Photo by Bilha Serling
Holiday Show at Steinway Piano Gallery:
Steinway Piano Gallery
1605 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek
Friday, December 20th, 2013
7:00pm | Free
Diablo Ballet will celebrate the Holidays at Steinway Piano Gallery on Friday December 20th at 7:00 pm. This festive event will have attendees ringing in the holidays with an evening of dance led by Diablo Ballet ballerina, Rosselyn Ramirez, and beloved Nutcracker characters, with food, wine, and punch and cookies for children, accompanied by holiday and Nutcracker songs with pianists and singers, including Diablo Ballet’s Lee Foster, Executive Director and Steinway Piano Gallery Manager and concert pianist, Justin Levitt. “We are so thrilled to present this event for Diablo Ballet, a community partner we hold so dear”, said Levitt. With a tax-deductible contribution of $200 or more to Diablo Ballet, patrons can bring up to four guests to the event! Each donation will be earmarked towards Diablo Ballet’s $20,000 year-end matching donation campaign, which benefits the Ballet and its PEEK Outreach Program.
Diablo Ballet’s PEEK Outreach Program, which has been endorsed by both houses of the California State Legislature, and also by representatives of Congress, is a leading model for dance companies across the country. PEEK has reached over 65,000 under-served school children since 1995, providing in-school movement and music curriculum and free performances to diverse children, who have few or no opportunities to experience the performing arts.
Celebrate the Holidays with Diablo Ballet is presented Friday December 20th at 7:00 pm at Steinway Piano Gallery, 1605 Bonanza Street in Walnut Creek. For more information, call Diablo Ballet at 925-943-1775 or visit www.DiabloBallet.org.
23 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette
The wait is almost over as Artisan Roam Burgers is opening later THIS week in downtown Lafayette according to the owner. As you can see from the photo above the signage is up. I peeked inside and it’s looking awesome. I can’t wait to finally get to try out one of these burgers!
560 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill
Thanks to a reader for sending word that Barnes & Noble, located in the Pleasant Hill Shopping Center will be closing this January to make room for Home Goods. Borders closed a couple of years ago in Pleasant Hill as well so what will the largest bookstore in Pleasant Hill be after Barnes & Noble closes? The closest nearby Barnes & Noble is in downtown Walnut Creek. More info also at Claycord.
Walnut Creek Half Marathon:
Tomorrow, Saturday, December 14, 2013, the Walnut Creek Half Marathon will take place in our City. The race starts at 7:00AM on Civic Drive (at Civic Park) and will proceed:
• North on Civic to North on Oak Rd to
• East on Treat Blvd to
• South on Cowell to
• West on Ygnacio Valley Rd to
• North on San Carlos into Heather Farm Park and onto the Canal Trail
There will be several road closures and the race will affect traffic mainly on Ygnacio Valley Rd and Treat Blvd, and particularly the neighborhoods that feed onto those streets. The WCPD encourages anyone with plans to travel on those streets between 7:00AM and 12:00PM to allow extra time for traffic delays.
Yogurt Park has closed their Broadway Plaza location after 26 years due to the Broadway Plaza redevelopment taking place very soon. However, they plan on reopening in two years when the new Broadway Plaza opens. According to a sign in the window, “The mall has granted Yogurt Park the opportunity to re-open in approximately two years after all construction is complete”. Their Berkeley location will remain open.
With all the store closings and relocations taking place at Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek this month in preparation for the partial closure of the plaza for its redevelopment over the next couple of years, many people have been wondering what new stores will open when the redevelopment is finished.
Rumors have been spreading that Chanel and Gucci are coming to Broadway Plaza but according to a source familiar with the plaza no “designer” brands have been signed so far. Apparently the closing and underperformance of Burberry and the lackluster performance of Neiman Marcus are causing such brands to take a wait and see attitude.
With that being said, what stores would you like to see at the new Broadway Plaza? My source may be able to confirm a couple of the new stores that are mentioned in the comments so take your best guess!
Sips & Sweets Holiday Party:
2333 Boulevard Circle, Walnut Creek
Sunday, December 15th, 2013
11:00am – 4:00pm | Free
Tis the season for a party! Come celebrate the holidays with us this Sunday the 15th. Bubbly sips, and delicious sweets will be served, as well as gifts for everyone! Come shop and check out all of our new merchandise for Christmas arriving daily. Also Just Be Yoga – Walnut Creek will be offering free yoga from 10-11:15! Come join us for Sunday Fun-Day
1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek
Back in February I provided an update to the N Main / Mt Diablo Corner Project in downtown Walnut Creek and now the plan has been slightly updated again with a cafe going in on the ground floor and a covered rooftop dining area above as you can see in the rendering. Check out Diablo Dish for more details and renderings.
The crystal store Swarovski is closing on January 26th in Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek but they’ll be back in two years, after Broadway Plaza finishes their redevelopment. You can still shop Swarovski online or at the Stonridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton or for a better selection, at the Westfield mall in San Francisco.
Replacing them will be the children’s clothing store Janie and Jack thanks to a reader tip.