PetSmart Opens in Encinda Grande Shopping Center in Walnut Creek

Encina Grande, Walnut Creek

Last month Whole Foods opened in the newly remodeled Encina Grande shopping center in Walnut Creek and now PetSmart is open as well. They opened last week on Black Friday. With Petco open across the street in the new Orchards shopping center there are now plenty of options for pet owners. I ended up buying a nice looking pleco for my son’s aquarium. No more algae?


Here is Harold Playing at Walnut Creek Library on Dec 9th & 10th


Here is Harold Playing:

Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Friday, December 9th, Saturday, December 10th, 2016
7:30pm| $12

Harold has a small, independent furniture store that is slowly going broke because Ikea moved into the neighborhood. He gets a notion to kidnap the president of the international business as a solution to his problems. “Here is Harold,” a film from Norway, has only played in film festivals in the U.S. making this the exclusive American showing. Bjorn Sundquist (“Harold”) won Norway’s Amanda Award for Best Actor.

Real Estate

House of the Day

Brendan Moran is a broker associate with The Simply Bay Area Team at Keller WilliamsRealty. Neither he nor any company he’s affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. The source of information is Contra Costa Association of Realtors MLS. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Think the market is cooling down? Not so fast. Here’s a stunner in Lafayette’s Happy Valley that just sold for $400,000 over the listing price.

This five bed, four bath home closed last month for $2,500,000. Marketed as an amazing 3.5 acre property with an orchard below, it was on the market for 14 days.

Address: 3913 Happy Valley Rd, Lafayette, CA
List Price: $2,100,000
Sold Price: $2,500,000
Days on Market: 14
Close of escrow: 10/20/16

Listing courtesy of Ann Ward, Village Associates Real Estate


Aquanuts Holiday Show on Dec 3rd in Walnut Creek


Aquanuts Holiday Show:

Clarke Memorial Swim Center at Heather Farm
1750 Heather Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
12:00pm & 2:00pm | $10 (5 & under free)

The amazing athletes and coaches of the Walnut Creek Aquanuts Synchronized Swimming Club will dazzle fans with their 2nd annual Holiday Show. The show features synchronized swimming routines to all-time favorite Hanukkah Songs, Christmas Carols, and Kwanzaa Tunes! Take pictures with Surfin’ Santa and enjoy sweet treats and warm drinks.

MORE FUN: Raffle and silent auction prizes include holiday event tickets to the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, Niles Canyon Railway and more!



ECHO Grove Closing in Orinda Theatre Square

Orinda Theatre Square

ECHO Grove, the gift shop featuring a “curated collection of handmade goods” which opened a couple of years ago in Orinda Theatre Square is closing next month. If you’re looking for that perfect gift in Orinda check out this gift guide from WHAT’S UP DOWNTOWN.

From their Facebook page:

We will be finishing out this holiday season and will have a limited schedule in January to handle returns and the wind down of the shop.

Come down to the Grove and get 25% everything in the store and 65% off of all clearance items. Plus we will be making deals on fixtures and store equipment. All the gifts you’ve come to love, now much cheaper than before.