Lafayette Chamber
Welcome to our July , 2017 issue of 
"Local Events Not to Miss"
If you have a non-profit or fundraising event in August, 2017, we would be happy to include you in our August issue - please submit your event by July 21 to .
Rock the Plaza with the Lamorinda Idol Finalists 
Friday, June 30, 6:30pm-8:30pm Lamorinda Idol Finalists; Lafayette Plaza Park

Join us in the Lafayette Plaza Park to hear the Lamorinda Idol Finalists! Lamorinda Idol is in its twelfth year as an activity of the Lamorinda Arts Council.  The program is open to young people in kindergarten through 12th grade who either attend school or reside in Orinda, Moraga or Lafayette.

In May, 150 young people from 27 schools auditioned as soloists or in groups before a panel of judges.  From that group 36 soloists and 10 groups were selected who will compete in four solo categories and three group categories by grade, at the Finals, to be held at the Orinda Theatre on August 27. In addition to the Finals, there are a number of performing opportunities during the summer, of which the Lafayette Plaza performance on June 30 is one.

Bring a picnic and a blanket, or buy dinner from the dozens of restaurants located within two blocks of the Plaza. Free! 
Learn more here.  
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:

Misch Kohn and Betty Friedman: A Legacy in Printmaking
Exhibit Dates: Now through July 2, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

The Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Misch Kohn and Betty Friedman: A Legacy in Printmaking through July 2. The Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery is located at 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette. 
Support the Fireworks! Buy-a-Rocket!

Continue the tradition and help raise $29,000 for the annual Town of Moraga July 4th community fireworks! Please contribute to the Buy-A-Rocket fund to help continue this event. Donate online here or send a check to Moraga Parks and Recreation, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga, CA 94556, Attn: Buy-A-Rocket. 
July 4th at the Moraga Commons Park
Tuesday, July 4, 2017  All day at the Moraga Commons Park - 1425 St. Mary's Rd., Moraga

In the Moraga Commons Park:
7:30-10:30am Pancake Breakfast
9:00am Dog Parade (registration at the bandshell)
9:00am-1:00 pm Community Booths
10:30am Children's Bike Parade (line up at the flagpole)
12:30-1:00pm Family Magic Show (bandshell)
10:00am-4:00pm Inflatables (jumpies!)
11:00am-8:00pm Food, Wine, & Beer Booths

On Stage at the Moraga Commons Bandshell:
6:45pm National Anthem
6:50pm Mayor's Welcome
7:00pm David Martin's House Party (concert)
9:30pm* FIREWORKS* (start time is estimated)
9:45pm David Martin's House Party

Learn more here.  
2017 Moraga 4th of July Fun Run
Tuesday, July 4, 8am & 8:30am, Moraga Shopping Center

Every year the Campolindo Track and Field and Cross Country programs sponsor the Moraga 4th of July "Fun Run" event. These races kick off many of the activities that are part of the Town of Moraga's 4th of July celebration. The net proceeds from these runs again will be going to the Campolindo High School track and cross country teams. 2 mile run/walk, 5 mile run, kiddie races. 
Orinda 4th of July Parade 2017
Tuesday, July 4

Orinda's 4th of July Parade has events and activities for every age group, starting with the annual Pancake Breakfast, followed by the flag raising ceremony, the fun run, the parade, live music, food, games, and booths in the park with vendors and activities!

The day's schedule includes:
7:30am Pancake Breakfast
7:55am Flag Raising
8am Haleys Fun Run for a Reason
9am Book Sale
10am Parade Begins
11am Theater Street Pary
11:30am Party in the Park

Learn more at
Cal Shakes presents The Glass Menagerie
July 5 through July 30

California Shakespeare Theater continues its 43rd Season with the play that made Tennessee Williams famous and secured his place in the American Classic canon. The Glass Menagerie is told through the illusion of Tom Wingfield's memory as he recounts an episode from his youth. Tom and his sister Laura live with their devoted mother, Amanda, a former Southern debutante. When Amanda arranges for a "Gentleman Caller" to come for dinner, her all-too-clear intentions force Laura and Tom to confront-in their own ways-the shattering weight of her overbearing expectations. The Glass Menagerie plays from July 5 through July 30; for tickets and information, contact the Cal Shakes Box Office at 510.548.9666 or visit 
Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center presents Sketchbook Swatches
Saturday, July 8, 12:00-2:30pm, Lafayette Community Garden, 3932 Mt Diablo Blvd. (across from and just west of Lafayette Reservoir)

Ever wanted to keep a garden journal, but not sure where to start? Love the thought of keeping a sketchbook, but feel intimidated? Join garden member and Hero Arts founder Jackie Leventhal, for this workshop led by artist Lisa Spangler and go home with five ideas that anyone can do. Leave with a page of swatches and have fun getting creative with acrylic paint, watercolors, pens, stamps and more. What should you bring? YOU! But feel free to bring a sketchbook, watercolors, brushes or anything else you'd like to use. To register for classes, please visit For more information, contact us at
Led Zeppelin Music for Breast Cancer Prevention
Saturday, July 8, Doors 6:00pm Show 7:00pm, Town Hall Theatre

Notes4Hope presents a night of timeless, classic rock and roll at the Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette. Hey Hey Mama band, along with thirteen top Bay Area female vocalists, will electrify the audience with their spectacular renditions from the Led Zeppelin catalog. As Sandy Preto, President of Notes4Hope, explains, "I was blown away when I saw this band's performance in San Francisco for an ovarian cancer research benefit with such amazing female rock singers. The experience was so powerful and moving, that Notes4Hope decided to duplicate the event for our local community to promote breast cancer prevention." Proceeds from the evening support the meaningful work of the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners of San Francisco (BCPP). For additional information, visit  
Be a Powerful Voice for a Child in Foster Care. Attend CASA Info Session to Learn How. 
Learn more about how you can advocate for a child in foster care as a CASA volunteer to make a difference for generations to come! Sign up for our no-obligation informational sessions:

Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 - 8pm
Thursday, July 13, 12:30 - 2pm
2151 Salvio St., Ste. 295, Concord, CA 94520

CASA volunteers advocate one-on-one for abused and neglected children and youth in the foster care system to make sure they do not get lost in the over-burdened legal system or languish in an inappropriate placement. They are their voice in court and speak up for the child or youth's best interests during the dependency process. You must be 21 years or older to volunteer. For more info call 925-256-7284 ext. 7 or click here. 
Lamorinda Arts Alliance
July 11 through August 5  

The Lamorinda Arts Alliance presents a new exhibit titled "Halcyon Days" at the Diablo Fine Art Gallery in Walnut Creek that opens on Tuesday, July 11.  "Halcyon Days" 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. There will be a reception on Thursday, July 13 from 5:30pm to 8pm.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:

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 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, with these exceptions: Opera in the Park will be held on a Sunday, and there will not be a concert held on July 4.  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.

July concerts include:
July 11 - Band: Floorshakers (Funk Soul, Rock & Roll); Food Truck: Kenny's Heart & Soul (Soul Food)
July 18 - Band: Lamorinda Idol; Food Truck: Pia's Pizza
July 23 - Opera in the Park (5-7PM); NO FOOD TRUCKS
July 25 - Band: Bruce Gunn & Big Rain (Soulful Rock Country); Food Truck: El Ranchero (Taco truck)

July movies include:
July 13 - Moana
July 27 - Finding Dory

Click here for more information. 
Art Exhibit "Mighty Dads"
June 12 - July 17, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Library Gallery (Community Hall), 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

The Lafayette Public Art Committee and Lafayette Library and Learning Center celebrates fatherhood with photos and text of Bay Area dads and their kid(s) taken by Contra Costa County resident Nancy Rubin.  "Mighty Dads" represents a diverse group of dads. The exhibit runs from June 12 - July 17 in the Homework Center, located inside the library.  The exhibit is accessible during most hours the library is open. 
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.

July 13 - Foreverland - Electrifying tribute to Michael Jackson
July 20 - Beatles Flashback - Tribute the beatles
July 27 - Mixed Nuts - Jazz, soul, blues and rock

Learn more here.  
Lafayette Library & Learning Center Foundation with Diablo Ballet present
Film "42nd Street"

Friday, July 14, 1:00pm, Library Community Hall

1933's smash hit "42nd Street" won Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Sound Recording. The film's choreography was staged by the legendary Busby Berkeley and made a tap-dancing star out of Ruby Keeler.

Before the film, Diablo Ballet Executive Director and dance teacher Susan Boreliz will demonstrate steps featured in the movie. Dont miss the fun! For more information and to register, click HERE.

Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center presents Solar Fairy Lanterns
Saturday, July 15, 12:00-2:30pm, Lafayette Community Garden, 3932 Mt Diablo Blvd (across from and just west of Lafayette Reservoir)

Join artist and LCG board member Susan Dannenfelser for a magical solar fairy lanterns makers' workshop! Bring that special Mason jar you've been saving (not required), along with any fairy- or gnome-like decorations to make a lantern that is uniquely yours! Supplies provided. We'll also demonstrate alternative light sources. All ages are welcome at this intergenerational workshop. A responsible adult must accompany children under 16. Our classes are free. However, a $5 donation is appreciated to support our education programs. To register for classes, please visit For more information, contact us at
Tribute to the Troops - Honoring our Veterans and Saluting our Troops  
Saturday July 15, 5:30pm to Twilight, Lafayette Reservoir

Twilight Concert and Picnic featuring The Midnight Flyers (acoustic Eagles covers) and The Big Band of Rossmoor. FREE to the public and all military. Please join the Rotary Club of Lafayette on July 15  at the Lafayette Reservoir to show support for our active military, reserves, veterans, Gold Star Families whose children have died while in service to our country and the Blue Star Moms who work tirelessly to provide a piece of America to military who are serving overseas and who assist and support the Gold Star Families keeping the memories of their children alive.  For more information visit click HERE.  
Build Stuff with Makey Makey!
Tuesday, July 18, 2pm, 3:30pm, Homework Center

Build Stuff! Use a Makey Makey kit to build a useable dance pad and to build a video game controller! Free. For ages 10-14. Learn more here.  
Rancho Laguna Park Family Campout
Saturday, July 22, Register by July 14

Enjoy a suburban overnight family camping experience at Rancho Laguna Park with family games, crafts for kids, and a campfire under the stars. Families should bring camping equipment including a tent and sleeping bags, chairs, flashlights, snacks, a change of clothes and personal items. Dinner and continental breakfast will be provided. No pets are allowed at this event. ALL FAMILY MEMBERS ATTENDING MUST BE REGISTERED BY JULY 14! Cost is $20 per person. Call 925-888-7036 for additional information. Register here. 
Lafayette Library & Learning Center Foundation with Diablo Ballet and SF
Dance on Film Series: SFDFF Screen Shorts and "Kick Ball Change"

Sunday, July 23, 9:00pm, Library Community Hall

Sit back, relax, and enjoy stunning highlights of the 2016 SF Dance Film Festival, including award-winning screen shorts and the documentary "Kick Ball Change" which offers a window into the creative and inspirational mind of a five time world champion in professional Latin ballroom dance. SFDFF films sponsored by Antoinette Chatton.

Tickets: $10. For more information and to register, click HERE.  
Upcoming Lafayette Chamber Events

July 4 Holiday Closure - The Lafayette Chamber office will be closed Friday, June 30 through Friday, July 7. We will re-open on Monday, July 10 at 9am.

Mega Chamber Mixer

Thursday, July 27, 5pm-7pm, Concord Clarion, 1050 Burnett Ave, Concord
Join us at the Concord Clarion for our July Mixer! Multiple Chambers, delicious appetizers, and great networking! Bring your business cards! Register here.

Coffee with the Mayor
Friday, July 28, 8am-9am, Chamber Conference Room
Join us for Coffee with Lafayette Mayor Mike Anderson on Friday, July 28. Join us in the Conference room, please park on the street.

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Jay Lifson, Executive Director