Walnut Creek has a new City Manager as of August 7th: Dan Buckshi. I attended a welcoming reception at Lesher last week. After 15 years in San Luis Obispo County and the last five as County Administrative Officer (similar to County Manager), Dan is excited to be in Walnut Creek.
He just wrote his first City Manager’s Update, including a nugget about the Walnut Festival …
If you’re new to Walnut Creek – or haven’t been in some time like myself – I recommend going to the festival! I especially have wonderful memories with my boys and as they got into their tweens. It was a safe place to drop them off for a couple of hours, allowing them to gain some independence. You’ll be amazed by the number of people who show up to ride the rides, test out the carnival food and play games.
There is also live music and performances, and the nearby glory of Heather Farm Park in and of itself. This is truly the biggest event of the year in Walnut Creek.
Don’t forget about the nostalgic twilight parade that kicks off the event is this Saturday at 6 p.m. It will travel along Walnut Creek’s Main Street from Mt. Diablo Boulevard to Civic Drive, ending at Civic Park.
This year’s theme, “Through The Wide Eyes of a Child,” is all about imagination and whimsically-created costumes, floats, decorated cars, motorcycles, bicycles, bands, drill teams, cheer teams
and all others who will entertain us with their talents and creativity. They are encouraging people to join in on the theme and attend the parade in costume.
The Carnival portion of the 81st Annual Walnut Festival will take place from September 21-24 at Heather Farms.
Did you know the original festival was held in 1911 and was called The Grape Festival? For more information and a little bit of history, you can visit The Walnut Festival Association website here.
Enjoy this wonderful Walnut Creek tradition!!!
If you’re looking for a good activity to get out of the house this evening, I have good news for you. The Broadway Plaza summer concert series is back in downtown Walnut Creek!
Tonight, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., marks the first in a series of shows played at Event Plaza. If you like what you hear and see, you can go again on any Thursday in August.
First up tonight is SuperHuey, followed by The Purple Ones on August 10th, and Fleetwood Mask (that’s “Mask,” before you get too excited…) on August 17th. Festivities include the music, vendors, shopping, and more.
It’s a perfect family outing for people of all ages. Bring a blanket or chair and a few dollars for a glass of wine, and enjoy the summer air with your fellow East Bay music lovers!’s
Note: with the new development, the events plaza is in front of Macy’s and I find the area not that welcoming to large crowds. it gets really tight with limited seating, so many people are just standing around. If you are there to shop, you will find yourself in tight quarters and a swarm of people. Personally I miss the old parking lot space.
If you’ve been following this blog, you know about our recurring Saturday feature “Art Town.” A lot of those cool pieces of art are either related to the Bedford Gallery or found when strolling downtown Walnut Creek.
So, when I tell you that you MUST go on the Bedford Gallery Art Walk this Saturday, you better believe I mean it! I’ve learned a lot of cool stuff about Walnut Creek and its artwork just by writing those blogs every few weeks, and it’s forced me into wandering this town we often take for granted and experiencing some of its hidden beauty and best artwork.
This Saturday, June 17th, Beford Gallery docents will be leading the public art walking tour of Walnut Creek’s greatest works and will give you more interesting, in-depth information about your hometown than you could ever imagine.
Tickets are just $5 (cash only) and include admission to the Gallery itself. You don’t even have to RSVP. Just show up at 11 a.m. outside the Lesher Center and get walkin’ and art watchin’!
Additionally, there is a new self-guided audio tour available for public art in Walnut Creek, featuring 33 stops along the route. Have you seen those pink and orange signs around town designating public art? That’s where you can listen to the history of the piece on the Public Art Walking Tour app! Here’s a good map of all the public art the tour hits.
I’ll be there this weekend, and I hope to see you there too!
Have any plans this weekend? If not, we’re hosting our annual Parkmead Garage Sale this Saturday at 8:00 a.m.!
Neighbors all over Parkmead have cleaned out their closets, garages and attics to put items together for this awesome event. Grab a map and look for the mailbox balloons to identify which homes are participating. Lilac and Newell (west of Trader Joe’s) are entry streets to the neighborhood.
If past years are any indication, there will be plenty of outdoors equipment, kids toys and clothes, furniture, jewelry and kitchen utensils. If you’re looking to stock up or upgrade for cheap, this is the place to be in Walnut Creek on Saturday!
And as a bonus, the Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival takes place all weekend, starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday! You can swing by the Parkmead Garage Sale, fill your arms with thrifty finds, and then wander to Heather Farms for a glass of wine in the sun.
If you know anything about me outside of real estate, it’s that I absolutely love animals. I pamper my dog Bodie like my own child! So you’d better bet that I’m excited about the Pet Walk at Broadway Plaza this weekend!
It’s a great event put on by former A’s manager Tony La Russa’s ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation), and it’s happening this Saturday, May 20th in downtown Walnut Creek. Start the day off with a Pet Walk to raise money for saving abandoned cats and dogs. You can register at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, and the one-mile walk begins at 9:30 a.m.
ARF is hoping to raise $90,000 through the walk to save abandoned animals, and then the entire event will segue into an “Animals on Broadway” event with adoptions, rescue groups, vendor booths, a pet wellness fair, kid zone, contests and raffles. That event will go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you can’t make it in person, you can register as a “virtual walker” to make an impact from home! Remember, all proceeds goes to helping homeless animals – a worthy cause! Here is the information to register.
For all you animal lovers out there, swing by and donate some money and time to helping our furry friends find homes! What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday in Walnut Creek! The entire “Animals on Broadway” event schedule is below:
7:30 am – Pet Walk registration begins
9:30 am – Pet Walk begins
10 am – Animals on Broadway festival opens with adoptions, vendor booths, the pet wellness fair and kid zone
11 am – Best Dressed Pet Contest
Noon – Dog & Pony Show
12:30 pm – WCPD K-9 Demonstration
1 pm – Dog & Pony Show
1:30 pm – Doggy Yoga
2 pm – Lindsay Wildlife Raptor Show
2:30 pm – WCPD K-9 Demonstration
3 pm – Doggy Yoga
This Saturday, you can join Walnut Creek City staff for Old Borges Ranch Day. How cool is that? There will be arts, crafts, activities, games, livestock demonstrations, ponies and fiddlers.
Borges Ranch is the little farm nestled into the foothills of Mt. Diablo, on the southeast side of Shell Ridge. It was established in 1899 by Francisco Borges and is a living example of what an early-20th century California cattle ranch looked like.
Many of the original buildings still exist, including the Borges family home which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1981 and is part of the Mt. Diablo State Park with an on-site ranger. Sheep, goats, and other livestock roam the farm and welcome hikers who wander past during their Open Space treks.
The almost 400-acre ranch would be a great place for the family to spend a lazy Saturday, and a great learning experience for young kids. I went on a field trip with my now-21-year-old son when he was in the 4th grade; we went back there to get polliwogs, which lived in his bedroom until they turned to frogs. Then we let them go into the creek by Las Lomas – some great memories.
The event this Saturday will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and you can park at Northgate High School and shuttle in and out. It costs just $5 per family to take part!
Believe it or not, it’s already almost April! As the calendar turns from winter to spring, Diablo Magazine has provided a few awesome ideas for local events in the Bay Area next month.
Here are four of the best ones that I’m personally interested in going to:
The Naked Magicians: April 3rd at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater
An Australian duo who put on “the world’s naughtiest magic show,” complete with illusions and comedy. Adults only!
Bay Area Craft Beer Festival: April 22nd at Martinez waterfront
More than 50 local breweries, live music and food trucks from all over the East Bay? Yes, please!
Diablo Trails Challenge: April 15th at Mt. Diablo
You can choose from a 5K, 10K, 1/2 marathon and a 50K. Partial proceeds go to Save Mount Diablo!
Monet: The Early Years: Through May 29th at Legion of Honor (San Francisco)
You can get a cool perspective on Claude Monet’s early period of work, covering his evolution to Impressionism at the SF Legion of Honor.
Leave a comment if you know any other fun things to do next month!
If you are born in a Rooster year, you are apparently an active, amusing, popular person around other people. You are hardworking, resourceful, courageous, talented and confident. They are honest and enjoy being in the spotlight, but can also be vain and boastful! Does that sound like you if you’re a Rooster?
If you were born in 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 or 2005, you are also a Rooster. And if that’s the case, you share a sign with Bob Marley, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears!
At Dragon’s Pond, there was a Dragon Dance performed by a local club in Concord, and all the members of the meet-up had a lively conversation with a lot of interesting perspectives. And, as usual, the food was very good!
This New Year’s Eve, there seems to be a ton of fun events at local establishments for you to ring in 2017 with.
For me, New Year’s is a time to reflect on the year that has just passed and to focus forward with new resolutions – what can be improved, how to get into shape and what can I do better. I tend to struggle with the idea that one has to have a special celebration for this event, as I always find the hype does not live up to the expectation, and I am left with disappointment.
My best New Year’s celebrations have always been the unexpected. My favorite was a last-minute ski trip to Sugar Bowl where we scored a small room due to a cancellation. Our kids had the run of the lodge because the only way in was by gondola, and we could walk out the door to the lift. To our surprise, they had night skiing, champagne and sparkling cider at the hut atop the hill. Then, at 11:30, those who wanted to participate did the torch run, and when all were safely down, the fireworks exploded! So as the clock hits midnight, we all turn the page and start looking forward to new adventures in 2017.
If you feel that you have to do something and have made no plans, but don’t want to venture all the way to San Francisco, take a look at a couple of local events taking place on New Year’s Eve:
- The Groove Doctors at San Ramon Marriott (8:30 p.m. for $77/ticket)
- Phantom of the Opera Masquerade at Nica Lounge in Concord (8:30 p.m. for $15-50/ticket)
- New Year’s Eve at Jack’s in Pleasant Hill (9:00 p.m. for $40/ticket)
Of course, you could always do something unexpected and maybe have the best New Year’s ever! No matter what you choose, I wish you a delightful evening and a prosperous 2017!