The Song of the Nightingale Playing at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette Sept 28th – Oct 21st

The Song of the Nightingale: A Musical Fairy Tale:

Town Hall Theatre
3535 School St, Lafayette
Thursday, September 28th – Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Based upon a Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, The Song of the Nightingale is a magical, musical romp for the whole family that reminds us that true beauty and worth is always found within. In an ancient empire in China, a beautiful Nightingale sings. Seeking to better her station in life, a lowly kitchen maid captures the bird and presents it to the Emperor. But the Emperor is soon distracted, and fails to see the plain little brown bird’s true inner beauty.


Sweetwaters Cafe Opening at Lyric in Downtown Walnut Creek

Lyric, Walnut Creek

Michigan-based Sweetwaters Cafe is opening their first California location right in downtown Walnut Creek at the new Lyric complex on Bonanza St, a couple of stores down from Drybar, which opened recently. Check out their menu here. They feature a variety of coffees and teas such as French Vietnamese Au Lait and Cocoa Cappuccino and teas like Winter Blossom and Japanese Sencha. They also offer frozen drinks, shakes and pastries, desserts as well as lighter fare such as quiche, sandwiches and salads. Interestingly, it looks like the boba craze must have not hit Michigan as I don’t see any mention of boba drinks!

From their website:

Wei and Lisa Bee founded the first Sweetwaters in 1993 in downtown Ann Arbor near their alma mater, The University of Michigan. Inspired by their love of food and drink and driven by their creativity, Sweetwaters was conceived and brought to life. The marvelous result: a coffeehouse that celebrates classic café fare alongside globally influenced coffees and teas in an environment that is both classic and friendly—just like Wei and Lisa.


Toys R Us Coming to Veranda Shopping Center in Concord Files for Bankruptcy

Veranda Shopping Center, Concord

Toys R Us, which is planning to come to the new Veranda shopping center in Concord, located right next to the Willows shopping center, filed for bankruptcy today. From the USA Today article:

The bankruptcy filing may make some shoppers reluctant to make Toys R Us a destination during the upcoming holidays, and there may be gaps on some shelves if skittish suppliers decide to hold back on some deliveries. But bankruptcy could also give the toy store chain some relief, enabling it to cancel leases and abandon poorly performing locations.

I wonder if this will affect this opening?


Model Rocket Build and Launch at Walnut Creek Library Sept 20th

Model Rocket Build and Launch:

Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
4:00 – 5:00pm | Free

Kids will be building and decorating model rockets, and then watching them pneumatically launched into the sky! We use card-stock and foam to construct these simple and safe models, and “blast off” will be performed by library staff. All supplies will be provided. Meet in the patio off the Children’s Storybook Room. (Registration required)


11th TIGER Thai Street Cafe Opens in Danville

171 Hartz Ave, Danville

An interesting new restaurant called 11th Tiger, featuring Thai style street food opened recently in Danville where Lotsa Pasta used to be. They have a couple of tables out front and have beer on tap. Check out their lunch menu here and other menus here, here and here.

From their menu:

11th TIGER, we serve the authentic taste of Thai Style Street Food that creatively mixture in different cultures such as North, Northeastern, Central and Southern parts of Thailand. Every dish is perfect blend of flavors-salty, sweet, sour, bitter and spicy which combines all five tastes as original. We focus on our exotic recipes with best Thai ingredients in each category and cooked by organic products for simplicity taste with healthy. We welcome you to try our dishes and taste the difference. Enjoy your meals!

Check out more photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading


Free Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco Sept 17th

Photo by Flickr user zemistor

Free Comedy Day:

Sharon Meadow
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Sunday, September 17th, 2017
12:00 – 5:00pm | Free

Comedy Day is the original, longest-running, free outdoor comedy concert. This year it features 40 (or more) of today’s top performers from the Bay Area and beyond. It was founded in 1981 as a way for Bay Area comics to say thank you to comedy fans for their support and to The City that has nurtured so many comedians. Since then, nearly 1,000 of the world’s funniest performers have given the gift of laughter to more than a half-million happy people at Comedy Day.



Night at the Museum at Blackhawk Museum in Danville Oct 15th

Night at the Museum:

Blackhawk Museum
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir, Danville
Sunday, October 15th, 2017
5:30 – 10:30pm| $100

You’re invited to attend the 3rd Annual Night at The Museum Gala! A fundraising dinner and auction to benefit the Blackhawk Museums Children’s Education and Transportation Fund that brings ‘K’ through ’12’ students to the museum at no charge.

5:30 pm – 7:00pm
Lobby & Upper Gallery Reception
Spirit of the Old West Gallery Historical Re-enactments
Silent Auction

7:00pm – 10:30pm
Lower Gallery Sit-Down Dinner
Live Entertainment
Live Auction