4 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda
Sunday, August 19th, 2018
11:00am – 7:30pm | Free
Lamorinda Idol finalists in soloist and group categories will compete at this free event throughout the day, culminating in the Lamorinda Idol 2018 winners being crowned in the elementary, middle and high school categories at 7 pm.
Audience members are an important part of the voting and will have the chance to cast votes for their favorite Lamorinda finalists on August 19th. Audience votes, combined with feedback from a panel of musically experienced judges, will determine who will be crowned 2018 Lamorinda Idols.
1415 Pine St, Walnut Creek
Farm Creek Brewing Company closed last September in Walnut Creek and now a new taproom called Rotator Taproom will be opening in the next couple of weeks in this spot. There will be 21 different brews on tap with plenty more seating including on the second floor as can be seen in the below photo. Check for updates on their Facebook page here and website here. You’ll be able to get pizza delivered from nearby Pinky’s Pizza.
From their Facebook page:
Childhood buddies Ryan Westerman, Jeff Stephens, and Marc Trapani hatched the idea of opening a craft beer taproom in their hometown of Walnut Creek. The time is almost here! Rotator Taproom will be serving up 21 rotating taps of only the finest craft beers known to mankind. Let us know which beer/brewery you’d like to see on tap for our opening beer list (or rotating in soon) by leaving a comment on our page. Opening in July, 2018. Check back soon for more details! Salud!
39 Moraga Way, Orinda
Sleepy Cat Books has closed in Orinda across from the theater after 10 years and have relocated to Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley. For a local Orinda bookstore check out Orinda Books in Village Square near the library.
Yesterday was the fifth Spare the Air day in the Bay Area and last month was the hottest ever month recorded in California. Wildfires are causing smoky conditions in the East Bay and elsewhere; Yosemite Valley and other parts of national parks are closed making it difficult to make travel plans. I try not to run on Spare the Air days but forgot about yesterday’s alert. Was that irresponsible on my part or is it no big deal? Do you take precautions on Spare the Air days?
From the Spare the Air website:
On these Spare the Air days, we urge residents to cut back on any activities that cause pollution – such as driving, using oil-based paints, gasoline-powered lawn mowers, or household aerosol products like hair sprays. People who are sensitive to unhealthy air are advised to limit their time outdoors, particularly in the afternoon hours.
American Iron Car Show:
Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center
60 Crescent Dr, Pleasant Hill
Sunday, August 12th, 2018
10:00am – 3:00pm | Free
Stroll down Crescent Drive in Pleasant Hill and view the spectacular cars of yester-year. Vote for your favorite.
The Veranda, Concord
Two kiosks selling cell phone cases and sunglasses popped up recently at the Veranda shopping center in Concord with what looks like more on the way in a different section of the mall. I wonder if they’ll stay open longer than the Liberty Bell Plaza kiosks did in Walnut Creek.
Hacienda de las Flores
2100 Donald Dr, Moraga
Friday, August 10th, 2018
5:00 – 9:00pm | Free
Join the fun at Hacienda Nights, featuring food trucks, lawn games & fun for all ages.
Flavors of Cali
Cosa Nostra Pasta Truck
Sip & Slide
Golden Gate Gyro
Canyon Club Brewery