PedalFest in Jack London Square in Oakland July 22nd


Jack London Square
Broadway, Oakland
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
11:00am – 6:00pm | Free

The Amphibious Bike Race splashes down at 11am! Come cheer on veterans of Northern California’s Kinetic Sculpture Race as they get wet and win glory at Pedalfest.

Enjoy live music on Rock the Bike’s Pedal Powered Stage. YOU provide the power for this off-the-grid dance party. Hop on the custom-made generator bikes and pedal to the groove!

Get inspired! Make your own pedal-powered art, watch dare-devil stunts, and test ride wild, wacky and wonderful bikes at Pedalfest.

Daily Life

Enjoying a $2 Ice Cream Cone

In a world of organic, nitrogen-churned, hand-crafted $6 ice cream cones, it’s good to know simple $2 ice cream cones are out there. On a hot summer day in Concord I really enjoyed this $2.19 chocolate fudge cone. No hiding of kid sizes like I’ve seen elsewhere. It may not be fancy-shmancy ice cream with a story, but it sure did taste good on a hot summer day… 🙂

Question of the Day

Friday Question of the Day – What do you Make?

This week we learned about a handcrafted American-made goods shop opening in Broadway Plaza called Makers Market. That has me wondering what people make around here as a side business or hobby. I recently signed up at a makerspace called Techshop in San Francisco and have been busy learning and using laser cutters, 3D printers, wood and metal working machines and even welding. What do you make?


The Mission: Celebrate San Francisco’s Mission Culture Through Murals at Walnut Creek Library Aug 7th

Photo by Flickr user niels_olson

The Mission: Celebrate San Francisco’s Mission Culture Through Murals:

Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Monday, August 7th, 2017
6:00 – 7:30pm | Free

If you have ever walked through San Francisco’s historic Mission District, you’ve surely seen the colorful murals that pepper the streets of this dynamic, culturally rich neighborhood. But have you ever wondered what the story is behind each image?
Join photographer Dick Evans for this slide show presentation and lecture on the history and influence of Mexican and Central American culture in the Mission District. Learn more about some of the Mission’s most significant murals and the fascinating story behind them.


Auburn Lounge & Wine Bar Opens in Danville

321 Hartz Ave, Danville

After a short time for a remodel, the AuburnJames winery tasting room has turned into Auburn Lounge & Wine Bar and is now open. Check out their drinks, appetizers and dessert menus here.

From their website:

Rewind your mind to the glorious days of America’s Golden Age, when the movies were musicals, the bands were big, and the dance floors were swinging to the rhythm of a new and vibrant generation of the blues and jazz. The Auburn Lounge is a wine bar and live music venue located in the heart of the Danville, California.


Whose Life is it Anyway? An Improvised Comedy at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek July 20th – 22nd

Whose Life is it Anyway? An Improvised Comedy:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Thursday, July 20th – Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
8:15pm | $20

From the folks who brought you Spontaneous Sitcom and The Improvised Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, comes Synergy Theater’s brand new adventure, Whose Life is it Anyway? An Improvised Comedy. You decide who plays the main character and where and when we will see them next. Her 50th birthday, her first crush, that time she got arrested…whatever you say! With that, we weave a spontaneous tapestry full of the joys and sorrows of the human condition. It’s an improvised romp through the life and times of the greatest hero ever born, a regular person just like you.

Running Time: approx. 2 hour 15 minutes, with one intermission


Makerfest at Lafayette Library July 22nd


Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
10:00am – 2:00pm | Free
Calling all makers, crafters, tinkerers, creators, and the just plain curious to a day of fun and discovery at the 4th annual MakerFest! Enjoy 3D printing, air-powered rocketry, robotics, weaving, music, and art. We’ll also introduce our new Pancake Bot. All ages and interests welcome!