Register for Walnut Creek Kickball League at Heather Farm Park

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Photo by Flickr user fixative

Register for Walnut Creek Kickball:

Heather Farm Park
301 N. San Carlos Dr, Walnut Creek
Wednesday, September 24th – Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
6:45pm | $73

Kickball isn’t just for sugar fueled middle schoolers, and worn out PE teachers. It’s your chance to relive your playground glory with the added bonus of adults and beer! It’s a great way to meet new people, party, and have fun while doing it. So, lace up your sneakers and sign up as a team, small group or free agent!

Fall season games will be on Wednesday nights at 6:45PM and 7:45PM at Heather Farms Park Field #3.

After the games we replenish our electrolytes at our team bar!  This season our team bar is Blu42!

This is where we get to rehash plays, flaunt our awesomeness, and oh yeah, party.

If you’re not yet convinced why you should head to the team bar after our game, here are two more reasons:

1. Bragging rights to non-ballers
2. An excuse to drink on a Wednesday

 

Bonehead’s Texas BBQ Opening in Lafayette

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3422 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Thanks to a reader for sending word that a new barbecue restaurant called Bonehead’s Texas BBQ will be opening in the Bo’s Barbecue location in Lafayette that we learned was closing back in April. They have doing catering for several years and this looks to be their first restaurant. Check out their catering menu here and Facebook page here. Stay tuned…

From their website:

All of our products are prepared fresh daily… well most of them.  The cole slaw, tater salad and other salads are.  But our meats take days to prepare even before they’re cooked.  You see, we use rubs on our meats that we allow to soak in for up to 72 hours before they’re placed in the smoker.  That’s what makes Bonehead’s different – we’re slow – low and slow smokin’.  We use wood fired smokers only – no natural gas or charcoal.  We believe natural gas and charcoal leave a flavor that isn’t compatible to tasty food.

Inspirato Luxury Destination Club Opens in Broadway Plaza

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Photo courtesy Inspirato
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Last month we learned that Inspirato, a luxury destination club would be opening in Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek and they have now opened. The photos in this post are from their Denver showroom which should be identical to the Walnut Creek location.

From a press release:

To help visitors imagine what it would be like to vacation with the club, the experience center will include recreations of great rooms from Inspirato’s Costero Signature Residence in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and its Eagle’s Nest Signature Residence in Vail, Colorado. Other features include touchscreens for browsing the club’s large and growing destination portfolio and a special kids’ area to help even the littlest travelers begin to dream about their next family vacation.

The Broadway Plaza member experience center will also serve as a clubhouse of sorts for the more than 500 Bay Area-based Inspirato members, where they can meet face-to-face with their own Personal Vacation Advisors, explore destinations for their next Inspirato vacation and attend special members-only events.

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Photo courtesy Inspirato

More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue reading

California Independent Film Festival Sept. 11th – 14th in Orinda and Moraga

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California Independent Film Festival:

Orinda Theatre & New Rheem Theatre
4 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda/350 Park St, Moraga
Thursday, September 11th – Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Welcome to the 17th annual California Independent Film Festival! This year’s festival is expanding to San Francisco with screenings at the Castro Theater. Anyone who has not had a chance to see a movie in this beautiful venue should attend one of the events. The Castro is definitely worth visiting! This year, the CAIFF Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and I hope that you will take the opportunity to meet the filmmakers who will be in attendance, as well as the other festival attendees. There is a wide range and variety of films, so everyone should be able to find what they like.

For our schedule, please visit caiff.org. Thank you for participating with us in this great event!

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Opens in Walnut Creek

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Sprout Shopping Center, Walnut Creek

A couple of week ago we learned that The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf would be opening very soon in the Sprouts shopping center in Walnut Creek at the corner of Geary Blvd. and N. Main St. and they have now opened. It’s very bright and airy inside thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. This was my first time at a Coffee Bean & Tea leaf cafe and my Chai ice blended drink tasted great! I’m glad there is a another choice around town compared to the ubiquitous Starbucks and Peet’s. One interesting difference I noticed are the honey stick sweeteners sitting right out where the napkins are, free to use with drinks. How cool is that?!

The only downside is I had to circle the parking lot three times to find a 30 minute spot; if I lived within walking distance or could drop by in the evenings when it’s less crowded I’d be here more often.

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More photos of the inside (including the honey sticks) after the jump…

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Honey sticks:
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The Skull Show Closing Reception Aug. 28th at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek

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The Skull Show Closing Reception:

Bedford Gallery
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Thursday, August 28th, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm | $5

Join us for drinks, skull crafts, and one last look at the Skull Show!
Artist Marc D’Estout is returning to lead his Make-A-Skull project: mold a skull out of clay, then decorate it with anything from feathers and gems to bottle caps and seeds. This project is great for all ages.

Complimentary refreshments include Calicraft Beer and Dearly Beloved wine.

American Kitchen Opening this Monday, Aug. 25th in Lafayette

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71 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette

Last week we learned that American Kitchen would be opening sometime this month in downtown Lafayette and good news has arrived as they are officially opening this Monday, August, 25th at 9am. Initially they will be serving breakfast from 9am – 11am and lunch from 11am – 3pm with plans for dinner service in early September. Check out their expansive menu here which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner offerings as well as pastries and drinks including coffee, tea, juices, craft beers and local wines. Check out their Facebook page here.

In addition to the great outdoor seating areas you can see in the photo above, I had a chance to get a preview of the inside which looks amazing as well. It has a great rustic ambiance that fits the outside architecture perfectly. Check out part of the dining area in the photo below.

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Friday Question of the Day – How Young is Too Young to Head a Soccer Ball?

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Photo by Flickr user heisnofool

The fall kids soccer season is about to begin. Earlier this summer I read about US women soccer stars getting the word out on the dangers of children heading soccer balls with, “guidelines calling for the elimination of heading the ball by players younger than 14″ due to the potential for brain injuries. The article notes that, “many soccer organizations in the United States suggest that coaches start teaching children to head the ball only after those players turn 10″. The American Youth Soccer Association (AYSO) points out on their, Is Heading Safe, page, in bold that, “AYSO does not recommend heading below the age of ten. Coaches are not encouraged to teach or practice heading at these early ages”.

So imagine my surprise when my six year old kid comes home from soccer camp one day this summer and starts throwing the ball up in the air trying to hit it with his head. He told me that’s what they did at camp.

When I emailed the camp about their policy they replied with:

Heading is specially important because incorrect heading is not safe in the long run.
We adjust the intensity of all skills to be age-appropriate.  Heading skill is taught to the younger age by reducing the distant from where the ball is served to the player to reduce the power from the ball. This is in compliance with recommendations from all soccer organizations.

Now it turns out that the Lafayette Moraga Youth Association (LMYA) is using this soccer organization to provide, “Professional trainers [...] working directly on the field with coaches and players” and “Separate “free” skills clinics with [...] trainers”. I emailed LMYA about their soccer heading policy and did not receive a reply.

Should young kids be practicing heading soccer balls? Do other soccer organizations in this area have policies on this?

The Springhouse and Otter Creek at Mighty Fine Guitars in Lafayette on Aug. 23rd

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The Springhouse and Otter Creek:

Mighty Fine Guitars
85 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
8:00pm | $15 – $20

Jane Selkye from Me Jane and Plainjane, Chris Kee from Houston Jones, Jim Campilongo, The Waybacks, etc. and ace pedal steel meister David Phillips roam the Americana borderlands. Bluegrass family-band Otter Creek opens. A helluva show.