Upcoming events- December 2013

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The holidays are a time for family, friends, and community. Below are community events you can attend with your loved ones to get into the holiday spirit!

Rockin’ Holiday Free Concerts

Fridays, Nov 29th-Dec 20th: 6pm-8pm

Gather in Blakchawk Plaza for live holiday music performed by local artists. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.shopblackhawkplaza.com/center_events.html.

9th Annual Walnut Creek on Ice

Nov 15th-Jan 12th

It may not be snowing, but there will be plenty of ice in downtown Walnut Creek this holiday season! Visit the ice rink in Civic Park for fundraisers, birthday parties, group events and more. Hours and admission prices can be found at http://iceskatewalnutcreek.com/.

Light Up the Night

Wednesday, Dec 4th: 5pm-8pm

Join Santa and others in lighting up Downtown Pleasant Hill for the holiday
season. Holiday Crafts Fair, Carriage Rides, Caroling & Studio A Dancers on
the Plaza stage, free hot chocolate & cookies, merchant give-a-ways and lots
more fun for the whole family!

Broadway Plaza Parade of Lights

Thursday, December 5th: 6pm-9pm

Music and festivity will fill the Plaza, beginning with a Retailer Open House at 6pm.  At 7pm, find a good spot on Broadway Plaza Street for the Parade of Lights, which will end with a very special appearance by Santa Claus himself, who will light Broadway Plaza’s magical Christmas Tree and make it snow!

Messiah Sing

Friday, December 6th: 7:30pm

A community sing of Handel’s Messiah will be held at Orinda’s St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Friday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. This event is free, with an offering taken for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties. Childcare is available by reservation. For more information contact the church at office@ststephensorinda.org or 925-254-3770 x10.

The Christmas Carol

December 2nd-22nd

Make the Christmas Carol at the Lesher Center part of your holiday tradition! Visit http://www.lesherartscenter.org/a-christmas-carol/ for more information and to purchase tickets

Bay Area Football!

Watch the San Francisco Forty-Niners and Oakland Raiders battle it out as they wrap up their seasons.

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Sunday, Dec 1st |1:05pm vs. St. Louis Rams

Sunday, Dec 8th | 1:25pm vs. Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, Dec 15th | 10am @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Monday, December 23rd | 5:40pm vs. Atlanta Falcons

Sunday, Dec 29th | 1:25pm @ Arizona Cardinals

Raiders

Sunday, Dec 8th | 1pm @ New York Jets

Sunday, Dec 15th | 1:05pm vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, Dec 22nd | 1:25pm @ San Diego Chargers

Sunday, Dec 29th | 1:25pm vs. Denver Broncos

 

 

 

Upcoming Events- September 2013

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Lodi Celebrates California Wine Month

Sept 1-30

September is California wine month and Lodi celebrates all month long with events every weekend. Enjoy wine tastings, dinners, live music, and even specials on local hotels so attendees can stay and play. For more information and links to special offers, follow the link below:

http://www.visitlodi.com/whats_happening.php?id=39

 

Beford Gallery News

Exhibit: “Home: Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art” will be on exhibit September 5th– November 17th . Through mediums of painting, sculpture, video, and photography, artists explore space, place and home.

Public Art Walking Tours: Every third Saturday through mid-November, docents lead three-hour walking tours to highlight Walnut Creek’s amazing artwork around the downtown area. Tours start at 11am in front of the Lesher center. Admission is $5 and includes a free pass to the Bedford Gallery.

 Disaster Team Training

Join Walnut Creek’s Emergency Response Team trained to help the community in the critical time following a natural disaster. Trainings take place Wednesdays from September 11th-October 16th. Cost is $25. For details and to register, visit www.walnut-creek.org/cert.

Walnut Festival

Twilight Parade: Saturday, Sept 14th at 6pm on Main Street.

Festival: The Walnut Festival offers 4 day of family-friendly fun from September 19th– September 22nd. Attractions include a carnival, live music, a car show, and a variety of food. Hours vary, visit www.thewalnutfestival.org

Walnut Creek Fall Wine Walk

Sept 18

Walnut Creek Downtown and Pro Home Systems present the 2013 Fall Wine Walk Wednesday, September 18th from 6pm-9pm. The event will feature tastings at local businesses and restaurants as well as live acoustic music. A portion of proceeds will benefit Walnut Creek’s educational foundations- WCEF and PEAK. For tickets and information, visit http://www.walnutcreekdowntown.com/.

 

Walnut Creek Service Day

September 28

Choose from over 60 half-day projects to benefit the community. Check-in begins at 7:30am at the Heather Farm Community Center with a free pancake breakfast. Projects will begin at 9am. Visit www.walnut-creek.org to register.

 

Holidays at Shadelands

Reservations for the Shadelands Ranch Museum “Holidays at Shadelands” Victorian Tea Lunches begin October 1st. The historic house will be decorated in holiday décor and open from 10am-4pm November 30th to December 15th. The Tea lunch is $30 and reservations can be made for 11:30am or 1:30pm. For reservations, call 925-935-7871.

 

Mount Diablo Challenge

October 6

Bike up beautiful Mount Diablo on either the challenging 11.2 mile course to the summit, or the easier, shorter junction wave. A perfect recreational activity for all ages to benefit Save Mount. For information or to register, Click here (http://www.savemountdiablo.org/)

 

Congrats to Conrad & Julie for their closure on Warmcastle Court!

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Congratulations to Conrad & Julie for closing on this remodeled townhome.  As VA buyers they faced some challenges in this low inventory market we have been experiencing for most of 2013.  As inventory loosens up, more buyers are able to get into a home.  Flip properties work really well for VA buyers as there usually are no section 1 issues and investors understand how VA financing works.  We also had a great lender in Andraya Bern from Land Home Financial.  She is married to a veteran and works hard for them.  In the end, it was the perfect home and neighborhood.  Enjoy!

We all Scream for CREAM!

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CREAM, an acronym for “Cookies Rule Everything Around Me”, will open its doors at the new Walnut Creek location, 1372 North Main Street this Saturday. Free ice cream sandwiches will be provided for patrons from 11am until supplies run out. The creamery is unique in that it allows customers to create custom ice cream sandwiches by choosing from a variety of fresh ice cream and cookies.

CREAM’s original Berkeley location is famous for consistently having a packed house and loyal customers. Due to their success they have recently expanded to Davis, Walnut Creek, and Palo Alto. CREAM prides itself on its business model based on 4 pillars: high-quality product, affordable prices, customer satisfaction, and great service by employees. I am personally very impressed with their prices, with ice cream sandwiches priced at $2.50 for cash and $2.75 for credit, there is no doubt that this business will have longevity! For more information, visit www.creamnation.com.

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

Pier 1 Imports Finds a New Home

               After 15 years at its previous location at 1902 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Pier 1 Imports has made its new home at 1902 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Although the move seems small, it brings huge improvements for the popular home furnishings retailer. A much larger store allows for new and exciting merchandise, complete with new fixtures for an improved shopping experience. Perhaps the greatest improvement this new location provides is expanded and more accessible parking for customer convenience.

Pier 1 Imports’ inventory offers an amazing variety of merchandise including furniture, home décor and culinary items from around the world. 

Hopefully its beautiful new location hosts a bright future for this Walnut Creek business!

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Pier 1 Imports original street-side location.

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Walnut Creek’s new and improved Pier 1 lmports store front.

New Listings in the Parkmead Area!

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2057 Magnolia Way

A custom home with amazing views and a fabulous deck. It was previously listed last year for $2,350,000 and now on the market for $2,099,000. There are many appealing aspects to this property including a great deck, grassy areas and a large driveway. Beautiful finishes, but not exactly kid friendly as the backyard is situated on a down slope. The biggest issue is how do you price this house? There are not too many comparisons close by as it is surrounded by older $700,000-$900,00 homes, yet it is a fantastic location and ever so close to downtown Walnut Creek. What are your thoughts???

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Can it command a $839k price?

There is no garage as it was converted into a master bedroom. However, the living space is all on one level, it is updated and larger than it looks – 5 bedrooms with a nice deck and a garden area.

I say yes, it will sell for this price and possibly higher. 5 bedrooms and walking distance to Parkmead Elementary? Absolutely!

 

What’s New in Walnut Creek this Week?!

Upcoming Events: 6/17-6/23

6th Annual June Wine Walk:

Date: Wednesday, June 19th

Time: 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Stroll through beautiful Downtown Town Walnut Creek while enjoying unique tastings from over 15 local wineries! The event will begin at Pro Home Systems located at 1561 Civic Drive, here you will receive your commemorative tasting glass and a map of businesses participating. During the event, you will also be able to enjoy stunning art displays and live music. Tickets are available for $40 the day of the event, or $30 pre-sale from these locations: Atlas, Mechanics Bank, Main St. Postal and Walnut Creek DBA Office. All proceeds from the June Wine Walk will be donated to the Walnut Creek Aquanauts.

Senator Desaulnier Town Hall Meeting- Health Care Reform:

 Date: Thursday, June 20th

Time: 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM

               California State Senator, Mark Desaulnier invites you to attend a town hall meeting to learn more about how the Affordable Health Care Act will benefit Walnut Creek residents. The meeting will take place at the Walnut Creek City Council Chamber, located at 1666 North Main St. To RSVP, visit https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/SurveysDirect.php?district=SD07&survey=3387&.

 

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk:

 Date: Saturday, June 22nd

Time: 8:00 AM

             The American Cancer Society is sponsoring at 5K walk around Heather Farms Park. This is a free event to raise awareness for cancer research and to provide support for both cancer survivors and those currently battling cancer. Registration will begin at Heather Farms at 8 AM, the walk will begin at 9 AM. Come enjoy a beautiful Saturday morning in the park and support a great cause! For more information, contact Ashley Fairchild at Ashley.Fairchild@cancer.org.

 

 Free Advanced Compost Workshop:

 Date: Saturday, June 22nd

Time: 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM

            A free workshop hosted at the Walnut Creek Library for those who want to learn more about organic gardening and natural ways to control pests. For more information, Email Ashley@wastedivision.org.

165 Twin Peaks for Lease

This house is for rent, offered at $9,950 per month.  Ideal for the A’s baseball player or Oakland Raider football player!

It includes a 4 car garage, 6127 sq. ft. 5 bedrooms & 4.5 baths overlooking Walnut Creek and amazing views of Mt. Diablo, especially from the infinity pool.  For those of you who live in the neighborhood, this home during construction burned down twice within two years.  I will never forget waking to noises at 5:30 am on a Saturday morning in July day of a Dewing Park swim meet.  Embers were floating down the hill onto roof tops and everyone was out watching and watering down their roof tops.  A year later appx. the same weekend, it was torched again.  The Police never found the arsonist, however once it was completed, it was left alone.

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