Issue #067

Breaking News: I-680 Crash | Aquanuts Win 19th Title | Mother-Daughter Safety Workshop | Support Walnut Acres at Bite & Brew!

Good morning, Walnut Creek! Today's Walnut Creek Spotlight celebrates the Walnut Creek Aquanuts clinching their 19th National Championship! Known for their dedication and artistry in synchronized swimming, the team has proven their leadership in the sport once more. This victory highlights their hard work and the passion of the athletes and coaches alike. Stay tuned for more on their winning performance and what lies ahead for our champions. Congrats to the Walnut Creek Aquanuts on their spectacular success!

In today’s Walnut Creek Spotlight:

  • Fiery Crash on I-680 in Walnut Creek Sends Driver to Hospital

  • Walnut Creek Aquanuts Splash to Victory, Clinch 19th National Championship

  • Empowerment Through Defense: Walnut Creek's Mother-Daughter Safety Workshop

  • Bite & Brew Benefit: Support Walnut Acres at Burger Lounge and Mike Hess Brewing!

- Walnut Creek Spotlight Team

Trivia: What is the name of the annual festival in Walnut Creek that celebrates the community with a parade, arts and crafts, and family-friendly activities?

(See bottom of the newsletter for answer)


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Fiery Crash on I680 in Walnut Creek Sends Driver to Hospital

A car accident occurred on the southbound I680 at S. Main in Walnut Creek on Sunday, resulting in a fiery scene. The vehicle, a KIA Sorrento, collided with the center divider and subsequently burst into flames. The car ended up on the right-hand side of the freeway, where the fire continued unabated until the arrival of the firefighting team. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries, the specifics of which have not been disclosed.

Walnut Creek Aquanuts Splash to Victory, Clinch 19th National Championship

Credit: Walnut Creek Aquanuts

The Walnut Creek Aquanuts achieved remarkable success at the AWD Invitational National and Junior Championship in Houston, clinching their 19th national team championship in artistic swimming. The junior and senior swimmers collectively secured a commendable tally of eight gold, two silver, and three bronze medals. Leading the junior team, Dalia Ovadia won seven gold medals across various events. The team's excellent performance also included first-place finishes in both the junior team freestyle and tech events. Notably, coach Tammy McGregor was recognized as the Junior National Coach of the Year, underscoring the team's strong leadership and training. Read More…


Empowerment Through Defense: Walnut Creek's Mother-Daughter Safety Workshop

The City of Walnut Creek is offering a special mother-daughter self-defense and personal safety class, designed to empower participants by enhancing communication and boosting confidence around safety and healthy relationships. This class, costing $126, teaches practical self-defense techniques in a supportive environment and is set to occur on April 22 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Assembly Hall. Participants are encouraged to register under the child's name, and a sibling discount is available for a second daughter. For more details, visit City of Walnut Creek.

Bite & Brew Benefit: Support Walnut Acres at Burger Lounge and Mike Hess Brewing!

An evening of dining and socializing doubles as a fundraiser for Walnut Acres, with Burger Lounge and Mike Hess Brewing donating a portion of their sales to the school on April 22nd.

Community members are rallying for a fun-filled evening at the local Burger Lounge on April 22nd, followed by a trip to Mike Hess Brewing for drinks. This special event, not just a social outing but also a fundraiser, will see Burger Lounge returning 20% of the evening's sales and Mike Hess Brewing contributing 10% of the day's total sales to Walnut Acres. Participants are encouraged to mention the fundraiser at checkout or use the promo code 'FUNDRAISER' for online purchases. The initiative promises a night of good food, refreshing drinks, and company while supporting the local school.



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, open Sundays 9 am-1 pm year-round on Locust Street between Cole and Lacassie streets, is easily accessible with proximity to BART. It features local produce and goods, supports sustainability, and offers free first-hour parking at Grower’s Square on Sundays. Only certified service animals are allowed. For more information, visit their website here.

Diablo Valley Farmers’ Market @ Shadelands - Saturdays at 9 AM

Located in Walnut Creek's Shadelands Business Park, the Diablo Valley Farmers' Market is a lively community gathering with over 40 vendors. Open Saturdays from 9 AM to 1 PM, it offers fresh produce from nearby Brentwood and features a Kid’s Craft Corner, making it a popular spot for families. Voted #1 in America’s Favorite Farmers’ Market contest, it's a cherished local destination. For more information, visit their website.


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

Peek-A-Book Storytime is a playful event for ages 0-2 at Ygnacio Valley Library in Walnut Creek, CA, featuring books, songs, and activities to enhance early literacy skills. Held on Tuesdays from 10:15 AM to 11:15 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

Know an event for arts & craft? Email us [email protected]

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


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

"My Dearest Love," an improvised French comedy-of-intrigue by Synergy Theater, runs from April 18 to 28, 2024, at Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, CA. This fully spontaneous performance draws on audience suggestions to weave a tale filled with scandalous letters, deceit, and revenge, questioning whether innocence can overcome guile. Recommended for ages 10 and up, the show lasts about 1 hour and 55 minutes with an intermission. Tickets are available for purchase here.

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

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




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Answer: The Walnut Festival in Walnut Creek, an annual event since 1936, typically occurs in September and offers a variety of community-oriented activities. Highlights include a parade, arts and crafts booths, live music and performances, carnival rides and games, and diverse food options. The festival serves as a celebration of local culture and community spirit, and it also functions as a fundraiser for local educational programs and community service projects.

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