Local Events Not To Miss
This is our September, 2015 issue of "Local Events Not to Miss".   
If you have a non-profit or fundraising event in October, 2015, we would be happy to include you in our October issue - please submit your event by September 22 via our content submission form.

Now - September 6 - Cal Shakes presents The 
Mystery of Irma Vep
Cal Shakes presents The Mystery of Irma Vep from August 12 - September 6. This hilarious comedy featuring vampires, werewolves, and one fabulous mummy. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Now - October 31 - Moraga Art Galley's exhibit
Color, Clay and Fire
Moraga Art Gallery's exhibit Color, Clay and Fire features works created by Jacqueline Proulx, ceramicist and dramatic light-and-color paintings by Marge Barta Atkins. The gallery is located at 522 Center St. in the Rheem Valley Shopping Center. The show runs through October 31. For more information on the show visit their website.

September 1 - October 31 - Lafayette Art Gallery's exhibit "Artists in Action"

Lafayette Art Gallery's new exhibit "Artists in Action" runs from September 1 thru October 31 and will focus on action! FREE Reception Friday, September 18 - 5:30-8:00pm. The featured artists for September will be Pat Hayashi, creator of the unique and celebrated "Smoke Paintings," and Geoffrey Meredith, whose popular cityscapes are known throughout the Bay Area and the Wine Country. Selected artists will be demonstrating their techniques in action at the Gallery on September 26 and 27 from 12 - 3 PM. The gallery is located at 3420 Mt. Diablo Blvd. For more information call 284-2788 or visit their website.

September 3 - Julie Schumer Paints LIVE
Artist Julie Schumer will paint LIVE at the Jennifery Perlmutter Gallery on Thursday, September 3 from 7-9PM. Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery is located at 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd. For more information, check their website.

September 4 - October 3 - Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery's Exhibit The Outsiders
Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery's exhibit The Outsiders runs from September 4 through October 3. There will be an Artists Reception on Thursday, September 10 from 6-8pm and an Artist's Talk with Nikki Basch Davis and Jerrold Turn on Thursday, September 24 from 6-7pm. The exhibit is a Plein-Air Group Exhibit. Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery is located at 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd. For more information, check their website.

September 5 - Will Durst and Johnny Steele at Town Hall Theatre
Town Hall Theatre is proud to present the combined comedic forces of Johnny Steele & Will Durst on Saturday, September 5 at 8pm. Steele & Durst have previously performed at Town Hall, but this is the first joint appearance of these comedic powerhouses and each will not only be performing an extended headliner set, but the two will team up for an exclusive Q & A after the show. Expect many wacky zany antics to spontaneously generate. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their website.

September 6 - Community Celebration - Happy Birthday Marquis!
Please join French For Fun and the Chamber of Commerce for an afternoon of fun and music on Sunday, September 6. We celebrate the Marquis de Lafayette's 258th birthday in Plaza Park (Mt. Diablo and Moraga Rd.) with a casual gathering that includes music provided by Isabelle Fontaine and Jeff Magidson "Duo Gadjo" - Gypsy Jazz , French Classics and Cajun music. We get started at noon. This event supports and promotes our relationship with our sister city, Langeac, France. Bring a picnic! For more information please call 925-283-9822.

September 10 - 16 - California Independent Film Festival
See a wide variety of outstanding independent films from creative film makers from around the world. Interact with actors, directors, and screen writers. This and more at the New Rheem and Orinda Theatres  from  September 10-16! See one! See ten! Plus fun-filled Opening and Closing nights. For more information go to

September 11 - 12 - Orinda Classic Car Show
The 11th Annual Orinda Class Car Show starts with Dancing with the Cars party of the Orinda Library, September 11 at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, September 12th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., the town of Orinda hosts the Annual Classic Car Show. This free event continues to delight car fans of all ages and benefits the "Seniors Around Town" transportation service, an Orinda Association program, The Educational Foundation of Orinda (EFO) and other fine causes. For more information visit

September 12 - October 3 - Orinda Starlight Village Players Present Pinocchio.
Orinda Starlight Village Players present Pinocchio from September 12 - October 3. Carved by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a small Italian village, Pinocchio is created as a wooden puppet, but dreams of becoming a real boy. This adaptation follows the original Adventures of Pinocchio written by Carlo Collodi in 1881-1883. For more information and to purchase tickets visit their website.

September 13 - Gardening All Year: Prepping Your Garden for Fall
The Lafayette Community Garden invites you to a class on Gardening All Year: Prepping Your Garden for Fall on Sunday, September 13 from 3:00-4:30pm at 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd. There will be a special bonus: Beginners' Lesson on Seed Saving. This class will go over a variety of techniques to help the transition to your Fall garden: seed saving, crop rotation, soil amending, cool weather edible crops, sheet mulching and planting natives. Lori Caldwell, aka CompostGal, teaches sustainable gardening classes throughout the Bay Area. Participants: To practice techniques of seed saving, please bring seed heads, pods, fruit, etc. to prepare and trade with others for a simple seed swap. In the interest of diversity, please bring only heirloom and/or open pollinated seed varieties. Classes at the Lafayette Community Garden, unless specified, are free. However, a $5 donation to support our education programs is appreciated. Register here.

September 16 - City of Lafayette Blood Drive

The City of Lafayette is having a Blood Drive on Wednesday, September 16 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Look for the American Red Cross Bus at 3675 Mount Diablo Blvd. To schedule your appointment or for more information visit and enter sponsor code: LAFAYETTE or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). If you have questions regarding your eligibility to donate blood, please call 1-866-236-3276.

September 16 - How to Leverage Social Media to Help You Get the Most from Events Workshop

How to Leverage Social Media to Help You Get the Most from Events Workshop on Wednesday, September 16 at 8:00am at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center. Do you host or attend events that support your business? In this workshop we'll talk about easy steps to leverage social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn) to get the most from these events. This includes tips for integrating social media efforts with traditional marketing and event communication strategies. 

Free - But Space Limited. Reservations Recommended. Register online: or email
Questions? 925.451.3069

September 16 - October 11 - Cal Shakes presents King Lear
Cal Shakes presents King Lear by William Shakespeare, directed by Amanda Dehnert from September 16 through October 11. Affairs of state, family, and soul entwine in this masterful, epic tale of a king who loses everything- including his sanity-only to experience the power of revenge, betrayal, and ultimately, redemption. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

September 19 - 20 - 20th Annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival
The 20th Annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival is held on Saturday, September 19 from 10am-7pm and Sunday September 20 from 10am-6pm. That's when we throw Contra Costa's biggest "End of the Summer Party" and winner of the Diablo Magazine's Best of the East Bay Award. Hundreds of artists, 5 stages with live entertainment, wine, beer and a kid's zone. Free admission and free parking with shuttle service. Just one block from BART. For more information go to or find us on Facebook. Presented by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.

September 26 - 6th annual Walk n' Roll 
You can combine your daily exercise with a fun family event...breakfast, live entertainment, goodie bags, raffle prizes and a really Cool T-shirt. Join Las Trampas for our 6th annual Walk n' Roll 1 mile or 5k on Saturday, September 26th from 9:00am to 12:00pm at 3460 Lana Lane in Lafayette along the beautiful Lafayette Moraga Trail. Register at or call Suzanne Pestal on 925-310-2363 - $25.00 per person includes t-shirt, goodie bag and a free raffle ticket.

September 26 - Moraga Pear Festival
The Moraga Commons is the site of this 17th annual family friendly event on Saturday, September 26 that celebrates Moraga's pear history and its growing vineyards. Activities include a pear eating contest, a pear recipe contest, grape stomping, wine tasting, and visiting the booths of local artists, plus those of community and business vendors. For more information, visit their website.

September 26 - La Clinica's All That Jazz
La Clínica celebrates our 44th anniversary through our signature ALL THAT JAZZ (& Sushi!) benefit event on Saturday, September 26 at Yoshi's Jazz Club & Japanese Restaurant. Over 300 guests from corporations, foundations, businesses, lifelong supporters and friends of La Clínica will join us. A few of the event highlights include: Chef's creation specialty designed menu; Live entertainment from Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir; One of a kind Live Auction & Raffle Packages; and Exclusive Sake Ceremony Fun & Games! For more information visit their website.

September 26 - Gold Coast Chamber Players Present Gypsy
The Gold Coast Chamber Players present Gypsy on Saturday, September 26 at 7:30pm at the Community Hall of the Lafayette Library & Learning Center. Artistic Director Pamela Freund leads the Gold Coast Chamber Players in Gypsy, featuring violinist Geoff Nuttall, cellist Robert Howard, and pianist Jeffrey LaDeur. The program includes works by Ravel, Bartok, Brahms, and Haydn, spanning several centuries of music inspired by Gypsy exoticism. Hungarian folk music will be a recurring theme, as well as German and French influences. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

September Chamber Events

September 3 - Ribbon Cutting at Earth & Sea Yoga - 5:30pm - 3400 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

September 7 - Chamber Office Closed for Labor Day Holiday

September 16 - How to Leverage Social Media to Help You get the Most from Events Workshop - 8:00am - Lafayette Library & Learning Center

September 19 & 20 - 20th Annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival - Downtown Lafayette (see information on festival above)

September 21 - Chamber Office Closed for Art & Wine Clean-up

September 22 - Green Committee Meeting - 12:00pm - Chamber Conference Room

September 23 - Monthly Mixer at Rivulet Chiropractic - 5:30pm - 3732 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 280

September 25 - Coffee with the Mayor - 8:00am - Chamber Conference Room


23rd Lafayette Reservoir Run - Sunday, October 25 - Downtown Lafayette

Trick or Treat Street - Friday, October 30 - on Mt. Diablo Blvd. from Oak Hill Rd. to Dewing Ave. and in La Fiesta Square from 4:00-6:00pm