Moraga Juniors Garden Tour on April 30th in Lamorinda


Moraga Juniors Garden Tour:

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
10:00am – 3:00pm | $40

Stunning outdoor kitchens, beautiful water features, creative recreation areas and exotic plants will all be on display at the 11th Moraga Juniors Garden Tour on Saturday, April 30, 2016. The self-guided tour, which takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., will showcase unique gardens in the Lamorinda area. Guests can gather inspiration and ideas while supporting the Moraga Juniors’ 2016 beneficiary, Shelter, Inc.

In addition, tickets will be on sale morning of the tour, April 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Moraga Commons, and at any garden on the tour.


Lemonade Opening in Downtown Walnut Creek this Summer

1348 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Last October we learned that Los Angeles-based Lemonade would be opening in downtown Walnut Creek where La Boulange Cafe used to be and signage now appears on the windows indicating a summer 2016 opening. According to SFGate they plan on a June 15th opening. The article also notes that the Bay Area menu will include, “tossed leafy greens station to the mix, and given our region’s cooler climate, will also be expanding their selection of hot dishes and rotisserie items.” The design of the Bay Area restaurants will “feature warmer woods and textures to reflect the cool and foggier climate.”

Is this going to be similar to Tender Greens?


Bay Area Storytelling Festival this Weekend in Orinda

Bay Area Storytelling Festival:

Orinda Community Center
28 Orinda Way, Orinda
Friday, April 29th, 2016 – Sunday, May 1st, 2016

The Tellers: We have an extra-special lineup for this final festival. First up is Bil Lepp whose outrageous tall tales and witty stories delight audiences of all ages. Antonio Rocha is a mime and storyteller whose eloquent face and hands tell the story even without words. We turn to Elizabeth Ellis’s for down-home wisdom, delivered southern style. Diane Ferlatte, we’re so glad you’re here to share your powerful and empowering stories. Kinetic storytellers Eth-Noh-Tec layer ancient Asian myths on folktales and urban legends. Maynard Moose and his friend Willy Claflin round out the bill, with a promise to tickle our fancies and funnybones.

Mission Statement: The Bay Area Storytelling Festival promotes the timeless, contemporary art of storytelling by presenting today’s finest talents. The festival showcases the power of stories to bridge generations, celebrate diverse cultures, and build and connect communities.

The Festival, located at Orinda Community Center, starts on Friday with one or more master-level workshops and an evening performance by all tellers. Saturday and Sunday we offer several performances for adults and older kids, and a special family program for the younger kids.


Preview of ROOFTOP Opening this Week in Downtown Walnut Creek

1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

One of the most highly anticipated restaurant openings of the year, ROOFTOP,  located above Teleferic Barcelona at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Main St. in downtown Walnut Creek has finally arrived and will be opening this week. The decor and architecture look amazing, and one of the more intriguing features is the retractable roof. It’s way larger than expected; In the evenings when the roof comes down I can imagine this will be an insanely cool place to hang out at the bar or have a bite to eat while gazing at the stars up above. (Check out photos of the inside including retractable roof, outdoor dining area and more after the jump).

For those not familiar with the chef:

Justine Kelly, former Chef de Cuisine at James Beard award winning restaurant The Slanted Door comes to Rooftop as a Partner/Executive Chef. Her menu is ingredient driven, seasonal new American cuisine that is influenced by foods from around the globe. From brightly flavored raw bar offerings to hearty, soulful entrées. She is bringing with her a little taste of San Francisco through the tunnel.

Chef Kelly, has competed on both the Iron Chef and Williams-Sonoma/Tasting Table’s Sous Chef Series and Cooked for President Clinton and the first lady. She most recently served as Executive Chef at The Battery as well as Consulting Chef at Bull Valley Roadhouse and at the always-packed Chino while running her meal and recipe delivery service, Sun Basket.

Check out the preliminary dinner menu here, and drinks menu here. You can make a reservation on their website here.


More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading


365 by Whole Foods Supermarket Coming to Veranda Shopping Center in Concord

Diamond Blvd, Concord

Thanks to a reader for pointing out this article in the East Bay Times that reports on a new lower priced Whole Foods supermarket called 365 by Whole Foods coming to a new shopping center called Veranda in the former Chevron Headquarters right next to Willows Shopping Center on Diamond Blvd. In addition to 365 by Whole Foods and other retails shops a new movie theater may also be at the shopping center. This is sweet news for Concord!


Nick Jaina, Music Performance and Reading at Walnut Creek Library on April 27th


Nick Jaina, Music Performance and Reading:

Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
6:30pm – 7:30pm | Free

Musician and author Nick Jaina will give a unique performance of storytelling and song at the Walnut Creek Library on Wednesday, April 27, at 6:30 pm. Jaina‘s live performance is an amalgamation of all he has learned from composing for dance and film, all the songs he wrote while touring the country with his band, and all the stories he has compiled in his book, Get It While You Can.

Jaina‘s performance is not like a normal music show or a reading. Jaina loops electric guitar passages, mixing in sounds from distant rocket launches played from his phone into the pickups of his guitar. After creating a bed of sound, he reads short passages from his book, such as unsent love letters, or chronicles of Don Quixote-like figures who tried to sail across oceans. The performance is soulful and engaging. The stories alternate between funny and beautiful. The format is almost like a podcast such as Radiolab or This American Life, reaching the listener on many different emotional and intellectual levels. Continue Reading


Capital One Cafe Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek

1139 S. Main St, Walnut Creek

Last summer we learned that the GAP would be relocating to Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek this year and now according to a recent design review application submitted to the city we know that Capital One Cafe is planning to open in this spot.

When I read “Capital One” my first thought was, “credit cards”? Surely this must be some kind of mistake. It turns out this is a new, more casual style bank with a coffee shop, free wifi and meeting room spaces. Check out the rendering below to see what the exterior will look like. The modern look with larger windows to provide more light looks great.

From their website:

Ready for a reimagined banking experience? You’ve come to the right place. Capital One® is a new kind of bank, one that’s built on digital tools and human connections. People are at the heart of everything we do, so we keep the banking experience simple and straightforward—whether you’re mobile, online, at the ATM or in one of our Capital One Cafés, where our approach to banking comes to life. Here, you can take care of everyday banking needs with our friendly associates and fee-free ATMs, learn more about Capital One, or just get cozy with free Wi-Fi and hand-crafted Peet’s® beverages.

Rendering IA Interior Architects:


Earth Day Festival at Lafayette Library on April 24th

Earth Day Festival:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Sunday, April 24th, 2016
11:00am – 3:00pm | Free

We invite you to join us as we explore this year’s theme of Act Local. Throughout the day, we all have opportunities to make better, more environmentally-friendly decisions. Think about the products you purchase, the transportation options, the lunches we pack for kids, the snacks we carry with us to parks and sporting events. Could you take one more step and bring your reusable shopping bags, walk or ride, carpool once a week or choose fruit that comes in its own organic wrapper (oranges, apples and bananas)? Sustainable Lafayette’s mission has always been to support activities that enhance the quality of life in Lafayette. Making even small changes in your daily decisions can have a huge impact.

Things you can do at Earth Day:

Check out our suggestions for more ideas to get started!

Food vendors: