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.
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.
Life can be crazy sometimes!
I met Sonya in January as she was getting relocated to CA from Oklahoma (can you say sticker shock), but she was very focused and bought a home in Clayton in March. As life happens, after 8 months at her new job, a previous employer contacted her as the VP was retiring and they could not think of anybody better to fill his shoes. They made an offer she could not refuse. I get a call to say I am moving, come list me.
First Open House today from 12-4! This home is move in ready and beautifully staged by Cathy Lee. Priced at $525k: 1587 sq. ft. duet boasts 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, views of Mt. Diablo and Clayton schools.
What do you think of the home?
Join us Sunday 8/30 Noon – 3 pm for our annual block party.
Located at Dewing Park and featuring the acoustic music of Dave Andre of the Smoking J’s, request your favorite 70s – 80s – 90s songs, while taking a dip in the pool or enjoying our BBQ’d hot dogs and hamburgers. For Parkmead Community Residents only, bring a dish to share, drink a beer, relax and enjoy the day! Look forward to seeing you there!
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.
Ok, as I write, I realize I missed the first concert “Petty Theft” thinking it was this Friday night. For the past few years, I have made it to at least one of the concerts. Held at Stanford’s parking lot from 6-8:30 pm, with music at 7:00, I have always had an enjoyable evening. Bring your own picnic, wine and treats or grab something to eat or drink from the event sponsors. Either way what a great way to spend a warm summer night in Walnut Creek.
Picture from a concert a few years ago – lots of dancing a must!
Future line ups include (note Thursday nights) :
August 13: The Unauthorized Rolling Stones
August 20: Journey Revisited
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!