New Glass Murals at La Fiesta Square in Downtown Lafayette


Driving on Moraga Rd. in downtown Lafayette over the weekend I noticed three glass murals on the side of Itrim in La Fiesta Square. They are the work of the Ellen Blakeley Studio in Santa Rosa.

From her website:

Working as a professional ceramist in 1993, Ellen stopped one day to pick up the glass from a shattered bus shelter in her San Francisco neighborhood. Vandals had shot out the glass with BB guns; it lay in glittering heaps on the asphalt.  Already versed in the art of mosaic, Ellen started experimenting with the tempered glass, soon realizing that the transparent surface would lend itself to endless design opportunities. Her discovery led her into the reflective world of glass mosaic, utilizing her fine art sensibility to illuminate the transparent glass with color, rhythm and texture.

If you have a moment in La Fiesta Square I encourage you to drop by as they look incredible especially when the sun is reflecting, giving it a shimmering glow.


Lafayette Juniors 15th Annual Kitchen Tour on May 17th in Lafayette

Lafayette Juniors 15th Annual Kitchen Tour:

Saturday, May 17th, 2014
10:00am – 3:00pm | $40

Tour special Lafayette homes with unique rustic, ranch, Cape Cod, open concept, traditional, and farmhouse style kitchens. The tour benefits First Place for Youth, STAND!, the Lafayette Library, SEED, and Twin Canyon Camp. Tickets are $40 ($30 tax deductible), with a box lunch available for $15.

Purchase tickets online today at or from Douglah Designs and Premier Kitchens in Lafayette.

Annual Kitchen Tour: Saturday, May 17th, 10 am – 3 pm.

RadioShack Relocating Soon in Downtown Lafayette

Old location in Clocktower

3604 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

RadioShack is relocating in the next month or so across the street next to Swad Indian Cuisine and Lafayette Beauty Store & Salon on Mt. Diablo Blvd. With the Lafayette Clocktower now home to three fashion boutiques (Francesca’s, Lanvie, and Venture) I can envision another kind of boutique opening up.

East Bay Bike Party Rhythm Bike Ride Tomorrow from Lafayette – Concord


East Bay Bike Party Rhythm Bike Ride:

Lafayette BART
Friday, April 11th, 2014
7:30 | Free

Calling out to EBBP participants: We want you to BRING THE RHYTHM this month. Drums, plastic containers, tambourines, triangles, whatever it takes! Might be a good time for MORE COWBELL!

Route sheets (with regroups & directions to the closest BART station) will be available at the beginning of the ride.

Dogtown Downtown in Lafayette this Saturday


Dogtown Downtown:

Lafayette Plaza Park
Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Moraga Rd, Lafayette
Saturday, April 12th, 2014
10:00am – 1:00pm | Free

Love dogs? Don’t miss Lafayette Dogtown Downtown. Dogs invited. Parade starts at 10am.

Long considered a pet friendly town, Lafayette is giving top billing to its canine community for its first-ever Dogtown Downtown event, scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is an event about – and for – dogs and dog lovers.

Designed to be a fun and festive canine-focused event, Lafayette Dogtown Downtown includes outdoor demonstrations, fun dog competitions, and other activities for dog lovers of all ages. Pet adoptions will be available and animal rescue group representatives will be on hand, as well as other dog-related vendors.

True to Lafayette’s passion for lifelong learning, the Dogtown Downtown event also has a strong educational offering – a curriculum of ten 30-minute presentations by veterinary specialists from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the Bay Area’s SAGE Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care. Organized in two tracks, topics range from pet first aid, toxins, environmental hazards, behavioral issues, and the veterinary blood bank, to how to become a veterinarian or veterinarian technician.

Admission and related activities, including the presentations, are free, but registration is encouraged, either online or at the event. Be among the first to register and receive a complimentary Lafayette Dogtown Downtown canine first aide starter kit when you check in at the event, while supplies last.

Bo’s Barbecue Closing in Lafayette

3422 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

After 15 years in business Bo’s Barbecue is closing in Lafayette on Mt. Diablo Blvd. The lease is up end of July and it’s not being renewed according to this article in the Contra Costa Times. In the article the owner Bo McSwine says he may open a new barbecue restaurant in the China Basin neighborhood of San Francisco where AT&T Park is located.


Organic Food Presentation at Lafayette Library this Thursday


Organic Food Direct to You:

Lafayette Library
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, April 10th, 2014
7:00pm | $5

Ever wonder about the easiest way to get fresh, local, organic food?

Come to a presentation at the Lafayette Library on Thursday, April 10, to learn about ways local organic farmers are Come to a presentation at the Lafayette Library delivering their delicious wares to folks in Lamorinda. Sustainable Lafayette is hosting a display, presentation, and movie. Find out our produce options, and meet with current customers who enjoy their fresh weekly produce boxes. Then you can stay to see the 50-minute movie Grow, which takes a look at “a new generation of sustainable farmers through the eyes, hearts, and minds of 20 passionate, idealistic, and independent young growers.”

Light refreshments will be provided.