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Join Us in Celebrating 2,000 Subscribers, Marie Yovanovitch's Visit & Va de Vi's 20th Anniversary!

Issue #035

In this Walnut Creek Spotlight Issue…

 🎉 Celebrating Together: 2,000+ Subscribers Strong!

🌧️ Walnut Creek, CA Weather

 📅 Monster List of Events (Wednesday & Thursday)

 🥞 Who Has The Best Pancakes In Walnut Creek? (Week Long Poll - Vote Below)

 🇺🇸 Celebrated Diplomat and Author Marie Yovanovitch to Speak in Walnut Creek

 🍷 Two Decades of Delight: Celebrating Va de Vi's 20th Anniversary

🧘‍♀️ All Levels Flow Yoga

🗓️ Know of Some Local Events not Listed? Send Us The Details!

 📣 We Want to Spotlight Your Business! Apply Here

 😂 Viral Meme

 🏢 Support Walnut Creek Local Businesses

We're thrilled to announce a milestone that we've reached together: surpassing 2,000 subscribers! This achievement is a testament to our shared commitment to celebrating the life and stories of Walnut Creek. Every issue of our newsletter aims to connect, inform, and inspire, thanks to your continuous support.

This milestone is not just a number—it's a milestone of trust, community, and engagement. It fuels our passion and dedication to delivering content that resonates with you, covering everything from local events to the people who make our city unique.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to each of you. Your support, feedback, and engagement have been instrumental in shaping the Walnut Creek Spotlight. As we look to the future, we're excited to broaden our horizons, introduce new content, and continue enriching your connection to Walnut Creek.

In celebration of this milestone, we welcome your suggestions and thoughts. What do you enjoy about our newsletter? What would you like to see more of? Your input is invaluable as we strive to make the Walnut Creek Spotlight even better.

Thank you for being an essential part of our journey. Here's to more milestones and stories shared together!

The Walnut Creek Spotlight Team

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Upcoming Local Events

Wednesday, March 6th

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Celebrated Diplomat and Author Marie Yovanovitch to Speak in Walnut Creek

The Lesher Foundation proudly announces an upcoming event featuring the esteemed former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. This distinguished event is set to take place on March 6, 2024, from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California. Ambassador Yovanovitch is celebrated not only for her impactful diplomatic career but also as a New York Times bestselling author, following the release of her memoir, "Lessons from the Edge."

Ambassador Yovanovitch's illustrious career in the Foreign Service spanned significant posts across the globe, including Ukraine, the Kyrgyz Republic, Armenia, Russia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Somalia. Her dedication and service were recognized through numerous awards, such as the Presidential Distinguished Service Awards and the Secretary’s Diplomacy in Human Rights Award. After retiring in 2020, Yovanovitch has continued to share her expertise and insights with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Georgetown University.

Her memoir has not only garnered critical acclaim but also touched many, earning praises from influential figures like the late Madeleine Albright. Through her writings and public appearances, Yovanovitch continues to inspire and educate on the importance of diplomacy and human rights. The event promises an evening of insightful dialogue with one of diplomacy's most influential figures.

Two Decades of Delight: Celebrating Va de Vi's 20th Anniversary

In the vibrant heart of Walnut Creek, California, Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar has just marked a significant milestone that celebrates not only two decades of culinary excellence but also the enduring bond it shares with its community. As of March 4th, this cherished local establishment proudly commemorated its 20th anniversary, a journey through time that has been as much about creating exceptional dining experiences as it has been about fostering connections and memories.

Va de Vi, which charmingly means "It's all about wine" in Catalan, has been a cornerstone of the Walnut Creek dining scene, blending an exquisite selection of wines with a globally-inspired menu that pays homage to the rich tapestry of flavors and ingredients from around the world. Its cozy yet elegant ambiance has offered a backdrop to countless gatherings, celebrations, and quiet moments of culinary delight.

The anniversary celebration, eagerly anticipated by patrons and staff alike, extended beyond the confines of a single day, enveloping the weekend with an air of festivity and nostalgia. In a nod to the bistro's storied history and the dishes that have become legends in their own right, Va de Vi reintroduced several original menu items for this special occasion: the rock shrimp lumpia, pork adobo, and profiteroles. These dishes are not mere recipes; they are echoes of the past, each carrying with it stories of gatherings, laughter, and the simple joy of sharing a meal.

The rock shrimp lumpia, a crispy, savory delight, and the pork adobo, richly marinated and tender to the bite, represent the innovative and comforting culinary experiences Va de Vi has offered over the years. The profiteroles, light and indulgently sweet, encapsulate the essence of celebration that has been a hallmark of the bistro's approach to dining. Together, these dishes offered patrons a taste of history, a reminder of the journey that Va de Vi and its community have shared.

Reflecting on the significance of this milestone, Va de Vi extended a heartfelt message of gratitude to everyone who has been a part of their journey: "Thank you for everyone’s support over the years. We wouldn’t be here without you!" This anniversary was not just a celebration of longevity but a tribute to the patrons, staff, and suppliers who have woven their stories into the fabric of Va de Vi, making it a place where every visit is an occasion and every meal is a memory.

As we look back on Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar's 20-year legacy, we are reminded of the power of food and wine to bring people together, to create moments of joy and celebration. This anniversary has been a testament to the enduring appeal of good taste, the value of community, and the timeless tradition of sharing life's pleasures around a table. Here's to Va de Vi, to the memories that have been made, and to those that are yet to come. The party may have started, but the story is far from over.

All Levels Flow Yoga

Wednesday 3/6/24 and 3/13/24

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us for an energizing All-Levels Flow Style Yoga class, designed to offer a delightful and light-hearted yoga experience that skillfully integrates breathing techniques (Pranayama) with physical postures (Asanas). This class presents a unique opportunity to engage in a moving meditation that flows through traditional yoga poses. It's an inclusive session aimed at enhancing your strength, flexibility, and balance, while also focusing on reducing stress levels.

Who Can Join?

Our class is open to everyone, regardless of your yoga proficiency. Whether you're stepping onto the mat for the first time or you're an experienced practitioner, you'll find the space welcoming and accommodating.

  • Beginners will be provided with modifications to help ease into the practice comfortably.

  • Advanced Yogis can challenge themselves with more demanding poses, pushing their limits and exploring their capabilities.

What to Bring:

  • Comfortable attire that allows for unrestricted movement.

  • A yoga mat or a beach towel for your practice.

  • Yoga blocks and straps, if you have them, to assist in your practice.

  • Please avoid wearing perfume to maintain a pleasant environment for all participants.

Late Registration:

If you find yourself running late but are still eager to join us, don't worry! Late registration is available. Simply call us at 925-295-1490 to secure your spot in the class.

Let's Embrace the Joy of Yoga Together!

Our class is more than just a yoga session; it's an invitation to connect with yourself and the community around you through the beautiful practice of yoga. We look forward to welcoming you and sharing this enriching experience. Let's find joy, balance, and peace on the mat together.

Wednesday’s Weather: Expect a high of 62°F with considerable cloudiness and a chance of afternoon showers. Winds will be NNE at 5 to 10 mph with a 40% chance of rain. The UV index is low at 2. Nighttime will bring partly cloudy skies with a low around 45°F, while winds remain light and variable. Humidity rises to 87%, so it will feel quite moist. The waning crescent moon rises early, adding a soft glow to the night. Prepare for a day with a mix of clouds and light rain. ☁️🌧️🌘

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