in the kids fashion world. The assortment includes dresses as well as co-ordinated separates for special occasion as well as casual dressing.

Un Deux Trois also currently operates five retail stores with 3 in Los Angeles area. Studio City, Tarzana and Brentwood, and two stores in Texas-Dallas and Houston.

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Events

“Wild Life” Art Exhibit on Display at Lindsay Wildlife in Walnut Creek on May 16th

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“Wild Life” Art Exhibit:

Lindsay Wildlife “Experience”
1931 First Avenue, Walnut Creek
Saturday, May 16th, 2015
10:00am – 5:00pm | $8.50

Explore wildlife through watercolors and oil on canvas board at Lindsay Wildlife Experience’s new exhibit: Wild Life, Here There Everywhere. The exhibit features watercolors by award-winning fine artist Linda darsow Sutton. Sutton’s beautiful work will be on display until May 31.

The 31 paintings exhibited on two floors at Lindsay Wildlife feature wildlife from, California to Africa, living in protected open spaces surrounded by the complementing light of their environments. A native Californian, Sutton is an acclaimed ‘plein aire,’ painter, working ‘on location’ to capture her subjects in nature.

“To be outside enveloped by nature is humbling and healing, even just imagining so,” Sutton said. “In all places there is Wild Life. Doing the small landscapes outside is to invite experience, not the least of which is wondering, imagining who’s watching me and allowing me to paint their home. Sometimes they show up.”

Her works have been exhibited and published worldwide. In addition to painting, she is an instructor in Transparent Color Theory in Watercolor, the elegant atmospheric effects enhanced by light bouncing through color from the white surface.