Author: Heather Ruiz

Weekend Happenings; 9/20-9/22

83rd Annual Walnut Festvial 9/20, 9/21, 9/22-The four-day Festival offers family-friendly entertainment, two stages of live music, a large carnival with more than 30 rides, Kid Zone, a showcase of amazing local and regional talent including artists, craftsmen, designers, jewelers, builders, food specialties, craft beer garden and more.

Danville Police Department Open House 9/21– Want to see how drones work? or watch a K9 Officer in action? Head over to 510 La Gonda Way on Saturday for the Danville PD Open House! Exhibits, tours, demos, & FREE food! From 10AM-2PM.

AR Workshop Date Night Special 9/20-Two people can work on one project!  Working together for on One Project for One Night Only!

Neon Jump Night at Rockin’ Jump 9/20-Neon Jump Night is jump time open to the whole family with neon lights and today’s top hits!

Creek Clean Up 9/21-Volunteers work on a variety of outdoor tasks that may include: picking up garbage, pulling invasive species, spreading mulch, moving materials, cleaning signage or planting native plants. Registration is highly recommended! After your volunteer assignment is completed, you will receive free admission to explore the Zoo for the remainder of the day!

Danville Farmers Market 9/21-It’s the perfect place to stock up for the week, or shop al fresco while socializing with friends.

Farmers Market at Bishop Ranch 9/21-San Ramon is proud to provide its residents and surrounding residents a quality farmers market with diverse offerings that celebrate our local growers and produce!

Coastal Cleanup Family Farm Day 9/21-Honor the waterways and ocean by taking part in the 35th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. Slide Ranch is one of over a thousand sites, both inland and coastal, that are hosting an organized cleanup to steward our environment and resist the scourge of marine pollution.

Bay Area Children’s Theatre; Goodnight Gorilla 9/21-You’re not dreaming! Our mischievous gorilla and his zoo pals are tiptoeing out of their cages to follow the zookeeper home for the night.

Lafayette Art, Wine, & Music Festival 9/21-Don’t miss Lafayette’s 24th art & wine festival! This years FREE event has something for everyone. Explore over 250 bay area artisans and vendors, delicious foods, local premium wines and craft beers and great music. Bring the kids to explore lots of activities at the kid’s zone.

Draeger’s Market Fallfest 9/21– Head over to Draeger’s in Blackhawk Plaza for the Fallfest! There will be a Cornhusk and a pie eating contest!

Yoga Barn’s 1 Year Anniversary 9/21-Sample classes, food, shopping, wine and music. They would love to see you! Bay Area FitWear will be there with a great selection of yoga pants, tops, etc.

Fundraiser Supporting Contra Costa Police Department 9/21– Show your support and buy your tickets to the Recruit Class 188 Banquet Dinner! There will be delicious food & drinks, prepared by Vic’s Martinez & The Hideout Kitchen. Update- This event is sold out! Danville Social will be attending this event and sending pictures via IG- @danvillesocial.

Martinez Martini Shake Off 9/21-Featuring jumpin’ and jivin’ music, full catered dinner, specialty libations, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. This stunning and exclusive event has become the jewel of East Bay social events.

Danville d’Elegance 9/21-Enjoy an exciting afternoon of cars for a cause at Danville d’Elegance, Danville’s premier charitable event benefiting the Parkinson’s Institute. Picturesque downtown provides the perfect backdrop for showcasing some of the finest exotic automobiles past and present. Visit fine wine and food stations throughout the event, and learn more about Parkinson’s disease and how your contributions can help find a cure.

Sonoma Harvest Music Festival 9/22-he intimate atmosphere and up-close stage viewing make for a premium experience for all guests. Dedicated to hospitality, the festival perfectly pairs great music with the best of what Sonoma Valley has to offer, artisanal foods from Sonoma’s acclaimed chefs plus B.R. Cohn’s selection of premium wines and Northern California craft beer.

Face Painting at Clementine’s 9/22– for Free Face Painting from 10AM-1PM! Whether you’re a kid or an adult, it doesn’t matter! This is for everyone! Just come on by with an empty tummy, enjoy good food, & have some fun! We hope you can make it! For the parents; enjoy bottomless mimosas until 2PM for $15.95.his is a completely FREE EVENT!

NorCal Night Party 9/20, 9/21, 9/22– featuring 200+ food and merchandise vendors, crafters, games, an art walk, and live music. Not your average night market! We invite chefs, artists, musicians, businesses, and entrepreneurs from all over the community to participate.

The Jazz Room 2019 Series 9/21– An Evening with vocalist Paul McKnight and special friends. Paul has been performing since he was 9. From the moment he was introduced to musical theatre, he knew that it would be the focus of his singing. Paul starred in over 50 productions in 20 years. Currently, Paul is a long-time member and a featured soloist of the Blackhawk Chorus. In addition, he is a founding member of the vocal jazz ensemble Special Blend, which performs locally and internationally.

McGah’s Sunday Sunday 9/22– McGah’s signature brunch menu available beginning at 11:30AM. Drink specials including $7 mimosa pitchers and extreme Bacon Bloody Marys. Outdoor patio games: Bean Bag Toss, Basketball, Giant Connect Four-Family Friendly!

Memory & Imagination Exhibit 9/22-The latest exhibition at the Village Theatre Art Gallery is Memory & Imagination, featuring art by the residents of the Reutlinger Community.

**Hiking Spots Near Danville – Check out this site for the best hiking spots near Danville! Dog-Friendly, Kid-Friendly, distance, etc.




Dr. Rankin – Blackhawk Plastic Surgery

Last week I got a chance to talk with a new asset to the Blackhawk Plastic Surgery & Med Spa , Dr. Ronan’s newest partner Dr. Rankin. As a surgeon, educator, and innovator, Dr. Rankin comes from one of the leading plastic surgery training programs in the country, Vanderbilt University. Dr. Rankin has spent the last decade with some of the most prominent names in surgical training in order to be able to offer the safest, cutting edge techniques to the San Francisco Bay area.

Dr. Rankin - Blackhawk Plastic Surgery and Med Spa in Danville CA
Dr. Rankin and his beautiful family

Originally from Marin County, he has lived all over the country but likes to be close to family and wanted to get back to the bay area. Recently moved from Nashville, TN to be closer to family, Dr. Rankin plans on calling Danville their permanent home. He loves all that our town has to offer; excellent area for raising kids, parks, schools, and the list goes on!

Dr. Rankin is definitely a man that wears many hats. At the office, he is Doctor, but at home, he is Daddy. Not only is he an excellent surgeon, he is a father and husband to a beautiful family. He has 3 adorable kids – All under the age of 5! When he isn’t working, he is spending time with his family, exploring Tahoe, or visiting the coast! I had the opportunity to also speak to his lovely wife, Kanika. She expressed to me how fascinating it has been to witness her husband’s career path.

“I watched my husband spend years in training to get to this point and now seeing him in his element has made it all worth it! And never once failed to make me feel like his highest priority. His loyalty shows at work, his attention to detail, care for his patients, and passion for the art is second to none!”

Dr. Rankin loves what he does and his passion for his work with cosmetic surgery, which can be see in this quote from our interview.

“I enjoy the art and technical aspects of plastic surgery and how it effects peoples quality of life.  It can truly have a profound impact on your day to day life. My hope is that I continue to work with people and build a lasting relationship.”

One might ask, “How did he discover Blackhawk Plastic Surgery?” Before moving back to Northern California Dr. Rankin considered practices all over California. Working with Dr. Ronan was the best fit due to the world class practice he had built along with a standout community, safety, and excellence. When Dr. Rankin first walked into Blackhawk Plastic Surgery he recalled:

“I felt like the practice embodied the attribute of what I feel. The staff is amazing and has been there 12-15 years. I could tell that patients are well taken care of here.”

Dr. Rankin also offers valuable advice to first time patients and noted:

“All consults are FREE, come in and talk with me and get as little to as much info as you want. I will take my time to explain and answer your questions or concerns. I Work with my patients like a partner-I want to help achieve your goals. I just want you to have exceptional information and knowledge before leaving the appointment”

After talking with Dr. Rankin, I can see how much passion and devotedness he puts into being a surgeon. He genuinely cares for his patients and staff. The world needs more authentic, reputable Doctors just like him!

If you would like to learn more about the services at Blackhawk Plastic Surgery & Med Spa, or make a consultation appointment, Click Here!

The Polar Express Tickets on Sale 10/11/19!!

We know it’s early to think of Christmas, but these tickets always sell out fast! We want to give you a heads up that they will be open to the General Public on October 11, at 9AM! Don’t miss out on the Holiday Adventure with the family!

Relive the magical journey of THE POLAR EXPRESS on an hour-long train ride to the North Pole. Enjoy hot-hot-hot chocolate and yummy cookies as you ride along with many of the story’s characters. Once you reach the North Pole, the jolly old elf – Santa himself – will come on board to give each passenger a silver sleighbell, the “first gift of Christmas.”

Located in Jamestown, CA.

Coach Seating: $50 per person
First Class Seating: $70 per person
An additional service fee of $6 per ticket will apply at purchase checkout.
Children under 2 years of age are free and must be seated on an adult’s lap.

Trains depart the Central Pacific Passenger Station in Old Town Sacramento.
Friday & Saturday(November 29 & 30) and Friday, Saturday & Sunday(December 6-8, 13-15 & 20-22).

**After the train ride, visit the Eagle Theater and have your children’s pictures taken with Santa, visit the gift shop, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.

Purchase Tickets Here on 10/11/19!

Polar Express, Sacramento, CA