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Mayor's Message Walnut Creek

Dec 06, 2017 09:57AM ● By Rich Carlston

Walnut Creek Embraces the Spirit of the Holidays

The holiday spirit is alive in Walnut Creek. In addition to dozens of special events and activities, there are many opportunities to do good for others. I always enjoy the Walnut Creek Police Department’s annual Toys for Tots drive. Join me in spreading the magic of the season by donating new, unwrapped toys for underprivileged children. Bring toys to the donation bins in the lobby of City Hall, 1666 N. Main Street, before December 12. The Walnut Creek Police Department will deliver the toys to the Marines’ Toys for Tots program. For more information, call Lauren Gehring, 925-256-3583.

Another local cause is the Winter Nights Shelter for the homeless. This will be the third winter that Trinity Center has operated an overnight shelter in Walnut Creek. The overnight shelter offers more than a bed and a meal; shelter clients work with case managers to find employment and housing. Of the 61 people who stayed in the overnight shelter during the 2016-17 season, 19 obtained jobs, 14 received temporary housing, and five were placed in permanent housing.

Trinity Center is seeking donations to help with the Winter Nights Shelter program. Learn more at or call (925) 949-8712.

They are always seeking donations and volunteer help.

Taking Time for Fun

There are so many ways to enjoy the holidays in Walnut Creek! Here are a few suggestions:

Ice skating in Civic Park

Walnut Creek on Ice returns to Civic Park for the 13th year. Sponsored by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and Walnut Creek Downtown, the ice rink hosts a number of special events, as well as birthday parties and skating lessons. For more information, go to or call 925-935-7669. (Photo by Susan Wood Photography)

Holiday Faire at the Shadelands and Victorian Holiday Tea
The historic Shadelands Ranch home is specially decorated for the holidays. Enjoy a festive Victorian Holiday Tea and peruse dozens of beautiful handcrafted items for sale by more than 30 vendors. The Faire will be open daily from 10am to 4pm through December 10. Tea will be served at 11am and 1:30pm. Advance reservations for the Victorian Tea are required; the cost is $35 per person. Call 925-935-7871. Shadelands Ranch Museum, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road.

A Christmas Carol at the Lesher Center for the Arts

There is a reason why critics call Center REP’s production of the holiday favorite “THE Christmas Carol to see in the Bay Area.” Director Scott Denison brings fresh ideas and surprises to each year’s production, making it a delight for first-time and return patrons alike. A Christmas Carol runs through December 17. Go to for tickets.

Holiday shows at Lesher Center for the Arts

In addition the Center REP’s production of A Christmas Carol, there are all kinds of special holiday shows at the Lesher Center for the Arts. Youngsters will enjoy Fantasy Forum’s The Biggest Gift, while music lovers can choose from concerts by the California Symphony and the Diablo Symphony. There is even a holiday magic show by Alex Ramon! For the entire list of holiday shows, go to

You can see there is much to appreciate right here in Walnut Creek. Go for a peaceful hike in the open space, lace up those skates at Walnut Creek on Ice, take in a show at the Lesher Center for the Arts, or treat yourself to a delicious meal at one of our many restaurants.

However you choose to spend your December, I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2018!