Author: Heather Ruiz

September Weekend Activities

Times are definitely a little different and so we are working hard to make your life feel less stressful and normal as ever! To check our calendar of events out, click here. Are you hosting an event or know of one we should add? Email us and we will add it! [email protected].
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Westwind Drive-in, Concord
Get out of the house and head over to the drive-in! Make sure to check out the website for a list of movies playing. This is a great way to get the kids out and experience watching a movie from the comfort of your own car!

Retro Junkie, Walnut Creek
Food Trucks, Craft Beer, & Cocktails in the Beer Garden! On Sundays, they have football playing on their outdoor 14 ft. LED Screen, along with brunch. Don’t miss their Dinner & A Movie Night, an 80’s Cult Classic BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA on 9/24 at 8 pm!

Teen Esteem Mask Sale, Cottage Jewel, Danville
Help support Teen Esteem for a good cause! They will be selling masks for only $5 on 9/19, from 6-8 pm at the Cottage Jewel, in downtown Danville. Each mask comes with a chance to win a 7-night Capitola Getaway.

CPC Family Fun Drive Thru, Danville
On 9/20, from 4-6 pm, CPC will be hosting a fun drive-thru! All while social distancing from your car! They will have games, music, treats, and lots of fun! Just register and mark your calendar!

Danville Harvest, Danville
Single Barrel September! Every month They are going to be switching off with a specialty flight to add to their usual list of whiskey flights. The Single barrel flight will be priced at $28 and will be 4 different whiskeys as pictured on Instagram! The single barrel can best be described as whiskey derived from a single source which makes the taste profile vary from barrel to barrel this makes for a very unique tasting experience!

Kick N Mule, Danville
Not only do they have a delicious brunch from 9-2 pm, but they also have Bottomless Mimosas for $15 and Bloody Mary’s for $7!

The Peasant & The Pear, Danville
The Peasant’s Courtyard, Alamo
Head down to either one, we promise-you WON’T be disappointed! Rodney makes some of the best food and drinks around!

Crumbs Breakfast, Lunch, & Bar, Danville
Their brunch is one of the best in Danville! Order bottomless mimosas to wash it down with!


Blackhawk Plaza Sold Again

Blackhawk Plaza has been around since 1989 and recently sold to Southern California Investors. Ramanujan Group in Orange County bought the shopping center for a little over $38 million in April. This isn’t the first time the Plaza has been up for sale. It was previously owned by Los Angeles-based CenterCal Properties.

The Plaza has some competition from Bishop Ranch, which is seen from the freeway with easy access. Unfortunately, the Plaza is about 5 miles away from the freeway and not viewable. However, The Plaza sits near the beautiful Blackhawk Country Club and close to residents in the area. With the increasing numbers of new residents leaving the city and Southbay and purchasing homes in Blackhawk and Danville, this may be a positive for the Ramanujan Group.

Shopping at Blackhawk Plaza Danville CA

National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day at Pressed Juicery

Today, August 19, 2020- Pressed Juicery, 200 Railroad Ave, Danville will celebrate National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day (August 19) with 50% off their vegan soft serve, Freeze all day long in-store, and online. 

What’s Freeze? Freeze is a revolutionary plant-based soft serve made from real fruits, nuts & vegetables. No chemicals, no stabilizers, no secrets. Top it off with toppings like blueberries, vegan gummy bears, or granola butter! 

These decadent treats are a plant-based delight. 

Regular pricing for the Freeze is $6.50-$8 depending on the size. 

Order local delivery or stop by your local Pressed Juicery to celebrate with a plant-based soft treat! 

The online coupon code is “SWIRL” – no limit on quantity. 

Local Spotlight: Diamond Academy of Performing Arts

If you haven’t heard about DAPA, you need to read this! Diamond Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA) offers more than your typical performing arts classes. Want to learn more about Acting for Film & Television, Drama, The Arts of Public Speaking, or Speech Arts? If your child needs help public speaking with confidence, this is the place to go! So…what is Speech Arts? It teaches your child to communicate clearly.

In my many years of teaching, I have never seen anything work so well toward helping children confidently communicate and connect to their breath and voice, and seeing these transformations is what continually fuels my passion for teaching speech arts.
-Andrea Johnston, Founder and Artistic Director

Mastering the art of public speaking is the greatest single skill one can develop in order to establish strong leadership skills, boost future earning potential, and carry oneself confidently and successfully in life. Modern society demands effective communication and leadership skills to excel, however presents few opportunities for children to develop these critical life skills. The Diamond Academy represents a new way of thinking: an innovative studio for learning, where students can explore and develop their communication, performance, and leadership skills in a fun and dynamic setting. At the academy, your child will learn skills that will remain with them throughout their lives.
The need for Community, Creativity, and Expression for our children is so important as we help them navigate all the changes they have had to face in the last several months. We are pleased to offer a selection of classes to fit your child’s needs. With both small, socially distanced in-person classes as well as online instruction via Zoom we have the right fit for your child! We are also offering private lessons! Our classes work very well online and we have students joining us from all over the world! In-studio, all County guidelines will be followed. Fall Classes & Play Production are available!  Register here.

A little bit about the Founder and Artistic Director:
Andrea has spent many wonderful years teaching children and adults the art of communication through speech arts and drama. She started her career in Vancouver, British Columbia as a guest artist and instructor at Simon Fraser University, where she had the privilege of directing main stage productions as well as teaching several courses. At The Bolton Academy of Spoken Arts, she taught children of every age how to find and use their voices effectively. Privately she coached professionals including lawyers, executives, and politicians, helping them find their voice, confidence, and poise. As a professional actor and director Andrea directed and performed in many productions which received critical acclaim; she is also a two-time winner of the Vancouver Twenty-Four Hour Film Festival, Director of the North American premiere of “Eulogy for Lois Lane” by Marc Diamond, and has lent her voice to numerous film and television productions. Her expertise in the field found her traveling British Columbia as an adjudicator for Speech Arts, Drama and Speech Festivals.

Helping people find their voice and grow their confidence is a passion for me- Here at The Diamond Academy of Performing Arts, I look forward to helping you find yours!

I Can Do That! Performing Arts Center: New Location & Offerings

The history of I Can Do That! Performing Arts Center:
Founders Shayna Ronen and Jarusha Ariel founded the I Can Do That Theatre Company in 2016 with the goal of raising the bar on youth musical theatre. In their 1,000 square foot studio they started with just 18 actors in their first cast and within a year had casts of over 50. For 4 years ICDT produced 4 musicals per year with approximately 50 cast members per production and also offered classes, workshops, and summer camps. Over those 4 years, Shayna and Jarusha realized that their students were looking for more than just theatre training. They were looking for a place to belong, to be accepted, and to create meaningful relationships. They realized their purpose was so much bigger than they had originally planned. As their mission grew, their vision grew to meet this new purpose. In 2020 ICDT made the leap to move to a 6,000 square foot location and expand their offerings to include more performing arts as well as community and wellness programming to give their local youth community the tools they need to become the empowered change-makers they are destined to be.

The Update:
Demolition is now complete, and walls are being constructed! The Center will have 3 large studio spaces for a multitude of performing arts, community, and wellness programming. In addition, a lounge/cafe is being built at the entrance to the Center where all are free to meet with their friends, do homework, and have a safe and healthy place to be. In this new space ICDT! will continue raising the bar in theatre arts education as they challenge and expand those interested in exploring the arts with more productions, classes, and workshops. They will begin hosting activities and events for the entire family such as karaoke nights, family dance parties, and open mic nights to create a more connected and supportive community. They will also begin offering wellness programming focused on the physical, mental, and emotional health of our youth, giving them access to local teachers and leaders with classes in meditation, yoga, journaling, stress management, and more.

Benefits to Danville:
This project will allow local youth to have a place to call their own. This new center will not only impact the lives of children, but it will also better the lives of adults as well. Our main population is families within a 20-mile radius who have and will be coming to the Center for various performing arts, community, and wellness programming. Our students will range in age from 1 year through 18 years and our general parent age is between 25 and 55 years old. We do imagine that by year two we will expand to allow for Senior Citizen programming as well and we will be able to expand our scholarship program to help our Tri-Valley Families who are not able to pay for our services. Through this expansion in programming, we will also be employing more and more teaching artists and providing an opportunity for adults to become part of this community as teachers and mentors to these students.

They just released social distancing class options:
in-person masked outside
in-person masked inside

Check out their website!

Thank you to Zae Perrin and the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce for featuring our Youth Center!

Thank you to Zae Perrin and the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce for featuring the I Can Do That Performing Arts Center! Our 6,000 square foot space will be open to the public by the end of the year and will feature performing arts, community, and wellness programming as well as a cafe for our kids to call their own. We are only 22% away from our goal of raising $750,000. Please like, comment, and share to help spread the word! For more information please visit #livelocallydanville #icandothattheatre #icandothatpac #community #wellness #performingarts #musicaltheatre #youththeatre #communitycenter #ICDTPAC #danvilleliving #livelocallydanville #eastbaytimes #diablomagazine #diablobestofthebay #blackhawkliving #yourtownmonthly #nprnews #abc7eyewitness #abc7 #abc7community #abc7news #sanfranciscobusinesstimes #danashley #danvillesocial #kkiq #danvillepatch #cbs #cbssanfrancisco #sanfranciscoheadlines #sanfranciscochronicle #eastbayexpress #eastbay #atdtnews #alamotoday #danvilletoday #nbc #nbcnews #7x7bayarea #sanfrancisco #bayarea #ktvu2news #kron4news #cbsnbayarea #kqed #kqedarts #news24 #kpix5news #kpixnow #cbsnbayarea

Posted by I Can Do That Performing Arts Center on Monday, July 20, 2020

Taco Bell Cantina Opening in Danville

Taco Bell Cantina is coming to Danville! This is going to an updated and more modern version from the Taco Bell on Diablo Road.
The best part about this “updated” version of Taco Bell, they will be offering; beer, wine, sangria, and alcoholic Freeze drinks.
It will take the place of the Burger King location in Danville. 444 Front St., Danville.

For more information- Taco Bell.

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