Walnut Creek

The Biggest Gift Playing at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek Dec. 18th – 21st

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The Biggest Gift:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Thursday, December 18th – Sunday, December 21st, 2014
$14

Did you send your letter to Santa? Then why has he not received it? No letters – No Christmas. Join the fun and laughter as Tucker the elf and the toys set out to save Christmas.

2014 Holiday Party at Steinway Piano Gallery in Walnut Creek on Dec. 20th

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Photo by Bilha Sperling

2014 Holiday Party at Steinway Piano Gallery:

Steinway Piano Gallery
1605 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek
Saturday, December 20th, 2014
7:00pm – 9:00pm | $50

Diablo Ballet will have you ringing in the season with a night of dance led by ballerina, Rosselyn Ramirez, and your beloved Nutcracker characters –
with food, wine tasting provided by Buon Vino in Walnut Creek, and punch & cookies for children. You will sing-a-long to your favorite holiday songs accompanied by renowned pianists Aaron Pike & Justin Levitt.

With a tax-deductible donation of $50, you’re welcome to join us Diablo Ballet December 20th!

All contributions support Diablo Ballet and its Performing Arts Education & Enrichment for Kids (PEEK) Program, which has reached 65,000 under-served students since 1995, providing in-school movement and free performances.

McCovey’s Restaurant Closing in Walnut Creek beginning of February – Relocating to San Francisco

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1444 North California Blvd, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for sending word that McCovey’s Restaurant will be closing their downtown Walnut Creek location in early February and relocating to San Francisco to be near AT&T Park. According to a McCovey’s employee they will they close after the Super Bowl and also mentioned that the SoCal based burger restaurant Slater’s 50/50 will be opening at this location. Check out Slater’s 50/50 lunch and dinner menu here.

From the Slater’s 50/50 website:

Slater’s 50/50® was founded in 2009 in Anaheim Hills, California by Scott Slater, a SoCal native with a passion for bacon, burgers and craft beer and a disdain for the boring. Inspired by the belief that bacon is meat candy, Scott created the original 50/50 patty– made of 50% ground bacon and 50% ground beef – and a menu full of amplified burgers and indulgent dishes to pair with one of the most mind-blowing selections of local and regional craft beer available on tap anywhere. As word spread and lines of hungry guests grew, so did Scott’s passion to push the culinary envelope in an environment that was relaxed, fun and most importantly, designed to be customizable for his guests’ preferences.

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Sounds of Portugal: Fado Performance at Walnut Creek Library on Dec. 15th

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Sounds of Portugal: Fado Performance:

Walnut Creek Library
1644 North Broadway, Walnut Creek
Monday, December 15th, 2014
6:30pm – 7:30pm | Free

Called “a rising star in World Music” by the San Francisco Examiner, Ramana Vieira and her ensemble have been performing around the bay area for over 15 years. Her ensemble offers a contemporary take on fado music and has had standing room only performances at libraries, clubs, festivals and venues such as the Freight and Salvage and the Great American Music Hall. Vieira has solidified her place as an artist who understands the tradition of fado and yet continues to creatively construct a path into the future by combining new musical textures and original compositions. Join us for an evening featuring this unique world music at the Walnut Creek Library on Monday, December 15th at 6:30 p.m.

For information about Ramana Vieira, her ensemble and her music, visit http://www.ramanavieira.net/.

Adib’s Persian Rug Gallery Reopens on S. Main St. in Walnut Creek

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1426 South Main St, Walnut Creek

Back in August we learned that Adib’s Persian Rug Company would be relocating from their prime downtown Walnut Creek location on N. Main St. to S. Main St. across from Kaiser Permanente and they have been open since October. The second floor of their old location on N. Main St. will become CorePower Yoga in early 2015.

Explore Infrared Landscape Photography at Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek Dec. 13th – Apr. 12th

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Photo by Flickr user ennev

Explore Infrared Landscape Photography:

Lindsay Wildlife Museum
1931 First Ave, Walnut Creek
Friday, December 12th, 2014 – Monday, April 13th, 2015
$8.50

Explore black and white infrared photography of California landscapes at Lindsay Wildlife Museum’s new exhibition: Invisible Light of Nature Landscape Perspectives, featuring photography by Bill Helsel.

The photographs reflect landscapes absorbing and reflecting invisible wave lengths of infrared light, with greenery, blue skies and shadows all strongly rendered in this display of more than 20 infrared photographs.