Local Events Not To Miss
This is our February, 2016 issue of "Local Events Not to Miss".   
If you have a non-profit or fundraising event in March, 2016, we would be happy to include you in our March issue - please submit your event by February 19 to

Open Now - Lafayette Gallery presents "12x12" Exhibit 
The Lafayette Gallery is kicking off the new year with a challenge to our artists: to express themselves within the confines of a 12 inch square, in whatever medium they choose. These small works all done in a 1-foot by 1-foot format are just right for affordable gifts of original art, or to add to or begin your own fine art collection! The show titled "12x12" is currently open. It features small works by member artists, all will be done in a 1-foot by 1-foot format. Gallery Hours will be 11am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday and 11am-2pm Sundays. Closed Mondays. The Gallery address is 3420 Mt. Diablo Blvd., in the historic Forge. For more information, visit their website. 
Register Now through Friday, March 18 - Central San Academy
Ever wonder what happens to water when it goes down the drain?  The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District Citizens Academy will provide a behind-the-scenes look at one of your community's core services, the wastewater industry. As a participant in the Citizens Academy, you will learn how we use engineering, chemistry and technology to turn waste into worth, by cleaning our community's water and returning it to our customers as recycled water.  You will also be able to tour our treatment plant, laboratory, recycled water fill station, and household hazardous waste collection facility. This six-week course, starting April 5, is a rare glimpse into how used water gains new life. Please fill out the Application HERE before the end of the day, Friday, March 18 - when applications will be closed.

Now - March 19 - 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 30 - Lafayette Art Gallery's Valentine's Day Exhibition: "Baubles & Bling!"
The Lafayette Art Gallery's newest show, titled "Baubles & Bling" will open on January 30. It will feature works of jewelry, ceramics, paintings and more, all romantically themed around Valentine's Day!  A free reception will be held from 12 - 6pm on Saturday, February 6. Come in, have a festive beverage, and meet the artists as you browse Valentine's Day gifts for your special someone! Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday 11am-2pm. Closed Monday. 3420 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. More information here. 
February 2 - Lafayette Downtown Creeks Plan - A Community Workshop
The City of Lafayette is providing another formal opportunity for the residents and businesses to comment on their Downtown Creeks Plan. A community workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, February 2, beginning at 7pm at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Community Hall. The workshop will share ideas on options for creek enhancements and discuss priorities. For more information, contact Steven Goetz at or visit  
February 3 - Lafayette Town Hall
Join State Senator Steve Glazer and Assemblywoman Catherine Baker for Lafayette Town Hall - Update on Legislative Priorities on Wednesday, February 3 from 7pm-8pm at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Community Hall. For more information or to RSVP, call the District Office at (925) 942-6082. 
February 5 - The Lafayette Library and Learning Center Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes Joe Loya Jr. in conversation with his father Joe Loya Sr.
In 2004, Joe Loya Jr. published his memoir detailing a difficult childhood and the differences he had with his father that led to a 16 year old Joe Jr. stabing Joe Sr. in the neck during a heated fight. Loya's subsequent self-destructive behavior spiraled out of control in the 1980s with a string of violent criminal activity and 30 bank robberies. Join Joe Jr. and Joe Sr. at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center as they discuss what led to the disintegration of their family, and their decision to take the journey back together to rebuild their relationship. Friday, February 5 from 7pm-9pm in the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Community Hall. To purchase tickets, click here.   
February 5 & 6 - Diablo Ballet presents PRECISION AND BALANCE  
Diablo Ballet celebrates the new year with the second program of their 22nd season, Precision and Balance, February 5-6 at the Del Valle Theatre in Walnut Creek with the full production of Apollo by George Balanchine, My Way by beloved company alumna Tina Kay Bohnstedt, set to Frank Sinatra, and Milieu by Robert Dekkers, set to a live performance of a commissioned score by Daniel Berkman. Each performance is followed by an interactive Q&A with the dancers and choreographers and includes a complimentary dessert reception, with an opportunity for the audience members to get up close and personal with the artists. February 5 & 6 at 8pm, February 6 at 2pm. To purchase tickets, visit
February 6 - NorCal Trout Angler's Challenge 
One of the largest trout fishing tournaments ever to take place in our region will take place on the picturesque shores of the San Pablo Dam Reservoir on Feb. 6. Catch huge trout, eat some great food, meet some amazing people, and win some incredible prizes too. Bring the entire family especially since its FREE for all kids 15 and under with preregistration. For more information, visit  
February 6 - Mardi Gras Benefit Gala 
Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler! Let the Good Times Roll! Join us for a fun filled evening on Sunday, February 6 5pm-11pm at the Lafayette Community Center. Wine tasting, dinner, prepared by a French chef, live and silent auctions and dancing to live music! All proceeds help to fund human trials to cure Crohn's Disease. We are three mothers, whose children have this dreadful disease joining forces to organize this event. Our cause is part of a grassroots, all volunteer, non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization, under the umbrella of Friends of King's College London, Assoc., Inc. For tickets, click here.  
February 10 - The Lafayette Library and Learning Center - WOW Presents: The Asian Art Museum Golden Jubilee 
The Asian Art Museum turns 50 in 2016! The Golden Jubilee lecture highlights ancient and contemporary masterpieces from the museum's collection, including  objects found nowhere else. Learn what makes a work of art great and why a masterpiece stands the test of time. Wednesday, February 10 2pm-3:30pm at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Community Hall. Admission is FREE. Register here.  
February 11 - Shop for a Cure at Glamorous Boutique 
Join Glamorous Boutique for a fundraiser evening benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! Enjoy a glass of bubbles as you browse around the pre-spring collection. 10% of the Sales from the evening will be donated to the foundation! Thursday, February 11 at 6pm at Glamorous Boutique, 1048 Brown Avenue.   
February 12 - Orinda Chamber of Commerce Business Awards and Recognition Luncheon 
The Orinda Chamber of Commerce has the pleasure to announce its 2015 Business Awards.  This year, businesses and business persons are recognized in five categories for their remarkable contribution to the Chamber of Commerce and the community of Orinda: the New Business of the Year is Piccolo Napoli, 2 Theater Square.  Peter Eberle and his wife Maria Napoli offer great Italian pizzas made fresh with homemade sauce and local ingredients; they are a great addition to Theater Square.  The Business Person of the Year is Michael Karp who just opened the Fourth Bore, his third Orinda restaurant.  Karp brings enterprising and creative spirit to Orinda.  The Chamber Member of the Year is Derek Zemrak of Lamorinda Theatres.  Zemrak is a distinguished supporter of the community and the Chamber of Commerce.  California Shakespeare Theater, the Small Business of the Year, has been building character and community in Orinda and beyond.  Eric Jorgensen is the Ambassador of the Year. Jorgensen is one of those volunteer you can always count on to help.

Additionally, some retiring chamber members will be honored for their dedication and efficiency managing the Chamber of Commerce:  Sylvia Jorgensen, immediate Past-President and on the Board of Directors for 8 years; Patti Camras, 17 years on the Board of Directors as Past Secretary and Past President; Candy Kattenberg, 10 years Executive Director.   

All luncheon participants will be entered in a raffle to win a Valentine's Day Shop Orinda bag that includes wine, a dinner voucher and other treats.. Friday, February 12 at noon at the Orinda Country Club, 315 Camino Sobrante, Orinda. Tickets are $30. For more information and to register, visit
February 13 - Opera at the Rheem - Litz Plummer, the Opera Lady from Maiden Lane in San Francisco 
Spend an evening with Litz Plummer, Operatic Soprano, as she sings the greatest opera songs. Litz Plummer has preformed at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and has been seen on "American's Got Talent." Starts at 7pm at the Rheem Theatre. There are limited number of tickets will go quickly, reserve now at
February 13 - Town Hall Theatre presents Valentine's Day Comedy Extravaganza! with Johnny Steele and Friends
Pittsburg's favorite son, Johnny Steele, brings a long some of the funniest comedians in the Bay Area to celebrate Valentine's Day! Saturday, February 13 at 8pm, To purchase tickets, click here
February 13 through March 19, 2016 - "Two Painters" An Exhibit featuring Deborah Kirklin and Robert Poplack at the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery
Two Painters: Deborah Kirklin and Robert Poplack. Husband and wife, both professors of art and artists themselves. In their first show together. Still life and abstract, separate in subject but joined by a lifelong partnership. Opening Reception: Saturday, February 13, 6pm-8pm. Artist Talk and Q&A: Saturday Feb 20, 3pm. Jennifer Permlmutter Gallery is located at 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. For more information visit  
February 17 - "Reel Talk - Extended Remix" Workshop
"Reel Talk - Extended Remix" Workshop will be held on February 17, 8am-9:30am, at Lafayette Library and Learning Center Art & Science Classroom. Topic includes the basics of using online video to market your business - from production to distribution. Speaker: Stephanie Shaterian, fLO Content, Free for Lafayette Chamber members, register online.  
February 18 through March 23 - Building Veterans' Self-understanding through Self-portraits - Painting Workshops for Veterans of all Services
Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County (AC5) is offering portrait painting workshops at no cost to all Contra Costa County Veterans. Workshops will take place in Martinez at ARTU4iA, a working art studio led by noted artist John Kleber. No experience required. All painting material will be provided. Join the fun and meet other Veterans as you enjoy two days of painting. For dates and more information, click here.  
February 20 - LPIE Power Party  
LPIE Power Party and fundraiser will be held on Saturday, February 20 from 6:30pm-10:30pm at the Lafayette Community Center. Have fun, and help raise funds for our children and local schools. This celebratory evening is powered by parents and community and will feature live music from The Ripplers, dinner and drinks (open bar), live and silent auctions, raffles, and a whole lot more. Tickets are $125 per person before February 1.  Price goes up to $150 per person after February 1. No refunds after February 15th. To buy tickets, visit
February 21 - Contra Costa Camp & School Fair
Contra Costa Camp & School Fair returns to Lafayette for the fourth year on Sunday, February 21 with free activities and over 75 exhibitors allowing attendees to view a smorgasbord of camps, enrichment programs including STEM & STEAM, performing arts, preschools, educational, sports and other programs available this year. The free fair runs from 11am-2pm at Acalanes High School, 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd. with ample free parking. For more information, visit  
February 23 - Moraga Business Person of the Year Dinner and Program  
Dinner and program honoring the Moraga Business Person of the Year, Kevin Reneua, from Senior Helpers will be held on Tuesday, February 23 at the Moraga Country Club. Reception 6pm, followed by dinner and ceremony. For more information and reservations, visit
February 24 - The Lafayette Library and Learning Center - Empty Hands, One Woman's Journey to Save Children Orphaned by AIDS in South Africa 
The Lafayette Library welcomes Zulu nurse and healthcare activist Sister Abegail Ntleko, author of what O, the Oprah Magazine has called a "tenaciously hopeful memoir," Empty Hands. A recipient of the Dalai Lama's 'Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award,' Sister Abegail will share her incredible story of overcoming poverty, racism, and sexism to earn her education and live a life in service to her community by adopting dozens of children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Wednesday, February 24 at 7pm-9pm, Lafayette Libary and Learning Center Community Hall. Admission is FREE. Register here.  
February 27-March 19 - Town Hall Theatre presents ANGELS IN AMERICA: PERESTROIKA 
The second and final part of Tony Kushner's epic masterpiece comes to an end.  This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama continues the story begun with Millennium Approaches: the lives of Reagan-ear New Yorkers is turned upside-down as they face revelations about themselves and what it means to be an American at the dawn of the Second Millennium. Rated R. Town Hall Theatre is located at 3535 School St., Lafayette. Special deal for Lafayette Chamber members - use the code word "CHAMBER" upon checkout and you'll get two-for-one tickets on any night they choose! For information and tickets, click here
February 28 - STAND! Academy Awards Benefit
Join STAND! for a night of glitz, glamour and fun! Live simulcast of the 2016 Academy Awards, silent auction, raffle prizes, hors d'oeuvres, champagne and red-carpet entrance. Proceeds benefit STAND! For Families Free of Violence's work to save lives, rebuild families and change the future! Sunday, February 28, doors open at 4:30pm at the Brenden Theatre, 1985 Willow Pass Road Concord. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
January Chamber Events

Thursday, February 11 - Lamorinda Business Forum (formerly Entrepreneur's Club) - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. The kick-off event of the Lamorinda Business Forum will be held on Thursday, February 11 at 5:30pm at the Bank of the West, 3583 Mt. Diablo Blvd.  Our featured speaker is Attorney Asha Wilkerson and her topic is "Small Business Law - What You Need to Know".

Thursday, February 11 - Ribbon Cutting at Farmyard Darlings new location at 20 Lafayette Circle (formerly The Hen House) on Thursday, February 11 at 5:00pm - 5:30pm.

Monday, February 15 - President's Day - Chamber Office Closed 

Wednesday, February 17 - "Reel Talk - Extended Remix" Workshop - 8:00 am - 9:30 am - Lafayette Library and Learning Center - Art & Science Classroom. Topic includes the basics of using online video to market your business - from production to distribution. Speaker: Stephanie Shaterian, fLO Content, Register here.

Tuesday, February 23 - Green Committee Open Meeting - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. Join us for our monthly Green Committee Open meeting at 12pm (noon) at the Chamber Conference Room.  Please park on the street.

Wednesday, February 24 - Mixer at Las Trampas - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. Our February Monthly Mixer will be held at Las Trampas on Wednesday, February 24 at 5:30pm. Las Trampas is located at 3460 Lana Lane, Lafayette. Excellent networking opportunity.

Friday, February 26 - Coffee with the Mayor - 8:00 am - 9:00 am. Join us for Coffee with the Mayor with Mayor Mark Mitchell on Friday, February 26 at 8am in the Chamber Conference Room. This meeting is open to everyone. Please park on the street.