Walnut Creek Reads is currently exploring Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451for the One City One Book community event. It is also the 60 year anniversary of this book. I was first introduced to Ray Bradbury in 6th grade when my teacher read “I Sing the Body Electric”, to the class over the course of the year, which is a 1969 collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury (the book takes its name from a short story of the same title, which took the title from a poem by Walt Whitman published in his collection Leaves of Grass). From then on I was hooked on Bradbury and Science Fiction, I bought a bunch of his books, my favorite being “The Illustrated Man”. I don’t remember reading Fahrenheit 451, however in college I took a SciFi film class and it was one of the movies we had to review. In honor of the 60 year anniversary I purchased the book and just started reading it. From the introduction, Neil Gaiman notes this book is speculative fiction. “If this goes on…” story. Bradbury was writing about his present. In 1953 the radio was waning and the exciting new medium of television had come into vogue, whole families were gathering around the television in the evenings, the Cold War was going on and the senate was holding hearings to root out hidden Communists and taking steps to stamp out comic books because news channels were warning of juvenile deliquents. Bradbury thought if this goes on, nobody will read books anymore. I am struck by how relevant and current his writing style is for being 60 years old. The “what if” our society took the course of outlawing books and became a society addicted to a comatose state of watching TV where we no longer really interacted with each other – sounds familiar today with all the video games our children play?
“Create a Graphic Novel”: 6:30pm-8:30pm, Thursday, October 10thhosted by novelist Oliver Chin at the Walnut Creek Library. Must be 18 or older.
All events are free, seating is limited. Pre-register at www.WCLibrary.org
This month’s Second Saturday Spotlight will be a guided walking tour entitled “The Changing Faces of Downtown Walnut Creek”. The walking tour will be approximately a mile in length and will explain new developments coming to ever-changing downtown Walnut Creek. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get the inside scoop on development downtown!
To register, visit: http://fs6.formsite.com/CSD2012/form45/index.html
Lodi Celebrates California Wine Month
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:
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.
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
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
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
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/)
Here is a snapshot of the Walnut Creek housing market as of 8/21. Note, prices are staying stable and from the beginning of the year inventory is up, but we are seeing more price reductions. Primarily because sellers were thinking they could price it a certain percentage above the last comparison. That market has now changed primarily due to the increase in rates and the slightly more inventory we currently have. Even though rates have edged up, they are still historically low, so if you are thinking about moving, now to within the next 10 months may be a good time as NAR expects rates to move in an upward direction.
This stellar 4 BR, 2 BR Concord home borders Walnut Creek and contains many attractive amenities including an updated kitchen, hardwood floors, a fireplace and a pool! Located on a large corner lot, this property is conveniently located near schools, the Iron Horse Trail and shopping. Open houses will take place Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th from 1pm-4pm.
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
I am honored to have received a coveted Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gold Award! This award recognizes my performance as a real estate professional and ranks me among the top 5% of all agents in our national brand. Thank you to my clients and the Walnut Creek community for giving me the opportunity to serve you!
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!
Pier 1 Imports original street-side location.
Walnut Creek’s new and improved Pier 1 lmports store front.
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.