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Motoshi Kosako – Master of Jazz Harp, Workshop and Concert in Walnut Creek on April 18th

Photo by Flickr user Artur

Motoshi Kosako – Master of Jazz Harp, Workshop and Concert:

Harps Etc.
1601 N. Main St, Walnut Creek
Saturday, April 18th, 2015
2:30pm – 5:30pm + 7:30pm concert | $60

Harps Etc. Café Concert Series Presents:

Motoshi Kosako, The Master of Jazz Harp, Workshop and Concert
“Kosako plays with fluid, modern style that evokes Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.” Sacramento Magazine

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Workshop: 2:30 — 5:30 p.m.
Learn how to arrange, improvise and jazz up your playing.
Concert: 7:30 p.m. co-sponsored by the Bay Area Chapter of the American Harp Society

Purchase tickets in advance at, email or call 925-937-4277

Workshop or Concert Fee: $35 prepaid or $40 at the door.
Attend the Workshop and Concert for only $60 prepaid or $65 at the door


Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream Coming Soon to Willows Shopping Center in Concord

Willows Shopping Center, Concord

In January we learned that Ike’s Sandwich Shop was coming to the Willows Shopping Center in Concord and right next door Palo Alto-based Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream will be opening up. Check out their complete flavor list such as caramel praline and black raspberry crunch here.

From their website:

Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream has been the home of 48 exceptional, handmade ice cream creations such as Coffee Molasses Chip, Rose andWhite Chocolate Ginger. We live, breathe and dream ice cream and never get tired of brightening a customer’s day with a big ol’ scoop of everyone’s favorite dessert —ice cream.

We also make the most delicious and beautifully decorated ice cream cakes (over 20 varieties) around. Or, try our handmade cupcakes, ice cream whoopies, cookies, brownies and pies.



Arrest at Downtown Walnut Creek Starbucks for Video Recording in Bathroom

From the Walnut Creek PD:

On 2/16/15, employees of Starbucks at 1152 Locust St. reported that they found a video recorder that had been secreted in the unisex bathroom at the business during the hours of2:30PM – 4:00 and it had recorded several customers using the restroom.

On Tuesday 4/14/15 Starbucks employees at the same location reported finding another video camera secreted in the restroom. The camera had been in the restroom recording customers using the restroom between 2PM- 3PM. Walnut Creek PD officers investigated the incidents and developed evidence that indicated that Turner was the suspect that placed the camera.

On Thursday, 4/16/15, WCPD detectives assisted by Benicia PD served a search warrant at Turner’s residence on Oxford Dr. in Benicia. Turner was arrested on a warrant charging him with multiple counts of 647 J (3) (a) PC.

Walnut Creek PD detectives are attempting to identify the victims that used the Starbucks restroom during the above timeframes that were unknowingly recorded.

Anyone with information should call Det. Gabe Mauro at 943-5881


Rosie the Riveters at the Concord Library on April 25th

Rosie the Riveters:

Concord Library
2900 Salvio Street
Saturday, April 25th, 2015
1:00pm | Free

Come to the Concord Library to meet four of the women who worked in shipyards in Richmond and Oakland during World War II. Their jobs included welder, draftsman and electrician. “Rosie the Riveter” is the popular name for women who worked in the defense industry during World War II. The name Rosie the Riveter comes from a popular song written in 1942. Join us at this special event and meet these inspiring women who will tell their stories, show their photos and share their unique perspective of the World War II Home Front.


Rockin Crawfish Opens in Concord

1847 Willow Pass Rd, Concord

Rockin Crawfish, the Cajun restaurant from Oakland has opened a new location in Concord at the Park ‘N’ Shop in Concord. Check out their food menu here and beverage menu here. The inside has a fun, eclectic feel with records, guitars, license plates and of course artistic drawings of crawfish plastered on the walls. There is plenty of seating and large bar area throughout. Check out the photos of the inside below to get a feel for how it looks.

It’s been a while since I’ve been to New Orleans and this cuisine was so tempting that I ordered the crawfish boil ($13.99/market price).  You choose the spiciness when ordering (I chose original which, although is less than mild, still had plenty kick for me), and after a short while a pound of piping hot crawfish in a clear, plastic bag along with a bib and a plate of lemons and a salty pepper dipping powder is ready to devour. The waitress explained that most people squeeze the lemons into the powder so you can dip the crawfish. First, you remove the shell from the head and suck the juice out. Then you remove the meat from the tail, dip into the sauce, and enjoy. Nothing else is edible. Crawfish don’t have much meat but there are plenty of crawfish in the bag. I recommend getting a side of steamed rice. It’s quite a bit of work but it’s delicious and if ever there were a place to enjoy cajun cooking this is it!


More photos of the inside including the crab tank after the jump… Continue Reading

Real Estate

Progress on The Village Condos in Downtown Walnut Creek

1500 Newell Ave, Walnut Creek

It’s been a few years but The Village condo and retail store development is slowly progressing at Newell Ave. and S. Main St. in downtown Walnut Creek and is expected to open Fall, 2015. Starbucks, Paul Martin’s American Grill and Ameritrade are expected to open here.

From the developer’s website:

Located in downtown Walnut Creek, The Village is an upscale mixed-use center characterized by modern simplicity and sophistication. Like a traditional village, residences and shops combine around small courtyards, plazas, and gardens. The 49 Condominium Residences are arranged to provide plenty of daylight, views, and privacy. 40,000 s.f. of pedestrian oriented retail space takes advantage of distinct architectural features to promote tenants and capture foot and car traffic. The Village extends Walnut Creek’s traditional downtown shopping area and creates a lively new southern gateway.


Rendering via Studio N


Annual Spring Family Fun Day at Orinda Theatre Square on April 18th


Annual Spring Family Fun Day:

Orinda Theatre Square
2 Orinda Theatre Square
Saturday, April 18th, 2015
1:00pm – 4:00pm | Free

Orinda Theatre Square kicks Spring into high gear with our Annual Free Spring Family Fun Day!
Hop on over and join us for a full day of activities, including:

• a rock climbing wall
• a petting zoo
• pony rides
• an extra large photo wall to capture the day’s memories
• face painting


Coffee Shop Pre-Preview in Downtown Walnut Creek

1321 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Coffee Shop, the eagerly anticipated new coffee shop that replaces Lift Lounge in downtown Walnut Creek is opening by the end of April. The inside has been completely remodeled; the huge ceiling, wooden planks throughout, concrete floors and counters look beautiful. It reminded me of coffee shops straight out of Portland. There is going to be some serious coffee brewing going on with two Slayer espresso machines only available in a couple of other Bay Area locations.

In addition to artisinal coffee (initially local and national roasters will be featured) such as Sightglass and Four Barrel, with Stumptown cold brew and nitro cold brew available on draft, there will also be a selection of coffee based cocktails, craft brews and wine. Samovar teas and cold pressed juice will be available for non-coffee drinkers. As for cuisine, baked goods from local bakery 54 Mint as well as their own dishes made with seasonally fresh ingredients such as waffles and more will be featured.

Although I’m more of a tea drinker I think after visiting this place I may end up being turned on to coffee. This is going to be amazing! Check out their Facebook page here and website here and check out plenty of photos of the inside below.


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Album Cover of the Day


ELVIS Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite, spotted in Concord across from Todos Santos park at Half Price Books.

Presenting 2001 Space Odyssey: