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November 2012


The Art Room in Lafayette under New Ownership offering Holiday Saturday Workshops for Children

The Art Room in downtown Lafayette is under new ownership and while the inside and outside look the same the new owner mentioned that they plan on adding more classes for preschool kids as well as for adults. In addition they plan on adding 3D and scultpure classes using clay and other media. There may even be welding classes off site which sounds cool. Their new website won’t be up until next month but if you stop by you can pick up their Holiday Saturday Workshops pamphlet for children:

On three Saturdays in December, The Art Room will offer an exciting assortment of unique holiday workshops! Pre-registration and payment are required. Ages listed for the classes are guidelines only. We will accommodate drop-ins if possible, but without sufficient pre-registration, the class will not be held.

Some of the classes being offered are Printmaking, Paint a Gift Bag, Holiday Still Life, Holiday Cartoon Cards, Winter Wonderland Watercolor and Create a Winter Moose(!)

Daily Life

Friday Question of the Day – What’s your Favorite Charlie Brown Holiday Special?

Photo by Flickr user haven’t the slightest

A long time ago, before having kids, I bought the Charlie Brown holiday dvd set which contains It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie BrownA Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Every year I watch at least one show and now it’s interesting to see the reactions from my kids as they watch it for the first time, or with a new understanding as they get older. There’s really something for all ages including adults that makes it so great.

So which one is your favorite?


Lafayette Gallery 2012 Holiday “Trunk Show” Dec. 8 & 9th

From the Lafayette Art Gallery:

 Looking for a unique gift this Christmas season? Come to the Lafayette Gallery for the special Holiday “Trunk Show,” featuring one-of-a-kind gifts and craft items that are sure to make the recipient smile! In addition to the  members of the Lafayette Gallery , there will be selected guest artists and artisans from our local community.

The Trunk Show will feature wonderful holiday gift items including ceramics and glassware, holiday cards, scented beeswax and decorator candles, hand-made soaps, knitted scarves and hats for that upcoming ski trip, jewelry and fashion accessories, great stocking stuffers like coasters and fun magnets, designer accent pillows, handcrafted journals, and of course paintings and prints! And much, much more. . . .

So this Holiday Season, instead of buying from the mall, get an absolutely unique, one-of-a-kind gift hand-made by a local artist or artisan. Exercise your discerning taste and show local community support at the Lafayette Gallery Trunk Show, December 8 & 9!

Crime, Uncategorized

Moraga School District Sued Third Time for $10 Million

The lawsuits keep piling on as the Moraga School District is getting sued left and right over sex abuse that happened at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School in the 90s without being reported to the police by school administrators who knew of the abuse.

Now the Contra Costa Times is reporting that a third “Jane Doe” is suing the district for $10 million:

She claims the district and retired Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Principal Bill Walters, retired Assistant Principal Paul Simonin and retired Superintendent John Cooley failed to report Witters to the proper authorities after a girl had reported sexual abuse two years earlier, and that they “lied” about their knowledge of past complaints.

This brings the total to $40 million in suits against the Moraga school district so far.


SOFA a la carte Closed in Walnut Creek

Back in June I noted the opening of SOFA a la carte in downtown Walnut Creek on N. Main St. and they are now closed. A sign in the window notes that “custom work still available w/ SOFA U LOVE in SF.”

The iconic store Ming Quong is located right next door, and although they renewed their lease in June, I wonder what’s going to happen if another store or restaurant wants to expand, could be tough for Ming Quong.



Free ‘Home Composting for Busy People’ workshop on Dec. 5th at Heather Farms

From the City of Walnut Creek webpage:

 Learn how to compost from certified Master Gardeners at a free 90-workshop sponsored by the Contra Costa County Solid Waste Authority from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Heather Farm Community Center, 301 N. San Carlos Dr. The workshop will cover basic backyard composting, composting with worms, mulching and other topics. Reservations are required. 925-906-1801 ext. 306


Lafayette Farmer’s Market Closed until May

Back in June I noted the opening of the new Lafayette Farmer’s Market in the BART parking lot which was supposed to be open year-round, but instead will be closed until May due to poor attendance. Thanks to a reader for pointing this out. So what happened? Is it due to not knowing about the market? Or something else like higher prices or less variety? Read the reader’s note about the Lafayette market:

Just a quick email to lament the seasonal closing of the Lafayette Farmer’s Market, which was new to the city in its expanded form and location at the back parking lot of Lafayette Bart.  It was really a very high quality farmer’s market with excellent vendors and prepared foods.  The original intent was for it to stay open year round, but because it was so poorly patronized, they decided to close up shop for the winter and it will now reopen in April.  When it opened in June, the entire parking lot was full of vendors from end to end.  By the time it closed, I’d estimate about 2/3 or maybe 1/2 of the vendors remained.  All of the vendors my family regularly patronized said that it just wasn’t drawing the crowd they needed to justify staying open year round.   One vendor said that the city of Lafayette prohibited signage that would have encouraged people to wander in off the street.  However, I never really saw a lot of advertising effort from the market’s promoters in publications or city associations that I’m familiar with, so I’m not sure what the reason is for the low turn out

I am so disappointed about this because it was really a stellar market and a great Sunday morning family activity — head and shoulders above the Orinda and Moraga markets. In my opinion, it ranked up there with the Claremont DMV market in Oakland.  I thought it brought a level of sophistication to Lafayette that wasn’t there before in large part, and it made me miss living west of the tunnel a little less.  I do really hope that people patronize it in droves come spring time, so we don’t lose it altogether.