Upcoming Events – May 2014

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Art on Main – May 17th & 18th
Downtown Walnut Creek
Mothers Day Tea – May 11th
Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek

Few things say “Mother’s Day” like a beautiful garden and the Ruth Bancroft Garden is welcoming mom’s with a special pampering day.

A Mother’s Day Tea Party has scheduled seating at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Sun., May 11, in the Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. The event includes sandwiches, seasonal fruit and assorted petite pastries from La Boulange, plus freshly brewed tea. It also features hands-on crafts for families and docent-led tours at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. The cost for the special day is $30 for adults and $20 for children (includes admission to the Garden). Mom’s and kids under 12 are free.

Reservations are required. For information or reservations, call (925) 944-9352 or visi thttp://mothersdaytea.brownpapertickets.com/

Contra Costa County Fair – May 29th – June 1st
Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, Antioch
Check out all the fun and happenings  including live music, entertaining shows, Antioch Speedway events, fantastic fair food, traditional exhibits, youth livestock, NEW AND FREE Family Fun Zone, and much, much more!
Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival – May 31st – June 1st
Heather Farms Park, Walnut Creek
May 31st and June 1st will be packed full of great food and drinks, live music, and pieces from local artists. Revelers can sample local restaurants’ delicacies and wash it all down with regional wine or the micro-brew of their choice. Admission is free, and the event lasts from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. With sunshine and plenty of grassy fields, the whole family is sure to have a great time.

Cadillac Corner?

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Once building permits are obtained, developer Brian Hirahara of BH Development plans to break ground on “Cadillac Corner”, an elegant center of retail and restaurants in the heart of downtown Walnut Creek.

Located at the current La Fogata parking lot, Cadillac corner will be a two-story space including retail space, a café, first-floor restaurant and second-floor roof top dining.

It will be adorned with a two-story living green wall and a living green roof.

Construction will hopefully be completed in early 2015.

City officials feel that this corner will be the final piece in the city’s core downtown and Broadway Plaza area.My main question regarding this development being, how did this area come to be named Cadillac Corner? Sources cite it is because of the areas proximity to Tiffany and Neiman Marcus, however, I have never heard this corner referenced as such and am curious if it was just nick-named by city officials.  I wonder if the name will catch on?  I say no, what do you think?

Book it or Blog it Danno!
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A view of the building site from across the street.
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Both Tiffany and Neiman Marcus neighbor “Cadillac Corner”.
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The future site of construction.
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An overall view from where the new development will sit.

Upcoming Events- August 2013

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Rockin’ the Plaza: 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23

     Free summer concerts from 7pm-8:30pm every Friday night at Blackhawk Plaza!

 Willy Wonka Jr.: 8/7-8/9

     Poison Apple Productions Presents Willy Wonka Jr. at Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. A timeless story of the famous candy man and his hunt for an heir. Tickets are $14.75 for adults and $12.00 for youth & seniors. For tickets call, 925-943-SHOW.

Diablo Ballet Gourmet Gallop: 8/8

     Join the Diablo Ballet dancers to taste wine and food at some of the city’s finest restaurants on Thursday, August 8th from 6pm-8pm. Stroll through downtown Walnut Creek while enjoying samplings from Lark Creek, Massimo, Walnut Creek Yacht Club, Tender Greens, SF Creamery Company, Silk Road, Stella Bistro, We Olive and more. Tickets are $35-$45 at http://diabloballet.org/tickets/

 AIA Home Tours :8/10

      The AIA (American Institution of Architects) 2013 East Bay home tour features 6 houses that embody unique elements of architectural design, ranging from modern to contemporary. The tour takes place from 10am-4:30pm. Tickets are $40 in advance, and $50 the day of. To purchase tickets, visit http://aiaeb.org/events/2013hometours/.

 Second Saturday Spotlight: 8/10

      Take a guided bus tour of Rossmoor, one of Walnut Creek’s largest communities spanning 1,800 acres and housing nearly 10,000 residents. Pre-registration is required at www.walnut-creek.org/thingstodo/second_saturday_spotlight/. Buses will depart from the Acalanes Adult Center, sign-in begins at 8:30am. The tour will be from 9am-10:30am.

 Concord Japanese Summer Festival : 8/10

       This free festival will be held at the Concord Japanese Cultural Center at 3165 Treat Boulevard with free parking at Ygnacio Valley High School, 755 Oak Grove Road. A free shuttle to the festival will be provided. Japanese food, bonsai exhibits, Japanese flower arrangements, Kendo and Judo demonstrations, Taiko drum performances, Japanese dance performances, and calligraphy demonstrations are just a few of the things attendees can look forward to!

 Stacey Kent Live at the Lesher Center : 8/10

      World famous jazz performer, Stacey Kent will appear at the Lesher Center for the Arts on Saturday, August 10th with shows at both 5pm and 8pm. Visit www.lesherartscenter.org for ticket information.

 19th Annual Hot Summer Nights : 8/15

      Head down to downtown Danville Thursday, August 15th from 4pm-9pm to check out some of the bay area’s most pristine hot rods and classic cars. For more information, visit http://danvillehotsummernightscarshow.com/.

 Ready or Not Improv- Void Where Inhibited :8/17

     Ready or Not Improv provides a unique brand of spontaneous theatre with a unique vibe at each show. Join this talented team Saturday, August 17th at the Lesher Center for the Arts at 8:15pm. Visit http://www.readyornotimprov.com/ for more information.

 Bluegrass Sunset Social: 8/23

      Head out to the Ruth Bancroft Garden August 23rd from 5pm-8pm to enjoy bluegrass tunes by The Alhambra Valley Band, BBQ by Willowstone Catering, and beer from Walnut Creek’s own Pyramid Brewery. Purchase tickets in advance online for $15 at http://www.ruthbancroftgarden.org, or at the time of the event.

 Lil Wayne, T.I. & Future : 8/30

      Rappers Lil Wayne, T.I. & Future will perform at the “America’s Most Wanted Festival” August 30th at 7:30pm. The show will take place at the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com .

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events- July 2013

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Sculpture in the garden

Enjoy unique sculptures by over 50 artists beautifully arranged in the Ruth Bancroft succulent garden. Sculptures will be on display daily from 10 AM-4 PM until Saturday, July 13th. The garden is located at 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.

Blues & Brews

Craft beer, delicious food and free music…what more could you ask for? The 4th annual Blues & Brews festival will take place Saturday, July 27th in Pleasant Hill Park from 12 PM- 6 PM. Tasting wristbands are $35 in advance or $45 at the door. New this year will be a pre-party concert in the park by the Big Jangle band Friday, July 26th from 6 PM-9 PM.

Broadway Plaza Summer Concert Series

     Part of Broadway Plaza Tradition, free concerts will be offered every Thursday from 6:30PM-8PM in the Stanford’s parking lot. Acts include:

July 11: Pride & Joy
July 18:Nick Colionne
July 25: The Sun Kings
August 1: Tainted love

Fountain Head – Art In Walnut Creek

 

 

The Artist:  Seyed Alavi – His works are degined to encourage viewers to question the poetic role space plays in our daily lives.  He created Fountain Head, which is located in front of Mechanics Bank on the corner of Main & Duncan Street.

 

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Alavi wanted to create work that would offer a playful and evocative focal point, as well as a gateway for Main Street, which once used to be known as Four Corners at Main & Mt. Diablo.  Fountain Head is a commentary on the role of the fountain itself.  Historically, fountains have been at the center of community life, providing critical agricultural and social sustenance.   Alvai became intrigued by the overlapping notion that both the human head as well as the fountain have been considered sources of wisdom and life in western and eastern cosmologies.  Alvai decided to place the water spout at the skull’s apex bringing together the concepts of birth, rebirth, wisdom, and community.

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I also like how the city has incorporated flowers and a peaceful place to sit.  What are your thoughts on this piece of art?

Art in Walnut Creek

From time to time, I will post various art I find in and around Walnut Creek.  Here is a very cool sculpture I often pass when when I am walking the dog.  I do not know the name of it, if somebody knows, please comment, I would love to know.  This art sits at the entrance  of Doris Eaton private elementary school, which shares a campus with Parkmead Elementary School and at one time was the local middle school.
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When the kids are not in school, I take Bodie (picture below, my beloved Weimaraner) to run around the school field.  It is great for a quick walk that gives him some good exercise and I get to pass by this great piece of art work!


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Art in Walnut Creek – 12 Shades of Grey!

Can anyone tell me where this is located?

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This is Christian Moeller’s Shhh… Portrait i 12 Volumes of Gray 2010.  He used 3960 books with covers in 12 shades of gray.  Each book spine represents one pixel in the entire image.  The pixels are so large that the image looks distorted to the naked eye.  The picture becomes clearer if you see it through a camera lens or cell phone.

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Examples of the books used.  So apt to be located in the Walnut Creek Library, as I remember librarians shhhing me as a child.