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.


APRIL SPOTLIGHT:  Saturday, April 13    9:00 a.m. -- 11:45 a.m.

Spotlight on Walnut Creek Open Space -- Shell Ridge

It has been more than 35 years since Walnut Creek residents voted to protect the open space hills and to tax themselves to fund the purchase of these lands.

Come join us on Saturday, April 13, as the 2nd Saturday Spotlight celebrates the legacy of our open space.  Explore the work of the Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation in Shell Ridge, and learn about the history of the community-focused open space work, as well as the Lakewood neighborhood that "led the charge."

The event is free, but we ask that you register in advance online.   We also ask that you fill out and bring a copy of this waiver.   Please note that this is a walking tour of Walnut Creek open space -- wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots.



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 community@walnut-creek.org.