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Photos with Santa through Dec 24th at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek


Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

It’s that time of year again as Santa returns to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, this time right near Sephora, where you can get your photo with Santa.

From the Broadway Plaza Santa photos page:

Santa will be available for photos and visits at his winter home, located near Sephora and Crate&Barrel.

Reservations available, but not required!

SANTA HOURS

November 17 – December 23:
MON-SAT: 10am-7pm (Break: 2pm-3pm)
SUN: 11am-6pm (Break: 2pm-3pm)
* November 23 (Thanksgiving): Closed

December 24
SAT: 9am – 6pm (Break: 2pm-3pm)

Restaurants

Goodbye Lumpia – Hello Urban Alley Salads, Fries and Wings in Walnut Creek


1411 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Well, that was fast. It turns out The Lumpia Company (which replaced 310 Eatery) only lasted about a week inside the Urban Alley bar in downtown Walnut Creek. 🙁 As you can see from the food menu below Urban Alley themselves now offer salads, wings, fires and fried brussels sprouts in addition to their extensive drink selection. Check out their Facebook page here.

Shopping

MakenPlay Toy Store Opens in Main Street Plaza in Downtown Walnut Creek


Main Street Plaza, Walnut Creek

A new toy store and gift shop featuring custom designs made out of cardboard and wood called MakenPlay opened recently in a tiny gazebo-like structure across from Papyrus in downtown Walnut Creek on Botelho Dr. What’s interesting is not only that it’s made in Walnut Creek but it’s actually made right inside this tiny store with a laser cutter. You can’t get any more local than this and considering the custom designs and reasonable prices, you should definitely check this place out just in time for the holidays!

From their website:

WHY MAKENPLAY ?

– %100 safe material, Environmental-friendly

– Paintable 3D Unique design

– Encourage creativity and imagination

– Made from 100% recycled cardboard.

– Foldable Design Giant Size Toys

– Made in USA

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Events

Te Aito, Warrior Performance at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek Nov 21st

Te Aito, Warrior:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
7:30pm | $35 – $45

Before becoming the great Chief, young Temarama and his twin sister Herenui were separated from an invasion of a villainous tribe, removing him from ascending to his father’s place in line of Chief. While left all alone, Herenui’s life mission is deliver brother back to ascend him to his rightful place. This is her journey.

Events

Loving Vincent Playing at Walnut Creek Library Nov 18th


Loving Vincent:

Walnut Creek Library (Oak View Room)
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Saturday, November 18th, 2017
7:30pm | $12

“Loving Vincent” is the first film made using oil paints. Altogether there are 66,000 frames that took 10 years to paint. The film is a biopic of Vincent Van Gogh, the tortured Dutch artist and focuses primarily of his last days. It is a bit of a mystery as to how, exactly, he died and the narrator seeks to solve it. The film is aesthetically beautiful and audiences have rated it at over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. The New York Times called it hypnotic and beguiling.”

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 4:00 and 7:00 PM.

Events

Pre-Holiday Bash at Makers Market at Broadway Plaza Nov 19th


Pre-Holiday Bash at Makers Market:

Makers Market
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
Sunday, November 19th, 2017
12:00 – 5:00pm | Free

YOU’RE INVITED TO MAKERS MARKET’S PRE-HOLIDAY BASH
1198 Broadway Plaza on Sunday, November 19th from 12 – 5pm

Come sip and browse while you meet local makers at Makers Market’s Pre-Holiday Craft Fair. Discover a wide variety of American handcrafted goods in this nostalgic general store. Ring in the holidays while you mingle with local Makers outside our store, as well as the 100 Makers represented inside!

Stock up for the holidays! Receive 20% off all purchases greater than $100 by RSVPing on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/makers-market-pre-holiday-bash-in-broadway-plaza-tickets-39859462726

Restaurants

Gott’s Roadside Opening Early December in Downtown Walnut Creek


1275 S. Main St, Walnut Creek

Gott’s Roadside, the iconic Napa-based burger joint that we’ve been following since last year, is set to open early December in downtown Walnut Creek according to a reply on their Instagram photo. As you can see from the photo below it looks almost ready go. If you look closely at the above photo you may even notice a rainbow… While we wait for it to open check out their menu here.

Things to Do

GamedayVR Virtual Reality Arcade Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek


1373 Locust St, Walnut Creek

The virtual reality arcade GamedayVR opened in downtown Walnut Creek over the weekend. I had a chance to try some of the “experiences” out (10 minutes for $10) and it was crazy cool! They have off the shelf HTC Vive VR headsets where you can choose from several “experiences” such as Space Pirate Trainer, Tilt Brush, Raw Data, Job Simulator and more, including their own in-house made Derek Carr football VR game. Check out the full list and book online on their website here.

Although 10 minutes may seem short it can get pretty intense. I observed one guy who finished playing and was actually sweating. Literally sweating! While waiting it’s also possible to try out the Oculus Rift or Playstation VR systems sitting down for free. Each VR space has a monitor to show others what the player is seeing inside the enclosed virtual space. An assistant helps put on the VR headset and provides a controller for each hand. In between uses each headset is disinfected. In a few weeks they also plan on introducing a more advanced StarVR system where one can actually throw a football!

If you’ve never tried VR out before I would definitely recommend checking this place out to see what it’s all about. I’ll be back for sure! They’re also opening in Emeryville soon and in San Mateo next spring.

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