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September 2012


Orinda Jazz Festival Sept 30th

From the Orinda Jazz Festival website:

 Second Annual Orinda Jazz Festival
Sept 30th, 2012, 4PM- 7PM
Orinda Library Auditorium and Adjacent Courtyard
26 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563

Benefit for Orinda Arts Council – Community Programs

Grammy Nominee Alex De Grassi(guitar)
Alex De Grassi Plays “Blue Trout”

Grammy Awardee Mads Tolling(violin)
Mads Tolling Plays “Lila’s Dance”

Carnegie Hall Performer Carol Alban(flute/vocals)
Carol Alban Plays “Harvest” 

Groovality Band featuring Simon Russell
Stephanie Bruce (vocals)

Ben Flint (piano, JazzSchool Faculty)
Deszon Claiborne (drums)

Marc Levine (guitar)
Aaron Germain (upright bass)

Rene Escovedo (drums/percussion)
Josh Workman (guitar)


Groceries Around the World – Diablo Foods in Walnut Creek

Previously I posted about a Russian grocery, and last month an Indian grocery, now I present to you a Japanese grocery, Diablo Oriental Foods in Walnut Creek (2590 N. Main St.). Note this is a different grocery than Diablo Foods in Lafayette. If you’re looking for Japanese staples such as natto, Calpis or senbei crackers and don’t want to leave Walnut Creek, this is the place to head to. Driving by looks straight out of the 1970s if not earlier, but they pack an enormous amount of items within.

Note the high quality rice at bottom right:

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Sign of the Day

Time Capsule
was buried here
October 16, 1989
in celebration of
Walnut Creek’s
75th anniversary of cityhood
to be opened in 2089
plaque donated by Dean and Margaret Lesher

Does anyone know what’s inside this time capsule?


Lafayette Reservoir Run Oct 28th

From the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce website:

The Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lafayette are co-sponsors of the Run which is traditionally held on the last Sunday in October. Beneficiaries of the event are the local schools and the services and programs of the Chamber.
The Lafayette Reservoir Run is the city’s most popular “family affair”, involving kids, parents, grandparents, and hundreds of serious runners from throughout the Bay Area. 2200-2500 participants compete in a 10k or 5k Certified Runs and a 2 mile run/walk for fun through the heart of the downtown, around the reservoir and back. Sprinters, walkers, the “stroller brigade” and many of Lafayette’s top four legged residents share the streets on that festive Sunday morning.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Presented By: Lafayette Chamber of Commerce & City of Lafayette
Event Date: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Start Location: Mt. Diablo Blvd. between First St. & Moraga Rd.
Registration Opens: 6:30am
Staggered Start Times: 2mi run/walk 8:00am, 5k Certified Run 8:30am , 10k Certified Run 8:45 am
Race Descriptions:

  • 5k Certified Race – flat, “chip” timed course, runners only (NO Dogs or Baby Strollers).
  • 10k Certified Race – hilly, “chip” timed course around the reservoir, Dogs on Leash & Baby Strollers OK.
  • 2 Miles Run/Walk for Fun – No Timing – Fun Run ONLY, Dogs on Leash & Baby Strollers OK

Race Course: 10k Moraga Road west to El Nido Ranch Road, around the Lafayette Reservoir and back to Moraga Road. 5k or 2 mile DO NOT go around the Lafayette Reservoir.
Race Certified By: The Athletic Council/Road Runners of America (TAC/RRCA)

  • Adult registration fee – $30; Day of Race fee – $35
  • Elementary school fee – $22; Day of Race fee – $27
Restaurants, Shopping

Art Form Closes – Sunrise Bistro May Expand in Walnut Creek

The frame store Art Form closed in July in Walnut Creek, and apparently Sunrise Bistro next door may be expanding although when I dropped by this week the “Available” sign was still visible so maybe it’s not been finalized yet. I have never eaten at Sunrise Bistro, how’s the food there?

Sunrise Bistro is located at 1559 Botelho Drive in Walnut Creek. Check out their menus here.


Atlas Men’s Boutique Gets a New Look in Walnut Creek

It’s only been a couple of weeks since I posted about the men’s store Atlas (1356 N. Main St.) in downtown Walnut Creek, and within that time they managed to have their store remodeled with a new arrangement, new flooring and more, including slick dressing rooms and a sale section in the back. This is a fun store to browse and shop at. Check out the new look in the photos below:

I’m noticing a trend with the iPad registers:

Cool lounge area towards the back:

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Art, Uncategorized

Captured: Specimens in Contemporary Art at Bedford Gallery until Nov. 18th

The Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts in downtown Walnut Creek is hosting an exhibit titled Captured: Specimens in Contemporary Art through November 18th. From their webpage:

The intersection of art and nature has inspired artists for centuries. Artists have looked to the natural world as a source book for creative projects and strategies. From Impressionist plein air painting, to medieval bestiaries art has been committed to exploring the unfamiliar and unknown creatures and environments that share our world. Artists in this show will illustrate how a complex and rewarding dialogue between the arts, scientific exploration, and organic, found materials has been staged in a contemporary context.

Looking to traditions as diverse as taxidermy, specimen boxes, and the cabinet of curiosities, this exhibition will address the changing nature of our relationship with the natural world. It will offer us a glimpse into the impermanence and vitality of wildlife and the botanical world, encouraging us to question our assumptions about the curious world of unique and unusual creatures around us.

The Vache Rouge by Marcus Kenney:

Check out this cool tent scene:

Daily Life, Events

Walnut Creek Model Railroad Announces Holiday Dates in Nov.

From an email:

All Aboard the Diablo Valley Lines

Holiday Shows Announced

What: Families can ‘ride’ the Diablo Valley Lines during their six whistle stop holiday shows, featuring hundreds of model trains representing the mid 20th century through today, traveling over 4,300 feet of track on one of the world’s most mountainous model railroad layouts. The continuous show, dispatched by two Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society members, includes a dramatic sunset and night scenes with a rainy thunderstorm, a street railway with trolley cars, big freight yards and a large passenger terminal. The elaborate 34×56 foot layout includes a composite of the mountainous area of the Western United States, bridges, tunnels, terrain from desert to snow covered mountains, towns, train yards, electric street cars, wind turbine, ski lift gondola and more. More than 200 train cars and 50 steam and diesel engines are in operation during the show.

Holiday show schedule:

Friday – November 16; 8 – 10 p.m.
Saturday – November 17; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday – November 18; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday – November 23; 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday – November 24; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday – November 25; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Larkey Park, 2751 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek 94597

Fares:  Adults/$3; Seniors/$2; Children/$2 (age 6-12); Free under 6 years old

For more information:  Please visit Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society or call 925-937-1888. To see the trains in action, please visit WCMRS.