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.
1357 N. Main St, Walnut Creek
In March we learned that downtown Walnut Creek Ballet School would be expanding into the covered passageway where the boutique Norf London is located and the Pilates and Music Studio is now open. Check out their Facebook page here.
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!
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!
Bar area with sake selection:
I spotted this lone vending machine at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek between See’s Candies and Lucky Brand jeans. Not as ornate as this one but I bet it’ll be quite popular this summer.
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.
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.
More photos of the inflatables after the jump…
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.
“Please join us and bring a friend or two, if you like to RSVP please send an email to Daniele @ 54mint.com”
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.