Pleasant Hill


Fat Maddie’s Opens in Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center

Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center

Last February we learned that the San Ramon-based restaurant Fat Maddie’s would be opening in the Downtown Pleasant Hill shopping center where Pasta Pomodoro used to be and they have now opened. Based on the planters in front it looks like there will be front and side patio seating. Check out their menu here.

From their website:

Since 2010, Fat Maddie’s Grille in San Ramon has offered artisan, farmhouse inspired sandwiches, burgers, salads, and entrees – All made with the freshest local ingredients in a casual, family-friendly setting.

Named for our family’s favorite goat, FAT MADDIE’S rustic menu incorporates local, sustainable, and organic ingredients. The family is committed to serving only free-range and antibiotic free chicken as well as hormone and antibiotic free beef. FAT MADDIE’S eggs come from chickens on the family’s personal working farm and food waste is recycled to pigs on a neighboring ranch. As for the goat cheese, let’s just say that Maddie has her sources.


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.


spavia opens in Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center

Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center

Over the weekend Colorado-based spavia opened their first spa in the Downtown Pleasant Hill shopping center. Check out the Pleasant Hill services including pricing here. In addition to per-treatment payment options they also various memberships for with better pricing here. I checked out the inside and they have nice women’s (and men’s) rest lounges offering tea and heated neck towels. Showers are available as well. Looks very relaxing! The owners have plenty of spa experience and were very nice and welcoming. Check it out if you’re in the area.

From their website:

spavia is your spa, where you select the treatments that best suit you. our therapists and estheticians will care and deliver results to you in the most personalized, professional manner possible. enjoy the spa amenities before and after your treatment. unwind in the spavia retreat room with your spa robe, spa sandals and a warm aromatherapy neck pillow for a relaxing experience.


iTea Opens in College Square in Pleasant Hill

College Square, Pleasant Hill

iTea boba cafes seem to be popping up all over these days with the latest in the College Square shopping mall near Diablo Valley College (DVC) on Golf Club Rd. in Pleasant Hill. These drinks are sweet enough for me at 30% so I’m glad they offer sweetness options. In addition to various food items they also offer games including Battleship along the wall. Thanks to a reader for sending word about this opening.

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Bounty From Your Garden: Fruit Trees 101 Jan 18th at Rodgers Ranch in Pleasant Hill

Photo by Flickr user ontask

Bounty From Your Garden: Fruit Trees 101:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Thursday, January 18th, 2018
10:00am – 12:00pm | $25

Fresh fruit off your tree is so much better than what you find in stores! The best time to plant fruit trees and berries is in January and February, when nurseries have the best selection of bare root plants. Learn how to choose, prep, plant, prune, and maintain your fruit trees. Special attention will be given to keeping them small through first and subsequent pruning (dwarfing rootstock doesn’t keep them small). We will also touch on berries and go over differences in planting blackberries, raspberries and blueberries.

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Performing Academy Opens in Old Fire House in Pleasant Hill

Photo courtesy Performing Academy
1948 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill

Performing Academy (previously known as Lamorinda Theatre Academy) recently opened a third location in the old Fire House in Pleasant Hill on Oak Park Blvd. previously owned by Diablo Theatre Co. Find out more about Performing Academy and the owners here.

From a PR:

Lamorinda Theatre Academy (LTA), answering strong demand for additional classes and performance space to keep up with increasing student interest, announced plans to expand in Pleasant Hill by opening its third academy to be located at 1948 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. The space, referred to in the community as the “Fire House,” was previously owned and operated by Diablo Theatre Company (DTC), formerly known as Diablo Light Opera Company (DLOC).
LTA’s Co-Founders and Artistic Directors, Rena Wilson and Renee DeWeese, are thrilled to be expanding their organization with a third location, and in a space that holds significant meaning for both of them. “It is here where we first became friends, artists, teachers, and managers,” DeWeese notes. “We would not be where we are today without this building and the team that came before us.”
Support for this acquisition is found all around. “The purchase process was extremely collaborative and smooth thanks to the hard work of DTC board members’ Stacey Sutter and Sherry Dorfman,” says Wilson. “DLOC founders and board members were happy the building would remain in the arts and felt they were ‘keeping it in the family’ with our ownership.”
The unique 5,100 square foot facility, named Diablo Performing Academy (DPA), will feature a collaborative artistic space – including a full costume shop – for artists to build sets, rent costumes, design props, hold classes, and rehearse for performances. The site is currently available for renters, and performance classes for DPA will begin January 2, 2018, joining the curriculum for their existing locations in Lafayette and Castro Valley.

Photo courtesy Performing Academy


Sustainable Enterprise Conference in Pleasant Hill Nov 1st

Sustainable Enterprise Conference:

Pleasant Hill Community Center
320 Civic Dr, Pleasant Hill
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
9:00am – 4:30pm | $25 ($35 at the door)

Sustainable Contra Costa is excited to announce the 2nd annual “Sustainable Enterprise Conference” – the annual gathering of business owners, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, educators and activists who are dedicated to the principals of Sustainability and One Planet Living.

We’re especially excited about our keynote talk “Drawdown: Making the Economic Case for Reversing Global Warming” with Chad Frischmann, VP & Research Director for Project Drawdown, based on the book edited by Paul Hawken.

Speakers and panelists address critical issues, showcase successful business models and present opportunities for creating a vibrant and truly sustainable economy.


Progress on Pleasant Hill BART Bike Station

Avalon, Walnut Creek

The Pleasant Hill BART station leased a corner of the Avalon apartment complex in Walnut Creek directly across from the tracks to put a new self park bike station for 230 bikes which will also offer retail and maintenance services.

From the BART bicycle capital plan:

The bike station at Pleasant Hill will be the first wholly self-park facility to provide retail and maintenance services. It will include a controlled access 230-bike self-park area, which will be accessible 24/7 and an adjacent bike retail/maintenance shop. The retail facility will be staffed each morning, which will also allow bikes to be maintained and parked in the BikeLink area for pick up at the owner’s convenience. BikeLink cards will also be sold there.