The Skull Show Closing Reception:
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Thursday, August 28th, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm | $5
Join us for drinks, skull crafts, and one last look at the Skull Show!
Artist Marc D’Estout is returning to lead his Make-A-Skull project: mold a skull out of clay, then decorate it with anything from feathers and gems to bottle caps and seeds. This project is great for all ages.
Complimentary refreshments include Calicraft Beer and Dearly Beloved wine.
71 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
Last week we learned that American Kitchen would be opening sometime this month in downtown Lafayette and good news has arrived as they are officially opening this Monday, August, 25th at 9am. Initially they will be serving breakfast from 9am – 11am and lunch from 11am – 3pm with plans for dinner service in early September. Check out their expansive menu here which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner offerings as well as pastries and drinks including coffee, tea, juices, craft beers and local wines. Check out their Facebook page here.
In addition to the great outdoor seating areas you can see in the photo above, I had a chance to get a preview of the inside which looks amazing as well. It has a great rustic ambiance that fits the outside architecture perfectly. Check out part of the dining area in the photo below.
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Photo by Flickr user heisnofool
The fall kids soccer season is about to begin. Earlier this summer I read about US women soccer stars getting the word out on the dangers of children heading soccer balls with, “guidelines calling for the elimination of heading the ball by players younger than 14″ due to the potential for brain injuries. The article notes that, “many soccer organizations in the United States suggest that coaches start teaching children to head the ball only after those players turn 10″. The American Youth Soccer Association (AYSO) points out on their, Is Heading Safe, page, in bold that, “AYSO does not recommend heading below the age of ten. Coaches are not encouraged to teach or practice heading at these early ages”.
So imagine my surprise when my six year old kid comes home from soccer camp one day this summer and starts throwing the ball up in the air trying to hit it with his head. He told me that’s what they did at camp.
When I emailed the camp about their policy they replied with:
Heading is specially important because incorrect heading is not safe in the long run.
We adjust the intensity of all skills to be age-appropriate. Heading skill is taught to the younger age by reducing the distant from where the ball is served to the player to reduce the power from the ball. This is in compliance with recommendations from all soccer organizations.
Now it turns out that the Lafayette Moraga Youth Association (LMYA) is using this soccer organization to provide, “Professional trainers [...] working directly on the field with coaches and players” and “Separate “free” skills clinics with [...] trainers”. I emailed LMYA about their soccer heading policy and did not receive a reply.
Should young kids be practicing heading soccer balls? Do other soccer organizations in this area have policies on this?
The Springhouse and Otter Creek:
Mighty Fine Guitars
85 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
8:00pm | $15 – $20
Jane Selkye from Me Jane and Plainjane, Chris Kee from Houston Jones, Jim Campilongo, The Waybacks, etc. and ace pedal steel meister David Phillips roam the Americana borderlands. Bluegrass family-band Otter Creek opens. A helluva show.
1633 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek
Back in April I noted that the LA street food-style restaurant 310 Eatery opened in downtown Walnut Creek on Bonanza St. and they will be moving around the corner to Redux Lounge and reopening by September 15th, to be called Redux Lounge Kitchen by 310 Eatery. Although they will be located within Redux it will still be possible to dine there during daytime hours as well as at night with no obligation to stay at the lounge area.
FYI they recently came out with a new burger called the 405 Traffic Jam:
- 1/3 lb Short Rib-Bacon blend patty
- Breaded Portobello Mushroom
- Crispy Onions
- Pastrami with a Lemon-Garlic Butter sauce
- Pickled Jalapeños
- Homemade Kalbi Aioli
Served on a warm, butter pretzel bun!!!
Check out more at their Facebook page here and read more about the move at Diablo Dish.
1411 Locust St, Walnut Creek
1975 Diamond Blvd, Concord
This week we learned that ULTA Beauty would be opening a new store in the Willows Shopping Center in Concord this fall and there is plenty of other construction going on as Aaron Brothers Art & Framing plans on expanding next to their current location according to an employee I spoke with recently.
Jinx Jones and the King Tones:
Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, August 22nd, 2014
8:15pm | $25
A veteran of the Denver music scene of the ’80s who’s been living in California since 1989, rockabilly guitarist Jinx Jones has performed with Chuck Berry, Roy Buchanan and Solomon Burke and his chops can even be heard on En Vogue’s hit “Free Your Mind.” As a leader, Jones has four albums under his belt, including his most recent effort, Rip and Run, which showcases his fiery picking skills.
One thing that really sets Jinx Jones apart is his obvious knowledge and love of jazz and chords. Almost all of the solos feature a section that’s a trip through chord-city. By the time the single notes start to fly, you’re really impressed by his know-how.” –Vintage Guitar Magazine–
Jinx Jones and the King Tones is not a group you want to miss.
2 Theatre Square, Orinda
Kasper’s Hot Dogs is closing this month in Orinda Theatre Square due to leasing issues. Note that this is Kasper’s with a “K” which is different from Casper’s Hot Dogs in Walnut Creek. There are still other Kasper’s Hot Dogs restaurants in Fremont, Hayward and other Alameda locations according to Wikipedia.
Spotted in downtown Walnut Creek near Target.
Master Gardeners Talk: Backyard Vineyards:
Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
10:00am – 12:00pm | Free
On Saturday, August 23rd, the Contra Costa Master Gardeners (CCMG) and the Walnut Creek Library will present a free two-hour lecture on Backyard Vineyards. The lecture will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.at the Walnut Creek Library, located at 1644 N. Broadway in Walnut Creek. Join us in the 2nd floor Oak View Room to learn different ways to improve your garden soil.
CCMG’s experts Jim DeFrisco & Brad Miller will provide an introduction to growing both table and wine grapes; you’ll learn what you need to get started, how to plant your grapes, and how to care for and maintain grapevines throughout the year. There will be time for questions and answers after the presentation.
The talk is free and open to the public and registration is not required.