International Ocean Film Festival at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco through March 10th

International Ocean Film Festival:

Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco
Thursday, March 7th – Sunday, March 10th, 2019

The IOFF is an acclaimed festival of independent ocean-related films from all over the world. Themes range from ocean adventure, science, and marine life to sports and coastal cultures.

We look for films that not only entertain audiences but also educate and inspire people to participate in environmental efforts in and around the ocean, as well as promote better ocean stewardship.

Question of the Day

Question of the Day – What is your Favorite Breakfast?

Photo by Flickr user limoz5412

Judging by the cereal aisle at the supermarket cereals surely must be the most popular breakfast of all time. It’s quick and easy but these days I recently added oatmeal to my weekday breakfast routine and am happy with how quick, delicious and apparently healthy it is. I pop it in the microwave for a minute, add some fruit and granola and am good to go. On weekends I’ll make waffles but French toast sure is tempting. What is your favorite breakfast?


A Look inside Shadowbrook Winery and Tasting Room in Walnut Creek

1 Meritage Lane, Walnut Creek

Last October Shadowbrook Winery, Walnut Creek’s very first winery and tasting room since prohibition opened in the Northgate area of Walnut Creek. The inside is exquisitely designed with a main bar area front and center, surrounded by separate sections that can be rented out for events. Wine tastings are available on weekends and can be booked here. Their online wine collection can be found here.

From their website:

Shadowbrook Winery has become Contra Costa County’s most decorated winery in San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition with over 60 medals.

Although a boutique winery, Shadowbrook is a leader in the industry featuring state-of-the-art equipment and technology rarely found anywhere in the U.S.

Tim Jochner grew up in Walnut Creek not far from where Shadowbrook Winery stands today. Like the wine growing region itself, Tim has deep roots here and takes tremendous pride as the catalyst in revitalizing the grape growing industry that once thrived here before prohibition.


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The Sixties at Fifty Exhibit at Museum of the San Ramon Valley in Danville through June 2nd

The Sixties at Fifty Exhibit:

Museum of the San Ramon Valley
205 Railroad Ave, Danville
Saturday, January 26th – Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

The 1960’s brought us the war in Vietnam. It also brought us JFK, LBJ, landing on the moon and much more. Issues such as civil rights, the environment, worker’s rights and women’s rights were beginning to move to the forefront of American’s minds. The San Ramon Valley was not immune to these changes. See how these and other events effected the Valley.


Capernaum Playing at Walnut Creek Library March 15th, 16th & 23rd

Capernaum Playing:

Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Friday, March 15th, Saturday, March 16th & Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe and by BAFTA, “Capernaum” is this month’s foreign language feature film at Mountain Shadow. It won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2018. Lebanon-born Nadine Labaki directed the film and wrote the screenplay.
The film explores the abusive childhood of Zain who, by the age of 12, is in prison for a violent crime. He is released to pursue a lawsuit against his parents for “wrongful life.” “I wish I had never been born” has never been so true for him. It has been called “the most heart-wrenching but beautiful film I’ve ever seen.”


Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Closes in Downtown Walnut Creek

Lyric, Walnut Creek

Michigan-based Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, which opened over the summer at the Lyric apartment complex in downtown Walnut Creek, has closed. It looks like this happened around the same time Momo’s closed across the street. Thanks to all who emailed about this.

From an email:

It is with heavy hearts that we announce Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea will be closing on Sunday, March 3. Please know that if we could keep Sweetwaters open any longer, we certainly would.

We have sincerely enjoyed serving and getting to know all of our wonderful guests, employing the most amazing, hardworking and passionate staff, supporting local artists, businesses and charities, hosting meetup groups, live performances, pop-up shops, educational classes, and many other community events at Sweetwaters, and participating in many local events and charities around town.