Splash Pad Newsletter

  • 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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  • 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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  • Posted In July 2013, Newsletter

    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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  • Hello, Neighbors! Watch this space for monthly news and notes about tasty gems, handy services, art, and changes on Grand Ave., west of 580.  —  LZ. Kitchen 388 – August 2013 Kitchen 388 (at, duh, 388 Grand Ave.) is a bright and cheerful café with a small bouquet of fresh flowers on every table. Come […]

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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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