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BASS Medical Group recently welcomed Ali Hamraz, M.D., to its Shadelands campus. Dr. Hamraz joined BASS in February 2022, with a specialty in Internal Medicine and a sub-specialty in Endocrinology. His extensive education and training at University of Kansas Medical Center and HCA Healthcare in Las Vegas follow his years of education and practice as a general practitioner in Iran.

With a large, close-knit community of family and friends in Northern California and strong ties to the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Hamraz says he is exactly where he wants to be, "helping patients toward good overall health and working with amazing colleagues in my chosen field."

Endocrinologists specialize in diagnosing and treating health conditions related to hormones, the chemical messengers that affect critical body processes such as growth, development, and metabolism. Dr. Hamraz treats adult patients with Type 1 & 2 diabetes, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, and other endocrine disorders.

“I’m drawn to the long-term relationship and close rapport with patients, being able to make solid diagnoses based on symptoms, labs, and other diagnostic modalities," says Dr. Hamraz. “Step by step, we get results and discover and treat conditions through evidence-based medicine. And I like getting to know my patients during this journey."

Dr. Hamraz' easy smile, affability, and demonstrated compassion have made his transition into the established medical group enjoyable for him and for his new office team members.

Open and honest communication with his patients is important to Dr. Hamraz, who is keen on respecting fully all patients who come to him for help, often scared, ill-informed, or embarrassed to offer personal information that would aid the diagnosis and treatment process.
2637 Shadelands Drive
Entrance E
Walnut Creek
Dr. Ali Hamraz, endocrinologist, BASS Medical Group
"That's why I spend quality time with my patients. When they understand the basic pathophysiology of an endocrine disorder and appropriate treatment options available for their condition, they are far more engaged in their own process of treatment, long-term management, and healingand success."

Welcome to Shadelands, Dr. Hamraz!
Sequoia Surgical Pavilion, one of the Bay Area’s premier outpatient surgery centers, has received the industry’s most significant orthopaedic certification on total joint replacements.

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation, recently awarded the Sequoia Surgical Pavilion with the AAAHC Advanced Orthopaedic Certification focusing on total joint replacements.

The certification is designed for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) that provide high quality care and comply with rigorous, specialty-focused standards. AAAHC indicates there are currently only 20 centers in the United States that have been granted this certification.

“We perform a variety of orthopaedic procedures at Sequoia including hip, knee, ankle, and shoulder replacements; and hand and foot surgeries. What sets us apart from other ACSs is our high volume joint replacement program. Our team is efficient at providing the utmost quality and seamless patient experience,” says Wendy Wong, M.D., Sequoia Surgical Pavilion’s total joint replacement medical director. “The AAAHC Advanced Orthopaedic Certification sets a high bar, and this huge honor is the result of years of dedication from everyone on our team.”

Read the full news release here.
2405 Shadelands Drive
Suite 200
Walnut Creek
Surgeons performing joint replacement at Sequoia Surgical Pavilion.
Sequoia Surgical Pavilion 2405 Shadelands Drive, Suite 200
Sequoia Surgical Pavilion!
The wait is over. Plucked Chicken & Beer opens its doors to hungry diners on Friday, March 4, with a menu of fried chicken sandwiches, tacos, tenders, salads, waffle fries, and of course, beer.

Plans for the grand opening include sampling throughout the day and a drawing for a chance to win a $100 Plucked Chicken & Beer gift card.

Ashley Korba, the Regional Director of the Plucked Chicken & Beer brand, oversees all four locations: San Ramon, Pleasanton, Livermore, and now Walnut Creek.

"We're excited to be opening here, in The Orchardsthis is a great location, great people. We've had enthusiastic outreach from the community, telling us how excited they are and asking when we're going to open. This tells us that there's a huge need and want for what we offer."

Their quality is second to none, says Ashley. "We make everything fresh. We serve everything fresh. Diners can modify items by adding or deleting because we make everything fresh to order."
Grand Opening March 4

2317 Oak Grove Road
Walnut Creek
Stop by Plucked Chicken & Beer on March 4 and enter the drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Check out the menu here, and enjoy!
Spring registration for classes and workshops is now open at Center for Community Arts. Explore ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, glass, jewelry, weaving, sewing, music, yoga, theater, dance, culinary arts, and more. Check out all spring classes and register here.

Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Learn more about financial aid and apply here.

Camp Community Arts offers creative arts experiences for children ages 5–14 over spring break, April 4–8.

Students will learn about artists from around the world as they produce their own works of art under the guidance of staff and teaching artists in a supportive environment.

• Artists Academy, ages 5–10
Students will experience a mixture of visual arts, three-dimensional arts, expressive arts, and music.

• The Artist Studio, ages 11–4
Students will experience a multi-disciplinary arts education in drawing, painting, printmaking, and media.

To learn more and register, visit Camp Community Arts.
111 N. Wiget Lane
Walnut Creek
The first four months of a puppy's life are important to their lifelong development. Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) offers Puppy Socials, where impressionable young pups learn how to behave well around humans and other animals under the guidance of skilled instructors.

Puppies get 45 minutes of supervised fun with other puppies 10–20 weeks old in a clean, safe environment, learning how to be comfortable in new surroundings, while building coordination, self-awareness, impulse control, bite inhibition, and valuable dog-dog communication skills.

Plus, the puppies couldn't be cuter to watch. See for yourself in this video.

Visit ARF Puppy Socials for more information and to reserve a spot for your pup.

2890 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek
Trivia Night | Tuesdays | 7–9pm
Think you know your trivia? Join in the fun at Calicraft every Tuesday for Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night. Modeled after pub quizzes in Ireland and the U.K., Geeks Who Drink is a homespun trivia quiz and a chance to drink with friends without burning brain cells. Calicraft matches the fun with food trucks and fresh beer.

Tuesdays, 7–9pm
March 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29


St. Patrick's Day
March 1720
Calicraft is planning a special St. Patrick's Day four-day weekend celebration, March 17–20. Look for food trucks, live music, and special Calicraft brews available that weekend only.

Live music:
• Friday, March 18: Fox and Bones from Portland, Oregon, 5–8pm.
• Saturday, March 19: Local favorite Eric Eckstein, 4–7pm.

Food trucks:
• Thursday, March 17, Lucia's Pizza
• Friday, March 18, Al Pastor Papi
• Saturday, March 19, Slip & Slide
• Sunday, March 20, Ceviche & Co


Suddenly Spring Makers Market
Saturday, March 26 | 1–7pm

Visit Calicraft's Suddently Spring pop-up market and celebrate the arrival of the new season. Enjoy live music, food trucks, and micro-brews while supporting small, local businesses at Calicraft's outdoor family-friendly, pet-friendly event showcasing the arts and crafts of more than 20 small-batch artisans—makers who craft with sustainability in mind.
Trivia Night players in the Calicraft Beer Garden getting their answers in order.
Taproom & Beer Garden
2700 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek
Makers Market at Calicraft, featuring arts and crafts of local small-batch artisans.
Good news for shoppers looking for fresh and local produce. The Certified Diablo Valley Farmers' Market is open year round in Shadelands, 9am–1pm, located at N. Wiget Lane and Mitchell Drive.

Founded in 2009, the popular Diablo Valley Farmers' Market offers organic produce, meats, fish, dairy products, baked goods, plants, and handcrafted items (and more) from more than 40 farm stands and vendors.

According to our friends at Diablo Valley Farmers' Market, California is the world's 5th largest supplier of food, cotton fiber, and other agricultural commodities.

The Golden State produces more than 400 different crops and is the nation's sole producer (99% or more) of many specialty crops including almonds, artichokes, clingstone peaches, figs, olives, persimmons, pistachios, pomegranates, raisins, and walnuts.

Visit the Diablo Valley Farmers' Market, Saturdays, year round, and enjoy the bounty of fresh, organic, in-season produce picked at the peak of ripeness—from farm to table.
Saturdays, 9am1pm
N. Wiget Lane & Mitchell Drive

40+ farmers and vendors
Year round, rain or shine
Leadership Contra Costa (LCC), presented by Kaiser Permanente and coordinated by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau and East Bay Leakership Council, is a premier countywide leadership program, designed for people who want to make a difference in the lives of others and in the communities in which they live, work, and play.

Now in its 35th year, LCC is accepting applications for the September 2022May 2023 Class. Apply here.

For more information about the program and interview process, visit Leadership Contra Costa, or contact Bob Linscheid, President & CEO, Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce, 925.934.2997.
1280 Civic Drive, Suite 100
Walnut Creek
Springtime mustard welcomes visitors to Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (Pam Kessler)
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