The Woman Who Smashed Codes at Lafayette Library April 19th

The Woman Who Smashed Codes:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, April 19th, 2018
7:00 – 8:00pm | Free

Join us for an evening with Jason Fagone, an author and journalist who covers science, technology, and culture. He was named one of “Ten Young Writers on the Rise” by the Columbia Journalism Review. His latest book, The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies, reads like a thriller. Fagone brings to light a brilliant, unsung woman, Elizebeth Friedman, who helped shape modern espionage and intelligence gathering while paying tribute to her historical contributions.


The Studio Gym may be coming to La Fiesta Square in Lafayette

La Fiesta Square, Lafayette

The Studio, a Danville gym based on three types of fitness zones focusing on different components, is planning on coming to La Fiesta Square in Lafayette where Open Sesame currently is according to the latest La Fiesta Square leasing information. Find out more about the classes here.

If The Studio does end up moving here Open Sesame is planning to relocate within Lafayette.


Contra Costa Master Gardeners present: Edible Flowers at Lafayette Library April 10th

Contra Costa Master Gardeners present: Edible Flowers:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
6:30 – 8:30pm | Free

We all know how beautiful flowers are in enhancing our gardens but many people are unaware of how flowers can enhance what we do in the kitchen.

Join Master Gardener Holly Sauer as she walks us through a fascinating discussion on the many types of flowers that are actually edible. Holly will show you fun ways to enjoy and enhance your culinary efforts with beautiful flowers year round.


Lamorinda ShortDocs Film Fest at Lafayette Library April 15th

Lamorinda ShortDocs Film Fest:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Sunday, April 15th, 2018
3:00pm | $10 ($15 at door)

This documentary film festival provides local filmmakers of all ages an opportunity to create new work as well as showcase it in a community screening. A reception follows the screening with light refreshments and a “red-carpet” photo opportunity.

This year’s event includes films from the informative to the poetic. Some will educate about historic figures and local organizations; others will be emotionally moving visual tapestries. This year’s largest categories of entry were surprisingly Adults and Elementary School Students. While filmmaker eligibility was expanded this year to include Lamorinda’s neighbors in Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, and Concord, the majority of entries still represent the Lamorinda Community.


Blazin Jayz Smoke Shop Opens Next to Learning Express Toys in Lafayette

3566 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

A new electronic cigarette shop called Blazin Jayz Smoke Shop recently opened next to Learning Express Toys in Lafayette. They sell e-cigarettes, hookahs, vape juices with flavors such as apple e-juice, grape, banana cream, Hulk Tears, and more.

Considering the location, next to a toy store of all places, some Lafayette residents are not happy with this. One Lafayette resident emailed:

I’m extremely disappointed about the decision to approve a smoke shop directly next door to our beloved toy store. We’ve already chatted about this as a family so my elementary school daughter understands the concern about locating the two stores together. I love Lafayette and, though I don’t smoke, I understand that there might be demand for a smoke shop in Lafayette. There are many open storefronts in the city, though. I wish the town has been more thoughtful in its approach; the placement of the smoke shop makes Lafayette seem motivated by profit. This hits the wrong note for me.

Should a smoke shop offering kid-friendly vape flavors be allowed to open next to a toy store? Aren’t there city ordinances prohibiting this? If not, shouldn’t there be?


Lafayette Juniors Annual Kitchen Tour on May 19th

Photo from Lafayette Juniors

Lafayette Juniors 2018 Annual Kitchen Tour:

Saturday, May 19th, 2018
10:00am – 3:00pm | $50 ($65 + lunch)

Tour six beautiful Lafayette homes for a great cause, with masterfully designed unique, elegant and awe-inspiring kitchens. The Tour benefits No One Left Behind, Girls Inc., City Slicker Farms, White Pony Express, and Contra Costa Crisis Center. Tickets are $50, box lunch available for $15. Purchase tickets at or Premier Kitchens in Lafayette.


Town Hall ThEATre History – Guided by Local Food Adventures April 14th in Lafayette

Town Hall ThEATre History – Guided by Local Food Adventures:

Town Hall Theatre
3535 School St, Lafayette
Saturday, April 14th, 2018
4:00 – 6:00pm | $45 ($40 subscribers)

Join us for a series of cultural and culinary explorations as we are led by Lafayette mom and Local Food Adventures owner, Lauren McCabe Herpich, as she takes you through the rich history behind Town Hall Theatre and the excitement of its theatrical productions — all while enjoying some seriously delicious local flavors along the way.

During these two-hour guided celebrations, Lauren will take you on a behind-the-scenes journey through the Town Hall Theatre and introduce you to the professionals that bring the magic of the stage to life. You’ll also enjoy satisfying servings of foods and libations from local Lamorinda proprietors excited to expand on the theme of the theater.
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Rustic Tavern Closing March 24th in Lafayette

3576 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Rustic Tavern opened almost five years ago in Lafayette and March 24th will be their last day according to their Facebook page. According to this Mercury News article it was due to a “lease dispute”. Based on the post it looks like they may be back soon in a new location. Stay tuned…

From their Facebook page:

It is with heavy hearts that we must announce on Saturday, March 24 will be Rustic Tavern’s last day at this location. We have enjoyed many years of Success in Lafayette and appreciate the support and loyalty of this amazing community. You love our food and we love you.

Regrettably, we have not been able to agree upon terms of a lease extension.

This is not the end of Rustic Tavern…..

We look forward to announcing our new venture as soon as possible!


Sweet Thursday Presents: Cork Dork at Lafayette Library March 15th

Sweet Thursday Presents: Cork Dork:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, March 15th, 2018
7:00pm – 8:00pm | Free

Please join us for an evening with Bianca Bosker, New York Times bestselling author of Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live For Taste.

Learn how this professional journalist and amateur drinker embedded herself in the world of elite sommeliers while uncovering the real and mythical aspects of wine tasting – and along the way discovering her amazing sensory powers to become a “cork dork.” Informative and funny, this book appeals to novice and expert wine drinkers alike. As a special treat, Bianca will lead the audience through a sensory evaluation of two wines.


NASA’s Next steps on the Moon . . and Mars at Lafayette Library March 13th

NASA’s Next steps on the Moon . . and Mars:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
7:00pm – 8:00pm | $10

What will it take to return to the moon – or Mars – and stay?
It’s been 45 years since the last man walked on the moon. Why is it taking so long to go back, and can we expect to be part of new colonies, commercial ventures, and even vacations on the moon or on Mars?

While the moon may be closer and easier to reach than Mars, it still takes a lot to get there. Find out about the complex scientific, technical, and even societal issues that NASA is tackling, and learn if you have the right stuff to be considered for an interstellar job.

Join Dr. Margaret Race for a behind the scenes peak at what NASA and its partners are doing to plan return missions. And this time, it will involve more than astronauts planting flags and leaving footprints!