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Back to the Table Cooking School Closes in Lafayette

271 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette

After eight years, Back to the Table Cooking School has closed in Lafayette. The production kitchen on the second floor will remain open with a new name.

From their Facebook page:

We were all set with a full spring schedule and almost sold out summer camps…until COVID-19 hit. After some real soul searching over the last 5 months, as well as the uncertainty of when we could reopen; Leslie and I are very sad to say that we have decided to close our cooking school permanently, effective immediately. However, we are happy to announce the new owner will continue the Production Kitchen under their own name.

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Rheem Theatre Reopens in Moraga

350 Park St, Moraga

Over the summer Rheem Theatre temporarily closed as it was remodeled after being bought by Cinema West, and they have now reopened. The new theater offers reserved stadium seating rooms as well a main auditorium featuring a 60 foot wide screen with a Dolby Atmos sound system. To top it off, every seat is an electric recliner. Over the weekend I saw the new Star Wars movie (reserved via Fandango) and was impressed by the upgrades!

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theCoderSchool Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1330 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek

theCoderSchool, which offers coding classes to children, opened recently in downtown Walnut Creek. Last year they opened in San Ramon.

From their website:

At theCoderSchool, we want to do more than just teach coding. We want aspiring coders to use their new found passion as a stepping stone to thinking outside the box, as a way to channel their ideas in a creative way and most importantly, to have fun.

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The Flipper Room Reopens Down the Block in Concord

1033 Shary Cir, Concord

Thanks to a reader for sending word that the pinball parlor The Flipper Room reopened down the block in Concord. Check out their pinball lineup here and leagues page here. As someone who enjoys playing pinball I was impressed a lot by this place. The machines, a mix of both modern and vintage, are in pristine condition and you pay per game. In addition to a merchandise and snack section they also feature an impressive selection of fun prints and pinball artwork. If you enjoy pinball or have kids definitely check this place out!

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Lemon Blossom Creations Opens at Palos Verdes Mall in Walnut Creek

Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek

A new children’s open art studio called Lemon Blossom Creations opened recently at the Palos Verdes mall in Walnut Creek. In addition to a drop-in open studio they also offer kids’ parties, events and summer camps. Check out all options here. Thanks to a reader for emailing about this.

From their website:

Lemon Blossom Creations is owned and operated by Melissa Karakash and Dora Chacon. Ever since they became friends they started helping each other organize and host parties for their friends and families. Often these parties entailed Melissa using her sewing and craft skills to customize decorations. Dora planned activities for the children who attended their parties. She developed an array of games and crafts to entertain children due to her past experience of being a nanny. Their combined love of children and creating parties sparked their interest in children’s party planning. Together Melissa and Dora designed these themed parties to give children a memorable and magical birthday.

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Red Door Escape Room Opens at The Veranda in Concord

The Veranda, Concord

Texas-based Red Door Escape Room opened recently on the second floor of the Veranda shopping center in Concord above Mikuni. For those not familiar with escape rooms, or episodes as they are called by Red Door, according to Wikpedia, it’s “a mental and physical adventure based game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Escape rooms may consist of a large, single room, or span multiple rooms. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms.”

Check out all six Concord episodes here and note the 50% discount if you book and play by 6/30/19. I played a couple of escape rooms with my friends and family elsewhere and had a blast so I will definitely be checking this place out soon! Based on the two episodes preview I saw the overall quality here looks amazing.

From their website:

Using technology, creativity and artistry we work passionately to bring human connection back into the world of entertainment.

If you’re someone who like creative challenges, loves new experiences and enjoys spending time with friends and family, you’re going to love Red Door. Perfect for families, friends, corporate groups and sports teams, our escape rooms challenge groups to solve cryptic puzzles and hidden clues to escape from a series of rooms in less than 60 minutes.