Walnut Creek

Suspect arrested in “Shoulder Surfing” Theft at Bank of America in Walnut Creek


From the Walnut Creek PD:

On Sunday, January 25, 2015, Detectives from the Walnut Creek Police Department set up a sting operation at the Bank of America (1200 Rossmoor Parkway) to try to identify the responsible in several “Shoulder Surfing” thefts from ATM’s. After observing multiple suspicious behaviors, Detectives contacted Ayanna Bastain (32 years old) of Pittsburg. Bastain was positively identified from surveillance photos from previous “Shoulder Surfing” thefts in Walnut Creek (in November and December 2014) and was arrested. Bastain was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility on charges of ID theft and elder abuse. She is currently being held on $270,000 bail. If you have additional information or believe you may have been victimized by Bastain, please contact Detective Godinez at 943-5872 or Godinez@walnutcreekpd.com

Shoulder Surfing refers to the practice of direct observation techniques to get someone else’s private information. In this case, we are referring to PIN’s while at an ATM. You can protect yourself by always being aware of your surroundings and making sure the ATM has completely logged you out prior to walking away. For more information on the topic, type in “shoulder surfing” using your favorite internet search engine.


Slavyanka Russian Chorus presents: Treasures of the Russian Baroque in Walnut Creek on Jan. 24th


Slavyanka Russian Chorus presents: Treasures of the Russian Baroque:

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
1924 Trinity Ave, Walnut Creek
Saturday, January 24th, 2015
3:00pm | $24

While many music lovers in the West know the names Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky, Russia’s composers of the 17th and 18th centuries — Berezovsky, Titov and Bortniansky, to name just three — are far less known. Their music reflects both the emerging influence of Russia’s new contact with Western Europe under Peter the Great, and the rich traditions of Russia’s ancient musical heritage. The interweaving of these two influences in Russia during this period created a uniquely beautiful musical literature still largely unknown in the West.
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Ramen Hiroshi Lunch Service begins Jan. 30th

1633 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek

It’s been about a week since Ramen Hiroshi opened in downtown Walnut Creek and a sign posted in front notes that lunch service will begin Friday, January 30th. I stopped by over the weekend and tried the tonkotsu ramen, hanetsuki gyouza and spinach salad (horenso goma ae). Everything tasted great and I look forward to coming back to try the miso ramen, takoyaki and more. I had never seen gyouza presented connected together as a circle before, that’s why it’s called hanetsuki gyouza. Check out their appetizer menu here and ramen menu here. Since seating is limited the earlier you get there the better. There is also bar seating in the back. Beer and alcohol to come…

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Jack London Discussion at Swan’s Fine Books in Walnut Creek on Jan. 22nd


Jack London Discussion:

Swans’ Fine Books
1381 Locust St, Walnut Creek
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
7:30pm – 8:30pm | Free

Jack London is one of the most iconic names in American Literature.

He was the author of 55 books, more than 200 short stories, and almost 200 newspaper and magazine articles and essays. He was the master of the short story genre who helped mold it into its modern form with “To Build a Fire” being a primary example.

He also wrote such classic novels as The Call of the Wild, The Sea-Wolf, Martin Eden and The Valley of the Moon. He traveled the world reporting on wars, politics, sporting events and culture. Because of his writing and his travels, he became one of the greatest celebrities of his time. His fiction was greatly influential in the transition from realism to naturalism in literature, and his nonfiction was equally influential both politically and culturally.

Please join us on Thursday evening, January 22nd for an informal discussion about Jack London’s fascinating life, and an overview of his books and his writing style. Leading the discussion will be Dan Wichlan, a member of the Jack London Foundation (please see full bio below).

Since seating is limited, please R.S.V.P. to hold a space. There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will be served.


Alaskan Adventure: A Sierra Club Talk at Ygnacio Valley Library in Walnut Creek this Evening

Photo by Flickr user dennis

Alaskan Adventure: A Sierra Club Talk:

Ygnacio Valley Library
2661 Oak Grove Rd, Wanut Creek
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
7:00pm – 8:30pm | Free

Come see Alaska through the eyes and lens of botanist, photographer, and author Yulan Tong. Yulan’s presentation will feature photos of the Inland Passage, Denali, Katmai, Glacier Bay National Park and more.

For Yulan, Alaska is a land of surprises and contradictions. She witnessed native peoples building traditional totems, yet traveling around by airplane. She saw fishermen sending their catches to both rustic smoke houses and modern canneries. Yulan was impressed by the contrast of slow growing, small trees in a land of fast growing giant cabbages. She’ll tell us of her canoe trip that required a quick detour because of fighting bears.

Everyone is welcome and no reservations are necessary.


House of Beads Closing in Downtown Walnut Creek

1349 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Back in May we learned that the House of Beads spot in downtown Walnut Creek was up for lease and they are now closing at the end of February. One person working there mentioned that they’d like to relocate so check out their website here for updates. Could the parking meter changes made last year in downtown Walnut Creek be affecting local businesses?


Whimsy & Virtuosity – California Symphony at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek on Jan. 18th


Whimsy & Virtuosity Violin – California Symphony:

Lehser Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
Sunday, January 18th, 2015
4:00pm | $40 – $70

Ring in the New Year with selections from celebrated composers including
Rimsky-Korsakov, Sibelius, Copland’s Rodeo and Rossini’s spritely
Overture to The Barber of Seville.

Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien  
Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra
Alina Ming Kobialka, violin
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol 

Sibelius: Valse triste

Copland: Four Dances Episodes from Rodeo  Listen

Free pre-concert lecture begins at 3 PM.