🌳 Issue #086

Breakfast Club Buzz, Retro Junkie Beer Garden Closure, Art Night Fun & Garden Gala Highlights!


In today’s Walnut Creek Spotlight:

  • Feature Friday - A Delicious Start to Your Day: The Breakfast Club Lafayette

  • Retro Junkie Closes Beer Garden

  • Relax and Refresh: Yoga + Beer Event at Rotator Taproom

  • Join Us for a Fun-Filled Night of Art and Drinks at Hops & Scotch

  • Join the Garden Gala: An Evening of Auctions, Music, and South African Plants

- Walnut Creek Spotlight Team

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A Delicious Start to Your Day: The Breakfast Club Lafayette

Lafayette's breakfast scene just got a delightful upgrade with the opening of The Breakfast Club at 3577 Mt Diablo Blvd. Since its grand opening on May 14th, this family-run gem has been serving up delicious Churro Waffles, fluffy omelettes, and stacks of pancakes. Open daily from 7 AM to 3 PM, it also features a full bar with specialty cocktails and mimosas. Whether you're after a hearty breakfast or a leisurely brunch, The Breakfast Club is the perfect spot to start your day.

For more details, visit The Breakfast Club at Midtown.


Retro Junkie Closes Beer Garden

The popular Walnut Creek bar, Retro Junkie, has announced the closure of its beer garden due to the ending of Walnut Creek’s COVID-19 rebound program. Patrons will now have to enjoy their drinks and entertainment indoors as the venue transitions back inside for the foreseeable future. The decision marks the end of an era for the beloved outdoor space that had become a staple for many local residents. Despite this change, Retro Junkie remains committed to providing a vibrant atmosphere and exciting events inside the bar.

Relax and Refresh: Yoga + Beer Event at Rotator Taproom

This Saturday, join Christy Brown at Rotator Taproom for a unique event that combines yoga and beer. Starting at 10 AM, attendees will enjoy a rejuvenating hour-long yoga session, perfect for all levels. Afterward, participants can unwind with a refreshing drink included in the $20 registration fee. Whether you're bringing friends or looking to meet new ones, this event promises relaxation and fun. Don't miss out on this opportunity to blend wellness and socializing. Reserve your spot now at www.rotatortaproom.com.

Join Us for a Fun-Filled Night of Art and Drinks at Hops & Scotch

Join us at Hops & Scotch for an exciting evening of painting, wine, and whiskey on Saturday, May 18 from 5 PM to 7 PM! Unleash your creativity and craft a masterpiece while enjoying delicious drinks on our charming patio. Your ticket includes all the necessary painting supplies and a choice of a White Wine Flight, Red Wine Flight, or Whiskey Flight. Don't miss out on this delightful experience! Tickets Here

Join the Garden Gala: An Evening of Auctions, Music, and South African Plants

Join us for an enchanting evening at the Garden Gala on May 18th at 5 PM. This delightful event will feature a unique array of auction items, live music by Rumbalu Band, cocktails generously donated by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and delectable food from On the Vine Catering.

The silent auction boasts rare plants and extraordinary experiences, including a beach house weekend getaway in Dillon Beach, a trip to San Diego with our Curators, and a private tour of Alcatraz Gardens.

This year’s Gala will shine a spotlight on plants native to South Africa. The Cape Floral Region, renowned for its remarkable plant diversity, density, and endemic species, will be the evening's theme. Attendees will enjoy plant auctions, specialty drinks, and educational talks that will guide them through Ruth’s Garden, offering insights into the South African plants in her collection.

Secure your tickets today by clicking the link here for more details. Don't miss out on this special evening!



Diablo Ballet's 2023/24 Season Finale | May 17 and 18, 2024 | 7:30 PM | Lesher Center for the Arts | Diablo Ballet will end its 2023/24 season with the world premiere of The Firebird, a new ballet by Brian Enos set to Igor Stravinsky’s score. The program will also feature Val Caniparoli's 4 in the Morning and Gerald Arpino's Light Rain, promising a captivating evening of dance.

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


Contra Costa County Bike to Work Day | May 16, 2024 | 7:00 to 9:30 AM | Location: N Main Street and Civic Drive | Contra Costa County is gearing up for its annual Bike to Work Day, celebrating Bike Month with multiple Energizer Stations set up across the region. Cyclists are encouraged to stop by to receive free canvas totes, enjoy refreshments, and mingle with other biking enthusiasts.

Family Make & Meander | May 18, 2024 | 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM | Old Borges Ranch | Walnut Creek's Old Borges Ranch will host the "Family Make & Meander" event as part of the new BG Open Air series, inviting the community to enjoy art and nature outside traditional gallery settings. Participants will explore local flora and fauna with a guided nature hike led by a Walnut Creek Open Space Ranger, followed by a plein air painting session.

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, offers local produce, supports sustainability, and provides free first-hour parking at Grower’s Square; only certified service animals are allowed.

Diablo Valley Farmers’ Market | Shadelands - Saturdays at 9 AM | Located in Walnut Creek's Shadelands Business Park, the Diablo Valley Farmers' Market, open Saturdays 9 AM to 1 PM with over 40 vendors, features fresh Brentwood produce, a Kid’s Craft Corner, and is a family favorite, having been voted #1 in America’s Favorite Farmers’ Market contest.


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

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


The Spazmatics | Friday, May 17 | 9 PM | Dan’s Irish Sports Bar | Live Music Friday

Billy Cornwell | Friday, May 17 | 8 PM | Bourbon Highway | Live Country Music

PUMPKIN HEADS (Smashing Pumpkins Tribute) & FULL SPECTRUM | Friday, May 17 | 6:00 PM | Retro Junkie | Pop & Rock Hits


BABYLON A.D. + GYPSY FLIGHT | Saturday, May 18 | 6:00 PM | Retro Junkie

Jaxon Spurs | Saturday, May 18 | 8 PM | Bourbon Highway | Live Country Music

Careless Whisper | Saturday, May 18 | 9 PM | Dan’s Irish Sports Bar | Live Music Saturday

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