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.
The restaurant and a video arcade Dave & Buster’s is coming to The Veranda shopping center in Concord where Toys “R” Us used to be. I wonder how this will compare to Round 1 in nearby Sunvalley shopping center? What’s going to happen with the already scarce parking situation?
Walnut Creek on Ice opens this Friday, November 9th in Civic Park in downtown Walnut Creek. Check out pricing and the schedule on their website here. Information on group lessons can be found here. The Children’s Winter Festival will take place on November 10th with “free admission and skates for the first 250 guests; $5 admission until 5 p.m”
AR Worskhop, the DIY creative studio which opened last spring, now has a Drink Bar offering a selection of beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages in the back section of their studio. This allows children and others to work on their projects in front at the same time as those who want to enjoy a glass of wine or beer in the back. Check out their schedule here and follow updates on their Facebook page here.
theCoderSchool, “a place where kids learn to code all year round” opened recently in the Marketplace Shopping Center in San Ramon. In addition to classes they also offer camps which can be viewed here.
Rather than using static one-size-fits-all curriculums, our core program uses an immersion and mentoring approach in a super-small student to teacher ratio (typically 2:1). This allows our Code Coaches® to personalize and customize based on the students, making for a much more engaging experience. Instead of linear learning of concepts from a curriculum, we immerse the kids in coding by building stuff and then building more stuff!
A few years ago the iconic Rheem Theatre in Moraga was set to close before it got a reprieve and ended up remaining open, until now. Their final day open was yesterday but according to this East Bay Times article, Mayor Dave Trotter said that, “Moraga has a shared goal of getting the theater reopened in the near future.” I love the art deco design of this theater and hope to see it reopen, but realistically, is there any chance this will come back or is this the final good bye?
Email from Rheem Theatre:
It is with great sorrow that this Sunday, January 7, 2018, will be our final movies showing at the Rheem Theatre. It is not economically feasible to continue to operate the theater. We have an agreement with the property owner to keep everything intact in hopes that a reasonable solution can be found soon.
We have put our hearts and souls into maintaining and making the Rheem what it is today.
Thank you all for your support and patronage over the last 8 years.
Photo courtesy Performing Academy
1948 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill
Performing Academy (previously known as Lamorinda Theatre Academy) recently opened a third location in the old Fire House in Pleasant Hill on Oak Park Blvd. previously owned by Diablo Theatre Co. Find out more about Performing Academy and the owners here.
From a PR:
Lamorinda Theatre Academy (LTA), answering strong demand for additional classes and performance space to keep up with increasing student interest, announced plans to expand in Pleasant Hill by opening its third academy to be located at 1948 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. The space, referred to in the community as the “Fire House,” was previously owned and operated by Diablo Theatre Company (DTC), formerly known as Diablo Light Opera Company (DLOC).
LTA’s Co-Founders and Artistic Directors, Rena Wilson and Renee DeWeese, are thrilled to be expanding their organization with a third location, and in a space that holds significant meaning for both of them. “It is here where we first became friends, artists, teachers, and managers,” DeWeese notes. “We would not be where we are today without this building and the team that came before us.”
Support for this acquisition is found all around. “The purchase process was extremely collaborative and smooth thanks to the hard work of DTC board members’ Stacey Sutter and Sherry Dorfman,” says Wilson. “DLOC founders and board members were happy the building would remain in the arts and felt they were ‘keeping it in the family’ with our ownership.”
The unique 5,100 square foot facility, named Diablo Performing Academy (DPA), will feature a collaborative artistic space – including a full costume shop – for artists to build sets, rent costumes, design props, hold classes, and rehearse for performances. The site is currently available for renters, and performance classes for DPA will begin January 2, 2018, joining the curriculum for their existing locations in Lafayette and Castro Valley.
European Train Enthusiasts is displaying this year in Blackhawk Plaza in Danville where Read Booksellers used to be across from Draeger’s. They’ll be open 10am – 5pm Wednesday through Sunday, however they will be open December 26th and January 2nd . To find out more about ETE click here.
For the 16th year, the European Train Enthusiasts (ETE) will bring their HO Scale European Model Trains and Modular Layout to Blackhawk to brighten the holiday season. This year, the Layout will be located inside the Blackhawk Plaza Shopping Center adjacent to Draeger’s Market.
ETE’s Module Group has created remarkably detailed scale versions of European landscapes, including mountains, villages, bridges, farms, lakes and industries, which come alive when they operate their trains though the carefully constructed countryside.
Each day during the run of the exhibition you will see a wide selection of locomotives, freight and passenger cars from various countries in Europe as different ETE members operate the layout.
Just in time for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the new LUXE Cinema and IMAX theater is opening next Thursday, December 14th in the new Veranda shopping center in Concord. There will be 10 auditoriums including an 80 foot wide, 4 story tall IMAX theater. Interestingly, every seat will have full menu service and if you check out the photo of the seats after the jump you’ll see little slide-out table trays in front of each seat. There is also a full bar near the lobby with seating throughout as well as an outdoor patio. I was able to check out one of the auditoriums with a Dolby ATMOS sound system and it sounded incredible. I can’t wait to check out the IMAX theater!