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Free family festival
celebrating Shadelands!

Sunday, June 26 | 11am3pm
Community-wide festival!
A Salute to Public Service

Shadelands SportsMall
2640 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek

Live Music & Entertainment
Food Trucks & Craft Beer
Sports Activities
Vendor Booths
Demonstrations & Giveaways
Complimentary branded sunglasses
to the first 1,000 attendees

Tour the Shadelands SportsMall
during its Grand Opening celebration

Local taprooms
will bring their best microbrews
to the table.

Food vendors scheduled to serve:

Promote your
Shadelands business
at Made in the Shade!
Register here.
Availability is limited.
Sign up early to guarantee your spot.

In addition to summer festival fun, Made in the Shade will honor the role public service plays in the health and well being of our communities with a special Salute to Public Service presentation.

Details & event updates at

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Held in association with the Grand Opening of the Shadelands SportsMall, Made in the Shade will feature free sports activities for young and old.

Batting cages
Yoga • Soccer
Volleyball • Basketball
Taekwondo • Rock climbing

Kaiser Permanente Northern California and its pediatricians participate in the innovative Reach Out and Read program, providing age-appropriate books to children ages 6 months to 5 years during well-check visits.

Across the nation, parents and pediatricians continue to stress the importance of reading to children of all ages. This can be difficult during the digital era, but parents who start reading to their children early will encourage lifelong readers.

It’s never too early to start reading to your child, says Haylene Anesoir, MD, a pediatrician at the Kaiser Permanente Park Shadelands Medical Offices in Walnut Creek. Even babies benefit from hearing stories.

“Since we know that more than 80 percent of a child's brain is formed by age 3, pediatricians can give parents tools to help them facilitate this growth and development,” says Dr. Anesoir. “Giving children new books during their visits is one of my favorite parts of my job."

More than 200,000 books are distributed annually to children through nearly 80 Kaiser Permanente pediatric clinics and satellite sites.

“In our community, we have patients of different races, religions, and abilities,” says Dr. Anesoir. “Many times, these children are not represented in the books that they have at home or in their classrooms. Providing children with books that feature people who look like they do can open our patients’ eyes to their value and worth in the community. It also allows children to see the value of those around them.” 

Check out the Reach Out and Read list of recommended diverse and inclusive children’s books.
It's never too early to start reading to your child.
Park Shadelands Medical Offices
320 Lennon Lane
Walnut Creek
80% a child's brain is formed by age 3.
Parents who start reading to their children early will encourage lifelong readers.

Sunday, June 5 | 10am–3pm
Museum open for tours

So great the first time, let's do it again! The 2nd annual Shadelands Ranch Classic Car Show will be held outdoors on the grounds of the Shadelands Ranch Museum on Sunday, June 5. This free, family-friendly event features classic cars in all shapes, sizes, and custom paint jobs; live music; food trucks; awards; and raffle prizes.

Do you have a classic car that you would like to show? Click here for a participant application. For more information about showing your car, call 925.935.7871.
Shadelands Ranch Museum
2660 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek
Located at the SW corner of Shadelands Drive and N. Wiget Lane you'll find a gem of a garden: Our Garden, a one-acre public demonstration garden built and maintained by volunteers of the UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County.

Our Garden Master Gardeners are local residents and volunteers who have trained through the University of California Cooperative Extension and now share their knowledge and enthusiasm for gardening with community members.

Their focus is to educate home, community, and school gardeners on sustainable, environmentally friendly gardening practices.

You name it, they grow it. Tomatoes. Squash. Leeks. Garlic. Peas. Beans. Onions. Eggplant. Kale. And so much more. The orchard is lush with apples, pears, citrus, stone fruits, and even avocados. Green and red table grapes grow in the vineyard. Winter crops of lettuce and cabbage keep Our Garden producing year round.

Master Gardeners donate all harvested fruits and vegetables to the Monument Crisis Center; last year's donation came in at 14,000 lbs of fresh produce.

Visitors are encouraged to wander through the garden, attend weekly presentations, and get advice and answers to gardening questions from the Ask a Master Gardener team.

Presentations are generally held Wednesdays, 10–11:30am, under the big oak tree, and the Ask a Master Gardener team is available Wednesdays, 9am–Noon.

In addition to their work at the Our Garden site, Master Gardeners also present educational talks on sustainable gardening at libraries and other public venues throughout Contra Costa County.

Visit UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County and Our Garden for links to articles and tips & techniques for building and managing your sustainable, edible gardens.
Master Gardener volunteers have built a bountiful organic garden in Shadelands.
The two most important components to creating a productive garden are putting the infrastructure in place (beds and irrigation) and using healthy soil.
Harvested organic produce benefits Monument Crisis Center.
Southwest corner of
N. Wiget Ln & Shadelands Dr
Walnut Creek

Open to the public
Wednesdays | 9am–Noon
In 2021, Our Garden donated 14,000 lbs of fresh produce to people in need.
Espaliered fruit treas are pruned and tied against the border fence running along N. Wiget Lane.
The Kebab Shop, a modern, family-owned Mediterranean fast casual restaurant, is opening soon...ish [according to the friendly sign posted above the front door] in The Orchards next to Blades Co. Barber Shop.

Targeting a June grand opening, The Kebab Shop will be open for lunch and dinner, 10:30am to 9pm, seven days a week.

In addition to indoor seating for 40 to 50 diners, the restaurant will offer take-out, delivery, and catering.

Check out The Kebab Shop's menu here.

More to follow as The Kebab Shop readies to open its doors and lay out the Welcome mat.
The Orchards at Walnut Creek
2359 Oak Grove Road
Walnut Creek
LunchboxWax Bay Area, which opened in The Orchards in 2016, has rebranded and is now Radiant Waxing, a name that reflects the business's core values and positive in-salon culture. A leader in the beauty and wellness industry, "Radiant Waxing's mission is to make every guest who walks into the salon to walk out feeling radiant," says Nicky Lecher, franchise owner of three Bay Area Radiant Waxing salons.

With a focus on gender inclusivity, the salon provides services for all people, skin types, and body parts in a comfortable boutique setting with private waxing rooms, innovative and refined waxing techniques, and professionally trained, licensed, and state accredited aestheticians.

“At the end of the day, I don’t think what you call the business makes a big difference,” says Nicky. “It comes down to your team, and your loyal guests. But, rebranding with a name that says what the business is—Radiant Waxing—is more powerful and less confusing than our previous LunchboxWax. We offer the same premium experience and quality service wrapped inside a new name."

Lecher, a former lawyer and "almost professional" tennis player, owns three thriving Bay Area Radiant Waxing salons. The secret to her success is her passion for nurturing relationships, and she says that begins with her team.

“Our focus is on our waxologists and setting them up for success. Everyone always says the guest is the most important part; I still say the most important part is your team. A happy guest is the result of a happy team.”

The Orchards at Walnut Creek
2848 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek
LunchboxWas is now Radiant Waxing.
Nicky Lecher, Radiant Waxing franchise owner, greets guests at the front counter.
Waxologist Lina Bertalan readies her room for her next guest.
Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) has redesigned and updated its website, going live last month with great enthusiasm.

"As technology has changed over the years, it was important for our team to create a website that would be able to keep up with today's users," says Erin Thompson, ARF Marketing Manager. "For instance, more than one half of our users now access our website from mobile devices, so we knew we had to adjust the mobile responsiveness of our site."

Beyond technological enhancements, however, Erin says ARF's redesign "offers a more inclusive and intuitive experience to help us save more lives. We wanted a better platform for presenting our services, for sharing adoption updates, and for telling some of our incredible, heartwarming stories that illustrate People Rescuing Animals...Animals Rescuing People."
2890 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek
Check out the new
This summer, the City of Walnut Creek will be repaving Lennon Lane and a portion of N. Via Monte in Shadelands. The funding for the project will come from reserves established by Shadelands property owners and which can only be spent within the business park.

Along with the asphalt work, additional changes will be made to Lennon Lane, including a pilot project of one-way separated bikeways or "protected bike lanes."

The goal of the bicycle and pedestrian improvements is to make Shadelands a business and lifestyle center of the future, offering safe alternatives to driving cars by providing comfortable space for people walking, biking, and using other mobility devices in and around Shadelands.

Watch for updates from the City of Walnut Creek and in the July issue of The Shadelands Scene.
Roadway improvements coming to Lennon Lane and a portion of N. Via Monte this summer.
Example of a one-way separated bikeway, also known as a protected bike lane.
Construction is well underway at the site of the new one-story, 8,014-SF, purpose-built building that will be the new home of the Bank of America (BofA) branch that is currently located (but temporarily closed) across the street in Citrus Center.

Joining BofA retail banking at the new location on the NW corner of Shadelands Drive and Oak Grove Road will be Merrill financial advisors.

This is the site of the former HMS Endeavor restaurant, popular in the 1980s, but empty and in disrepair for more than 20 years before it burned in 2010. Good to see this parcel coming to life.

Look for construction updates and news of Bank of America's grand opening in future issues of The Shadelands Scene.
Construction is underway at the site of the new Bank of America Shadelands branch.
Future home of
2153 Oak Grove Road
Walnut Creek
After a two-year absence due to the pandemic, the Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival presented by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau returns to Heather Farm Park.

Saturday, June 4 | 11am–7pm
Sunday, June 5 | 11am–6pm

Free admission • Free concerts
Free shuttle service
Entertainment for the whole family

Art & Wine will feature top-quality, Bay Area music and entertainment for the entire family; award-winning California and international wines; microbrews and domestic beers; a Craft Beer Garden; arts and crafts marketplace; ethnic and traditional foods; an interactive Kids Zone; and the Festival Train, a family favorite.

For event details and entertainment schedules, visit Walnut Creek Chamer Art & Wine Festival.
Saturday, June 4 | 11am–7pm
Sunday, June 5 | 11am–6pm
Heather Farm Park
301 N. San Carlos Drive
Walnut Creek
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