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ECHO Grove Closing in Orinda Theatre Square

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Orinda Theatre Square

ECHO Grove, the gift shop featuring a “curated collection of handmade goods” which opened a couple of years ago in Orinda Theatre Square is closing next month. If you’re looking for that perfect gift in Orinda check out this gift guide from WHAT’S UP DOWNTOWN.

From their Facebook page:

We will be finishing out this holiday season and will have a limited schedule in January to handle returns and the wind down of the shop.

Come down to the Grove and get 25% everything in the store and 65% off of all clearance items. Plus we will be making deals on fixtures and store equipment. All the gifts you’ve come to love, now much cheaper than before.

Restaurants

Table 24 Closes in Orinda

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Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda

Thanks to a reader for sending a photo showing that Table 24 has closed in Orinda Theatre Square. According to the Table 24 Facebook page it closed earlier this month and will reopen as Wild Magnolia with Dianna Davis-Condon of Dianna Condon Cuisine and feature, “seasonal, sustainable, small plates”. Diablo Dish reports that they will open by Thanksgiving.

 

Daily Life

Sign of the Day – Hillary Weiner

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I was driving through Orinda on Moraga Way the other day when I spotted an election sign for Hillary Weiner, and thought maybe it was put up by Trump supporters to connect the Clinton campaign with Anthony Weiner. Then I drove by several more signs and realized there is actually someone named Hillary Weiner running for the Orinda School Board. 😯

Events

Rad Tech at Orinda Library on Oct 22nd

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Rad Tech:

Orinda Library
26 Orinda Way, Orinda
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
10:00am – 3:00pm | Free

The Orinda library is hosting a Rad Tech Exploration Station on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The interactive, science-based festival includes presenters, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. The event is free and open to library visitors of all ages.

Guest presenters include CUBIT, showing off their new CUBIT racer, Aerial Vue with outdoor drone demonstrations and CEO Ginger Kong of Miemode will introduce their virtual reality viewers.
Visitors will enjoy hands-on activities like easy-to-program rolling robots called Bee Bots, Cubelets, which show a fast and easy way to learn while building robots, and a green screen for interactive photo opportunities.

“Technology is such a big part of our everyday lives,” said Orinda Community Library Manager Sierra Campagna. “The demonstrations and activities we have planned will help people experience new technologies and show kids what they can create with a little imagination.”

Events

Art of Mixology at Orinda Theatre Square on Oct 8th

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Art of Mixology:

Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda
Saturday, October 8th, 2016
4:30pm – 7:00pm | $45

Twenty Bartenders Compete for Mixologist of the Year at Orinda Theatre Square

Come celebrate at our fundraiser to support the arts in the Lamorinda communities of Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda. Tasting Tickets are only $45 to sample 20 different cocktails (in safe and sane portions). The festivities start at 4:30pm on October 8, 2016.

  • Sample 20+ craft cocktails
  • Finger foods
  • Souvenir shot glass
  • Vote for your favorite drink
  • Bartenders competing for cash & prizes
Events

Middle Eastern Food Festival in Orinda on Sept 24 & 25th

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Middle Eastern Food Festival:

St. John Orinda
501 Moraga Way, Orinda
Saturday, September 24th – Sunday, September 25th, 2016
11:00am – 8:00pm (12pm Sunday)

Join in the fun! Ahlan wa sahlan (Welcome)

Raffle Grand Prize – 2014 Honda Civic

Live Entertainment
Great music from Samer, Nader Zaki & Maestro Radwan
Dancing, debke
Debke performances

Delicious Food – Your favorite Middle Eastern Foods
Shawerma, Falafel, Kebab, Grape leaves
Hummus, Spinach pies, and more

Sweets
Zalabyeh, kanafeh, baklava, and more delicious sweets

Drinks
Beer, wine, soda, water, and Arabic coffee

Children’s Activities
Bounce house and more activities for kids

Cultural Center & Vendor Shopping Bazaar