Local Events Not To Miss
This is our January, 2016 issue of "Local Events Not to Miss".   
If you have a non-profit or fundraising event in February, 2016, we would be happy to include you in our January issue - please submit your event by January 20 to

January 9 - Crab Feed

There is a Crab Feed in honor and to benefit The Sentinels of Freedom on Saturday, January 9 from 5pm-9pm at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane. Adults - $60, Children 7-12 yrs. - $20, Children under 6 yrs. - Free. For more information call 708-1774 or 510-919-1074 or email or visit:

January 12 - Lafayette Gallery presents "12x12" Exhibit
The Lafayette Gallery will be closed for renovations from December 24 through January 11. A new show titled "12x12" will open on the January 12. It will feature small works by member artists, all will be done in a 1-foot by 1-foot format. Gallery Hours will be 11-5 PM Tuesday-Saturday and 11-2 PM Sundays. Closed Mondays. The Gallery address is 3420 Mt. Diablo Blvd., in the historic Forge. For more information, visit their website.

January 12 - Pet Loss Support Group
Hospice of the East Bay has a Pet Loss Support Group on Tuesday, January 12 from 5:30-7:00pm. In a nurturing small group, you are encouraged to process natural feelings of grief resulting from the loss of a beloved animal. This is a drop-in group. No registration needed; just show up. Location: Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF),2890 Mitchell Dr., Walnut Creek. Contact: 887-5681 or email Vicki Smith at

January 13 - Moraga Art Gallery presents "Intercepting Light: The Mind's Eye" Exhibit
The Moraga Art Gallery kicks off the new year with an exhibit of eye-catching landscapes by photographer Wenda Pyman. The show's centerpiece, a standout image of sunrise in the Florida Keys, captures the timelessness of tide pools and ancient coral beds. The featured guest artist, Joan Ragno has mounted a colorful collection of garments in silk, wool, linen, and neoprene, some embellished with felt and tucking. The show, which includes paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and more by the gallery's fifteen member artists and several guest artists, runs from January 13th to March 19th. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, January 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The gallery is located in the Rheem Shopping Center, at 522 Center Street, Moraga. Its hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit or call 925-376-5407.

January 14 - Understanding Grief Class
Hospice of the East Bay has an Understanding Grief Class on Thursday, January 14 from 6:00-8:00pm at 3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill.A class that discusses grief and its natural process, as well as the broad range of common grief reactions. This class is helpful for people who are recently bereaved, experiencing grief years after a death, or wanting to support a bereaved friend. Contact Christie Brown at 887-5678.

January 16 - Winter Pruning Class
Mt. Diablo Nursery & Garden is offering a free winter pruning class on Saturday, Janary 16 from 11am-1pm. Come learn from the best in the business as Garth Jacober shows you how to prune in the winter, for lush, green, beautifully flowering healthy plants in the Spring and Summer! RSVP to this event here to let us know you are coming, or shoot us an email at Mt. Diablo Nursery & Garden is located at 3295 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

January 17 - Push Concert benefiting Friends of Camp Concord & CASA of Contra Costa County
San Francisco news anchor Dan Ashley and PUSH, send audiences 'back to the future' with their energetic live show and classic-rock vibe at Mezzzanine, 444 Jessie St., San Francisco. Whether performing great original songs or covering blasts from the past, PUSH delivers CLASSIC ROCK with ORIGINAL ROLL! Portion of all proceeds generated by PUSH goes to support Friends of Camp Concord and CASA of Contra Costa County. Tickets are $15. Click here to purchase.
January 20 - "Events, Social Media & You" Workshop
Join us for our "Events, Social Media & You" Workshop on Wednesday, Jarnuary 20. Easy steps to use social media to get the most from 2016 events, whether you're a host, presenter, vendor or attendee. Speaker: Robin S. Fox, Digital Strategist. Held at Lafayette Library and Learning Center - Art & Science Classroom - 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. from 8:00-9:30 a.m. Workshops are FREE but space is limited. Reservations recommended! Register via email at
January 23 - Soroptimist 24-680 Crab Feed
The Soroptimist International of 24-680 is holding their Craf Feed on Saturday, January 23 - 5:30pm - at Shadelands Art Center, 111 N. Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek. Tickets are $55 and include all-you-can-eat crab, pasta, salad, bread and dessert plus a wine raffle and silent auction. For tickets or more information call 283-2279.

January 23 - Gold Coast Chamber Players presents Crime and Punishment
Although the connection between classical music and notorious crimes may seem obscure, Gold Coast Chamber Players' Crime and Punishment will expose the criminal lives of Bach, Gesualdo, and others. Soprano Christine Brandes will be highlighted in a program for strings, voice and harpsichord. The concert will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM (pre-concert talk at 7PM) at the Lafayette Library Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette. Tickets and information:, (925) 283-3728

January 29 - Business Persons of the Year Dinner Honoring Andy & Wendy Scheck
Join us on Friday, January 29 for our 2016 Business Persons of the Year Dinner honoring Andy & Wendy Scheck, owners of Lamorinda Weekly. There will also be the State of the City address by Mayor Mark Mitchell and the introduction of the 2016 Chamber Board of Directors. The event is held at the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa - 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Reception starts at 6pm; dinner at 7pm. Reservations are required.

January 29 & 30 - Petty Theft at Town Hall Theatre
Come see the Bay Area's leading Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band in their favorite East Bay venue on January 29 & 30 - we know because they told us! $25 in advance; $30 at-door. Doors @ 7PM; Music @ 8PM We know because they told us! Hurry and get your tickets, they sell out every time.

January 31 - Lamorinda Home Expo '16
Lamorinda Home Expo '16 - Meet face-to-face with leading design/build firms, contractors, landscapers and more on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Over 45 exhibitors - all related to home improvement - will be onsite to discuss your plans, ideas, issues or problems! Stop by between 10am and 4pm. Enter the free drawing and take home a valuable resource guide that includes information about each of the sponsors and exhibitors.

January Chamber Events

January 18 - Chamber Office Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 20 - "Events, Social Media & You" Workshop - 8:00am - Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

January 22 - Business Issues Forum - 8:00am - Chamber Conference Room

January 26 - Green Committee Meeting - 12:00pm - Chamber Conference Room

January 29 - Business Persons of the Year Dinner & State of the City Address - 6:00pm - Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa, 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Reservations required.