The Book Club Play at Lesher Center Jan. 30th – Feb. 28th in Walnut Creek


The Book Club Play:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, January 30th, 2015 – Saturday, February 28th, 2015, 2015

What if your book club was being filmed for a documentary by a famous Danish filmmaker? How would you behave? That’s the scintillating set up of The Book Club Play, in which secrets are not only revealed, they’re caught on tape in this hilarious new comedy about books, the people who love them, and what can happen when friends start reading between the lines. Sprinkled with wit, joy and novels galore – from Jane Eyre and Moby Dick to Twilight and The DaVinci Code – this is a buoyant satire of a contemporary culture that loves a good book as much as a juicy show-all vid, and a testament to the joy of reading. Lights! Camera! Book Club!!


Intuitive Writing Project Opens in Orinda Theatre Square

Orinda Theatre Square

Last August we learned that Michale Friedes Design moved from their Orinda Theatre Square location and now a new educational program for girls has opened in this spot. Called the Intuitive Writing Project, An Educational Boutique for Girls, it teaches leadership skills to high school girls through writing workshops. There is also a tween program for girls aged 11 to 13.

From their website:

The Intuitive Writing Project facilitates curriculum-based empowerment programs for teenage girls. We teach leadership from the inside out, creating a safe space for girls to tell their story, speak their truth, and realize the value of their own intuitive voice. Through the experience of writing, sharing, and connecting with their peers, girls develop their confidence and discover their strengths.


Blue Line Pizza Coming to Danville

550 Hartz Ave, Danville

Blue Line Pizza, owned by the same owners as San Francisco-based Little Star Pizza, is coming to Danville on Hartz Ave. where Rakestraw Books and the custom cabinetry designer Marley & Company used to be. Check out their menu here. I wonder how this compares to Patxi’s Pizza who also offer cornmeal deep dish pizzas?

From their website:

Since opening in 2004, Little Star Pizza has been widely recognized as the best pizza in San Francisco by locals, visitors and critics alike. Renowned for our cornmeal crust deep dish pizzas, Little Star has received numerous awards and accolades – our favorite being named in 7×7 Magazine’s “The Big Eat SF: 100 Things to Try Before You Die.” Our pizza has been an exclusive gem of the City until now.

We are expanding throughout the Bay Area under a new name that gives a subtle nod to Chicago, the birthplace of deep dish pizza. Named after The Blue Line, a train that runs between O’Hare Airport and downtown Chicago, Blue Line Pizza features the same award-winning Chicago cornmeal crust deep dish and New York style thin crust pizzas, organic salads, housemade appetizers, and a quality selection of beers, wines, and spirits. Blue Line Pizza also offers a variety of ordering and convenient services including online ordering, in-store pre-ordering (where your pizzas come out of the oven when your table is ready for seating) and easy pick-up of half or full baked pizzas.


Suspect arrested in “Shoulder Surfing” Theft at Bank of America in Walnut Creek


From the Walnut Creek PD:

On Sunday, January 25, 2015, Detectives from the Walnut Creek Police Department set up a sting operation at the Bank of America (1200 Rossmoor Parkway) to try to identify the responsible in several “Shoulder Surfing” thefts from ATM’s. After observing multiple suspicious behaviors, Detectives contacted Ayanna Bastain (32 years old) of Pittsburg. Bastain was positively identified from surveillance photos from previous “Shoulder Surfing” thefts in Walnut Creek (in November and December 2014) and was arrested. Bastain was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility on charges of ID theft and elder abuse. She is currently being held on $270,000 bail. If you have additional information or believe you may have been victimized by Bastain, please contact Detective Godinez at 943-5872 or

Shoulder Surfing refers to the practice of direct observation techniques to get someone else’s private information. In this case, we are referring to PIN’s while at an ATM. You can protect yourself by always being aware of your surroundings and making sure the ATM has completely logged you out prior to walking away. For more information on the topic, type in “shoulder surfing” using your favorite internet search engine.