🌳 Issue #097

🧀 Celebrate National Cheese Day, City Manager's Update, Country Dance Lessons, and Live Animal Presentation


Good morning, Walnut Creek! Happy Tuesday! As we get into the swing of the week, I have a delightful treat to share with you. Today is National Cheese Day! Whether you're a fan of sharp cheddar, creamy brie, or tangy goat cheese, it's the perfect day to celebrate all things cheesy. 🧀

In today’s Walnut Creek Spotlight:

  • June Update from the Walnut Creek City Manager

  • Swing into Wednesdays with Country Dance Lessons at Bourbon Highway

  • Join East Bay Parks Naturalists for a Live Animal Presentation in Walnut Creek

  • New Real Estate Section

- Walnut Creek Spotlight Team

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June Update from the Walnut Creek City Manager

The recent Art and Wine Festival at Heather Farm Park drew an impressive crowd, offering a diverse array of wine, craft beer, food, and vendor booths. The park was bustling with activity, reflecting the vibrant community spirit.

The City also saw a strong turnout for the Memorial Day ceremony on May 27, where attendees listened to moving stories from those who have lost loved ones in wars. Both the Art and Wine Festival and the Memorial Day ceremony can be viewed in full on the City's YouTube channel.

In City Council news, the next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4. The agenda includes a proclamation for Gun Violence Awareness Day and a presentation from the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District about recent downtown upgrades. The Council will also consider zoning ordinance amendments to increase residential density and allow accessory dwelling units on faith-based properties, aligning with new State laws.

On June 18, City staff will update the Council on progress towards the City's five strategic priorities, details of which are available on the City’s website.

In May, the Council issued proclamations for National Police Week, National Public Works Week, and Affordable Housing Month. They also denied an appeal concerning a Chick-fil-A at Citrus Marketplace, imposing conditions to manage potential traffic issues.

Residents are encouraged to attend City Council meetings in person or watch them on Walnut Creek TV, YouTube live, or via Roku, Amazon Firestick, and Apple TV. For meeting details, visit the public meetings and agendas webpage.

The City stresses the importance of respectful conduct during public meetings. While most meetings have been civil, there have been recent instances of hate speech and disruptions. The City upholds the Brown Act, ensuring all voices can be heard, and expects respectful participation from all attendees.

For questions about this update or other matters, email the City Manager at [email protected].

Swing into Wednesdays with Country Dance Lessons at Bourbon Highway

Wednesdays at Bourbon Highway offer an exciting opportunity for those looking to learn country swing dancing. The venue hosts country swing lessons every Wednesday night for attendees aged 21 and over. Lessons commence at 8 PM, followed by a lively session of social line and swing dancing.

For just $10, participants receive a wristband that can be redeemed towards food or beverages. The wristband also grants access to the upstairs lessons and open dancing session.

Join East Bay Parks Naturalists for a Live Animal Presentation in Walnut Creek

On Wednesday, June 5, 2024, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, an exciting event will take place in Walnut Creek. The presentation will be hosted by naturalists from East Bay Parks and will feature live reptiles and amphibians. This event, ideal for children aged 5 and up, promises an engaging and educational experience. No prior registration is required, and it will be held in the Oak View Room on the 2nd floor.


Food & Drink

Trivia + Karaoke Night | Wednesdays at 6 PM | Retro Junkie | Join us for a fun-filled night with free admission, starting at 6 PM with happy hour, followed by pop culture trivia at 7 PM, and karaoke from 8 PM to 1 AM—no RSVP needed!

Trivia | Wednesdays at 6 PM | Mike Hess Brewing | Free to play! Test your knowledge and bring out some loved ones.

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.


Tai Chi | Mondays at 10:15 AM | Walnut Creek Library | Participants will learn the basic Tai chi movements, a series of sequential postures resembling a slow-motion dance.

Hooked on Books | Civic Park Community Center | 1st Tuesday of each month at 12:30 PM | A different book is discussed monthly. 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, 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.


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.

Baby Storytime | Walnut Creek Library | Tuesdays at 12 PM | The Walnut Creek Library hosts Baby Storytime. Parents and caregivers with babies aged 0-1 are invited to enjoy stories, songs, and interactive activities. No registration is required for this engaging and nurturing experience designed for the youngest attendees.

Family Storytime | Ygnacio Valley Library - Thursdays at 10:15 AM

Toddler Storytime & Play | Walnut Creek Library - Thursdays at 10:15 AM

Arts & Crafts

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


Salsa Tuesdays | Tuesdays at 6 PM | Retro Junkie | Join Salsa Tuesdays at Retro Junkie for $10, featuring salsa lessons, DJ, and open dancing. Watch Video

Line Dancing Lessons | Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday at 8 PM | Bourbon Highway | Watch Video


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