Bounty From Your Garden: Fruit Trees 101 at Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center in Pleasant Hill Jan 17th

Photo by Flickr user hairflick

Bounty From Your Garden: Fruit Trees 101:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Thursday, January 17th, 2019
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. Master Gardener and fruit tree expert Helen Erickson will teach us how to choose, prep, plant, prune, and maintain our fruit trees. Special attention will be given to keeping them small through first and subsequent pruning (dwarfing rootstock doesn’t keep them small).


Free Movie – Singin’ in the Rain at Orinda Theatre Jan 10th

Free Movie – Singin’ in the Rain:

Orinda Theatre
4 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda
Thursday, January 10th, 2019
6:30pm | Free

Singin’ in the Rain is a 1952 American musical-romantic comedy film directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late 1920s, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to “talkies”.


Slanted Door Opens Today at City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon

City Center Bishop Ranch, San Ramon

The eagerly anticipated opening of San Francisco-based Slanted Door has arrived as they open for dinner this evening in the new City Center Bishop Ranch shopping plaza in San Ramon. Lunch will be available at a future date. Check out their dinner menu here and drink menu here.

From their website:

Our space is one of the two glass boxes that visually “end” the plan of the Piazza. So on the one hand we had the challenge (and opportunity) to design in a space that is transparent on all sides. Restaurants usually hide a lot of program, but in this case we celebrated it. We also wanted to emphasize the transparency from the piazza side, so we used materials with a lot of tonal contrast (blacks and whites) to draw one’s eye without resorting to color, which we felt would have been less in keeping with Piano’s overall pallet.


Altered States Exhibition Opening Reception Jan 13th at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek

Altered States Exhibition:

Bedford Gallery
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Sunday, January 13th, 2019
3:00 – 5:00pm | $5

Join us for our opening reception and complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Refreshments hosted by Bedford Gallery Guild.

Guest curated by Heather Marx, Altered States features artists across generations living and working along the California coast who harness natural elements or the environment to create their artwork. The artists work in a wide range of media and share a passion for creating art that is about process and reclamation. This exhibition highlights the natural cycles of our complex environment and offers patrons an opportunity to slow down and reflect on how we are all interconnected by the sun, moon, air, and tides.


Yankee Pier Closing Today in Lafayette

Lafayette Mercantile

Thanks to everyone who emailed that the seafood restaurant Yankee Pier will be closing today in the Lafayette Mercantile shopping center. Apparently high rent as well as lower revenue caused the same group that owned Lark Creek in downtown Walnut Creek to exit. However, their website does show they also own nearby Cooperage and Corners Tavern. I wonder if the addition of newer restaurants Batch & Brine and Barranco across the street impacted them negatively?


Diablo Design Group Opens in Danville

154 E. Prospect Ave, Danville

A new full service design studio called Diablo Design Group, made up of six independent designers, opened recently in Danville where NIQUEA.D used to be on E. Prospect Ave. Find out more about the design process on their website here.

From their website:

At our interior design firm, our goal is to provide a space you would love to show off, or that works for your unique lifestyle. Whether you need a full-scale remodel or a room update, we can provide these services and much more.

We work for residential and commercial clients who wish to update the look and feel of their living or working space.