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City of Walnut Creek Arts, Recreation & Community Services
1751 Heather Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
The Arts, Recreation & Community Services Department oversees Civic Arts Education, the Lesher Center for the Arts,More the Bedford Gallery and Recreation Services. It also arranges for the exhibition of public art. Check the department's Web site for programs and schedules.
City of Walnut Creek: Arts, Recreation & Community Services
111 N Wiget Ln, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

The Arts, Recreation & Community Services department of the city of Walnut Creek oversees recreation, youth andMore family services, civic arts education, the Lesher Center for the Arts and the Bedford Gallery. It also manages and installs public art exhibitions throughout town. The director of this division is Barry Gordon. 

Bedford Gallery has become a well-regarded, Bay Area-gallery that exhibits museum-quality shows. Each year, the mid-sized gallery curates approximately 5-6 exhibitions, focusing on a variety of themes and showcasing the works of historically-important, modern and contemporary artists (both local and international in scope). The exhibition program aims to appeal to Walnut Creek's diverse arts audience. Bedford Gallery gives educational tours of the space and runs workshops for area-school students, families and other members of the community. The gallery also manages Walnut Creek's public art program.  

Civic Arts Education: For more than 40 years, Civic Arts Education has been the regional center of arts learning; providing high-quality classes in art, dance, music and the performing arts. Each year, nearly 16,000 adults and children enjoy classes—that run the gamut from beginning- to professional-level options. Civic Arts Education also runs summer camps, as well as classes for home-schooled students. 

Lesher Center for the Arts: Opened in 1990, the Lesher Center for the Arts presents more than 900 musical and theatrical events every year, ranging from classical music to classic theatrical productions such as, Oklahoma!. Event ticket-holders get free access to the Bedford Gallery, located on the center's first floor. The Center is home to the Center Repertory Company, Diablo Theatre Company and Contra Costa Musical Theatre.

Recreation Services: Recreation Services provides a variety of recreational programs, activities and classes for people of all ages, from pre-schoolers to adults. Recreation Services runs the city's aquatics programs, the Walnut Creek Tennis Center at Heather Farm Park, summer sports camps for kids of all ages and the after-school sports programs at Foothill Middle School and Walnut Creek Intermediate.

Cost Plus World Market
1697 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
This chain offers an intriguing combination of vintage decor and modern living accessories. The Walnut Creek locationMore features a selection of world coffees and teas, ornaments, furniture and folk art. Parking is available in the free public garage next to the store.
Bedford Gallery
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
The Bedford Gallery, located on the ground floor of the Lesher Center for the Arts in downtown Walnut Creek, has becomeMore well regarded in the Bay Area as a modest-sized gallery that exhibits big-museum-quality shows. Every season, the gallery curates exhibitions with a variety of themes and works by historic, modern, artists, from both the East Bay and from around the world.  The gallery also runs educational tours and workshops for area school students, families, and other members of the community, as well as manages the City of Walnut Creek's public art program.  You can also rent the gallery to host a special event. 
Howe Homestead Park
2950 Walnut Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Located on Walnut Boulevard in Walnut Creek, Howe Homestead Park is a six-and-a-half-acre public park featuringMore community gardens, plenty of open space and hiking trails. The park is named for Associated Press correspondent James P. Howe, who lived on the premises until his death in 1970. To schedule a tour of the park and gardens, call Ranger Art Janke during regular business hours.
Wild Thyme Catering & Event Management
2770 Camino Diablo, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Wild Thyme provides catering and event management services, which range from event location to entertainment.More Services include: catering, ice art, live music and DJs, live entertainment, tenting, marketing, sound systems, video taping and more.

Featured and reviewed in a number of local publications, Wild Thyme's typical events include weddings, corporate events and theme parties. Visit their website for additional information, photos and sample menus.

Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center
55 Eckley Ln, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center works to create programs that connect with the needs and values ofMore the people in Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Pleasant Hill and Concord in order to build a culture of peace. The Center focuses on five major programs: Youth and the Military, Peace Through Art and Writing for middle and high school youth, implementing the Department of Peace, and public educational forums to be determined.

Check the Center's website for programs and schedules.