Walnut Creek is home to a variety of non-profit entities that provide valuable services and programs to our community. Join us the 2nd Saturday of each month to go behind the scenes at some of our local non-profits with the return of the “2nd Saturday Spotlight.”
Each second Saturday, the Mayor will lead a group of citizens to a non-profit agency and then add an optional walking tour of the community in which the agency is located. See how the community connections are made throughout Walnut Creek, and get to know parts of the City you might not have yet explored.
Registration for each Spotlight is separate; registering for one will not commit you to the full slate of tours.
JULY SPOTLIGHT: Walnut Creek Gardens Stroll Saturday, July 13 9:00 a.m.
The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive
Registration is open for the July edition of the 2nd Saturday Spotlight. Take a stroll through Walnut Creek's two notable gardens. We will start the morning at the Gardens at Heather Farm, where we'll enjoy the fabulous rose garden, the conservation area, and the new community garden. Then, we will walk (or drive) to the world-renowned Ruth Bancroft Garden, where we'll see the collection of succulents and drought-tolerant plants from around the world and enjoy the annual Sculpture in the Garden show. Register here.
Registered guests are asked to bring a signed waiver on the day of the tour. Download the waiver here.
Don't miss the August event when we open the doors to our City's Public Works Corp Yard -- one of our most popular tours!
Future spotlights will shine on local CERT teams and the Trinity Center.
PRIOR SPOTLIGHT VISITS:
JUNE: Thank you to the staff of the Walnut Creek Historical Society that hosted a Living History Tour at Shadelands Ranch.
MAY: Thank you to John Muir Health staff for a wonderful behind the scenes tour at the Walnut Creek Medical Center. Thank you also to the wonderful Rancho San Miguel neighbors who opened their doors and offered a tour of their unique Eichler homes.
APRIL: Shell Ridge Open Space and Lake Lakewood Neighborhood
The Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation hosted our April tour through Shell Ridge, providing guests with the stories that made the area come alive for our hike. Following the April 2nd Saturday Spotlight, neighbors who live in the Lake Lakewood area shared the unique history of their community, and its role in enabling the Open Space to be preserved for generations to come.
MARCH: Meals on Wheels and Walnut Creek Senior Services
You have probably heard of "Meals on Wheels," but do you know what it takes to operate an organization that serves nearly 10,000 residents throughout Contra Costa County each year? Participants in March's 2nd Saturday Spotlight got a glimpse of the enormous amount of work that goes into coordinating meal preparation and delivery, as well as other programs managed by Meals on Wheels Diablo Region. Thank you to those who joined us for our "virtual" walk of the neighborhood, followed by a visit to The Arroyo.
FEBRUARY: Lesher Center for the Arts
Dozens of Walnut Creek residents were treated to a backstage tour of the Lesher Center, finding out what it takes to put on a production of any size and type. Thank you to the Lesher Center staff for a wonderful opportunity. Participants also got a chance to visit the Bedford Gallery.
JANUARY: Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)
Thank you to the team at ARF who let us go behind the scenes to see how the operation is managed, and to meet some incredible four-legged friends. If you aren't familiar with the history of ARF, it is worth seeing how it all began, with an unexpected visitor to the Oakland Coliseum back in 1990 during a game between the A's and the Yankees. If you have a few minutes, watch this video online to see how a feline named Evie captured the heart of Tony La Russa.
After the tour, residents from the nearby Woodlands neighborhood led a group walking tour of their community, and shared the history and development of the area.
For questions, or assistance with registration, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.