Issue #056

Meet Walnut Creek's Finest Crafters & Illuminate Your Home with Local Artistry!

In This Walnut Creek Spotlight Issue… 

Discover Local Talent and Eco-Friendly Crafts at Walnut Creek's Makers Market Fair

Illuminating Spaces: The Artful Journey of Walnut Creek Lighting Company

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Question: In Walnut Creek, which restaurant is praised for its Brazilian cuisine, providing an exceptional dining experience despite the challenge of finding parking nearby?

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Discover Local Talent and Eco-Friendly Crafts at Walnut Creek's Makers Market Fair

The Broadway Plaza is thrilled to announce a special date for the Open Aire Artisan Faire on April 6, 2024, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This unique Makers Market Fair, nestled between Nordstrom and Macy's on Broadway Plaza Street in Walnut Creek, invites everyone to experience the creativity and craftsmanship of the best local artisans.

Attendees can look forward to an array of handcrafted and eco-friendly products ranging from jewelry, home goods, and apparel to organic body care, glassware, holiday candles, local honey, and CBD products. The event promises a vibrant atmosphere with live music performances by indie singer Acredolo Ian Acredolo, alongside delicious food and drinks from surrounding eateries. It's a family and pet-friendly gathering that encourages shopping small and supporting the local community.

The Makers Market, founded by Suzy Ekman in the Bay Area, emphasizes the importance of American craftsmanship. With locations in Napa, Santana Row, Broadway Plaza, and Mill Valley, the market serves as a hub for over 100 local makers, offering modern and heritage-inspired goods. This free event is an opportunity to join the mission of rebuilding the legacy of American-made products, support local artists, and enjoy a day filled with great vibes and creativity.

For those interested in participating as a maker, artist, or musician, detailed information is available on the event's website and through direct contact via email. Visit the Makers Market to learn more about their locations and the wide range of products offered by local artisans.

Illuminating Spaces: The Artful Journey of Walnut Creek Lighting Company

Nestled in the heart of Walnut Creek, the Walnut Creek Lighting Company emerges as a beacon of illumination for both the curious homeowner and the seasoned designer. Celebrating two decades of business on Newell Avenue, this lighting emporium stands as a testament to the art of illumination, offering a vast expanse of lighting solutions, from the simplicity of a lightbulb to the grandeur of chandeliers, and the delicate art of landscape lighting to comprehensive lighting design and layout services.

Beyond mere retail, Walnut Creek Lighting is a gallery of innovation and elegance, housing an eclectic collection of American and European lighting styles, including Italian, modern, and Art & Crafts influences. The 4,000 square foot showroom is a playground of discovery, showcasing blown glass from European artisans, hand-forged wrought iron from American manufacturers, and the latest in LED technology, satisfying both aesthetic desires and energy efficiency standards.

The team behind this luminary venture is as diverse and brilliant as the products they curate. Katy Harris, with her exceptional product knowledge and experience, stands ready to guide clients through the intricate dance of home remodeling and lighting design. Tony Phung, the chief engineer, brings a level of technical prowess unmatched in the industry, while Kathy Kane offers a seasoned perspective on project management and consultation.

As a destination for designers, architects, builders, and those in pursuit of luxury lighting in the Bay Area, Walnut Creek Lighting has illuminated countless homes and projects across Lafayette, Orinda, Piedmont, Moraga, and beyond. Their commitment to service and expertise not only lights up rooms but also ensures that every client leaves satisfied, their spaces transformed by the perfect lighting solution.

For those intrigued by the art of lighting, a visit to Walnut Creek Lighting on Newell Avenue promises an enlightening experience, Monday through Saturday, from 10 to 6. Their dedication to excellence in lighting is not just about selling lights; it's about creating atmospheres, enhancing moods, and bringing spaces to life. Walnut Creek Lighting isn't just a store; it's a journey into the transformative power of light.


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


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

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

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