🌳 Issue #113

Comedy Legends, Exciting Events, and a Special Giveaway – Don’t Miss Out!


Good morning, Walnut Creek! This week, we’re buzzing with excitement as improv legends Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood bring their show, Asking for Trouble, to our town. Don’t miss out on the Walnut Creek Chamber's June BASH, featuring a raffle supporting Joybound's dog program. Plus, catch the latest from the Walnut Creek Zoning Meeting and the fresh lineup of events at the Lesher Center. Stick around for all the juicy details and help us reach 5k subscribers with a special gift card giveaway! 🎉

In today’s Walnut Creek Spotlight:

  • Improv Legends Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood Bring Asking for Trouble to Walnut Creek

  • Walnut Creek Chamber's June BASH Features Raffle for Joybound's Dog Program

  • Variance Request and Tree Removal Appeal on Agenda for Walnut Creek Zoning Meeting

  • New Lesher Center Events

- Walnut Creek Spotlight Team

P.S. We are almost at 5k subscribers. Who should we team up with next to do another gift card giveaway?


Improv Legends Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood Bring Asking for Trouble to Walnut Creek

Presented by the Lesher Center and Diablo Regional Arts Association, this event promises an unforgettable night of laughter and spontaneity. Happening on June 28 and 29, 2024, at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California, comedy enthusiasts are in for a treat.

The stars of "Whose Line is it Anyway?" Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, renowned for their quick wit and unparalleled improvisational skills, will headline this interactive comedy show. Titled "Asking for Trouble," the performance is set to be a rollercoaster of unpredictable, side-splitting humor. With no script in hand, Mochrie and Sherwood will create comedy gold on the spot, using suggestions from the audience. This live show guarantees a night of laughter, showcasing why these two improv legends remain at the top of their game.

Buy Tickets (link)

Walnut Creek Chamber's June BASH Features Raffle for Joybound's Dog Program

Join the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau for an opportunity to network and connect with Chamber staff, Chamber Ambassadors, Board members, and fellow Chamber members. This Thursday, we will gather for our June BASH event at the Walnut Creek Marriott, featuring a special raffle hosted by Joybound.

Participants are encouraged to bring donations for Joybound's dog enrichment program. Needed items include:

  • Peanut Butter (any size, any type)

  • Dog Treats (any size, any type)

  • Canned Pumpkin

These donations will enter you into a raffle for various prizes. The event is free for Chamber members, while non-members can attend by providing a business card and paying a $20 guest fee at registration. Valet parking is provided and sponsored by the Marriott.

Variance Request and Tree Removal Appeal on Agenda for Walnut Creek Zoning Meeting

Date: June 26, 2024
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: 3rd Floor Conference Room, City Hall, 1666 N. Main Street, Walnut Creek

The Walnut Creek Zoning Administrator will meet on June 26, 2024, at 4:00 PM. The meeting will open with roll call, followed by a public communications segment where attendees can comment on items not listed on the agenda. While the Zoning Administrator cannot act on these items, they may respond briefly, request clarification, or refer the matter to staff.

Two key public hearings are scheduled. The first involves a variance request for a property at 2432 Walnut Boulevard. The applicant seeks to allow a detached accessory structure to encroach into the side setback area to 2.5 feet from the property line, where 15 feet is typically required, and into the rear setback area to 12.2 feet, where 20 feet is typically required. Additionally, they are requesting to exceed the maximum lot coverage requirement to 26%, where 25% is the maximum allowed. This project is categorically exempt under Section 15303 of CEQA, pertaining to new construction or conversion of small structures. For more information, contact Brittany Lenoir, Associate Planner.

The second hearing involves an appeal for a tree removal permit at 2272 Walnut Boulevard. The initial permit allowed the removal of two out of four requested redwood trees at the front of the property. The applicant is now seeking approval to remove all four trees. This project is categorically exempt under Section 15304 of CEQA, which covers minor alterations to land. Brittany Lenoir is also the staff contact for this item.

The meeting will adjourn after the hearings. Decisions by the Zoning Administrator can be appealed within ten days by filing a written appeal with the City Clerk’s Office. Public comments can be made in person at the meeting or submitted by mail or email. Written comments received at least two hours before the meeting will be included in the official record. The next meeting is scheduled for July 10, 2024, at 4:00 PM. For more details on the agenda and participation instructions, visit the City’s website at www.walnutcreekca.gov.

GoFundMe for Lemongrass Farms

The Walnut Creek Farmers' Market has launched a GoFundMe for Lemongrass Farms to support medical bills, rehabilitation, and lost income for two members critically injured in a DUI accident on June 2nd on Locust Street. (link)


Summer Sounds: Miko Marks | June 27, 2024 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 | Free | Enjoy a free outdoor concert by Miko Marks, whose soulful music and powerful narratives reflect her journey and passion for equal rights. No tickets required.

Sound Bath | Wednesday, June 26 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Ruth Bancroft Garden | $35.00 - $52.00 | Experience deep relaxation with crystal singing bowls at our Meditative Sound Bath class, presented by Sound Quest Intuitive Arts. Bring a yoga mat and blanket.

Tunde Lasode - Audience of One (Joyful Joyful) | June 27, 2024 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM | Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 | Tickets available | Enjoy divinely crafted music blending contemporary and African rhythms in this unique concert experience. Presented by Joi Rhone Presents.


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.


Viognier & Vinyasa | Wednesdays | 5:30 PM | Shadowbrook Winery | $39 per person | Join Shadowbrook Winery's Viognier & Vinyasa Series every Wine Wednesday at 5:30 PM for a rejuvenating yoga session led by certified instructor Carlie, followed by a complimentary glass of Viognier, all for $39 per person; early booking is recommended via email to [email protected].

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.


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.


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

Pachanga Thursday | Thursday at 8 PM | Retro Junkie | Join Pachanga Thursdays at Retro Junkie on June 27th from 8 PM to 1 AM for an evening of salsa, bachata, timba, merengue, and Latin rhythms featuring Julio Bravo & Orquesta Salsabor, with DJ Tony O spinning hits all night long.

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