Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek Turns 100 Opening Reception at Bedford Gallery this Sunday


Walnut Creek Turns 100 Opening Reception:

Bedford Gallery
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Sunday, September 21st, 2014
3:00pm – 5:00pm | Free

Presented in honor of the city’s centennial, Walnut Creek Turns 100 is an exhibition that reflects the city’s rich history, land, commerce, community, and culture, both past and present, and features artwork made by community members.

The Bedford put out a call for artists during the past spring and summer, inviting all those who live and work in Walnut Creek, and those who love the city, to submit their artwork. The resulting show contains work by over 100 local artists working in a diverse reach of media including painting, textiles, collage, photography, and sculpture. Walnut Creek Turns 100 creates an engaging portrait of the city, as envisioned by the community.

“This show reminds us how lucky we are to live in a place where beauty is everywhere and it highlights the enthusiasm of our community members who contribute to the texture of our town. Join us as we celebrate our heritage and history.”

310 Eatery Re-Opening Next Tuesday within Redux Lounge in Downtown Walnut Creek

1411 Locust St, Walnut Creek

The LA style street food restaurant 310 Eatery that opened in downtown Walnut Creek this April has relocated around the corner to the Redux Lounge on Locust St and will be open beginning next Tuesday, September 23rd. As you can see from the inside photo below, you’ll be able to eat at tables for lunch, dinner or a late night snack. The only difference is that there will be a full bar that offers beer, wine and other drinks. Check their Facebook page here.


Old location (closed):

Athleta Coming to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek Next Month

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

It’s tough being a small retailer in Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek. Take the fashion accessories boutique Bracchiale for example. They have moved two times within the past year in Broadway Plaza and according to an Eventbrite party, GAP owned Athleta will be opening next to Starbucks in Broadway Plaza on October 20th, which means that Bracchiale will need to look once again for a new location either in downtown Walnut Creek or elsewhere in the bay area.

Free Fishing Event at Heather Farm this Weekend

Photo by Flickr user sunsurfr

Free Fishing Event:

Heather Farm Park
301 N. San Carlos Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, September 20th, 2014 – Sunday, September 21st, 2014
7:00am – 11:00am | Free

Fish-In Adventure at Heather Farm is a “FREE FISHING” weekend for all children under the age of 16. The event will supply the fishing poles, bait, and tackle for those who RSVP on website. Please join us for both days!

note: If you are over 16 years old and would like to fish with us, you will also invited to participate. However, please make sure to have a CA Fishing License. You may purchase one at your local sporting goods store.

* The event takes place on September 20-21 from 7:00AM-11:00AM

** A fishing clinic will be offered by our experienced fisherman who will instruct you on what it takes to be successful in catching fish.

*** The Walnut Festival Association will be planting 500lbs of fish into the Heather Farm ponds for this weekend adventure.

Walnut Creek does not typically allow fishing in the Heather Farm ponds. This next weekend is your opportunity to bring the kids down to fish and have a great fun weekend.

Please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fish-in-at-heather-farm-tickets-12590571739

Are you Reusable Bag Ready?


Back in February I asked about whether people supported the Walnut Creek plastic bag ban ordinance (with slightly more support for the ban)  and today is the first day this ordinance will be enforced. Read more about the reasoning behind the ban and the rules at the City of Walnut Creek website here.

Are you ready to bring your usable bags to Target and elsewhere in Walnut Creek?

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.


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.