On Saturday September 19th, the 78th annual Walnut Festival kicked off with the Twilight Parade, which wen through downtown Walnut Creek on Main Street.
Following the parade, a carnival opens at Heather Farms Park, with over 30 rides and many other attractions. The 4 day event run from Thursday, September 24, through Sunday, the 27th. This celebration of the arts will provide many hours of family fun, with kid zone, live music, beer garden, great food, and a showcase of local artists, and craftsmen
The Walnut Festival has a long history in this city, dating back to 1911, which the first festival took place. The original festival was a celebration of the grape harvest, and was called the Grape Festival. Wine grapes were a major crop in the area until prohibition, when most of the grape vines were replaced with Walnut Trees, changing the event to the Walnut Festival in 1936.
For more information about this fun festival click here. Hope to see you there next year!
Per my earlier blog post on September 9th , we began work on the new Newell Ave. pathway on September 12, 2015. After years of rain and wear, the pathway had become very eroded and dangerous. The new pathway will allow the kids in the neighborhood, dog walkers, & pedestrians to walk to school without trudging through the potholes and mud or by-passing them by walking in the street.
To repair the pathway, the area had to be excavated with a rototiller, replaced with compacted decomposed granite, and sprayed with water. We had many members of the community donate and volunteer their time to this project. Thank you to all of those who came out to help. Special recognition goes to Chris Hockett & Adam Nelkie who coordinated the effort with their knowledge, resources and sweat equity. Chris’s company Cal Engineering & Geology, Inc., donated $200 to buy everyone lunch – thank you!
Chris Hockett to the left in the yellow vest. Myself & Richard West as volunteers, I primarily directed traffic and it was great hear all the positive comments from the drivers – stating they would like to help!
We have completed about one half of the pathway, but the project is not yet complete. We still need more donations and volunteers to finish the part from Magnolia to Olympic and from the Freeway to mid-Newell. To help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
And, remember, kids play and walk to school here, so please Drive Slowly!
Parkmead Community Association Block Party
As a board member of the association and having lived in Parkmead for 20+ years, I’m fortunate to know many of the residents and have been active on our board with the last few years, I have coordinated the Block/Pool Party held at Dewing Park.
Our wonderful neighborhood has 620+ homes that are primarily built in the 1950s, centrally located near 680/ 24, Kaiser, and a big plus, walking distance to downtown! Parkmead primarily attracts families who want great schools and like the idea that they can walk to the movies or a great resturant and safe enough to walk home in the dark.
The Parkmead Community Association hosts various events throughout the year with a focus on bringing the community together. This year on the last weekend of August we held our annual Block Party. The weather was perfect in the low 80’s, with kids and adults enjoying a cool dip in the pool. We had burgers and dogs on the grill with neighbors bringing their best side dishes… baked beans, peach crisp and meringue pie were some notable favorites!
Dave Andre from Smokin’ Jay’s played acoustic guitar in the background.
The kids enjoyed the pool, while the adults enjoyed beer straight from the keg!
2 local business also participated with informational tables: Steve Allard, from Redcard Sportswear and Screen Printing, was giving out free t-shirts and Debra Minigerode displayed her Stella & Dot jewelry.
Hope to see you next year!
With the cool weather in the air and kids walking to and from school it’s time to come together as a Parkmead community and spend Saturday September 12, 2015 on the Newell Avenue Pathway Repair project.
Our treasured pathway was originally build in the late 1990’s and since we’ve been through period’s of crazy downpour and years with little more then a drop the ground has become uneven creating potholes in some areas. The path is a danger for walkers, runners and quite difficult for pushing strollers. The overall pathway leads half a mile from Olympic to the I-680 overpass.
We’re looking for volunteers to help on Sept. 12 as we improve the path area at the entrance to Parkmead Elementary on Magnolia Way and Newell Ave. Through donations from our neighbors we have raised $4,000 to complete this area of work. While we love to include the community, this is definitely an adults job! Come, support your neighborhood, as we need volunteers to run a rototiller, spray the path with water, rake the new decomposed granite material to level the pathway, use a vibratory compactor plate and various other responsibilities. If we can get enough people to help we’ll complete this project in one day! If you can volunteer please contact Chris Hockett at email@example.com.
When we say “taste local” we mean it! Calicraft a micro brewer is opening a taproom in the Shadelands area of Walnut Creek by 2016. Perfect timing as the entire corder of Ygnacio & Oak Grove is under construction for the new Safeway Development. To get a head start on the tastings visit your local Whole Foods (Nugget, Andronicos, Berkeley Bowl or favorite independent market) and pick up their newly announced consumer packaged items. Best known for their Cali Coast, it’s now available in 12oz 6pack cans! Thus making it safe and easy for the beach and summer outings.
Also now available in a 4 pack 12 oz bottles is Buzzerkeley – my favorite, a unique combination of sparkling ale fermented with champagne yeast and star thistle honey – can you say hmmmm. This beer is unique and tasty, when champagne is not available (shout out to Dawn Stom), it is one of my absolute favorites, a definite stable in my fridge, except my son tends to drink all my beer!
Look forward to seeing you there! If you have any other microbrew recommendations, post them here. I know Alameda, Oakland & Emeryville have many tasting rooms popping up.
I have had a potted cactus in my backyard for years. This is the first year I completely turned off watering the back. I looked out my window and saw a beautiful white flower. Thinking it was the white rose bush, I walk out to take a look wondering how it possibly bloomed. What I found is this beautiful flower, never has this cactus produced such an exquisite work of art that I had to photograph it using various processes (odd my iPhone 6 displays them differently, my favorite was the monochromatic, but it is not showing that way on my Mac). I love them all.
Walnut Creek’s downtown has ample amounts of activities: dining, shopping, people watching and celebrating. One way to engage in all of these is to join the Walnut Creek Downtown’s First Wednesday. Recently extended through June of 2016, the first Wednesday of every month, come celebrate, eat dinner and enjoy downtown Walnut Creek from 5pm – 8pm. Located on Cypress St. between N. Main and Locust. The roadway becomes pedestrian friendly, food trucks adorn the curbside and entertainers keep the energy alive. Come taste the treats of Ceviche & Co or Lexie’s Frozen Custard to name a few.
Beer & wine are also available for purchase along with cotton candy and snow cones – mid-summer treats! Enjoy a few residents of Lindsey Wildlife experience and flora and fauna from The Ruth Bancroft Garden.
This Wednesday July 1st come out and celebrate while dancing in the streets to the Rubber Soles, a Beatles Tribute band. If this isn’t tempting enough, there will be shiny vintage cars from the ’50’s and ’60’s to gaze upon. Hope to see you out there!
East Bay prides itself on having a summer compared to those living in San Francisco. We enjoy nearly 100 degree days and nice evenings spent outside, not bundled up in sweaters and jackets in July! To celebrate these great evenings Walnut Creek Recreation Department offers 4 nights throughout the summer to bring the family (no pets), blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic to either Civic Park or Heather Farms and enjoy Movies Under The Stars! This years first movie night is Saturday June, 27 at Civic Park to view “Into the Woods”. If you can’t make this weekend try one of these:
- Friday July 10 @ Heather Farm Park – “When The Game Stands Tall”
- Saturday July 25 @ Civic Park – “The Lego Movie”
- Friday August 7 @ Heather Farm Park – “Big Hero 6”
For movies at Heather Farm Park there is a suggested $2 donation while Civic Park (added new this year) are sponsored by the Downton Enhancement Fund.
Photo courtesy of In a Nutshell, Summer 2015 a Walnut Creek publication
2014 was a successful and fun year. I was honored at our annual Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate awards ceremony. Receiving a Gold Award distinguishes my efforts as a top performing agent in our organization. I have been fortunate to receive a top producer award since 2007. I love what I do and how rewarding it can be to help someone sell or buy possibly the biggest investment in their life.
A snapshot from the awards luncheon in San Francisco, followed by a Giants game with my son.
Here at my office in Walnut Creek, I find myself surrounded by an excellent and experienced manager along with other great agents and friends whom also are recognized for their performance in our organization.