Rethinking Plants – Choosing Multi-Function Plants at Rodgers Ranch on Feb 13th in Pleasant Hill


Rethinking Plants: Choosing Multi-function Plants:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Saturday, February 13, 2016
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | $35 (bulk discount available)

The quality of soil makes or breaks any garden. Anyone can improve their soil with just a little time and effort – and it doesn’t have to cost a dime. Plus, the healthier your soil, the more you save in amendments, your garden blossoms and you spend less time weeding and wondering why your garden isn’t thriving. Participants will be able to: indentify soil characteristics based on texture, structure and types of plants growing in it; know what turns soil into dirt; understand basic plant biology (and why never to buy petrochemically-based fertilizers again); know how to compost and vermicompost; understand the importance of organic matter in soil (hint: more is better!).


Ruddygore Playing at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek Feb 12th – Feb 14th



Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, February 12th – Sunday, February 14th, 2016
$49 – $54

Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic masterpiece melds the world of Jane Austen with a good old-fashioned English ghost story – spiced with just a dash of Wuthering Heights romance – in a gothic tale of upright Regency youths and maidens kept apart by propriety, social convention, and a ghastly witch’s curse.
Follow sweet Rose Maybud, her painfully shy suitor Robin Oakapple, brash Dick Dauntless, wicked baronet Sir Despard, crazy Mad Margaret, and an enitre chorus of ghostly bad baronets through the twists and turns of Gilbert’s topsy-turvy plot set to Sullivan’s unforgettable score. Will Robin be forced to commit a deadly crime every day and lose Rose’s love forever? Come and find out!


Wisegirl Ristorante Italiano & Cocktails Opening Soon in Pleasant Hill

1932 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill

Thanks to a reader for sending word that Wisegirl Ristorante Italiano & Cocktails will be having a ribbon cutting on February 18th in Oak Park Center in Pleasant Hill where Dallimonti’s Italian Restaurant used to be. According to a city architectural memorandum, “the remodel proposes to establish a “speak easy” design theme, harkening back to the Prohibition days of the 1920’s/1930’s for a new restaurant”.



Vince Camuto Opening Soon in Broadway Plaza

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Over the summer we learned that the fashion store Vince Camuto would be coming to Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek and it’s getting closer to opening as you can see the outside signage is up.

Vince Camuto was a footwear designer who previously co-founded the women’s fashion brand Nine West and passed away last year. More about him in this Wikipedia article here.


Valentine’s Themed Aloe Tours at Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek on Feb 13th

Valentine’s themed Aloe Tours:

Ruth Bancroft Garden
1552 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek
Saturday, February 13th, 2016
11:00am & 1:00pm | $10 admission

The Ruth Bancroft Garden’s Valentine’s Day Aloe Tours, an all-day event focused specifically on the Garden’s dramatic Aloe collection. The Garden has an unparalleled collection of aloes, including hybrids not found anywhere else in the world. These winter bloomers put on a stunning show with colorful, dramatic flower stalks.

The Garden is open 10am – 3pm.
Garden is open for regular admission visits with self-guided Aloe tours and docent led tours at 11am and 1pm.
Special selection of aloes will be available for purchase at the Nursery.
A selection of dish gardens, aloe books, and other garden inspired gifts will be available.


Haleh Pastry Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1632 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

Back in December we learned that Honey Berry closed in downtown Walnut Creek next to City Hall and thanks to everyone for sending word that the Persian bakery Haleh Pastry has opened in this spot. The desserts including cakes look amazing as you can see from the photos below. They even have Persian pistachio nuts you can buy in bulk. I can’t wait to try this place out!

I’m not sure whether GELATO on Rinehart’s clock outside will be updated to reflect the bakery. Any suggestions? How about BAKERY? PASTRY? MAJOON?


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