Author Archives Ken Katz

  • If their Kickstarter campaign is successful, our Grand Lake neighborhood will be getting not one — but two Top Chef Alumni: Jennifer Biesty (Season 4) and Tim Nugent (Desserts – Season 1). For five years, they worked together respectively as executive chef and executive pastry chef at Scala’s Bistro in San Francisco. Their proposed restaurant […]

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  • FIRST THURSDAYS ON GRAND After a brief hiatus for the 4th of July, First Thursdays on Grand resumes this Thursday. Galleria Scola is continuing its exhibit of Elida’s prints and assemblages, while Rebooty will be show-casing newly-stocked, repurposed art from several different artists. At Panorama Framing, the ongoing exhibit of artwork by Raymond Wong includes a number […]

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  • I’ve long been irate over all the protest-related vandalism that’s been tearing up our downtown district — costing business owners and taxpayers millions of dollars. News that a door and three windows at Oaklandish had been broken the night before prompted me to head in that direction on July 15 – intending to help stand […]

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  • When a high school friend of mine returned from a concert in LA circa 1960, she remarked that Joan Baez was amazing but the introductory act was a weird guy that nobody had ever heard of and his lyrics were totally unintelligible. Within a very few years, Bob Dylan’s diction improved to the point that […]

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  • FARMERS MARKET With Jerry Barclay, the Chair of the Splash PadFarmers Market Advisory Council, out of town, I was invited to sit in as a community representative at a meeting a couple of weeks ago between the city and representatives from the Agricultural Institute of Marin. I can’t share the details but it does sound […]

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  • SPLASH PAD PARK Plans for our 10th Anniversary Celebration are rapidly evolving as reflected in the content of our 10th Anniversary Celebration blog. 1. We now have five bands confirmed for Sunday, October 20th. 2. We’ve added a fundraiser for Splash Pad improvements scheduled for Saturday, October 19th. It will be a gourmet tastings event hosted […]

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  • GRAND AVENUE MERCHANT NEWS As I’ve noted previously, internet blogs have pretty much made soft openings for new restaurants a virtual impossibility. That was certainly the case when my wife and I (accompanied by our six year-old grand-daughter) showed up on July 7 for the opening night dinner at The Star on Grand. When I […]

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  • As I’ve mentioned previously, Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church’s Hunger Task Force maintains a food pantry and annually provides Thanksgiving baskets to those in need. These efforts are funded in large part through the collection of cans and bottles that are deposited in the recycling collection bin in front of their pre-school. Please consider this as […]

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  • Attendance for the Splash Pad Farmers Market Advisory Committee meeting on June 19th was less than I would have hoped — but the meeting was quite productive, nonetheless. Group Chair, Jerry Barclay shared his concerns over the terms of the proposed contract with the city that would specify a one-time, $30,000 payment to the City […]

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