Local Events Not To Miss
This is our March, 2016 issue of "Local Events Not to Miss".   
If you have a non-profit or fundraising event in April, 2016, we would be happy to include you in our April issue - please submit your event by March 18 to

Register Now through 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 through 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. 
Now through March 19 - "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. Jennifer Permlmutter Gallery, 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. For more information visit  
Now through 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
Now 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.  
March 1 through April 5 - The One Planet Film Festival 2016 - hosted by Saint Mary's College
The One Planet Film Festival aims to stimulate discussions that can lead to awareness of Earth's growing environmental crises and ways our local community can respond. The films start at 7pm, are free and are open to the public. Held at St. Mary's college of California, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga. A full schedule can be found here.
March 1 through April 24 - Lights, Camera, Action... Lamorinda ShortDocs Film Fest
Grab your camera and get ready for the Lamorinda  ShortDocs Film Fest!  Lamorinda Arts Council will accept submissions of documentary films, 6 minutes or less, from filmmakers of all ages from March 1 through April 24. Even if you've never made a movie before, visit for on-line resources to get you started, and register today for our FREE seminar on February 28th.  Judges will select finalists in each of four categories by age (Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Adult).  Finalists' films will be screened and winners announced live at the festival event on May 15th!  Don't wait.  Register today!
Tuesday, March 1 - Business Operations 101 - Grow your business. Grow your people.
Reps from SCORE and Paychex will present on best practices in human resources and payroll. This free event, Tuesday, March 1, 9am-11am will be held at 13830 San Pablo Ave., Ste D, San Pablo, CA, and is open to the public but space is limited.  RSVP here
Tuesday, March 1 - Contra Costa Master Gardeners present: Composting Made Easy
Join the Contra Costa Master Gardeners to discover easy ways to begin composting at home. Free event. To reserve please email More information here.
Tuesday, March 2 - Free Franchise Business Expo
Successful Franchisors who are interested in expanding in the Northern California area are coming together to MEET YOU! Who Should Attend? Anyone who has ever dreamed of owning a business. March 2, 20160 from 1-4pm at the Veteran's Memorial Building, 3780 Mount Diablo Blvd. More information here.
Thursday through Saturday, March 3-5 - Acalanes Performing Arts Musical "The Drowsy Chaperone"
Please join the Performing Arts Department as they present The Drowsy Chaperone on March 3 and 4 at 7pm and March 5 at 7:30pm in the Performing Arts Center.  Purchase tickets here.  
Friday, March 4 - 7th Annual Comedy Night - Live At The Orinda! at the Orinda Theater
Headliner Brad Williams has become one of the funniest, most in demand comedians working today. A California native, Brad started doing stand-up at age 19 and has been touring ever since. He has appeared on numerous TV shows including Legit, Dave Attell's Comedy Underground, Sam and Cat, Live at Gotham, the Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Mind Of Mencia, and Pitboss.  Also featuring Ben Feldmen, Emcee Anthony Hill. The event, held Friday, March 4, is Orinda Chamber of Commerce's annual fund raising event. Tickets $30, VIP tickets $100, tickets on the Orinda theater's web site, or the Chamber's web site.
Friday, March 4 - Father Daughter Dance
Star theme, semi formal attire. Father Daughter Dance at the Jennifer Russell Building, 7pm-9pm on Friday, March 4. Purchase tickets here.  
Saturday, March 5 - Lafayette Art Gallery Opening and Reception for Guest Artist GERRY WALLACE
In March we are showcasing a special exhibition of new works by well-known and much-loved Orinda ceramicist Gerry Wallace! Wallace creates both functional and sculptural pieces that she covers with colorful, fine line images of people and objects. A reception for Gerry and her work will be held on Saturday, March 5 from 12-3pm. The Gallery will be open until 6pm that day. Stop by for a glass of wine and a snack, and meet Gerry and view her new works! Learn more here.  
Saturday, March 5 - A Night at the Lafayette Library
On Saturday, March 5, at 7pm the Lafayette Library be breaking all the rules! Join us in the Community Hall for "A Night at the Lafayette Library" and go library rogue! You'll enjoy delicious food, libations, and noisy laughter with friends while cavorting through the library stacks. Tickets are on sale now. Raffle and Silent Auction are open, too. Visit    
Monday, March 7 - Oakland ZooMobile at the Lafayette Library
An Oakland Zoo Education Specialist will bring small live animals to the Lafayette Library! Join us for a wild afternoon at the Lafayette Library! March 7, 12pm - 12:50pm in the Community Hall. Designed for Children up to age 11. Learn more here.
Wednesday, March 9 - Wonders of the World: Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia at the Lafayette Library
This first major international presentation of Pierre  Bonnard's work to be mounted on the West Coast in half a century features more than sixty works that span the artist's complete career, from his early Nabi masterpieces, through his experimental photography, to the late interior scenes for which he is best known. March 9, 2pm - 3:30 in the Community Hall. Learn more here.  
Tuesday, March 10 - The Performance Imperative: A Framework for Social Sector Excellence
Attend this Creating and Sustaining High Performing Organizations seminar at the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at John F. Kennedy University and set your nonprofit up for successful fundraising. Learn about the seven pillars of high-performing organizations.and engage in dialogue with nonprofit leaders with moderator James Becker, President/CEO of the Richmond Community Foundation, and in a series of three breakout sessions. John F. Kennedy University Campus, 100 Ellinwood Way Pleasant Hill, from 8:30am - 12:30pm. RSVP here.
Thursday, March 10 - Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws
Do you want to keep a nature journal or bump your current practice to a higher orbit? Join us for the first of a monthly nature journaling workshop series. See the possibilities of what a journal can be and how to make journaling and drawing a life changing habit. If you already have a journal kit, bring it along plus any personal favorite sketching or nature study supplies. March 10, 1pm - 2pm in the Arts and Science Discover Center. Learn more here.  
Thursday, March 10 - Hospice East Bay: The Conversation Project at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Join us for the first program in a series about end-of-life issues. The program begins with a screening of the short film "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande. The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. This isn't about filling out Advance Directives or other medical forms. It's about talking to your loved ones about what you or they want for end-of-life care. Trained instructors from Hospice East Bay will help you begin the process. March 10, 6pm - 7:30pm in the Arts & Science Discover Center. Learn more here.
Tuesday, March 10 - Meet & Hear our BART Directory Rebecca Saltzman
The Lamorinda Democratic Club invites you to meet and hear BART Director, Rebecca Saltman on Tuesday, March 10 at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Community Room. Saltzman will provide her perspective on current issues and future directions for BART. Social time begins at 7pm, business meeting at 7:30 and speaker at 8pm. $5 donation for non-LDC members. No charge for students. Learn more here.  
Saturday, March 12 - Author Talk: Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness at the Lafayette Library
Two Bay Area authors will be discussing their books related to Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness. Please join them for this enlightening discussion. D'Anne Burwell, M.A., author of Saving Jake: When Addiction Hits Home, is an educator and advocate for families struggling with addiction. Erin Marie Daly is a freelance journalist with a background in legal reporting and founder of Oxy Watchdog, a blog about painkiller and heroin addiction. She is the author of Generation Rx: A Story of Dope, Death, and America's Opiate Crisis. March 12, 3pm-4:30 in the Arts and Science Discovery Center. Learn more here.
Saturday, March 12 - Cal Shakes' 21st Annual Gala
Celebrate the arrival of Cal Shakes' new Artistic Director Eric Ting at our 21st Annual Gala. Featuring gourmet dining, fine wines and specialty cocktails, dancing, and live  performances, along with exhilarating live and silent auctions, you'll experience the thrill of making a difference, and have a great time while you're at it. We hope you'll join us for this year's vibrant celebration of theater. Learn more here.  
Saturday, March 12 - Chocolate Indulgence - The East Bay's Sweetest Event Hosted by The Junior League of Oakland-East Bay
Featuring the finest desserts from the best restaurants in the area competing for the title of "BEST Chocolate Dessert in the East Bay". Held at the Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville, 5:30pm - 10pm. More information here.
Saturday, March 12 - Convictions: An evening of chamber music with Gold Coast Chamber Players
Early piano quartets by Mendelssohn and Richard Strauss, as well as Spanish Serenade for cello and piano by David Popper will be featured on Convictions. These early works of composers with Jewish connections show blossoming talent and flashes of brilliance. Musicians coming from around the globe to play for Lafayette audiences! The concert will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Lafayette Library Community Hall. A pre-concert talk will start the evening at 7:00 PM. Tickets: or (925) 283-3728.  
Saturdays, March 12 & 19 - Lamorinda Architects Cafe
Community members are invited to join prominent local architects and interior designers for a complimentary 1-hour consultation to discuss your home design, renovation or expansion plans.  Appointments are available Saturday, March 12th and March 19rd at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 am; at the Community Hall, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. True to the "café" concept, enjoy coffee, tea and small bites with either or both professionals in a relaxed one-on-one environment. This free to the public service is sponsored by Truitt and White  / Marvin Design Gallery. Reserve a time at
Monday, March 14 - Lafayette Library Community Hall Art Gallery Las Trampas Presents
Starting Monday, March 14 at the Lafayette Library Community Hall Art Gallery will be a unique art experience...Las Trampas presents the works of individuals with developmental disabilities!  A Grand Opening Reception with wine and appetizers will be Monday, March 28, 6-7 pm prior to City Council.  
Tuesday, March 15 - Science Cafe: Art & Science of 3D Layout
Discover the world of 3D animation and live action CG with Industrial Light and Magic layout artist, Adam Schnitzer. Tuesday, March 15, 7pm-8:30pm in the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Community Hall. For this special Science Cafe, advanced ticket purchase is recommended.  
Thursday, March 17 - Diablo Ballet celebrates its 22nd Season with Robert Dekkers Return to the Stage
On March 17, 2016, Diablo Ballet will celebrate its 22nd Anniversary with a special performance at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. It will also mark Robert Dekkers' return to the stage after a year-long absence. The celebration will feature stunning works from the Ballet's 22-year history with a few surprises thrown in! Our Special 22nd Season Celebration will be presented March 17, 2016 at the Lesher Center for the Arts at 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek.  For tickets visit
Saturday, March 19 - Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center presents Master Gardeners Open Clinic
The Master Gardeners will host the first ever clinic at the Lafayette Community Garden on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 10am to noon. Representatives will be available to answer your garden questions, hand out materials, share the latest information about growing edibles in our area, and walk through the garden to answer questions about the existing crops. These clinics are open to the public! This event will be repeated from 10am to noon April 30, followed by the 1st Saturday of every month beginning June 4. To register or for more information visit
Saturday, March 19 - EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS! at a one-day S.T.E.M. Conference & Workshop
Open to all Middle School Girls interested in learning more about Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. Hosted by St. Mary's College and presented by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette (OML) Branch. Sponsors include Chevron and the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club. Please take a look at the superb workshops and speakers! This fabulous event opens doors to so many young women at the cost of $20.00! Registration opens at 8am, concludes for the day at 3pm. Learn more here.  
Saturday, March 19 - Lindsay Wildlife's Sixth Annual Faces of Wildlife Gala
It's time to get WILD! Ruffle your feathers and get your tail on the dance floor at Lindsay Wildlife's party of the year! Meet Lindsay's animal ambassadors, browse an auction filled with exciting experiences, and sip the 50 Shades of Great Gray signature cocktail at an evening you won't forget. All proceeds benefit Lindsay's education programs and wildlife rehabilitation. Saturday, March 19, 6pm-11pm. Learn more here.  
Saturday, March 19 - CCPAS Concert: Classical Piano at the Lafayette Library
Bring a friend and enjoy an evening with the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society Master Artists Group. Come and be treated to an hour of classical piano favorites including Nocturne No 4, Op.38 by Lowell Liebermann, La Valse by Maurice Ravel, Rhapsody No.3, Op.11 by Ernst von Dohnanyi and much more! March 19, 7:30pm - 8:30pm in the Community Hall. Learn more here.  
Wednesday, March 23 - DSS Welcomes New York Time Bestselling Author David Talbot
David Talbot's The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government examines the career of Allen Dulles, who, according to Talbot,orchestrated the assassination of JFK at the behest of corporate leaders who perceived the President to be a threat to national security. March 23, 7pm-8:30pm in the Community Hall. Learn more here.  
Thursday, March 24 - The Many Faces of Colon Cancer
Come and experience The Many Faces of Colon Cancer focusing on the unique issues of colorectal cancer patients. Join an engaging  panel of medical experts as they cover the most current information regarding minimally invasive surgical options, latest medical therapies, gastrointestinal follow-up care and genetics. At the Lafayette Library and Learning Center 6:30pm - 8:30 on Thursday, March 24. Space is limited. Advanced registration required.  
Thursday, March 24 - Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery Opening Reception "Boundless"  
Kurt Oskar Weber (1938-2011) "Boundless" opening reception on March 24 from 6-8pm. Original oil paintings from a period of time when the Swiss born artist lived and painted in Emeryville, CA. Exhibit runs through April 23, 2016.
Friday, March 25 - Teenage Band Showcase
A Brighter Day Charity, along with the Lafayette Youth Commission, is thrilled to host our first Teenage Band Showcase.  Bands will perform 2-4 songs with the judges being your local Music Teachers.  All participating members of these bands will receive a recognition/thank you award and the particpants of the winning band of the evening will receive  well-deserved awards.  This will be a fun evening.  Bands will be judged in two ways: First on their music, second on the amount of teenage friends they bring to the event. Friday, March 25, 7pm - 10:30pm at 480 Saint Mary's Road Lafayette. Food will also be available. There is no event charge for this event. Learn more here
Friday, March 25 - Three of Us at the Town Hall Theatre
The Bay Area's greatest acoustic tribute to the Beatles returns to Town Hall for ONE NIGHT ONLY! Friday, March 25, doors open at 7pm, music starts at 8pm. Purchase tickets here.  
Saturday, March 26 - Bunny Brunch - Lafayette Community Center Foundation
A day of bunny fun! Enjoy a pancake breakfast, performer, and egg hunt! 11am - 12:30pm at the Lafayette Community Center. Buy tickets by 4/3 to receive a discount. Ticket price increases to $10.00/per person after 5:00pm on Friday, March 18th. 
Saturday, March 26 - Spring Concert: Flock of Flutes at the Lafayette Library
Join us for the sounds of spring with Flock of Flutes! The group will perform a variety of selections from its broad repertoire, which includes traditional classical pieces and new works written specifically for flute choir. Music lovers of all ages and tastes will find something to enjoy in the course of the program. March 26, 2pm-3pm in the Community Hall. Learn more here.  
Saturday, March 26 - Fourjour at Town Hall
After last year's huge success, Forejour is back and ready to rock Town Hall.  Bringing the best of Foreigner and Journey, THIS NIGHT WILL SELL OUT! Saturday, March 26, doors open at 7pm, music at 8pm. Purchase tickets here
Wednesday, March 30 - Hospice East Bay: The Conversation Project at the Lafayette Library
Join us for the first program in a series about end-of-life issues. The program begins with a screening of the short film "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande. The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. This isn't about filling out Advance Directives or other medical forms. It's about talking to your loved ones about what you or they want for end-of-life care. Trained instructors from Hospice East Bay will help you begin the process. March 30, 6pm-7:30pm in the Arts & Science Discover Center. Learn more here.  
Thursday, March 31 - DSS Presents: Local Author Joe DiPrisco at the Lafayette Library
LLLCF's Distinguished Speaker Series presents Joe DiPrisco, author of "THE ALZHAMMER, Or Keep Your Friends Close and . . . I Forget the Other Thing" This panel discussion of DiPrisco's newest novel, led by the author himself, includes:  Anne Rosenthal, PhD, MFT, CMC: geriatric care specialist and Joe Loya: one-time bank robber, author of 'The Man Who Outgrew His Cell'. March 31, 7pm-8:30pm in the Community Hall. More information here.
Deadline March 31 - Lafayette Community Foundation Grant Application Deadline
The Lafayette Community Foundation provides resources and financial support to numerous worthwhile organizations through gifts and donations from our generous donors. Since 2000, LCF has given over $370,000 in grants to a variety of local organizations, in addition to funds raised for the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. To learn more about LCF Grant Requests click here.  
Starting in March - Certified Sustainability Advisors Program
Are you ready to blaze a trail for others on the road to a healthier environment? Do you want to make a difference and encourage sustainable living in your community?
If yes, the Certified Sustainability Advisors (CSA) Program may be right for you! The CSA Program is presented by Sustainable Contra Costa to train local leaders in the
Sustainability Movement. Learn more here.
March Chamber Events
Tuesday, March 8 -  Lafayette Chamber's Young Professionals - Mix & Mingle @ Postino - 5:30pm  
The next gathering of the Lafayette Chamber's Young Professionals will meet on Tuesday, March 8 at 5:30pm at Postino, 3565 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette. Professionals age 40 and younger are invited to wind down, mix and mingle after work in a wonderful Lafayette venue. Learn more here.

Wednesday, March 16 - DIY Social Media Visual Content 101 Workshop - 8:00 am - 9:30 am - Lafayette Library and Learning Center - Art & Science Classroom.
Step-by-step! Free tools and tips for creating images to share on different social media platforms and your website/blog. FREE! Speaker: Robin S Fox, Digital Strategist. Register here. 
Friday, March 18 - Lafayette's Citizen of the Year Dinner Celebrating Tom Steuber - 6:00pm-9:00pm - Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa  Tom Steuber has presided as Scoutmaster for Lafayette's Boy Scout Troop 204 for twelve years. He has guided hundreds of boys through their scouting journey including an unprecedented 100 scouts that have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. In addition to his work with Lafayette's youth, Tom's company Associated Services, has reached out and supported underprivileged teachers, schools and classrooms throughout the Bay Area.  A remarkable humanitarian and a special Lafayette neighbor. Join us as we celebrate Tom Steuber on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa.  Cocktails at 6:00pm and Dinner at 7:00pm.  You can make reservations by clicking here, or by calling our office at  925-284-7404.  Please make your reservations no later than Wednesday, March 16.
Tuesday, March 22 - Green Committee Meeting - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
 Join us for our monthly Green Committee Open meeting at 12pm (noon) at the Chamber Conference Room.  Please park on the street.

Wednesday, March 23 - Mixer at Clocks Etc - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Our March Monthly Mixer will be held at Clocks Etc on Wednesday, March 23 at 5:30pm at 971 Moraga Road, Lafayette. Celebrate 40 years of Clocks Etc in Lafayette! Excellent networking opportunity.

Friday, March 25 - Business Issues Forum - 8:00 am - 9:00 am - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
 Join us on Friday, March 25 at 8am in the Chamber Conference Room for our Business Issues Forum. This meeting is open to everyone. Please park on the street.