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Club Pilates Opens at Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center


Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center

Club Pilates opened recently at the Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center. Check out the Pleasant Hill class schedule here.

From their website:

The full-body, low-impact workouts offered at Club Pilates provide a high-impact challenge to the stabilizing muscles of the core. Unlike the mat Pilates classes offered in many gym settings, Club Pilates offers classes using an array of specialized equipment, including the Reformer, EXO-Chair, Bosu Ball, TRX Suspension Trainer, springboards and more.

Restaurants

Jack’s Reopens after Remodel at Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center


Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center

The restaurant and bar Jack’s recently reopened after a ten day interior remodel and newly revamped menu at the Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center. The inside is quite spacious with a bar area with TVs, outdoor patio, and additional dining space upstairs. I had an opportunity to dine there recently and enjoyed the experience, particularly the Thai steak salad, which was very tasty. For dessert the Galaktoboureko, which is a, “traditional Greek dessert, semolina custard rolled in phyllo pastry, apricot-orange blossom preserve, pistachio ice cream”, hit all the right spots. Check out their menus here. There are so many options to choose from in a family friendly environment that I’ll be sure to check this place out with my family.

From their website:

We’re open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. It’s a family run business with a focus on genuine, old school hospitality. Jack’s welcomes guests with an extensive menu that reflects the Marcovici family’s Greek-American heritage and the natural bounty of their California home.

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Events

WomenSing Presents The Light of Hope Returning Dec 11th in Pleasant Hill


WomenSing Presents The Light of Hope Returning:

Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church
1601 Mary Dr, Pleasant Hill
Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
8:00pm | $28 ($10 y/o or younger)

WomenSing is thrilled to announce an exciting large-scale commission by renowned composer, Shawn Kirchner.

Inspired by the album Folkjul, a Christmas suite influenced by Swedish folk traditions, WomenSing’s artistic director, Ofer dal Lal, invited Mr. Kirchner to dream up a concert-length American “folk Yule”.The work features a combination of Mr. Kirchner’s instrumental improvisations and carol settings from American song and spiritual traditions. Mr. Kirchner has woven these carols and songs into a dramatic arc which tells of the return of light after dark times.

Events

Gettin’ Wriggly With It: Build A Worm Composting Bin at Rodgers Ranch in Pleasant Hill July 18th


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Gettin’ Wriggly With It: Build A Worm Composting Bin:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Thursday, July 18th, 2019
6:00 – 8:00pm | $25 per household

Don’t toss your precious food scraps into the green can. Use them to make the best fertilizer EVER! Keeping a worm bin at home is easy, takes mere minutes each week, produces NO odors, and is fun for the whole family. Your garden and houseplants will thank you. This hands-on bin-building workshop provides everything you need to get started, and you will go home with complete ready-to-start bin, including the worms! $25 fee is for ONE household, and includes ONE worm bin. Children welcome.

Restaurants

Starbread Bakery in Pleasant Hill is Sooooo Goooood!


College Park Center, Pleasant Hill

Recently I found myself strolling around College Park Center in Pleasant Hill when I passed by this bakery call Starbread, “Home of the Seniorita Bread”. I thought to myself, a Mexican bakery, no big deal, and moved on. As I lingered nearby, this sweet, sweet smell permeated my senses and I walked back to the bakery, this time peeking inside. “Hmm, looks like some kind of donuts, let me check this out”, I thought to myself. For $2 for a bag of five I figured, why not?

Needless to say, they were delicious and these aren’t even the famous seniorita breads. It turns out, this isn’t even a Mexican bakery; it’s a Filipino bakery and they offer other goods like roasted garlic peanuts and Camachile cookies which go great with coffee and tea. Addictingly so. My waistline may not thank me, but my taste buds sure are grateful! If you’re in the area be sure to check this place out.

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Events

Home & Body: Keeping It Simple Workshop at Rodgers Ranch in Pleasant Hill May 9th


Home & Body: Keeping It Simple Workshop:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Thursday, May 9th, 2019
6:00 – 8:00pm | $25

More and more evidence of dangerous toxins in our home and beauty products are being revealed. Learn how to identify and lessen your exposure and create some natural products that work just as well. Make and take home some natural laundry soap and hand cream.

Instructor Denise Koroslev has studied, grown, and used herbs for over 40 years and presented herb classes for culinary and medicinal purposes. She is president of Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center, which promotes sustainable living, and is parlimentarian of the Northern California Unit of the Herb Society of America.

Restaurants

Happy Lemon Coming to Pleasant Hill


College Park Center, Pleasant Hill

Thanks to a reader for sending word that Shanghai-based boba cafe Happy Lemon is opening in a new spot at College Park Center (Contra Costa Blvd. & Gold Club Rd.) in Pleasant Hill. Check out their drinks menu here.

From their website:

Happylemon is a fresh creative takeaway tea brand. Applying bright colors and simple lines, it creates a happy, energetic, healthy and lovely brand image, becoming one of the most representative tea brands in China. Happy Lemon aims to promote a new tea culture; tea is Chinese culture and Happy Lemon aims to make tea a world’s culture.