Issue #053

Painted Pianos, Top Retirement Destination & Recreational Pool Fun!

In This Walnut Creek Spotlight Issue…

Make Your Mark on Downtown: Join the Painted Pianos Project This Spring

Walnut Creek Secures Spot Among Top 10 Wealthiest U.S. Retirement Towns

Make a Splash at Walnut Creek: Recreational Pool Open for Spring Fun!

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Question: What unique feature makes downtown Walnut Creek stand out as a historical landmark in Contra Costa County?

A) The presence of a historic Carnegie Library

B) The oldest commercial building still in use

C) A monument dedicated to the Bay Miwok tribes

D) The first electric streetlight in the county

(Answer at the bottom of the newsletter)

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Make Your Mark on Downtown: Join the Painted Pianos Project This Spring

This year, immerse yourself in the vibrant symphony of downtown Walnut Creek with the return of the PAINTED PIANOS project, active from April to October 2024. We invite the entire community to contribute to this melodic blend of art and urban life. Opportunities abound for those interested in sponsoring a piano, offering donations, or elevating their brand through advertisements on these pianistic artworks. By adopting a piano, participants do more than beautify the downtown area; they play a vital role in enhancing our community's cultural vibrancy. Your involvement ensures that the melodies and joy experienced by passersby will leave a lasting impact.

The Painted Pianos initiative invites local artists to transform ordinary pianos into striking works of public art. These pianos will be placed throughout the downtown area, providing a platform for artists to exhibit their creativity and for the public to encounter music in unexpected locales. Central to this project is the idea of democratizing music, fostering a stronger sense of community through shared artistic encounters. Projects like Painted Pianos not only add to the aesthetic appeal of the walkable downtown but also encourage community engagement, drawing in both locals and visitors.

This initiative is a collaborative endeavor led by the Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association, the City of Walnut Creek, and the Steinway Piano Gallery. It calls on volunteers to paint, donations to support, and sponsorships to sustain the music and art integration within the city. Participating in this project offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the lively and inviting atmosphere of downtown Walnut Creek.

Walnut Creek Secures Spot Among Top 10 Wealthiest U.S. Retirement Towns

In the latest study by Go Banking Rates, Walnut Creek emerges as one of America's wealthiest retirement communities, placing in the top 10 with a significant 29.3% of its population being 65 years or older. This affluent area boasts a median household income of $129,971, reflecting the financial stability of its senior residents. The study meticulously selected cities for comparison by filtering U.S. cities with over 15,000 inhabitants and where at least 25% of the population is aged 65 and above. Out of the 131 cities that met these criteria, the study analyzed median household incomes based on data from the 2022 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau. California led the rankings with five cities, including Walnut Creek, showcasing the state's appeal to financially comfortable retirees. Florida followed closely with four cities making the cut. Highlighting the disparity in retirement living standards across the country, the study points to a niche demographic that enjoys a retirement devoid of financial constraints, contrasting sharply with the more common budget-conscious retiree.

Make a Splash at Walnut Creek: Recreational Pool Open for Spring Fun!

The Clarke Swim Center in Walnut Creek is all set to welcome the spring break crowd with open arms—or perhaps, open lanes. From April 1st to April 5th, the 50-meter pool will be available for recreational swimming between the hours of 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. This seasonal opening is an invitation for families and individuals to dive into fun and enjoy the amenities provided by the center located at 1750 Heather Drive. For any inquiries, community members can reach out to the Arts + Rec department via phone or email. Detailed information is available on their Aquatics Website. So grab your swim gear and make a splash this spring break!

Community

City Council Regular Meeting @ Walnut Creek City Hall - 4/2 at 6 PM See Agenda

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

Hooked on Books: @ Civic Park Community Center - 1st Tuesday of each month at 12:30 PM Learn More

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 Learn More

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

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

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

Arts & Crafts

Food & Drink

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

Trivia: @ Mike Hess Brewing - 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

Red Hot & The Saltines + The Great Space Coaster! 70s-90s Rock (Free Tix!) @ Retro Junkie- 4/4 at 6 PM. Learn More

ROSES N’ GUNS (Guns N’ Roses Tribute) + MAIDEN UNITED (Iron Maiden Tribute) @ Retro Junkie- 4/6 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

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B) The oldest commercial building is still in use

Walnut Creek is home to the oldest commercial building still standing in downtown, marking a significant piece of the town's history. This building, originally a general store opened by Albert Sherburne at the corner of present-day Main Street and Mt. Diablo Boulevard, partially survived a fire in 1879 and was rebuilt the following year. It represents a direct link to Walnut Creek's early days as a burgeoning community and serves as a tangible reminder of the town's development over the years. Today, this building continues to operate as a restaurant, providing residents and visitors alike with a taste of history alongside their meals​ (Walnut Creek Historical Society -)​.

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