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April 2012

Daily Life, Events

Star Wars Party at Lafayette Library on May 1st

Photo by Flickr user starwarsblog

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is hosting a Star Wars party for elementary and middle school kids tomorrow, May 1st from 3pm – 4:30pm. From their website:

Hang out with Star Wars reenactors, eat Cheetos (don’t be a Hog!), dance the Twist, and have fun like it’s the PTA Fun Night at McQuarrie Middle School. Celebrate finishing “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda”! For 4th-6th graders.


Opa! Greek Restaurant Opening in Walnut Creek Mid June

Back last November I mentioned that the Greek restaurant Opa! was coming to downtown Walnut Creek. They have announced on their website that they will be opening mid June. You can check out their menus here.

Check out the progress of the interior:

Take a look at the floor. Hardwood floors? Actually, it’s concrete made to look like wood. I look forward to checking this place out once it opens.


Car of the Day

Spotted in front of Nordstrom in Walnut Creek over the weekend, this is a Packard Eight automobile from the 1930s. This car was in mint condition; I have never seen so many people staring and taking pictures of a car on a street before. This may deserve the car of the year post.

Check out the hood ornament:

Spare tire:

Has anyone seen this car in Walnut Creek before?

Art, Daily Life, Events

Clay Arts Guild Spring Sale Last Day – Sunday, April 29th (Walnut Creek)

The semi-annual Clay Arts Guild is holding a pottery sale (as well as pottery demonstrations) through Sunday, April 29th, at the ceramic studio at 1313 Civic Drive in Civic Park (next to the Walnut Creek downtown library). Take a look at some of the pottery for sale:

The artists are local and normally use the space to make pottery when not displaying their artwork. When I dropped by on Saturday someone was doing a pottery demonstration which was fun to see, and I thought the overall quality was really high. So if you plan on checking out the last day of the sidewalk sale in downtown Walnut Creek, I recommend dropping by this pottery sale in Civic Park, a short walk away.

Daily Life, Events

Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society Public Showing Tonight 8 – 10pm

The Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society is holding a public viewing session tonight from 8pm – 10pm. They are located at 2751 Buena Vista Avenue and you can check out their schedule here. Tickets are $3 per adult, children under 6 free. From their website:

The Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society (WCMRS) operates the Diablo Valley Lines (DVL) model railroad, one of the most mountainous and one of the largest exclusively HO scale model railroads in the United States. This model railroad features standard gauge, narrow gauge, and interurban (overhead electric) freight and trolley lines.

At our public shows we invite you to view our permanent 34’x56′ [1,904² ft] layout. The DVL is comprised of approximately 4,300 feet of hand laid track on more than 175,000 individual ties with over 240 turnouts.  The model railroad is contained in a purpose-built building designed and constructed by the club members. Diablo Valley Lines is viewable from the 160′ perimeter that includes multiple elevated viewing platforms.

The photo above doesn’t do justice to how large the mountain actually is. It’s HUGE. This is one of the coolest things to check out in Walnut Creek and East Bay. Outside of Christmas showings they only have public showings once per month so now is your chance to check this out this treasure for yourself.

Daily Life

The Case of the Reappearing Police Parking Spot – Walnut Creek Target

A couple of weeks ago I noted that one of the police parking spots at the Walnut Creek Target had been removed. Looks like that was just a temporary anomaly as the other one is back now. I wonder what the back story to these parking spots are? They are almost never used yet they take up the closest spots to Target which could be used by customers. Why not put them a couple of rows back? It would still be very close to the entrance. Why have them at all? If there’s an emergency can’t police cars just park directly in front of Target anyway? Can anyone shed some light on this?

Daily Life, Events

The 5pm Post – Moraga Triathlon on April 28th

photo by Flickr user mkamp

The Moraga Triathlon starts this Saturday, April 28th at 6am and although pre-registration has closed, there will be a limited number of same-day registrations available according to their website. This triathlon will have a 400 meter swim, followed by a 14 mile bike ride, finishing up with a 3.1 mile run. More information is available here. There are also easier 5-7 and 8-11 youth divisions.

A map of the race is available here. For those concerned about the traffic, the Moraga Polic Departement issued this statement:

Next Saturday morning hundreds of bicyclists and runners will be impacting traffic in Moraga. The area around Campolindo High School will be congested with parking and Moraga and Canyon Roads will be used as the bicycle route out to the Canyon Post Office. Camino Pablo will also be impacted as part of the race route. The residential area streets in the Campolindo area will be impacted with runners.

Please mark your calendars and try to adjust your schedules to avoid these areas. Roads will be impacted so please drive slow, heed traffic control monitors, and be safe.

Is anyone planning on doing this triathlon? If so, good luck!


Corners Tavern to Begin Lunch Service & Outdoor Dining May 1st

photo by Stacy Ventura

Corners Tavern recently opened in downtown Walnut Creek in March and will begin serving lunch with an all new lunch menu as well as offer outdoor dining on May 1st. Lunch will be available from 11:30am – 2pm, with a mid-day menu available afterwards until dinner. Check out the lunch menu here. I can’t wait to try the barbecue pork sandwich, pickled peppers, grilled peach salad as well as the Corners burger and house made sausage.

From an email:

Corners Tavern will begin serving lunch on Tuesday, May 1. Open Monday – Friday from 11:30am – 2pm, the menu will feature the same big, bold flavors found on the dinner menu. New lunch favorites will include charred yellowtail fish tacos with green cabbage and avocado cucumber salad; barbecue pork sandwich with pickled peppers and grilled peach salad; andgrilled skirt steak with spicy butter, grilled green onions and fries.

Corners Tavern will remain open after lunch service with a mid-day menu featuring a limited number of items including salads, the newly added smoked chicken wingshouse-made charcuterie, the Corners burger and a variety of light snacks such as the smoked and spiced almonds and duck fat roasted potatoes. The mid-day menu will be a perfect respite for Walnut Creek shoppers looking for a small bite between meals accompanied by a nice, cold beverage. In addition to the new hours, Corners Tavern will open up the outdoor patio for additional seating and (weather permitting) will have the large garage doors at the front of the restaurant open, creating an open-air vibe.

Corners Tavern is located at 1342 Broadway Plaza next to Macy’s and La Boulange Bakery in downtown Walnut Creek. Anyone check this place out yet? You can see the dinner menu here. For the fans, any must order items?