Pleasant Hill


What’s The Buzz: Backyard Beekeeping at Rodgers Ranch in Pleasant Hill on March 16th

What’s The Buzz: Backyard Beekeeping:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Thursday, March 16th, 2017
10:00am – 12:00pm | $20

Are you thinking about keeping bees? Or perhaps you just want to know more about these miraculous garden helpers and how to encourage them to visit your yard? Jan Pinkerton-Spieth, our expert from the Mt. Diablo Beekeepers’ Association, teaches us about bee biology, equipment, installation, seasonal management, bee-friendly gardens, and much more!


Golf Galaxy Opens in Pleasant Hill

Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center

Thanks to a reader for pointing out that Golf Galaxy has opened in the Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center where Golfsmith used to be. Golf Galaxy is owned by DICK’S Sporting Goods and according to a store employee everything in the store comes from Golf Galaxy, not leftover from Golfsmith. Too bad about that sign though…


Bounty From Your Garden: Fruit Trees 101 at Rodgers Ranch in Pleasant Hill on Feb 16th

Photo by Flickr user valkrye131

Bounty From Your Garden: Fruit Trees 101:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Thursday, February 16th, 2017
10:00am – 12:00pm | $20

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.


Fat Maddie’s Barrelhouse & Bistro Coming to Pleasant Hill

Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center

Fat Maddie’s Barrelhouse & Bistro is coming to the Downtown Pleasant Hill shopping center where they will occupy a prime spot at the clocktower where the clothing store Atlas & Athena and Pasta Pomodoro used to be. The owner is the same one as Fat Maddie’s Grille in San Ramon. Check out their menu here. I look forward to trying this place out!

From the Fat Maddie’s Grille website:

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.


Grow More Food: Home Permaculture Series beginning Feb 4th in Pleasant Hill

Grow More Food: Home Permaculture Series:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Saturday, February 4th, 2017
10:00am – 12:00pm | $35 ($230 for 8 week series)

Back by popular demand! Superstar gardener Marian Woodard presents a very special opportunity to learn the most effective, most natural, deeply earth-centered gardening practices in this 8- week series. No matter what size your yard is, you’ll learn to be more self-sufficient, conserve water and energy, and build community with your fellow gardeners. Students will work on shaping and re-designing their own growing spaces throughout the class. You will see your yard in a whole new light!
The workshops take place Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

February 4th: Perma-What? The What, Why, When, Where & Who (You!) of Permaculture. Redefine your definition and expectation of a garden and how little effort is needed to work with nature for bountiful yields. Particpants will be able to: explain what Permaculture is, understand why it addresses climate change, define your ideal garden, and begin gathering information to design your space.


Golfsmith Closing Mid December in Pleasant Hill

Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center

It’s game over for Golfsmith in Pleasant Hill as they are set to close mid-December. 58 other Golfsmiths are closing around the country since DICK’S Sporting Goods bought them earlier this month. They relocated from Walnut Creek several years ago. Currently the entire store is 20 – 40% off. Thanks to a reader for sending word.



Pasta Pomodoro Closes in Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center

Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center

Thanks to everyone who sent word that Pasta Pomodoro has closed in the Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center on Crescent Drive. Quite a number of new restaurants have opened in this shopping center lately so the competition for diners must be fierce. Also thanks much to the reader who sent in the photo.


Total Wine & More Opens in Pleasant Hill

250 Buskirk Ave, Pleasant Hill

Maryland-based Total Wine & More opened their first East Bay location today in a giant, 20,000 s.f. store where Office Depot used to be, a couple of stores down from Best Buy in Pleasant Hill. In addition to a huge selection of wine, beer, and spirits, they also feature a humidor room with plenty of cigars.

In the back is a classroom section where you can sign up for classes to learn about specific types of wine or beer which lasts 90 minutes and includes samples for about $20 – $40 per class. It will also be possible to book the entire meeting space for business, community and social events for free when not in use.

There are separate wine and beer tasting areas available to try for 10 cents. Old world wines are organized by country whereas new world wines are grouped by varietals. In addition, there are separate sections for “highly rated”, and descriptions such as “elegant & soft”, “big & robust” and plenty more types to make it easy to find the perfect pairing for your meal. As for beer, they offer a huge variety of international and local brews, and have a keg section in the back that you can check out as well. (See the photo of the kegs after the jump).


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Fall Fine Art Fair on Oct 29th in Pleasant Hill


Fall Fine Art Fair:

Pleasant Hill Senior Center
233 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill
Saturday, October 29th, 2016
10:00am – 3:00pm | Free

East Bay Artists Guild will host a Fall Art Fair on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center. Everyone in the community is welcome. There will be a wide range of artwork on display and for sale. Meet the artists. Celebrate fine art in our community. Special art activities will be set up for children. Refreshments will be served. Come join East Bay Artists Guild for a fun, creative, art-filled Saturday!