Events

Aquanuts Celebration of Champions at Heather Farm Swim Center in Walnut Creek on May 23rd

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Aquanuts Celebrations of Champions:

Clarke Memorial Swim Center
1750 Heather Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
3:30pm – 8:30pm | $10

Join us for an afternoon and evening of art and athleticism as we showcase the Walnut Creek Aquanuts championship synchronized swimming performances in Celebration of Champions, Caribbean Carnival! The event will be held at Heather Farm’s Clarke Memorial Swim Center on Saturday, May 23. Doors open at 3:30pm for the Party, and the main event will start at 5:30. General Admission is $10, and children 5 and under are free!

Get your Jimmy Buffet vibe going as you sip a margarita or two watching fantastic synchronized swimming performances. Special guests include 2012 Olympian Mariya Koroleva and the US National Team.  Enjoy Caribbean food while you stroll around the WCAville festival. Visit unique local shopping vendors selling art, athletic wear, jewelry and more, or pop into the photo booth to commemorate the evening!  There will be silent auction items donated by local businesses and WCA boosters,  raffle gift baskets, plus a very exciting live auction which includes trips to Mexico and Ireland! We will once again enjoy the fun of our DUCK DERBY and Heads or Tails Game. We will also give awards for best Jimmy Buffet, or Caribbean themed costume to encourage the “vibe.”

Avoid lines and get your tickets HERE!

Restaurants

Local Lamb Dinner Featuring Napa Valley Lamb Co. Lamb at Pizza Antica on May 26th in Lafayette

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Photo from Pizza Antica Facebook

From an email:

Napa valley lamb company’s lambs are raised on the grounds of the infineon raceway in sonoma. lamb expert-owner don watson takes a hands-on approach when it comes to caring for his sustainably raised livestock. don, with the help of a handful of expert peruvian sheepherders, personally cares for his heard. for this dinner, chef bradley will travel to sonoma to meet don, where he will select a very special lamb. that animal will then be hand-delivered by don watson. if we’re lucky (if he doesn’t need to race back to the “ranch”) he might stick around long enough for you to meet him! a special selection of wines from oregon and washington will be paired with each course.

eat & drink

antipasti
lamb mortadella, prosciutto cotto,
pickled vegetables, gnocco fritto
pinot gris, ponzi, willamette valley 2013
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cassarecce
lamb sugo, mint, pistachio, pecorino
gsm, gramercy cellars, lower east, columbia valley
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mixed grill of lamb
fork-crushed fava beans, english peas, new potatoes
syrah, elk cove, rogue valley 2002
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fresh strawberries
almond shortbread, whipped ricotta
brut rosé, argyle, willamette valley 2010

food & wine $90 | food only $58
(inclusive of gratuity)

click here to reserve.

Events

Anything Goes Playing at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek May 22nd – June 27th

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Anything Goes:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 – Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Music and Lyrics By: Cole Porter

Original Book by: P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and
Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse

New Book by: Timothy Crouse & John Weidman

Directed by: Michael Butler

Winner of the 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival.
As the SS American heads out to sea, two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love…proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this hilariously bumpy ride are some of Cole Porter’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick out of You”, “It’s Delovely”, and of course, “Anything Goes”.

Restaurants

Izakaya Jun Soft Opening this Weekend in Downtown Walnut Creek

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1552 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Eagerly anticipated since beginning of the year, the Japanese restaurant Izakaya Jun in downtown Walnut Creek is set for a soft opening this weekend. Check out photos of the inside below. The wood paneling throughout looks great. The menu will feature traditional izakaya fare including appetizers such as shiokara (salted fresh squid), dashi maki tamago (Japanese style sweet egg omelet), yaki onoigiri (grilled rice balls), and gyoza. There will also be a selection of sashimi, grilled and pan-fried dishes such as yakitori, ika-yaki (grilled squid). Deep fried dishes will include tori nankotsu no kara-age (deep fried chicken cartlidge), various tempura and more.

There will also be a large selection of Japanese sake and Asahi draft beer on tap. This is going to be a great addition to downtown, can’t wait to check it out!

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Bar area with sake selection:
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Events

Editor in Chief of Fodor’s Travel Speaking at Lafayette Library Tonight

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Editor in Chief of Fodor’s Travel:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
7:00pm – 8:30pm | $10

The LLLCF Distinguished Speaker Series is proud to present Arabella Bowen, Editor in Chief of Fodor’s Travel. Ms. Bowen has been a world traveler since the age of five and a professional travel writer for more than 15 years. A three-month solo trip through South East Asia in 1999 with nothing more than a guidebook for company inspired her to write travel guides herself when she returned home. To date, she has flown more than a million miles, visiting 60+ countries and every continent except Antarctica. Bowen utilizes her extensive travel knowledge to provide the first-hand destination expertise that is synonymous with the Fodor’s name.

Real Estate

Kitchen of the Day

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Over the weekend the Lafayette Juniors held their 16th annual kitchen tour featuring six amazing homes and kitchens in Lafayette and this year’s beneficiaries are Ruby’s Place, Boys & Girls Club of Diablo Valley, Las Trampas, Trinity Center Walnut Creek and VESTIA. Find out more about the beneficiaries here. This year the Lafayette Juniors also published a cookbook with delicious looking recipes which is available at, “select Lafayette locations, including Diablo Foods, Venture Quality Goods, and The Storyteller Bookstore.”

Everything came together with this mid-century modern kitchen that perfectly complements the Fred Langhorst-designed house, who was an apprentice of Frank Loyd Wright. The colors, textures and lighting feel just right. One of my favorite parts of this home are the gorgeous lights. This kitchen was featured in a Houzz “Kitchen of the Week” post here.

Check out the kitchen designer’s website, Cocoon Home, here. Also note that the painting behind the table in the photo below is by local Lafayette artist Jennifer Perlmutter. Check out her gallery website here.

From the Lafayette Juniors description:

The mid-century modern kitchen homeowners took great care in updating their 1953 home to create a kitchen that is both functional and stylistically appropriate. Existing redwood paneling throughout the home is complemented by cool bluish green cabinetry, while brass hardware and lighting warm up the space. The homeowners improved traffic flow and opened up this kitchen to make it truly the heart of the home.

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Ed. Note: The no photography sign didn’t apply to press

Photos of the living room and patio area after the jump… Continue Reading

Art

BlowUP- Inflatable Contemporary Art at Bedford Gallery through June 21st in Walnut Creek

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Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek

A fun, new exhibit, BlowUP- Inflatable Contemporary Art is being featured at Beford Gallery in downtown Walnut Creek through June 21st.

From the Exhibit website:

BLOW UP explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture. Inflatable structures connote fun and whimsy, and challenge our everyday, feet-on-the-ground perspective. The show creates a spectacular, immersive environment and taps into our fascination with inflatables with artworks that are surreal, humorous and poetic.

artists
Claire Ashley • Chicago, IL
Lee Boroson • Brooklyn, NY
Lewis deSoto • Napa, CA
Patrick Flibotte • Brooklyn, NY

Billie Grace Lynn • Miami, FL
Guy Overfelt • San Francisco, CA
Momoyo Torimitsu • New York, NY
Andy Warhol • 1928-1987

BLOW UP will include a video component featuring documentation of inflatable works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude and Joshua Allen Harris.

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More photos of the inflatables after the jump… Continue Reading

Events

Guide To A Healthier Home: Better Living Through Nature in Pleasant Hill on May 21st

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Guide To A Healthier Home: Better Living Through Nature:

Rodgers Ranch
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Thursday, May 21st, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm | Free

Every day we are exposed to thousands of toxins, many in our own homes. Cleaning products, furniture, bedding, carpet, paint and clothing can all include chemicals that can be harmful to our families.  See how to reduce this exposure by learning how to maintain a clean home with natural products, learn what products are the greatest risk and discover ways to limit or eliminate your exposure.
Also, learn some easy and fun drought tips to share with your family.
You will make and take home a jar of natural laundry cleaner.