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!

Daily Life

Huge Fire Destroys La Finestra Ristorante, Chamber of Commerce Buildings in Downtown Lafayette

NBC Bay Area reports that a huge blaze in downtown Lafayette has destroyed the buildings housing the Chamber of Commerce, La Finestra Ristorante and other businesses. Check out the article for video of the blaze:

Damage was estimated at around $1.1 million, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Department, and the building was a “total loss.” The structure also housed a nail salon, a certified public accountant’s office and the popular La Finestra Ristorante.

Nearby apartments were evacuated because of radiant heat from the fire and propane tanks exploding at the restaurant, fire officials said.

A witness reported flames that reached between 100 and 150 feet high.


ModernTone Studios Opens in Lafayette

1018-B Almanor Ln, Lafayette

A new music school and recording studio called ModernTone Studios opened recently in Lafayette. Each room has been rebuilt with acoustics and soundproofing in mind and it looks really sharp. There are separate guitar and drum practice rooms and in addition to guitar, bass, drum and music theory lessons, you can even schedule a home recording lesson to learn how to make a kick-ass YouTube video using a state of the art recording studio. The studio and practice rooms are also available to pro musicians as well. Check out their schedule online here. As younger kids grow up with social media this looks like a great way to highlight your (or your kid’s) musical abilities instead of the old recital way once or twice a year.

From their website:

ModernTone Studios is a state of the art recording and teaching facility in Lafayette, CA. It is a truly unique place that caters to beginners, intermediate students, and advanced players who are looking to go pro. Run by performing artists and musicians who specialize in a wide variety of styles and genres, ModernTone aims to provide professional instruction, guidance, and support that empower people to realize and fulfill their potential and achieve their musical dreams. Whether you are a child or an adult, a casual player or an aspiring musician, we would love to share our passion, experience, and knowledge with you.

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Douglah Designs Showroom Renamed “Luxe Home”

La Fiesta Square, Lafayette

The Douglah Designs showroom which opened late last year in La Fiesta Square in Lafayette has been renamed Luxe Home by Douglah Designs.

From the Luxe Home Facebook page:

Luxe Home by Douglah Designs is a state-of-the-art showroom in Lafayette featuring exclusive plumbing fixtures, tile, lighting, and bathroom vanities. Our design team gives our customers access to luxury product lines, and help you find the perfect fit for your home project.


Led Zeppelin Tribute Concert for Breast Cancer Prevention at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette July 8th

Led Zeppelin Tribute Concert for Breast Cancer Prevention:

Town Hall Theatre
3535 School St, Lafayette
Saturday, July 8th, 2017
7:00 – 10:30pm | $45

HeyHey Mama is a Led Zeppelin tribute band fronted by 13 female vocalists all from the Bay Area. Notes4Hope is a local non-profit organization started by Breast Cancer Warrior Sandy Preto to raise money for Breast Cancer prevention. It is going to be a powerful night of great music and good times. The event is July 8th, Doors at 6:00, show at 7:00. It will likely sell out, so we recommend booking your tickets online at or stopping in to buy paper tickets 1-7 on ThursdayFriday or Saturday at Up The Creek Records at 1840 Tice Valley Blvd in Walnut Creek. It is an all ages show, so feel free to bring the kids. Hear some great music at a fantastic local venue while raising money for a good cause. What could be better!


Friday Connections – Innermost House and the Art of Simplicity at Lafayette Library on June 30th

Friday Connections – Innermost House and the Art of Simplicity:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Friday, June 30th, 2017
1:00pm – 2:30pm | Free

This informal conversation with Diana and Michael Lorence of Innermost House will examine the many ways of simplicity, and how an experience of seven years in the woods without electricity, telephone or automobile may be adapted to simplify even the busiest life in the world.

Diana Lorence speaks across the country at universities, libraries and environmental associations. Her Innermost House has been featured in House Beautiful, Fine Homebuilding, The Oregonian, Mother Earth Living, Green Style, The Examiner, Furniture and Home Fashion, Yahoo and AOL Homepages, Kiplinger, Tiny House Blog, Fair Companies, and hundreds of websites, books and newspapers around the world.


Rock the Plaza with Shakey Zimmerman at Lafayette Plaza Park June 9th

Rock the Plaza with Shakey Zimmerman:

Lafayette Plaza Park
3511 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Friday, June 9th, 2017
6:30 – 8:30pm | Free

Shakey Zimmerman brings a fresh, authentic, true-to-form sound to venues throughout California and beyond. The acoustic/electric band is led by Bay Area musician Pat Nevins on guitar, vocals, and harmonica. Shakey Zimmerman pays tribute with the most famous songs and deep cuts of iconic and legendary songwriters Bob Dylan and Neil Young. The songs are carried by Nevins, who has an uncanny ability to channel both Dylan and Young’s trademark voices, while giving them his own stamp. A Shakey Zimmerman show will take you on a ride through the decades.