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Thanks to organizers, participants, vendors, and attendees, the 2nd annual community-wide Shadelands Made in the Shade festival was a huge hit, drawing thousands of people from around the region for an afternoon of fun in the sun (and shade).

The Shadelands SportsMall was hopping on Sunday, June 26, with individuals, families, and hundreds of children checking out vendor booths, sports demonstrations, free youth sports activities, food trucks, and crowd-pleasing live music. On a hot and sunny day when the temperature reached 95 degrees, festival goers donned their Made in the Shade sunglasses and kept the Mr. Softies ice cream truck humming.

Local taprooms Calicraft and Mike Hess brought out their best brews.

Walnut Creek Mayor Matt Francois helped Shadelands SportsMall management and staff, led by COPA Innovations Lab Managing Director Charlie Campbell, cut the ribbon, marking the official grand opening of the premier sports center at 2640 Shadelands Drive.

In addition to summer festival fun, Made in the Shade honored the work of public servants and their contributions to the health and well being of our communities with a special Salute to Public Service.

Made in the Shade was sponsored by the Shadelands Steering Committee in association with the Shadelands SportsMall.

The committee is grateful for the extraordinary support of Republic Services, which provided waste cans and receptacles for organics and recycling.
Joining Mayor Matt Francois (c) and Charlie Campbell (holding scissors) for the Shadelands SportsMall ribbon cutting are (l-r) Mike Samuels; CJ Lamborn; Johanna Perez; Angela Ashley; Guilhem Espuche; Virginia Kelley; Geoffrey Yu; Lt. Drew Olson, WCPD; and Ed Del Beccaro.
The Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County were Made in the Shade!
The band was definitely Made in the Shade!
Check out the short festival video on COPA Soccer Training Center's Instagram.
With plans to officially open in early July, Joozi Juicery, located at the Shadelands SportsMall, enjoyed a soft-opening at the June 26 Made in the Shade festival, with free tastings of its signature natural and organic juices and blends.

Tamara Gerlach, co-owner of Encore Gymnastics with Virginia Kelley, is co-owner of Joozi Juicery with her husband and business partner Mark Hall. With the help of Joozi Juicery General Manager Matthew Prestegard, Tamara has transformed a well-lit corner space just inside the double glass doors at the SportsMall hub into a gathering place for children and adults, offering healthy and refreshing all natural pure juices, blended juices, and smoothies in a variety of combinations of flavors and ingredients.

Being a part of a sports industry that caters to children, Tamara knows the importance of healthy choices. "It's important to us to give our customers the healthiest, purest ingredients. Our products are all natural and as organic as possible, with no additives, just good, clean drinks made from the very freshest produce."
Shadelands SportsMall
2640 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek
Summer hours

Open Sundays
for major SportsMall events
It’s going to be a scorcher this summer—health officials and good sense tell us to find shade, use sunscreen, and stay hydrated.

Children, the elderly, and people with chronic health conditions can be especially sensitive to extreme temperatures, and for them, extra measures should be taken to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Haylene Anesoir, MD, a pediatrician at the Park Shadelands Medical Offices of Kaiser Permanente, cautions that when heat index temperatures increase above 90 degrees, significant health effects can begin to set in and children may not recognize that they are getting overheated.

"Although outside play is important for kids’ mental and physical health, it can be dangerous when the temperature climbs.”

Dr. Anesoir recommends keeping children inside during extra hot days, decreasing their activity levels, keeping them hydrated with water and high moisture foods (watermelon, honeydew, strawberries, oranges, grapes, cucumbers, and celery, for instance, are packed with water), dressing them lightly, and recognizing the signs of heat stroke: feeling faint, extreme tiredness, headache, muscle aches, intense thirst, nausea, vomiting, fever, and rapid breathing.

When the temperature reaches 95 degrees, the City of Walnut Creek has multiple options for seniors and other at-risk individuals who wish to go to a cooling center:

2055 Tice Valley Blvd.
Monday–Friday | 9am–8pm

1644 N. Broadway
Monday–Thursday | 10am–8pm
Friday & Saturday | 10am–6pm

2611 Oak Grove Road
Monday–Thursday | 10am–8pm
Friday & Saturday | 10am–6pm
Park Shadelands Medical Offices
320 Lennon Lane
Walnut Creek
For more cooling tips and resources from Contra Costa County, click here. For a list of county-wide cooling centers,visit Contra Costa County.

Sunday, July 31, 2022
Outdoor, Open Air Market
Free event
Free parking (behind museum)

The Walnut Creek Historical Society (WCHS) is hosting a Summer Market set among the groomed gardens of the historic Shadelands Ranch Museum, on Sunday, July 31, 10am–3pm.

The free, family-friendly, open-air market will feature more than 40 vendors offering locally produced arts and crafts and artisanal foods, as well as vintage and one-of-a-kind treasures from the Ranch Museum's antique and historical collections.

Food trucks will be on hand and the museum will be open for tours during this annual fundraiser for the Walnut Creek Historical Society.

If you're interested in donating gently-used vintage items, call 925.935.7871.

For vendor information, click here.

July 31, 2022 | 10am–3pm

Shadelands Ranch Museum
2660 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek

Free admittance & parking

A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Walnut Creek!
Good news for shoppers looking for fresh and local produce. The Certified Diablo Valley Farmers' Market is open Saturdays, 9am–1pm, year round in Shadelands, located at N. Wiget Lane and Mitchell Drive. Enjoy the bounty of fresh, organic, in-season produce picked at the peak of ripeness, from farm to table.

July is peak season for stone fruits, so you'll find plenty of delicious and perfectly ripe apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, and pluots. Watermelons are plentiful and ready to slice into and share with family and friends. And sweet corn is coming in from Brentwood—just in time for a farm fresh Fourth.

• Kids' Day at the Market
Saturday, July 16 | 9am-1pm
Arts & crafts, puppet shows, and kids cooking classes throughout the day.

• Zucchini Races
Saturday, July 30 | 11am
Come to the market with your custom-designed zucchini, assembled with wheels and decorations, and be ready to race your zucchini down a track. Though it's all in good fun, come ready to squash the competition!

Visit Diablo Valley Farmer's Market Facebook page for more information about Kids' Day, zucchini races, and what's in season.
Saturdays, 9am-1pm
N Wiget Lane & Mitchell Drive Year Round
Sweet Brentwood corn is back!
Zucchini racers decorated with just about anything you can find at home.
On June 2, in a festive and joyful ceremony held at the Concord Historical Society, the Contra Costa School of Performing Arts (CoCoSPA) graduated its fourth senior class, the Class of 2022.

In an evening marked by moving student presentations, performances, and reflections, 25 graduates accepted their diplomas in front of more than 200 beaming parents, families, friends, and faculty as names and fields of artistic study were read: Dance, Instrumental Music, Production & Design, Theater, and Vocal Music.

CoCoSPA was established in 2016 to provide what the founders felt was a missing educational option for young people: to pursue conservatory level training in the arts integrated with a robust academic program. Offering 6th through 12th grade, CoCoSPA has an enrollment of about 450 students.

For the 25 graduates who turned their tassels, the next chapter begins; most will be attending colleges and universities throughout the United States.

"Despite an uncertain beginning of the school year, coming out of the pandemic and spending a year and a half on Zoom, our graduates have shown great resilience," says Lisa Kingsbury, Director of Community Engagement. "They're embracing their futures and we're so proud of them and so pleased to be a part of their lives."

Congratulations to Contra Costa School of Performing Arts Class of 2022!
2730 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek
Lisa Kingsbury, Dir.. of Community Engagement (l), and Brianna Shahvar, Dir. of Curriculum and Instruction (r), flanked by the CoCoSPA Class of 2022.
CoCoSPA Class of 2022 change from cap & gowns to Mickey Mouse ears, celebrating Grad Night at Disneyland!
Join Walnut Creek's Center for Community Arts and unlock your creativity as Community Arts debuts its after-hours Summer Nights Series, now through August 10.

Enjoy a glass of wine and the company of fellow participants while learning new artistic disciplines in one-off workshops for adults led by Community Arts teaching artists. From the novice to the experienced artist, all levels of ability are welcome and experimentation is encouraged. Register online for each workshop.

July 20 | 6-8 pm
Shadelands Art Center

August 3 | 6-8 pm
Water Light Public Plaza

August 10 | 6-7:30 pm
Water Light Public Plaza

Shadelands Art Center
111 N. Wiget Lane
Walnut Creek
The Kebab Shop, a modern, family-owned Mediterranean fast casual restaurant, is opening soon...ish [according to the friendly sign posted above the front door] in The Orchards next to Blades Co. Barber Shop.

Targeting an early July "open for business" time frame, The Kebab Shop will be open for lunch and dinner, 10:30am to 9pm, seven days a week.

Its official Grand Opening celebration with the "big scissors" is scheduled for August 9, 2022.

In addition to indoor seating for 40 to 50 diners, the restaurant will offer take-out, delivery, and catering.

Check out The Kebab Shop's menu here.

More to follow as The Kebab Shop readies the Welcome mat.
The Orchards at Walnut Creek
2359 Oak Grove Road
Walnut Creek
The property at 2800 Mitchell Drive, vacant since 2019 when the Joint Genome Institute moved out, will be getting a complete make over now that the Walnut Creek City Council has approved a plan to build 254 units of senior housing for ages 55 and above and a 136-bed residential care facility for the elderly on the 9.5-acre parcel.
The site with its five one-story buildings, which will be demolished, was originally built by Dow Chemical in the 1960s. Now, Oakmont Senior Housing will develop Oakmont of Shadelands, a mix of one, two, and three-bedroom units, and a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) on the site. The three-story RCFE will be licensed by the CA Department of Social Services to provide housing for people 62 years and older who need assistance, but not 24-hour medical care. 
Oakmont of Shadelands will be located between Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation to the east, and Springfield Montessori School to the west.

Demolition, site preparation, and development are anticipated to take about nine months, with an anticipated single-phase construction schedule of about 16 months.
Artist's rendering of Oakmont of Shadelands

Future site of

Oakmont of Shadelands
Senior Housing
Residential Care Facility
for the Elderly
2800 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek

2800 Mitchell Drive, first developed in the 1960s, has been vacant since 2019.
This summer, the City of Walnut Creek will be repaving Lennon Lane and a portion of N. Via Monte in Shadelands.

The funding for the project will come from reserves established by Shadelands property owners and which can only be spent within the business center.

Along with the asphalt work, which will begin in late July or early August, additional changes will be made to Lennon Lane, including a pilot project of one-way separated bikeways or "protected bike lanes."

Watch for updates from the City of Walnut Creek and in the August issue of The Shadelands Scene.
Example of a one-way separated bikeway.
Monday, July 4, 6-7pm
Walnut Creek Civic Park
1375 Civic Drive, at Broadway

4th of July
Free Concert in the Park
presented by the
Walnut Creek Concert Band

Bring a blanket & picnic,
family & friends.
Weather forecast calls for plenty of red, white, and blue!
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