Lafayette Art & Wine Festival this Weekend


Lafayette Art & Wine Festival:

Downtown Lafayette
Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, September 20th, 2014 – Sunday, September 21st, 2014
10:00am – 6:00pm (7:00pm Sunday) | Free

Kids Zone: Ticket is $1-$5 for different activities
Drink Tickets: $7 for individual ticket. Individual wine or beer glass is $7. Combination packages available with big discounts!

2014 will be the 19th year of this annual festival. The Lafayette Art, Wine and Music Festival is held the 3rdweekend in September, and is perhaps the largest annual festival in Contra Costa County.

In 2013, over 80,000 people strolled among the booths of art, handmade crafts, sampling foods from top local restaurants and enjoying quality wines and microbrews, pausing to enjoy continuous music from our two main stages.

Company Playing at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette Sept. 13th – Oct. 11th



Town Hall Theatre
3535 School St, Lafayette
Saturday, September 13th, 2014 – Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Winner of seven Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards, Company focuses on Robert, a confirmed bachelor celebrating his 35th birthday, surrounded by friends showing him the pros (and cons) of married life. With such songs as “Barcelona”, “Side By Side By Side” and “Marry Me A Little”, this trailblazing musical is the first taste of our upcoming season.

Danville Hotel Project Opening Spring 2015 in Danville


Last September we learned about the impending demolition of the old Danville Hotel in downtown Danville and the redevelopment is progressing with an estimated completion date of spring, 2015. Check out updates to the redevelopment here.

From the project page:

Redevelopment of the Danville Hotel site includes the construction of approximately 37,500 square feet of new residential, retail and restaurant space. The residential portion of the project will consist of 16 for-sale second story residential units, ranging in size from 919 square feet to 1,440 square feet. The site is bordered by Hartz Avenue, Prospect Avenue, Railroad Avenue and Short Street. The historic hotel and McCauley house will be retained and restored.


Lafayette Juniors 21st Annual Rummage Sale on Oct. 4th in Lafayette

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Lafayette Juniors 21st Annual Rummage Sale:

Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church
49 Knox Dr, Lafayette
Saturday, October 4th, 2014
8:00am – 2:00pm | $3

Lafayette Juniors 21st Annual Rummage Sale! Saturday, October 4th, 8 am – 2 pm. Special early bird entrance fee $3 per adult from 7 am – 8 am. Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive in Lafayette. Pre-loved designer clothes, baby and kid clothes, toys, and gear, furniture, household goods, and much more. Cash only. All sale proceeds benefit local non-profits that serve seniors families and children in need. Visit for more sale information.

La Fiesta Square getting Parking Meters in Lafayette

La Fiesta Square, Lafayette

With plenty of new and popular restaurants having opened up recently within downtown Lafayette, La Fiesta Square has decided to install parking meters in the popular parking lot. (Yes, even the 20 minute parking spots). I spoke with some La Fiesta Square store employees who aren’t aware of free validation offers which is what I would have expected. We’ll find out soon enough. One reader commented that they witnessed a parking attendant threaten someone with a ticket for going to a non-La Fiesta Square restaurant:

Just watch out for the parking attendant who monitors the lot to the right of the restaurant; it is part of La Fiesta Square, and we saw one customer get threatened with towing and tickets just because he walked toward American Kitchen and not toward Chow.

So I suppose this isn’t surprising. It’s getting so crowded that even the Lamorinda Music/Lamorinda Theatre parking lot has a “No restaurant parking” sign out front (see photo at bottom). There are free parking spaces if you drive past La Fiesta Square until the road turns into Hough Ave. Thanks to a reader for sending word on this.


Lamorinda Music/Theatre Academy parking lot:

Heart of Modernism with Young Sun Bai at Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery this Saturday


Heart of Modernism with Young Sun Bai:

Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery
3620 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, September 13th, 2014
5:00pm – 7:00pm | Free

Presenting a solo exhibit, Heart of Modernism with veteran artist Young Sun Bai. Heart of Modernism focuses on recent work inspired by personal, familial, and public life in the San Francisco Bay Area in general, and Contra Costa County in particular.
Young Sun Bai’s abstract paintings use collage, bright colors, and bold lines to tell a story of enchantment and connection with the people and world around her. Said Dr. Jeanne Willette in Vision Magazine, she “… is the sum of the history of modernist art, reflecting the intensity of Matisse’s color, the construction of Picasso’s Cubism, the free-floating forms of Miro’s Surrealism, and the poetry of Motherwell.”

Progress on Merrill Gardens Assisted Living Apartments in Lafayette


Last September we learned that a new assisted living apartment complex called Merrill Gardens would be opening on Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette and plenty of progress has been made although the planned-for spring opening has been pushed back until fall according to their website. One possible explanation for the delay is the need to stain the lighter colored bricks so they don’t clash so much. Check out this Lamorinda Weekly article for details. Judging from the above photo they still have more staining to do.


American Kitchen Opens in Lafayette

71 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette

American Kitchen opened last Monday in downtown Lafayette and when I stopped by this weekend it was packed both inside and out with lots of people checking out what’s turning out to be a flourishing of newly opened eateries within downtown Lafayette. Although I was tempted to go with my usual burger, being a fan of fried chicken thanks to Oakland’s Bakesale Betty I decided to go with a fried chicken sandwich with coleslaw on a bun. Pickled beets and carrots were included as a side. I loved the cornmeal polenta crust on the juicy Mary’s chicken tenders and look forward to trying the burger next time. Actually, there’s a lot on the menu I want to try out. Has anyone tried this place out yet? What do you recommend? Check out American Kitchen on Facebook here.


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