🌳 Issue #115

Celebrate 7 Years of Bourbon Highway + $5k Mural Grants & Craft Beerfest!


Good morning, Walnut Creek! This week, we’re celebrating seven years of fun at Bourbon Highway with special festivities, and Walnut Creek is offering $5,000 grants for vibrant murals to beautify our city. Join us this Saturday at the Annual Craft Beerfest for local brews and great company, and enjoy the abundance of live music and events around town.

In today’s Walnut Creek Spotlight:

  • Celebrate Seven Years of Fun at Bourbon Highway

  • Walnut Creek Offers $5,000 Grants for Vibrant Murals

  • Walnut Creek Hosts Annual Craft Beerfest This Saturday

  • Tons of Live Music and Events

- Walnut Creek Spotlight Team

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Celebrate Seven Years of Fun at Bourbon Highway

Bourbon Highway in Walnut Creek, CA, is celebrating seven years as the East Bay’s premier country dance club. Known for its high-energy entertainment, this popular venue offers live music, swing dancing, and line dancing with lessons. The club also boasts one of the best happy hour deals around, making it a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike.

Each week, Bourbon Highway hosts a variety of exciting events. On Tarnation Tuesdays, you can join line dance lessons with Shannon and enjoy DJ Monica's dance favorites. Western Wednesdays are now open to all ages and feature DJ & Karaoke with CC Amato downstairs, and swing and partner dance lessons upstairs. Thirsty Thursdays offer line dance lessons with Heidee D and CC Amato, followed by an open dance session.

CountryFried Fridays include live music with Billy downstairs, while upstairs, Cole and CC Amato lead line dance lessons and play all your favorite country tunes. Bootscootin’ Saturdays continue the fun with live music from Billy Scaub downstairs and line dance lessons with Johnny Martinez, CC, and Jess upstairs.

Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or a newcomer, Bourbon Highway provides a fun-filled experience with great music, dancing, and happy hour specials.

Walnut Creek Offers $5,000 Grants for Vibrant Murals

Walnut Creek business and building owners now have the opportunity to enhance their spaces with vibrant murals through the Bedford Gallery's Mural Matching Grant. The program offers matching funds up to $5,000 for approved mural projects, aiming to beautify the streetscape and diversify the community's public art.

To apply, visit the Bedford Gallery's website for detailed guidelines and the application process. Interested parties must contact the Public Art Manager, Marija Nelson Bleier, at (925) 295-1472 or via email at [email protected] to schedule a mural review appointment. The Walnut Creek Arts Commission must approve all murals, whether on city property or visible to the public, ensuring they meet community standards and do not contain signage.

Applicants need to submit a comprehensive proposal, including design descriptions, wall preparation plans, maintenance responsibilities, and community support evidence. Additionally, they must provide a digital presentation with scale drawings, proposed mural labels, site photographs, and a project timeline. The murals should have a minimum lifespan of five years, during which artists and property owners are responsible for maintenance and repairs.

For further details on the mural design and application guidelines, business and building owners can visit the Bedford Gallery's website.

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)


Food & Drink

Hops & Creek | June 29 | 1-4 PM | Civic Park, Downtown Walnut Creek | Ticket includes admission, tasting glass, unlimited beer samples | Enjoy craft beers from 20+ breweries, food trucks, live music, and a BARk Lounge—a relaxed, vibrant atmosphere for beer lovers.

Ace Hardware 100th Anniversary Celebration | June 29 | 11 AM - 2 PM | 2967 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 | Free | Celebrate with Ace Hardware's 100th Anniversary featuring 100 hamburgers, 100 cupcakes, face painting, BBQ sauce tasting, and a raffle. Win a grill session with Store Manager Doug.


Asking for Trouble with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood | June 28-29, 2024 | Check event listing for times | Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA | Check event listing for ticket prices | Presented by Lesher Center and Diablo Regional Arts Association. Enjoy an unforgettable night of improv comedy with stars of "Whose Line is it Anyway?"

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.


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.


Summer Book Club | June 29 | 10:15 AM | Walnut Creek Library, 1644 North Broadway 94596 | Free | Enjoy books and fun activities. For youth in 6th-8th grades. Register. Funded by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation.



BLOODFLOWERS (The Cure Tribute) + TEMPTATION (New Order Tribute) | June 28 @ 6:00 PM – June 29 @ 2:00 AM PDT | Retro Junkie, 2112 N. Main St. Walnut Creek, CA 94596 | Tickets available on Retro Junkie website | Live tribute bands BLOODFLOWERS and TEMPTATION with an after-show party by DJ David Q. Limited tickets. 21+ event.

Line Dancing Lessons with Dancin’ Cole & DJ Monica | June 28 | 8:00 PM | Bourbon Highway | $10 cover, 21+ | Enjoy line dancing lessons upstairs, followed by music from DJ Monica.

Diablo Fugitives (Classic Rock) | June 28 | 9:30 PM | Dan's Walnut Creek, 1524 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 | Check website for ticket prices | Enjoy a night of classic rock with Diablo Fugitives.


IDOL-X (Billy Idol Tribute) + HEART & SOUL (Huey Lewis Tribute) | June 29 @ 6:00 PM – June 30 @ 2:00 AM PDT | Retro Junkie, 2112 N. Main St. Walnut Creek, CA 94596 | Tickets available on Retro Junkie website | Live tribute bands IDOL-X and HEART & SOUL with an after-show party by DJ David Q. Limited tickets. 21+ event.

Line Dancing Lessons with Johnny Martinez & CC | June 29 | 8:00 PM | Bourbon Highway | $10 cover, 21+ | Line dancing lessons upstairs, music by Nashville Spurs downstairs.

Aqua Nett (80s Hair Rock) | June 29 | 9:30 PM | Dan's Walnut Creek, 1524 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 | Check website for ticket prices | Rock out to 80s hair rock hits with Aqua Nett.

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