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Welcome to our July, 2016 issue of 
"Local Events Not to Miss"
If you have a non-profit or fundraising event in August, 2016, we would be happy to include you in our August issue - please submit your event by July 22 to
Painting with Light, Photography and Watercolor
Now through 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 now through July 9. Photographers include Maude Pervere, Stephen Elbert, Suzanne Engelberg, Tanya Knoop, and, Watercolorist, Julie Cohn. Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery is located at 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.
"Porcelain Poetry/Textile Treasures"
Now through August 13, The Moraga Art Gallery

The Moraga Art Gallery presents "Porcelain Poetry/Textile Treasures",  a new show featuring beautifully-crafted, functional pottery by member artist Donna Arganbright of Lafayette and a selection of vibrant quilts created by guest artist Denise Oyama Miller. The show, which includes the gallery's 16 resident artists and several guest artists, runs through August 13.
Art Exhibit at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center 
Now through September 13, Lafayette Library Community Hall

The City of Lafayette Public Art Committee welcomes its newest art exhibit at the Lafayette Library featuring oil paintings by Geoff Meredith, pastels and watercolors by Dalia Alekna and ceramics by Olga Jusidman. For more information contact Juliet Hansen, Lafayette Public Art Committee,
Orinda 4th of July Parade 2016

The Orinda Association invites you to enjoy the 4th of July starting with a 7:30am Pancake Breakfast, 8am Haley's Color Run for a Reason, and 9am Book Sale. The Parade will begin at 10:00am followed by a Southside Party at 11am and Party in the Park at 11:30am. For parade route and more information click here.  

Town of Moraga Fourth of July Celebration

Start the morning off with the Kirsten Buckley Fun Run to support Campolindo athletic teams. Pancake Breakfast at the Commons starts at 8:00am. Booths in the Commons from 9am-1pm, activities, food, music and more all afternoon. Fireworks estimated start time is 9:30pm. For more information click here

August Wilson's fierce drama Fences at California Shakespeare Theater
July 6-31

It's the late 1950's, and Rose and Troy Maxson have been happily married in their Northeast Pittsburgh black neighborhood for eighteen years. We watch this vibrant African-American community weave in and out of the house with Rose, a fierce caretaker and loyal wife, and Troy, former Negro Leagues baseball player-turned-garbageman, at the center of the action. Through one important event, the Maxson family is thrown into turmoil, and only the strength of community can show them the true power of forgiveness and belonging. Directed by former Brava Theater Center Artistic Director Raelle Myrick-Hodges, Fences marks Pulitzer Prize-winner Wilson's Cal Shakes debut. Tickets at
Live Painting With Artist Liana Steinmetz
Thursday, July 7, 7pm-9pm, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery

Liana Steinmetz is used to carrying her easel around and painting on the hillside. Getting in touch with nature and paying tribute to the earth is how this artist spend most her time. We have coaxed her into the gallery for an evening of LIVE painting so that you can get to know her better. Her process and personality are a delight to be around. Grab some friends and spend some time with the creative process. Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery is located at 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.
Form Your Own Nonprofit! Workshop
Friday, July 8, 2323 Broadway, Oakland

This all day workshop is designed for individuals who are ready to start their own nonprofit organization. We will give you the tools you need and we will walk you through the steps necessary to form your own nonprofit organization. Together we will cover the following items: Nonprofit qualification criteria at both the state and federal level; Forming a corporation in the state of California; Applying for tax-exempt status with the IRS (most people mess up this step); and more.  Will be held at the Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612 and presented by The Wilkerson Law Office. Tickets can be purchased here.
For more information contact Asha at
Beyond The Shower Bucket: Water-Smart Living
July 12: 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center (Pleasant Hill)

Learn about low flow fixtures and appliances, tankless water heaters, greywater systems, rain catchment methods, drip irrigation,  lawn replacement, and more! Greywater landscape design expert Joseah Rosales discusses how to get the biggest bang for your buck and the details surrounding different conservation methods. Learn concrete actions you can take as a responsible homeowner to maximize your water conservation efforts, taking cost and aesthetics into consideration.
Sustainable Lafayette's 2016 Summer Film Series, "Catching the Sun"
Tuesday, July 12, 6:30pm, Lafayette Library Community Hall

"Catching the Sun," the first film of the 6th annual Summer Film Series presented by Sustainable Lafayette will be shown on Tuesday, July 12 at the Lafayette Library. Starts at 6:30 in the Community Hall. A $10 donation is requested, $5 for students, and cookies, snacks, coffee and beverages will be served. Learn more here.
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
Contra Costa Sustainability Award Nominations - due July 15!

Each year, community, business, and government leaders come together to celebrate and honor those who demonstrate outstanding commitment and leadership in making Contra Costa communities healthy, beautiful, clean, and resilient - for the long run. Recognize an individual, nonprofit, government program, school, or business for their good work and celebrate the accomplishments in Contra Costa County by nominating them for the Contra Costa Sustainability Award!
Central Contra Costa Sanitary District 70th Anniversary Open House
Saturday July 16, 10am-2pm, 5019 Imhoff Place, Martinez

Our large, family-friendly event will be open to the public and will include tours of our award-winning treatment plant and facilities, live entertainment, free food, educational exhibits, games and much more. For more information, including how to sign up for a treatment plant tour that day and directions, please visit
Tribute to The Troops - Honoring our Veterans and Saluting our Troops  
Saturday July 16, 5:30pm to Twilight, Lafayette Reservoir

Twilight concert and picnic featuring The Shakey Zimmerman Acoustic Trio and The Big Band of Rossmoor. FREE to the public and all military. Bring a blanket, your lawn chairs and a picnic! Concert will be held at Lafayette Rotary's new stage and picnic area overlooking the Lafayette Reservoir. For more information visit
Notes4Hope Live Benefit Concert
Saturday, July 16, Doors open at 6pm, Lafayette town Hall Theater

Enjoy a rockin' night of music featuring Jackson Rohm Band and Grammy award winner and founding member of Train, Rob Hotchkiss Band! Proceeds from the night benefit breast cancer research and prevention. There will be a full bar and snacks...along with a raffle with great prizes from local businesses. Doors open at 6pm, concert at 7:30pm. Purchase tickets here.
Summer 2016 Dance on Film Series, "Cover Girl"
Thursday, July 21, 6:30pm, Lafayette Library Community Hall

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation, Diablo Ballet, and San Francisco Dance Film Festival (SFDFF) are pleased to collaborate on this summer's Dance on Film series, held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Community Hall starting at 6:30pm. The July 21 movie, "Cover Girl", 1944, starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly is about a nightclub dancer makes it big in modeling, leaving her dancer boyfriend behind. For more information visit
Sustainable Lafayette's 2016 Summer Film Series, "Rebels with a Cause"
Tuesday, July 26, 6:30pm, Lafayette Library Community Hall

The second movie in the Sustainable Lafayette Summer Film Series "Rebels with a Cause" will be shown on Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30pm at the Lafayette Library's Community Hall. The film is the story of a regional California effort that grew into an astonishing system of 14 National Seashores - the result of garden clubs, ranchers, farmers, conservationists, politicians from both parties, widows, and volunteers working together through compromise and negotiation, with the American public coming up as the winner. A $10 donation is requested, $5 for students, and cookies, snacks, coffee and beverages will be served. Learn more here.
Live Painting With Artist, James Koskinas
Thursday, July 28, 7pm-9pm

Santa Fe Artist, James Koskinas will be in town to see his new grandkids and we invited him to come in and paint. James's horse and rider series and portraits, have been shown many times at the gallery. His style is bold, abstract expressionism and impressionism. This is a rare chance to see this native area artist, back in town for a short while, in action in the gallery. Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery is located at 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.
Upcoming Lafayette Chamber Events

Lafayette Chamber Office Closure for 4th of July Holiday
Monday, July 4 through Friday, July 8
The Lafayette Chamber office will be closed for the Independence Holiday the week of July 4-July 8. We will reopen Monday, July 11 at 9am.

Lamorinda Small Business Forum - Protecting Your Business - Robbery/Recovery/Emergency Preparedness and Internet Security
Thursday, July 14, 5:30pm-7pm, Bank of the West
Join us on Thursday, July 14 from 5:30pm-7pm for the Lamorinda Small Business Forum at the Bank of the West, 3583 Mt Diablo Blvd. Topic will be Protecting Your Business - Robbery/Recovery/Emergency Preparedness and Internet Security. Guest speakers include Lafayette Chief of Police Eric Christensen and Neighborhood Computers President Grant Stubblefield.

Coffee with the Police Chief / Business Issues Forum
July 22 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Join us for Coffee with the Police Chief / Business Issues Forum on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 8:00am in the Chamber Conference Room. Thank you to PG&E for sponsoring. This meeting is open to everyone. Please park on the street.

Green Committee Open Meeting
July 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for the Green Committee Open Meeting at 12pm (noon) at the Lafayette Chamber Conference Room. Please park on the street.

Ribbon Cutting at BevMo!
Thursday, July 28, Exact Time to Be Announced
You are invited to join the Lafayette Chamber and BevMo! for their "sabering" of a ceremonial bottle of champagne on Thursday, July 28, at their new store at 3590 Mt. Diablo Blvd. This is where BevMo! will cut a bottle of champagne with a large sword (don't worry, it sounds much more dangerous that it is) to signify the store's christening. We would be honored to have you join us for the debut of this exciting new location for BevMo! Grand opening/ribbon cutting. The exact time will be announced soon.

MEGA MIXER at Pleasant Hill Community Center
Thursday, July 28, 5:00pm-7:00pm
The Lafayette Chamber will be one of many local area chambers attending the Mega Mixer on Thursday, July 28, 5pm-7pm at the Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill. Delicious appetizers provided by participating Chamber members, incredible networking opportunities, bring a raffle prize and showcase your business! Register here.

Beer at the Bruns
Tuesday, August 16, 5:00pm-7:00pm
You are invited to Beer at the Bruns on Tuesday, August 16 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm hosted by Cal Shakes, City National Bank and your local Chambers of Commerce. FREE but limited attendance. RSVP by August 10. Special rate for Cal Shakes show immediately after. View invitation and RSVP here.

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Jay Lifson, Executive Director