Out and about

Cerrito Theater – El Cerrito, CA

 
This weeks eddtion of Out and About, features my favorite movie theater – The Cerrito Theater, in El Cerrito, CA.  

It is a small two theater set up that features, first run movies, along with awesome films of the near and far past.  When we last visited the were showing Zootopia and The Big Lebowski.  When can you say you’ve heard that combination.It is my absolute favorite place to go see movies!  Mind you it is everyone else’s favorite in that area as well so we usually hit first run movies on a Tuesday or Thursday at an earlier showing than we would normally.  

As previously mentioned we were there a few weeks ago to see Zootopia, it was a last minute chance at the end of long day and we hustled our behinds down to make the 6:30 show. As luck would have it, it was raining heavily that day and we didn’t have many crowds to fight once we got there.  We headed inside to grab our food order – my 2nd favorite thing about the theater.  They have real food and a menu that updates constantly – and they serve alcohol (ok I know most theatres are doing that now a days, but when you tell your husband we can get pizza and a beer with our movie and they’ll bring it to your table – it’s a big draw).  This particular night we ordered, the special a Tater-Tot Pizza, with of course tater tots, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms and bell peppers, along with the obligatory popcorn and Reese’s pieces (my favorite) an two beers for the show.

 
 There is also a very nice wine bar, that you can order from, I haven’t done it yet but am looking forward to finding a movie that makes me think – hey I should have a glass or two of wine with that 🙂

As we entered the lower theater I am always taken aback at the artwork and intricate design of this beautiful old theater.  We quickly picked our seats, not one of the couches up front, they’re a little to close for me, but in one of the swivel and reclining chairs with a table a little farther back.  A few minutes later our food arrived, and we settled in to watch a really great movie.

  
If you are in the area and have not visited the Cerrito Theater I highly suggest you do, I think it will be a mainstay in your movie cycle.  And if you’d like a little history about the theater click here.  It has a rather fun past and I am so happy the City, Friends and Donors decided to keep this landmark as a fully operating movie theater.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

XOXO – Sarah 

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Gardeners workshop 

We had the opportunity this weekend to go to a local gardeners workshop put on by one of the churches in our area.  

  
I really wasn’t expecting much out of the event and as we pulled up a little late to the church I was pleasantly surprised by how many cars were in the parking lot, even more so since it was rainy and cold.  As we entered the event we snuck into the first of 4 classes of the day – there were many to choose from – Flower arranging.  While not really a gardening class it was nice to learn about form and function when putting together flowers in a vase, and I’m even thinking of moving on to larger arrangements as the summer kicks in between the greens and the flowers I have just in my own back yard.  Our instructor was a beautiful woman that wove stories into her instruction and made the whole class enjoyable not only for me (who wanted to be there) but for my husband as well (who grudgingly came after my mom backed out).

 
Next up – Strawberries, Raspberries, blueberries and berry berries: 

We learned about how to properly plant a blueberry bush, how they need slightly acidic soil to be happy and, you should water them with non-chlorinated water.  I’m not sure where you find that outside of rain water (and I don’t have that on hand yet) but that might be the reason why most of my blueberry bushes don’t produce the best fruit. I have been asked to mention here by my wonderful husband, that it was freezing while we were outside learning about various berries, he mentions 45 mile an hour howling winds and sleety rain, I do have to agree it was really cold, and thankfully the class was shortened to accommodate.

 

We moved back inside from the very cold and slightly damp to an awesome class about composting (which I forgot to take pictures of) – We’ve been having a little trouble with our compost recently and I/we realized we’re not adding enough brown components to our environment to get a good carbon/nitrogen ratio, it will really help with the composting production.  Most of the rest of the information we already knew like – don’t add anything from an animal – (fat, meat, byproduct), no plastic, no fats of any kind veggie or meat.  Turing the compost speeds the process up.  If it smells yucky you need to add more brown product (leaves, paper, dry yard clippings) your compost should not smell like rotting food.

And lastly I visited a Gardening for beginners class – while I have a few seasons under my belt, there was a pretty good Q&A section at the end and it reminded me why I love growing my own fruits and veggies. One of the best things about the day is all of the classes emailed you a copy of their materials for you to review at your leisure.

The event ended with a raffle, that I did not win anything at (typical- I am not raffle lucky) but I found a new plant I’d like to add to our garden next year.

  
All in all – for a little local event we had a really great time (even better than I expect) – I encourage you to scour your local papers and attend these kind of events -it’s a great learning experience and allows you to socialize/network with others in your community.

XOXO – Sarah

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