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New Musical Art Project in Downtown

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Painted Pianos in Downtown Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek, CA. (August 22, 2019) - Walnut Creek Downtown is proud to announce a new musical art project called, “Painted Pianos!” Eight pianos will be donated by Steinway Piano Gallery and hand-painted by local artists on site, in downtown Walnut Creek and the Center for Community Arts’ Shadelands campus courtyard. Artists will paint their assigned pianos September 3-8 & leave them for the public to enjoy. The pianos will be strategically placed for the public to play September 9–October 18. Read full press release here.

Construction Begins for Downtown Mini-Plaza

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Downtown Walnut Creek’s New Mini-Plaza on North Main Street

Walnut Creek, CA. (August 27, 2019) – This summer the City of Walnut Creek will be undertaking construction of the Cypress Mini-Plaza Project. This project is a public-private partnership between the City and Walnut Creek Downtown (WCD), which will enhance the public sidewalk area aesthetically on the west side of North Main Street, extending north from DiMaggio's Barber Shop (1379 N. Main Street) to Cypress Street. Read full press release here.

Membership Party

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Walnut Creek Downtown celebrated its annual Membership Party at the Capital One Café on April 17.

Guests enjoyed food & beverages provided by downtown businesses, Havana Catering & Buon Vino.  Here are a few photos from the event – if you’re a WCD member & weren’t able to make this year’s event, we hope to see you in 2020!

Walnut Creek Downtown Announces the Appointment of Three New Board Members

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Walnut Creek, CA— January 2019- Walnut Creek Downtown (WCD) announces the appointment of three new members. WCD Executive Director Kathy Hemmenway, says “All three of our newest Board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to promote and strengthen the economic vitality of our Walnut Creek community”.

The new board members are as follows:

  • Kristin Lincoln, Owner, Love + Chocolate, Walnut Creek
  • Tony Kallingal, Regional Manager, Mechanics Bank, Walnut Creek
  • Jennifer Perry, Owner, The Ballet School Performing Arts, Walnut Creek

WCD Board of Directors: Angela De La Housayne, Barney Fonzi, Kathy Hemmenway, Bonnie Waters, Jim Telford, Tracy Dietlein, Sue Rainey, Reimund Maks, Bob Power, Peggy White, Debbie Dimich, Gary Skrel, Kristin Lincoln, Tony Kallingal, and Jennifer Perry.

Walnut Creek Downtown
WCD’s mission is to work with its 650 members and community partners to promote and enhance downtown business and economic vitality.

Press Release Contact:
Kathy Hemmenway,
Executive Director

Walnut Creek Downtown


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