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Upcoming Things To Do In Contra Costa County


June 26th~ Music & Market Series Featuring Aja Vu

4:00-8:00 p.m., Todos Santos Plaza (Willow Pass Road at Grant Street)

Farmer’s Market and free music concert in the park. (925) 671-3479

June 28th~ Old School Funk Fest

2:00 p.m., Sleep Train Pavilion (2000 Kirker Pass Road)

Teena Marie with Brick, Zapp and Slave.

$30.75-$69.75 (925) 676-8742

Walnut Creek

June 27th-29th~ ‘The Mystery Plays’

8:15 p.m., Dean Lesher Center for the Arts (1601 Civic Drive)

The mysteries of death, the afterlife, religion, faith and forgiveness.

$28 adults, $23 seniors, $12.50 for 17 and under (925) 943-7469

June 28th~ ‘Mortgage Crisis Relief– Save our Homes Workshop’

2:00 p.m., Marriott Walnut Creek (2355 N. Main Street)

We Teach Credit will host this event for saving home owners in the time of record breaking foreclosures. Limited to 500, so please RSVP.

Free (888) 849-3426

June 28th~ Castle Rock Grand Re-Opening

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Castle Rock Park (1700 Castle Rock Road)

The grand re-opening party will include free hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones as well as games and activities.

Free (888) EBP-ARKS

June 29th~ Opera in the Park

6:00 p.m., Walnut Creek Civic Park (1375 Civic Drive)

Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy an evening of great music performed by such Bay Area favorites as Kurt Krikorian, Igor Vieira, Jessica Markio, Deardork and others!

Free (925) 944-9610


June 27th & 28th~ ‘Baby Be Mine’- last showings

8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Lafayette Town Hall Theatre (3535 School Street)

The story of a young actress, a producer & the 1930’s New York theatre scene. $23-$32 (925) 283-1557

The Four-Way Test

From Rotary International:

“Service Above Self”

Of the things we think, say, or do –

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


Rotary International is the oldest of the service oriented clubs. Please find out more by going to Rotary International’s website, then find a local club and find out more.

Here is something that makes Walnut Creek great.

If you like to eat sushi, then I recommend that you go by and try my favorite Japanese restaurant. Nama Sushi is probably the best for the quality of the fish and the skill of the current sushi chef. Jim the manager of this restaurant was just telling me tonight that the chef has been preparing sushi for 45 years and he came out of retirement because he was getting bored playing golf all day and missed the restaurant atmosphere. I recommend you order the chirashi so that you can experience some of the nicer cuts of fish with the chef’s special flare. Enjoy!

AHHH… Too Many Technologies!!!

OK… I just have to express my fears and excitements around the latest and greatest technologies that are out there as far as social media/networking. I fall somewhere on the midpoint of the curve for tech-geek prone behaviors, and I keep discovering new things that can plug me and those that know me into a giant ball of social network madness.  I don’t know if I will start to use any more of these technologies, but there are a lot of really exciting tools out there that I think I want to use, but I’m fearful that I will end up spending too much time in this internet based social networking realm. Sites like Twitter, Utterz, Friendfeed, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Yelp, just to name a few are the latest and greatest internet tools that my geek side jumps up and down for — yet the analog side of me wants nothing to do with. I think I am probably doomed to dive in and participate. I guess if the commitment to using these tools gets too great, I can always just unplug everything and go back to cutting wood.

Here are a few pics from my trip to Denver

I thought I would post a couple pictures of my trip to Denver. I went out there for the first Western Cast Iron Conference. There has been a biannual Southern Cast Iron Conference that takes place at the Sloss Furnaces (a historical monument now to the industrial cast iron industry) in Birmingham, Alabama.

This brave leather clad individual is charging the cupola.

The conference draws artists who cast in iron from all over the country, but since there has until now not been any place out west where the artist can come together, the Western Conference was created as a sister conference to the one that takes place out at Sloss.

I went with my group from Diablo Valley College and the folks at the Crucible in Oakland. Our crew got to do the performace iron pour where we put on the performance art piece, “The History of Bowling.” Very fun, since it involved casting iron bowling balls that were broken out of their sand molds while still having molten centers… hefted up onto a ramp and rolling down while the molten metal from the center of the ball got flung out igniting the parafin wax lined metal ramp and then crashed into the ceramic shell bowling pins that had been set on fire with combustible liquids. All in all a very crowd pleasing spectacle since this is done after dark and the orange glow of the bowling balls lasts for about 45 minutes.

Another performance of “The History of Bowling” is suppose to be put on at the up coming Fire Arts Festival that goes on in July at The Crucible. Fun stuff!

Wow… San Francisco is an amusing place.

Have you heard about the proposed sewage treatment plant that some SF residents want to rename the “George W. Bush” sewage treatment plant? I just heard about this and looked it up and found a really funny blog about how some of the SF residents feel about this. I find it funny because this is exactly the kind of thing that really gives San Francisco it’s character. There are people who have posted both in favor as well as in outrage over the city proposal, and I just think that it is great that there is even a debate over this topic. This is just one of the things that adds a little spice to living in the Bay Area. Check it out — Curbed SF.

OK… So I have officially opened myself up to a frequent writing commitment.

So… Blogging is pretty big now. I have been very hesitant to jump on this particular bandwagon because as it is I am pretty busy, but it is true… I usually have something to say (at least that is what I would imaging people who know me would indicate.)

I plan on bringing up Real Estate related topics that are of interest here in the San Francisco Bay Area… and probably for the most part those topics will be most relevant to Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

I can’t promise to be prolific and consistent with this technology… a very poignant saying comes to mind —

“I can’t promise to try, but I promise to ‘try’ to try.”

I also can’t promise that the only things I will blog about will be Real Estate. While I do seem to have a knack for talking at length about the subject, I also have several other passions that will more than likely make their way in. Art and the like. Perhaps Aikido and various other off the wall subjects such as welding or cooking for instance. I have “mad skiwls” as the youts of today like to say. I am also on the edge of being termed a “geek” or “nerd” as it were… so one cannot be surprised if they find mention of things such as the very best of story lines that are taking place in the illustrated literature of the day (comic books.)

Well that should be enough for an initial post.  That being said… the lowest value I saw today as far as a single family home in Concord today is $94,525 (mind you this is a complete fixer — but it is a 3 bedroom 2 bath home, 1860 sq.ft on a 9000 sq.ft lot) – unbelievable price for residential land in the SF Bay Area!