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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
virtual

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 www.ICanDoThatPAC.org#danvilleca #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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Gavin Newsom Gives Update on State’s Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, 30 counties will now be required to close indoor operations, including; bars(both indoor & outdoor), Wineries (indoor tasting rooms), fitness centers, places of worship, offices for non-critical sectors, personal care services, hair salons & barbershops, & malls.

As of Monday, there were also seven Bay Area counties on the state’s watch list: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.
Only two Bay Area counties(San Francisco and San Mateo) will still be allowed to operate hair salons, gyms, nail salons, and indoor malls.

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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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.

City Center Bishop Ranch Reopening

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: CITY CENTER BISHOP RANCH INVITES COMMUNITY TO ‘reDISCOVER’ THE SIMPLE JOYS OF LIFE OUTDOORS

– Heller Jewelers and LoveSac Now Open at the Lifestyle Center, Ramen Hiroshi Opening Soon

– Center Implementing Several Safety Health Measures to Welcome Back Visitors

San Ramon, Calif. – (June 11, 2020) – City Center Bishop Ranch announced today that it is welcoming visitors back to the popular retail, dining, and entertainment destinationin full compliance with the Contra Costa County Health ordinance that permits in-store shopping and dining with modifications.

“We’re proud and excited to invite guests to rediscover City Center Bishop Ranch,” said Alex Mehran, Jr., president, and CEO of Sunset Development Company, owner and developer of City Center Bishop Ranch. “The steps we’ve taken will provide a safe place for everyone to enjoy local dining, shopping, and spending time with friends and family in a beautiful outdoor environment.”

Mehran noted that guests can “rest assured we are taking precautions to keep guests safe and healthy during their visit to City Center Bishop Ranch. The center’s long-awaited reopening celebrates San Ramon’s strong community spirit.” 

Guests’ dining and shopping choices will be expanded as City Center Bishop Ranch recently welcomed new merchants. They include Heller Jewelers, a local, family-owned Official Rolex Jeweler with a strong focus on exemplary customer service; Lovesac, maker of the popular patented modular furniture system called “Sactionals;” and soon to come, Ramen Hiroshi, a beloved local restaurant dishing up classic ramen bowls.

“We’re so glad to be in our new home at City Center Bishop Ranch,” said Scott Heller, owner, and president, Heller Jewelers. “We offer San Ramon residents and beyond our friendly, expert service and one-of-a-kind custom-designed pieces.”

City Center Bishop Ranch has implemented numerous revisions to its operations designed to ensure guests’ safety, in keeping with guidelines encouraged by the state, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control. Among them:

– Outdoor dining patios have been expanded to accommodate social-distancing guidelines.

– Tables and chairs at sit-down restaurants have been reconfigured to ensure appropriate spacing among diners.

– Voluntary health screen and temperature-check station located in Alexander Square.

– Sanitation stations equipped with hand sanitizers have been installed at 4 locations throughout Alexander Square.

– Signage outlining precautions will be visible to all center guests.

By rediscovering City Center Bishop Ranch, shoppers and diners will also play an important role in raising funds and food for the local Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano counties. 

For a list of individual merchant operations and hours, please visit: https://www.citycenterbishopranch.com/

 

Player’s Pub & Pianos Reopening

We’ve all been waiting for our famous piano guys, Dave & Travis to come back in action and the moment is FINALLY here!

Friday, June 12th & Saturday, June 13th, the pianos start at 7 pm, Under The Stars! Come early to grab a table.

Player’s Pub & Piano’s
148 E Prospect Ave, Danville, CA 94526.
(925) 743-8466

Danville Preparing for Possible Looting

Downtown Danville business owners spent all-day boarding up to prepare for possible looting. There have been numerous social media posts going around threatening Danville.

I was able to talk with a few business owners and they expressed their frustration about how much they have already been through with COVID-19 and dealing with the financial heartaches of what it has caused. Walking downtown today was surreal to see our charming little town become on the verge of chaos.

However, a sense of community was apparent and all around. I saw strangers lending a hand, friends showing up for support, and most of all….LOVE.

People behind the threats are evil and have no good intentions. This isn’t about the horrific death of George Floyd. This situation affected ALL of us. We were ALL upset over what happened. Protest peacefully, be kind, show love, but STOP the violence.

 

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