Earth Day Festival at Lafayette Library on April 26th

Earth Day Festival:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Sunday, April 26th, 2015
11:00am – 3:00pm | Free

From 11am – 3pm, the Lafayette Library & Learning Center will host local businesses and organizations all dedicated to a more sustainable lifestyle:

Great food

  • Tasty and sustainable food options like the ice cream bike from Curbside Creamery
  • Welcome two of Lafayette’s newest food options: Mariposa, offering fresh, gluten-free baked goods, and Vitality Bowls, a Superfood Café revolutionizing Açaí Bowls®!

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The Joke Show at Synergy Theater in Lafayette on April 18th


The Joke Show:

Lamorinda Music
81 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette
Saturday, April 18th, 2015
8:00pm | $10

Ever wonder what happened to the priest, the rabbi and the pastor after they left the bar? Or, those 15 Berkeley grad students after they changed the light bulb? Or, that chicken after she finally crossed the road? Find out in THE JOKE SHOW!, our brand new improv show debuting in April. It’s an outrageous evening of improvised comedies all based on your favorite jokes! Conceived and directed by Synergy Theater‘s Ben Piper in his directorial debut!


The Hideout Kitchen & Cafe Opens in Lafayette

3406 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Thanks to a reader for sending word that a new restaurant featuring seasonal California cuisine, The Hideout Kitchen & Cafe, has opened in place of the Italian restaurant Giardino on Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette. Owner JP Balingit is the former directory of culinary operations at Jack’s Restaurant and Bar in Pleasant Hill with longtime restaurant experience. Menus change daily; check out a recent lunch menu here, dinner menu here and brunch menu here. Lunch and dinner are available Tuesday – Friday with brunch and dinner available on weekends beginning at 9am. There is an outdoor dining area as well.

The interior features eclectic collectible pieces such as the display case featuring bread from local bakery The Rising Loafer. The bar is made from reclaimed wood from their neighbor. (See photos of this and more after the jump.)


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Teen Book Fest at Lafayette Library on April 14th


Teen Book Fest:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm | Free

CALLING ALL TEENS! Don’t miss Lafayette Library’s first Annual Teen Book Fest!

Meet Frank Portman, author of King Dork, Yvonne Prinz (Vinyl Princess), Betsy Streeter (Silverwood), Mitali Perkins (Secret Keeper), and Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky) all of whom are local to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Moderated by Andy Ross who owned the former Cody’s Bookstore in Berkeley for 30 years. The event schedule is below.

5:45pm: Doors open
6pm: Introductions, talks and book readings
7pm: Audience questions, author signings, and book sales


Lafayette Juniors 16th Annual Kitchen Tour for Charity on May 16th in Lafayette

Lafayette Juniors 16th Annual Kitchen Tour for Charity:

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
10:00am – 3:00pm | $40

Tickets are on sale now for the Lafayette Juniors 16th Annual Kitchen Tour. This self-guided tour will be held on Saturday, May 16th from 10am to 3pm and will feature six special Lafayette homes with beautifully designed classic, traditional, contemporary, transitional, and modern cottage kitchens, and a mid-century modern kitchen recently featured in Houzz “Kitchen of the Week.” Attendees will receive a Kitchen Tour program detailing all the special design elements of the kitchens as well as information on the architects, designers and contractors who created these spaces.

Proceeds from this year’s event benefit the work of five local non-profit organizations: Ruby’s Place, Boys & Girls Club of Diablo Valley, Las Trampas, Trinity Center Walnut Creek, and VESTIA. These organizations were selected by the Lafayette Juniors for the support they provide to children, families and seniors in need in Contra Costa and neighboring East Bay counties.

“In preparation for our 16th annual Kitchen Tour, I am reminded of what’s possible when we come together to raise funds for charity,” said Laura Lashinsky, President of the Lafayette Juniors. “We would like to thank everyone who is helping to make this year’s Kitchen Tour possible, from our sponsors and donors, to our generous homeowners who are opening their homes to us all. We are lucky to have a home on this year’s Tour that was featured in Houzz ‘Kitchen of the Week.’” To see a sneak peak of this kitchen, visit
Tickets are $40 ($35 tax deductible), with a box lunch available for $15. Tickets can be purchased online at and are also available at Premier Kitchens in Lafayette.

Real Estate

Woodbury Condominiums to begin Selling in Late Spring in Lafayette

3730 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Last June we learned of a new condominium complex coming to Lafayette called Woodbury and construction is well under way with an expected completion date of late spring.

From their website:

Woodbury, the new residential enclave in the heart of Lafayette, was conceived to encourage elevated and convenient living. It is centrally located just a short five minute walk from downtown Lafayette. A community of 36 new luxury Garden Flats and 20 Terrace Condominiums, many with views of Mount Diablo, Woodbury represents a rare and special opportunity to own new construction in Lafayette.

Woodbury is scheduled to open and commence sales in late Spring 2015.




Lafayette Dogtown Downtown Celebration on April 11th


Lafayette Dogtown Downtown:

Lafayette Library Amphitheatre
Saturday, April 11th, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm | Free

Love dogs? Don’t miss Lafayette Dogtown Downtown. Dogs invited. Parade starts at 10am. Registration begins at 9am at the Library Amphitheatre, located at First St. and Golden Gate Way. Click HERE to register for this event.

Long considered a pet friendly town, Lafayette is giving top billing to its canine community for its second annual Dogtown Downtown event, scheduled for Saturday, April 11, 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.

Admission and related activities, including the presentations, are free.


The Terrible Two are coming! Yes, it’s Mac Barnett & Jory John!! at Lafayette Library on Mar. 26th

The Terrible Two are coming! Yes, it’s Mac Barnett & Jory John!!:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, March 26th, 2015
3:30pm – 5:00pm | Free

Mac Barnett is back and he’s bringing his friend Jory John with him! Don’t miss this special opportunity to meet the terrific team behind the New York Times bestselling The Terrible Two.
The Storyteller Bookstore will have copies of the book available for purchase and signing. Be prepared to laugh yourself silly!