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Engineering Eden by Jordan Fisher Smith at Lafayette Library on Dec 6th

Engineering Eden by Jordan Fisher Smith:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
7:00 – 8:30pm | $10 (Free for students w/ ID)

Guest speaker Jordan Fisher Smith spent 21 years as a park and wilderness ranger in California, Wyoming and Alaska. He is the author of the bestselling cult classic Nature Noir and will read from and discuss his new book, Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature.

Engineering Eden is the story of the 1972 Yellowstone National Park death of Harry Eugene Walker, who was killed and partially eaten by a grizzly bear during the festivities celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the park. The incident led to a civil trial that included some of the most famous wildlife biologists in a fierce scientific dispute over how to repair nature when we damage it, and who is responsible for the unintended consequenes when we get it wrong.


Progress on Capital One Cafe in Downtown Walnut Creek

1139 S. Main St, Walnut Creek

In April we learned that Capital One Cafe would be opening their first East Bay location in downtown Walnut Creek where the GAP used to be and progress is ongoing. For those not aware, Capital One Cafe is a casual style bank with a coffee shop, free wifi and meeting room spaces.

They will feature Peet’s coffee as well as local baked goods. What’s great is that for those with a Capital One card you can get 50% off Peet’s coffee. Free, semi-private working areas will be available on a first come, first serve basis and community spaces can be reserved by non-profits for free as well.


Home for the Holidays by SF Gay Men’s Chorus at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek on Dec 3rd

Home for the Holidays by SF Gay Men’s Chorus:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
$30 – $40

Kick off your holiday season with members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus at the beautiful Lesher Center for the Arts!

Known for its warm, rich choral tones and over-the-top productions, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus continues its tradition of bringing holiday cheer to the East Bay with its December 3rd show in Walnut Creek. The show features all four vocal ensembles of the Chorus: The Lollipop Guild, Vocal Minority, SWAG and HomoPhonics.

Expect plenty of upbeat, show-stopping numbers, stunningly beautiful choral pieces, and updated, modern takes on old favorites – all done with SFGMC’s trademark humor and flair. Think “A Chorus Line” meets “The Nutcracker,” Pentatonix and Mariah Carey, crossing genre and dishing up a delightful program of gorgeous holiday music.

Running Time: approx. 90 minutes, without an intermission

Question of the Day

Friday Question of the Day – Do you Craft?


This week we learned that a new stationery store called Live Happy Paper Crafts opened in Danville. While browsing around an employee mentioned that it was a great place for crafting. I didn’t realize crafting was a thing but apparently it’s quite popular. If you craft, what is your favorite crafting or stationery store? I imagine Paper Source in Walnut Creek would be a great place for crafting.


Children’s Book Festival at Lafayette Library on Dec 3rd

Children’s Book Festival:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
11:00am – 12:00pm | Free

Meet three of our favorite authors and illustrators, enjoy creative art projects, and pick up holiday gift books for the special children in your life.

Elisa Klevin will introduce her new book The Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy. Michael Slack will share Pirasaurs. Muon Van will read In a Village By the Sea and create origami. Books available for purchase courtesy of Bel and Bunna’s Books.