Issue #059

National Library Week in Walnut Creek, East Bay's Orange Blaze of Poppies, and the Art & Wine Festival Awaits!

In This Walnut Creek Spotlight Issue… 

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Walnut Creek Celebrates National Library Week: A Tribute to Lifelong Learning and Community Connections

 California's Iconic Poppies Paint the East Bay Orange: A Must-See Natural Spectacle

 Celebrate Culture and Cuisine: Be Part of Walnut Creek’s Art & Wine Festival 

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Trivia Question: Which outdoor space in Walnut Creek offers a variety of activities including hiking, gives a panoramic view of the surrounding area, and has historical significance related to the Native American tribes that once inhabited the region?

A) Lindsay Wildlife Museum

B) Shell Ridge Open Space

C) Diablo Foothills Regional Park

D) Gardens at Heather Farms

(See the bottom of the newsletter for the answer)

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Walnut Creek Celebrates National Library Week: A Tribute to Lifelong Learning and Community Connections

The Walnut Creek City Council has officially declared April 7th to 13th, 2024, as National Library Week, inviting everyone to participate in the celebration. Emphasizing the importance of libraries, the council highlighted their role not merely as repositories of books but as essential centers for community engagement, education, and inclusivity. This special week serves as an opportunity to appreciate the invaluable contribution of libraries, librarians, and library staff in enhancing community life and promoting a culture of continuous learning and connection. The public is encouraged to explore their local libraries during this time to uncover the vast treasures of knowledge and resources they offer.

California's Iconic Poppies Paint the East Bay Orange: A Must-See Natural Spectacle

California's East Bay is alive with the vibrant orange of California poppies, marking an early bloom season. The California Department of Parks and Recreation predicts a remarkable year for wildflower viewing, with significant poppy blooms noted across the state and especially in Southern California. The state flower, celebrated for its beauty, can be seen in full display at Walnut Creek's Shell Ridge Open Space. Visitors are reminded to protect the natural beauty by staying on trails and not picking the flowers, ensuring the "Beauty in the Bloom" remains intact for all to enjoy.

Celebrate Culture and Cuisine: Be Part of Walnut Creek’s Art & Wine Festival

The Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival is gearing up for its return on June 1-2 at Heather Farm Park, offering a rich blend of culture, cuisine, and community spirit. The event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and until 6 p.m. on Sunday, invites enthusiasts and families to indulge in a weekend filled with artistic expression and culinary delights.

As the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau opens its doors for wine/beer-pouring booth sponsor applications, businesses and organizations have a unique chance to connect with over 40,000 attendees. This year’s festival, beloved for its dynamic atmosphere, live music, and diverse activities, stands as an ideal platform for sponsors to showcase their brands while engaging directly with the community.

The sponsorship opportunity includes a booth supplied by the Chamber, where sponsors can serve a selection of wines and craft beers, enhancing the festival experience for attendees. With the accolades of Best Community Event and East Bay’s Best Outdoor Event, the festival's popularity underscores the value of participating as a sponsor.

Additionally, commercial exhibitors can gain visibility by securing a 10 x 10 booth space, ideal for presenting products or services directly to festival-goers. Those interested in commercial exhibiting or event sponsorships are encouraged to reach out to Event Director Shawn Filardi or Chamber President Bob Linscheid for further information and applications.

Artisans, crafters, and food vendors specializing in fine arts, gourmet foods, and lifestyle products are also invited to apply, with a special emphasis on food concessions selections to be finalized by May 1. The festival prides itself on its comprehensive selection, offering something for every taste and interest.

Participants and attendees are advised to stay tuned for upcoming announcements on the food, wine, beer, and entertainment lineup that will make this year’s festival a memorable experience.


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

Participants will learn the basic movements of Tai chi which are a series of postures done in sequence, that looks like a slow-motion dance. Participants will learn the basic movements of Tai chi which are a series of postures done in sequence, that looks like a slow motion dance.

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

A different book is discussed each month. 1st Tuesday of the month, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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

Slow meditative stretching. No experience is needed. Weekly, Wednesdays from 11:50 - 12:10 PM. Civic Park, Assembly Hall.

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.

The Walnut Creek Market, part of the Contra Costa Farmers' Markets, operates year-round every Sunday from 9am to 1pm. Located on Locust Street between Cole and Lacassie streets, it offers easy accessibility for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and public transit users, with convenient proximity to BART. The market features a variety of local produce and goods, promoting community engagement and sustainability. Parking is facilitated by Grower’s Square with "first hour FREE" on Sundays, and only certified service animals are permitted on the premises. For more details, you can visit their website here.


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


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

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C) Diablo Foothills Regional Park

Diablo Foothills Regional Park in Walnut Creek is an expansive 1,060-acre park that offers an array of outdoor activities including hiking, wildlife observation, and seasonal wildflower viewing. It provides stunning up-close views of Mount Diablo and has trails that cater to all levels of hikers. The park's rich history is tied to the Native American tribes that once roamed its lands, adding a layer of cultural significance to its natural beauty​ (Tripadvisor)​​ (Bae Area and Beyond)​.

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