Walnut Creek

Events

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek on May 6th

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Celebrate National Public Gardens Day:

The Gardens at Heather Farm
1540 Marchbanks Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, May 6th, 2016
10:00am – 3:00pm | Free

The Gardens at Heather Farm is proud to announce participation with American Public Gardens Association for “National Public Gardens Day” on Friday, May 6, offering a schedule of free activities throughout the day. The Gardens invites visitors to share in this valuable community resource and experience the wonders of nature provided by its six-acre public garden and wildlife habitat nestled on a picturesque hillside in Walnut Creek.

According to the National Wildlife Federation, “fewer Americans have a connection to nature than ever before in the history of the U.S.” Public gardens, such as The Gardens at Heather Farm, exist to bridge that gap and help local communities share in the wonders of our natural world. The Gardens offers a place to learn about and enjoy an inspiring variety of flowers, trees and wildlife. A Youth Education Program provides natural science classes to over 15,000 local students, while an Adult Education Program offers lectures and workshops perfect for home gardeners and nature lovers. A series of garden beautification projects have recently been completed, with plans on the horizon to build a greenhouse that will enrich the garden and expand teaching opportunities.

Bring a picnic lunch, learn more about The Gardens’ organization and celebrate the wonderful world of gardening on National Public Gardens Day!

On Friday, May 6, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., visitors to The Gardens will enjoy the following free activities:

● 10-11 a.m. Spring Floral Arranging Demonstration by popular designer, Najat Nicola, using roses and fresh floral cuttings from The Gardens property

● 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Guided garden tours by trained volunteer docents

● 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Crafts & activities for kids

● Expert gardening advice from GHF Garden Manager, Brian Larsen

● Chance to win prizes including fresh floral arrangements, potted plants, membership, classes & more

● Complimentary refreshments

Daily Life

Bike Lane of the Day

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Check out the newish bike lane on Olympic Blvd. in Walnut Creek heading to Highway 680. The bright paint job is definitely an improvement but would you feel concerned riding between two car lanes so close?

Events

Container Gardening and Growing in Small Places at Walnut Creek Library on May 7th

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Container Gardening and Growing in Small Places:

Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Saturday, May 7th, 2016
10:30am – 11:30am | Free

Presented by UC Master Gardener Terry Lippert.

Please join us as Terry inspires you to grow your own fruits and vegetables even with limited space. Terry’s presentation will cover building and preparing raised beds, conventional to unique containers for container gardening, and espaliered fruit trees. There will be time for questions and answers after the presentation. The talk is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required, although suggested.

Shopping

Arhaus Furniture Opening Late June in Broadway Plaza

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Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Last October we learned that Arhaus Furniture would be opening in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, and thanks to a reader for pointing out this Craigslist job post that mentioned, “the store is expected to open on June 22nd of 2016“. The Arhaus Walnut Creek web page indicates a July opening. Since the location will be on the backside of the plaza this means this section will be reopening within the next couple of months after having been closed for over two years.

Shopping

Coast by Coast Mobile Fashion Pop-Up in Broadway Plaza over the Weekend

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Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

The coastal lifestyle brand Coast by Coast, in collaboration with Lou & Grey, displayed their swimwear and lifestyle clothing from a 1972 VW bus in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek over the weekend. Check out their website here. This was a fun and unexpected display to see at a giant shopping plaza such as Broadway Plaza. I hope this happens more often!

Shopping

Friday Question of the Day – Has Broadway Plaza Nicked too Many Downtown Walnut Creek Stores?

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Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

The backside of Broadway Plaza is getting ready to open soon and we now know that the shopping center has enticed plenty of stores to leave their downtown Walnut Creek locations for the shopping center, also located in downtown:

Is this hurting downtown Walnut Creek (outside Broadway Plaza) or is it helping downtown with all the new stores opening up?

Restaurants

Lemonade Opening in Downtown Walnut Creek this Summer

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1348 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Last October we learned that Los Angeles-based Lemonade would be opening in downtown Walnut Creek where La Boulange Cafe used to be and signage now appears on the windows indicating a summer 2016 opening. According to SFGate they plan on a June 15th opening. The article also notes that the Bay Area menu will include, “tossed leafy greens station to the mix, and given our region’s cooler climate, will also be expanding their selection of hot dishes and rotisserie items.” The design of the Bay Area restaurants will “feature warmer woods and textures to reflect the cool and foggier climate.”

Is this going to be similar to Tender Greens?

Restaurants

Preview of ROOFTOP Opening this Week in Downtown Walnut Creek

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1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

One of the most highly anticipated restaurant openings of the year, ROOFTOP,  located above Teleferic Barcelona at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Main St. in downtown Walnut Creek has finally arrived and will be opening this week. The decor and architecture look amazing, and one of the more intriguing features is the retractable roof. It’s way larger than expected; In the evenings when the roof comes down I can imagine this will be an insanely cool place to hang out at the bar or have a bite to eat while gazing at the stars up above. (Check out photos of the inside including retractable roof, outdoor dining area and more after the jump).

For those not familiar with the chef:

Justine Kelly, former Chef de Cuisine at James Beard award winning restaurant The Slanted Door comes to Rooftop as a Partner/Executive Chef. Her menu is ingredient driven, seasonal new American cuisine that is influenced by foods from around the globe. From brightly flavored raw bar offerings to hearty, soulful entrées. She is bringing with her a little taste of San Francisco through the tunnel.

Chef Kelly, has competed on both the Iron Chef and Williams-Sonoma/Tasting Table’s Sous Chef Series and Cooked for President Clinton and the first lady. She most recently served as Executive Chef at The Battery as well as Consulting Chef at Bull Valley Roadhouse and at the always-packed Chino while running her meal and recipe delivery service, Sun Basket.

Check out the preliminary dinner menu here, and drinks menu here. You can make a reservation on their website here.

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