Question of the Day

Question of the Day – What is your Favorite Literary Genre?

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As I browsed the shelves at the soon to be shuttered Half Price Books in Concord over the weekend, I noticed some paperback science fiction novels from the 1950’s about rocket ships and martians that felt somehow nostalgic although it was a couple of decades before I was even born. When I was younger these would no doubt be my favorites although these days I prefer non-fiction. What is your favorite literary genre?


Come Together: The Beatles Concert Experience at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek Feb 23rd

Come Together: The Beatles Concert Experience:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
7:30 – 9:30pm | $45

Never before has there been a tribute to the Fab Four quite like ‘Come Together: The Beatles Concert Experience.’ In this live musical performance, ‘Come Together’ recreates the look, sound and history of the Beatles, taking you back into time to witness the Beatles phenomenal rise to pop stardom.

Through authentic costumes, superbly intricate live performances and soaring vocal harmonies, ‘Come Together’ takes audiences on a musical journey from the early years of the Beatles’ British Invasion through their legendary 60’s and 70’s recordings with highlights of the Sgt. Pepper era, as well as their solo careers.

There is even a special salute to John Lennon!


Shred415 Opens at Crow Canyon Commons in San Ramon

Crow Canyon Commons, San Ramon

Chicago based Shred415, a new gym focusing on high intensity interval training opened recently at Crow Canyon Commons in San Ramon. Check out their class schedule here and pricing here.

From their website:

Shred415 combines the infectious energy of group training with the flexibility and focus of a personalized program—in an incredibly supportive environment. Here, you control how hard you work, matching your pace and weights to your level and goals. Our instructors are expert trainers, but more than that, they’re passionate about helping you find your success. And because we offer childcare, finding that success becomes a little easier—even with your full schedule.

These 60 minutes are all about you. Let’s make them count.


Authors Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund at Lafayette Library Feb 26th

Authors Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
7:00 – 8:30pm | $10

Join two award-winning authors, Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund, for an engaging conversation about all aspects of their writing including what its like to be part of a writing couple. Simpson Family Literary Project Chair, Joseph Di Prisco moderates the conversation.


Half Price Books Closing Early May in Concord

1935 Mt. Diablo St, Concord

Thanks to a reader for pointing out that Half Price Books will be closing early May in Concord across from Todos Santos plaza according to the East Bay Times. Last week we learned that they may be relocating within Concord, possibly in the Willows shopping center and according to the Times article there are, “six letters of intent out for various spaces but no leases signed yet”. Every time I’ve visited it’s always crowded and lively so I hope they reopen in Concord! Considering the shops who left for Veranda, and Barnes & Noble opening there as well, Half Price Books would be a great addition to Willows who will bring in more shoppers there.


Bay Area Ballplayers Opens in Moraga Shopping Center

Moraga Shopping Center

Bay Area Ballplayers, a new batting cage and sports training center, opened last month in the Moraga shopping center right near Loard’s Ice Cream. Check out their services here. Owner Steve Hammond was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005 (6th Round), traded to SF Giants AAA in 2008 and played in Japan, Taiwan, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Check out his bio here.

From their website:

Bay Area Ballplayers is a 5,200 square foot athlete training facility equipped with functional fitness equipment, a 70 foot batting cage, 2 pitching mounds, the latest technology in performance tracking and data analysis, and a retail storefront with apparel & sporting goods.