Walnut Creek


Peace, Love, Mozart & Beethoven at Lesher Center on Jan 22nd in Walnut Creek

Peace, Love, Mozart & Beethoven:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
4:00pm | $57 – $87

Never-before performed by the California Symphony in our 30-year history, the orchestra takes on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. Plus, Austrian-Romanian pianist Maria Radutu moves her fingers faster than you can say “Mozart!” in his Piano Concerto No. 23. This special program opens with Christopher Theofanidis’ Peace Love Light YOUMEONE, which was commissioned by the California Symphony in 1995 before the composer came to be known as one of the greatest composers alive today; he liked the work so much, he later repurposed it to be a part of a much larger work he wrote, called Visions and Miracles.

Theofanidis—Peace Love Light YOUMEONE
Composer-in-Residence 1994-1996

Mozart—Piano Concerto No. 23, K.488
Maria Radutu, piano

Beethoven—Symphony No. 4


Popup Alert – Kristi Yamaguchi’s Tsuya Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1521 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

A new activewear popup boutique popup featuring figure skating gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi’s brand, Tsuya, recently opened where Tommy Bahama used to be in downtown Walnut Creek. They plan on staying open at this location through the end of January and possibly February with everything 25% off in-store. Check out their website here.

From a press release:

Yamaguchi launched this clothing line, Tsuya, (pronounced Tsoo-ya) in 2012, to deliver the style that fits every part of your active life. Tsuya offers modern designs, on-trend colors and sophisticated style, plus ultra comfortable fabrics.

Tsuya is a product with a purpose. A portion of the proceeds from all sales goes to the Always Dream Foundation (AlwaysDream.org), which inspires underserved children to reach for their dreams through innovative reading programs and by advancing the cause of early childhood literacy.

Tsuya will offer additional discounts in-store only.


Amazon Books Coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Goodbye Barnes & Noble, hello Amazon Books! Thanks to a reader for pointing out that according to the latest permit information Amazon Books is coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, possibly where Go! Calendars – Games – Toys used to be. It’s ironic how Amazon caused so many physical bookstores to close, with Barnes & Noble closing around the corner last year; and now Amazon is the one opening a brick and mortar store. As an Amazon Prime member I look forward to checking this store out!

From the Amazon Books page:

As a physical extension of Amazon.com, Amazon Books integrates the benefits of offline and online shopping to help you find books and devices you’ll love. We select books based on Amazon.com customer ratings, pre-orders, sales, popularity on Goodreads, and our curators’ assessments. We place books face-out on the shelves, so each can communicate its own essence. Under each book is a review card with the Amazon.com customer rating and a review. Most have been rated 4 stars or above and many are award winners.

Amazon Books is a store without walls – there are thousands of books available in store and millions more available at Amazon.com. Walk out of the store with a book or device; lighten your load and buy it online (Prime customers, of course, won’t pay for shipping); download a book for your Kindle; or add a product to your Amazon Wish List, so someone else can buy it.

Devices in our Echo, Kindle, Fire tablet, and Fire TV families are available to test drive and buy. Associates are on hand to answer questions and show each device in action.

Prices on all items for Amazon Prime members are the same as from Amazon.com. For customers who aren’t Prime members, Amazon devices are the same price as from Amazon.com; books and other items are sold at list price.


Women’s March on Jan 21st in Downtown Walnut Creek

Women’s March:

Civic Park
1375 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, January 21st, 2017
10:30am – 1:00pm | Free

Join us in Walnut Creek for the Women’s March on January 21st. The Women’s March on January 21st is a national movement for women, men, and children who stand for human rights, civil liberties, diversity, and compassion for our shared humanity. We march to support and inspire each other and the nation to celebrate, honor and protect our diversity, freedom and human rights. We gather in community to find healing and strength through tolerance, civility, and compassion. This is a non-partisan march. We welcome all people to join us as we unite locally and nationally, on January 21, 2017, to stand together in justice, respect and inclusion for all. This is only the beginningƒ! We will unite locally with the main march in DC and sister marches in every state and major metropolitan area across our great country to stand together for justice, tolerance and inclusion for all.


Crogan’s Bar & Grill Closing Permanently Jan 23rd in Downtown Walnut Creek

1387 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Thanks to everyone who sent word that Crogan’s Bar & Grill is closing next week on January 23rd in downtown Walnut Creek after 39 years. In 2014 their alcohol license was suspended for a couple of weeks and over the summer there was a homicide nearby which resulted in their hours being cut by the city as you can see in the sign below.

From the Facebook event page:

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that after 39 years of business, Crogan’s will officially be closing the doors on Monday, January 23.

Many of you have been following the dealings with Crogan’s and the city of Walnut Creek. Unfortunately, the city has made it clear that they have very specific ideas in mind for what Walnut Creek should be and Crogan’s no longer fits into their narrative. Ultimately, we have been forced to close our doors.


Chef’s Crab Feast at Tender Greens Jan 19th – 21st in Walnut Creek

Chef’s Crab Feast:

Tender Greens
1352 Locust St, Walnut Creek
Thursday, January 19th – Saturday, January 21st, 2017
$15 per plate

WHAT: Chef’s Crab Feast – Chef Henry Hamilton is serving local California Dungeness Crab and created three different dishes to choose from for $15 per plate. Optional recommend wine or beer pairing for an additional $5.

Choose one from the following menu items:

House-made Dungeness Crab Ravioli with sauteed winter greens, chantrelle mushrooms and crab butter fondue. ($15)

Dungeness Crab Cioppino with 1/4 cracked crab, mussels, rockfish, fennel, potatoes, crab rouille sauce, garlic crostini ($15)

Whole Garlic-Roasted Dungeness Crab with garlic noodles, sauteed winter greens, drawn garlic butter (serves 2 people, $15 per person) Continue Reading

Daily Life

“Homeless taking their dogs into restaurants” – Rise in Walnut Creek Vagrancy?

Is anyone encountering more unpleasant things in Walnut Creek due to the increased growth?

A reader writes:

Has anyone complained about the significant rise in vagrancy in downtown WC – especially around the S California, Mt Diablo Blvd down to Newell block?  The council seems unprepared to acknowledge or address this and it is getting out of hand, with homeless taking their dogs into restaurants and one recently filling up a huge garbage bag of ice from the dispenser in the Habit while paying customers stood waiting?  It is impacting the lifestyle we residents pay top dollar for when choosing WC as the town to buy property and raise families.  If I wanted to live with homeless we would have bought somewhere in downtown SF . . .