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Box Set Duo Trio – Summer Sounds Outside at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek on June 30th

Box Set Duo Trio – Summer Sounds Outside:

Lesher Center for the Arts (outside)
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Thursday, June 30th, 2016
5:30pm – 7:00pm | Free

Box Set Duo Trio has been entertaining audiences with their powerful Americana sound and songs, brought to life by inspired guitar interplay and vocal harmonies that warm the senses. The subject matter ranges from politics to relationships and everything in between. They’ve performed with Dave Matthews Band, Barenaked Ladies and Willie Nelson.


Boudin Bakery & Cafe Reopens after 2 Year Hiatus in Broadway Plaza

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

It’s been a long two year wait but Boudin Bakery & Cafe is finally back in a new spot next to Nordstrom in Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek and the new spot where they are located is SO much better than their former spot next to Macy’s. While the former spot felt claustrophobic due to lack of space and lighting, this new spot sees the light of day, literally, with giant windows allowing plenty of natural sunlight in. The larger space has plenty more seating as well as outdoor tables as well as a long section along the wall to line up.

I tried the classic BBQ pork sandwich with coleslaw and it was great. They also offer burgers which I don’t believe they offered in their old location. I also saw a beer and wine sign on the wall which will go great with their sourdough offerings. In addition to dishes they also offer sliced bread (sourdough, cinnamon raisin and multigrain).


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Common Poorwill Bird Walk at Mitchell Canyon Trailhead on July 1st


Common Poorwill Bird Walk:

Mitchell Canyon Visitors Center and Trailhead
Mt. Diablo State Park, Clayton
Friday, July 1st, 2016
7:00pm – 10:30pm | $6 (per car – exact change)

Denise Wright leads this three mile hike listening to birds of the early evening on the hike to Red Road. As twilight approaches, hikers near the upper portion of White Canyon, listening for the Common Poorwill and local owls. The returning hike in the dark may turn up some interesting wildlife. Dress in layers and bring snacks, liquids and flashlight. Be prepared for ticks and poison oak.
Reservation required.


Master Harold …and the Boys Playing at Aurora Theatre Company through July 17th in Berkeley

Master Harold …and the Boys:

Aurora Theatre Company
2081 Addison St, Berkeley
Friday, June 17th – Sunday, July 17th, 2016

An ordinary rainy afternoon in 1950’s South Africa turns into a profound and lifechanging experience for a white teenager and the two black men employed by his family. At once a coming of age drama and a scathing indictment of inequality, this modern masterpiece by Athol Fugard (Blood Knot, My Children! My Africa!) continues to speak to the world’s many racial injustices as well as its hopes for reconciliation.


Teavana Opens in Broadway Plaza

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Starbucks-owned Teavana has opened next to of all places, Starbucks, in Broadway Plaza at their recently opened location across from Macy’s in downtown Walnut Creek. This is no ordinary Teavana though and is one of the few concept stores to focus on loose leaf teas where there are even mixing bowls to combine one’s loose tea selection. In addition to hot tea samples there is also an iced tea sample area with four sweetened iced teas. When I mentioned to them it might be nice to offer one unsweetened iced tea they said they have been directed to use only sweetened teas. OK, then, sweetened teas it is.


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Question of the Day

Friday Question of the Day – What do you think of the New Broadway Plaza?


The main part of Broadway Plaza reopened at the end of last year with several new stores moving in (NYX Cosmetics, Vince Camuto, Madewell and more), as well as several relocations and this week the backside of Broadway Plaza reopened, also with new stores opening and others relocating such as GAP from downtown Walnut Creek. It’s still a work in progress as stores open up over the next few months, not to mention Zara coming to the former location of the Macy’s Men’s store.

How do you think the Broadway Plaza redevelopment turned out? Do you like the lounge areas? Of all the stores I like the GAP design the best. Now I’m waiting for Boudin and True Kitchen to open… What are you looking forward to opening?


FLUX Exhibition Preview & Workshop at Bedford Gallery on June 25th in Walnut Creek

Photo provided by Bedford Gallery

FLUX Exhibition Preview & Workshop:

Bedford Gallery
1601 Civic Drive
Saturday, June 25th, 2016
3:00pm – 5:00pm | $90

Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at the gallery during open hours.

Preview Crystal Wagner’s FLUX exhibition with an artist talk and hands-on workshop. Participants will explore X-acto knife drawing techniques to create stunning stencils and a layered print based on their own aesthetic sensibilities.

Workshop fee includes materials, participants are asked to bring their own self healing cutting mat or purchase one from the gallery. You can add a cutting mat to your ticket order at check out, which will be available for pick up at the gallery on the day of the event.

Ages 16 and Up. No refunds.