Author Archives: Beyond the Creek

Speed Dating at Walnut Creek Library (Horror Edition)

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Speed Dating at Walnut Creek Library (Horror Edition):

Walnut Creek Library
1644 N Broadway, Walnut Creek
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
6:30pm | Free

Just in time for Halloween–share the horror of dating while optimistically searching for your next date. Singles in their 20’s-40’s are invited to the Walnut Creek Library on Thursday, October 23rd for another round of Literary Speed Dating.

The event is free and aimed at adults in their 20’s through 40’s. Participants are asked to come ready to tell a condensed version of their favorite horror story– could be a book or a movie that gives you the willies OR a tale of your worst date ever. Each participant will be given a number as their identification upon sign-in on the evening of the event. Each date will last approximately 5 minutes before participants rotate to the next person. Who knows? Your next BEST date could be waiting for you!
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Armed Robbery in Downtown Lafayette Near Chevalier Restaurant

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From the Lafayette PD:

Lafayette Officers are currently responding for an armed robbery that occurred in the 900 block of Moraga Road. The suspect fled the scene in a Dark Blue Late Model Chevy or Ford SUV with no license plates. The vehicle was last seen EB on Moraga Boulevard from Moraga Road. The suspect is described as a Hispanic Male, 30 yrs, medium build, wearing a black shirt and khaki pants. Residents who have information about this incident are asked to contact Lafayette PD, 925-284-5010.

All-You-Can-Eat Scoops for $5 at Smitten Lafayette on Wed. Oct. 22nd, 2 – 5pm

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3545 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

All-You-Can-Eat Scoops for LPIE at Smitten Lafayette:

Help Smitten Ice Cream be a great neighbor and come enjoy all the scoops your stomach can handle! (Just make sure to bring your elastic-waist pants…)

On Wednesday, October 22nd from 2-5pm, the Brrristas at Smitten Ice Cream – Lafayette will be serving up scoops to support Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE). LPIE is a community-based education foundation run by parent volunteers working to enhance and expand the educational opportunities for students in Lafayette’s six public schools.

Tickets* = $5 for unlimited scoops of all flavors. Alll profits go directly to LPIE.

*One per ice cream eater, big or small. Valid 10/22/2014 at Lafayette shop ONLY.

Learning Express Toys Opening Nov. 21st in Downtown Lafayette

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3568 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

After a few years without a toy store, a new toy store called Learning Express Toys is opening in downtown Lafayette on November 21st where Traction Cycling used to be on Mt. Diablo Blvd. Learning Express Toys has locations nationwide with the nearest location in San Ramon.

From their website:

Learning Express is the nation’s leading franchisor of educational toy stores. To date, there are more than 130 locations across the country, each one locally owned and operated. These local stores are dedicated to providing quality toys, expert staff, exceptional customer service, and community support through fundraising—the keystones of the Learning Express brand.

The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin at the Lafayette Library this Thurs.

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The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
6:30pm – 8:00pm | $10

LLLCF’s Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes Malcolm Margolin in Conversation with Kim Bancroft

In an age of big box stores and media conglomerates, how can an independent publishing house survive and even thrive? In “The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher,” biographer Kim Bancroft explores the world of Margolin and Heyday Books – a nonprofit press devoted to California’s cultural and natural history. Heyday promotes widespread awareness and celebration of California’s many cultures, landscapes, and boundary-breaking ideas. Through its well-crafted books, public events, and innovative outreach programs, Heyday has built and continues to grow and sustain a vibrant community of readers, writers, and thinkers.
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Noah’s Bagels Opening this Wed. in Downtown Walnut Creek

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1930 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

The sign outside the soon-to-be-open Noah’s Bagels in downtown Walnut Creek where Blockbuster Video used to be on Mt. Diablo Blvd. says “open in 3 days” so it looks like it will be officially opening this Wednesday, October 22nd. Inside looks like a typical Noah’s Bagels with plenty of seating available.

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jinny Women’s Designer Boutique Opening Soon in Downtown Walnut Creek

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1575 Botelho Dr, Walnut Creek

The women’s fashion boutique jinny, originally based in Columbus, Ohio, is moving to downtown Walnut Creek next to the men’s clothing store Atlas on Botelho Dr.

From their website:

jinny, a women’s designer boutique destination founded by L.A. fashion industry transplant Jin H Fillinger, marked its launch on August 19, 2006 in the heart of the Short North neighborhood of Downtown Columbus, OH.

Finding a lack of aspirational boutiques in Columbus to satiate her fashion pangs, Jin developed jinny in the creative and burgeoning Downtown market to give women with similar frustrations an outlet for their sartorial enthusiasm.

Free “Party of the Century” at Shadelands Ranch Museum in Walnut Creek on Sat.

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Free “Party of the Century”:

Shadelands Ranch Museum
2660 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
11:00am – 4:00pm | Free

What: Walnut Creek turns 100 in October and is celebrating this once-in-a-century milestone with a free Centennial Birthday Festival. The family-friendly day features live music, dancing, strolling musicians, food trucks, local artisans in the Artists’ Market, activities and crafts for kids, museum tours, community service groups, karaoke, face painting, pumpkin patch, birthday cake, and more.

When: Saturday, October 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Shadelands Ranch Museum, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA.

Joaquin Moraga Sex Abuse Scandal Going National – 48 Hours Exposé Showing Tomorrow

The child sex abuse scandal from the 1990’s at the Moraga middle school Joaquin Moraga in which millions of dollars have been paid to settle multiple cases is about to get more national attention as the CBS documentary news show 48 Hours will be featuring this scandal tomorrow on a new episode:

A former middle school athlete kept quiet about years of abuse by a trusted coach. Can she now get the woman to admit to her crimes? Tracy Smith reports in an all-new “48 Hours” Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Check out this Contra Costa Times article for more information.