Pleasant Hill


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.



Rainwater Collection Workshop Oct 15th at DVC in Pleasant Hill

Rainwater Collection Workshop:

DVC Horticulture Dept
321 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill
Sunday, October 15th, 2017
10:00am – 12:00pm | $20

Learn how to capture the rain that falls on your roof for use in irrigating your landscape, seedling starts, mushroom cultivation, and emergency water storage.
In this workshop, you’ll learn about many types of rain collection, from 55 gallon barrels to 5,000 gallon storage tanks. In the hands-on section, students will participate in the construction of a home rain barrel system.


CarMax Petition Pizza & Petitions Party in Pleasant Hill Aug 26th

CarMax Petition Pizza & Petitions Party:

Mountain Mike’s Pizza
30 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill
Saturday, August 26th, 2017
12:00 – 2:00pm | Free

ALL current and new volunteers are invited to a Pizza & Petitions Party. We will have pizza, campaign updates, and petitions to sign and circulate.

Concerned Pleasant Hill residents have launched a petition to challenge the City’s ordinance approving the controversial CarMax project at DVC Plaza. They also want the City to know that the community supports new housing and neighborhood retail at the former Kmart site.
“We call on the City and the property owner to work with us to develop housing and neighborhood retail at DVC Plaza. Because that site is surrounded by residential neighborhoods, schools, and a creek, we believe it is not appropriate for a wholesale used car auction operation like CarMax,” said Cathy Teegardin, a Pleasant Hill resident and President of Pleasant Hill Alliance of Neighborhoods (PHAN).