Lafayette Chamber
Welcome to our November , 2017 issue of 
"Local Events Not to Miss"
   
If you have a non-profit or fundraising event in January, 2018, we would be happy to include you in our January issue - please submit your event by January 19 to info@lafayettechamber.org .
  
It_s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette It's a Wonderful Life in Lafayette Holiday Celebration
Friday, December 1, 4:00pm-6:30pm, Lafayette's Plaza Park

Free admission! Fun, family-friendly celebration -  tree lighting, live music, community sing-a-long, crafts - and this Santa's "sleigh" is Lafayette's historic fire truck, Old Betsy! Presented by the Chamber and sponsored by The Dana Green Team and Branagh Development, who together are also hosting the environmentally-friendly downtown Lafayette twinkle lights for the 2017 Holiday Season. Learn more here.  


"ARTFUL GIVING" Holiday Exhibition
Now through December 23. Trunk shows: Thursday December 7 and 14, 1-6pm, Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek

Valley Art Gallery's much-anticipated holiday gift show, "Artful Giving,"  will run until Dec 23. The show features beautifully crafted, ceramic, wood and glass pieces, and original designer jewelry all very affordably priced for your holiday giving needs. We will again offer miniature original paintings, with proceeds going towards the Gloria Marshall Award. And of course we will have over 300 original paintings, photography and other wall art on our unique sliding panels.

There will also be two trunk shows each featuring two craft artists on Thursday, December 7 and 14 from 1-6pm. The featured artists on December 7 are Nancy Meaden and her acclaimed hand-painted scarves, and Carolyn Russell's original wire-based jewelry. On December 14, the artists are Gila Sagy, who creates glass objects and jewelry, and Cheryl Wolff, the well-known ceramics artist, who will offer a selection of bowls, platters and her famous ceramic birdhouses!

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.  (925) 935-4311  www.valleyartgallery.org
Small Things - Holiday Pop-Up Gift Shop at Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery
Shop Dates: Now through December 23, 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd. 

Imagine stepping into a local gallery and finding the perfect gift. Then discovering that your purchase supports local artists! It's all possible at "Small Things" - The Holiday Pop-Up Gift Shop, at the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery in downtown Lafayette. Discerning shoppers will find an array of unique handcrafted items from original art to jewelry, porcelain, wood sculptures and even mixed media shadow boxes. Over 50 regional artists will contribute to a host of one-of-a-kind artistic items, all with a focus on small, slow art to gift for the holidays. Or, start your art collection with affordable works from local artists. Gift wrapping available, purchase and carry. "Small Things"  is open through December 23. Gallery hours are Wed-Sat, noon-6pm.  Please note the Gallery will be closed Dec 24-Jan 5. www.jenniferperlmuttergallery.com
"Impressions-Expressions" at the Moraga Art Gallery
Now through January 6, Moraga Art Gallery, Rheem Shopping Center, at 522 Center Street, Moraga

The Moraga Art Gallery presents "Impressions-Expressions," highlighting Lafayette resident K. de Groot's Asian-accented jewelry, enticing, light-infused paintings by Carol Tarzier, and a bounty of artistic gifts for the holidays. The exhibit, which also includes work by the gallery's thirteen member artists and several guest artists, runs now through January 6.  The gallery is located in the Rheem Shopping Center, at 522 Center Street, Moraga. Through November, hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Extended December hours are from 10:00 to 6:00 daily. For more information visit www.moragaartgallery.com or call 925-376-5407.
A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL CELEBRATION
Previews: Nov 30 & Dec 1, Runs December 2 -  December 16, 2017

A bitterly cold Christmas Eve, 1864, Washington, D.C. In the White House President and Mrs. Lincoln plan their gift-giving, while on the banks of the Potomac a young rebel soldier is captured by a Union blacksmith; nearby John Wilkes Booth hatches a plot, and an enslaved woman and her daughter become separated on their journey to freedom.  Featuring hymns and carols of the period, this warm and deeply moving musical play masterfully interweaves stories of lives from both sides of the Civil War. www.townhalltheatre.com/a-civil-war-christmas
Santa's Secret Wrapping Room
December 1 - 24, 9am-5pm, 5A Rent-A-Space, 455 Moraga Road

Open to the public. Equipped with colorful paper, ribbon, bows, scissors & tape.  Everything needed to wrap gifts. FREE, without the watchful eyes of the recipients! (925) 643-2060 www.5Aspace.com
Santa's Bag Boutique
Friday, December 1, 11am-7pm; Saturday, December 2, 9am-5pm; Sunday, December 3, 9am-5pm, Lafayette Community Center, 500 Saint Mary's Rd., Lafayette

Selected handicrafts from over 60+ artists and artisans. A Lafayette tradition for 27 years! Like and share on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/santasbagboutique.

2017 Hacienda Holiday Faire
Friday, December 1, 12pm-8pm; Saturday-Sunday, December 2-3, 11am-6pm, Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive. Moraga

Find all your handcrafted holiday gifts and support local artisans at our annual holiday faire at the historic Hacienda de las Flores. Hand-crafted gifts, d├ęcor and specialty foods by over 45 local artisans. All items handmade. This event is sponsored by and is a fundraiser for The Hacienda Foundation. Complimentary wine tasting with Captain Vineyards 6-8pm Friday, December 1 and 4pm-6pm Saturday, December 2. For more information email HaciendaHolidayFaire@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/HaciendaHolidayFaire.

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.

Learn more. Sign up here to attend one of our upcoming info sessions.
*    Friday, December 1, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
*    Monday, December 11, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
*    Friday, December 15, 12:30 - 2 p.m.

You must be 21 years or older to volunteer. http://cccocasa.org/menus/become-a-volunteer.html

Meet Olaf and Santa at Super Holiday Boutiques
Saturday, December 2, 10am-2pm, Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Dr. Pleasant Hill
Sunday, December 3, from 11am-3pm, Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Rd, Concord

Special one-of-a-kind holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. Free holiday arts & crafts activities and free Olaf and Santa photo opportunities. The donation of much-needed food to the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano will earn the donor another raffle ticket for each can donated. The food collection will help the families displaced by the North Bay fires this fall. Super Holiday Boutique is free to the public with ample free parking around each venue. www.SuperHolidayBoutique.com

10th annual "Free Photo with Santa"
Saturday, December 2, 11am-3pm, 5A Rent-A-Space, 455 Moraga Road

Families or individuals will receive a free photo & frame.  Cookies, fruit, cocoa & candy canes will be served and children will complete arts & crafts. Fun for all ages.  Everyone welcome.
(925) 643-2060 www.5Aspace.com
Lamorinda Arts Council hosts "Homage to my Grandmother" to honor Pam Glover
Sunday, December 3, 1pm, Orinda Library Art Gallery, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda

The Lamorinda Arts Council (LAC) announces "Homage to my Grandmother" a special art showcase of the late artist Pam Glover's work along with a talk by her granddaughter, Janine Glover Ehrentraut, on Sunday, December 3rd at the Orinda Library Art Gallery. The event starts at 1pm and includes a wine reception.

Pam Glover is considered one of the most foremost plein air painters in California and she communicated her love for paintings always done outside in the open to raise awareness about this art form. Prints are also available and all of Glover's work can be previewed online at http://lamorindaarts.org/gallery
Diablo Women's Chorale "Season of Light"
Sunday, December 3, 2pm, Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette

The Diablo Women's Chorale invites you to join them in celebrating 75 years in the community with their Fall Concert "Season of Light," to be held on Sunday, December 3.  Show time is 2 pm at Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, in Lafayette. The concert theme, "Season of Light," speaks to both the light within us and the light that connects all of us. From classic to contemporary, reverent to joyful, DWC's music will warm the heart, uplift the spirit, and soothe the soul. Advance purchase tickets are $18.00 General admission, $10.00 Student, and $24.00 Premium seating. Purchase at the door for $25.00. Call 1-800-838-3006, or go online at www.DiabloWomensChorale.org.
Off the Couch_ Into the War for Hearts and Minds Off the Couch: Into the War for Hearts and Minds
Monday, December 4, 6pm, The Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco

Budd MacKenzie will discuss his work with women, children and the needy in war-torn Afghanistan. He founded Trust in Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to building schools and improving tragic lives. Khaled Hosseini, MacKenzie's friend and the author of The Kite Runner says, "He [MacKenzie] asks us to not forget that millions inside war-wracked Afghanistan, especially children and women, remain marginalized, brutalized, and in need of education, work, food, shelter." Among other recognitions, MacKenzie was awarded the Unsung Heroes of Compassion award by the Dalai Lama in 2014. RSVP here. 
Shopping Thursdays
Thursdays, December 7 & 14

Support LPIE by shopping at generous retailers throughout Lafayette and they will give back to LPIE! For more information and current list of who is participating, visit lpie.org.
Lafayette Tree of Lights Ceremony
Friday, December 8, 4:30pm, Mt. Diablo Blvd. at Lafayette Circle East
In the Round Up Parking Lot

"The first Lafayette Hospice East Bay Tree of Lights was selected by Tom and Pat Whitten in the early 90's. The tree was on property owned by the Hunt family who promptly gave permission to use their tree. An electrician was hired to string the lights at a cost of $4,000 which was exactly the amount of the donations that year. A tree lighting ceremony was held early in December in the pouring rain. The tree has remained lit during the Christmas season for many years." - Pat Whitten

A ceremony will be held Friday, December 8 at 4:30pm at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. at Lafayette Circle East. By dedicating a memorial light for a minimum of $30 or becoming a tree donor, you can memorialize a loved one who has passed or honor someone who is living  while directly supporting Hospice of the East Bay. Learn more and donation here.
Orinda Academy Open House
Saturday, December 9;  1-4pm, info session begins at 1pm

You are invited to Orinda Academy's Open House for tours, a student panel, and demo lessons. For more information contact Janet Harrison, Director of Admissions at (925)254-7553 x1005 or visit orindaacademy.org.
Saint Mary_s Basketball Saint Mary's College and Common Interest Management are hosting Lamorinda Night
Saturday, December 9 at 5:00 PM during the men's basketball game against Seattle University

Lamorinda Night will celebrate the communities of Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda.  Attached is a special ticket offer we've created for local businesses and groups to join us for this celebration. We hope to see you on December 9 in McKeon Pavilion for Lamorinda Night and our nationally ranked men's basketball team.
The Bethlehem Experience at The Lafayette United Methodist Church
Performances 5:30PM-8PM, Dec. 15, 16, and 17, 955 Moraga Road

The Lafayette United Methodist Church presents an interactive performance that takes you back through time. Tour Guides will lead groups of about twelve people through the marketplace of Bethlehem on the night of the Messiah's birth. The Bethlehem Experience is a feast for the senses: the smell of exotic spices, the festive sound of music, the sight of robed and sandaled merchants in their stalls, the taste of freshly baked unleavened bread, live animals in the stable and the soft feel of flaxen "swaddling clothes". The Bethlehem Experience is a gift to the community from the Lafayette United Methodist Church, 955 Moraga Road, Lafayette. The program is a social event that emphasizes the spiritual meaning of Christmas. Performances 5:30PM-8PM, Dec. 15, 16, and 17. One-hour long tours begin every fifteen minutes. The last tour begins at 8PM. Freewill donation: $5/person or $20/family. For questions call (925) 284-4765.
Poet Laureate Program through the Lamorinda Arts Council

The Lamorinda Arts Council (LAC) is thrilled to announce a Poet Laureate Program, which marks the first opportunity of its kind for our local literary community. The program is now accepting applications from professional poets who live in Orinda or Lafayette. Apply online at https://lamorindaarts.org/poet-laureate-application. Deadline to receive all online applications is December 31, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Lafayette Car Wash now has a full stock of emergency supplies and survival kits!  
Act now and create a family emergency response plan. Everyone should take the time to: get a kit, make a plan, and be prepared. Stop by the Lafayette Car Wash at 3319 Mt. Diablo Blvd. to see our 1, 2, & 4 person survival kits which include food, water, alert whistles, emergency radios, survival supplies, and more. www.lafayettecarwash.com
One Warm Coat Drive at Roughing It Day Camp

Roughing It Day Camp is collecting gently used coats and winter clothing of any size for One Warm Coat. Our office located at 936 Dewing Avenue, Suite G in Lafayette will be accepting donations between 9am and 5pm until Thursday, December 21. Help us pass along winter wear to families in need at the Bay Area Rescue Mission. For more information, call (925) 283.3795.
Help Save Homeless Lives Through Cold Weather Clothing Program

White Pony Express (WPE), headquartered in Pleasant Hill, has just launched its third Cold Weather Clothing Program (CWCP) for the upcoming winter.   The program's focus is to help the homeless in Contra Costa County endure the cold and often wet winter.

WPE's ambitious program, being handled by its "Free General Store" (FGS), is to distribute at least 10,000 to the homeless articles for the 2017-18 winter, such as warm coats, pants, shirts, socks, hats, gloves, scarves, underwear, and boots.  

WPE is primarily asking for monetary donations to help with purchases of clothing for WPE's Cold Weather Clothing Project.   These can be sent to White Pony Express, 1966 Tice Valley Blvd., #101, Walnut Creek, CA 94595.  Donations of coats, etc., are also being accepted, but they need to be new or like-new donations of cold weather clothing.   This excludes stained, torn, or clothing that shows wear.  Garments should be in a condition that might be given to a close family member.  Donations of new or like-new clothing can be delivered to Suite 101, 3380 Vincent Road, Pleasant Hill, during hours of operation listed here.

Volunteers are also needed for WPE's Food Rescue program, which picks up 5,000 lb. of surplus fresh food (fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy/deli/dry goods, bread/pastries and eggs) every day and then delivers it to nonprofits that feed the hungry in our county-all free of charge.  In just over 4 years, WPE has rescued more than 5,200,000 lb. of quality, nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste.

Those wishing to volunteer for WPE should contact Mandy Nakaya at (925) 818-6361 or at Mandy@whiteponyexpress.org.
Seeking Volunteers for Homeless Point In Time Count!

Health, Housing and Homeless Services Division Contra Costa Health Services is seeking volunteers to help with their annual Homeless Point in Time Count in late January.  Volunteers will be trained on how to administer a short survey and then be stationed at specific community sites with other volunteers to conduct the surveys.  This survey provides valuable information on the scope of homelessness, particularly around the number of unsheltered people on the streets and the progress being made to end homelessness. It is also used by local agencies to help plan services and programs appropriately, address strengths and gaps, increase public awareness, and attract resources to help end homelessness.

Volunteers are needed to help conduct surveys on Wednesday, January 24th and Thursday, January 25th.  Volunteers who want to participate will need to attend a training the week of January 15th before being able to administer the survey, even if they've volunteered with the Point In Time count before.  We will be in touch with volunteer training information as the event gets closer.

To get more information and to volunteer, please go to this form: https://goo.gl/forms/VPvLU8b3Lx5fyXtv2.
Stay Home for the Holidays_

Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center Lafayette Chamber Holiday Mixer - Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center
Wednesday, December 13, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Join us for our 2017 Holiday Mixer at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center on Wednesday, December 13, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Food from award winning restaurants and caterers! $10 for members, $20 for non members or bring at least 3 canned food items for Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and your admission is free!

Lafayette Beauty Ribbon Cutting at Lafayette Beauty
Thursday, December 14, 5:30pm, 3606 Mt Diablo Blvd.
Join us for a Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, December 14 at 5:30pm at Lafayette Beauty, located at 3606 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.

Chamber Office Closure - The Chamber office will be closed December 25 - January 1 for the Christmas/New Year's Holiday.

If you have any questions about the Lafayette Chamber events, please contact Sara Regan, Event Director, at sara@lafayettechamber.org.    


What's happening at the Lafayette Chamber? View our Events Calendar.
Jay Lifson, Executive Director