Outside @ Lesher Center – Mic Gillette Band on July 30th in Walnut Creek

Outside @ Lesher Center – Mic Gillette Band:

Lesher Center for the Arts (outside)
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Thursday, July 30th, 2015
5:30pm – 7:00pm | Free

Mic Gillette Band plays original songs mixed with rock and country tunes, with their own style and finesse, that audiences know and enjoy from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s . Mic Gillette is the world-renowned trumpet and trombone player who has appeared on countless CDs and record albums, spanning five decades, for some of the biggest names in the business, including a dozen members of the Rock and Ross Hall of Fame. After touring for many years with Tower of Power he decided to settle down with his family. He has since began a program called, “Music in the Schools” to help struggling music programs nationwide to keep their doors open. He continues to teach, record, arrange and play live gigs in Northern California with the MGB.


Pinkberry Closing this Week in Downtown Walnut Creek – Pressed Juicery Coming Soon

1179A Locust St, Walnut Creek

The frozen yogurt store closings keep coming in downtown Walnut Creek as Pinkberry will be closing this week. They opened a couple of years ago next to The Cheesecake Factory in Plaza Escuela.

Replacing Pinkberry is a juice bar from Los Angeles called Pressed Juicery. Check out their juice menu here.

From their website:

Today we are California’s leading cold-pressed juicery chain, selling thousands of bottles every day in our Los Angeles and San Francisco locations. We ship our delicious juices and customizable cleanse programs nationwide, delivering the benefits of nutritious cold-pressed juice to your door. And we’re popping up in more locations every day.

Juicing has changed our lives. We do it because of how good it makes us feel – because it gives us a lift, floods our body with vital nutrients, and tastes amazing. We hope our juice inspires you and gives you the momentum you need to live a happier, healthier and more balanced life. We know it has for us.


The Woodhouse Day Spa Opening this November in Downtown Walnut Creek

1636 Cypress St, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for sending word (and photo below) that The Woodhouse Day Spa is opening in downtown Walnut Creek this November in part of the building previously occupied by Forma Gym. According to the owner, “there will be a grand entryway and the majority of the spa will located on the 2nd floor.” You can see where the entrance way will be in the photo above towards the right side on Cypress St. No word yet on what is opening on the first floor at left. Check out their spa services here.

From their website:

We would like to invite you to our Woodhouse Experience. Experience a tranquil, transformational environment that’s both memorable and healthful. From beginning to end, our dedicated spa team ensures that your visit enhances your well-being. Upon entering, you’re treated to a warm smile, a luxurious robe, and reflexology sandals that release the day’s stresses. You’ll relax in our Quiet Room, where a selection of specialty, loose-leaf teas begins your journey to relaxation and rejuvenation.
Girl’s Getaway Weekend
Get away with your girlfriends and delight in all that The Woodhouse Day Spa has to offer. While enjoying their company, try one or several spa services, including, a hot stone and signature four-handed massage, award winning facials, microdermabrasion, pedicures, and so much more. Contact our Spa Concierge today, then sit back, relax and let us do the planning!



Sustainable Lafayette Summer Film Series: Just Eat It at Lafayette Library on July 28th


Sustainable Lafayette Summer Film Series: Just Eat It:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
6:30pm – 8:30pm | $10 (donation)

How could Americans possibly be throwing away nearly 50% of our food? Filmmakers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste in ‘Just Eat It.’ After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of food being tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on throwaway foods.

$10 donation requested at door; $5 students. Free refreshments served! No reservation required.


Library on Main New American Restaurant Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1677 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

***UPDATE*** According to the owner they will be open this Friday, July 31st.

Back in June we learned that owner of the Vietnamese fusion restaurant Élevé would be closing and opening in its place a new American restaurant called Library on Main, serving “hearty playful small plates” and they are now open. The new name and book-inspired design is in reference to the former Walnut Creek library located at this spot. Check out their soft-opening menu here and cocktail menu here. Of course I’m looking forward to trying the Library burger! The menu contains literary-appropriate titles such as: Prologues (snacks), Chapter One (salads), Chapter Two (small plates), Chapter 3 (large plates) and Happily Ever After (desserts). Check out their Facebook page here.


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Free Opera in the Park at Orinda Community Park on July 26th


Free Opera in the Park:

Orinda Community Park
28 Orinda Way, Orinda
Sunday, July 26th, 2015
4:00pm | Free

Viviamo Opera Quartet – Four beautiful, classically-trained and blended voices will deliver the most delightful and dramatic vocal music written for the stage AND
in a most entertaining and innovative fashion!

Famous quartets from Rigoletto, La Boheme, Fidelio, Brindisi from La Traviata. Other ensembles will include Mozart’s sublime Cosi trio, duets galore and arias and songs that the world has loved for ages!


Bonjour Bakery & Cafe Reopens in Park ‘N’ Shop in Concord

1665 Willow Pass Rd, Concord

Last October we learned that the Japanese/Korean-style Bonjour Bakery & Cafe would be opening in the Park & Shop in Concord and while they eventually opened for a few days they closed gain to better prepare, not reopening until this month. The inside is spacious and looks quite nice and the baked goods are delicious. They are baked in the back and taste very fresh. Check out their website here. Check out plenty of photos of the inside including the drinks menu and a closeup of the choco manju after the jump.


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