An Afternoon of Rumi Poetry at Walnut Creek Library on Aug. 16th


An Afternoon of Rumi Poetry:

Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Saturday, August 16th, 2014
3:30pm – 5:30pm | Free

On Saturday August 16, at 3:30pm, join presenter Todd Javadi and Shabahang music group for An Afternoon of Rumi at Walnut Creek Library. The free event will be an immersive experience of sound and visual stimulation focusing on the 13th century poet’s works, presented in the original Farsi and with English translation.

Rumi was a 13th century Persian poet and mystic. His writings transcend cultural boundaries, focusing on everyday life’s connection with the spiritual world. Rumi is regarded as the most popular poet in America and his work has been translated into many languages, including English, Russian, German, Turkish, Arabic, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Todd Tooradj Javadi (Speaker, coordinator) has been sharing Rumi’s works and inspirations for the last 18 years, starting at College of Marin, classes at School of Practical Philosophy in Pleasanton, lecturing in many Universities, churches, and public forums. He is now teaching monthly classes of Rumi in Walnut Creek and Marin County.


Friday Question of the Day – What is your Favorite Robin Williams Film?

Photo by Flickr user ronhenry

With the sad news this week that Robin Williams committed suicide I’ve been thinking about all the great movies he’s acted in. I first enjoyed watching Mork & Mindy on TV as a kid, and later watched some great movies he did such as Moscow on the Hudson, Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King, Mrs. Doubtfire and Good Will Hunting. What is your favorite Robin Williams film?

Plaque of the Day


Spotted in downtown Orinda at the roundabout at Moraga Way and Bryant Way near Orinda Theatre Square. The plaque says: Bryant Station Site which was the “terminus of the California and Nevada railroad”. It was named after San Francisco mayor Andrew J. Bryant, who “owned a large farm in Orinda Park”.


Jon Mendle Performing at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek this Friday


Jon Mendle:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, August 15th, 2014
7:15pm | $25

String Archguitarist Jon Mendle has performed at Carnegie Hall and beyond.  His debut album, “L’Infidele ” was produced by Latin Grammy winner Sergio Assad.  Jon is a member of the San Francisco Guitar Quartet and the Pacific Guitar Ensemble.  He has also toured with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

American Kitchen Now Planning on August Opening in Lafayette

71 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette

Back in June we learned that the rustic Lafayette restaurant American Kitchen, featuring natural Americana comfort foods was planning on a July soft opening but according to their Facebook page the opening has been pushed back to August. Progress is being made on the inside as well as out with what looks to be an additional dining area in front which will be great. They have also posted a dinner and lunch menu in their window. Check it out…



Macy’s getting Refurbished in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

The Broadway Plaza redevelopment in downtown Walnut Creek has completed the demolition phase as you can see by the lack of buildings next to Macy’s and Macy’s itself is getting refurbished, at least on the outside, as you can see in the photos. The side next to Corners Tavern looks like it’s getting a small addition as well.


Writing the Amish: Fiction and Nonfiction in the Amish Tradition at Walnut Creek Library this Thursday


Writing the Amish: Fiction and Nonfiction in the Amish Tradition:

Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Thursday, August 14th, 2014
6:30pm – 7:30pm | Free

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the award-winning, bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish. Fisher’s interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain. Join us for an evening in which she discusses why mainstream culture is so fascinated by the Amish.

Fisher lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of over 20 books, including Carol Award winner “The Search,” Christy Award finalist “The Waiting,” and “Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World,” a finalist for the ECPA Book of the Year.

“Amish Wisdom” is a free app, available for iPhones, iPads and Androids, that delivers a daily proverb from the Penn Dutch tradition. Fisher also manages a blog called Amish Wisdom that provides readers with the latest books and information about the Plain people.