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CJ Lamborn has been practicing yoga for twenty years, and in the business of teaching yoga and Pilates for fifteen. It’s been her dream to have her own branded yoga studio, and now that dream has come true with the opening of Raga Yoga , a 1,000-SF studio with a 300-SF lobby at 2662 Shadelands Drive in the Shadelands SportsMall.
Open seven days a week to cater to working members, Raga Yoga classes are held throughout the day—morning, lunchtime, and evenings, with a few late afternoon sessions.
Raga Yoga's space is warm and welcoming—a quiet place to think, meditate, and practice yoga, with accents of blue representing the sky and oceans, and wide windows that embrace the sunlight.

CJ is primarily a Vinyasa teacher, which is a flowing, athletic style of practice in which people move from one pose to another, seamlessly, using breath—linking each pose to an inhale and an exhale.

With a staff of seven multi-discipline teachers, CJ notes, a variety of yoga styles for beginners through advanced, from traditional to functional, are taught at Raga Yoga.

And there's something at Raga Yoga not available elsewhere: CJ’s own branded Aerial Stretch Therapy, AST—low slung hammocks, 12 to 18 inches off the ground, used to alleviate joint pressure and support functional ranges of motion through a variety of yoga poses and movement patterns.

CJ has found a need among practitioners to train for strength and technique in order to stay healthy and injury free while advancing in their practice.

“That’s why I'm so excited to be a part of the SportsMall, a facility for higher level athletes. I couldn’t think of a better place to be, for myself, my practice, and my studio," says CJ, who co-owns Raga Yoga with her husband, Bruce.
CJ Lamborn, co-owner with husband Bruce, of Raga Yoga in the Shadelands SportsMall
Raga Yoga's branded AST, Aerial Stretch Therapy, using low slung hammocks

"At the same time, yoga addresses a need that functional fitness doesn’t and that is the going inward—the connection with breath; the creating time and space and the self-care that we often don’t think about with other modalities.”

For class descriptions, introductory specials, and corporate offers, visit:
2662 Shadelands Drive
Shadelands SportsMall
Walnut Creek
Quick Mount PV (QMPV), a leader in the design, engineering, and manufacturing of solar mounting and racking hardware for the U.S. residential and commercial markets, has been acquired by Esdec, a European-based global rooftop solar mounting solutions provider.

The acquisition of QMPV, along with newly acquired IronRidge and previously acquired EcoFasten, has created the largest rooftop solar mounting and racking hardware group in the U.S., representing more than 60% share of the residential market.

Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Shadelands since 2012, Quick Mount PV now has access to one of the world's leading innovation labs and intellectual property portfolios in the solar rooftop hardware industry, as well as strong financial backing.

QMPV will retain its executive team and staff and continue to operate as a separate entity with unique product lines and sales channels. QMPV will also retain its independent brand name while becoming 'An Esdec Company.'

“The American solar industry is among the strongest in the world and solar hardware is a critical tool in that growth," says Yann Brandt, CEO of Quick Mount PV. "Joining Esdec will help us continue our expansion—providing us the resources of a global company while maintaining our independence.”
Photo courtesy Quick Mount PV
Read the full press release from Quick Mount PV here .

Read the profile of Quick Mount PV
that appeared in the April 2019 issue of The Shadelands Scene here .

2700 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek
Orthopedic surgeon Paul Mead, MD, a specialist in hip and knee replacements and joint preservation, has joined Muir Orthopaedic Specialists (Muir Ortho), located in the 46,000-SF Muir Ortho Sequoia Building at 2405 Shadelands Drive.
Dr. Mead earned his degree from New York Medical college, did his residency in orthopedic surgery at St. Mary’s Medical Center (San Francisco), and completed a fellowship at Scripps Green Hospital (La Jolla), where he trained extensively in hip and knee replacement, reconstruction, and advanced osteochondral joint preservation techniques.
Osteochondral allografts (cartilage and bone implants that come from donors) are highly successful alternatives to full hip and knee replacements, particularly for younger patients who are not ready for more major surgery.

“Young patients with significant lesions in their cartilage due to injury, trauma, or genetics need a way to remain functional with a normal lifestyle and without pain,” says Dr. Mead. “We’ve had great success with osteochondral allografts and for many of our patients, that means we can push off doing the big hip or knee replacement for decades, sometimes."
It was at New York Medial College that Dr. Mead fell in love with orthopedics during surgery rotations.
“The functional recovery of my patients was amazing,” he says. “I hadn’t seen anything like this in medical school. This was a clear and certain way to get positive, concrete results benefiting the patient right away. To give people their lives back—for me, that was quite meaningful.”
Dr. Mead spends a good deal of time researching the techniques, designs, and implants that will give people the most natural-feeling hip or knee so they can get back to engaging in sports, or walking and hiking, or playing with their grandchildren.
Paul Mead, MD, orthopedic surgeon,
Muir Orhopaedic Specialists
Sequoia Building
2405 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek
"I tailor the approach, implant, and therapy for the specific patient, focused on what the patient wants for his or her outcome. I want people to live a full life—their life—pain free," says Dr. Mead, who lives in Lafayette with his wife, Nicole.

"I'm happy to be here at Muir Ortho, which has done a fantastic job of being up to date on technology with vision and leadership to make sure we’re at the forefront of orthopedics."
Join family and friends for a memorable Victorian Holiday Tea featuring a three-course luncheon with scones, homemade lemon curd, and secret Shadelands Tea Blend inside the historic 1903 Hiram Penniman home.

Tickets on sale
Tuesday, October 1.
And they sell out quickly.

Tea Luncheons
November 30-December 15
Seatings every day
11:00am & 1:30pm

Champagne Teas
Friday, December 13, 1:30pm
Saturday, December 7 &14, 4pm

Call for reservations beginning 9am, Tuesday, October 1

November 30–December 15
Daily 10am-4pm

Free admission & parking
More than 30 artisan vendors

Special hours until 5pm
December 7 & 14

A seasonal tradition since 1983!

2660 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek
The Bay Area News Group is once again bringing the Share the Spirit nonprofit grant making project to Alameda and Contra Costa counties this 2019 holiday season.

The project's mission is to enhance the November-January winter season for the most needy residents of these counties by helping to fund local nonprofit holiday programs and outreach.

Founded by Dean and Margaret Lesher and sustained by generous East Bay readers and donors, the Share the Spirit fund has been providing help and hope to East Bay residents for more than 25 years.

Since 1994, Share the Spirit has raised more than $3 million, made more than 600 grants, and helped 700,000 people in local communities. The Contra Costa Crisis Center administers the program.

For more information, contact the Program Manager, 925.472.5768,
Checks can be made out to 
Share the Spirit Fund
Share the Spirit
P.O. Box 3485
Walnut Creek, CA 94598 .

During the Share the Spirit season, the East Bay Times will feature stories each week beginning in late November through New Year’s Day.

All stories will also be published on the Share the Spirit website and East Bay Times website.
Did You Know:

The national CO-OP Shared Branch network allows members of one credit union to perform a range of transactions at another credit union. Through the CO-OP Shared Branch network, participating credit unions can serve members in diverse geographical locations, even when they move or travel.

Kaiperm Credit Union in Shadelands is a participating member and its 24/7 ATM is a fee-free resource for those in the CO-OP network.

Most credit unions participate and you'll know if yours does if you see the “CO-OP” image on the back of your credit union debit card. The CO-OP network services more than 5,600 Shared Branching locations and more than 30,000 fee-free ATMs coast to coast.
International Credit Union Week is October 13-18. Stop in at the Shadelands Kaiperm Credit Union branch on Thursday, October 17 , International Credit Union Day , 8:30am-Noon, for free treats and snacks.

325 N. Wiget Lane, Suite 130 Walnut Creek
Great news for people looking to kickstart their day with an espresso or breakfast burrito, or renourish mid-afternoon with a salad or sandwich. Micki's Mochas has opened in the BASS Medical Group building, 2637 Shadelands Drive. The creation of Dr. Michaela Straznicka, a BASS thoracic surgeon, Micki's Mochas is open Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm.

Located in a 600-SF brightly decorated space next to BASS Urgent Care, the cafe serves Equator coffee from Marin, bagels & pastries, sandwiches & wraps, snacks & desserts, and a host of beverages, among other tasty treats.

Stop by Micki's Mochas for breakfast, lunch, or afternoon refreshments.
Micki's Mochas is planning its official Grand Opening for later this month. Visit the cafe's Facebook page for date and details!
Micki's Mochas
2637 Shadelands Drive
BASS Medical Group Building Entrance E
Walnut Creek
Oak Grove Road & Shadelands Drive

Outdoor venue with semicircular tiered seating and adjacent grassy area set among large heritage oaks.

Ideal for community concerts, school performances, award ceremonies, movie nights, art displays, and more.

For details, please contact
Audrey Rhoads
The Orchards at Walnut Creek Marketing
Free outdoor concert at The Orchards Park Amphitheater hosted by Dayna Wilson Real Estate Team featuring rock/pop band O.P.M. held Thursday, September 26
The Orchards Park Amphitheater , photo credit
On October 12, the Walnut Creek Historical Society offers one last free , 90-minute guided walking tour through downtown Walnut Creek, stopping at historical points of interest and establishments with storied pasts. The easy walking tour, the final Saturday tour of the 2019 season, brings to life the early days of Walnut Creek.

Check-in at 9am at the Liberty Bell Plaza, Broadway & Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Tours begin at 9:30. Registration is not required.

For more tour information, visit Walnut Creek Historical Society
Main Street at Bonanza, facing south, early 1930s
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