Splash Pad Newsletter

  • When you want to get hammered (and sickled), Scarecrow Popcorn is the place to be. Their Leninade soda is “a taste that’s worth waiting in line for”. While you’re at it, pick up a bag of popcorn. Jalapeno Cheese is one of Tish’s five current flavors. Incidentally, when you get hungry at the 10th Anniversary celebration, there’s about forty […]

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  • Peggy and Helen from Kassenhoff Growers return to the market this weekend with lots of lettuce and peas plus a small selection of herbs and flowers. Anfilo Coffee – the very gracious couple who serve Ethiopian coffee and tea at the Farmers Market will be celebrating the Festival of Meskel in their brick and mortar shop at 35 […]

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  • Tickets are now available online for the second annual Autumn Lights Festival. This is a truly magical event that serves as a major fundraiser for the Gardens at Lake Merritt. Dates are Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 — 6:00 to 10:00 pm both nights. Here’s another photo that I took last year. I met with Raul Audelo […]

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  • Every Thursday, 7:30 – 10:00 pm: Jim Grantham’s Jazz Quartet at Monkey Forest Road. Saturday, September 28, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Davie Fest at Davie Tennis Stadium Thursday, October 3, 6:00 – 9:00 pm: First Thursdays on Grand Friday, October 4, 6:00 – 9:00 pm: First Friday Art Murmur Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19, 6:00 pm – 10:00 […]

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  • After an excruciatingly long wait, Ordinaire is celebrating their Grand Opening or, as they choose to say, “L’ Opening Grande” from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. tonight. In a happy coincidence, Ordinaire and the First Thursday event are the feature story (with a big color photograph) on the front page of today’s Montclarion. Reporter J.M.Brown describes Ordinaire and […]

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  • This month’s First Thursdays on Grand art walk on October 3rd will feature several new artists and ongoing exhibits at the balance of the gallery spaces.During the month of October, the newly-opened Studio Grand at 3434 Grand will be showing Teri Saul paintings including pieces from her Water and Bicycle series. An artist reception from 6:00 – 9:00 will include live […]

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  •  The Sacred Well – September 2013 Hello, Neighbors!  Watch this space for monthly news and notes about tasty gems, handy services,unusual offerings, art, and changes on Grand Ave., west of 580.  —  LZ. A 13-year-old girl stared at a photo of hippies in Berkeley and told her mom her dream was to open a place […]

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  • LZ’s Grand Avenue – West of 580 Archives January 2017 – High Peaks Kitchen restaurant opens December 2016 – The relaunch of the Loring Cafe November 2016 – California Document Preparers moves next door AND Spokes Bike Shop Collective moves to Berkeley September 2016 – Room 389 Cocktail Lounge and Cafe July 2016 – Grand Lake Kitchen doubles it […]

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  • I typically use the empirical method when writing html code. That means, in simple terms, that I make lots of mistakes and only learn about them after the fact. Last month, this unfortunate circumstance was very much in evidence when I used an oversized image in the masthead — rendering the text unreadable for a […]

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  • 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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