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Welcome to our June, 2016 issue of 
"Local Events Not to Miss"
If you have a non-profit or fundraising event in July, 2016, we would be happy to include you in our July issue - please submit your event by June 17 to
Last chance to catch "Capturing Moments in Motion"
Now through June 4 at 5pm - Moraga Art Gallery

The current show, "Capturing Moments of Motion", will be closing Saturday, June 4 at 5pm at the Moraga Art Gallery. Don't miss your chance to see Josie Osolin's paintings and Fred Yokel's whimsical ceramic figures.
Art Exhibit "Oscar's Excellent Year" at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center 
Now through June - "Homework 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,
California Shakespeare Theater 2016 Season
Now through October 9

Celebrate 25 years at the Bruns Amphitheatre in Orinda this summer!
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.

Single tickets as well as subscriptions are now on sale. Visit for more information.
Fresh & Healthy: Eating Seasonally From The Farmers' Market
Thursday, June 2, 6:30pm-8:30 p.m., Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center, $20

Join holistic chef and nutritional educator Suzanne Aziz in this food demonstration class as she discusses how shopping for local, organic, seasonal foods is best for your health as well as the environment. A healthy living crusader, Suzanne will show you how to prepare easy gluten-free, dairy-free, low-glycemic dishes, such as roasted spring asparagus with aioli, a Mediterranean white bean salad, and a fresh mixed berry tart. Suzanne attended Bauman College for Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts and promotes eating for health deliciously. This class will be fun, informative, and tasty!
Rock the Plaza with The Allmond Brothers Clan
Friday, June 3,  6:30pm-8:30pm,  Lafayette Plaza

Get ready to Rock the Plaza! Join us at Lafayette Plaza Park  -  intersection of Moraga Road and Mt. Diablo Blvd. for live bands each Friday in June from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Friday, June 3 - The Allmond Brothers Clan. There is no cost for this event. Bring a picnic and enjoy the band!
June 4-25, Town Hall Theatre

Woody Allen, the undisputed master of neuroses, pens this tale about Allen Felix, a divorcee who's trying to re-enter the dating world with absolutely no tools in his arsenal. Striking out on all fronts, he turns to the coolest guy he can think of: Humphrey Bogart. But when Bogey's time-specific advice doesn't translate too well into Allen's life, Allen must follow his own heart...and his own confused mind. Town Hall favorite and Bay Area legend Søren Oliver (Town Hall's Art, Twelfth Night and Sly Fox) returns to helm this hysterical story to close out Town Hall's 2015-16 Season. PERFORMANCES: June 4-25. Tickets and full schedule available at or call the box office at (925) 283-1557.
Painting with Light, Photography and Watercolor
June 4-July 9, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery

Painting With Light brings together a diverse group of photographers and a watercolorist. This group of five artists investigate, and are inspired by, the use of light which plays a key role in the work they produce.  Exhibit is on view June 4-July 9 with an Artist's Reception on June 4 from 7pm-9pm. Artist's Talk on June 15, 7pm. Photographers include Maude Pervere, Stephen Elbert, Suzanne Engelberg, Tanya Knoop, and, Watercolorist, Julie Cohn. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00AM-5:00PM and by appointment: (925) 284-1485. Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery is located at 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.
Loaves and Fishes "A Night Under The Stars"
Saturday, June 4, 5pm-10pm, Hacienda de las Flores

A night of dinner and dancing featuring a meal prepared by The Cooperage's Chef Eric Hopfinger and served by the first graduating class of the Loaves and Fishes Culinary Career Pathway Program. Dance under the stars to the rock and roll rhythm of the "The Sun Kings".  Live and Silent Auctions. Starts at 5:00pm. Reserved seating $125.00 per ticket or buy a table for 8 for $900. Hacienda De Las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga. Purchase tickets here.
Getting to Know the Food We Grow
Sunday, June 5, 2:30pm-4pm, Lafayette Community Garden
Join us as we explore seasonal foods grown in the Lafayette Community Garden. Jaime Askew is a certified nutrition consultants on a mission to help people better understand the role nutrition plays in all aspects of our health and well-being. Our classes are free. However, a $5 donation is appreciated to support our education programs. To register for classes or for more information, please visit
"Porcelain Poetry/Textile Treasures"
June 8 - August 13, The Moraga Art Gallery

The show, which includes the gallery's 16 resident artists and several guest artists, runs from June 8th to August 13th. A free public reception is to be held on Saturday, June 11th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Come to meet the artists, sip a glass of wine and enjoy light snacks and live music.
Big Changes in the Delivery of Power to Lafayette
Thursday, June 9, 7pm, Lafayette Library & Learning Center

Whether you have a business or a home in Lafayette, you are about to discover that unless you "opt out" you will soon be receiving your electricity from MCE (Marin Clean Energy).  The city council approved the change as a way to lower the "carbon footprint" of Lafayette.  You have choices.  Learn about them when the Lamorinda Democratic Club hosts COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY  on Thursday, June 9, 7:00pm at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center.  MCE, a non-profit agency, replaces PG&E's job of determining power sources.  Instead of paying PG&E for electric delivery and electric generation, customer will now pay MCE for generation and PG&E for delivery.  You will still be billed by PG&E.  You will have a choice to "opt out" and stay with PG&E or pick one of MCE's programs.  Light Green comes from 52% renewable energy, Deep Green comes from 100% renewable sources and Local Sol comes from 100% local solar.  Costs will vary. For more information visit
BE! Brain Enrichment
Fridays, June 10 - August 12, 2pm-3:30pm, Walnut Creek 
BE! Brain Enrichment is an interactive educational experience for adults with normal age-related memory changes. Research shows that continued participation in mentally stimulating activities throughout the lifespan can help slow cognitive decline and has the potential to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. This 10-week course of one-hour interactive sessions will be facilitated by Giulia Brighi-Donato, LVN, from Eldercare Services, Inc. The program will be held each Friday afternoon for 10 weeks, beginning on June 10, from 2:00 - 3:30 PM. It is not required to attend all 10 weekly sessions in the case you may be out of town or have an appointment. Registration required. Call for more information (925) 253-2300. Learn more here.
Rock the Plaza with Ticket to Ride
Friday, June 10, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Lafayette Plaza 
Get ready to Rock the Plaza! Join us at Lafayette Plaza Park  -  intersection of Moraga Road and Mt. Diablo Blvd. for live bands each Friday in June from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Friday, June 10 - Ticket to Ride. There is no cost for this event. Bring a picnic and enjoy the band!
Soil Sampling, Risk Mapping, And Exposure Management For The Urban Grower
Saturday, June 11, 10am-11:30am, Point Richmond Community Center,  FREE  
In historically industrialized uban areas, the potential for residential yard soils contamination is often high. Many urban residents want to grow their own food for health, economic, and community-building benefits, but are concerned due to nearby environmental issues or sources of contamination in their communities. This workshop-a followup to last year's "Improving Your Soil Quality (for the Urban Grower)"-will provide processes to assess urban soils and manage risk. Participants will increase their understanding of how to sample soils, map those samples and the results in order to prevent exposure and manage risk. The workshop concludes by looking at urban soil safety in the context of heavy-metal-safe-growing and risk management for backyard, production, community and school farms and gardens, with continued emphasis on best practices.
Whole Foods Market Grilling Roadshow
Saturday, June 11, 11am-2pm

Win a Weber Genesis Grill from Orchard Supply Hardware! (valued at $699.99) Come to the Whole Foods Market Grilling Roadshow Saturday, June 11th from 11am-2pm for your chance to win! Learn more here.
Sequins Glitter & Gold Fundraising Dinner in support of the USA Synchro's National Teams
Saturday, June 11, 5:30pm, Orinda Country Club

Meet the 2016 US Olympic Duet! There will be a synchronized swimming exhibition by the Olympic athletes from 5:30-7:30 pm, as well as a dinner and auction from 7:30-10:00 pm at the Orinda Country Club, 315 Camino Sobrante, Orinda. $100/person. Book online at
Home In Harmony: Living With Less Stuff
Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center, $20 
An abundance of material items can smother us in many ways, keeping us from focusing on what really matters. Simplicity brings balance to our life, freedom from distraction and joy to self.  Marian Woodard and Denise Koroslev will present fun, practical ways to organize, declutter, and get our home in shape, while resisting the urge to bring in more stuff.  Kimberly Lam and Anne Baker will show sustainable ways to recycle these discarded items, giving them a new life so they don't end up in our landfill.
Rock the Plaza with The Big Jangle Band
Friday, June 17, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Lafayette Plaza 
Get ready to Rock the Plaza! Join us at Lafayette Plaza Park  -  intersection of Moraga Road and Mt. Diablo Blvd. for live bands each Friday in June from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Friday, June 17 - The Big Jangle Band. There is no cost for this event. Bring a picnic and enjoy the band!
Mt. Diablo Business Women presents How's YOUR LinkedIn Profile and Professional Networking Presence?
Saturday, June 18, 9am-1:30pm, Pleasant Hill Community Center

Join us for a lively, interactive workshop lead by Sandy Jones-Kaminski, LinkedIn Trainer, Strategist, Social Selling Maven, Opportunity Generator, Marketing Speaker, Author. Saturday, June 18, 2016, 9:00am-1:30pm at the Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill. Members: $79, Non-Members $99 - includes lunch, workshop and headshot. Reserve on line at: by June 14, 2016.
PAWS de Tutu, a dog costume competition and paradeto benefit Diablo Ballet's PEEK Outreach Programs
Saturday, June 18, 10am-1pm, Lafayette Reservoir

Diablo Ballet and its Teen Board present their first annual PAWS de Tutu event, June 18 from 10am-1pm at the Lafayette Reservoir.  The dog costume competition and parade, benefitting Diablo Ballet's PEEK Outreach programs. register online at as participation is limited.  Registration fees are $30 for adults and $20 for youth 17 and under.  Every registered participant receives a goodie bag with sponsor coupons, snacks and a t-shirt.
The Longest Day at the Lafayette Reservoir
Monday, June 20, 8am-8pm, Lafayette Reservoir

Join the Alzheimer's Association for The Longest Day at the Lafayette Reservoir to honor those who are facing Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and remember those we have lost to this terrible disease. Spend an hour or more with us walking, running, rowing, picnicking, flying a kite or anything you love doing at the beautiful Lafayette Reservoir, to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer's disease. We'll be there Monday, June 20 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm with music, activities, refreshments, and prizes. Meet at the stage area to the left for 9am-10am: Yoga, 10am-11am: Walk, 11-12: Yoga, 12pm-1pm: Walk.  To RSVP, visit:
Rock the Plaza with 2016 Lamorinda Idol Finalists
Friday, June 24, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Lafayette Plaza

Get ready to Rock the Plaza! Join us at Lafayette Plaza Park  -  intersection of Moraga Road and Mt. Diablo Blvd. for live bands each Friday in June from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Friday, June 24 - 2016 Lamorinda Idol Finalists. There is no cost for this event. Bring a picnic and enjoy the band!
Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center Discovering Connection Through Miwok Eyes Summer Camp
Summer Camp Session I: July 11-14 (Mon-Thu), 8:30-11:30AM. Session II. July 18-21 (Mon-Thu), 8:30-11:30AM. Both sessions at the Lafayette Community Garden, 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd. (across from and just west of Lafayette Reservoir).

We'll explore Nature's land, plants, trees, and animals, make acorn meal, arrow shafts,
clapper sticks, and more. And from all this, you will see that as a prism can create a rainbow, so we can know the colors of the wind. Ages: 8-12 years old. Instructor: Peggy Magilen. Fee: $40 ($15 deposit required at time of registration) Register at
CHP Wants Your Feedback!!! 
In an ongoing effort to monitor and improve the services provided to the public, the CHP is requesting your assistance in evaluating its performance. Please take a few moments to answer the questions on the survey. By completing the survey, you will enable the CHP to address your concerns, develop solutions to potential problems, and better serve the needs of the community. Click here to complete the short survey.
Tips on Preventing Burglaries

Chief Christensen shares some tips on preventing burglaries.  Although it addresses primarily residential property, you can certainly learn how to better prepare your business as well.
Upcoming Lafayette Chamber Events

Lamorinda Tooth Buds Thursday, June 2 - Ribbon Cutting at Lamorinda Tooth Buds - Pediatric Dentistry - 5pm - 5:30pm - 3501 School Street

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at new Lafayette business - Lamorinda Tooth Buds - Pediatric Dentistry on Thursday, June 2 at 5pm. Lamorinda Tooth Buds - Pediatric Dentistry is located at 3501 School Street.  

Wednesday, June 15 - Social Media Workshop: 3 Easy Steps to Get Your Business and Website Found on Google - 8:00 am - 9:30 am - Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Join us for our June Social Media Workshop on Wednesday, June 15 at 8am at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Presented by the President of the Bay Area Search Engine Academy. This workshop is free but registration is requested. Please make your reservation by sending an email to or by registering here.

Capital Advantage Wednesday, June 22 - Mixer - Capital Advantage Inc. - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm - 3708 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 200
Join us for our monthly mixer at Capital Advantage Inc. on Wednesday, June 22 at 5:30pm. Capital Advantage Inc. is located at 3708 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 200.

Friday, June 24 - Coffee with the Mayor - 8:00 am - 9:00 am - Chamber Conference Room
Join us for Coffee with the Mayor with Mayor Mark Mitchell on Friday, June 24 at 8am in the Chamber Conference Room. This meeting is open to everyone. Thanks to PG&E for sponsoring this event! Please park on the street.

Tuesday, June 28 - Green Committee Open Meeting - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Join us for the Green Committee Open Meeting at 12pm (noon) at the Lafayette Chamber Conference Room. Please park on the street.

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Jay Lifson, Executive Director