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

Now 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.
Now through Saturday, April 23 - Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery "Boundless"  
Kurt Oskar Weber (1938-2011) "Boundless" 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. 
Now 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. 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 15! Register today!
Now through May 16 - Host a French Exchange Student in Summer 2016!   
CCI Greenheart is currently seeking volunteer host families in the Lafayette area! Program Dates are July 7 - July 27, 2016. Deadline to sign up is May 16. Please contact Local Coordinator, Randi Grant at or visit  
Now through June 4 - Moraga Art Gallery "Capturing Moments of Motion"
The Moraga Art Gallery announces a new show entitled "Capturing Moments of Motion" highlighting paintings by resident artist Josie Osolin and figurative ceramic sculpture by guest artist Fred Yokel. The show runs from March 23 through June 4, 2016. The exhibit and reception are free and the public is invited to attend. The gallery is located in the Rheem Shopping Center, at 522 Center Street, Moraga. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 12noon to 5pm For m.ore information call (925) 376-5407 or go to
Now through June - Art Exhibit "Oscar's Excellent Year" at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center   
The City of Lafayette Public Art Committee welcomes its latest art exhibit "Oscar's Excellent Year" featuring local artist, Joanne Taeuffer. The exhibit is on display in the "Homework Center" at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center now through June.  The "Homework Center" is located inside the library and is accessible during regular library operating hours. For more information contact Juliet Hansen, Lafayette Public Art Committee,   
Now through October 9 - California Shakespeare Theater Announces 2016 Season
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Shakespeare's sharpest comedy, May 25-June 19; AUGUST WILSON'S FENCES, Cal Shakes debut of Pulitzer-prize winning playwright, July 6-31; YOU NEVER CAN TELL, Shaw's romantic farce for modern audiences; Aug 10-Sept 4; and OTHELLO, Eric Ting's Cal Shakes directorial debut, Sept 14-Oct 9. Celebrate 25 years at the Bruns Amphitheatre in Orinda this summer. Single tickets go on sale April 4. Visit for subscription and ticket information. 
Friday, April 1 - The Business of Health Care and Health Care as a Business: The Role of Human Rights and Social Justice    
The Elfenworks Center for Responsible Business invites you to our 2nd Annual Conference on Friday, April 1 from 12:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Soda Activity Center to explore what role human rights and social justice should play in the business of health care and health care as a business. For information and to RSVP, click here
Saturday, April 2 - Making the Most of Your Relationship with Your Garden 
Darlene DeRose, Certified Master Gardener and Ecotherapist, will lead this workshop designed to deepen garden members' experience of this reciprocity. Saturday, April 2, 1pm-2pm at the Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center, 3932 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette (across from and just west of the Lafayette Reservoir). 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
Sunday, April 3 - Prepping Your Edible Garden for Spring at the Lafayette Community Garden   
Join Bay Friendly Landscape Professional, Master Composter and Garden Educator Lori Caldwell to learn the basics of preparing a productive, healthy vegetable garden.  Sunday, April 3, 2:30pm-4pm at the Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center, 3932 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette (across from and just west of the Lafayette Reservoir). 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  
Saturday, April 9 - 3rd Annual Dogtown Downtown
Join us for our third annual Dogtown Downtown on Saturday, April 9 from 10am-12pm at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center & the Lafayette Plaza. Doggie Parade at 10am from the Lafayette Plaza Park to the Lafayette Library & Learning Center. In addition to the parade there will be a activities, demonstrations, exhibits and contests! Learn more here
Saturday, April 9 - Pet Portrait LIVE Painting with Artist Robert Carter at the Jennifer Permutter Gallery   
Watch a pet portrait created before your eyes with oil painter, Robert Carter. Dog treats on hand. Drop by with your dog before heading down to the parade or after Lafayette's Dogtown Downtown event. Saturday, April 9th, 10am-1pm at the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Robert will be accepting commissions for your pet portrait on Saturday. The gallery will donate a percentage of any portrait commission ordered on April 9 to the Contra Costa Humane Society. Learn more here.
Tuesday, April 12 - Forget-Me-Not Workshop by Hospice East Bay
Decorate a flower pot in commemoration of your loved one, and take home a seed packet of Forget-Me-Not flowers to plant in their memory. Pleasant Hill Office, 3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, 6pm-8pm. Pre-register by April 5. Hospice East Bay offers frequent other programs including Parent Loss Support Group and Spouse and Partner Loss Group. Call (925) 887-5681 or email for more information.  
Friday, April 15 - Lamorinda Winegrowers AVA Celebration    
Tax Day Got You Down? Come celebrate instead with the Lamorinda Wine Growers Association on its new designation as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) -- The Only AVA exclusive to Contra Costa County and one of 233 AVAs in the U.S. Your $25 ticket includes an Lamorinda AVA Commemorative wine glass. Lamorinda wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Dress is casual. Friday, April 15, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Lafayette Library Community Hall. Tickets are limited so order soon!  Please RSVP by April 8. 
Saturday, April 16 - 6th Annual Lafayette Community Music Festival: A Benefit Concert for The Town Hall Theatre
For the last five years, Town Hall has been home to the Lafayette Community Music Festival, and in 2016, the event is bigger and better than ever! Don't miss this unbelievable evening of acoustic music from some of the hottest local talent! This year's lineup includes: Dream Posse, Stevie Coyle, Garageland Rodeo, Hard Rain, Reminisce, Gary Peare, And loads more! Saturday, April 16, Doors open at 6:30pm, music at 7:30pm. $25 Advance Tickets, $30 At-Door.  Purchase tickets here
Sunday, April 17 - Bay Area Kids' Book Fair - East Bay Edition   
Inaugural free event with booths for authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, educational programs, S.T.E.M. & S.T.E.A.M. programs, enrichment and commercial vendors. Meet and greet The Cat in the Hat, Elephant & Piggie, Olaf from "Frozen" and Curious George.  Huge "The Boxcar Children" Bay Area Garden Railway display. Free Admission & Free Parking. Sunday, April 17, 10am-4pm at Acalanes High School, 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd., Lafayette. More information at
Thursday, April 21 - Lamorinda Republican Women Federated host Luncheon Speaker Larry Greenfield
The Lamorinda Republican Women Federated will host speaker Larry Greenfield on Thursday, April 21. 11:15 AM Social; Noon Lunch, $26 per person with Lunch. $15 per person Speaker Only. Orinda Country Club, 315 Camino Sobrante, Orinda. Register by Friday, April 15 by
calling Dorothy Plummer at 925-228-4102 or Learn more at  
Saturday, April 23 - 10th Annual Moraga Triathlon  
Beginner or experienced triathletes can register for this great "sprint-distance" fitness event at Age categories are 5 to 7, 8 to 11, and 12 and up. Fees increase April 1, so register NOW to participate! Volunteers receive a free event T-shirt and are needed in the swim/transition/registration areas, at the finish line, and as course monitors for the run and bike portions. Individuals or groups  interested in volunteering please email
Saturday, April 23 - Orinda Action Day
On Saturday, April 23 from 9:30 am to noon, the City of Orinda will be beautified and cleaned during the eighth annual Orinda Action Day of Community Service by community volunteers. Join in the fun! Check-in time is 9:30am at the Orinda Library Plaza on 26 Orinda Way, Orinda. The first 300 volunteers will receive a free tee-shirt, snacks and coffee upon registration.  Our D.J. and "Voice of Orinda", Steve Harwood, will be presenting prizes for unusual "finds." Volunteer Fair will also be held on the Orinda Libary Plaza where you can connect with local non-profits. For more information visit
Saturday, April 23 - Assistance League of Diablo Valley's Operation School Bell Celebrates 50,000 Children Clothed
One of ten philanthropic programs, Assistance League® of Diablo Valley's nationally acclaimed Operation School Bell® has reached a milestone by clothing 50,000 children since 1994.  Celebrate with them on Saturday, April 23 at 11am. Festivities include refreshments, gift certificate drawings and discount coupons for the thrift shop. Assistance League Way Side Inn Thrift Shop is located at 3521 Golden Gate Way in
Lafayette. Learn more here.
Sunday, April 24 - 2016 Lafayette Earth Day Festival
The 2016 Lafayette Earth Day Festival will be held on Sunday, April 24 from 11am-3pm at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Click here for more information.  
Tuesday, April 26 - Orinda Restaurants Tour
Dining Al Fresco in Orinda is back this Spring on Tuesday April 26 from 6pm-8pm.  The event will be held throughout and about Theater Square in downtown Orinda with most of
the Orinda restaurants providing samples of some of their finest offerings to tour participants who want to "taste" Orinda at its finest all in one, easy walking tour. Come enjoy your favorite places and discover the latest editions to Orinda dining scene.  The event is proposed by the Orinda Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at This year part of the sale will benefit the Miramonte High School Boosters Club. 
Friday, April 29 - Orinda Trivia Bee
The Orinda Chamber of Commerce and the Orinda Rotary present the Orinda Trivia Bee on Friday, April 29 at St Stephen's Episcopal Church, 66 St Stephens Dr, Orinda. Cost is $360 per team (up to 6 people per team), which includes a family style dinner. Doors open at 5pm, dinner at 6pm and the game is on at 7pm sharp. Winners take a cash prize for the nonprofit of their choice. Reserve your table today, only 16 tables are available. Purchase your table online at  More information on the website, call  254-3909, or email
Saturday, April 30 - Acalanes High School Color Run
Be a part of the 1st Annual Acalanes Color Run! Our family friendly 1.5 mile course takes you through the Acalanes campus and grounds. There will be 5 color stations along the course that will transform you into a colorful rainbow by the time you cross the finish line. Each registered participant will receive a limited edition event shirt and be entered to win raffle prizes. The finish zone will have music, food and fun for all! This is not a timed event so feel free to skip, walk, or jog, just don't miss out! When life gives you color you run with it! Race starts at 9am, check-in begins at 8am. Cost:
$26.00/participant. Register here.  
Saturday, April 30 - Moraga Juniors Garden Tour
Stunning outdoor kitchens, dynamic water features, creative recreation areas and beautiful plants will all be on display at the 11th Moraga Juniors Garden Tour on Saturday, April 30, 2016. The self-guided tour, which takes place from 10am to 3pm, will showcase five unique gardens in the Lamorinda area. Guests will gather ideas and inspiration while supporting the Moraga Juniors' 2016 beneficiary. Tickets are $40 and will be available for sale at Across the Way in Moraga, McDonnell Nursery in Orinda and Orchard Nursery in Lafayette. Tickets may also be purchased online at
Sunday, May 1 - 13th Annual JF Kapnek Trust Family Fun Run
Run, Walk, Jog...Eat, Dance, Play...Help support children and families affected by AIDS in Zimbabwe!  Get your family and friends together for the 13th Annual JF Kapnek Trust Family FUN RUN and post-race brunch.  All race participants receive a t-shirt and delicious post-race Brunch, Music, Kids' Craft Booth, Face Painting, Prizes for the top finishers and MORE! Sunday, May 1, 9am to 12noon. Miramonte High School, 750 Moraga Way, Orinda. Register at
Sunday, May 1 - 28th Annual What's in Our Hat? Las Trampas Fundraiser
Steel drums, Harry Belafonte and more happening at the 28th Annual What's in Our Hat? Las Trampas fundraiser on Sunday, May 1, 3pm-6:30pm at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa.  Dollars raised go directly to support individuals with developmental disabilities ... and one lucky person wins $10,000! Could be you! Details
April Chamber Events
Tuesday, April 12 - Green Committee Open Meeting - 12pm-1pm - Lafayette Chamber Offices
Join us for the Green Committee Open Meeting at 12pm (noon) at the Lafayette Chamber Conference Room. This is the rescheduled meeting from March 22. Please park on the street.

Wednesday, April 20 - Lamorinda Small Business Forum - 5:30pm-7pm - Lamorinda Music
The Lamorinda Small Business Forum will be held on Wednesday, April 20 from 5:30pm-7pm at Lamorinda Music, 81 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette.

Friday, April 22 - Coffee with the Mayor - 8am-9am - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Join us for Coffee with the Mayor with Mayor Mark Mitchell on Friday, April 22 at 8am in the Chamber Conference Room. This meeting is open to everyone. Please park on the street.

Friday, April 22 - 6th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Earth Day Lunch Hour Cleanup - 12pm-1pm
Join Us Friday, April 22, for the 6th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Earth Day Lunch Hour Cleanup!
Hunsucker Goodstein PC will be conducting its 6th Annual Earth Day Lunch Hour Cleanup at the Lafayette Reservoir.  We invite you to join HG, the Lafayette Chamber Green Committee and Byron Park at the Lafayette Reservoir Visitor's Center at 12 noon on Friday, April 22. Gloves, garbage buckets, litter sticks and vests will be provided.  As in the past, lunch for all volunteers will be provided by Byron Park prior to the Reservoir cleanup. Please RSVP to Marie Montoya at or (925) 299-5113.

Tuesday, April 26 - 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.

Tuesday, April 26 - Workshop: Create an effective video to attract clients/develop personal brand! - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Come join the Lafayette Chamber's Young Professionals and learn how You CAN create effective, authentic videos that bring in clients or develop personal brand within your workplace! Workshop by Stephanie Shaterian, owner of fLO Content Marketing & long time Young Pro member. Please park on the street. Learn more here.

Wednesday, April 27 - April Mixer at Douglah Designs Plumbing, Tile & Lighting - 5:30pm-7pm
Our April mixer will be a joint mixer with the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce. Join us Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Douglah Designs Plumbing, Tile and Lighting, 3535 Mt. Diablo Blvd. from 5:30pm-7pm.

Thursday, April 28 - Ribbon Cutting at The Tail Haven Hotel & Day Lounge - 5pm-5:30pm
Join us for a ribbon cutting at The Tail Haven Hotel & Day Lounge on Thursday, April 28 at 5pm. The Tale Haven Hotel & Day Lounge is located at 3399 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 
Tuesday, May 17 - Taste of Lafayette - 5:30pm-9pm - Lafayette Plaza Park
Join us for a tour of Lafayette's finest dining establishments! Enjoy the opportunity to sample the signature cuisine of each restaurant. Wine reception, tastings, coffee and dessert plus musical entertainment, raffle and auction to benefit the Lafayette Community Foundation and the programs and services of the Chamber. Tickets are $45 before May 6 and $50 per person thereafter. Learn more here.