Life Could Be A Dream Playing at Lesher Center through Oct. 5th in Walnut Creek

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Life Could Be A Dream:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, August 29th, 2014 – Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Meet Danny and the Dreamers, a fledgling doo-wop singing group preparing to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest with dreams of making it to the big time! Trouble comes in the form of Lois, who arrives to put some polish on the boys. Denny falls in love, Wally falls in line, Eugene falls apart, and then the trouble doubles when handsome heartthrob Skip enters, played by Derek Keeling, star of Broadway’s Grease and NBC’s “You’re the One That I Want!” to send things spinning. The ‘60s hits say it all: “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel,” “Stay,” “Unchained Melody,” “Lonely Teardrops,” and “The Glory of Love.”

American Kitchen Opens in Lafayette

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71 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette

American Kitchen opened last Monday in downtown Lafayette and when I stopped by this weekend it was packed both inside and out with lots of people checking out what’s turning out to be a flourishing of newly opened eateries within downtown Lafayette. Although I was tempted to go with my usual burger, being a fan of fried chicken thanks to Oakland’s Bakesale Betty I decided to go with a fried chicken sandwich with coleslaw on a bun. Pickled beets and carrots were included as a side. I loved the cornmeal polenta crust on the juicy Mary’s chicken tenders and look forward to trying the burger next time. Actually, there’s a lot on the menu I want to try out. Has anyone tried this place out yet? What do you recommend? Check out American Kitchen on Facebook here.

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Beal Bank Opening in Mercer Apartments in Walnut Creek

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1631 N. California Blvd, Walnut Creek

In March we learned that Beal Bank was looking to open a branch in the Mercer Apartment complex in downtown Walnut Creek and that’s definitely happening as you can see by the signage in the above photo. A few blocks away BBVA Compass Bank is close to opening a larger branch at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and S. California Blvd.

Ice Cream Doughnut Sandwiches at Coco Swirl in Walnut Creek

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1273 Locust St, Walnut Creek

The frozen yogurt shop Coco Swirl has joined the ice cream bandwagon in downtown Walnut Creek with new ice cream doughnut sandwiches, just in time for the end of the dog days of summer. Interestingly, I just learned that Coco Swirl only has two locations, Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill. I always thought they were a big franchise.

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Prostitution Solicitation at Rheem Shopping Center Massage Parlor in Moraga

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From the Moraga PD:

The Moraga Police Department conducted an investigation into possible illicit activities occurring at Wonderful Spa, a massage parlor located at 450 Center Street in the Rheem Shopping Center in Moraga

With the assistance of the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, an undercover operation on 8/28/14 at approx. 1656 hours resulted in the arrest of 52-year-old Situ Li of San Leandro for misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution. Li was booked at the Moraga Police Department and released on a signed Promise to Appear. The incident is also being investigated for possible use permit violations against the business. Please contact Sergeant Brian South at 925-888-7052 for any inquiries.

Dogfight Playing at Lesher Center Sept. 5th – 21st in Walnut Creek

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Dogfight:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, September 5th – Sunday, September 21st, 2014
$35

This production is recommended for audience members 17 years old and up.

Set in the fall of 1963, Dogfight  follows three young Marines on the eve of their deployment to Vietnam who set out for one last night of debauchery in San Francisco. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress, he enlists her to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. Based on the 1991 film of the same name starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor, Dogfight carries the audience through a thunderous musical journey of unexpected love, loss, and brotherhood.

Noah’s Bagels Signage Up in Downtown Walnut Creek

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1930 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Last month we learned that Noah’s Bagels would be coming to downtown Walnut Creek on Mt. Diablo Blvd. and their signage is now up. In the meantime you can check out their other Walnut Creek location in the Countrywood Shopping Center at the corner of Bancroft Rd. and Treat Blvd. or their Lafayette location in the Whole Foods/Safeway shopping center on Mt. Diablo Blvd.