Author: Heather Ruiz

Blackhawk Grille Takes on New Ownership

A few months ago, Tavistock Restaurants closed Blackhawk Grille permanently. Recently, the former GM of Blackhawk Grille, Richard Villarreal,  couldn’t see his favorite spot close down, so he bought it.

Stay tuned to our live interview with Richard and his staff, giving us all the details and future plans for The Grille!

I’m so happy and excited to takeover a Danville favorite. We have decided to give it a new name- The Grille at Blackhawk. We plan to open back up on October 1, 2020. This is owned, operated, and staffed 100% by local residents! We have exciting plans for The Grille and it’s going to be better than before!

-Richard, Owner of The Grille at Blackhawk


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Nude Cyclist Steals From CVS, Danville

On Monday, July 6, 2020, A naked bicyclist allegedly stole a bottle of alcohol from a CVS store in east Danville. He escaped on his bicycle.

According to Danville Police Chief Allan Shields:

Police received reports of the man in question — who was described as having brown hair and an average to heavy build — stealing alcohol from the CVS store at 3240 Camino Tassajara at 8:07 p.m.

Danville Resident Killed While Off-Roading With Son in Northern California

On Friday, July 3 Ari Gershman was shot and killed by a random gunman while off-roading in his brand new 4 wheel drive Jeep with his son, Jack near Downieville, Ca. After surviving over 30 hours alone in the Tahoe National Forest,  Jack was found safe.  Ari’s wife Paige is in the fight of her life right now undergoing Chemo treatments for Cancer. This family really needs our love and support. Paige is now the single mother to Evan, 16 a rising Junior at SRV, Jack, 15, a rising sophomore at SRV, and Maci, 10, going into 5th grade at Sycamore. Most recently Paige was a speech and language therapist for the Special Ed Preschool Classes at Greenbrook. Ari was an avid bicyclist, a vegetarian, an outdoorsman, an Internal Medicine Doctor, a devoted and loving father, and a fantastic friend that was willing to drop anything for his friends and family.

This GoFundMe will help Paige pay for Funeral Costs,  Chemo treatments, and doctors’ appointments, family counseling, daily expenses. The financial burden is overwhelming.
Please donate what you can.  Forward this GoFundMe to everyone you know.


Oakland Zoo Needs Your Help

COVID-19 has affected numerous businesses around the county, but let’s not forget about the Oakland Zoo and the animals that need us more than ever. Consider donating any amount to the Oakland Zoo Animal Care Fund.

The Oakland Zoo released this statement:

Oakland Zoo relies primarily on admissions-related revenue to ensure the animals that make your trips to the Zoo so special receive their meals and medical care. While our gates are closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Zoo is losing the majority of its daily revenue. Despite this, all 750+ animals large and small, are being cared for by our dedicated and renowned animal care and veterinary teams.

The Zoo has served as a community anchor in Oakland for 98 years. There has never been a time when your donations have been more critical. We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Zoo when we can reopen. Thank you for supporting your community zoo in this time of need.

Reopening in Contra Costa County Delayed

According to the Contra Costa Health Services-

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) will delay the opening of businesses and activities previously planned for July 1 until the COVID-19 outbreak in Contra Costa is better contained.

The county is closely monitoring recent data showing COVID-19 activity increasing in the community, as it is statewide and throughout the country.

On Sunday, Gov. Gavin Newsom recommended that Contra Costa County, along with several other counties in the state, not reopen bars. The county’s timeline had previously cleared bars, personal services not involving close contact with the face, indoor dining, gyms and fitness centers, limited indoor leisure activities and museums, and hotels for tourism and individual travel to reopen July 1.

With the sharp rise in community spread and hospitalizations, it does not make sense at this time to open additional business sectors that could further accelerate community transmission. These businesses and activities will remain closed in Contra Costa until county data indicate that the spread of the virus has slowed, as measured by at least a week of stable case numbers, hospitalizations and percent of tests that are positive. Trends will be monitored and evaluated daily.

The seven-day average number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals in the county has increased by 75% from June 15 to June 29.

The seven-day average number of newly identified COVID-19 cases has increased from 38 a day to 87 a day. The percentage of COVID-19 tests that came back positive has also increased from 4% to 6%. This suggests the change is not simply due to more testing, but a true increase in community spread.

July 4th Weekend Events


Here is a list of 4th of July 2020 events! Make sure to stay safe and follow the guidelines.
We love seeing those pictures, so make sure to #danvillesocial while you are enjoying your Holiday Weekend!

July 2nd:

Independence Day Comedy Bash at Player’s, Danville.
The Independence Day Comedy Bash featuring some of the funniest Comedians in California! In a lovely Outdoor Patio at Players, Danville that holds 160 but, will be Socially Distanced for the safety of the Audience. Food and Drinks will be flowing along with Laughter as we bring you Comedian Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh LIVE and uncut fresh off his Hit Comedy Special “Retiring Material” on DRY Bar Comedy where he logged up Millions of views.
A portion of the proceeds goes to The Valley Humane Society. Ticket Price: $10-$20.

July 3: 

Red, White, & You! Wine Weekend, Sonoma.
Celebrate Fourth of July weekend, July 3- July 6, with Dutton Estate in their vineyard garden with wine tasting in the garden and culinary add-ons. Your group will enjoy a seated wine experience in the lovely vineyard garden surrounded by grapevines. Taste through five Russian River Valley estate wines. Boxed seasonal picnics are available for wine tasters, children, and designated drivers. Or turn your wine tasting in a Seasonal Chocolate Pairing with paired custom chocolate bars from local chocolatier Wine Country Chocolate.

Alameda Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Dine and watch live horse racing at Trackside Terrace Outdoor Patio Dining all weekend long! July 3-5th!

July 4th: 

Kiwanis Virtual 4th of July Parade, Danville.
The annual Kiwanis 4th of July Parade will take place on Saturday, July 4th, 2020 from approximately 10 am-noon. Due to COVID-19, the parade has gone virtual this year as a Livestream event. We will also be showing a pre-parade slideshow of past parade photos, 2020 grad yard signs, and flags from approximately 8 am10 am, with the possibility of a surprise guest or two!

Auburn Lounge, Danville.
From 10 am-2 pm, enjoy the FREE celebration at Auburn! There will be a costume contest(Most Patriotic and Best Patriotic Mask). They are having an Ol’ Fashioned BBQ with hamburgers and hot dogs. Come early due to limited space.

2020 Virtual Run San Ramon
The City of San Ramon has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and reviewing recommendations provided by the State of California and Contra Costa County regarding large community events.  At this time, the City of San Ramon has determined that it is in the best interest and safety of our community to offer the Run San Ramon 5K/10K & Fastest Mile as a virtual event.

4th of July Bubbles at West Wines, Sonoma.
Join West Wines on the Fourth of July as they show off a few fireworks of their own. The sparkling Seafoam Blanc de Blanc is quite a sight and will be joining the West Flight this weekend only. Enjoy a vine-side picnic after your tasting, then take a stroll through rows with a self-guided vineyard walk. Reservations highly recommended.

Cloverdale 4th of July Fireworks, Cloverdale.
Join this vibrant, small-town community for a spectacular firework show starting around 9 p.m. at the Jack Hoffman Field, the baseball field just west of Cloverdale High School at the corner of School Street and Jefferson Street. No field spectators will be allowed. The fireworks can be viewed from cars, homes or any vantage point where you can see them.

4th of July 2020 Cruise, San Francisco.
Although the famous San Francisco Fireworks show may not happen this year, there will be plenty of other fireworks lighting up the night sky! Come and celebrate the 4th of July Independence Day event on one of the finest private yachts on San Francisco Bay. Fourth of July in San Francisco is always a special holiday that attracts thousands of people from here and elsewhere to the waterfront area, so joins them to enjoy the famous fireworks launched into the night sky right from the water after a cruise around the bay. FREE water, sodas, and good music, champagne, mimosas, beer, and wine.

Russian River , Guerneville.
Grab your rafts and fun to head over to the Russian River and float on the River! Remember to keep social distancing in mind! Camping sites are open again, so make sure you enjoy your time and the outdoors!

July 5:

Arroyo Cellars, Livermore
Celebrate the Fourth at Arroyo Cellars with a flight of 6 wines with an individual charcuterie cone from Brie Grazing Boards! From 12:30 pm-2 pm(or 3:30 pm in their patio lot). Located at: 2270 Research Dr. $20/per person.


Disneyland Delays Reopening

Disneyland will not open on July 17, 2020.

“The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4.” Disney said in a statement.

“Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials.”
“Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date,” the company added.

However, the Downtown Disney District will still reopen on July 9, 2020,  the company said.