The Art & Science of Violin Making at the Lafayette Library on Jan. 28th

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The Art & Science of Violin Making:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
7:00pm – 9:00pm | $5

Explore the Art & Science of violin making with guest speaker Alan Copeland, an award winning violin, cello and viola maker. Science Cafe will explore the science of violin making – including the recent carefully designed studies of player preferences among old and new instruments, the use of x-ray CT scanning to understand iconic violins, approaches to material selection, and measurements with modern tools as an aid in the making process.

Allen will also address the question – Why, in today’s high tech world, would someone take up violin making, what does the skilled profession look like in the 21st century?

The evening concludes with a short performance on a new cello.

Boxed meals available at the Bookmark Cafe, order by calling (925)283-9999. Menu available on the website:

Tickets $5 at the door.

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The Tail Haven Hotel & Day Lounge Opens in Lafayette

3399 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

I spotted this across the street and thought that was an awfully small place for a HOTEL until I looked closer and realized it’s a DOG hotel. :) They opened last October across from the Lafayette Animal Hospital and in addition to day care and boarding also offer training and adoptions. Check out their website here. Check out their available dogs for adoption here.


Vitality Bowls Coming to Lafayette

3454 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Back in September I noted the progress of the Merrill Gardens assisted living apartment complex in downtown Lafayette and now Diablo Dish points out that Vitality Bowls is coming to one of the retail spots. Check out the Vitality Bowls Lafayette page here. I saw only one Leased sign and it looked quite big inside. I wonder if they’ll offer senior citizen discounts?


Anger, Activism, and Angels: The AIDS Crisis and “Angels in America” at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette on Jan. 25th


Anger, Activism, and Angels: The AIDS Crisis and “Angels in America”:

Town Hall Theatre Company
3535 School St, Lafayette
Sunday, January 25th, 2015
3:00pm | Free

Join Dramaturg Meg Honey as she leads an in-depth conversation with the Executive Director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco Paul Boneberg, historian and Associate Professor in the Justice, Community and Leadership Program at Saint Mary’s College of California Monica D. Fitzgerald, Artistic Director Joel Roster, and theatre teacher and actor Jeff Draper about the history around Angels in America and the AIDS crisis.

This is a free event.


Author Julia Scheeres Discusses A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown at Lafayette Library on Jan. 15th


Author Julia Scheeres Discusses A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, January 15th, 2015
7:00pm – 8:30pm | Free

Join us for an evening with Julia Scheeres, Berkeley resident and New York Times and London Times bestselling author as she discusses her latest book, A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown. In this true life story of blind loyalty and daring escapes, of corrupted ideals and senseless, haunting loss, author Julia Scheeres follows the experiences of five Peoples Temple members who went to Jonestown. Vividly written and impossible to forget.

Free event; refreshments will be provided.

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Spontaneous Combustion Featuring Guest Storyteller Estelle Piper at Lamorinda Music on Jan. 16th in Lafayette


Spontaneous Combustion Featuring Guest Storyteller Estelle Piper:

Lamorinda Music
81 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
Friday, January 16th, 2015
8:00pm | $10

It’s a comic explosion of hysterical scenes and outrageous characters all based on the real-life stories of a real, live person. Tonight’s special guest storyteller is Bay Area actor and director Estelle Piper.


Park Plaza Turning into a Mini Ferry Building in Downtown Lafayette

Park Plaza, Lafayette

The new Park Plaza development in downtown Lafayette is turning into a veritable mini Ferry Building with news from Diablo Dish that a new shop called “The Store” will be opening featuring, “artisanal, prepared foods to go… run by a collaboration of folks from San Francisco’s Ferry Building food complex.”. This is in addition to the gluten-free bakery Mariposa opening next door which also has a location at the Ferry Building.

Although the photo above looks like two separate stores if you look inside you’ll see it’s open inside so I wonder if it will take up both spots. Stay tuned…