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Welcome to our September, 2016 issue of 
"Local Events Not to Miss"
If you have a non-profit or fundraising event in October, 2016, we would be happy to include you in our October issue - please submit your event by September 23 to
Cal Shakes presents You Never Can Tell
Now through September 4, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda

Our romantic and hilarious production of George Bernard Shaw's You Never Can Tell must close Sunday! Get $10 off with code: BOARDWALK. Shaw's stuffy seaside English resort has been transformed into a turn-of-the-century Bay Area boardwalk. Mrs. Clandon, a famed feminist author and lecturer, is accidentally reunited with her estranged husband when she returns to city life after raising her three children far from society. While her high-minded eldest daughter Gloria tries to stave off smooth-talking dentist Valentine's advances, free-spirited twins Dolly and Phil conspire with a wise waiter to playfully observe the hilarity through mistaken identity and challenged ideals. Runs only through September 4. Purchase Tickets here for You Never Can Tell.
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,
"Creative Contrasts"
Now through October 22, The Moraga Art Gallery, 522 Center St, Moraga

The Moraga Art Gallery announces "Creative Contrasts", a new exhibit featuring George Ehrenhaft's serene watercolor paintings inspired by California's incomparable outdoor world, and guest artists, David and Reed Bowman's brass and copper objects, shaped and hammered, ground and sanded into myriad decorative and functional works of art.
CAIFF Sneak Peek at Rheem Theatre
Thursday, September 1, 7pm, Rheem Theatre

Preview trailers of many of the fabulous films showing during the festival that runs September 8-14. Sneak Peek is open and free to the Public.
The Buzztones: There Goes The Neighborhood Tour II
Friday, September 2, Doors open at 7pm/Music at 8pm, Town Hall Theatre

The British are back to rock the Hall! Join the legendary Buzztones for a rare evening of unplugged acoustic madness. This is a once in a lifetime experience that may never be repeated! All British Invasion! All garage band! All one hit wonders! All acoustic! All fun! All Buzztones! Dave, Ken, Dan and Alan bring centuries worth of musical hijinks to this magical evening. Act now because this event always sells out!
Will Durst: Elect to Laugh
Saturday, September 3, 8pm, Town Hall Theatre

It's an election year. Make way for Durst. Satirist, comedian, and the smartest man in comedy, Will Durst returns to his favorite Bay Area venue for one night only to land some punches right before Election Day.  Acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political comedians in the country, Will Durst has patched together a quilt of a comedy career, weaving together columns, books, commentaries, acting, voice- overs and stand up comedy into a patchwork of outraged and outrageous common sense. He writes a nationally syndicated humor column, is a 5 time Emmy nominee; has been fired by the San Francisco Examiner twice, PBS three times; told jokes in 16 countries and his 800+ television appearances include Letterman, HBO, Showtime, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News and the BBC. His new one-man show: "BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG," is currently appearing at theaters and festivals nationally and internationally. Durst's performances are made possible by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the US.
Lamorinda Idol Finals
Sunday, September 4, 11am-7:30pm, Orinda Theatre

2016 is the eleventh year of Lamorinda Idol. The program is open to young people in kindergarten through 12th grade who either attend school or reside in Orinda, Moraga or Lafayette. Auditions were held in May when Finalists and Runners-up were selected by a panel of three judges. The Finalists will perform at the Finals held at the Orinda Theatre on Sunday, September 4. Elementary school soloists (11:00- 2:30), Groups (1:00-2:30), Middle school soloists (3:15-4:30), High school soloists (5:00-6:15), and Awards (7:00-7:30).
September workshops being offered through the Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center is offering workshops including Finding the Right Franchise Business (Sept. 6) and The 5 Ways Smaller Companies can Become Bigger Companies (Sept. 29) at 300 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill. For a complete schedule and to register, visit
CERT Basic Training Classes
Fall session starts September 7 in Orinda; Winter Session starts January 10 in Lafayette

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community. For more information about their training sessions visit
California Independent Film Festival
September 8-14 at Rheem, Orinda, and Castro theatres

The California Independent Film Festival Association (CAIFFA) is part of an amazing worldwide community; a unique collaboration of multi-talented filmmakers. It celebrates diversity, human rights, and freedom of expression through an array of dramatic and comedic feature films, shorts and moving documentaries. Their annual festival will be held September 8-14. Tickets are available at Rheem and Orinda box offices and also at
Off The Wall - A Sculpture Exhibit at Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery
Exhibit Dates: September 8-October 1; Artist Reception on Thursday, September 8, 7pm-9pm; Artist Talk: Thursday, September 15 at 7pm, with Vivien Hart, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

This tongue in cheek art exhibit will show colorful works of glass, fiberglass, wood, and wire, all 3d art that pops off the wall and can be "off the wall" in character. Two gigantic illuminated fiberglass fish by local artist Tony Zorich will be placed in the garden around the koi pond of our artistic enclave. Wire and mesh flowers by Dan Rider will hang on the interior of the gallery, Karen Olsen-Dunn will install a large ephemera sculpture that will hang inside the gallery. Glass panels by Vivien Hart, Pop Icon Art and bird houses by Tim Sharman.
Calling All Community Groups & Non-Profits!: Seeds of Change Contest Announced - Deadline to Apply 9/9

Becoming a truly sustainable society presents many challenges in the ways we live, work and play. The changes we need to make toward a sustainable future will be leveraged by creativity and innovation. SCOCO encourages creativity and supports innovation. The 3rd Annual Seeds of Change Innovation Contest is intended to showcase great ideas, fund innovative projects and recognize creative thinkers in our community.  We're looking for creative projects and innovative ideas that have the potential for broad use and wide impact. We're planting seeds for the future! Your organization could win $500! Info:
Dancing with the Cars
Friday, September 9, 6pm, Orinda Country Club

The 12th Annual Orinda Classic Car Show Weekend kicks off with our Dancing With The Cars party at the Orinda Orinda Country Club on Friday September 9 at 6pm! The party theme is "The Italian Job," so naturally will feature an exclusive showing of hopped-up and heist-ready Mini-Coopers, as well as some magnificent Mazeratis and fabulous Ferraris. For more information visit
FINAL Hacienda Nights Food Truck Event
Friday, September 9, 6pm-10pm

The 2016 Centennial Celebration of the Hacienda de las Flores concludes Friday, September 9, with the final food truck event! Due to the great response to the first two Hacienda Nights there will again be four entrée trucks and one dessert truck! September 9 welcomes: Sliders Truck, Akita Sushi, Stuff My Waffle, Izzy A's, plus one other. Beer, wine, and margaritas will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the Hacienda Foundation. Join the fun for all ages from 6pm to 10pm, sponsored in part by the Hacienda Foundation of Moraga and the Moraga Park Foundation. The event is at the Hacienda de las Flores at 2100 Donald Drive. Admission is free and food prices vary by truck.
Lafayette Police Motorcyle Competition & Hot Rod/Classic Car Show
Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, 8am-5pm, Stanley Middle School

15 years ago, The United States of America and the World was rocked by the tragic events of 9/11. This year, the Lafayette Police Motorcycle Competition will be held on September 10th and September 11th in tribute to the fallen heroes of this horrific event. We will also honor our local fallen brothers that were taken from us while defending and protecting others from evil. Please come out and meet some of your local everyday heroes as they compete on their police motorcycle against others for the ultimate reward. Bragging Rights! Oh, and of course, training.. For more information visit In addition to the competition, Lafayette Auto Body will be hosting a Car Show - anyone with a Hot Rod or Classic Car is welcome to show up at Stanley Middle School parking on the grass behind the motorcycle competition event.
Walk and Talk with Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, the John Muir Land Trust and the Audubon Society
Saturday, September 10, 9am-10:30am, Gary Bogue Trail, Acalanes Ridge (meet off of Peaceful Lane)

This gathering is an opportunity to ask questions about legislation impacting local land conservation, the environment, and other issues of importance while enjoying the natural beauty of Acalanes Ridge.
12th Annual Orinda Classic Car Show
Saturday, September 10, 10am-3pm, 63 Orinda Way, Orinda

This year's 12th Annual Orinda Classic Car Show will be Saturday September 10 - 10am to 3pm. Free Admission to enjoy over 200 American & European cars ranging from the 1920's, to the classics of the 50's and 60's, as well as modern exotics. See a 1pm visit of vintage and modern Ferraris - including a 1965 275 GTP Competition - driving into the middle of the show. No ticket is required: Admission is FREE to all.
Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center - Gardeners' Guide To Saving Seeds
Saturday, September 10, 3pm-4:30pm, Lafayette Community Garden, 3932 Mt Diablo Blvd., (across from and just west of Lafayette Reservoir)

Now is the perfect time to identify which of your tomatoes and other summer vegetables were the most productive and healthy and learn how to save some of their seeds for planting next year. Trish Clifford, UC Master Gardener of Contra Costa County, will offer a presentation about how to save seeds from your vegetable garden. She will share the value of saving seeds and explain the technique involved in growing plants to produce seeds. We will also talk about how to organize a seed swap for next spring, so we can share our seeds. Our classes are free. However, a $5 donation is appreciated to support our education programs.
Lafayette Flag Brigades' 9/11 Remembrance and Candlelight Vigil
Sunday, September 11, 4pm-8pm, 9/11 Heroes Candlelight Vigil starts at 7:15pm

Never Forgetting our 9/11 Heroes and their Families with the largest overpass Flag Display in the State. Please join us and bring your special flag. Meet Lafayette Boy Scouts Troop 243 who will be presenting the Colors, greet our local Blue Star Moms', enjoy our local Speaker Presentation, and be part of our special Patriotic Musical Program. Be sure and stay for our largest Candlelight Vigil to date which starts at dusk. This is a family oriented, educational, and non-political event, where all groups are welcome. Free commemorative flags for children. El Curtola Bridge, Hwy 24 overcrossing @ 680 Freeway, Lafayette. Take Hwy 24 to the Pleasant Hill Rd. Exit, turn on Old Tunnel Rd, go to top of hill.
Perishable Skill Refresher Series Communications
Monday, September 12, 7pm, Orinda Library Garden Room

Panel discussion about the perishable skill of Communications. We will discuss: Emergency communications: Who, What, When, Where; Getting the message through: Complete, Correct, First time, Every time; Radio usage procedures and practice. Speakers will include members of LARIG, the Lamorinda Area Radio Interest Group. They are all CERT members who have an additional interest and experience in radio communications. Please bring your FRS/GMRS radio, if you have one. We will have radios for those who don't have their own. Please RSVP to to let us know you're coming. Learn more at
Do You Like to Sing? Contra Costa Children's Chorus Fall Semester
Begins September 14

Contra Costa Children's Chorus, a non-profit community based organization for boys and girls 4-15, now in its 33rd. year, is accepting new members for the fall semester beginning September 14, 2016.  Besides singing and performing music of all genres, music theory skills are taught at every regular rehearsal. This emphasis helps to provide a unique choral music education experience that produces well-rounded young musicians and choral singers. Rehearsals are held weekly in Lafayette at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane. During a placement interview, Choristers are assigned to levels that are age appropriate. No experience is needed for our first 3 levels. For more information, visit and fill out the registration form under  "Join Us" or email
Othello By William Shakespeare, Directed by Eric Ting
September 14-October 9. Opening Night September 17, 8pm, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda

Black. Muslim. Outsider. These are the labels Shakespeare's most famous Moor has carried with him as he's climbed the military ranks. Having survived battle after battle in faraway lands, Othello's greatest tragedy lies in those closest to him: his trusted friend, his beloved wife-and himself. In his Cal Shakes directorial debut, artistic director, Eric Ting, will face our society's fear of "the other" head on with this provocative rendition of Othello. Tickets:
Artist Reception for Art and Wine Participating Artists
Friday, September 16, 6pm-9pm, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

Participating artists of the Lafayette Art and Wine festival are invited along with the public to come to the gallery on Friday, Sept.16. Bring your business cards and booth location and kick off your festival with enthusiasm and support. Bring one small painting or piece from your show to display on an easel. Limited space available. Wine and nibbles provided!
Lafayette Art _ Wine Festival Lafayette Art, Wine and Music Festival  #lafayettefestival
Saturday, September 17, 10am-7pm and Sunday, September 18, 10am-6pm, Downtown Lafayette

Award-winning Art, Wine and Music Festival: 2 Days, 4 Live Stages, 20 Cover Bands, 260+ Artist Booths, KidZone, Great Food - and arguably the largest selection of Wine, Beer and Ale of any San Francisco Bay Area Festival. Learn more and enter the sweepstakes to win Roundtrip JetSuiteX Tickets or VIP Parking Passes at
5th Annual Moraga Golf & Tennis Tournament
Monday, September 19, Moraga Country Club

Begin with a BBQ lunch at the Driving Range, shotgun start at noon and end with a buffet dinner and prizes. Tennis Doubles/Mixed Doubles with refreshments and prizes. Antiquities of California will once again be there with their one-of-a-kind memorabilia from film, music, sports and much more. For more information visit
AAUW SHOWCASE EVENT, With Nutrition Expert Jill West
Tuesday, September 20, 9:30am, Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin way, Orinda

Meet nutrition expert Jill West at The American Association of University Women Showcase - "Celebrating Us" on Tuesday, September 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way, Orinda. In addition, AAUW-OML will be celebrating its 60th year of service to the Lamorinda community.
College Financial Planning with Assemblywoman Baker, The College Funding Coach and the California Student Aide Commission
Tuesday, September 20, 6:30pm-8pm, Acalanes High School

Learn about the different strategies for paying for college and making higher education more affordable! RSVP to (925) 328-1515.
Candidates and Issues Night sponsored by the Lafayette Homeowners Council - ALL WELCOME!
Thursday, September 22, 7pm-10pm, Lafayette Community Center, Jennifer Russell Building, 500 St. Mary's Road

The Lafayette Homeowners Council is sponsoring a Candidates Night, including an initial, brief, Annual Meeting, on Thursday, September 22, at 7pm in the Jennifer Russell Building of the Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Marys Road, Lafayette.  Speaking and participating in Q and A will be candidates for Lafayette School District Board of Governors and the Lafayette City Council.
Stargazing at the Garden, with Astronomer Isabel Hawkins
Friday, September 23, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Lafayette Community Garden, 3932 Mt Diablo Blvd (across from and just west of Lafayette Reservoir)

Join Astronomer Isabel Hawkins for Stargazing at the Garden on Friday, September 23 at 7:30pm at the Lafayette Community Garden.
Mobility Matters Annual Raffle

Help support the programs of Mobility Matters including developing a Rides for Veterans program for Lamorinda and surrounding areas. Tickets are $25. Drawing to be held September 24, need not be present to win. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Las Trampas 7th Annual Walk n' Roll
Saturday, September 24, 9am-12pm, 3460 Lana Lane

Join Las Trampas for our 7th annual Walk n' Roll 1 mile or 5k walk, roll or run on Saturday, September 24th from 9:00am to 12:00pm at 3460 Lana Lane on the Lafayette Moraga Trail.  Your registration fee of $25.00 includes a t-shirt, raffle prizes, a Whole Foods gift bag and refreshments. Enjoy entertainment by Bread & Roses, the KKDV van and Backyard Carnivals. Register at or call 925-310-2363.
Trust in Education Packing Party
Saturday, September 24, 10am-3pm, United Methodist Church, 955 Moraga Road, Lafayette

Winter is coming ... help us to help them. Clean out your closets and bring your donations to the Packing Party by Noon on Saturday, September 24. Join us in organizing and packing from 10am-3pm at the United Methodist Church.
Moraga Pear Festival
Saturday, September 24, 10am-4pm, Moraga Commons

Attend the 18th Annual Pear & Wine Festival at the Moraga Commons Park from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 24, for a family-friendly event celebrating Moraga's pear history! Featuring: entertainment at the bandshell with DJ RyanO, afternoon concert with the Tune Riders, food trucks, wine tasting with the Lamorinda Winegrowers Association, pear pies, jumpies, local artists, community booths and more! Don't miss the Pear Recipe Contest to show off your favorite pear dish. Visit the Event Page for schedules, recipe contest details, and additional information.
Gold Coast Chamber Players Open Season with 'Oboe-Centric
Saturday, September 24, 7:30pm, Lafayette Library's Community Hall

In a not-to-be-missed season premiere, the Gold Coast Chamber Players launch their 2016-17 season with the first of five concerts, Oboe-Centric, featuring oboist Mingjia Liu, violinist Livia Sohn, violist Pamela Freund-Striplen, cellist Robert Howard, and pianist Yana Reznik. The concert includes works by Britten, Saint Saens, Handel-Halvorsen, and Rheinberger. The concert will be presented in the Community Hall at the Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette with pre-concert talk at 7pm.
All that Jazz (and Sushi!)
Saturday, September 24, Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

La Clinica de La Raza's annual benefit All that Jazz (and Sushi!) will be on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Please join us for an incredible evening! Tickets purchased for All that Jazz (and Sushi!) entitle the attendee to cocktails, dinner and a world class jazz show. Each table at the jazz club will seat four guests. Purchase tickets here.
Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center - Explore the Natural Beauty of the Pease Family Trail
Sunday, September 25, 3pm-4:30pm, Lafayette Community Garden, 3932 Mt Diablo Blvd (across from and just west of Lafayette Reservoir)

Join science teacher Janet Thomas for a talk and a short walk along the Pease Family Nature trail, located at the back of the Lafayette Community Garden along Lafayette Creek. We will discuss the history of the area and talk about some of the most common plants and animals that live along East Bay's many creeks. Time permitting, we will venture to the other side of the creek to observe some of the same plants and animals that border the neighboring Costa Trail. This event is open to all ages and the walk is not strenuous. *Booklets for self-guided tours of the Pease Family Trail is available to the public during garden open hours: Tuesday 4:00-7:00PM, Thursday 9am-12pm, Saturday 9am-1pm. Our classes are free. However, a $5 donation is appreciated to support our education programs.
Realign from the Inside Out
Tuesday, September 27, 6:30pm to 8pm, 2950 Buskirk Ave, Suite 150, Walnut Creek

Rivulet Chiropractic is doing a series of talks, the first being Realign from the Inside Out. Other presenters include Anderson Organizing and Author Phyllis Ginsberg. It's free for Chamber members. Tues., Sept. 27, 6:30pm-8pm.
"The Many Faces of Prostate Cancer" Annual Prostate Cancer Seminar
Thursday, September 29, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Lafayette Library Community Room

Come and experience an event focusing on the unique issues of prostate cancer patients. Join an engaging panel of medical experts who will discuss the latest information regarding ongoing screening, risk factors, and advances in treatment. Q & A session to follow presentation. Space is limited. Advanced registration required. Admission and refreshments complimentary. To RSVP: Call at 925.677.5041 ext 272 or email For more information click here.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance at Town Hall Theatre
Previews: September 29 & 30, Runs: October 1-22

The Wild West, 1890.  A brilliant scholar, beaten and left for dead after stopping a racial injustice, is dumped off at the saloon of a hardened young woman.  As she helps him heal and discover a new purpose in a broken land, a brilliant and lethal outlaw hunts him down.  A non-violent man must make the decision to either keep running... or become The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Purchase tickets here.
Walnut Creek Walk to End Alzheimer's
Saturday, October 1, Heather Farm Park, 1301 N. San Carlos Dr., Walnut Creek

The Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds. When you participate in the Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission-related initiatives of care, support and research. Join us in Walnut Creek on October 1. Registration starts at 7:30am; Walk starts at 9:30am. Register at:

Upcoming Lafayette Chamber Events

Office Closed for Labor Day Monday, September 5
The Lafayette Chamber Office will be closed for Labor Day, Monday, September 5. We will be open Tuesday, September 6 at 9am.

Lafayette Art _ Wine FestivalLafayette Art & Wine Festival in Downtown Lafayette
The 21st Annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival (Music Too!) will be held on Saturday, September 17, 10am-7pm and Sunday, September 18, 10am-6pm. For entertainment schedule, volunteer opportunities and to enter the Festival Sweepstakes, visit

Office Closed for Art & Wine Cleanup Monday, September 19
The Lafayette Chamber Office will be closed on Monday, September 19 for Lafayette Art & Wine cleanup. We will reopen Tuesday, September 20 at 9am.

Social Media Strategies for Local Businesses Workshop - Easy Steps to Create Engaging Social Media Images
Wednesday, September 21, 6pm-7:30pm, Library Homework Center, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
NOTE NEW TIME AND PLACE FOR OUR SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOPS! Join us for Step by Step instructions to create engaging social media images. Regardless of platform, images matter! We will cover free tools and tips for creating social media images others will notice. Workshops are free but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Speaker: Robin S. Fox, Digital Strategist

Coffee with the Mayor
Friday, September 23, 8am, Chamber Office
Join us for Coffee with the City of Lafayette Mayor, Mark Mitchell, at the Chamber Office on Friday, September 23 at 8am. Thank you to PG&E for sponsoring. Please park on the street.

Green Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 27, 12 noon, Chamber Office
Join the Lafayette Chambers Green Committee for our September meeting. Please park on the street.

Mixer at Top Shop Auto
Wednesday, September 28, 5:30pm-7:30pm, 3340 Mt. Diablo Blvd., #D
Join us for our September monthly mixer at Top Shop Auto. Bring your business cards!

Lafayette Reservoir Run 24th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Run 
Sunday, October 30, 8am, Downtown Lafayette 
Help your school qualify for early bird credit! Sign up now for the 24th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Run! 2 Mile Fun Run at 8:00AM, 5K Run at 8:30AM, 10K Run at 8:45AM. Family Bicycle Ride at 9:30AM. Plus Kid Zone, Live Music and Healthy Lifestyles Fair.
Register here. Sign up to volunteer here.

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Jay Lifson, Executive Director