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5.9.20

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Filling in a coloring page is one of our favorite calming, creative activities. Lucky for us, there has been an outpouring of artists sharing their work for budding creatives across the globe to color in! Be sure to check out these artists for their wonderful printable coloring pages: 

Christine Wong Yap: 
http://christinewongyap.com/work/2014/makethings-happen/index.html

Jen Stark: 
https://www.jenstark.com/s/ColoringBook-JenStark.pdf

Ines Longevial: 
https://ineslongevial.com/coloring-longevial

James Jean: 
https://store.jamesjean.com/

Susana S.: 
https://www.thedesigningchica.com/coloring-pages/

Net Tesfay: 
https://www.kokebstudio.com/#Coloring

#WalnutCreekArtsandRec #coloringpages

5.7.20

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Need a podcast rec? We’ve gotcha! Our team member and podcast lover Claire (from Bedford Gallery) picked out some of her current favorites. Check em’ out below, and let us know what your favorites are in the comments! 

-Dolly Parton’s America: Who doesn’t love Dolly? This podcast dives head first into the Dollyverse, revealing surprising, cross-cultural music history. 
https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/dolly-partons-america

-My Favorite Murder: A guilty pleasure! True crime fans will adore this pod'. 
https://myfavoritemurder.com/

-You Must Remember This: For all you cinephiles out there! This podcast explores the hidden, and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood's first century.
http://www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com/

-Hidden Brain: What drives our decisions? This fascinating podcast reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior. 
https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510308/hidden-brain

#WalnutCreekArtsandRec

5.5.20

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Happy #NationalTeachersDay! We are immensely proud of our Walnut Creek teachers, who have been going beyond the call of duty to provide vital mentorship, resources, and stability to families across the Bay Area. Thank you teachers, for your dedication, resilience and leadership. Be sure to #thankateacher today and let them know how much they matter! 

#WalnutCreekArtsandRec #teachersday  #TeacherDay2020

5.1.20

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Let's show some love for our favorite shops during this difficult time! For a full list of Walnut Creek restaurants and shops that are open, head to: walnut-creek.com/list-of-businesses #WalnutCreekDowntown #SupportWalnutCreek

4.29.20

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, it's more important than ever to fight loneliness with love for our elders. Non-profit "Love For the Elderly" is collecting letters of love for isolated seniors amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out: lovefortheelderly.org for how to get involved! #WalnutCreekArtsandRec

 4.27.20

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NEW! Walnut Creek has launched Neighbor Express, a free neighbor to neighbor volunteer connection for grocery delivery & meal drop off. Anyone in Walnut Creek who is at extra risk from COVID-19 can request a delivery. Healthy community members can sign up to volunteer to make deliveries. Let’s come together as a community to support those most in need – learn more at walnutcreek.neighborexpress.org. #walnutcreekworkstogether

4.22.20

The celebration of Earth Day has spread globally. In light of COVID-19 getting together with your community may not be an option, which is why you can do these 15 fun Earth Day kids activities on your own or with your immediate family without straying too far from home. ⁠

Head to walnut-creek.org/socialmediacalendar to learn more!  ⁠

#WalnutCreekArtsRec #EarthDay2020 

4.20.20

 

 

In this special time of reflection and sheltering-in-place, Center REP introduces a new view at home video series called ReActs. Artistic Director Michael Butler has invited artists who have previously graced the REP stage to revisit a favorite role. New videos will be posted everyday Tuesday! http://www.centerrep.org/reacts.php #WalnutCreekArtsandRec #CommunityArtsWC

 

4.19.20 

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Kids for the Bay is posting incredible outdoor activities to enjoy with your kiddos! Here’s one of our favorites… bird watching in your own backyard! 

1. Try to go out in the morning or evening when birds are most active.
2. Sit quietly and still for 5-10 minutes (or longer) and observe the birds you see and hear!
3. Think about the following questions: How are their songs different? Where do you notice the bird? In a tree, on the ground or flying around? 

Find their full activity and bird watching guide on their website: http://kidsforthebay.org/pages/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Bird-Watching.docx-2.pdf

4.18. 20  
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You could treat the weekends like any other day spent in quarantine, but there’s something to be said for the mental health benefits of keeping Saturdays and Sundays separate from the regular workweek. Here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.

https://food52.com/blog/25162-weekend-activities-during-coronavirus-quarantine

#WalnutCreekFun #WalnutCreekArtsRec #AloneTogether 

 4.17.20

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The best way for everyone to protect themselves right now is to stay home. But if you've gotta head out for an essential errand, consider using a DIY face mask like this.

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/a32084240/how-to-make-no-sew-homemade-face-masks/ #WalnutCreekFun

#WalnutCreekArtsRec #AloneTogether

4.16.20 

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 Center for Community Arts @communityartswc will be offering 60 plus Zoom-based online arts classes this spring including classes in drawing, painting, digital media, dance, music, drama, creative writing and more! Join Community Arts’ teaching artists in hands-on arts classes and be part of building community online through the process of creating together. Registration for virtual arts classes is now open at communityarts.org/virtual #walnutcreekartsandrec #virtuallearning #walnutcreekfun #communityartswc

 

4.15.20 Indoor Activities for Kids

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Wondering what to do if you’re stuck inside with your kids all day? This huge list of active indoor activities will keep your kids — from toddlers to teens — busy and burning energy!

https://whatmomslove.com/kids/active-indoor-games-activities-for-kids-to-burn-energy/

#WalnutCreekFun  #WalnutCreekArtsRec   #AloneTogether

  

4.14.20 Daily Digital Cooking Classes for Kids

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Delish's editorial director Joanna Saltz and her kids will be going live on Instagram every week day at 1pm EST to share cook-along videos for you and your little ones. Or just you—we do not judge. Come back here each week so you can sneak a peek at what we'll be cooking (and make your shopping list). And don't stress if you can't join us in real time; the videos will be saved on our Instagram for 24 hours.

https://www.delish.com/food-news/g31786555/delish-instagram-live-kids-cooking-class/?fbclid=IwAR30r7KIz6ifqSl1_a--b4T8_3qBUoeyyBuew9hzhXGxtM6ggnUqxyfQtvI

#WalnutCreekFUN #WalnutCeekArtsandRec

4.13.20 Zoom Bingo for Seniors

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Seniors, have some fun with the Walnut Creeks Arts + Rec staff with a virtual game of bingo (using Zoom!) on Tuesday April 14 at 12:30 pm!

Receive an invite to the game by signing up at https://bit.ly/2y9IS5u.

Are you nervous about using Zoom or would like a tutorial before hand? Call 925-943-5852 and have a City staff member walk you through the process or email cpcc@walnut-creek.org with questions. See you then!

#walnutcreekartsandrec

4.11.20 National Letter Writing Month

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Did you know that April is National Letter Writing Month? Writing letters to loved ones helps us #staytogetherapart during quarantine. It’s also a wonderfully creative and therapeutic outlet! Why not try to take the #write_on challenge and try to write 30 letters this month? Head www.writeoncampaign.com
for prompts and inspiration.

4.10.20 30 Min Stretch & Mobility Workout

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Fri. April 10th 2:00pm

Join Coach Tilda for a 30 minutes stretch and mobility workout. The class is open for all fitness levels and ability and can easily be modified for any disabilities. We will stretch out our whole body to loosen up our muscles and joints. All you need is a chair and happy smile! Contact Coach Tilda before the workout if you have questions tilda@coachtilda.com or visit her website at coachtilda.com

 Join Zoom Meeting

Click link or copy and paste this URL: https://zoom.us/j/228949362?pwd=cTBPMWJtdHM5eVd5RmJrcTN0Q0VJZz09 

Meeting ID: 228 949 362

Password: 081919

 Are you nervous about using Zoom or would like a tutorial before hand? Call 925-943-5852 and have a City staff member walk you through the process or email cpcc@walnut-creek.org with questions.

4.9.20 Nature Walk Mandala

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We adore this outdoor art activity by @mericherryla! Go on a walk outside and collect rocks, flower petals, and leaves. Use them to create beautiful geometric shapes, for instance a circle inside of a circle. Voilà! It’s your own nature walk mandala. Snap a pic and share it with us using the hashtag #walnutcreekfun.

We’d love to see your creation! #walnutcreekartsandrec

4.8.20 Bedford Gallery Call for Art

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Calling all bird lovers! Bedford Gallery is currently accepting art submissions for their juried Summer 2020 exhibition Bird, Nest, Nature. The deadline to apply is April 25. Apply via bedfordgallery.org/bird. 🕊️

Artwork submitted should be completed pieces or concepts for installation that reference the theme of birds in the work. This show is open to all artists, 18 years of age or older, working in all media and all sizes. Jurors of the work include Jeffrey De Blois, Assistant Curator, ICA Boston and Rebecca Lowery, Assistant Curator, MOCA Los Angeles. Over $2,000 in cash and prizes for artist awards. 🦆

Bird, Nest, Nature will be on view at Bedford Gallery July 12 - September 13, 2020. For more application details visit bedfordgallery.org/bird. 🦚

Artwork Credit: Teagan White, Ornamental, 14 x 18 in, gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil on paper. 🦜 View more of Teagan's work at teaganwhite.com.

 

4.7.20 Yale course

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"The Science of Well-Being" - the most popular class at Yale University is now offered for free. Join Professor Laurie Santos as you engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. Enroll today: https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being

#walnutcreekartsandrec

4.6.20 Explore the world!

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Spring break is here! Since you can't go on your well deserved vacation, let's bring the vacation to you! Enjoy Disney's Magic Happens Parade virtually: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR-KP8KH1Ng

Dive into a different culture, hike one of the worlds' tallest mountain, take the kids to Disney World or stroll through the streets of a bustling city. VR Gorilla, a virtual reality production channel on YouTube, takes you around the world almost anywhere you'd want to go: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6AXBF-78lNa3_TjAIWZWmQ

 

4.5.20 20 minute home workouts

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Get the whole family together and get into a fitness routine! Try these, and other at home workouts to mix up your daily routine. https://www.popsugar.com/latest/20-Minute-Workouts
#WeAreInThisTogether #WalnutCreekArtsandRec #AloneTogether

 

4.3.20 Create a Home Retreat

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When a widespread difficulty like the Coronavirus pandemic grows, it becomes important to draw on our inner strength. It is the time to pause, reflect and bring wisdom, courage and care to ourselves and those around us. Create your own home retreat with this guide https://jackkornfield.com/creating-a-home-retreat-finding-freedom-wherever-you-are-free-half-day-retreat-included/
#WeAreInThisTogether #WalnutCreekArtsandRec #AloneTogether

4.2.20 Child Friendly Guide to COVID-19

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Check out this children’s activity guide to COIVD-19. It’s a great way to include your child in what is going on in the world, and spark a conversation about how they are feeling about it. Download here: bit.ly/COVID-19Childrensbook
#WeAreInThisTogether #WalnutCreekArtsandRec #AloneTogether

4.1.20 Color Scavenger Hunt

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Here’s an awesome art activity brought to you by Mutual Aid Materials (@mutalaidmaterilas on IG)!
Head outside and go on a color walk. Gather materials from all colors of the rainbow. Head home and arrange them in a ROYGBIV color wheel (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet)! This can also be done with materials found at home. Snap a photo and share it with the hashtags below! 🌈
#WalnutCreekFUN #WalnutCreekArtsandRec 

3.31.20 Working From Home

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Working from home might be more comfy (hello sweatpants!) but it’s definitely not easy. Here are some tips that the New York Times recommends for productive home office tips:


💡Get Dressed for the Day - this sets the tempo for the day and helps prevent wanting to crawl back into bed. And you never know when the next Zoom meeting will strike!

💡Don’t Sleep Where You Work - this helps mentally break up work space from personal space and can create a more productive zone.

💡Plan Against Distractions - Use apps available for Google Chrome, like StayFocusd & Strict Workflow to set a “timer” on websites like Facebook or Twitter.

💡Get Out - Find time to go for short walks to help inspire productivity and creativity.

For more work-from-home tips, check out the full article: https://nyti.ms/3awGRPc.
#WalnutCreekFUN #WalnutCreekArtsandRec

 

3.30.20 Chalk Walk

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Out for a walk? Take a piece a chalk and leave a message for your fellow neighbors and friends to enjoy. Or make this fun and easy chalk art project. Share your pictures with us! #WeAreInThisTogether #WalnutCreekArtsandRec

3.29.20 Theater at Home

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The show must go on!⁠

We miss you! But until we are able to welcome you back to the Lesher Center, consider getting your theatre fix online. Organization like On The Boards (www.ontheboards.tv) and Schaubuehne (www.schaubuehne.de) are offering free shows to be streamed on the web. National Theatre offers free full-length plays every Thursday on YouTube - Center REP’s Artistic Director Michael Butler highly recommends One Man Two Guvnors starting April 2.⁠

#NationalTheatreAtHome
#WalnutCreekArtsandRec

 

3.28.20 Social Distancing in Parks

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Parks make life better! When going for a walk this weekend, please adhere to these rules:
• Maintain a 6-foot distance from other people
• No picnicking, groups, gatherings, or meetups (only immediate households should be together)
• Pack-in, pack-out trash, including dog poop bags (there is no trash collection during COVID-19)

Walnut Creek parks remain open. Some other parks have been closed to limit overcrowding and maintain public safety. Visit www.ebparks.org for the list of regional parks, developed park areas, parking lots, and entrance areas that are closed.

Thank you and enjoy a friendly message from @WalnutCreekPD https://youtu.be/xxdzVGnHJ9Y

#WalnutCreekParks #SocialDistancing

 

 3.27.20 E Book from Library

 

Even though libraries are closed, did you know you can rent e-books virtually with your library card? It’s true! With a Contra Costa County Library card you can access a world of downloadable bestsellers, fiction, non-fiction, talking picture books for kids, even award-winning films! The library has even compiled recommendation lists for the whole family so you can make use of all the resources they have to offer. Head to ccclib.org for more info!
#WalnutCreekFun #WalnutCreekArtsandRec

 

3.26.20 Artists to follow at home

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This past week, we’ve seen an outpouring of artists who are sharing incredible project ideas for folks to tap into their creativity! If you’re looking for something fun to do with your kids, or a way to get inspired while you’re indoors, look no further than these awesome artists:

⭐ Carson Ellis is an award-winning children’s book illustrator who is sharing drawing prompt ideas with the hashtag #QuarantineArtClub. Follow along at @carsonellis!

⭐ Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton is sharing daily drawing class on Instagram @WendyMac

⭐ Artist Jarrett J. Krosoczka is sharing drawing classes on his YouTube channel @studiojjk

Don’t miss out on these awesome resources! #WalnutCreekFun #WalnutCreekArtsandRec

  

3.25.20 Senior Transportation

 

We want to encourage you to shelter-in-place! However, in an effort to assist seniors to get to essential appointments and perform important errands, Walnut Creek Recreation has extended transportation dispatching hours to Monday - Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm. All transportation will be scheduled through Lyft by our dispatcher and we are allowing same day bookings (subject to availability). The dispatch phone number is (925) 256-3533.

To view the transportation program website and guidelines, please visit: http://ow.ly/13CK50yV0dm

Please Note: to be eligible to use the Transportation Program, you must be a Walnut Creek Seniors Club Member, over the age of 60 and rides are only with the city of Walnut Creek. All program guidelines still apply. The annual membership fee is $15, however, we are postponing processing payment for new memberships until City buildings re-open. To become a member, you can call (925) 256-3533.

  

3.24.20 Get Moving at Home

 3.24 Get Moving at home

 

Though you may be stuck at home, there’s tons of resources for you and your kiddo to get moving and exercising indoors! It’s no mystery that exercise increases mental health and cognitive function in kids. Plus, during these uncertain times, exercise is great for boosting your kid’s mood and alleviating stress!

These organizations are sharing awesome, indoor-friendly exercise videos for kids and parents to enjoy: Hip Hop Public HealthGoNoodle, and Cosmic Kids are just a few.

What are your favorite ways to stay active during self-distancing?

#WalnutCreekFun #WalnutCreekArtsandRec

 

Announcing the Virtual Recreation Center

 Announcement

We are excited to introduce the Arts + Rec Virtual Community Center (VCC) - a place to provide resources for everyone in the community!
Our goal is to continue to enrich your lives by sharing valuable content including essential services in Walnut Creek, indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family, Senior resources, and much more.
Let's connect! http://ow.ly/4L5V50yRDEV