Art of Mixology Cocktail Competition:
Orinda Theatre Square
Saturday, October 25th, 2014
4:30pm – 7:00pm | $45
There will be 16 East Bay bars and professional bartenders competing in the first annual Art of Mixologycraft cocktail competition and tasting happening on October 25 at Orinda Theatre Square. The fundraiser, held from 4:30pm to 7:00pm, will support arts programs throughout Lamorinda. Bars from the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, Orinda, Lafayette and Walnut Creek will be crafting their tastiest cocktails in the hopes of earning cash, trophies and the claim to Mixologist of the Year.
Participating bars include: Oakland’s Flora Restaurant, Forge, Hutch Cocktails and Oysters, Lungomare and Toast Kitchen + Bar; Lafayette’s The Cooperage American Grille, Metro Lafayette, Roundup Saloon and Yankee Pier; Orinda’s Barbacoa, Casa Orinda and Table 24; Walnut Creek’s Corners Tavern and Walnut Creek Yacht Club; Revival Bar + Kitchen in Berkeley; and Honor Kitchen & Cocktails in Emeryville. The complete list of participating bars and bartenders can be seen at http://OrindaArts.org/Mixology/Bartenders.
Trick or Treat in Downtown Walnut Creek:
Downtown Walnut Creek
Friday, October 24th, 2014
2:00pm – 5:00pm | Free
Calling all goblins, superheroes, princesses & witches!
You’re invited to creep through downtown collecting Halloween treats from participating businesses! WCD encourages participants to be eco-friendly…
Participants- please bring your own favorite candy bag!
*Starting location will be at…*
Lesher Center for the Arts
(1601 Civic Drive.)
Begin your afternoon of fun at the Lesher Center for the Arts to pick up a map of participating businesses between 2pm-4:30pm. Children 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
Convenient parking available at the following city parking garages:
1625 Locust St. (next door to the Lesher Center)
1350 Locust St. (between Mt. Diablo Blvd. & Cypress St.)
Metered Parking throughout Downtown Walnut Creek
We look forward to welcoming you to this whimsical & ghoulish event!
Speed Dating at Walnut Creek Library (Horror Edition):
Walnut Creek Library
1644 N Broadway, Walnut Creek
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
6:30pm | Free
Just in time for Halloween–share the horror of dating while optimistically searching for your next date. Singles in their 20’s-40’s are invited to the Walnut Creek Library on Thursday, October 23rd for another round of Literary Speed Dating.
The event is free and aimed at adults in their 20’s through 40’s. Participants are asked to come ready to tell a condensed version of their favorite horror story– could be a book or a movie that gives you the willies OR a tale of your worst date ever. Each participant will be given a number as their identification upon sign-in on the evening of the event. Each date will last approximately 5 minutes before participants rotate to the next person. Who knows? Your next BEST date could be waiting for you!
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.
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.
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.
Photo by Flickr user Don McCullough
Living with Coyotes:
Lindsay Wildlife Museum
1931 1st Ave, Walnut Creek
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
7:00pm – 8:30pm | $15
What: Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote, headlines Lindsay Wildlife Museum’s ‘Coyotes In Our Midst; Learning to Live with North America’s Native Song Dog’ with an engaging, inspiring presentation about the remarkable adaptability and resiliency of this successful predator and the challenges and opportunities they provide to urban communities. Learn about the fascinating world of Canis Latrans and their keen intelligence, amazing resourcefulness, and importance in many ecosystems.
Where: Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, adjacent to Larkey Park.
When: Thursday, October 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10/members, $15/non-members; pre-register at http://wildlife-museum.org/cart/registration/4043 or buy tickets at the door. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. Free parking.
100 Places, 100 Faces – Community Art Project:
Walnut Creek Library
1644 N Broadway, Walnut Creek
Saturday, October 11th, 2014
10:00am – 12:00pm | Free
In honor of Walnut Creek’s 100th anniversary, the Walnut Creek Downtown Library is inviting community members to participate in our “100 Places, 100 Faces (100 Years of Walnut Creek)” art project – a large poster mural that the library will display for several weeks. Participants can provide us with a copy of a favorite photo; one of historical significance to them. It can be a picture of family, friends or neighbors; or a favorite local hang out or historic spot from Walnut Creek’s past. Participants can bring their photos the day of the event; or drop them off, mail or email them ahead of time. Those without a photo can participate in the creation of art work and the assembly of the mural. (NOTE: photos are not returnable and should be copies not originals. Contributors must sign a release form granting the library permission to use their image, artwork, or likeness.)
Contra Costa Sustainability & Green Building Awards Gala:
1970 Diamond Blvd, Concord
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
6:00pm – 9:00pm | $50
Get your green on at this fun and inspiring event celebrating local individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to a healthy environment. Enjoy local food, wine and beer at a reception on the Hilton Concord’s beautiful patio with live music and a silent auction, followed by the presentation of awards by special guest John Sasaki of KTVU News, and Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia and CA Senator Mark DeSaulnier.
New this year – At the event, you can vote for one of the deserving nonprofit nominees to win the $500 Seeds of Change Award! This year’s nonprofit nominees are Rodgers Ranch Urban Farm, Global Student Embassy, The Watershed Project, Contra Costa County Climate Leaders, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Los Medanos Community Healthcare District’s Community Garden, and Habitat for Humanity East Bay
Click here to register.