🌳 Issue #107

Discover Walnut Creek Uncorked, Yoga in the Vineyard, and More!


Good morning, Walnut Creek! We’ve got a fantastic lineup of events and updates just for you. Mark your calendars for June 20th as Walnut Creek Uncorked returns—an evening to sip, savor, and stroll through our vibrant community🍷. Stay in the loop with the latest from the Design Review Commission as they discuss major project extensions and final approvals. And don't miss out on a perfect midweek treat: Shadowbrook Winery’s Wine Wednesday featuring Yoga in the Vineyard. Relax, unwind, and recharge in a serene setting 🧘‍♀️🍷. Read on to discover more exciting happenings and make the most of your week!

In today’s Walnut Creek Spotlight:

  • Sip, Savor & Stroll: Walnut Creek Uncorked Returns June 20th

  • Walnut Creek Design Review Commission to Discuss Major Project Extensions and Final Approvals

  • Shadowbrook Winery’s Wine Wednesday: Yoga in the Vineyard

- Walnut Creek Spotlight Team

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Sip, Savor & Stroll: Walnut Creek Uncorked Returns June 20th

Kick off the summer with Walnut Creek Uncorked, a Sip, Savor & Stroll event on June 20th from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Enjoy a delightful evening exploring downtown Walnut Creek, where you can sample a variety of wines, beers, and spirits, taste delicious food, and listen to live music. Participants can check in at Rudney Plaza at the Lesher Center for the Arts, located at 1601 Civic Drive.

Tickets and Pricing Regular tickets are $65 and include access to all tastings and events. Designated driver tickets are $25 and must be purchased with a regular ticket. Early purchase is recommended as tickets may sell out, and day-of tickets are not guaranteed. (link)

Event Highlights The event features numerous artisan vendors, booth partners, live music, and entertainment across various locations. The wine trolley will take guests to five stops around downtown, including Rooted Coffee, Broadway Plaza, and Lincoln Avenue. Key entertainment includes performances by the Beloved Little Circus, Freddy Johns Project, and School of Rock.

Participating Locations A wide range of local businesses will be participating, including American Cancer Society, Avital Beauty Lounge, Brioche De Paris, Bourbon Highway, Buon Vino, and many more. Booth partners include FFB Bank, Flowers Salon, and Sam’s Gourmet Jams. Artisan vendors such as Baxter Landry Custom Goods and Eternal Jewelry will also be present.

Tasting Partners Guests can enjoy offerings from Amphora Nueva, Armitage Wines, Best Day Brewing, Calicraft Brewing Co, Darcie Kent Estate Winery, and many others.

Additional Information Attendees should check in at Rudney Plaza. Parking is available at the Lesher Center Garage and other nearby locations. The event is also accessible via BART, with an 8-10 minute walk from the Walnut Creek Station.

Walnut Creek Design Review Commission to Discuss Major Project Extensions and Final Approvals

The Walnut Creek Design Review Commission will meet on June 19, 2024, at 6:00 PM in the Council Chamber at 1666 North Main Street, Walnut Creek. The meeting will include both in-person and written public comments, with detailed participation instructions provided at the end of the agenda.

The agenda includes a welcome and roll call, where any requests for remote participation due to just cause or emergency circumstances will be considered. The consent calendar, which includes routine items expected to be approved without discussion, will feature the adoption of meeting minutes from April 17, 2024. Public communications will follow, allowing for comments on items not listed on the agenda, though the Commission cannot act on these items.

Key public hearings will be held for three major projects. The Shadelands SecureSpace/Calicraft project seeks a two-year extension for its 155,628-square-foot self-storage facility, leasing office, microbrewery, dog park, and community garden. The Residences at Abigail Place project requests a two-year extension for its 17-lot single-family development. Lastly, the Chick-fil-A restaurant project at 2290 Oak Grove Road seeks final design review approval and an amendment to the Citrus Marketplace Master Sign Program.

The meeting will also include a discussion on updates to the design review process and the role of the Design Review Commission, following a recent ordinance adopted by the City Council. The Commission members and staff will provide brief reports and updates on activities before adjourning the meeting.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for July 3, 2024, at 6:00 PM. Appeal rights and options for participating in the meeting are detailed at the end of the agenda. Public participation options include watching or listening via YouTube Live, cable broadcast, or livestream, and providing comments by mail, email, or in-person at the Council Chamber. For more information, visit the City’s website. (link)

Shadowbrook Winery’s Wine Wednesday: Yoga in the Vineyard

Join Shadowbrook Winery for the Viognier & Vinyasa Series every Wine Wednesday, where yoga meets wine in a perfect blend. Certified Power Vinyasa instructor Carlie leads an hour-long rejuvenating yoga session set in the tranquil front vineyard grass area. Participants are treated to a complimentary glass of Shadowbrook’s finest Viognier.

Sessions start promptly at 5:30 PM, with arrival encouraged by 5:15 PM. The cost is $39 per person, and space is limited, so early booking is recommended. Reserve your spot by emailing Carlie at [email protected]. Remember to bring your mat, water bottle, and towel. Shadowbrook Winery provides the wine. Enjoy a unique midweek retreat that combines physical wellness with the delight of fine wine.



City Council Meeting | Tuesday, June 18th | City Hall at 1666 N. Main St. | The agenda includes proclamations, consent calendar items, public communications, council and staff reports, and public hearings on bond issuance for John Muir Health and annual assessments for the Tourism Business Improvement District. There will also be an update on the Council's priorities and the meeting will adjourn in memory of Charlie Abrams.

Food & Drink

Trivia + Karaoke Night | Wednesdays at 6 PM | Retro Junkie | Join us for a fun-filled night with free admission, starting at 6 PM with happy hour, followed by pop culture trivia at 7 PM, and karaoke from 8 PM to 1 AM—no RSVP needed!

Trivia | Wednesdays at 6 PM | Mike Hess Brewing | Free to play! Test your knowledge and bring out some loved ones.

Geeks Who Drink Trivia | @ Rotator Taproom - Wednesdays at 6:30 PM

Karaoke Wednesday | @ Bourbon Highway - Wednesdays at 8 PM. Watch Video


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


Tai Chi | Mondays at 10:15 AM | Walnut Creek Library | Participants will learn the basic Tai chi movements, a series of sequential postures resembling a slow-motion dance.

Hooked on Books | Civic Park Community Center | 1st Tuesday of each month at 12:30 PM | A different book is discussed monthly. 1st Tuesday of the month, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Qi Gong Drop-In (Seniors) | Civic Park Community Center | Wednesdays at 12 PM | Slow meditative stretching. No experience is needed. Weekly, Wednesdays from 11:50 - 12:10 PM. Civic Park, Assembly Hall.

Mah Jong Drop-In (Seniors) | Civic Park Community Center - Wednesdays at 1 PM

Bingo Drop-In (Seniors) | Civic Park Community Center | Thursdays at 12 PM | 50+ Drop-in activity. Try your luck and have fun!

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.


Peek-A-Book Storytime | Ygnacio Valley Library | Tuesdays at 10:15 AM | Peek-A-Book Storytime is a playful event for ages 0-2 at Ygnacio Valley Library in Walnut Creek, CA, featuring books, songs, and activities to enhance early literacy skills.

Baby Storytime | Walnut Creek Library | Tuesdays at 12 PM | The Walnut Creek Library hosts Baby Storytime. Parents and caregivers with babies aged 0-1 are invited to enjoy stories, songs, and interactive activities. No registration is required for this engaging and nurturing experience designed for the youngest attendees.

Family Storytime | Thursdays at 10:15 AM | Ygnacio Valley Library

Toddler Storytime & Play | Thursdays at 10:15 AM | Walnut Creek Library | Join us for songs, stories, and movement! Stay after the stories to play! Most appropriate for ages 0-3, but all ages are welcome.


Salsa Tuesdays | Tuesdays at 6 PM | Retro Junkie | Join Salsa Tuesdays at Retro Junkie for $10, featuring salsa lessons, DJ, and open dancing. Watch Video

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

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