3545 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
All-You-Can-Eat Scoops for LPIE at Smitten Lafayette:
Help Smitten Ice Cream be a great neighbor and come enjoy all the scoops your stomach can handle! (Just make sure to bring your elastic-waist pants…)
On Wednesday, October 22nd from 2-5pm, the Brrristas at Smitten Ice Cream – Lafayette will be serving up scoops to support Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE). LPIE is a community-based education foundation run by parent volunteers working to enhance and expand the educational opportunities for students in Lafayette’s six public schools.
Tickets* = $5 for unlimited scoops of all flavors. Alll profits go directly to LPIE.
*One per ice cream eater, big or small. Valid 10/22/2014 at Lafayette shop ONLY.
1665 Willow Pass Rd, Concord
Bonjour Bakery & Cafe is “coming soon” to the Park ‘N’ Shop center in Concord on Willow Pass Rd. Stay tuned…
3568 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
After a few years without a toy store, a new toy store called Learning Express Toys is opening in downtown Lafayette on November 21st where Traction Cycling used to be on Mt. Diablo Blvd. Learning Express Toys has locations nationwide with the nearest location in San Ramon.
From their website:
Learning Express is the nation’s leading franchisor of educational toy stores. To date, there are more than 130 locations across the country, each one locally owned and operated. These local stores are dedicated to providing quality toys, expert staff, exceptional customer service, and community support through fundraising—the keystones of the Learning Express brand.
The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin:
Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
6:30pm – 8:00pm | $10
LLLCF’s Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes Malcolm Margolin in Conversation with Kim Bancroft
In an age of big box stores and media conglomerates, how can an independent publishing house survive and even thrive? In “The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher,” biographer Kim Bancroft explores the world of Margolin and Heyday Books – a nonprofit press devoted to Californias cultural and natural history. Heyday promotes widespread awareness and celebration of California’s many cultures, landscapes, and boundary-breaking ideas. Through its well-crafted books, public events, and innovative outreach programs, Heyday has built and continues to grow and sustain a vibrant community of readers, writers, and thinkers.
1930 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek
The sign outside the soon-to-be-open Noah’s Bagels in downtown Walnut Creek where Blockbuster Video used to be on Mt. Diablo Blvd. says “open in 3 days” so it looks like it will be officially opening this Wednesday, October 22nd. Inside looks like a typical Noah’s Bagels with plenty of seating available.
1575 Botelho Dr, Walnut Creek
The women’s fashion boutique jinny, originally based in Columbus, Ohio, is moving to downtown Walnut Creek next to the men’s clothing store Atlas on Botelho Dr.
From their website:
jinny, a women’s designer boutique destination founded by L.A. fashion industry transplant Jin H Fillinger, marked its launch on August 19, 2006 in the heart of the Short North neighborhood of Downtown Columbus, OH.
Finding a lack of aspirational boutiques in Columbus to satiate her fashion pangs, Jin developed jinny in the creative and burgeoning Downtown market to give women with similar frustrations an outlet for their sartorial enthusiasm.
Free “Party of the Century”:
Shadelands Ranch Museum
2660 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
11:00am – 4:00pm | Free
What: Walnut Creek turns 100 in October and is celebrating this once-in-a-century milestone with a free Centennial Birthday Festival. The family-friendly day features live music, dancing, strolling musicians, food trucks, local artisans in the Artists’ Market, activities and crafts for kids, museum tours, community service groups, karaoke, face painting, pumpkin patch, birthday cake, and more.
When: Saturday, October 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Shadelands Ranch Museum, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA.
The child sex abuse scandal from the 1990’s at the Moraga middle school Joaquin Moraga in which millions of dollars have been paid to settle multiple cases is about to get more national attention as the CBS documentary news show 48 Hours will be featuring this scandal tomorrow on a new episode:
A former middle school athlete kept quiet about years of abuse by a trusted coach. Can she now get the woman to admit to her crimes? Tracy Smith reports in an all-new “48 Hours” Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Check out this Contra Costa Times article for more information.
With news this week that a new wine bar called Cine Cuvée is coming to downtown Orinda, in addition to ADEGA Wine Bar coming to downtown Walnut Creek, not to mention a new wine bar being added to the Century Theater in Walnut Creek, I’ve been wondering what are your favorite wine bars? I’m familiar with Residual Sugar, what else is out there that you recommend?