Encina Grande center likely to get new tenant

A Whole Foods store is likely coming to the east side of town. Regency Centers, which owns the Encina Grande Shopping Center at the corner of Oak Grove and Ygnacio Valley Roads, wants to do a complete renovation of the its existing 9-acre center.

With Safeway exiting to build its own center across the street, Regency is set to bring in Whole Foods Market as a replacement. The dated strip-mall building will be completely redone, and the Walgreens currently in the center will move to the other end.

Regency will be at the city's Design Review Commission 7 p.m. June 4, at City Hall, 1666 N. Main St., where the commission will give a preliminary review of the plan.

The project also calls for a conditional use permit because the Walgreens would have a drive-up pharmacy service window located on the east side of the center.

That permit will not be the subject of the June 4 meeting and instead will be discussed at another public hearing.

BART Transit Village moving forward

It's been nearly two years since the major BART Transit Village Center, which will bring 600 apartments to the Walnut Creek BART Station, was approved. And at 7 p.m. Wednesday June 4, the Design Review Commission will hold a study session on the design of phase one of the multimillion-dollar project. Phase one includes building the four-story BART patron parking garage and a 15-bay bus terminal on the 3-acre site.


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Celebrate centennial with a walk of wine

Walnut Creek continues its Centennial Celebrations with a June Wine Walk — stroll through downtown's unique retail shops and restaurants, while people can enjoy a variety of wines and acoustic musicians. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Diablo Regional Arts Association and the Walnut Creek Library Foundation. The cost is $30 per person in advance and $40 per person at the door.

The Wine Walk will be held 6 to 9 p.m. June 18. Maps of participating businesses and a wine glass will be available at the starting location at Pro Home Systems, 1561 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Tickets and more information can be found at www.walnutcreekdowntown.com.

1 Closet finishes third year of collections

As part of Las Lomas High School's third year of partnering with 1 Closet, a "teen focused" charity helping shelter and foster teens return to the classroom, founder Laura Graham collected approximately 220 pieces of clothing at the school this spring.

It was part of an effort to collect as many as 25,000 pieces of clothing at 18 East Bay schools.

The Las Lomas items will be donated to the Rainbow Community Center in Concord, Foster Care Concord and Contra Costa Child Family Services in Martinez, said Sue Graham, mother of 1 Closet founder Laura Graham.

New county librarian to discuss services

Contra Costa County Librarian Jessica Hudson will explain the Contra Costa Library System's services and fiscal challenges at the meeting of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road in Walnut Creek.

Hudson oversees 26 libraries and a staff of more than 300.

The system maintains millions of books, periodicals and DVDs, and offers patrons a host of lesser-known benefits, including adult literacy tutoring, special programs to help veterans adjust to civilian life, and discount museum tickets.

Hudson came to Contra Costa in April and served most recently as Nevada County librarian.

For more information, call 925-946-0469 or go to www.dvdems.org

All-cities picnic June 8 at Heather Farm

Walnut Creek Sister Cities is having an all-cities picnic at Heather Farm on Sunday June 8 starting at 5 p.m., in celebration of Walnut Creek's 100th birthday.

The public is invited; cost is $10 per person over 5 years of age.

Before the picnic there will be an "amazing race" with teams of up to five people.

There must be at least one adult on each team, as a car will be needed.

The race will start at 3 p.m. at Heather Farm Park where each team will pick up their first clue -- like a citywide scavenger hunt. The cost is $10 per team.

All must preregister for either the picnic and/or race by June 2 at www.wc-sister-cities.org. and click on events.

Registration fees are to be sent to Walnut Creek Sister Cities, 1921 Argonne Dr., Walnut Creek, CA 94598.

-- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi