The Shadelands Scene
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On June 5, in a festive, jubilant ceremony held in the Hoffman Theater at the Lesher Center for the Arts, the Contra Costa School of Performing Arts (CoCoSPA) graduated its first senior class, the Class of 2019. Sixteen seniors sat proudly, excitedly on stage in front of beaming parents, family, friends, and faculty as their names and fields of artistic study were called.

"The first graduating class for SPA is a monumental occasion, especially for those of us who were there from the very beginning when this was just an idea," says Neil McChesney, Executive Director of CoCoSPA, which opened in Shadelands in 2016. "This is the realization of our dream and our mission."

All 16 seniors enrolled in CoCoSPA in 2016 as sophomores and all 16 graduated ready to attend college, having met established requirements, which is part of CoCoSPA's diploma status.

"We started this school to provide what we felt was a missing option in this communityin this countyto pursue conservatory level training in the arts integrated with a robust academic program. That option didn't exist until now," says Neil. "Those students who walked across the stage for the first time represent that dream coming true."

For these 16 grads who turned their tassels, the next chapter begins. Congratulations Contra Costa School of Performing Arts Class of 2019!
Contra Costa School of Performing Arts Class of 2019
Graduate Alina de la Rea shakes hands with Executive Director Neil McChesney.
2730 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek
If running is a part of your child's sport, the Runners Clinic offered by the Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes , a resource of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals for sports injury care and prevention, can help your child make running effortless, move more efficiently, run faster, avoid injury, and improve performance. Held the last Wednesday of the month, 5-7pm, in the Motion Analysis & Sports Performance Lab, the next clinics are July 31 , August 28 , September 25 , October 23 , and November 20 . For athletes ages 9-25.

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals
Walnut Creek Campus
2401 Shadelands Drive, Suite 170
Walnut Creek
Visit the new UPS Store at The Orchards and you'll find a wide range of products and services designed to support individuals and small business owners in the local community.

Locally owned by Joe Hanko, The UPS Store officially opened on Monday, June 17, between Elements Massage and Park Ave Cleaners.

"We're more than packing and shipping and copying," says Joe. "We provide mailboxes with a real street address, package notification, and design and printing services for direct mail postcards, business cards, flyers, brochures, and banners that help shape and promote businesses—that help build their brands."

Additionally, The UPS Store is a local source for office supplies, notary services (Joe is a notary public), shredding, and international shipping.

In November 2018, Joe took ownership of The UPS Store when it was located across the street at Encina Grande Shopping Center. After the first of the year, he moved the store to The Orchards and is enthusiastic about his new Shadelands location.

"This is a growing area, with lots of great businesses already here, and many more moving in," says Joe, who lives in the Northgate area with his wife and three children, who attend local schools. "I like this neighborhood very much—there's a strong community spirit here and there's always something new popping up."

Joe enjoys face to face interactions and conversations with customers. "I like talking with people, hearing their stories, and helping them, in any way I can. It's all about helping people."
Owner Joe Hanko with staff member Collin Downs inside The UPS Store.
Owner Joe Hanko welcomes you to The UPS Store at The Orchards.
The Orchards at Walnut Creek
2872 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek
BASS Medical Group’s multi-million dollar Advanced Urgent Care is now open with BASS Urgent Care, BASS Imaging, and BASS Laboratory all under one roof.

"Advanced" because, with a wider range of onsite, state-of-the-art diagnostic, imaging, and lab technology, BASS can get to the root of non-emergency illnesses and injuries faster.

Among many other health conditions, Urgent Care treats headaches, colds, flu, sore throats, allergies and asthma, ear infections, rashes and itching, urinary tract infections, bronchitis, sports injuries, and swollen glands.
Imaging provides radiology services including MRIs, x-rays, 64 slice CT scans, DEXA scans (non-invasive tests that measure bone mineral density to assess if a person is at risk of osteoporosis or fracture), and ultrasounds—on site.
The new Phillips MR 3T Ingenia Elition S is rated 3T (Tesla) because of its magnetic capacity, superior to traditional 1.5T machines. This 3T MRI offers an immersive audio-visual "in bore" experience to help calm anxious patients and make the time go faster. Videos of nature, animals, boat rides, the ocean, and more are available for viewing—and cartoons are available for young patients.
The full service Lab provides best in class clinical lab services on site using a premier Atellica Solutions machine, which handles a wide array of chemistry and immunoassay analysis. All samples are processed on site on the same day so clinicians can make better, faster decisions.
"We take a very personal approach to healthcare and pay attention to the ease of access to that care—we are, in that sense, a 'one stop shopping' experience for patients," says Howard King, BASS Chief Administrative Officer. "We're pleased to bring these premier services and technologies to Shadelands as an immediate and cost-effective alternative for common illnesses or injuries not requiring more expensive emergency care. We're here for Shadelands employees, should they need medical services during their workday, and we're here for the health and well being of the community at large."

2637 Shadelands Drive, Suite E
Walnut Creek

Open seven days a week
7am to 7pm, Monday-Friday
9am to 5pm, weekends
Dr. Allan Drabinsky meets with a patient in one of eight exam rooms in the new BASS Urgent Care Center.
BASS's state-of-the-art MRI machine is a wide-bore Phillips MR 3T Ingenia Elition S, top rated 3 Tesla (3T) for its magnetic capacity. The wide bore accommodates larger patients and those who tend toward claustrophobia.
The Phillips 3T MRI, the first in the San Francisco Bay Area, offers a distinctive patient experience that includes soothing ambient light and the opportunity to watch videos and listen to music during the scanning procedure.
Cheryl White, lead clinical lab scientist, processes blood samples using the state-of-the-art Atellica Solutions chemistry analyzer.
The much-anticipated COPA Soccer Training Center (COPA STC) is slated to open later this summer at Shadelands SportsMall . With more than 100,000 square feet of highly specialized indoor training spaces, COPA Soccer Training Center will provide cutting-edge soccer, speed, and sports performance training for players of all ages and abilities, employing a ground-breaking, hi-tech approach to individual skill development and assessment.
Equipped with a full-service fitness center and full-size turf and futsal arenas, COPA STC will also offer fitness memberships, camps, league and tournament play for both youth and adults, field and event space rentals, and party packages. Summer camp registration is taking place now.

Located within COPA STC will be the COPA FIT Fitness & Sports Training Center , a multi-faceted fitness, performance, and speed training center for individuals and athletes of all ages, sports, shapes, and sizes, combining the features of a full-service fitness gym and an elite high-performance athletic training center.
• The fitness side will feature extensive top-of-the-line cardio and strength training equipment, a spin studio, a functional and high intensity interval training (HIIT) area, and a dedicated turf space for dynamic movement.

• The performance side will feature the COPA SpeedLab, high-speed treadmills, and a dedicated speed, agility, and quickness training space.
Inside the COPA Soccer Training Center Turf Fieldhouse.
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Aerial of extensive Shadelands SportsMall construction fronting Shadelands Drive, with COPA STC in the forefront. The long blue and yellow-striped building is the COPA STC Turf Fieldhouse.
2640 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek
Muir Orthopaedic Specialists (MOS) is hosting its 7th annual community sports physical event for Bay Area high school and college athletes, Pass-To-Play 2019 .

Saturday, July 27, 9am-3pm

Redwood Building
2625 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek
Fee: $30

Pass-To-Play provides young athletes complete pre-participation evaluations including baseline concussion evaluations and cardiac screenings for the upcoming school year performed by MOS sports medicine specialists. A copy of the exam will be sent to each student athlete’s personal physician.

All proceeds from this event are donated back to the students’ school athletic programs. To date, MOS has donated more than $26,000 to local athletic programs through this event.
Registration is now open.

Advanced registration is required.

Download and complete the
and bring it to the event.
For more information, contact MOS Sports Medicine
Hosted by the
Walnut Creek Historical Society

Sunday, September 22

Shadelands Ranch Museum
2660 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek

Plan your dream wedding
all in one place!

Caterers • Bakeries • DJs
Florists • Decorators • Gift Registry
Photographers & Photo booths
Bridal gowns • Formal wear
Hairdressers • Makeup
Event planners • Travel planners

Raffle and prizes throughout the day, with a chance to win the Grand Prize!

Pre-sale tickets $10/person
At the door $15/person
Price includes one raffle ticket for
Grand Prize Raffle
For more information, contact Christine Baltzley
The Orchards at Walnut Creek is hosting a free summer Family Entertainment & Movie Night series kicking off on Friday, July 12, 7:30pm, and running every Friday evening through Friday, August 9.

7:30pm live family entertainment
Movie begins at sundown

July 12 : Kids Comedy Magic Show and Ralph Breaks the Internet

July 19 : Jungle James' Reptile Showcase and Mary Poppins Returns

July 26 : Mr. Eric's Interactive Musical Adventure and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

August 2 : Bubble play with Bubblemania and A Dog's Way Home

August 9 : Kids Music & Dance Party and The Lego Movie 2

Events will be held at
The Orchards at Walnut Creek
Park Amphitheater
in the northeast corner of
The Orchards, which is located at Ygnacio Valley & Oak Grove roads.
Calicraft Brewing Co. has recently signed on as a weekly pick-up location for organic, farm fresh produce delivered by Terra Firma Farm, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) member. [Read June 2019 .]

Did you know that Calicraft is also a pick-up location for fresh, locally sourced, seasonal fish?

Real Good Fish is a community of fishermen and seafood lovers sharing the bounty of the local ocean by eating a diversity of species caught using sustainable catch methods, which ultimately brings greater health to all—fishermen, seafood lovers, and the ocean itself.
Real Good Fish is a member of Community Supported Fisheries (CSF) and is akin to Terra Firma Farm in that it promotes seasonal options and sustainability and helps educate consumers on those options, but with a focus on fish, rather than produce.

For more information, visit

To subscribe, visit

Scroll down the list of pick-up sites, click on Calicraft , and follow
sign-up instructions.

The pick-up day for Real Good Fish is Wednesdays, 4-10pm.

2700 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek

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

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

Bring a blanket, family & friends.
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