GamedayVR, a virtual reality arcade that opened at the end of 2017 in downtown Walnut Creek has relocated temporarily to Mike Murphy Baseball, a batting cage center located directly across from the future Shadelands SportsMall in Walnut Creek. According to an employee they will be relocating to the SportsMall and will offer a baseball VR experience in addition to their usual VR games. Stay tuned…
Although they currently only have room for a few VR areas, I did spot a temporary PC gaming section for a party.
Last summer we learned that the SoCal-based restaurant chain Yard House would be coming to the Veranda shopping center in Concord and they are now set to open in two weeks on April 29th. Check out their menu here. There will be, “over 100 American-style dishes made from scratch daily, and the world’s largest selection of draft beer with 130 taps”.
Japantown, San Francisco
Saturday, April 13th, Sunday, April 14th, 2019
11:00am – 6:00pm | Free
Welcome to the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival®, one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions and the biggest on the West coast. Since 1968, the Festival serves to cultivate the continued alliance between Japan and the United States using culture as its bridge. Each year, over 220,000 people attend this dazzling display showcasing the vibrant colors and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American Community.
All are welcome to join in the festivities as we celebrate Japanese and Japanese American culture in San Francisco’s Japantown! We expect this year to be filled with special events and new attractions.
The other day my kid asked for a peanut butter and pickle sandwich. Have you ever heard of such a combination? I love PB&J sandwiches and I suppose peanut butter goes well with almost anything, but pickles?! I do like pickles with a deli sandwich on occasion. Do you like pickles? Do you crave them? Sour or half-sour?
Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek Sunday, April 14th, 2019
2:00pm | $35
The Diablo Symphony Orchestra is delighted to join forces with Diablo Ballet on April 14 to present a concert the whole family will enjoy. In a program celebrating dance, audience members of all ages will be invited to move – and maybe even clap out loud – to rhythms of the waltz, the polka and Russian folk dance. Dancers will bring cats and unicorns to the stage, and the orchestra will transport imaginations to a village fair with gypsies, masqueraders and a dancing bear. Classic ballet selections featuring dancers from Diablo Ballet include Tchaikovsky’s “Pas de Deux” from Swan Lake and “Puss in Boots” from Sleeping Beauty. Under the direction of Matilda Hofman, the orchestra will perform the universally loved waltz from Sleeping Beauty as well as selections from Igor Stravinsky’s brilliant ballet Petrushka. Capping off the celebration, a surprise guest conductor will lead the orchestra in Strauss’s exuberant “Tritsch-Tratsch Polka”.
Hartz Cafe, featuring crepes, ice cream and coffee, opened this week on, can you guess, Hartz Ave. in Danville, where BlooGrape Organic Sworls used to be. I don’t see any social media presence yet but crepes and ice cream sure does sound delicious as summer approaches.
Thanks to those who emailed about Corner Bakery Cafe closing at the Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center. As you can see in the photo below, they closed at the end of March and are still open in Pleasanton and San Francisco.