La Femme Jewelry and Gifts Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1372 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

A new jewelry store called La Femme Jewelry and Gifts has opened on N. Main St. a few doors down from CREAM in downtown Walnut Creek. They feature handmade beaded as well as silver jewelry and gifts. The owner has been selling at art festivals and decided to open her first store right in downtown.

From their Facebook page:

I design and make each piece of jewelry myself. They are unique and never duplicated. I use mostly Quartz, Agate and Chinese Crystals and sometimes Czech glass beads. I put my heart and soul into every piece I make. I have found my passion at last!!!!


Downtown Walnut Creek Fall Wine Walk Tomorrow Evening


Downtown Walnut Creek Fall Wine Walk:

Downtown Walnut Creek
Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
6:00pm – 9:00pm | $30

Enjoy a special wine tasting event throughout Downtown Walnut Creek! Receive a complimentary wine glass and map at the starting location
and begin your tour of favorite wineries!

The Fall Wine Walk features wine tastings in downtown shops, restaurants and businesses, live acoustic musicians playing on local plazas and sidewalks, and fun prize drawings. Enjoy the beauty and unique experience of Downtown Walnut Creek, all at your own leisurely pace!

This event will take place rain or shine. You must be 21 years or older to participate.

Orangetheory Fitness Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek in December

1531 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for sending word: A new gym called Orangetheory Fitness will be opening in half of the old Mancini’s Sleepworld location on Locust St. in downtown Walnut Creek in mid December/early January. This gym features 60 minute trainer-led interval sessions and incorporates a heart rate monitor to maximize performance and recovery. Find out more about their sessions here. As you can see from the photo below contact them for a free 2 week class pass available before they officially open.

From their website:

The physiological theory behind the Orangetheory workout is known as “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. By providing you with a heart-rate monitor and POD, we can monitor your 5-zone interval training sessions that we call the Orange 60. During the 60-minute workout, you will perform multiple intervals designed to produce 12 to 20 minutes of training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate, which translates to Zones 4/5. This program design produces workout “afterburn” effect, which is an increased metabolic rate for 24 to 36 hours after the workout. When combing the amazing workout with EPOC, our clients burn an average of 500 to 1200 calories.


Mat Kearney & Luce Breast Cancer Benefit Concert on Oct. 18th at Cal Shakes in Orinda


Mat Kearney & Luce Breast Cancer Benefit Concert:

Cal Shakes Theater
100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
6:00pm | $75 – $225

Here’s your chance to enjoy the beautiful Cal Shakes Theater on Saturday October 18th at the first concert to support breast cancer prevention. This all-ages show starts at 6:00 pm with Devon WerkheiserLUCE, and headliner Mat Kearney. Proceeds benefit Breast Cancer Fund. GA doors at 4:00 with no-host bar and concessions. For tickets, to make a donation, and more details at or at

Melo’s Pizza & Pasta Coming to Danville

664 San Ramon Valley Blvd, Danville (photo courtesy Melo’s)

The Italian restaurant Melo’s Pizza & Pasta is coming to Danville where Pasta Gondola used to be on San Ramon Valley Blvd. This will be their fourth location after Pleasant Hill, Brentwood and Livermore. Check out their Pleasant Hill menu here to get an idea of what will be offered.

According to the owner there will be additional offerings for the Danville location with the possibility of a full bar (in additon to beer and wine):

We will be doing the same NY style pizza that we’re known for but this location will feature a dome hearth oven where we will be doing Napoletana ish style pizza as well. The rest of our menu will have much in common with our other locations but we’re planning on revamping it a bit to cater to the community of Danville so expect some new dishes.

Has anyone tried their NY style pizza? As a pizza fan I can’t wait to try this place out!

Inside construction:

(photo courtesy Melo’s)

Twilight Parade in Downtown Walnut Creek on Sept. 13th

Photo by Flickr user Mark

Twilight Parade:

Downtown Walnut Creek
Main Street from Mt. Diablo Boulevard to Civic Drive
Saturday, September 13th, 2014

While past parades have featured marching bands and floats aplenty on the ground, this year’s parade is adding a new dimension – the air above the parade.

A Vietnam era Huey gunship helicopter will fly over the crowd as part of an Honor Detail provided by VFW AMVTS Post 29 and VFW Post 1351.
And three helicopters from the California Highway Patrol, Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office and Oakland Police will fly in unison toward the end of the parade.

Other highlights include miniature horses, Star Wars characters, Rosie the Riveter and marching bands from six area high schools.