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February 2013


Diablo Ballet Premiers Crowdsourced Web Ballet Mar. 1st & 2nd

Dancers Hiromi Yamazaki & Robert Dekkers – credit Ashraf

Diablo Crowdsourced Web Ballet:
Shadelands Arts Center Auditorium
111 N. Wiget Ln, Walnut Creek
Friday, March 1st & Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
8:00pm (Fri), 2:00pm & 8:00pm (Sat) | $38 evening, $29 matinee

Diablo Ballet of Walnut Creek, CA premiers the world’s first ballet created via suggestions from the internet this weekend (March 1st & 2nd).

The Web Ballet has been created from various suggestions submitted from all over the world to the Diablo Ballet’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Over 132 ideas were sent in from the United States and international locations such as Australia, Japan, Scotland, Russia, Sweden, Japan, and Trinidad & Tobago among others. Choreographer Robert Dekkers reviewed the ideas and selected seven that have been incorporated into the work,  entitled Flight of the Dodo, which premieres this Friday and Saturday in Walnut Creek, CA.

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Ike’s Love & Sandwiches Signage Goes Up in Walnut Creek


Some more progress at Ike’s as their signage is now up in downtown Walnut Creek near The Cheesecake factory. We’ve been patiently waiting until they open up. Can’t wait to try this place out!

Just read this on Ike’s Facebook page:

Want Ike’s coupons emailed to you (almost) every month? Also, get a FREE sandwich coupon emailed to you on your birthday! Join our E-preciation Club for free HERE:
♥ + Sandwiches + Appreciation,
Ike Shehadeh

Ike’s is expanding like crazy with a new location opening in Los Angeles as well.


Canvas and Cabernet Interior Update


Canvas and Cabernet, a new paint and sip art studio that serves alcoholic beverages in downtown Walnut Creek has a cool looking wood logo hand-carved from an antique blade displayed in their bar area. Note the various beverages available in the foreground. The place is looking better and better every time I drop by.

Check out their schedule here. Canvas and Cabernet is located at 1421 Locust Street in Walnut Creek.

Crime, Uncategorized

Walnut Creek Resident Arrested for Soliciting Middle School (WCI) Girls


From the Principal of Walnut Creek Intermediate:

The Walnut Creek PD contacted WCI administrators on 2/26/12 regarding inappropriate messages sent through social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Kik) to female students at WCI. Today, the WCPD was able to apprehend the person who contacted these female students.

From the Walnut Creek Police:

On 2/24/13, parents of Walnut Creek Intermediate School students reported to the Walnut Creek Police Department that their minor daughters were receiving lewd and lascivious text and Facebook messages from an unknown adult male. The male suspect was also attempting to arrange meetings with the juveniles to engage in sex acts. Detectives worked with school administrators and were able to identify additional juvenile victims that had received similar communications.

Detectives were able to identify the suspect and obtained an arrest warrant and a search warrant for his residence. On 2/27/13, the warrants were served and the suspect was arrested and evidence of the crimes was seized.

The suspect was booked at Walnut Creek Police Department and transported to Contra Costa County Jail where he is being held on $65,000.00 bail. The charges were 288.2PC- Sending Harmful Matter to a Minor with the Intent to Seduce, 288.3 PC Contact/Communicate with a Minor with the Intent to Commit a Sex Act, and 288.4 PC Attempt to Meet a Minor to Engage in Lewd or Lascivious Behavior.

Anyone with further information regarding this case or suspect is encouraged to contact Walnut Creek Police Department, Detective Keagy at 925-943-5881

Suspect Description:
Ariel Romero Ortigoza
29 year old male
Resident Walnut Creek


Dinner and Music Show at the Veterans Memorial Building in Lafayette on Mar. 8th


From an email:

Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building
3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette
Friday, March 8th, 2013
6:30pm – Midnight | $85

Generations in Jazz Foundation invites you to It’s a Wonderful World – an evening of dinner and music Including the Big Band of Rossmoor, Bob Athayde & Friends, Dominant 7 and Juice  This dinner is a salute to all the generous foundations and organizations that help to make Lafayette a wonderful place to live, work and play.

It all happens Friday March 8 at the Lafayette Events Center (aka Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building at 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette.  Cocktails begin at 6:30pm and Dinner is served at 8:00pm.

For information or to make reservations please visit the Chamber website or call us at 284-7404. Tickets which go towards supporting the Big Band of Rossmoor are $85 per person.


California Fresh Opens in Walnut Creek


Back in December I noted that Fresh Choice was closing in Walnut Creek and now the same owner is back with a makeover called California Fresh. According to head chef Doug Korach in addition to the organic salad bar there will be a coffee bar with pastries for sale as well as a wine and beer bar. Rice bowls with vegetables will be introduced where the pasta station used to be. No word yet on when the Fresh Choice sign will be replaced.

Check out the salad bar:

California Fresh is located at 1275 S Main St in Walnut Creek at the corner of Botelho Dr. and S. Main St.


Wish Gift Shop Opens in Walnut Creek


Back last September I noted that Davidson & Lichte’s The Watch Shoppe closed on N. Main St. in downtown Walnut Creek and now the family-owned Wish gift shop has opened at this location offering gifts for all types, from babies, children as well as adults. The owner’s family had a similar shop in Carmel and the quality of goods is evident. They even have a few vintage toys such as fire engines and trucks that looked very cool. Although Davidson & Lichte plan on moving back to this location (as well as Vanessa’s) eventually, Wish would like to stay here as long as possible.

Check out some of the gifts for sale:

Wish Gift Shop is located at 1329 N. Main St. in downtown Walnut Creek across from Starbucks.


Events ,

Carnaval! – St. Mary’s Museum Docent Talk at Lafayette Library this Thurs


From the Lafayette Library and Learning Center:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, February 28th, 2013
6:30pm – 7:30pm | $5

Curious about Carnaval? Join us for a lively discussion
about this enthralling new exhibit at Saint Mary’s
College! Heidi Donner, Manager of Educational
Programs at Saint Mary’s newly renovated Museum of
Art, will discuss the Museum’s colorful display that
captures the European and American origins, history and
practices of “The Feast Before the Fast.” Ms. Donner
will share highlights of the sights and sounds of Carnaval
in New Orleans, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Trinidad, Italy,
Spain, and Switzerland.
Also featured: a dynamic video documentary of Carnaval
festivities around the world by award-winning travel
photojournalist Robert Jerome. For thirty years, Mr.
Jerome has photographed Carnaval in Europe, the
Americas and the Caribbean. A few items from the
exhibit will be on display in the community hall as well.


Tasty Scuttlebutt – Pinkberry to Open in Downtown Walnut Creek


Last October the clothing store Brandy Melville moved from a small shop next to the Cheesecake Factory in downtown Walnut Creek to a larger place a few blocks away and now word on the street is that the frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry is going to be opening up in this location. Currently this downtown spot has quite a few chain restaurants in addition to the Cheesecake Factory, including Chipotle, Panera, Starbucks, Buckhorn Grill and soon-to-be Ike’s sandwich shop so this could be a smart move opening up there. The spot where Ike’s will be, a couple of doors away, is where the frozen yogurt shop Red Mango used to be a few years ago. Keep in mind this is not confirmed yet.