Local Events Not To Miss
This is our March, 2015 issue of "Local Events Not to Miss".   
If you have a non-profit or fundraising event in April, 2015 we would be happy to include you in our February issue - please submit your event by March, 23 via our content submission form.

Now - March 7 - Town Hall Theater Gallery Presents Beyond the Brush
Town Hall Theater Gallery Presents Beyond the Brush through March 7 - Tuesday-Friday from 4pm-6pm and Saturday from 2pm-4pm. , There will be a reception on February 8 from 3pm-5pm. Town Hall Theater in association with the Lamorinda Arts Alliance is proud to announce the opening of its latest art exhibit, Beyond the Brush. Beyond the Brush is a collection of East Bay women who gather each month to critique, share and support one another as they grow as artists. Town Hall Theater Gallery is located at 3535 School Street.

Now - March 21 - Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery presents "Flesh and Mind" Exhibit
Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery at 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette: Opening reception on February 21, 6PM-8PM for "Flesh and Mind", a free group art exhibit featuring Kerry Sorenson, Polly Frizzell and Elizabeth Jameson. Exploring the ephemeral, the artists use technology and fabrication to bring attention to the non-material ideas of beauty, pain, love and existence. The three-person, multimedia exhibit runs February 21-March 21. The gallery is located at 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd. For more information visit their website - or call 284-1485.

March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 - Family Bike Ride
On Sunday, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 from 9am-11:30am join other local families for a fun, casual bike ride to Moraga Commons and back. The ride is recommended for 7yrs and up but bring the little ones in a trailer or on your bike. They'll have fun playing at the Commons. We're usually back at Stanley by 11:15. Snacks and water are encouraged. Meet  on the Lafayette-Moraga Trail at Stanley Middle School.

March 2 - Lamorinda Drum Circle
The Lamorinda Drum Circle will meet on Monday, March 2 from 12pm-1pm at Lamorinda Music, 81 Lafayette Circle. The drum circle is facilitated by Kathy Quain, MME, MT-BC and is open to all. Warm up with a review of drumming essenails, play some favorite rhythms and end with a Drum Circle Jam. No experience necessary! Cost: $10-$15.

March 3 - Lafayette Art Gallery opens new exhibit "Trending"
The Lafayette Art Gallery's new exhibit "Trending" plus Special Guest Artist Gerry Wallace opens on Tuesday, March 3 with a reception on March 6 from 5-7pm.  A exhibit of all-new paintings, ceramics, glass pieces and jewelry reflects the most up-to-date themes and trends of out fast-paced, ever-changing environment, as interpreted in the new works by our talented stable of artists. The gallery is located at The Forge, 3420 Mt. Diablo Blvd. and is open Tues-Sat. - 11 AM - 5 PM; Sundays 11 - 2 PM. For more information call 283-4806 or visit their website.

March 5, 6 & 7 - Acalanes High School Performing Arts Departments presents Pippin
Please join the Acalanes High School Performing Arts Department as we present Pippin on March 5, 6 at 7pm, and March 7 at 7:30pm in the Performing Arts Center. Pippin is a wonderful tale of his search for who he is and what really matters. The music is by Steven Schwartz. The Theater Production Club has come up with a wonderful and colorful set! This annual production is a collaboration of Drama, Instrumental and Choral students who put together a Broadway musical every year. We sell out these performances, so get your tickets early!

Tickets are $16 for Adults and $14 for Students and Seniors, 60 and older. Tickets will be sold at school on the following dates; 2/17,19, 23, 25, 27 and 3/2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Tickets are also available on the AHS Webstore and may be picked up any day tickets are being sold or at the door on the night of any performance. Note that any tickets not claimed by 6:40pm on 3/5,6 and 7:10pm on 3/7 will be released for sale.

March 6 & March 7 - Petty Theft at Town Hall Theatre
 Petty Theft - a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band that has sold out Town Hall Theatre time and again - is performing on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7. Doors open at 7pm, music at 8pm. Click here to purchase tickets.

March 6 - Orinda Chamber of Commerce presents A Night of Comedy!
The Orinda Chamber of Commerce presents A Night of Comedy! on Friday, March 6 at the Orinda Theatre. This year's comedians are Jimmie "JJ" Walker from TV's "Good Times" and Jeff Applebaum with Master of Ceremonies Anthony Hill. Will call at 6pm, Doors open at 7pm and Showtime at 8pm. This evening includes Comedy, Champagne and Wine & Beer. Advance tickets and more information at

March 7 - Vincent Price Festival at the Rheem Theatre
Tickets are on sale now for our special event, a full day of Vincent Price career retrospective Saturday, March 7 at the Rheem, 350 Park St, Moraga. The program includes some of Price's most popular films, a lecture by his daughter, Victoria Price, wine tasting and his induction into the Classic Film Hall of Fame. To purchase tickets, click here.

March 14 - Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery presents Exploring Tibet through Photographs and Paintings
On March 14 from 2-7pm the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery will present a special, one-day only exhibit entitled "Exploring Tibet through Photographs and Paintings." This event will feature photographs by Martin Newman and paintings by Marcella Adamski alongside traditional Tibetan thangka paintings. All proceeds from the sale of their artwork at this event will be donated to the Tibet Oral History Project in order to sponsor the videotaping of 50 elderly Tibetan refugees' oral histories in Nepal. Art Show Benefits Mission to Document Elderly Tibetan Refugees' Life Stories. The gallery is located at 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd. More information call 284-1485 or visit their website.

March 14 - Gold Coast Chamber Players presents Czech Mix
 The Gold Coast Chamber Players are proud to present their third concert of the 2014-15 Season, Czech Mix. The concert will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Lafayette Library Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette. PROGRAM: 
Leos Janacek: Pohadka (Fairy Tale) for Cello and Piano; Antonin Dvorak: Bagatelles for String Trio and Harmonium, Op. 47; and Josef Suk: Piano Quartet, Op. 1 Rebecca Clarke: Dumka for Violin, Viola and Piano. MUSICIANS: Violins- Debra Fong, Ji Soo Choi (Winner, Musical Mentoring Award); Viola -Pamela Freund-Striplen;  Cello - Christopher Costanza; and Piano - Yana Reznik. For more information and to purchase tickets visit their website or call 283-3728. Ticket prices: $37.50 General, $32.50 Senior, $10 Student.
March 15 - Lafayette Community Garden Class - Get Your Garden Growing
The Lafayette Community Garden Class is holding their first class of the season on Sunday, March 15 to Get Your Garden Growing at 3932 Mt Diablo Blvd. Lafayette (across from and just west of the Lafayette Reservoir). Building Raised Beds | 1 -1:30pm. Dudley Braun and the Construction Team from the Community Garden have perfected the art of building raised beds. They will show you what they have learned and send you home with a simple handout so you can build your own. Prepping Your Edible Garden For Spring | 1:30 - 3pm. 

Get your garden ready for a new season of growing! Join Bay Friendly Landscape Professional, Master Composter and Garden Educator Lori Caldwell to learn the basics of preparing a productive, healthy vegetable garden. Topics will include: healthy soil building, seeds versus starts, crop rotation, transitioning from a fall garden or starting from scratch, plant choice by season and non-toxic pest control. This is a great class for beginning and intermediate gardeners.This class is free. However, a $5 donation is appreciated to support our education programs. To register for classes or for more information, please visit
March 15 - Contra Costa County Honor Jazz Band performs at Stanley Middle School
The Contra Costa County Honor Jazz Band, featuring Middle School and High School musicians, is holding their final concert on March 15th at Stanley Middle School. Tickets are $5.00. For more information:

March 18 - "Easy-to-Do Facebook Content Creation Strategies" Workshop
Join us for this free workshop - Easy-to-Do Facebook Content Creation Strategies. Setting up a Facebook 
Page is the easy part. Finding engaging content to post every day? That can be tricky. In this workshop,
we'll talk about time effi¬cient content creation strategies, plus tactics that help your posts get
noticed. Wednesday, March 18 at 8am. Workshop location: Lafayette Library and Learning Center's Arts &
Science Classroom, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette (Enter from Plaza, off First Street).

Free, but Limited Seating - Reservations
Online Registration:
Or Email:
Questions? Call Robin @ (925) 451-3069

March 19 - What's Next for Lafayette? - Join the Community Conversation
It's time for the community to initiate a discussion regarding what's next for Lafayette. The City wants to know what else is on your list. To collect the broadest range of opinions representing all of the community, they have put together several ways to share your thoughts:

1. Fill out the Vistas survey and mail it to the City
2. Go to and fill out the survey online. Click on the Hot Topics button on the homepage.
3. Send a letter or email that reflects your priorities to
4. Attend a Community Conversation meeting in your neighborhood & make your voice know.

There will be three Community Conversation meetings all at 7pm: March 19 at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center; April 16 at the Lafayette Community Center and May 14 at Oakwood Athletic Club. Childcare will be provided - to reserve a spot email City Clerk Joanne Robbins at

March 20 - Trust in Education Presents: Bach comes to Lafayette
Trust in Education Presents:  Bach comes to Lafayette on Friday, March 20 at 7pm at the Acalanes High School Theatre. Doors open and Appetizers served 7:00 - 7:45pm. Presentation and Performance 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Donation: Adults $35, Students $20 Tickets Available: or call (925) (299-2010 Ext 4). Lauded by the Washington Post for her "strikingly poised nobility" and "commanding presence", the brilliant, young pianist, Tanya Gabrielian has risen to international acclaim and has performed on four continents venues in such venues as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, Sydney Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, and the Salle Cortot in Paris. She currently resides in New York City. With special guest and Acalanes graduate, Jessica Winn. Acalanes graduate, Jessica Winn made her professinal vocal debut in 2011 and now performs throughout the Bay Area. She is currently singing La Madra in Golden Gate Opera's production of Puccini's Madame Butterfly. 

March 20 - The Buzztones at Town Hall Theatre
The Buzztones - one of Contra Costa County's landmark homegrown bands, with a 3 decade plus history - will perform at Town Hall Theatre on Friday, March 20. This will be a rare local appearance full of the British Invasion songs you know by heart. Doors open at 7pm, music at 8pm. Click here to purchase tickets.

March 20 - The Best of CAIFF - Founder's Night
The films shown this evening are some of the top favorites of CAIFF Founder, Derek Zemrak. The films are chosen from among the 17 years of independent film festivals he has organized. Will it be a feature film tonight, or a collection of shorts, or a documentary or two? Come and be surprised! Third Friday of every month at 7pm at the Rheem Theatre, 350 Park Street, Moraga. $7 admission.

March 21 - Forejour at Town Hall Theatre
Forejour - the area's best Foreigner/Journey tribute band - performs at Town Hall Theatre on Saturday, March 20. Doors open at 7pm, music at 8pm. Click here to purchase tickets.

March 22 - EBCT presents There's No Business Like Shoe Business at Town Hall Theatre
The East Bay Children's Theatre presents There's No Business Like Shoe Business at the Town Hall Theatre on Sunday, March 22 at 1:30pm and 3:00pm. A hilarious one-hour Musical Comedy for the Entire Family, this play puts a new twist on the classic Grimm Brothers' fairy tale, "The Shoemaker and The Elves". With a tuneful score and witty script by award-winning writer-composer Ron Lytle, East Bay Children's Theatre's production of There's No Business Like Shoe Business promises to be the must-see family event of the season! Click here to purchase tickets.

March 26 - Diablo Ballet 21st Annivery Celebration Performance
Celebrate Diablo Ballet's one night only 21st Anniversary Performance at the Lesher Center for the Arts featuring; The classic Apollo by the great master of dance George Balanchine; Hamlet and Ophelia by Val Caniparoli - originally choreographed for the San Francisco Ballet, for principal dancer Joanna Berman;
Incitations - A tango tribute by Diablo Ballet alumni choreographer/dancer Kelly Teo; and See Saw - a witty work by Resident Choreographer/Dancer Robert Dekkers, set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn. This outstanding performance is followed by a splendid wine tasting and dinner with the dancers at Scott's Garden,
which is within walking distance from the Lesher Center. Visit their website for more information and to purchase tickets or call 943-1775.

March 27 - Business and the Challenges of Inequality Conference
The Elfenworks Center for Responsible Business invites you to join us for a conference on Business and the Challenges of Inequality on Friday, March 27 from 12:30-6:30pm at Soda Activity Center, Saint Mary's College of California, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga.

How do inequality trends affect businesses? What is the role of businesses and what measures can they take to address this challenge? Are some businesses part of the problem? The purpose of this conference is to bring together people in academe, business, government and the general public to engage in a dialog on this topic, to consider what actions might counter inequality trends, and become inspired to take action. This is part of the Elfenworks Center for Responsible Business's mission to promote collaboration, shared inquiry and innovation in pursuit of responsible business practices. Keynote speaker is Deputy Secretary of Labor, Chris Lu. RSVP required. For more information and to register for this conference, visit their website.

March 27 - 2015 Citizen of the Year Dinner honoring Marechal Duncan
Join us in honoring Marechal Duncan as our 2015 Citizen of the Year. Reception at 6pm and Dinner at 7pm at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa, 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd. The "keeper" of Lafayette's history, is making a little history of his own. Marechal Duncan, 93years old and still leading the charge on so many projects in Lafayette, was picked as this year's Citizenof the Year. He and his wife Doris have been residents of Lafayette for 60 years. It seems as if Marechal never slows down and you can find him everywhere. His passions include the Lafayette Historical Society where he currently serves as Vice President, and the Lafayette Community Foundation's Liaison Committee for Seniors, where he serves as Co-chair for the annual Senior Symposium. Marechal also served as Co-chair of the Lafayette Sesquicentennial Celebration back in 1998. Marechal is always telling us "today's news is tomorrow's history." Reservations are required.

March 28 - Earth Hour 2015
Earth Hour 2015 will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 8:30pm-9:30pm. Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time-it affects every place, species and person on earth. Today at 8:30 p.m., hundreds of millions of people worldwide will switch off their lights for one hour during Earth Hour to show their commitment to taking action against climate change. Earth Hour is the world's largest display of civil action in support of solutions to our environmental issues. This hour inspires individuals, business, and communities in cities and towns to unite to tackle climate change on a global scale. Last year, over 7000 cities and towns in 162 countries participated in Earth Hour.

March Chamber Events

March 18 - "Easy-to-Do Facebook Content Creation Strategies" Workshop - 8:00am - Lafayette Library & Learning Center

March 19 - Entrepreneur's Club - 8:30am - Chamber Conference Room - Speaker: John and Stef Shaterian, founders of fLO Content

Tuesday, March 24 - Green Committee Open Meeting - 12:00pm (noon) - Chamber Conference Room

Wednesday, March 25 - Monthly Mixer at GemLust - 5:30pm - 3529 Mt. Diablo Blvd. 

Friday, March  27 - Coffee with the Mayor Brandt Andersson - 8:00am - Chamber Conference Room

Friday, March  27 - 2015 Citizen of the Year Dinner honoring Marechal Duncan - 6:00pm - Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa - 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd. - Reservations required.