Slavyanka Russian Chorus presents: Treasures of the Russian Baroque in Walnut Creek on Jan. 24th


Slavyanka Russian Chorus presents: Treasures of the Russian Baroque:

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
1924 Trinity Ave, Walnut Creek
Saturday, January 24th, 2015
3:00pm | $24

While many music lovers in the West know the names Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky, Russia’s composers of the 17th and 18th centuries — Berezovsky, Titov and Bortniansky, to name just three — are far less known. Their music reflects both the emerging influence of Russia’s new contact with Western Europe under Peter the Great, and the rich traditions of Russia’s ancient musical heritage. The interweaving of these two influences in Russia during this period created a uniquely beautiful musical literature still largely unknown in the West.
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Vitality Bowls Coming to Lafayette

3454 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Back in September I noted the progress of the Merrill Gardens assisted living apartment complex in downtown Lafayette and now Diablo Dish points out that Vitality Bowls is coming to one of the retail spots. Check out the Vitality Bowls Lafayette page here. I saw only one Leased sign and it looked quite big inside. I wonder if they’ll offer senior citizen discounts?


Friday Question of the Day – How often do you go to the Library?


This week I decided to check out the second floor of the Walnut Creek library and was amazed there was a fireplace! Lots of people using laptops and tablets. There’s even a giant TV where kids were playing video games. People using conference rooms, studying, searching for books etc. I often go to drop off/pickup books for my kids and to browse the new non-fiction books. How often do you go to your local library? What kind of things do you do there?

Anger, Activism, and Angels: The AIDS Crisis and “Angels in America” at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette on Jan. 25th


Anger, Activism, and Angels: The AIDS Crisis and “Angels in America”:

Town Hall Theatre Company
3535 School St, Lafayette
Sunday, January 25th, 2015
3:00pm | Free

Join Dramaturg Meg Honey as she leads an in-depth conversation with the Executive Director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco Paul Boneberg, historian and Associate Professor in the Justice, Community and Leadership Program at Saint Mary’s College of California Monica D. Fitzgerald, Artistic Director Joel Roster, and theatre teacher and actor Jeff Draper about the history around Angels in America and the AIDS crisis.

This is a free event.


Ramen Hiroshi Lunch Service begins Jan. 30th

1633 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek

It’s been about a week since Ramen Hiroshi opened in downtown Walnut Creek and a sign posted in front notes that lunch service will begin Friday, January 30th. I stopped by over the weekend and tried the tonkotsu ramen, hanetsuki gyouza and spinach salad (horenso goma ae). Everything tasted great and I look forward to coming back to try the miso ramen, takoyaki and more. I had never seen gyouza presented connected together as a circle before, that’s why it’s called hanetsuki gyouza. Check out their appetizer menu here and ramen menu here. Since seating is limited the earlier you get there the better. There is also bar seating in the back. Beer and alcohol to come…

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Jack London Discussion at Swan’s Fine Books in Walnut Creek on Jan. 22nd


Jack London Discussion:

Swans’ Fine Books
1381 Locust St, Walnut Creek
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
7:30pm – 8:30pm | Free

Jack London is one of the most iconic names in American Literature.

He was the author of 55 books, more than 200 short stories, and almost 200 newspaper and magazine articles and essays. He was the master of the short story genre who helped mold it into its modern form with “To Build a Fire” being a primary example.

He also wrote such classic novels as The Call of the Wild, The Sea-Wolf, Martin Eden and The Valley of the Moon. He traveled the world reporting on wars, politics, sporting events and culture. Because of his writing and his travels, he became one of the greatest celebrities of his time. His fiction was greatly influential in the transition from realism to naturalism in literature, and his nonfiction was equally influential both politically and culturally.

Please join us on Thursday evening, January 22nd for an informal discussion about Jack London’s fascinating life, and an overview of his books and his writing style. Leading the discussion will be Dan Wichlan, a member of the Jack London Foundation (please see full bio below).

Since seating is limited, please R.S.V.P. to hold a space. There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will be served.


Alaskan Adventure: A Sierra Club Talk at Ygnacio Valley Library in Walnut Creek this Evening

Photo by Flickr user dennis

Alaskan Adventure: A Sierra Club Talk:

Ygnacio Valley Library
2661 Oak Grove Rd, Wanut Creek
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
7:00pm – 8:30pm | Free

Come see Alaska through the eyes and lens of botanist, photographer, and author Yulan Tong. Yulan’s presentation will feature photos of the Inland Passage, Denali, Katmai, Glacier Bay National Park and more.

For Yulan, Alaska is a land of surprises and contradictions. She witnessed native peoples building traditional totems, yet traveling around by airplane. She saw fishermen sending their catches to both rustic smoke houses and modern canneries. Yulan was impressed by the contrast of slow growing, small trees in a land of fast growing giant cabbages. She’ll tell us of her canoe trip that required a quick detour because of fighting bears.

Everyone is welcome and no reservations are necessary.