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

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 more 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 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 as well as subscriptions are now on sale. Visit for more information. 
Sunday, May 1 - 13th Annual JF Kapnek Trust Family Fun Run - 9am-12noon - Miramonte High School 
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 - Man's War Against Weeds, Insects and Rodents - 3pm-4:30pm - Lafayette Community Garden  
Be ready for an hour of funny stories and serious data that provides evidence for taking a precautionary approach to commonly used pesticides. You will become informed on topics you took for granted and learn about the least toxic alternatives to any pest problem. There will be a Q&A. 
Sunday, May 1 - 28th Annual What's in Our Hat? Las Trampas Fundraiser - 3pm-6:30pm - Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa
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!
Monday, May 2 - Lamorinda Drum Circle with Kathy Quain - 12pm-1pm - Lamorinda Music  
Looking forward to drumming together again! We'll warm up with light playing as people arrive then center with deep breathing before drumming more. All are welcome including beginners. First Monday of each month, 12noon-1pm at Lamorinda Music, 81 Lafayette Circle. 
May 3- May 31 - Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery Exhibit Dedicated to Community
In May the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery turns its attention to the emerging collector. Contemporary and modern art from the Bay Area and beyond. We will exhibit gallery artists with original works on paper, and small paintings in all media. Pricing for original paintings start at $200. Additionally, a portion of all proceeds during the month of May will be donated to The Lafayette Juniors non-profit. Read more about this wonderful organization and purchase tickets for the May 14 Kitchen Tour at: The exhibit will be open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm and by appointment May 3-31. Art and Wine Reception on Thursday May 12, 7pm-9pm featuring Virage wines and winemaker Emily Richer. 
Tuesday, May 3; Monday, May 9; Tuesday, May 17 and Tuesday, May 31 - Developing and Implementing your Illness and Injury Prevention Program Seminars
UC Berkeley's Labor Occupational Health Program is providing free half-day Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) trainings for small businesses. Every business is required to have an IIPP. Some seminars are focused on specific industries. For specifics, please visit
Wednesday, May 4 - Men's Health Seminar - 6:30-8:30pm - San Ramon Regional Medical Center
Looking for relief from an enlarged prostate without medication or major surgery? Learn about a whole new approach to BPH treatment that doesn't require ongoing medication or major surgery from Parminder Sethi, MD - Urologist with Pacific Urology. San Ramon Regional Medical Center is located at 7777 Norris Canyon Road, San Ramon. SPACE IS LIMITED - PLEASE RSVP by calling (855) 564-9722.
Thursday and Friday, May 5 and 6 at 8pm, Saturday, May 7 at 2pm and 8pm - TOWN HALL EDUCATION PRESENTS GILBERT & SULLIVAN'S "H.M.S. PINAFORE" 
Perhaps the greatest operetta ever conceived, Gilbert & Sullivan's classic hilarious tale focuses on Josephine, the daughter of an Admiral (who has no business being an Admiral), who falls in love with a lowly sailor far below her station. With twists & turns galore, the hysterical and timely comedy pokes fun at politics, love, and certain individuals who rise to power with absolutely zero qualifications. The musical is performed by the middle and high school students of Town Hall's multiple award-winning educational program, and all proceeds go directly to fund future education classes as well as establish financial aid scholarships for students. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT TOWNHALLTHEATRE.COM OR CALL THE BOX OFFICE AT (925) 283-1557. 
Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7 - Diablo Ballet presents CELEBRATED MASTERS
Diablo Ballet's final program of the 22nd season, Celebrated Masters, features a new production of Carnival of the Imagination by Robert Dekkers, set to Camille Saint-SaŽns's famous 'The Carnival of the Animals,' Hamlet and Ophelia by acclaimed dance maker Val Caniparoli and Mythic Place, a new work by Isadora Duncan Dance Award winner, Gary Masters.  Each performance is followed by an interactive Q&A with the dancers and choreographers, and includes a complimentary dessert & coffee reception, with an opportunity for the audience members to get up close and personal with the artists. May 6 and 7 and 8pm, May 7 at 2pm at the Del Valle Theatre, 1963 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. TICKETS: $24-$44 (925) 943-7469; 
Saturday, May 7 - Growing Tomatoes - 3pm-4:30pm - Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center
Are you interested in knowing more about how to plant tomatoes? Do you have questions about what to add to the soil? Are you curious about whether or not you can grow tomatoes in containers? Helen Erickson, UC Master Gardener of Contra Costa County, will offer a presentation about how to grow tomatoes. She will cover the best ways to plant them (including how deeply to put them in the ground), where to plant them in your garden, what to add to the soil, and what to look for if you want to grow in containers. For more information and to register click here.   
Saturday, May 7 - Gold Coast Chamber Players joined by San Francisco Symphony musicians for their season finale, 'Boundless' - 7pm - Lafayette Library Community Hall
Boundless, the fifth and final concert of Gold Coast Chamber Player's 2015-2016 series, showcases music by J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy and Dmitri Shostakovich for piano and strings. The concert will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Lafayette Library Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette. A pre-concert talk will start the evening at 7pm. 
Thursday, May 12 - Bike to Work Day
Invite your company, friends and family to be a part of the growing number of people bicycling to work, to school, to shop or just for fun. Celebrate the Bay Area's Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 12. Pledge to ride and win prizes, visit your local energizer stations for great giveaways, celebrate at your local Bike Happy Hour. For a list of energizer stations and more information visit 
Thursday, May 12 - You're Invited to Celebrate Pilates Day 2016 - 5:30pm-7:30pm - Absolute Center
Find out about the history of Pilates, learn about Absolute Center's new approach to Pilates - primal movement WORKS! Hear from Theo St. Francis, competitive swimmer and MIT student about how Pilates has reshaped his recovery from spinal cord injury. Light refreshments and raffle prizes! Absolute Center, 3758 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Ste 101. For more information call (925)  299-9642. 
Thursday, May 12 - FREE MOVIE NIGHT The Wizard of Oz - 7pm - Orinda Theatre
Free movie night at the Orinda Theatre is the second Thursday of every month at 7pm. Thursday, May 12 is The Wizard of Oz. For more information visit
Saturday, May 14 - Lafayette Juniors 17th Annual Kitchen Tour - 10am-3pm
Lafayette Juniors 17th Annual Kitchen Tour will be held on Saturday, May 14th from 10am-3pm. Tour six Lafayette homes for a great cause, with beautifully designed classic kitchens and a transitional kitchen featured in Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn catalogues. The Tour benefits Youth Homes, Diablo Ballet's PEEK Outreach Program, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, and Lamorinda Spirit Van. Tickets are $40 ($35 tax deductible), box lunch available for $15. Purchase tickets at or Lafayette's Premier Kitchens.
Saturday, May 14 -Concert at the Res - 11am-3pm - Lafayette Reservoir
The Rotary Club of Lafayette invites you to join them for an afternoon of music and entertainment on the stage at the Lafayette Reservoir.  Performers include the Big Band of Rossmoor, Stanley Symphonic Band, Acalanes Symphonic Band, Bently High School, Westlake Middle School (Oakland), Town Hall Troupe and Lamorinda Theatre Academy.  Bring a picnic or grab a dog and a soda at the event.  The stage is on the Reservoir path to the left of the parking lot.  The event is FREE.   
Saturday, May 14 - Moraga Community Faire and Car Show - 11am-4pm - Rheem Valley Shopping Center
The Moraga Community Faire & Car Show will be held from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, May 14 in the town's Rheem Valley Shopping Center - offering a wonderful opportunity for a "family fun day" with a climbing wall, bounce house, games, music, arts and crafts, local food trucks, local wine and over 70 amazing classic cars. Free to attend, the Faire is organized and sponsored by the Moraga Chamber of Commerce; visit
Saturday, May 14 - Plan(t) Ahead - 1pm-2pm - Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center
Join Dena Hollowood, Children's Librarian, at the Lafayette Community Garden for a special outdoor storytime about planning and planting for the future. Kids will have a chance to break open pumpkins and plant seeds and seedling to take home. What a great opportunity to watch our little plants grow into pumpkins in time for Halloween! Kids must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver. Click here for more information.  
Saturday, May 14 - Creaturescon is Coming! - The Rheem Theatre
Creaturescon is the only convention devoted 100% to the hit Bay Area TV Show "Creature Features". Ten solid hours of creature feature with complete shows, film rarities, panels, dealers, guests and a lot more! 
Sunday, May 15 - Lights, Camera, Action... Lamorinda ShortDocs Film Fest
Get ready for the Lamorinda ShortDocs Film Fest!  Lamorinda Arts Council has accepted submissions of documentary films, 6 minutes or less, from filmmakers of all ages from March 1 through April 24. Judges have selected 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! 
Sunday, May 15 - Hacienda de las Flores Centennial de Mayo Celebration - 12noon-5pm
Step back in time, enjoy the beautiful grounds and learn about the Hacienda's rich history. Fun for all ages! Free admission, authentic Mexican food and drinks, live Mariachi Band, hourly piŮata contests, tortilla making, Mexican tile painting, cupcake walks and more. Limited onsite parking; shuttle available from Donald Rheem Elementary, 90 Laird Drive. Presented by the Hacienda Foundation in cooperation with Moraga Parks and Rec. (Not a Moraga School District endorsed or sponsored event). Don't Miss the Hacienda de las Flores Centennial de Mayo celebration May 15, noon to 5pm, 2100 Donald Drive. 
Sunday, May 15 - Wine, Women and Shoes - 2pm-6pm - Pleasant Hill Community Center's Perera Pavilion
Sip fine wines from top vintners, savor delicious food bits, shop the latest in shows and fashion accessories, minge with Shoe Guys, bid on one-of-a-kind silent and live auction items, kick up your heels for a fashion show. Sunday, May 15 2pm-6pm at the Pleasant Hill Community Center's Perera Pavilion. Benefitting Pleasant Hill Recreation and Rehabilitation Services of Northern CA. 
Monday, May 16 - Sneakers & Paws Walk for Hospice - 8:30am-11:00am - Creekside golf course path at Rossmoor
Enjoy an easy, half-hour walk around the Creekside golf course path. What a fun way to your exercise AND raise funds for Hospice East Bay, which has provided 38 years of comfort and support for Rossmoor residents. Learn more here. 
Monday, May 16 - 37th Gael Golf Classic - 9:30am-7pm - Moraga Country Club 
Support the Gael Athletics at the 37th Gael Golf Classic on Sunday, May 16 at the Moraga Country Club. For more information call (925) 631-4966, email or visit their website.  
Tuesday, May 17 - Taste of Lafayette - 5:30pm-9pm - Lafayette Plaza Park 
Join us for the Taste of Lafayette on Tuesday, May 17 in downtown Lafayette. We have a great line up of restaurants for you to taste this year. Starting with savory appetizers in the plaza 5:30pm-6:30pm with music by Red House Studios. The restaurant tastings will be from 6:30-8:30pm. Coffee and dessert reception back in the plaza from 8-9pm. Raffle and auction to benefit the Lafayette Community Foundation and the programs and services of the Lafayette Chamber. Raffle tickets are $25/each or 5 for $100 & can be purchased at the Lafayette Chamber office, at the Taste or via email at  Need not be present to win. Event Tickets are on sale now. Early Bird $45 before May 6. Remember we sold out last year. Don't miss out!  Purchase tickets here.  
Tuesday, May 17 - Breast Cancer Update - 6:30pm-8:30pm - Lafayette Library Community Room

Join our panel of breast cancer specialists as they present a breast cancer update from recent San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting. The physicians will cover the exciting new data from the latest clinical trials, FDA approved treatments, surgical and radiation outcomes and advances in systemic therapies. Admission is free but space is limited. Advanced Registration required. To RSVP call 925-677-5041 x272.  

Saturday, May 21 - Open House at Cherry Lane - 10:30am-12pm - Youth Homes Residential Home in Lafayette
Join Youth Homes for a tour of Cherry Lane and it's orchard, meet our staff and learn more about foster youth and our outcomes. RSVP by calling (925) 949-5489 or sending an email to  
Saturday, May 21 - Whole Foods Market Lafayette's 5th Anniversary - 11am-2pm
To say 'thank you' and celebrate all the milestones we have achieved together you are invited to an open house on Saturday, May 21 from 11am-2pm. Whole Foods Market would like to show our appreciation for everyone who has supported our store and been a part of this community.    
Saturday, May 21 - Fairy Door Workshop - 2pm-4:30pm -Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center
Do you want more magic in your garden? Join Susan Dannenfelser, Artist and LCG&OLC Board Member, to create a special portal for magic to enter! We will have materials for you to create a magical window, door or other mysterious portal for fairies, elves, gnomes and their friends to enter and become new inhabitants of your garden! For more information click here
Saturday, May 21 - The Rheem USO Canteen - 7pm - The Rheem Theatre
A Memorial Day Tribute to the songs and memories of war ballads, patriotic songs, and just good ole American patriotism. The New Rheem Theatre.   
Opening night May 28, 2016, 8pm - MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Shakespeare's sharpest comedy By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Kenneth Lin and Jackson Gay with additional text by Kenneth Lin Directed by Jackson Gay. Shakespeare's sharpest comedy about the thin line between love and hate is re-imagined through the eyes of Dogberry and his men, taking Beatrice and Benedick's highfalutin "will-they-or-won't-they" affair to a new level of hilarity. Director Jackson Gay, named one of the "power players of Off-Broadway" by the New York Times (along with House of Cards writer Kenneth Lin) adds some surprising new twists to this classic and classist tale. Runs May 25-June 19. Tickets: 
Saturday, May 28 - Time for a Harold Lloyd Festival - 7pm - The Rheem Theatre
Come see the vintage Harold Lloyd comedy Grandma's Boy, a splendid hour long feature from 1922. Live baby grand piano score by Patti Liedecker and Harold Lloyd lecture by Derek Zemrak. 
Saturday-Monday, May 28-29-30 - Bay Area KidFest Memorial Day Weekend - 10am-6pm (closes 5pm Monday).
27th annual KidFest is the East Bay's largest annual family event with dozens of activities for kids, tweens and parents. Kid's Celebration, America's No. 1 Family Game Show; Cirque Adventure acrobatics, high-flying aerial acts and family fun; BMX Bike Stunt Show plus scooter and skateboard demos; Superstars Raphael and Michelangelo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Olaf from "Frozen." Nonstop entertainment on community stage plus more free activities - face painting, balloon art, sports, golf, bounces and crawls, Kid's Town America and Bike Rodeo. Arts & crafts and exhibitor booths, plus food court, 20 rides and much more. Admission $6 per person with the donation of a canned good for the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano. $7 without can donation. Babies under 24 months and seniors 65+ are FREE. Free valet bike parking daily. Benefits local non-profits. Downtown Concord, 2450 Grant St. 
Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day Commemoration at KidFest - 12:00pm 
6th annual Memorial Day ceremony on the main stage at Bay Area KidFest with World Champ Concord Blue Devils C Corps, young singing phenom Janelle Feraro performing the Star Spangled Banner and other patriotic songs with the Mt. Diablo High School Jr. ROTC color guard. Downtown Concord, 2450 Grant St. 
Now enrolling - Orinda Academy Summer Session 2016
Now enrolling - Orinda Academy Summer Session 2016
The Orinda Academy is offering two summer sessions, June 20-July 12 and July 14-August 5, for high school credit, enrichment, course preview or review, college preparatory, and/or graduation requirements. Enrollment is now open. 
May Chamber Events
Wednesday, May 18 - Social Media Workshop: Keep Social Media Simple - but Engaging: Top 3 Things You Need to Know Today - 8am - Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Join us for our May Social Media Workshop: Keep Social Media Simple - but Engaging: Top 3 Things You Need to Know Today on Wednesday, May 18 at 8am at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. Presented by Robin S. Fox, Digital Strategist. This workshop is free but registration is requested. Please make your reservation by sending an email to

Tuesday, May 24 - Green Committee Open Meeting - 12noon-1pm - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Join us for our next Green Committee Open Meeting at 12pm (noon) at the Lafayette Chamber Conference Room. Please park on the street.

Wednesday, May 25 - Mixer at Lace & Bustle - 5:30pm-7pm
Join us for our monthly mixer on Wednesday, May 25 at Lace & Bustle from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Lace & Bustle is located at 3569 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite E.

Thursday, May 26 - Ribbon Cutting at Oakbay Chiropractic - 10am-10:30am
Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at new Chamber member and Lafayette business -  Oakbay Chiropractic - Lamorinda on Thursday, May 26 at 10:00am. This new time will include a KKDV92.1 Free Ultimate Coffee Break! Dr. Mylo Magtoto will be interviewed for radio streaming of the event during the event. We will commence to the ribbon cutting ceremony with full tummies and lots of coffee. Oakbay Chiropractic - Lamorinda is located at 1080 Carol Lane.

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day - Chamber Office will be Closed 

View our May/June/July 2016 Upcoming Events Flyer.