Walnut Festival coming to town
The 77th Annual Walnut Festival kicks off Sept. 13, and will be followed by two weeks of family fun, all part of Walnut Creek's yearlong centennial celebration. Presented by the Walnut Festival Association, the festivities include a free twilight parade in downtown Walnut Creek and four-day festival with family-friendly entertainment, two stages of live music, a large carnival with more than 30 rides and 40 vendors, exciting games, food and beverages, Specialty Beer Garden and more.
The twilight parade will be held at 6 p.m., Sept. 13 on Main Street in downtown Walnut Creek. The festival runs Thursday Sept. 18 from 5 to 10 p.m.; Sept. 19 from 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 20 there will also be free fishing for kids in the lake from 7 to 11 a.m. and a car show from noon to 6 p.m.
Festival admission is $6 per person, with $1 off per ticket when guest brings a can of food to donate to the Contra Costa Food Bank. Admission is free for active military with valid identification, seniors and for children under 5 with paid adult admission. Food and beverage, games, rides and parking not included in admission price.
Special prices: "Pay One Price" Ride Bracelets, providing full access to all the Festival's great rides without purchasing individual tickets, will be available. Admission and advance sale Ride Bracelets are available at www.thewalnutfestival.org.
Streets getting new seal; road closures will result
The 2014 Slurry Seal project in Walnut Creek has begun, and will continue through September.
The slurry seal work is part of the city's ongoing effort to preserve, maintain and maximize the service life of public streets. Affected streets will be closed to traffic during slurry operations, and vehicle access will be limited.
The 2014 project covers sections of 94 streets, including portions of North Gate Road, Hutchinson Road, Arbolado Drive, Quail Quest Drive, Whitehaven Drive and Snyder Lane.
An interactive map that shows which streets will be impacted and when is posted on the city's homepage under "What's New." Visit www.walnut-creek.org. Contact Slurry Seal Project Manager Joe Sadri at 925-943-5899 ext. 2217.
Study session to focus on homes at JCC site
Still in its early stages, a plan to build homes at the former Contra Costa Jewish Community Center site in Walnut Creek will be up for discussion at a Planning Commission study session 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at City Hall, 1666 N. Main St.
A study session was held Wednesday on the same project with the Design Review Commission.
Pulte Homes wants to build 71 detached homes on the 8.15-acre site on Tice Valley Boulevard. The project, dubbed "Trellis by Pulte Homes," will require a general plan amendment, a rezoning, tree removals and an environmental review.
The JCC closed in December 2011 after officials said they could no longer afford to keep it open; they also said they planned to sell the land. Pulte's plan will still allow for the Tice Valley Gym, operated by the city, to remain open, but its parking lot will be reconfigured and expanded.
In November, Pulte officials said they plan to build the homes for young families and empty-nesters. The homes would range in size from 1,700 to 2,200 square feet.
Some residents who live near the site have already come out against the plan.
Go to www.walnut-creek.org
Registration open for annual Community Service Day
Registration is now open for the fourth annual Walnut Creek Community Service Day, set for Saturday, Sept. 27. This year's lineup features 55 projects, including ones at nearly all local schools, at public libraries, in the open space and creeks, at Rossmoor, and in gardens and parks.
Community Service Day kicks off with a free pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Heather Farm Park Community Center, courtesy of the Lions Clubs of Walnut Creek. From there, volunteers will fan out across Walnut Creek to work on a variety of projects. Space is limited in many of the projects; volunteers are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
For a list of projects and online registration, visit www.walnut-creek.org/service. Persons without Internet access may call the Community Service Day hotline, 925-256-3505.
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Microbrewery trying to open in Walnut Creek
Farm Creek Brewing Company, described as "a family owned and operated brewery" on social media sites, is trying to get the OK to produce and sell beer in Walnut Creek.
The company has filed an application with the city and will have a hearing to get a conditional use permit at the Aug. 28 Planning Commission meeting at City Hall, 1666 N. Main St.
Farm Creek wants to operate a microbrewery at 1415 Pine St., in an automobile sales and service zoning district. For more information go to www.walnut-creek.org
'Leadership Contra Costa' enrollment happening now
The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is accepting applications for enrollment in Leadership Contra Costa, a program designed to motivate and identify potential leaders and prepare them for community leadership.
Participants meet once a month, the first Thursday of every month from October through May, via workshops, presentations from community leaders and group exercises to develop their understanding of leadership roles and prevailing issues with the community.
Leadership Contra Costa accepts 28 to 32 individuals from throughout the county with diverse backgrounds to participate in the program. The 28th year of the program kicks off at the end of September.
There are more than 600 Leadership Contra Costa alumni.
To obtain an application for Leadership Contra Costa's 2014-2015 season, visit the Chamber's website at www.walnut-creek.com.
Storybook Breakfast at the library
The Ygnacio Valley Library is hosting a special Storybook Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, designed for children and families.
Joining participants for a continental breakfast will be several popular storybook characters. Story time, fun stations, arts and crafts, photo booths, and dress-up for the kids are all part of this fundraiser benefiting the children's area at the Ygnacio Valley Library. Mechanics Bank is sponsoring with a $3,000 matching grant.
Admission is $10 per person, $5 for children; a $100 family donation includes admission of up to five people, a raffle ticket, and the family's name placed in a new book for the children's area. Tickets can be purchased online at www.WCLibrary.org, or at 925-935-5395.
Raffle prizes include children's manicures and pedicures, gift cards to local restaurants, a one-of-a-kind piece of art, and a family photo session with a local photographer. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25.
Storybook Breakfast event tickets must be purchased online at www.wclibrary.org. There will be no tickets sales at the event. Raffle tickets are available online and at the event. Adults must be accompanied by a child.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.WCLibrary.org, or at 925-935-5395.
Skateboard competition to hit Walnut Creek
The Healthy Walnut Creek Festival and Skateboard Competition will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 23 at Heather Farm Park, corner of Heather Drive and Marchbanks Drive.
There will be a wide variety of healthy opportunities offered by the Walnut Creek Arts, Recreation, and Community Services Department and Walnut Creek partners. The event will feature class demonstrations, games, sports, vendors, giveaways, guest speakers, raffle prizes, Walnut Creek Police Department's Canine Unit, safety seat inspections and more.
Skateboard competition begins at 10 a.m. Helmets, knee pads and elbow pads required. Participant registration/waiver required. All abilities welcome. Free. For registration information, contact Todd Trimble at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Compiled by Elisabeth Nardi