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  • Salsa with Tomaj
    Tomaj Trenda](http://www.salsawithtomaj.com/about.html) has devoted his life to dance. After receiving a Masters degree in dance education, he has been honing the toe-taps of students everywhere from the University of Washington to the National Ballet of Mexico. Tomaj also keeps his skills and stage presence honed by performing internationally throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. Not content to accept old traditions as law, he has spent considerable post-graduate time training in how to teach new motor skills to adults. When instructing people through dance, Tomaj works with the brain instead of against it. Using a measured amount of repetition, he ensures his students learn and retain the steps from every class. Each lesson builds off the skills of the last, creating a strong foundation on which students stack a repertoire of moves and their hope of beating the Greasers in any sudden dance-offs. Leaders learn various root moves and how to combine and vary those moves to create complex and stylistic dance routines.
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    26 Orinda Way
    Orinda, CA US
  • Amphora Nueva
    More than 50 stainless steel Italian fusti containers line the walls at Amphora Lafayette, ready to dispense samples and full bottles of aged balsamic vinegar and single-varietal, extra-virgin olive oil harvested from farms in both hemispheres. The shop?s globe-spanning selection process isn?t just for variety?it also ensures freshness year-round, in accordance with the old saying ?It?s always olive-oil season somewhere.? The curators of this bounty select Italian white and dark balsamic vinegar as well as unique specialty oils, including roasted butternut squash, pumpkin and Italian truffle. Once they?ve added them to the casks, they post harvest dates, acidity levels, and polyphenol counts for each extra-virgin olive oil to give an idea of its antioxidant content and flavor strength. Each staff member touts a comprehensive understanding of the chemistry and uses of olive oil and vinegar, always happy to share recipe ideas to jazz up everyday dinners or science fair volcanoes. They?ll also help put together gift sets and wrap any bottle for free. Beneath its high ceilings, the atmosphere harkens back to far more ancient times, with a marble tasting counter and oil containers balanced atop the rough clay of the giant, authentic amphorae that give the company its name. Guests stop in not just to do some shopping but to take in a laidback learning experience?the San Francisco Chronicle found a visit to the shop ?as much fun as it is educational,? and manager Nate Bradley reported to Diablo Magazine that they?ve occasionally ?had people spend two hours in here just exploring.?
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    7 Fiesta Lane
    Lafayette, CA US
  • Escuela de Tango
    The co-founder of the Escuela de Tango, Marcelo Solis, has been an Argentine tango dancer and teacher for more than 25 years. Solis formed the Escuela de Tango dance school in 2012. The San Francisco location is one of a few branches of the school, which is headquartered in Buenos Aires?the so-called capital of tango. In San Francisco, a cadre of skilled instructors offers private lessons with one-on-one coaching as well as group classes suited to all skill levels and astrological signs. If you want to put your new moves into practice, the school frequently hosts and sponsors milongas?special dance celebrations with music, food, and drinks.
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    3369 Mt. Diablo Blvd
    Lafayette, CA US
  • Junior League of Oakland-East Bay
    The Junior League of Oakland-East Bay sprung into existence more than 70 years ago, but the history of the larger organization dates back to the turn of the 20th century. In 1901, Mary Harriman and 85 other women founded the Junior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements, a charity devoted to the improvement of the human condition. Today, the Oakland-East Bay branch carries on that do-good philosophy. They've launched such nonprofits as The East Bay Children's Theatre, the Volunteer Center of the East Bay, the Family Stress Center, and Super Stars Literacy.
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    3730 Mt. Diablo Blvd, #345
    Lafayette, CA US
  • T's Firehouse
    Fresh produce, hand-ground spices, and unflinching hospitality. These are just a few of things guests can expect when dining at T's Firehouse. The Indian?focused menu features classic entrees such as tandoor-cooked chicken and paneer, spicy goat curry, and shrimp biryani infused with saffron. Diners can enjoy these flavorful meals by the sleek bar or at one of the dining room tables, which are surrounded by Southeast Asian artwork and hanging paper lanterns.
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    3709 Mount Diablo Blvd
    Lafayette, CA US
  • Theatre Arts For Kids
    Signature Service: Theater Classes For Kids Established: 2000 Reservations/Appointments: Required Staff Size: 2?10 people Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
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    1035 Carol Ln.
    Lafayette, CA US

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