🌳 Issue #105

Exciting Weekend in Walnut Creek: Live Music, Art, $1 Beers, and a Gift Card Giveaway!

TOGETHER WITH

Good morning, Walnut Creek! Despite the cancellation of the Lime Ridge Flow Trail project, there's still plenty to enjoy this weekend. Catch live country music with Michael Roy and Mama Foxxy at Bourbon Highway, and celebrate local art at the 30th Annual Sculpture in the Garden. Enjoy $1 beers at the Little Pear on Father's Day, and don't miss out on Melo’s Italian Table $50 gift card competition.

Happy Father’s Day! Have a fantastic weekend!

In today’s Walnut Creek Spotlight:

  • Walnut Creek Cancels Lime Ridge Flow Trail Amid High-Priority Projects

  • Live Country Music Weekend: Michael Roy and Mama Foxxy at Bourbon Highway

  • Celebrate Local Art at the 30th Annual Sculpture in the Garden

  • $1 Beers at the Little Pear on Father’s Day

  • Discover Eichler’s Vision in This 1955 Walnut Creek Home

  • Melo’s Italian Table $50 Gift Card Competition

- Walnut Creek Spotlight Team

P.S. Happy Birthday Cody O’Connor 🥳

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Walnut Creek Cancels Lime Ridge Flow Trail Amid High-Priority Projects

Credit: City of Walnut Creek

Due to a heavy workload from multiple high-priority projects, Walnut Creek city staff have canceled the proposed mountain biking trail for Lime Ridge Open Space. The Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Commission had reviewed the flow trail several times, but city staff have now redirected their efforts to more pressing projects.

According to a city news release on Wednesday, the Public Works department is prioritizing the replacement of the pools and community center at Heather Farm Park, a project that will demand significant time and resources over the next few years. Other ongoing initiatives include enhancements to the Boundary Oak Golf Course, the installation of ballfield lights at Tice Valley Park, and a turf replacement project at Heather Farm Park.

The city noted that Open Space staff would likely assist in mitigating the impact of these major projects and continue to focus on the recommendations set forth by the Trail Committee in 2020.

Live Country Music Weekend: Michael Roy and Mama Foxxy at Bourbon Highway

Bourbon Highway Country Bar & Kitchen is gearing up for a thrilling weekend of live country music and exciting activities. This weekend promises to be one to remember, with a lineup that will have everyone kicking up their boots and dancing the night away.

The festivities begin on Friday night, June 14, with Michael Roy taking the stage. He will bring his honky-tonk favorites to life on the piano, creating a lively and fun atmosphere that is sure to get everyone moving. On Saturday night, June 15, Mama Foxxy will captivate the audience with her southern charm and soulful vocals, delivering an unforgettable performance.

In addition to the live music, there are plenty of activities planned to keep the energy high. On Country Fried Friday, guests can enjoy live music downstairs with Michael Roy. Meanwhile, upstairs, Cole and CC Amato will lead line dance lessons and take requests for favorite country tunes. Bootscootin’ Saturday features more live music downstairs with Mama Foxxy, while upstairs, Johnny Martinez and CC Amato will be on hand to guide guests through line dance lessons.

Dinner service opens at 4 PM, with live music starting at 8 PM. The events are for guests 21 and over, with a $10 cover charge. Bourbon Highway invites everyone to come for the music, stay for the dancing, and enjoy their delicious food offerings. It’s set to be a weekend full of fun and entertainment, and the Bourbon Highway team looks forward to welcoming everyone.

Celebrate Local Art at the 30th Annual Sculpture in the Garden

The 30th Annual Sculpture in the Garden will kick off on Saturday, June 15, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. This exclusive event offers early access to the Garden at golden hour, allowing guests to admire the beautiful sculptures on display and available for purchase. The evening will feature music, drinks, and food, along with the opportunity to meet some of the talented artists.

The event will also showcase works by emerging artists from Diablo Valley College, displayed in the Great Room. Each ticket includes a complimentary beverage, with ID verification at check-in. Members can purchase up to four tickets at a discounted rate, and children aged four and under can attend for free. The gates will open at 5:15 PM.

This special night is a wonderful chance for visitors to introduce friends and family to the Garden while supporting local artists. The exhibit will run from Sunday, June 16, to Sunday, August 11, showcasing a diverse collection of outdoor sculptures. Proceeds from the event will help preserve and expand Ruth’s plant collection and support the Garden’s mission to educate and inspire the public through dry gardening.

MELO’S ITALIAN TABLE GIVEAWAY

🎉 Celebrating 100 Issues of Walnut Creek Spotlight! 🎉

We are thrilled to announce that we have reached a major milestone – 100 issues of Walnut Creek Spotlight! To celebrate this special occasion, we have teamed up with Melo's Italian Table in downtown Walnut Creek to give away a $50 gift card to one lucky reader.

To enter the draw, simply refer a friend to Walnut Creek Spotlight by clicking the green button below and sharing your link (it contains your personalized referral code)

Once they’ve signed up, you’ll be entered & we’ll then pick a name at random. Good luck! 🤞

About Melo's Italian Table: Welcome to Melo’s Italian Table! Our journey began in Calabria, Italy, with family recipes passed down through generations. For over 50 years, Melo’s has been a Contra Costa staple. At Melo's Italian Table, we blend modern creativity with our tradition of emphasizing variety, freshness, and authenticity. Enjoy classic pasta dishes, mouthwatering pizzas, gourmet salads, and a range of entrees. Join us and experience a true taste of Italy!

EVENTS

Food & Drink

Singles Mixer | Saturday 6/15 | 7 PM | Rotator Taproom | Join Rotator Taproom's Singles Mixer this Saturday from 7-9 PM for an exciting evening of mingling, connections, and a draft beverage for $30.

Theatre

The Show | Friday 6/14 & Saturday 6/15 | 7 PM | The Dance Fusion Company's annual showcase, "The Show 2024," will feature dynamic performances by talented students and staff on June 14th and 15th at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California, offering a diverse array of dance styles and innovative choreography in a professional setting.

Best of San Francisco Stand Up Comedy | Lesher Center for the Arts | 6/15 - 8/31 on Saturdays | New generation of comedic talent with the "Best of San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy" tour, featuring some of the hottest up-and-coming acts in the Bay Area.

Cabaret | 5/26 - 6/23 | Lesher Center for the Arts | Don't miss Center REP's season finale, the Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret, set in 1920s Berlin with its provocative storyline, scintillating choreography, and acclaimed score

Community

Farmer’s Market Walnut Creek | Locust St | Sundays at 9 AM | The Walnut Creek Market, open Sundays 9 am-1 pm year-round on Locust Street, offers local produce, supports sustainability, and provides free first-hour parking at Grower’s Square; only certified service animals are allowed.

Diablo Valley Farmers’ Market | Shadelands | Saturdays at 9 AM | Located in Walnut Creek's Shadelands Business Park, the Diablo Valley Farmers' Market, open Saturdays 9 AM to 1 PM with over 40 vendors, features fresh Brentwood produce, a Kid’s Craft Corner, and is a family favorite, having been voted #1 in America’s Favorite Farmers’ Market contest.

Meditation hosted by the Divya Babaji Sushumna Kriya Yoga Foundation | Fridays at 10:30 AM | Walnut Creek Library | The meditation will be simple, effective, and designed for contemporary times to suit the needs of our community’s Holistic health – Physical, Mental, Emotional, Social health and Spiritual well-being. Meditation will take place seated in chairs and there will be time for questions after the session. No registration is required and beginners are always welcome.

LIVE MUSIC & DANCE

Line Dancing Lessons | Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday at 8 PM | Bourbon Highway | Watch Video

 PETTY ROCKS (Tom Petty Tribute) + HEARTLESS BENATAR… LIVE at Retro Junkie | Retro Junkie | Friday 6/14 | 6 PM | DOORS OPEN at 6:00pm HEARTLESS BENATAR at 7:00pm PETTY ROCKS at 8:30pm

REAL ESTATE

Discover Eichler’s Vision in This 1955 Walnut Creek Home

In the heart of Walnut Creek's Rancho San Miguel neighborhood lies a stunning example of mid-century modern design: a 1955 original Eichler home at 196 Los Cerros Ave. Joseph Eichler, a visionary developer, revolutionized post-war American suburbs by creating affordable, thoughtfully designed homes that embraced the beloved mid-century aesthetic. His inspiration stemmed from living in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house after moving to California from New York, fueling his desire to make modernist architecture accessible to the masses.

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Eichler's legacy includes over 11,000 homes built across Northern California, many of which still stand today. This particular home is a quintessential Eichler with its classic post-and-beam construction, white wood ceilings, and exposed beams. The airy interior seamlessly merges with floor-to-ceiling glass panels that dominate the rear of the house, flooding the space with natural light. The hallmark concrete tile flooring, a staple in Eichler homes, complements the wooden ceilings, creating a harmonious blend of modernity and warmth.

The home's interior is a testament to Eichler's design philosophy. The kitchen features quartz waterfall countertops, custom wood cabinets with soft-close mechanisms, and high-tech stainless steel appliances, including a gas cooktop and instant hot water. The living room's clean white aesthetic is accented by dark forest green elements, matching the exterior. Recently updated bathrooms boast double sinks and floating toilets, enhancing the mid-century modern vibe.

The outdoor space is a standout feature, highlighted by a newly finished gunite pool. The expansive windows provide a seamless transition to the outdoor entertaining area, which includes garden beds, fruit trees, and a playhouse. This property is a prime example of Eichler's vision, making it a must-see for anyone looking for a home in Walnut Creek.

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