A Christmas Carol Playing through Dec 18th at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek

A lot of sold-out days, get your tickets fast…

A Christmas Carol:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Thursday, December 8th – Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter, spectacular special effects and scary ghosts, it’s no wonder the critics have called it “THE Christmas Carol to see in the Bay Area.” Join the thousands who make this theatrical event a part of their annual holiday traditions.


Jack’s Urban Eats Coming to Orchards Shopping Center Early Next Year in Walnut Creek

Orchards Shopping Center, Walnut Creek

Jack’s Urban Eats (no relation to Jack’s in Pleasant Hill) is opening their first East Bay location in the Orchards shopping center where Safeway relocated to early next year according to a sign in the window. Check out their menu here and their Walnut Creek Facebook page here.

From their website:

Jacks is an urban cafeteria, serving award winning, farm fresh affordable meals in a hip and laidback atmosphere. The friendly and talented staff has been hand crafting salads, sandwiches, and plates since 1998 and is proudly recognized as an innovator of California’s farm-to-table movement.

Seasonal vegetables and fruits are paired with house-made dressings to create incredibly satisfying salads that have a cult-like following. Certified Angus Beef and fresh poultry are used to create inventive made-to-order sandwiches. Our signature carved meats and comfort food side plates pay homage to the traditional home cooked meal. Artisan breads are sourced locally and delivered daily from the finest bakeries using all-natural ingredients.


Raffi Minasian: Autonomous Vehicles at Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville on Dec 10th

Raffi Minasian: Autonomous Vehicles:

Blackhawk Automotive Museum
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir, Danville
Saturday, December 10th, 2016
10:30am – 12:00pm

Autonomous vehicles are here. Companies are already using them to deliver products and navigate harsh terrain. Driverless vehicles have covered more than a million miles in recent years and this number is expected to grow exponentially over the course of the next decade. How will this bold new technology, effect our sense of adventure, our “drive” for the future, our perspective on the open road? Join Raffi Minasian as he discusses how future technology will be driving our automotive experiences.

An award winning artist and published illustrator, Raffi Minasian has taught illustration and design at several noted universities. In 2003 he returned to his roots as a “hands on” designer working on freelance projects. Today, in addition to his ongoing product design work, Raffi manufactures specialty parts for the classic and muscle car aftermarket as well as custom parts for hot rods and customs.

There will be a Q&A session at the conclusion of the event. Speaker Series events are free with admission to the Museums.


La Chataigne Bakery Opens in La Fiesta Square in Lafayette

La Fiesta Square, Lafayette

A new bakery called La Chataigne has opened in La Fiesta Square in Lafayette where Cake used to be. According to Diablo Dish they plan on expanding “the menu to include both modern and traditional pastries.” The French style pastries will continue to be sold at the Martinez farmers market. I tried the morning bun you see below and the orange zest made this a real stand-out. One of the best morning buns I have ever eaten! I look forward to trying other pastries at this bakery. Yum!


Cut Up/Cut Out Reception on Dec 18th at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek

Cut Up/Cut Out Reception:

Bedford Gallery
1601 Civic Drive
Sunday, December 18th, 2016
3:00 – 5:00pm | $5

Bedford Gallery presents our winter exhibition, Cut Up/Cut Out, opening on December 18th(3-5pm). Cut Up/Cut Out features an international roster of artists who explore captivating methods of piercing and cutting, using a wide range of media from paper and plastic to metal and rubber. During the opening reception, meet the artists of Cut Up/Cut Out and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres.


Chalogy / Cornology Opening Tomorrow in Downtown Walnut Creek

1349 Locust St, Walnut Creek

The tea cafe Chalogy that we learned would be opening back in February in downtown Walnut Creek is planning to open tomorrow, Thursday, December 8th. In addition to hot and iced teas, including boba, they will also be featuring pan rolled ice cream with fresh fruit options, crepes, and of course, Cornology popcorn with flavors such as Jamaican Mojo and Truffle Parmesan. As you can see in the photo at bottom, teas are brewed fresh. I look forward to trying this place out!