Issue #051

🔮 The Future Of Walnut Creek, Easter Events, & Yi Fang Tea!

In This Walnut Creek Spotlight Issue…

The Future of Walnut Creek: A Glimpse into Downtown Evolution and Shadelands Update

 Celebrate Easter with Family, Fun, and Philanthropy at Tice Valley Park!

 Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea: A Sip of Tradition in the Heart of Walnut Creek

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Question: What marked the beginning of Walnut Creek's transformation into a major suburban community in the mid-20th century?

A) The opening of Broadway Plaza

B) The establishment of Rossmoor, a large retirement community

C) The construction of the Walnut Creek BART station

D) The creation of the Heather Farm park

(Answer at the bottom of the newsletter)

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The Future of Walnut Creek: A Glimpse into Downtown Evolution and Shadelands Update

The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce, along with Visit Walnut Creek, organized a pivotal event titled "The Future of Walnut Creek." This significant gathering brought together Mayor Loella Haskew, City Manager Dan Buckshi, and delegates from Walnut Creek Downtown and Shadelands. The venue for this forward-looking conference was the Oak View Room at Walnut Creek Library, which has recently undergone renovations to include the latest technological advancements. This setup provided a perfect backdrop for the in-depth conversations that took place about public safety, prospective developments, the evolution of Downtown Walnut Creek, and updates on the Shadelands District.

Celebrate Easter with Family, Fun, and Philanthropy at Tice Valley Park!

The festive spirit of Easter is set to enliven Tice Valley Park on March 30, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, courtesy of Jennifer DeVinney, a renowned real estate professional. The event promises a basketful of activities suitable for all ages, featuring the quintessential Easter Bunny who will be joining the revelry. Participants can look forward to exciting games such as Bunny Gunny Sac Races and soccer, alongside creative stations for Easter egg coloring and bean bag toss. In addition to the entertainment, attendees will be treated to a spread of healthy organic snacks and beverages. Keeping safety and inclusivity in mind, the refreshments will be nut-free. The community's younger members can partake in the 'Kids Eggstravaganza', with opportunities to win delightful prizes and snap a memorable photograph with the Easter Bunny. This event not only serves as a platform for joyous celebrations but also as a testament to DeVinney's ongoing commitment to the Walnut Creek Education Foundation (WCEF), as she contributes a portion of her sale proceeds to support local schools. The public is warmly invited to RSVP for this enchanting Easter gathering.

Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea: A Sip of Tradition in the Heart of Walnut Creek

In the heart of Downtown Walnut Creek, the newly opened Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea Shop, located at 1349 Locust Street, invites locals and visitors alike to savor the taste of traditional Taiwanese tea. This establishment stands out by adhering to a philosophy of authenticity and quality, eschewing artificial syrups and powders in favor of real, wholesome ingredients. The story of Yi Fang, the matriarch whose name and recipes the shop proudly bears, is a testament to the shop's deep-rooted heritage. Originally a pineapple farmer's wife, Yi Fang's ingenuity in creating a homemade jam from overripe pineapples has evolved into the shop's signature Yifang Fruit Tea. This drink encapsulates the essence of early Taiwanese culture, combining organic cane sugar, seasonal fruits, and natural ingredients to deliver a cup of tea that is as rich in history as it is in flavor. Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea Shop is more than just a beverage destination; it's an experience of Taiwan's timeless hospitality and the vivid flavors of its land.

Community

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

Kids

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

Theatre

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 👇👇👇

B) The establishment of Rossmoor, a large retirement community

In 1964, Walnut Creek began its transformation into a major suburban community with the opening of Rossmoor, a large gated retirement community. This development on the site of the former Stanley Dollar Ranch in Tice Valley marked a significant shift towards accommodating an active retiree population. Rossmoor, featuring about 6,700 residences and housing more than 9,200 residents, significantly contributed to Walnut Creek's rapid growth and development as a suburban hub. This period of expansion also saw the city's population increase dramatically, further establishing Walnut Creek as a key community in the San Francisco Bay Area​ (Walnut Creek Historical Society -)​.

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