Issue #050

Model Trains, School Hiring, Art Nights & WCLF Gala Volunteering!

In This Walnut Creek Spotlight Issue…

Discover the Bay Area's Largest Model Train Paradise in Walnut Creek!

 Local School District Launches Recruitment Drive for Food Service Staff with Competitive Benefits

 Brushes and Beverages: Walnut Creek Hosts Pansy Painting Party

 Volunteers Sought for Upcoming WCLF Gala Event

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Question: What significant event related to transportation history took place in Walnut Creek in the early 20th century, marking a shift in how residents and goods moved in and out of the town?

A) The opening of the first automobile dealership

B) The introduction of electric streetcars

C) The arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad

D) The construction of the first highway

(Answer at the bottom of the newsletter)

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Discover the Bay Area's Largest Model Train Paradise in Walnut Creek!

This Friday night, Walnut Creek's Model Railroad Society is set to dazzle model train enthusiasts and newcomers alike with a spectacular open house event. Nestled in the unique surroundings of Larkey Park, opposite the swim center and a stone's throw from the Lindsay Wildlife Experience, this event promises an unforgettable evening for all ages. Scheduled for March 29, 2024, from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to explore the most extensive HO scale model train layout in the Bay Area, a marvel of engineering and creativity housed in California's only building specifically designed for a model railroad display.

Praised as the "Best Man-Cave in the Bay Area" by NBC-11 KNTV, the society's layout boasts over 4,300 feet of track sprawling across 2,500 square feet, reaching elevations of up to four feet. The meticulous craftsmanship is evident in the stunning mountain scenery and intricate detailing that brings the miniature world to life.

The Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society, located at 2751 Buena Vista in Larkey Park, invites families, hobbyists, and curious visitors to experience the magic of model railroading. Admission is set at $5 for adults, $3 for children aged 6-12 and seniors aged 60 and above, with free entry for children under 5. In addition to the show, the society also offers weekend public shows, birthday parties, and special event bookings.

For those inspired by the event, the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society offers memberships for adults interested in delving deeper into the hobby of model railroading.

Local School District Launches Recruitment Drive for Food Service Staff with Competitive Benefits

In a bid to enhance its workforce, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District has opened positions for food service workers, with wages reaching as high as $32 per hour after a scheduled pay raise. These roles come with a comprehensive package including health benefits, flexible scheduling, paid time off, in-depth training, and robust retirement options. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply or inquire further online.

Brushes and Beverages: Walnut Creek Hosts Pansy Painting Party

In Walnut Creek, a "Bloom Paint & Sip" workshop beckons art lovers and novices alike to celebrate the arrival of spring in a flourish of watercolor whimsy. The event, poised to unfold on the evening of April 3rd, promises a canvas of both artistic creation and engaging camaraderie.

For the admission price of $55, attendees are guaranteed over an hour of immersive painting, where they will craft a pansy-themed greeting card—a nod to the season's bloom. To ensure a seamless creative journey, all painting materials, along with an envelope for the finished artwork, will be provided. In addition, participants will enjoy a complimentary first drink, and as a memorable takeaway, a surprise gift will be given.

Calicraft's "Bloom" beverage adds a refreshing note to the event, which requires no former painting skills—just a zest for creativity and social interaction. Prospective participants are urged to book their spots to secure an evening of artistic exploration and lively conversation.

Tailored for individuals aged 21 and above, the event transcends a mere art workshop—it's a tapestry of new connections, cherished memories, and the harmonious melding of art and community.

Email with any questions: [email protected]

Volunteers Sought for Upcoming WCLF Gala Event

The WCLF Gala set for late April is seeking community members to volunteer for a variety of roles at the event. Opportunities range from photography to event coordination roles. Teenagers and adults alike are welcomed to contribute to the event's success and are prompted to get in touch via email for more details.


Tai Chi: @ Walnut Creek Library - Mondays at 10:15 AM

Qi Gong Drop-In (Seniors): @ Civic Park Community Center - Wednesdays at 12 PM

Bridge Drop-In (Seniors): @ Civic Park Community Center - Wednesdays at 12:30 PM

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

Native Plant Growers: @ Civic Park Community Center - Fridays at 11 AM

Farmer’s Market Walnut Creek: @ Locust St - Sundays at 9 AM. Learn More


Peek-A-Book Storytime: @ Ygnacio Valley Library - Tuesdays at 10:15 AM

Baby Storytime: @ Walnut Creek Library - Tuesdays at 12 PM

Family Storytime: @ Ygnacio Valley Library - Thursdays at 10:15 AM

Toddler Storytime & Play: @ Walnut Creek Library - Thursdays at 10:15 AM

Arts & Crafts

Food & Drink

Trivia + Karaoke Night: @ Retro Junkie - Wednesdays at 6 PM

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

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

Live Music/Dance

Salsa Tuesdays: @ Retro Junkie - Tuesdays at 6 PM. Watch Video

Line Dancing Lessons: @ Bourbon Highway - Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday at 8 PM. Watch Video

Thursday Night Live w/ MERCY TERRACE, MY EVERGREEN SOUL & HIS4HECTOR @ Retro Junkie - Thursday at 6 PM. Learn More

EMO KIDS (Tribute to EMO) + USED TO BE VALENTINES (Pop-Punk Covers) @ Retro Junkie - Friday at 6 PM. Learn More


The Great Leap: @ Lesher Center of the Arts - 3/16 - 4/7. Tickets

Best of San Francisco Stand Up Comedy: @ Lesher Center of the Arts - 2/24 - 8/31 on Saturdays. Tickets

Mamma Mia Spring Musical: @ Las Lomas High School - 3/22 - 3/24 and 3/29 - 3/30. Learn More

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The Answer to the Walnut Creek Spotlight Hook Trivia Question 👇👇👇

C) The arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad

In 1891, Walnut Creek's growth was significantly accelerated by the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad, which considerably shortened the travel time to other Bay Area communities. This development marked a pivotal shift in the town's connectivity and accessibility, enhancing its appeal as a place to live and do business. The railroad station became a central hub for movement, facilitating the transportation of both people and goods, and contributing to Walnut Creek's reputation as a "crossroads" within the region. However, with the rise of automobile transportation in the 20th century, the popularity of train travel waned, leading to the eventual cessation of regular commuter railroad service by around 1940​ (Walnut Creek Historical Society -)

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