October 2022

Vol 6: Issue10

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On Thursday, September 21, COPA Soccer Training Center (STC) hosted the Leadership Contra Costa (LCC) Class of 2023 for its highly anticipated kickoff event.

Leadership Contra Costa, presented by Kaiser Permanente and coordinated by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and East Bay Leadership Council, is a premier, nine-month, countywide leadership program designed for people who want to make a difference in the communities in which they live and work.

For 35 years, LCC has been helping to prepare leaders for service in private, public, and nonprofit environments.

COPA STC laid out the Welcome mat for LCC organizers and presenters, and the 32 members of the Class of 2023, who met for a day of education, inspiration, and bonding.

For some, this was their first visit to COPA STC and the Shadelands Sportsmall, the 220,000-SF youth sports training supercenter developed by Hall Equities Group. With kids in school during the day, COPA STC was the perfect setting—modeling innovation and vision—for the first leg of what will be an extraordinary journey for the LCC Class of 2023.

Leadership Contra Costa

Walnut Creek

Chamber of Commerce


Charlie Campbell, VP, Hall Equities Group (r), speaks to the LCC Class of 2023 about the Shadelands SportsMall and COPA STC, while Bob Linscheid, President of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce (l), looks on.

COPA Soccer Training Center

Shadelands SportsMall

2640 Shadelands Drive

Walnut Creek



We first met Walnut Creek Veterinary Hospital (WCVH) in the September 2021 issue of The Shadelands Scene. Owner Jill Christofferson, DVM, had recently launched the first veterinary hospital open to the public in Shadelands.

Now, Beth Schneider, MS, L.Ac., a state licensed acupuncturist with a degree in Eastern medicine and 15 years' experience in the field, has joined WCVH, offering long held Eastern medicine practices that complement the hospital’s extensive, state of the art Western veterinary medical services.

As a licensed human acupuncturist with a keen passion for helping animals live the best lives they can, Beth works with companion animals through veterinary hospitals.

She has worked throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and joined WCVH in June 2022.


The use of veterinary acupuncture is focused on helping an animal’s body heal itself by resetting the balance of energy throughout the body, done with a series of fine needles inserted at specific points in the body along meridians where blood vessels and nerves convene, sparking healing biological responses.

“Eastern and Western medicine complement each other by approaching the body differently,” says Beth. “Western medicine is excellent with diagnostic, blood work, and medications. Eastern medicine treats the body holistically, looking at long-term, chronic care to bring an imbalanced body into balance."

Most of Beth’s animal patients are older dogs and cats who come to her with geriatric issues such as arthritis and digestive issues. Some come with acute herniated disc issues.

Beth Schneider, MS, L.Ac., works with Layla, who is suffering joint pain and urinary incontinence, assisted by Sam, a doctor's assistant.

Walnut Creek

Veterinary Hospital

540 Lennon Lane

Walnut Creek


Working with Gucci, a pointer suffering tremors and degenerative disc disease, Beth inserts fine needles along the meridians to stimulate biological responses.

Some come with allergies or neurological issues such as facial paralysis and vestibular disease. All have benefited from acupuncture and the integration of Eastern and Western medicine.

"My goal is to help animals regain their balance—to keep their appetites up and their digestion working, to open up the flow of energy and unblock that which causes illness and pain. My focus is always on their quality of life."


Jon Orlino, MD, a vascular surgeon and endovascular specialist, has joined BASS Medical Group at 2637 Shadelands Drive, where BASS continues to enhance its offerings of patient-centered medical services, technologies, and physician specialists.

Dr. Orlino comes to BASS after earning his medical degree at Georgetown University in Washington DC, and completing an intensive integrated residency in vascular surgery at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Born and raised in Southern California—his mother and father are both retired nurses—Dr. Orlino headed east for medical school, with an endgame to return to California to practice.

Vascular specialists are specifically trained to diagnose and treat vascular conditions such as varicose veins, aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, deep vein thrombosis, peripheral artery disease (blockages in the legs), and dialysis access—diseases and conditions of the entire network of blood vessels apart from the heart and the brain.

At BASS, Dr. Orlino will focus on both open surgical treatment of vascular disease and minimally invasive endovascular treatments, such as the insertion of balloons and stents to divert pressure and keep arterial passageways open.

“The treatments we choose differ depending on the patient and anatomic constraints,” says Dr. Orlino, whose patients are generally older adults who often have more than one medical issue as a result of age and how their bodies have been treated over the years.

Happy to be at BASS, Dr. Orlino finds the organization to be “highly collegial and supportive" with a shared philosophy about putting patients first and foremost.

Jon Orlino, MD, Vascular Surgeon and Endovascular Specialist, BASS Medical Group

BASS Medical Group

2637 Shadelands Drive

Suite A

Walnut Creek


Dr. Orlino talks with Gabby Palacios, a member of the front office staff.

"I want to help people regain good health, and that's why I’ve chosen a speciality that allows me to do that in a number of ways," says Dr. Orlino. "To see someone’s mood change and health improve because of something we did, it's very rewarding and that’s why I got into medicine."


October is here and that means it's time for pumpkins and costumes and trick or treating! And you'll find all that and more at the Diablo Valley Farmers' Market on Saturday, October 29, when the popular farmers' market holds its annual Halloween Harvest Festival, 9am1pm.

Activities include Halloween crafts for kids, mini pumpkin decorating, and everyone's favorite, "Guess the weight of the giant pumpkin."

At 10:30am, the Costume Parade begins, when kids in their Halloween costumes parade around the market. Pull out your cameras!

There will be prizes for the best costumes, and kids can go trick or treating at the market for goodie bags and other surprises.

Fresh fall produce and Halloween delights for the whole family at the Diablo Valley Farmers' Market! 

Budding artists!

Diablo Valley Farmers' Market

Halloween Harvest Festival

October 29 | 9am1pm

N Wiget Lane & Mitchell Drive

The Diablo Valley

Farmers' Market is held Saturdays, 9am1pm

Year Round


Looking for more Halloween fun for all ages with the option for a good scare or two? Check out the Contra Costa School of Performing Arts (CoCoSPA) Halloween Haunted House & Carnival, Saturday, October 29, 4–8:30pm, held inside the school at 2730 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek.

The annual CoCoSPA Haunted House & Carnival fundraiser is completely student designed and produced by Production & Design majors, under the guidance of Kayla Knowles, Director of Production & Design and Arts Coordinator, and the student-led PD Council. This year’s theme is Supernatural Creatures & Cryptids, so be on the alert for Big Foot, the Loch Ness Monster, werewolves, and other creepy critters.

Funds raised at the event go toward the PD Council Scholarship, annually awarded to a graduating senior in the Production & Design Department who is going on to college.

“While PD students specifically produce the event, we have lots of students from all majors who participate, especially in the haunted house,” says Kayla, “because, who doesn’t want to scare the pants off their friends?”

With zero budget, students depend on what they can make themselves and what they can secure through donations for both the carnival and the haunted house.

“The carnival games vary every year,” says Kayla. “In the past we’ve had 'limb' toss, 'blood' pong, pumpkin bowling, and haunted cornhole, with winners heading straight to the prize table. It’s a lot of fun for everyone—all ages.”

The carnival is open to the public and free to attend, with a nominal cost for games, light concessions, and the haunted house. Check out the frights and delights at the CoCoSPA Haunted House & Carnival, October 29.

Mario and pals ready to entertain at last year's Haunted House & Carnival.

Contra Costa School of

Performing Arts

2730 Mitchell Drive

Walnut Creek


Haunted House & Carnival

October 29 | 4–8:30pm

Last year's Limb Toss.

Last year's Blood Pong.


Although school has been in session for a few weeks, many children may still be experiencing back-to-school anxiety. The return to school can spark acute feelings in children including excitement, anticipation, and nervousness.

“During this period of transition from summer break to in-person schooling, it’s important to create a safe, stable environment for our children to express their concerns and fears, and to reassure them that their feelings are normal” says Haylene Anesoir, MD, a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente Park Shadelands.

“Although we want to solve all of our children’s problems, it’s even more important for them to know that we are there to listen and support them,” says Dr. Anesoir.

“Give them the time and space, and then just listen and be there for them, without feeling the urge to fix their problems.”

Anxious children might be uptight or overly tense. Some need extra reassurance and can be overly clingy. They also might be quiet and eager to please.

Children should be evaluated further when anxiety becomes severe and interferes with daily activities, leads to extreme worries, or interrupts their sleep.

For more information about anxiety and other mental health resources, visit Youth Mental Health | Kaiser Permanente.

Kaiser Permanente

Park Shadelands

Medical Offices

320 Lennon Lane

Walnut Creek


Photo courtesy Kaiser Permanente

Below are a few tips for a healthy start to the new school year:

•. With the new state law requiring middle and high schools to start later in the morning, it’s important that students maintain a regular sleep schedule–especially teens who tend to stay up late and sleep in during the summer months.

• Children should get a healthy start to the day with a nutritious breakfast.

• Encourage children to read books, rather than be glued to their screens. Find ways to stimulate their brains with physical and mental activities.

• Schedule more physical activity into their daily routines. Take walks or ride bikes together as a family.


A national model for visiting animal programs, Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) Pet Hug Pack® is renowned for its accessible and compassionate teams of qualified therapy pets and their volunteer handlers.

Since 2002, hundreds of thousands of children, seniors, American veterans, and others in need have experienced the wet noses and unconditional love of these special dogs and cats.

Aside from regular visits to more than 50 hospitals and care facilities, Pet Hug Pack animals participate in education programs and outreach events as ARF ambassadors and symbols of unconditional love and compassion.

Invite the Pet Hug Pack to visit your facility for 30-60 minutes of casual animal interaction, a service that is happily provided free of charge. 

Are you interested in becoming a Pet Hug Pack volunteer? ARF is always looking for well-behaved dogs and cats to serve as therapy animals for people in need of the special type of love only an animal can provide.

For more information about ARF's Pet Hug Pack, or to schedule a visit or become a Hug Pack volunteer, visit ARF Pet Hug Pack.

Pet Hug Pack animals regularly visit local and regional hospitals and care facilities. 

2890 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek

Pet Hug Pack dogs and cats visit schools as ARF ambassadors and symbols of unconditional love.


The holidays are coming to Shadelands and you're invited!

The Center for Community Arts will host its annual two-day Handcrafted Holiday Sale showcasing handmade ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, photography, prints, and much more, all created by Community Arts students and teaching artists.

A portion of the sales will benefit Center for Community Arts, the Clay Arts Guild, and the Community Arts Foundation.

Handcrafted Holiday Sale

Shadelands Art Center

111 N. Wiget Lane

Walnut Creek

Saturday, December 3


Sunday, December 4


Center for Community Arts

Shadelands Art Center

111 N. Wiget Lane

Walnut Creek



The Walnut Creek Historical Society has a full fall schedule of events to entertain the whole family. Mark your calendars now!

Downtown Walking Tour

Final Saturday tour of 2022

October 8 | 9:30am

Meet at the Liberty Plaza fountain

Free | Registration required

• Holiday Teas are back!

Featuring a three-course luncheon with scones, homemade lemon curd, and secret Shadelands Tea Blend held inside the historic 1903 Hiram Penniman home.

Luncheon Teas

November 26–December 11

Seatings everyday

11am & 1:30pm

Champagne Teas

December 3 | 4pm

December 10 | 4pm

Cost | Reservations required

Call for reservations


• Santa & Mrs. Claus return!

November 26 | 1am–4pm

$5/person | Tickets required

Walnut Creek

Historical Society

Shadelands Ranch Museum

2660 Ygnacio Valley Road

Walnut Creek



The Walnut Creek, Concord, and Pleasant Hill chambers of commerce are hosting an October Civic Affairs Forum featuring the two candidates vying to replace retiring Karen Mitchoff on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.

BART Director Debora Allen and Pleasant Hill City Councilmember Ken Carlson will appear on the November ballot to fill the District IV position, which covers Concord, Clayton, Pleasant Hill, and parts of Walnut Creek.

This is a moderated event and attendees will hear from both candidates.


Civic Affairs Forum

Contra Costa County

Board of Supervisors

District IV Candidates

Tuesday, October 11

9–10am | Virtual

The Zoom link will be sent

the day before the forum.

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