Pleasant Hill


i heart art Studio Opens in Pleasant Hill

15 A Vivian Dr, Pleasant Hill

I recently found out about an art studio which opened late last year in Pleasant Hill called i heart art. They offer classes for kids (drawing, drama), teens (graffiti arts, henna, and more) and adults (graffiti arts, fused glass, weaving, mala and more). Check out their party and events page here, summer camps here, and open studio info here ($5 off if you walk or bike to the studio). Looks fun, especially the workshops for fused glass and graffiti!

From their website:

Co-founders Abby and Amy are moms, artists and teachers. While working together at a private school for many years, they have collaborated on building their vision for an art studio for children. They have built a network of parents over the years that have grown to love their work with children and have earned tremendous respect for their artistic knowledge and skill in developing young minds.


Celebrate Earth Day in the Garden on April 30th in Pleasant Hill

Check out the complete schedule here.

Celebrate Earth Day in the Garden:

Pleasant Hill Instructional Garden
1 Santa Barbara Rd, Pleasant Hill
Sunday, April 30th, 2017
1:00 – 4:00pm | Free

Enjoy a day in the Garden with fun activities for kids and adults – everyone Hear from local experts on topics such as smart irrigation, garden pollinators, and gardening with native plants. Take a tour of the garden led by University of California Master Gardener, Monika Olsen. Talk with local experts and organizations such as Wild Birds Unlimited, California Native Plant Society, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, DVC Horticultural Club, and many more!


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.