Lafayette Chamber
Welcome to our August , 2017 issue of 
"Local Events Not to Miss"
If you have a non-profit or fundraising event in September, 2017, we would be happy to include you in our September issue - please submit your event by August 21 to .
Lamorinda Arts Alliance Exhibit "Halcyon Days"
Now through August 5  

The Lamorinda Arts Alliance exhibit titled "Halcyon Days" at the Diablo Fine Art Gallery in Walnut Creek refers to a period of peace and calm, something we could all use. The artists reflect on this idea in a variety of media including paintings, photography, sculpture and ceramics. Unique jewelry is also a feature of the gallery. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm and is located at 1535 Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek. For more information visit their website:

Valley Art Gallery Exhibition
Shirley Nootbaar Exhibition through August 5
Ruth Hussey opens August 8
Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek

The featured artist at the Valley Art Gallery currently is Shirley Nootbaar, the well-known local artist who has been a member of the Gallery for over 50 years. Her exhibit is titled "From Ridges, Roads and Ranches" and will run until August 5, 2017. Nootbaar, a third generation Californian, earned her B.F.A. from California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA) and is presently a free-lance artist-illustrator. She has the unique skill of transforming ordinary scenes with lively technique and dramatic presentation, making her work much more than just a reflection of the subject.

Ruth Hussey, also a California native, is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area and an artist since childhood. For more than forty years she has concentrated on perfecting her skills, specializing in portraiture, figure and still life paintings. She has studied with a number of distinguished artists at the San Francisco Academy of Art, and her work has won over 100 awards in numerous juried shows throughout the nation, and is held in many private and some corporate collections. This exhibition will feature her works done in egg tempera, a medium used by many famous masters in the late medieval and early Renaissance periods.

In addition to our featured artists, our 2017 summer collection of over 300 new works by Valley Art Gallery Artists is on display, in a wide range of motifs, styles, media and prices, and representing the best of the best from more than 100 East Bay artists.  Plus, there are beautifully crafted, ceramic, wood and glass pieces, and original designer jewelry.

Valley Art Gallery is a volunteer run, non-profit organization that has been representing artists of the Bay Area since 1949. Located in downtown Walnut Creek, Valley is the only gallery in the East Bay with a 'no regrets rental' program. 
Moraga Art Gallery's current show "Experiments and Explorations"
Exhibit Dates: Now through August 12, Moraga Art Gallery, 522 Center Street, Moraga

Patrick Hayashi is the exhibit's main featured artist.  Along with Hayashi's work, the exhibit features ceramics by guest artists Lauri-Moffet Fehlberg and Kurt Fehlberg. Linda Yoshizawa is another guest artist.

The gallery is located in the Rheem Shopping Center, at 522 Center Street, Moraga. Normal hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM. For more information on the individual artists visit their website:

Summer Concerts & Movies in the Orinda Park

The Parks and Recreation Department would like to invite community members down to Orinda Community Park for summer entertainment.  Summer Concerts in the Park, which are sponsored by the Orinda Parks and Recreation Foundation and supported by the Orinda Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Orinda and City of Orinda, are held on Tuesday evenings. All concerts and movies are held in the Orinda Community Park located at 28 Orinda Way and are free to the community. The movie will approximately begin at dusk. It needs to be dark enough for the audience to be able to see the movie.

August concerts include:
August 1 - Band: JetBlacq (Jazz); Food Truck: Rebel Dog (Hotdogs)
August 8 - Band: West Grand Blvd (Motown); Food Truck: An the Go (Asian Fusion)
August 15 - Band: Big Band Jazz; Food Truck: Kenny's Heart & Soul (Soul Food)

August movie:
August 17 - Lego Batman Movie

Click here for more information. 
State Senator Steve Glazer: "State-of-the-State" Luncheon
Wednesday, August 2, 12 noon, Orinda Community Center

You are invited to join the Orinda Rotary on Wednesday, August 2, when our own State Senator Steve Glazer will discuss the State of the State. Senator Glazer will update us on the latest legislative issues and provide insight into California's current political climate.  The meeting starts at 12:00 noon at the Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way next to the Orinda Library. The public is welcome. Cost is $20.00 per person and includes lunch. Your payment is your reservation. We look forward to seeing you! Any questions?  Contact Sue Breedlove at or 925-216-6466.

Moraga Summer Concert Series

Join friends and neighbors for evenings of free family fun at the Commons Park. The Summer Concert Series, presented by the Moraga Park Foundation, are 6:30 to 8:30 pm, with the concession stand opening at 6:00 pm for dinner. Bring picnic blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the music. Bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Contra Costa Food Bank. Barrels will be located at all three entrances to the park at every concert.

August 3 - House Rockers (Rock and soul)
August 10 - Apple Z (Rock and roll)
August 17 - Fundamentals (Red hot rockin soul)

Learn more here.  
Be a Powerful Voice for a Child in Foster Care
Be a Powerful Voice for a Child in Foster Care. Become a CASA Volunteer.

You have the powerful opportunity to impact the life of a vulnerable child when you volunteer with CASA of Contra Costa County. CASA volunteers may be the only reliable and stable presence in a child's life to help encourage, support and motivate them to keep going.

Fact: Only 48% of foster children graduate from high school.
Fact: Last year, 100% of CASA's transitional age youth graduated from high school, earned a GED or were still in school.
Fact: Only 10% of foster children with a high school degree or GED go to college or post-secondary education.
Fact: Last year, 54% of CASA's youth with a high school degree or GED were in college or post-secondary education.

Learn more. Sign up here to attend one of our upcoming info sessions.
*    Friday, August 4, 12:30 - 2 p.m. held at Antioch Chamber of Commerce
*    Monday, August 14, 6:30 - 8 p.m. held at 2151 Salvio St., Concord
*    Friday, August 18,  12:30 - 2 p.m. held at 2151 Salvio St., Concord

You must be 21 years or older to volunteer.

9th Annual Senior Symposium AGING BY DESIGN
Saturday, August 5, 8:30am to noon, Lafayette Elementary School, 950 Moraga Road

Presentations by local aging experts, 45 vendors, prizes, snacks! Advanced registration qualifies for a $50 Gift Card to Diablo Foods. Register online: or call 925-284-8214.

Lamorinda Safety Fair
Saturday, August 5, 9am - 1pm, St. Mary's College

Bring your family and friends on Saturday morning to the Lamorinda Safety Fair. There will be many first responding agencies displaying their equipment and skills. We will have helicopters, HazMat response vehicles, fire engines, police cars, communications vehicles, CERT booths, a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle, Sheriff's Office specialty vehicles like patrol watercraft and more. Also at the Fair will be a Police Motor Training Championship, a contest by almost one hundred police motor officers displaying their motorcycle handling skills. Kids will enjoy an inflatable Fire Engine and can get into the helicopters. Hands-only CPR will be taught to all who are interested. The is also a classic car exhibition with about 40 vintage cars and trucks.

Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center present Miwok for All
Saturday, August 5, 9:30am-12noon, Lafayette Community Garden, 3932 Mt Diablo Blvd. (across from and just west of Lafayette Reservoir)

Children, parents, grandparents, and relations...  Come share in the joyous and abundant way of life of local Saclan Miwok Natives.  Learn Native values sitting in connective circle, creating family names and necklaces, pounding acorns, practicing hunting skills, and enjoying games and music.  Return home with a special sense of Native belonging.To register for classes or for more information, please visit Our classes are free. However, a $5 donation is appreciated to support our education programs.

"An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power"
Sunday, August 6, 2pm, Century 16 Pleasant Hill, 125 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill

Join Sustainable Lafayette on a field trip to nearby Pleasant Hill to see the sequel to Al Gore's Academy Award-winning climate change documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth." We'll all attend the 2pm Sunday matinee, and then walk across the street to farm-to-table Urban Plates for discussion and no-host snacks. "An Inconvenient Sequel" will be in only 15 Bay Area theaters for just one week, unless a superb opening weekend convinces theaters to extend the showings and expand to more theaters. The more people who see this important film Aug. 4-6, the more people who will have the opportunity to see it! You can buy tickets in advance on

Build a crayon art masterpiece at the Lafayette Library!
Wednesday, August 9, 2pm-3:30pm, Homework Center, Lafayette Library and Learning Center

Using blow dryers, crayons and canvasses we will be making melted crayon art. Come and create your own crayon art masterpiece! Ages 10-14.

Cal Shakes presents West Coast premiere of BLACK ODYSSEY
August 9 - September 3, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda

California Shakespeare Theater continues its 43rd Season with the West Coast premiere of black odyssey, a thrilling and music-infused new play that mashes up Greek mythology and African-American folklore. black odyssey marks the Cal Shakes debut of Oakland native Marcus Gardley (The House That Will Not Stand at Berkeley Rep), and is only the second production ever of the play, which is being re-set in Oakland for Cal Shakes. Directed by Cal Shakes Artistic Director Eric Ting, fresh from directing Berkeley Rep's smash hit An Octoroon, the production will also feature vocal compositions by Linda Tillery and Molly Holm. Low-priced previews take place August 9-11; Opening Night is August 12, and performances continue through September 3 at the Bruns Amphitheater. Press night will be held Saturday, August 12, at 8pm. Tickets (ranging from $20-$92) are available through the Cal Shakes Box Office at 510.548.9666 or by visiting Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.   
2017 Gourmet Gallop Food & Wine Walk
Thursday, August 10, Downtown Walnut Creek

Diablo Ballet would like to extend to all Chamber Members a special ticket offer for our 2017 Gourmet Gallop food & wine walk on August 10 in downtown Walnut Creek, Contra Costa's biggest food and wine walk. Get special $30 tickets (saving you $15 off the regular price) by calling Diablo Ballet at (925) 943.1775 x2 and using code Gallop - Chamber Friend. View flyer.   
Hacienda Nights - Food Trucks & Family Fun
Friday, August 11, 5pm-9pm, Moraga Commons Park, 1425 St. Mary's Rd., Moraga
Friday, August 25, 5pm-9pm, Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga

Join the fun at Hacienda Nights, featuring food trucks, lawn games & fun for all ages. Admission is free, food prices vary by truck. Fridays: August 11*, August 25 and September 8, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Sponsored in part by the Hacienda Foundation of Moraga and Moraga Park Foundation. (at Moraga Commons, 1425 St. Mary's Rd.) 
12th Annual Summer Wine Festival
Saturday, August 12, 2-5pm, Soda Activity Center: Moraga Room, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga

Saint Mary's College and the Alumni Association invite you to campus for an afternoon of wine tasting, delicious appetizers and fun! Proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction support student scholarships at Saint Mary's. Learn more here. 
Emergency Survival Food Tasting
Monday, August 14, 7pm, Garden Room at the Orinda Library

A disaster can happen at any time. Being prepared to survive a disaster means having water and food available until help arrives. Do you have a cache of food to keep you going? How does that food actually taste? Many vendors sell food that can be stored for up to 25 years. Do you want to depend on the food and then find that it tastes terrible? Join Lamorinda CERT Monday night, August 14 at 7pm in the Garden Room of the Orinda Library for a "Disaster Food Tasting". We will prepare a few dishes from each of several vendors. You will have scoring sheets and ballots so we can tally the results and find the favorites. 
Prosperity Financial Group 2nd Annual Client Appreciation Golf Event to Benefit A Brighter Day
Monday, August 21, Callippe Preserve Golf Course, 8500 Clubhouse Dr., Pleasanton

Client Appreciation Golf event in support of A BRIGHTER DAY. This charity unites Depression and Stress Resources with teenagers in the Bay Area. A 50/50 raffle will be held for A Brighter Day. Please RSVP to Yvette Mays, 925-314-8501 or  
2017 Norcal Kids Triathlon
Saturday, August 26, 750 Moraga Way, Orinda

The NorCal Kids Triathlon is a sprint distance triathlon held annually in Orinda on the last Saturday in August. Kids ages 4 to 14 years are invited to participate in this fun event that encourages exercise in a fun environment. Offered for 2017 are individual divisions from ages 4 to 14 years old. There will not be a relay division this year. 
4th Annual Fandango!
Saturday, August 26, 5pm,  "Old Yellow House" in Orinda

James Phillip Wright Architect embarked on a labor of love when he rebuilt this 19th century home, originally constructed as a railroad bunk house in 1890. James will give tours of his historic home, which blends history with green energy technology and amazingly creative re-use.  All proceeds raised by this event will go towards the restoration of the Moraga Adobe. Any questions about the Fandango, please email or contact Bobbie Landers at 925 254-8260 or visit
Lamorinda Idol 2017 Finals
Sunday, August 27, 11am-7:30pm, Orinda Theatre

The Lamorinda Arts Council (LAC) is excited to announce that our 12th annual Lamorinda Idol singing competition will take place Sunday, August 27, at the Orinda Theatre from 11am to 7:30pm. This community-based event is free to the public and Idol finalists from kindergarten to 12th grade children will compete for the chance to become the next Lamorinda Idols. Lamorinda Idol finalists in soloist and group categories will compete throughout the day, culminating in the Lamorinda Idol 2017 winners being crowned in the elementary, middle and high school categories at 7pm. To learn more about LAC's Lamorinda Idol 2017 and for a complete schedule of the day's events and activities, go to  
Volunteers Needed for White Pony Express  

Due to an increase of food donations, White Pony Express (WPE), is urgently seeking volunteers who will happily sacrifice their own time to help families and individuals in need:
  • Use our vehicles to pick up food rescued from supermarkets, restaurants and farmers markets and deliver it to nonprofits who feed the hungry in our community; or
  • Accompany drivers to help load and unload at donor or recipient locations (need to be able to lift 30 lbs.)

Volunteers should be willing to commit to driving or helping on a regular basis (weekly or bi-weekly) for periods of two-four hours (or as much as you can fit in). WPE, whose mission is to eliminate hunger and poverty in Contra Costa County, currently rescues about 5000 pounds of food each day.  In just over 3 1/2 years, WPE has rescued and delivered 5 million pounds of food. This is fresh, high-quality food (meats, dairy, produce, deli, and baked goods) that, if not rescued, would go to the landfill and create more methane gas. You can have a direct, immediate impact on the lives of the thousands of those suffering from hunger in our community.If you are interested, please Contact Mandy Nakaya: 925-818-6361;; or go to  

Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club-Artisan Tear Drop Trailer Raffle

The Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club has built and is raffling off a magnificent Tear Drop Trailer, the raffle proceeds of which will provide funds for community service programs including Home Team, Las Trampas, Interfaith Housing, Camps Venture and Royal, the AAUW STEM conference at St. Mary's College, and many others.

If interested in donating to the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Endowment Fund, a 501 (c )3 charity, with the possibility of winning this one of a kind hand built Tear Drop Trailer, please contact John Fazel at or Chuck Yaeger at

Raffle tickets are 6 for $100.00, a single ticket for $20.00, 35 for $500.00 and 80 for $1,000.00. Go to the following for a view of the Tear Drop Trailer itself: For more information about the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club, please email or go to
Lafayette Art _ Wine Festival Mark your calendars ... 22nd Annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival
Saturday, September 16, 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday, September 17, 10:00am - 6:00pm

Downtown Lafayette  |  FREE - FREE- FREE  |  Valet Bike Parking, 1 block from BART, Shuttles to BART lots

The Lafayette Chamber is looking forward to hosting one of the East Bay's biggest and best community events.
  • Music on FOUR stages. This year's music lineup includes The Sun Kings, Foreverland, East Bay Mudd, ZEBOP!, The Bell Brothers, Neon Velvet, Trouble with Monkeys, Steven Ybarra Band, The Big Jangle, The Tuneriders, and The Spazmatics.
  • Mouth-watering FOOD throughout the festival footprint: Amarin Thai, Amphora, American Kitchen, California Balsamic, Chow, Coffee Shop, Countrytime Lemonade, El Jarro, Evergood Sausage, Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches, Hustlar Catering, IzzyA's Frozen Custard, Lantern Catering, Mangia Ristorante, Nan's Gourmet, Papillon, Patxis Pizza, Philly Cheesecake, Pizza Antica,  Postino, Proverb Foods, Rainbow Snow, Roam, Rustic Tavern, Slider's Food Truck, Smitten Ice Cream, Sonoma Teriyaki, Susie Cakes, The Cooperage, Uncle Yu's, Urban Remedy, Vitality Bowl, Yankee Pier and Yummi BBQ Food Truck
  • Local Artists
  • Premium Wine and Craft Beers
  • Premier Commercial Vendors
  • Quaint Downtown Store Fronts
  • Backyard Carnival Kid Zones
  • Eckerstom Productions Arts and Craft Vendors
Bring your friends and don't miss the fun! Share the event on Facebook. Limited sponsorship and participation opportunities are still available. Call us at (925) 284-7404 for more information. 

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What's happening at the Lafayette Chamber? View our Events Calendar.

Jay Lifson, Executive Director