Engineering Eden by Jordan Fisher Smith at Lafayette Library on Dec 6th

Engineering Eden by Jordan Fisher Smith:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
7:00 – 8:30pm | $10 (Free for students w/ ID)

Guest speaker Jordan Fisher Smith spent 21 years as a park and wilderness ranger in California, Wyoming and Alaska. He is the author of the bestselling cult classic Nature Noir and will read from and discuss his new book, Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature.

Engineering Eden is the story of the 1972 Yellowstone National Park death of Harry Eugene Walker, who was killed and partially eaten by a grizzly bear during the festivities celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the park. The incident led to a civil trial that included some of the most famous wildlife biologists in a fierce scientific dispute over how to repair nature when we damage it, and who is responsible for the unintended consequenes when we get it wrong.


Children’s Book Festival at Lafayette Library on Dec 3rd

Children’s Book Festival:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
11:00am – 12:00pm | Free

Meet three of our favorite authors and illustrators, enjoy creative art projects, and pick up holiday gift books for the special children in your life.

Elisa Klevin will introduce her new book The Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy. Michael Slack will share Pirasaurs. Muon Van will read In a Village By the Sea and create origami. Books available for purchase courtesy of Bel and Bunna’s Books.

Real Estate

House of the Day

Brendan Moran is a broker associate with The Simply Bay Area Team at Keller WilliamsRealty. Neither he nor any company he’s affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. The source of information is Contra Costa Association of Realtors MLS. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Think the market is cooling down? Not so fast. Here’s a stunner in Lafayette’s Happy Valley that just sold for $400,000 over the listing price.

This five bed, four bath home closed last month for $2,500,000. Marketed as an amazing 3.5 acre property with an orchard below, it was on the market for 14 days.

Address: 3913 Happy Valley Rd, Lafayette, CA
List Price: $2,100,000
Sold Price: $2,500,000
Days on Market: 14
Close of escrow: 10/20/16

Listing courtesy of Ann Ward, Village Associates Real Estate

Real Estate

Progress on Towne Center Condominiums in Lafayette

Towne Center, Lafayette

Check out the progress on the Towne Center condominiums in Lafayette right behind BART. These condominiums broke ground last year and have sprouted an “e”, previously they were known as “Town Center”. I wondered if they considered changing Center to Centre.

Check out the floor plans here. When I dropped by their sales office last month a one bedroom was going in the 700s, 2br in the 800s, 3br 1.5M with a $400+ monthly maintenance fee. If you don’t hear BART this will be a GREAT location to be.



The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden at Lafayette Library on Nov 29th

The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
6:30 – 8:00pm | Free

Sunset Magazine Garden Editor, Johanna Silver, offers behind-the-scenes secrets of the Ruth Bancroft Garden that every gardener will appreciate. Her book, The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden, offers glimpses of Bancroft throughout her life, and stunning images of her iconic garden.

Johanna Silver began at Sunset in 2008, managing the editorial test garden where she designed, built and maintained small gardens for publication in the magazine. By 2009 she earned a James Beard award for her online contributions to Sunsets’s One Block Diet project, a garden-to-table experiment.
“In 2016, she oversaw the creation of new editorial test gardens as part of the brand’s historic move from Menlo Park to Oakland and Sonoma. Her work has been featured in Architectual Digest, Refinery29, Popsugar, and more, and her collaborations helped earn Sunset The American Society of Magazine Editors’ award for General Excellence in 2014, and a nomination again in 2015.

The Bold Dry Garden is an excellent holiday gift book!
Books available for purchase courtesy of Orinda Books