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Walnut Creek Mayor's Message

Jun 27, 2016 11:07AM ● By Loella Haskew

Loella Haskew, Mayor of Walnut Creek

Arts and Recreation

When I think about the quality of life in Walnut Creek, a few things come to mind: opportunities for outdoor recreation, a thriving arts scene and a multitude of ways to explore life-long learning. The city’s arts and recreation department offers programs that are integral to the Walnut Creek experience and truly enhance the quality of life for all ages.

To better tell this story, the department has recently undergone a re-branding process to develop a new logo and visual style. The new brand captures the vibrant, playful, and diverse intersection of programming offered through Walnut Creek Arts and Recreation.

Look for the Fall Guide to Arts + Rec in early August to see the new brand come to life.  The guide can be accessed at

The arts and recreation department is another example of how “Walnut Creek Works” by building community connections, inspiring new ideas, and helping people of all ages develop new skills and talents. I invite residents throughout the region to join in the high quality offerings of classes, workshops, special events, and camps. Thank you for making our community more connected as you explore, discover, and create this summer.

The following are just a few of the ways you and your family can get in on the action:

Movies Under the Stars
Bring your picnic and watch the stars come out over Walnut Creek while enjoying family-friendly movies. Movies begin at sunset. Please do not bring pets. Movies Under the Stars are brought to you by the City of Walnut Creek, Walnut Creek Recreation, and Walnut Creek Downtown. On July 29, enjoy Inside Out at Heather Farm Ballfield #2. For further information: (925) 943-5858 or

10th Annual Chevron Family Theatre Festival

July 16, beginning at 10am, Lesher Center for the Arts
Enjoy more than two dozen professional performances in the Lesher Center's three theaters, lobbies, and right outside. Events outside are free; performances inside the theatres are just $5 per person, run 45-60 minutes long, and are appropriate for all ages. Tickets and full schedule are available at

Community Build for Ruth Bancroft Garden Ceramic Mural
August 20 – 21, 9am – 4pm, Civic Arts Education’s Ceramics Studio (1365 Civic Drive)
Community members from toddlers to seniors are invited to drop in to team up on ceramic tiles for two 20’ x 4’ wall murals that will be installed in spring or summer of 2017 at the Ruth Bancroft Garden. This event is free for everyone, and all skill levels are welcome.

Registration is still open for popular summer camps and weekly classes for adults and children.

Visit or for more information.

Safety Tip:  Now that summer is here, many people will be riding their bicycles.  When on city streets, bicyclists should watch for parked cars that might pull out of the space without looking. Also, be wary of street-side car doors suddenly opening right in front of bicyclists.