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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.

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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.

Virtual Lawn Luminary Vigil Being Held For Dr. Ari Gershman

After being fatally shot by a random stranger, while off-roading with his teenage son, a virtual lawn luminary vigil will be held for Dr. Ari Gerhman on Monday night, 7/13/2020. Photos will be posted on social media after the event, as they are asking for people to not attend in person.

If you wish to honor Gershman’s life, you may decorate a bag with notes or photos and write a family member’s name on the bag-Ari, Paige, Evan, Jack, or Maci. The bags will be filled with battery-operated tea lights put inside each bag which will then be placed on the lawn of his family’s Danville home.

Pick up bags from 8 am-8 pm:
80 Princeton Court, Danville.
144 Alta Vista Way, Danville.
California All-Stars, 4935 Southfront Rd., Unit C, Livermore.

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.

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