September 2023

Vol 7: Issue 9


The Shadelands Scene

Your place for community news, updates, and insights




Since Deli Delight, previously located at 325 N. Wiget Lane, closed its doors several months ago, lunch options for employees and visitors on the west end of Shadelands have been limited.

There is good and tasty news, however. Food Truck Thursdays was launched in August, located in the parking lot on the west side of the Kaiser Permanente building at 370 Lennon Lane, filling that food option gap at least once a week. Open to the public and operating Thursdays, 11:30am–2pm, Food Truck Thursdays is presented by Taste of the World Market, whose motto is Taste International. Support Local.

Growing in popularity among diners looking for a fast, convenient, and affordable food option with personalized service, food trucks also offer opportunities to try something different—ethnic and international foods and flavors—and to support local chefs and businesses, while enjoying an outdoor dining experience with family and friends.

In August, Food Truck Thursdays served up tacos, burgers, rotisserie chicken, and Maine lobster.

September's food trucks include

Crazy Empanadas, Sept. 7

Bay Area Munchiez, Sept. 14

Rosie’s Food Truck, Sept. 21

Cousins Maine Lobster, Sept. 28

For now, Food Truck Thursdays will run through September and into fall. Bring your appetite, family & friends!

Food Truck Thursdays

at Kaiser Permanente


320 Lennon Lane

Walnut Creek

Rotating, pop-up food trucks

Customers enjoying Ike's Grill, August 17

Cousins Maine Lobster, August 31


Looking for a fun evening, outdoors, connecting with members of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and greater Walnut Creek business community?

Looking to spend time after work with colleagues at one of the City's most popular gathering places?

Celebrate fall and enjoy beer and beverages, food trucks and friends at the Chamber's monthly BASH, Business & Social Hour, September 28, 5:30pm, at Calicraft Brewing Co. on Mitchell Drive in Shadelands.

The BASH is free to Chamber members and Shadelands businesses, and $20 for all others at the check-in table. Registration by all attendees (Chamber members, Shadelands businesses, and guests) is required to receive one free drink ticket.


Calicraft Brewing Co.

2700 Mitchell Drive

Walnut Creek


Walnut Creek Chamber BASH

Thursday, September 28



On Friday, August 18, about 40 dogs and cats from Maui Humane, arriving by plane, landed in Hayward and left the airport in the welcoming arms and expert care of the San Francisco Bay Area animal welfare community. 

Responding to the devastating Maui wildfires with disaster relief, the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) teamed up with local partners to help ease the burdens of those affected by the destruction.

Organized by Berkeley Humane, "This was teamwork at its finest—helping others in need—in an effort that is deeply meaningful to all of us who treasure the human-animal bond," says Susan Lee Vick, CEO, ARF.

Five dogs and four kittens who were waiting to find their loving homes in Maui are now being cared for at ARF. 

“These are not animals who were displaced by the fires,” says Cole Kuiper, ARF marketing manager. “These animals were already adoptable at the Maui Humane Society.

"By clearing the Maui shelter of adoptable animals, the Maui teams can focus all their resources and all their space on the thousands of animals who were displaced by the fires—animals who need medical attention and animals who need to be reunited with their families.”

Back on the tarmac on that bustling Friday night, teams unloaded crates of dogs and cats and sorted out who went where.

ARF took nine animals, who received medical and behavior treatment at ARF and became adoption ready.

“You know, you’d expect after a flight like that, all the way from Maui Humane, more than 2,300 miles, that the animals would be stressed out—it’s a long time on a loud plane," says Cole.

"But you could almost tell that they knew that a new chapter was beginning. Kittens were purring, sticking their paws out through the crates; dogs were wagging their tails so hard you could hear them hitting the sides of the crates. The energy was amazing—by the people and by the animals.”

Aloha from Tigger

Mahalo from Tutu

Animal Rescue Foundation

2890 Mitchell Drive

Walnut Creek


Aloha kakahiaka from Skylar

You'll find the Maui rescues and other adorable, adoptable animals from the Mainland, all looking for loving homes, on ARF's website.


Center for Community Arts and Walnut Creek Youth Leadership Commission are co-hosting an evening of arts and fun for teens.

Teen Arts Night

Saturday, September 9


Shadelands Art Center

111 Wiget Lane

Walnut Creek

High school students, including 2023 grads, are invited to an evening of arts, crafts, and live music. Admission is $5, and tickets are available online and at the door. Students must show high school ID at the door.



Diablo Valley Tech Initiative (DVTI), led and run by volunteers in the Diablo Valley community, studies and promotes ideas that enable the Diablo Valley to cultivate and benefit from a thriving tech sector. DVTI is holding its annual tech conference this month.

The Future of Diablo Valley

Thursday, September 21


Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill

Join DVTI for a day of inspirational talks and discussions among business leaders, educational professionals, and elected officials who will speak about tech sector opportunities in the Diablo Valley region.

Diablo Valley Tech Initiative

The Future of Diablo Valley

Thursday, September 21


Diablo Valley College

Diablo Room

HSF Bldg., 3rd Floor

321 Golf Club Road

Pleasant Hill



Running June 19September 18, the 15th annual American Farmers' Market Celebration showcases the essential markets across the nation making a difference for farmers, ranchers, and communities.

During this time, market shoppers can vote for their favorite farmers' market.

The popular Diablo Valley Farmers' Market, held Saturdays, year round in Shadelands, is currently ranked 3rd in the entire state of California. You can show your support for our local farmers and farmers' market by casting your vote for Diablo Valley Farmers' Market. It only takes seconds to help keep the momentum going.


Diablo Valley

Farmers' Market

Saturdays | 9am1pm

North Wiget Ln. at Mitchell Dr.

Walnut Creek

Open year round, rain or shine



The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) is holding its popular Wine & Whiskers fundraiser this month, and this year with a twist.

Wandering Wine & Whiskers

Saturday, September 23


2890 Mitchell Drive

Walnut Creek

Step behind the scenes of ARF and enjoy an immersive rescue experience, following the route ARF rescues take as they progress through shelter life. Learn fun facts about ARF animals and programs along the way.

Guests (21+) will enjoy wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres, games, silent auction bidding, and furry friend encounters at every turn.


Animal Rescue Foundation

2890 Mitchell Drive

Walnut Creek


"I'd like to bid on the basket of dog treats, please."



With an abundance of free surface parking, convenient free public transit, landscaped greenspace and outdoor gathering places, and neighboring retail and dining options, Shadelands is an excellent choice for your meetings, conferences, and events—indoors and out.

Shadelands Ranch Museum

2660 Ygnacio Valley Road

Walnut Creek


The beautiful landscaping that surrounds the historic Shadelands Ranch Museum and the picturesque gazebo set among rose bushes provide the perfect setting for any outdoor business or social gathering, from a corporate retreat to a business mixer, meet & greet, or community get-together, among other events.

Shadelands Art Center Auditorium

111 N. Wiget Lane

Walnut Creek


Ideal for corporate retreats, conferences, presentations, fundraisers, and performances, the Shadelands Art Center auditorium is one of the largest facilities in the East Bay—accommodating up to 300 people.

The soft white interior is amenable to any kind of decorating, and the high, open-beamed ceiling gives the space a lofty feeling.

The Shadelands Art Center is visible from Ygnacio Valley Road making it easy to find, with plenty of free parking in the front and back of the building.

Shadelands Ranch Museum

Shadelands Ranch Museum gazebo

Shadelands Art Center

Shadelands Art Center Auditorium


Contra Costa School of

Performing Arts (SPA) is holding its 5th annual Chillin' In Autumn concert on October 13, 5:30pm, on the front lawn of the school's campus. This spooky fundraiser will feature live performances from SPA's vocal and instrumental students.

Chillin' in Autumn

Outdoor Musical Performances

October 13, 5:30pm

Contra Costa School of

Performing Arts

2730 Mitchell Drive

Walnut Creek

Bring your chairs, blankets, picnics and non-alcoholic beverages to this popular outdoor concert and enjoy music and fresh fall air. Admission is free; proceeds from the Chillin' in Autumn raffle and concessions support the vocal and instrumental music departments. 

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