Tulipmania at Pier 39 in San Francisco through Feb 18th


Pier 39
Beach St & the Embarcadero, San Francisco
Saturday, February 10th – Sunday, February 18th, 2018

PIER 39’s iconic floral festival, Tulipmania, returns from February 10 – 18 with more than 39,000 blooming tulips and other seasonal garden favorites! As you immerse yourself in insta-heaven, be sure to share your photos using #tulipmania. Enjoy the flowers’ beauty and learn helpful gardening tips by taking free guided tours led by PIER 39’s Landscaping experts. The guided tours depart at 10am daily from the Crab Statue in the Entrance Plaza and end with a special treat from Trish’s Mini Donuts. Self-guided tours can also be taken any time during Tulipmania.


Lewd Act committed on Walnut Creek Free Trolley Last Week


From the Walnut Creek PD:

On 02/06/2018 at 1:00 PM, while riding the Walnut Creek Free Trolley (County Connection bus Route 4), a male suspect seated across from a female passenger exposed his penis and committed a lewd act. As the bus arrived at the Walnut Creek BART station, the female passenger reported the incident to the County Connection driver who immediately called the police. The suspect exited the bus at the BART station before he could be detained.

If you recognize or can help identify the suspect, please contact Detective A. Mitcalf at (925) 943-5870.


DunDraCon Gaming Convention in San Ramon Feb 16th – 19th

DunDraCon Gaming Convention:

San Ramon Marriot
2600 Bishop Dr, San Ramon
Friday, February, 16th – Monday, February 19th, 2018
$40 ($60 at the door for entire weekend)

DunDraCon features social games for all ages, including RPGs, LARPs, miniatures, cards, board games, etc. Also this year: RPGA, Protospiel, Pathfinder Society, the War College, seminars, demos, martial arts exhibitions, dealers room, anime room, kid and teen events, open gaming areas and more.


Trees, Guilds & Food Forests, and Options for Applying Them at Rodgers Ranch in Pleasant Hill Feb 17th

Trees, Guilds & Food Forests, and Options for Applying Them:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Saturday, February 17th, 2018
9:30am – 12:00pm | $40

Purpose: 1. Learn how to identify which plants are needed, and then place plants so that they help each other grow for increased yield, soil health and less work for the gardener.

2. Learn how to build structures such as herb spirals, keyhole beds or mandala beds to incorporate guilds.

Participants will be able to: identify 6 critical functions of trees and how to use them in the garden; what types of trees and plants to use for desired functions; what to plant around trees; how to build high-density planting structures.

Drop-ins are welcome for any date; you DO NOT need to take the entire series.


Broth Shabu Shabu Coming to The Veranda in Concord

The Veranda, Concord

SoCal-based Broth Shabu Shabu is coming to the recently opened Veranda shopping center in Concord right near the IMAX movie theater. Check out their menu here. I haven’t had shabu shabu in a long time so I look forward to checking this place out!

From a PR:

Broth Shabu Shabu features an outstanding traditional Japanese menu of “all you can eat” shabu-shabu, with an upscale and cozy atmosphere. It serves a large selection of freshly-prepared ingredients including meat, seafood, oden, noodles and vegetables.


Arts & Craft Beer – with a side of mustard! at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek Feb 24th

Arts & Craft Beer – with a side of mustard!

Bedford Gallery
1601 Civic Drive
Saturday, February 24th, 2018
4:00 – 6:00pm | $7

Join us for an enjoyable afternoon of art activities and learn how to make your own mustard. Complimentary refreshments will be served, including beer tasting from Walnut Creek-based Calicraft Brewing. The entire family can hang out, see Ned Kahn’s Seed Vortex exhibition, enjoy refreshments, and make something cool!
Art activities for all ages: Make a fun multi-media artwork with mustard seeds and explore the convergence of art and science with Spirograph drawings.
Mustard making: Learn how to make your own mustard from Chef Jacob Croom (Tartine Manufactory, Kronnerburger, Salesforce) and Baker Jaren Wilkinson (Tartine Manufactory & Bakery, Pain Bakery). There will be drop-in stations to mix your own mustard to take home. The mustard-making process takes approximately 20
minutes and will be happening through the length of the event while supplies last.