Walnut Creek


Design Dash – Progressive Shop Tour in Walnut Creek on April 25th


Design Dash – Progressive Shop Tour:

Your three favorite shops in the east bay are joining forces this weekend. We are hosting demos, doing fun giveaways and making magic happen in our studios!

The Spotted Cow is open on Saturday, April 25 from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and our friends at Elsie Green House and Home and Room With A Past: Home Decor, Antiques, Whimsy will also be open. There will be fun events and giveaways in store all day, and special hands-on demos at the following times —

Floral Design Workshop – 1:00-1:45 at Elsie Green
Vignette How-To Workshop – 2:30 – 3:00 pm at Room With a Past
Painting 101 with Clay/Chalk Paint – 3:30 – 4:15 at The Spotted Cow

Visit all three stores, get your “Design Dash” passport stamped, and you’ll be entered to win a fabulous gift certificate package from all three stores!! Note: RSVPs for the demos are NOT required.

We can’t wait to see you this Saturday!
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Main St. Kitchen Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1358 North Main Street, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for sending in word (and photo of menu) that Main St. Kitchen, a restaurant, “serving farm to table ingredients, focusing on fresh organic, seasonal products” has opened in downtown Walnut Creek where Breads of India used to be. Check out today’s menu here and their Facebook page here.


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Sunol Ridge Planning to Offer Alcohol Service until 12:30AM

1388 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Sunol Ridge, a downtown Walnut Creek restaurant and bar, is requesting the Walnut Creek Planning Commission to allow alcohol consumption up to 12:30am from their 11pm current time. The current recommendation from the city is to increase the time until 12 midnight daily so as to not, “coincide with other alcoholic beverage establishments” that allow for consumption until 12:30am.  This will be taken up at the Planning Commission meeting tomorrow.


Run for the Health of It – Esophageal Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk in Walnut Creek on April 25th


Photo by Flickr user perspective

Run for the Health of It – Esophageal Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk:

Heather Farm Park
301 N. San Carlos Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, April 25th, 2015
8:30am | $35

Make your steps count.  Help raise awareness for esophageal cancer!  Come join us for an early spring run and spend a fun morning promoting health and raising awareness about this curable disease.

According to the National Cancer Institute over 18,000 people are diagnosed with esophageal cancer annually and the incidence is increasing.  The most common type of esophageal cancer can be linked to issues such as cronic heartburn.  Learn how to decrease risk through diet, exercise and more!

The Honorable Ellen Tauscher – espophageal cancer survivor – four years disease free – will serve as our honorary chair.

5K Run through beautiful Heather Farms Park.

Fees Include~
Custom t-shirt and post race refershments.
Event details and schedule
7:00 a.m – Check-In and race day registration opens.
8:30 a.m. – Start 5K Run


Farm Creek Brewing Company Coming to Walnut Creek this Summer

1415 Pine St, Walnut Creek

Great news from near downtown Walnut Creek as a new, family-owned brewery and taproom called Farm Creek Brewing Company is planning to open this summer. They will be focusing on traditional European ales such as English pale ales and IPAs with an American twist. During the week the production brewery will be busy brewing beer for local restaurants such as Sunol Ridge, ØL Beercafe and others and on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays they will shut down their brewery and open as a taproom where the public can sample their brews. It will also be possible to fill up a keg to bring home. I can’t wait to try this! Soft drinks will be available and you may bring your own food. Right now they are waiting for construction documents from the city but the stainless steel fermenters,  copper mash tun, boil kettle and bright tank for carbonation are already being used to test brews according to their Facebook page. Find out more about Farm Creek Brewing Company from an article by East Bay Beer here.

From their website:

Farm Creek Brewing Company will be a family owned and operated production brewery located near downtown Walnut Creek, California. In late 2014, the city of Walnut Creek unanimously approved our Conditional Use Permit. This approval marked the beginning of the real work of converting 1415 Pine Street into a beer factory and taproom.

Once completed, the brewery will include a 15 barrel, copper-clad brew system and several 30 barrel fermentors. This system will allow us to produce about 450 gallons of beer in a single brew session and approximately 4000-5000 barrels of beer per year (that’s more than 124,000 gallons of beer!!).

While the facility will be a production factory, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays we will shut it all down, roll up the doors and invite the community into our taproom to enjoy our fresh, locally produced beer.


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Motoshi Kosako – Master of Jazz Harp, Workshop and Concert in Walnut Creek on April 18th

Photo by Flickr user Artur

Motoshi Kosako – Master of Jazz Harp, Workshop and Concert:

Harps Etc.
1601 N. Main St, Walnut Creek
Saturday, April 18th, 2015
2:30pm – 5:30pm + 7:30pm concert | $60

Harps Etc. Café Concert Series Presents:

Motoshi Kosako, The Master of Jazz Harp, Workshop and Concert
“Kosako plays with fluid, modern style that evokes Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.” Sacramento Magazine

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Workshop: 2:30 — 5:30 p.m.
Learn how to arrange, improvise and jazz up your playing.
Concert: 7:30 p.m. co-sponsored by the Bay Area Chapter of the American Harp Society

Purchase tickets in advance at www.harpetc.com/events, email info@harpsetc.com or call 925-937-4277

Workshop or Concert Fee: $35 prepaid or $40 at the door.
Attend the Workshop and Concert for only $60 prepaid or $65 at the door


Arrest at Downtown Walnut Creek Starbucks for Video Recording in Bathroom

From the Walnut Creek PD:

On 2/16/15, employees of Starbucks at 1152 Locust St. reported that they found a video recorder that had been secreted in the unisex bathroom at the business during the hours of2:30PM – 4:00 and it had recorded several customers using the restroom.

On Tuesday 4/14/15 Starbucks employees at the same location reported finding another video camera secreted in the restroom. The camera had been in the restroom recording customers using the restroom between 2PM- 3PM. Walnut Creek PD officers investigated the incidents and developed evidence that indicated that Turner was the suspect that placed the camera.

On Thursday, 4/16/15, WCPD detectives assisted by Benicia PD served a search warrant at Turner’s residence on Oxford Dr. in Benicia. Turner was arrested on a warrant charging him with multiple counts of 647 J (3) (a) PC.

Walnut Creek PD detectives are attempting to identify the victims that used the Starbucks restroom during the above timeframes that were unknowingly recorded.

Anyone with information should call Det. Gabe Mauro at 943-5881

Real Estate

Progress on The Village Condos in Downtown Walnut Creek

1500 Newell Ave, Walnut Creek

It’s been a few years but The Village condo and retail store development is slowly progressing at Newell Ave. and S. Main St. in downtown Walnut Creek and is expected to open Fall, 2015. Starbucks, Paul Martin’s American Grill and Ameritrade are expected to open here.

From the developer’s website:

Located in downtown Walnut Creek, The Village is an upscale mixed-use center characterized by modern simplicity and sophistication. Like a traditional village, residences and shops combine around small courtyards, plazas, and gardens. The 49 Condominium Residences are arranged to provide plenty of daylight, views, and privacy. 40,000 s.f. of pedestrian oriented retail space takes advantage of distinct architectural features to promote tenants and capture foot and car traffic. The Village extends Walnut Creek’s traditional downtown shopping area and creates a lively new southern gateway.


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