Weekend Planner: April 8


Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.

Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.

Friday, April 8


Producer, Importer, Roaster, and Barista

Counter Culture Roastery and Training Center, Emeryville

5PM, All Ages


Producer, Importer, Roaster & Barista: An Evening Connecting the Industry

Join a gathering of industry leaders from seed to cup for an evening of panel discussions with experts across the supply chain. Come meet producers from around the globe and network with your industry. Tacos and libations provided. This is a free event to connect us all!

Hosted by Counter Culture Coffee, Fair Trade USA, Royal Coffee, Inc & the Bay Area Coffee Community (BACC) at Counter Culture Roastery and Training Center in Emeryville, Ca.

5-5:30 Coffee and Mingle

5:30 – 6 Impact at Origin – Certification, Technical Assistance, Community & Engagement, a Panel Discussion

  1. Ben Corey-Moran, Fair Trade USA

  2. Christian Soto, FNC, Colombia

  3. Isabel Uriarte, CECANOR, Peru

  4. Gilbert Gatali, KZ Noir, Rwanda

6-7 Tacos & Beer

7-8 Producer, Importer, Roaster & Barista, a Roundtable Discussion

  1. Moderated by Katie Carguilo, Counter Culture Coffee

  2. Christian Soto, FNC, Colombia

  3. Isabel Uriarte, CECANOR, Peru

  4. Gilbert Gatali, KZ Noir, Rwanda

  5. John Cossette, Royal Coffee, Inc.

  6. Jen Apodaca, Royal Coffee, Inc. & Executive Council Member of the Roaster’s Guild of America

  7. Ashely Rodriguez of Sightglass Coffee & the Bay Area Coffee Community (BACC)


Contact Richard Sandlin rsandlin@royalcoffee.com for details


RoboGames 2016

Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton

All Weekend, All Ages


RoboGames – the Olympics of Robotics – is coming to Alameda County Fairgrounds this Spring!

You may have seen robot combat on BattleBots on TV, cool Lego contraptions at MakerFaire, or walking, dancing, soccer playing humanoids on your favorite TV show, but you’ve never seen them live all in one place, competing for bronze, silver, and gold medals! Since 2004, RoboGames brings teams from around the world to compete in 50 separate robotics events, fostering the spread of new ideas and collaboration, all while putting on a fantastic show for you! Events range from the well-known 220 pound combat robots all the way to teeny tiny lego bots, with autonomous driving, humanoids, robots playing soccer and dancing, line walking, rope climbing and more in between!

Come to RoboGames this April and see them all live.

In addition to being a fun and loud weekend, RoboGames is known far and wide as the premier robotics competition – being listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the World’s Largest Robot Competition. You’ll see some of the world’s best and brightest engineers in person, driving a robot to victory! This event is open to everyone – from professional engineers with $100,000 robots to kids as young as 8 years old, mechanics, teachers, artists, and pretty much anyone else you can think of.

Curious how much fun it is? Watch this great RoboGames video starring Grant Imahara on youtube!

Tickets are $30 per person Children 0-6: free. (Warning: it’s very loud.)

Active Duty Military and their dependants get free admission, only on-site and you must show valid military ID/dependant ID.

Saturday, April 9


Comrades Beer Lab, San Francisco

11 AM, Ages: 21+


Have you ever tasted a beer and said, I wonder how that’s made? Take our Brew It Yourself: Beer Making at Home class and you’ll learn everything you need to know to make great beer at home. You’ll get your hands dirty on one of our brewing rigs, and after this two part class you’ll walk away with at least a 6-pack of bomber bottles of beer YOU MADE! You and a couple of partners will brew a 5 gallon batch of beer in the first class. Then a week or two later you’ll come back and get to taste and bottle your beer.

Your instructor, Jason Beck, has brewed over a million pints of beer, and loves to share the joy of brewing with students. During the class, you’ll munch malts and huff hops, learning how to use them to achieve the flavor you want. You’ll become best friends with yeast, and fall in love with sanitizer. We’ll have a tasting of many different styles of beer to get you acquainted with the many possibilities of brewing. You’ll learn great detail about the production process in a commercial brewery, and also learn about the science behind the art. You’ll get the low down on what the best equipment is for your home brewery. Everything will help you gain the knowledge you need to make a successful, flavorful batch of beer at home.

Note that the class is taught over 2 sessions: Brewing: Sat April 9 11a-5p, Bottling: Wed Apr 27 7p-9p

Cool Stuff: 8 hours total class time Hands-on: You do the whole damn thing Small classes – max of 12 people in class Take home beer you made Learn from a professional brewer Learn from someone who’s taught over 400 people how to brew Learn techniques no other class will teach you

Check out a great article Liquid Bread Magazine did on my classes.

And check out lots of pics from previous classes on Facebook.

You must be 21+ to attend the class.  Please note there is a 72 hour cancellation and transfer policy.  No refunds or transfers are granted within 72 hours of the start of class.


5th Annual Fantasy Faire and Pirate Fest

Discovery Meadow Park, San Jose

10 AM,  All Ages


More fun than you can shake a wand at. If you stand too close, you’ll get GLITTER all over you!

Attire yourself in your most beautiful princess or faerie finery, don your wings or pick up a wand, belt on a sword or pull on an eye patch, then gather your friends and family and cross the threshold of the San Jose Fantasy Festival where characters from folklore, fairy tales and fantasy will come alive to frolic for a magical spell of time.

The event is a family-friendly festival, a blending of myth and popular fantasy. Find yourself a part of a wondrous gathering of knights and princesses, as they stand side-by-side with elves and fairies, on a weekend filled with performances to enchant children and grown-ups alike. Come and celebrate the Fantasy Faire by dancing in your faerie finery, princess gowns, knightly garments, pirate garb, steampunk attire, or superhero wardrobe in the large dance area.

Some of the characters you’ll meet @ the Festival: Snow White & Sleeping Beauty Troll and Goblin Kings

Ogress Viking Gods Rumpelstilskin Satyrs Robin Goodfellow

Witches and Fairy Godmothers from various fairy tales Fairies Hobbits

The Doctor


Please note:  Tickets are not refundable once purchased.  No pets are allowed at this event.