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UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Walnut Creek is expanding, and that's great news for pediatric patients and their families.

We first shared expansion plans in the November 2020 issue of The Shadelands Scene. Now, construction and renovation on the Walnut Creek campus are underway.

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Walnut Creek currently provides comprehensive care for patients in more than 30 specialties, from cardiology, dermatology, and sports medicine, to audiology, diagnostic imaging, and outpatient surgery.

In 2019, the decision was made to expand the services provided on the Walnut Creek campus by physically increasing its footprint to create an additional eighteen exam rooms dedicated to pediatric specialty services. This will allow Benioff Children’s Hospitals to provide additional award-winning specialty care to patients and referring physicians in East Bay communities.

The additional specialties include expanded sports medicine and audiology, an ambulatory surgical center, treatment for eating disorders, treatment for headaches (through its Pediatric Brain Center), and six new rooms designated for hematology/oncology infusion treatments.

Construction began in February 2021, and is scheduled to be completed in September of this year. Specialists will begin seeing patients in the new spaces by November 2021.
Walnut Creek Campus
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals have been recognized among the nation’s best pediatric medical centers in all ten specialties assessed in U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of Best Children’s Hospitals for 2021-2022.
For more information about the Walnut Creek campus, visit UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals.
Thank you to all readers and coffee lovers who submitted entries in last month's How Well Do You Know The Orchards? contest for a chance to win a $15 Starbucks gift card!

We received a number of enthusiastic responses from people who correctly identified all four Orchards locations posted in the June 2021 issue of The Shadelands Scene:

1) Park Ave Cleaners
2) Safeway
3) Mattress Firm
4) Starbucks
Two lucky gift card recipients were chosen at random from those entries.

Congratulations to Shavon White, who is a regular at the Starbucks next to Crunch Fitness in The Orchards; and Doug Alvey, who grew up in Walnut Creek and graduated from Las Lomas in '04, "Go Knights!" Doug frequents Starbucks, Safeway, and The Joint Chiropractic at The Orchards, and his Starbucks go-to drink is a Venti Blonde Roast.

Thanks to all for playing along!

And thank you to our sponsor, Starbucks, in The Orchards.
The Orchards at Walnut Creek
2856 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek
Great news for folks looking for vintage and one-of-a-kind treasures. The Walnut Creek Historical Society (WCHS) is hosting a Summer Market & Barn Sale, set among the groomed gardens of the historic Shadelands Ranch Museum, on Sunday, August 15, 9am–4pm.

The free, family-friendly, open-air market will be a one-stop shopping experience, featuring several businesses exhibiting their products and services, and more than 40 vendors offering locally produced goods and artisanal foods.

While the museum was closed, the hard-working WCHS staff was cleaning, organizing, and cataloging its extensive collection, and it found several distinctive vintage items that don't quite fit the historical time frame of the ranch house. As a result, WCHS is offering these items for sale, which it doesn't do very often—so don't miss out.

Food trucks will be on hand during the Summer Market, and the museum will be open for tours.

If you are looking for a place to donate your gently-used vintage items, consider WCHS, which will be accepting donations for its Barn Sale through July 31. Call 925.935.7871 to schedule a supervised drop-off.

August 15, 2021 | 9am–4pm

2660 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek

Free admittance & parking

A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Walnut Creek!
On the warm, clear blue sky Sunday afternoon of June 6, the Walnut Creek Historical Society hosted its inaugural Shadelands Classic Car Show, featuring 100 Years of Ford. More than 75 vintage Fords were on display by proud owners who were polishing hoods, buffing fenders, and chatting with onlookers about their classic beauties.

Based on ticket reservations and observation, an estimated 1,000 people attended the event, which means, there's sure to be a second annual Classic Car Show!

The event also celebrated the joyful grand reopening of the Shadelands Ranch Museum, now open for tours, Wednesdays and Sundays, 14pm.
2660 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek
Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) has officially reopened its front doors for visitors!

Thanks to the continued support of animal-loving individuals and businesses, ARF placed 1,600 dogs and cats in loving homes during the 15 months of lockdown and access restrictions.

Now, the ARF team and its resident too cute cats and dogs are welcoming visitors back to the ARF campus.

General hours
MondayFriday; 9am5pm

Adoption hours
WednesdaySunday; Noon5pm

Appointments are recommended for the smoothest, most efficient adoption experience. Visit Adopt Pets to make an appointment and begin the adoption process.
ARF is celebrating 30 years and 45,000 adoptions, giving dogs and cats a second chance at love!
2890 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek
Calicraft Brewing Co. is celebrating the reopening of places and spaces with a host of July community events.

July 2
Karl the Fog Beer Release 
The popular 7.2% Hazy IPA Karl the Fog is back for a limited time.

July 16 & 17
Neurotic Dog Beer Release 
This fruity Double IPA comes in at a 9% ABV brew and is back for a limited time. 

July 23 & 24
Music Series Beer Release
Calicraft is welcoming its first music series beer release. Visit Calicraft's Facebook page for upcoming details.

July 24
Barre in the Beer Garden
Join Julie Burk, owner of The Bar Method Clayton Valley, for a one-hour total-body workout. Class begins at 10:30am, and entry fee includes one beer. Contact Calicraft for reservation details.

July 30August 8
Taproom 5th Anniversary
Calicraft's celebration plans include special anniversary events, live music, and specialty beer releases. Visit Calicraft's Facebook page for upcoming details.

Taproom & Beer Garden
2700 Mitchel Drive
Walnut Creek

Beer Garden Open Everyday
Friday–Saturday | Noon–10pm
Sunday | Noon–8pm
Monday–Thursday | 3–10pm
At the start of 2021, Walnut Creek Mayor Kevin Wilk announced a year-long campaign to celebrate the every day heroes among us who have gone above and beyond for someone else, "who are truly making a difference in the community in very positive ways."

The second round of nominations ended May 31; and three local heroes among us were announced at the June 15 City Council meeting.

Congratulations to Fran Gibson, President of the Rossmoor Emergency Preparedness Organization; Karen Marriner, creator of The Community Clean Up Crew; and Seena Farhadi, founder of the Learning Enrichment and Assistance Program (LEAP) in Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

The City will be accepting applications July 3–July 16, for its third round of local hero submissions. A selection panel will review the submissions and forward three names for public recognition at the August 3 City Council meeting.

Do you know someone worthy of recognition? Find the Heroes Among Us nomination form here.
Visit Walnut Creek's celebratory Heroes Among Us for more information about the year-long campaign, and meet the local heroes honored to date.
Seena Farhadi, an incoming senior at Northgate HS, recognized issues many homeless and foster youth high school students were experiencing during the pandemic, and created LEAP to pair mentor students with those needing help.
The Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau hosts Back to Business webinars that focus on economic issues related to the pandemic and recovery. Next month:

Tuesday, August 10, 910am
Retail in the
Post-Pandemic Era
A conversation with
BH Development

As the California economy reopens, what does that mean for retail? Brian Hirahara, one of downtown Walnut Creek’s preeminent visionaries and commercial developers, will discuss the post-pandemic landscape and opportunities for existing and new retail development in the region.
2nd Tuesday | 9–10am | via Zoom

Visit Walnut Creek Chamber for upcoming webinar details and registration. Topics, agendas, and dates are subject to change.

For previous webinars, visit

Sunday, July 4, 6-7pm
Walnut Creek Civic Park
1375 Civic Drive, at Broadway

Walnut Creek Concert Band
returns for its annual free
4th of July Concert in the Park

Bring a blanket & picnic,
family & friends.
Celebrating America together again!
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