Lafayette Chamber
Welcome to our March , 2017 issue of 
"Local Events Not to Miss"
If you have a non-profit or fundraising event in April, 2017, we would be happy to include you in our April issue - please submit your event by March 24 to .
"Botanica," at the Moraga Art Gallery
Now through March 18, 522 Center Street, Rheem Shopping Center

"Botanica," the new year's first exhibit at the Moraga Art Gallery, derives its name from exquisite floral images by gallery member and photographer Lucy Beck of Lafayette. Her camera freezes moments in time, giving the delicate and complicated beauty of flowers some permanence. Also featured are stoneware and porcelain pieces for the home by guest artist Chanda Beck (no relation), whose work, inspired by antiques and Asian art, is adorned with playful renderings of plants, flowers, seed pods, and patterns found in nature. Paintings, jewelry, glassware, photographs, and ceramics by the gallery's other members and guest artists will also be on display throughout the show, which runs until March 18. The gallery is located at 522 Center Street, Rheem Shopping Center, in Moraga and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 5pm. For more information, visit the gallery's website:, call 925-376-5407 or email
March Event at Diablo Fine Arts Gallery "Travels with an Artist"
Show runs March 1 - April 1
Reception Saturday, March 11, 4-6pm, 1535 Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek 

The Diablo Fine Arts Gallery presents "Travels with an Artist", a new show featuring 3 guest artists whose travels have defined their art and their passions. In addition to these wonderful guest artists, our sixteen member artists of the Gallery will be giving us all a glimpse of special ways that they combine their travels and their art. The show runs from March 1 to April 1. The Diablo Fine Arts Gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday 11-5pm.  Come meet these wonderful artists at our reception on Saturday, March 11, 4-6pm. Each artist will speak briefly about their journey of combining the love for the road with their passion for their art. For additional information, contact Judy Miller at or visit
Help Build a Mobile Classroom Kitchen!
EVERY Wednesday in 2017, 11am-10pm, Patxi's Pizza

Patxi's Pizza of Lafayette is raising money for Cooking with Kids Foundation to help build a Mobile Classroom Kitchen to teach kids (parents) in underserved communities to cook and eat healthy. Join us for lunch or dinner between 11am-10pm EVERY Wednesday in 2017. 10% of all proceeds (dine-in, delivery or carry out) is being donated! It'll be a terrific time with great food and friends to help out a very worthy cause. For more information visit Cooking with Kids Foundation at
Hope Begins with a CASA Volunteer
Thursday, March 2, 6:30pm-8pm and Friday, March 17, 12:30pm-2pm

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary work for abused, neglected and abandoned children and youth in foster care in our community. As sworn officers of the court, CASA volunteers are appointed by a juvenile court judge to advocate one-on-one for children and youth in foster care. As an advocate you will be more than just a mentor - you will be a powerful voice for a child or youth during their uncertain journey in the foster care system. You don't have to be a lawyer or social worker. CASA of Contra Costa County will provide you with the training you need to be a successful advocate. March information sessions will be held on Thursday, March 2 at 6:30pm-8pm and Friday, March 17 at 12:30pm-2pm. Additional dates and registration can be found here.
Lamorinda Arts Alliance Announces New Exhibit: "Driven to Abstraction"
Monday - Friday 8:30am-5:00pm and evenings and weekends during special events; Exhibition opens Thursday, March 2 and runs through Wednesday, March 29; Reception Saturday, March 11, 2pm to 4pm, Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery, 12501 Alcosta Blvd, San Ramon

The Lamorinda Arts Alliance presents a new exhibit titled "Driven to Abstraction" at the Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery in San Ramon, that opens on March 2.  The exhibit will explore the process of abstraction and will include paintings, mixed media, photos, prints and sculptures by local artists. Our reception will be Saturday, March 11 from 2pm to 4pm.  Join us, visit with the artists, and enjoy appetizers and beverages while you browse our presentation of abstract artwork.  The show will run through March 29.
Smokey Joe's Cafe at Town Hall Theatre
March 2-25, Town Hall Theatre

This is a show-stopping, Tony-nominated musical revue, the longest-running musical revue to play Broadway.  It features some of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's best known rock 'n' roll hits, including "Hound Dog," "Stand by Me," "Yakety Yak," and many more.  Tickets are $20 - $32, and are available through the Box Office at (925) 283-1557 or online.
Bradley School of Music Open Mic Night
Open Mic - Every Friday from 7pm-9pm, Bradley School of Music, 1042 Brown Avenue

Free entry, all ages welcome. Play alone or with accompaniment from the teachers. Learn more here.

Beekeeping, "Clean & Green", and Backyard Chickens - March Workshops through Sustainable Contra Costa

Sustainable Contra Costa has SEVEN workshops coming up in March throughout the county!

*    3/4: Trees, Guilds & Food Forests (Permaculture) - Pleasant Hill
*    3/11: Clean & Green - Easy Non-toxic Gardening - Pittsburg
*    3/11: To Seed or To Seedling (Permaculture) - Pleasant Hill
*    3/16: What's the Buzz: Backyard Beekeeping - Pleasant Hill
*    3/18: Herb Spirals, Keyhole & Mandala Beds (Permaculture) - Pleasant Hill
*    3/25: The Egg & I: Backyard Chickens for Everyone - Walnut Creek
*    3/25: Taking Permaculture Out into the Community - Pleasant Hill
*    Sneak Peak: 4/1: Living in Sync with Nature - Sugi Garden, Pleasant Hill

For detailed descriptions and to register click here.
Night at the Library
Saturday, March 4, Doors open at 6:30pm, Lafayette Library and Learning Center

Explore the Lafayette Library at Night! Join us for this special fundraising event designed to inspire guests to discover the Library through creative themed stations featuring imaginative exhibits. Engage in numerous activities all while enjoying delicious food and cocktails! New this Year!! We've moved into the 21st century with an online auction that allows anyone to "watch and bid" remotely; winning bidder need not be present! For more info and to register, click here.
Gold Coast Chamber Players present Threads
Sunday, March 5, 3pm, Library Community Hall

The award winning Gold Coast Chamber Players present, Threads, a concert of music featuring female composers throughout history on Sunday, March 5 at 3pm at the Lafayette Library Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. "Threads" focuses on the music of women who have forged important roles in the field of music, at times having to break through the societal prejudices and perceptions of the "appropriate role" for women. World-renowned musicians weave together a tapestry of music for piano, strings and voice of heartbreaking beauty while guiding you through unexpected places in history. Tickets include a pre-concert talk at 2:30pm and complimentary refreshments. Tickets are available online: or by phone (925) 283-3728.  For ages 12 and up. 
14th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition Reception
Wednesday, March 8, 7-8:30pm, Orinda Library Art Gallery

The Lamorinda Arts Council (LAC) will host their 14th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition from February 28 to March 30 at the Orinda Library Art Gallery. Entries for the High School Visual Arts Competition were accepted from February 1 through February 24. The competition was open to 9th through 12th grade students living in or attending public or private high schools in Orinda, Lafayette and Moraga and to students who attend the Acalanes Union High School District schools. Competition award winners will be announced during a free, public reception on Wednesday, March 8, from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Orinda Library Art Gallery.
Side x Side, James Koskinas and Julie Schumer
Exhibit Dates: March 9 through April 15; Opening Reception with Talk and Film Preview: Thursday, March 9, 6pm; Doors open at 6pm: view the exhibit and enjoy light refreshments and Presentation begins at 7pm

The Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery presents Side x Side, an exhibit that features the paintings of James Koskinas and Julie Schumer. Koskinas and Schumer are married and share a studio in Santa Fe, NM. They both work in acrylic and tend towards a painting style of large scale abstract expressionism and figurative.  Schumer's paintings are abstract works, with bold brushwork and color. The figure is Koskina's primary theme, part of his quest to know the human condition. They paint companionably in their Santa Fe studio, a modern day Jackson Pollack and Lee Krasner. The exhibit runs March 9 through April 15 with an Artist's Reception Thursday March 9 at 6pm, which includes a presentation by the artists and a film preview of The Twilight Angel.
Sunset Boulevard
Thursday, March 9, 7pm, Orinda Theatre

Didn't see the 1950 classic Sunset Boulevard on the big screen?  This amazing film received 11 Oscar nominations and took home three: Best Actress (Gloria Swanson), Best Actor (William Holden) and Best Screenplay (Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder and D.M. Marshman, Jr.).  The great Billy Wilder, who won six Oscars in his career, directed Sunset Boulevard. An aging silent film queen (Gloria Swanson) refuses to accept that her stardom has ended. She hires a young screenwriter (William Holden) to help set up her movie comeback.This black and white film will be stunning on the big screen in the Orinda Theatre - the way Wilder intended the film to be seen - in a movie palace. Tickets are FREE.
Oscar Evening with Oscar Recipient, Barry Morrow (Rain Man)
Saturday, March 11, 4pm, Orinda Theatre

In 1989, Morrow won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Rain Man, the story of a wheeler-dealer (Tom Cruise) and his idiot savant brother (Dustin Hoffman).  Morrow wrote the story and co-wrote the screenplay with Ronald Bass. Barry Levinson directed. Rain Man received overwhelmingly positive reviews, praising Hoffman's role and the wit and sophistication of the screenplay. It was the highest-grossing film of 1988 and won four Oscars.  The Oscar Series is part of the 20th Anniversary yearlong celebration of the California Independent Film Festival. Tickets are $15.
Greatest Songs from Disney Movies
March 11, 7pm, Rheem Theatre

Patti Liedecker returns to the Rheem Theatre with a concert for the young and the young at heart, as she performs everyone's favorite Disney songs.  Enjoy the live baby grand piano performance with songs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio,The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Frozen, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast. The evening will include a video presentation and lecture by Derek Zemrak.  The Moraga Community Foundation is sponsoring this event. Tickets are $15.
Wine & Tapas Film Night & Fundraiser Featuring "Before the Flood"
Thursday, March 16, 6:30pm-9pm, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane

Sustainable Lafayette and Our Savior's Lutheran Church are co-hosting a special wine & tapas film night and fundraiser featuring the new documentary "Before the Flood."  Start the evening with shared wine & tapas at 6:30pm, and then at 7pm grab some free popcorn and join Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey to five continents and the arctic to witness climate change firsthand.  With unprecedented access to scientists, political leaders, and thought leaders, DiCaprio shares a riveting account of the changes now occurring as well as the actions we can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. All donations collected ($5 suggested) will go towards the host church going "Deep Green" (100% renewable electricity). More info at: and
Live at Orinda Theatre - Kevin Farley
Thursday, March 16, 8pm, Orinda Theatre

Orinda's' Stand-Up Comedy Series continues with funny guy, Kevin Farley who frequents numerous comedy clubs around the country.  He is a regular at venues such as The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles and Chicago, The Improv in Los Angeles and Palm Beach, Florida and the legendary Comedy Store.  Farley studied at the Second City in Chicago and soon after starred in films such as Black Sheep (with his brother Chris Farley) and The Waterboy with Adam Sandler. He's had leading roles in An American Carol and White Knight to name a few.  His TV guest appearances have been on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rules of Engagement, The Neighbors, Hot in Cleveland, Just Shoot Me, United States of Tara, True Jackson, VP, and Hawaii Five-O. Kevin also appeared in HA! The Musical in New York.  In addition, he has hosted many live shows and has been featured on The Today Show, The View, Extra, Fox News and numerous radio shows. Tickets are $20.
Covering the Cost of Rehab: Using Legal Planning Tools to cover the cost with Medicare & Medi-cal
Friday, March 17, 2pm-3:30 pm, Eldercare Services, 1808 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek

Presentation by Brian O'Toole and Hanson O'Toole of LLP Elder Law Attorney. Financial, legal, and logistical issues that confront those who need to rehabilitate in a skilled nursing home and how to plan accordingly.
  • What rules does Medicare follow when determining eligibility for skilled nursing care coverage?
  • When Medicare benefits are exhausted and skilled nursing is still required, how does one transition onto Medi-Cal Long-Term Care benefits?
Please call in advance to register: 925-937-2018.
Master Gardeners Open Clinics at the Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center
Saturday, March 18, 10am, Lafayette Community Garden

Are you interested in knowing more about what is going on in the Lafayette Community Garden? Do you have questions about your own garden? The Master Gardeners will host the first clinic this season on Saturday, March 18 at 10am at the Lafayette Community Garden. Clinics are open to the public. The event will be repeated the 3rd Saturday of every month. Learn more here.
East Bay Children's Theatre presents a fund-raiser in Orinda "THAT'S OUR SNOW WHITE!"
Sunday, March 19, Orinda Library Auditorium

It's that time of year again when East Bay Children's Theatre presents a fundraiser in Orinda.  This year's show is THAT'S OUR SNOW WHITE! (a musical spoof), and as ever, the proceeds from this show go toward helping to finance our free performances at underserved elementary schools. For more information and tickets, visit
"Day in the Life" Photo Contest 2017
Monday, March 20; deadline Monday, April 17

Join us for the City of Lafayette's "Day in the Life" Photo Contest! Featuring photographs taken in Lafayette on March 20, 2017-- Spring Equinox! Photographers must live or work in Lafayette. Photographs must be taken in Lafayette and must be appropriate for general viewing. The City of Lafayette may, at its discretion, use submitted photos to display on its website or other social media. The Public Art Committee will review the entries and display photos in the art gallery at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center (LLLC) in June 2017. For more information, click here.
Lamorinda CERT Spring 2017 Class Series

The next class series starts Wednesday, March 22 in Moraga. This continues the expanded 8 nights series to allow more time for hands-on practice. An Exercise will follow at ConFire Training Grounds in Concord. All Lamorinda CERT graduates are welcome to drop by any class to refresh your skills.
Introducing Allie's Pals Cat Rescue Feline Fundraiser!
Wednesday, March 22, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Mangia Ristorante Pizzeria

Join Allie's Pals Cat Rescue at Mangia in Lafayette for our Feline Fundraiser on Wednesday, March 22 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Mangia will generously be donating 20% of your dinner proceeds to our non-profit organization. Simply print the Facebook event page or download a flyer and bring it with you to the restaurant! Any questions please contact Laura at (925) 708-6996! Your dinner proceeds will go to the many cats and kittens who are under our foster care and towards new rescues awaiting our help! More information at or visit the facebook event here.
Diablo Ballet presents its 23rd Anniversary Celebration Performance  
Thursday, March 23, 6:30pm, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek

The program features the magical coming of age adventure Carnival of the Imagination set to the music of French composer Saint-Saƫns and choreographed by Robert Dekkers; the classical Pas de Deux and Coda from Raymonda; the exhilarating Three to Tango, choreographed by dance legend Sally Streets; and a world premiere film titled The Heart of Dancers by award-winning filmmaker Walter Yamazaki, in collaboration with composer Justin Levitt and choreography staged by Artistic Director, Lauren Jonas. Tickets are $33-59. For tickets, call 925-943-SHOW (7469) or visit or
Historical Houses Presentation and Tour
Saturday, March 25, 1:30-3pm

Learn of our local valley's history through the chronicles of three old houses from the 1800's: The Old Yellow House in Orinda, Rodgers Ranch in Pleasant Hill, and the John Muir House in Martinez. The inhabitants of these three houses lived in an original sustainable fashion, initially with wells, gardens, fruit trees, livestock and horses. The houses were miles apart, yet webbed together by an overall similar lifestyle, use of horse and carriage, and some exchange of information and goods. The tour will be held on Saturday, March 25 from 1:30-3pm. Our classes are free. However, a $5 donation is appreciated to support our education programs. Learn more here.
ZEBOP! The Music of Santana
Friday, March 31, 7pm, Town Hall Theatre

Taking their name from a classic Santana album of the same name, ZEBOP! consists of seven energetic and talented Bay Area Musicians who take great pride in performing the music of Santana with passion and dedication. They will  play at Town Hall Theatre on Friday, March 31. Learn more and buy tickets here.
Central San Academy 
The Central San six-week program is open to members of the public to learn about everything they do, including recycling water, collecting household hazardous waste, maintaining sewer pipes, and of course, cleaning wastewater. For our first session last year, we were honored by the California Special Districts Association with the Exceptional Public Outreach & Advocacy Award, and we hope to build on that success. Classes are about 2.5 hours each, held one evening a week for six weeks from April 4 to May 9, 2017, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. The April 25 class is a daytime facilities tour from 12:30 to 3:00pm. For more information, please visit our website at or view a short video on the program at
Mobility Matters Rides 4 Veterans

Mobility Matters, a nonprofit agency based in Lafayette, services all of Contra Costa County as a mobility management center. Our Rides for Seniors program provides a free, one-on-one, door-through-door transportation program for otherwise homebound older adults. Through our Transportation Information and Referral Helpline, we match individuals with the provider that fits his or her mobility needs. In early 2017, we are launching a new program, called Rides 4 Veterans. Screened and trained veterans will be giving other veterans rides to their medical appointments, grocery shopping, and other necessities. In order to carry out our mission and keep the promises we make to the vulnerable populations we serve, we have two ongoing needs--financial and human resources (volunteers). Learn more here.

Upcoming Lafayette Chamber Events

Social Media Workshop Series Social Media Workshop Series - Instagram for Local Business 101
Wednesday, March 8, 6pm-7:30pm, Lafayette Library Homework Center
Instagram is a great - and easy - way to tell a visual story about your business, whether you sell a product or provide a service. In this workshop we'll go over everything you need to get started using Instagram for your business. Wednesday, March 8, 6-7:30pm, Library Homework Center. Speaker: Robin S. Fox, Digital Strategist. Register here.

MaidPro Lamorinda Ribbon Cutting at MaidPro Lamorinda
Thursday, March 9, 5pm-5:30pm, 3375 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Join us for a ribbon cutting at MaidPro Lamorinda on Thursday, March 9 at 5pm. MaidPro is located at 3375 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.

Marilyn Monroe Spa Mixer at Marilyn Monroe Spa
Wednesday, March 22, 5:30pm-7pm, 3589 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Join us for our March Mixer at Marilyn Monroe Spa (formerly the Lavande Spa) on Wednesday, March 22, 5:30pm-7:00pm.  Marilyn Monroe Spa is located at 3589 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.

Cambiati Wellness Ribbon Cutting Cambiati Wellness Programs
Thursday, March 23, 5pm-5:30pm, 3446 Mt. Diablo Blvd
Join us for a ribbon cutting at Cambiati Wellness Programs on Thursday, March 23 at 5pm. Cambiati Wellness Programs is located in near Merrill Gardens at 3446 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Coffee with Cameron Burks, City Council Member
Friday, March 24, 8am, Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Join us for Coffee with Cam Burks on Friday morning, March 24, 8am at the Lafayette Chamber Offices. Please park on the street.

Brown Bag Luncheon
SEO and Pay-per-click Free Brown Bag Luncheon Workshop
PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE: Wednesday, March 29, 12noon-1pm, Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Find out how to get your website to show up when customers are searching for your business. Zip2Media president and Lafayette Chamber member, Kerry Inserra, will be leading a workshop on search engine optimization (SEO) and pay-per-click (PPC) marketing at the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Office, on Wednesday, March 29, from noon-1p. This workshop is designed for anyone interested in learning how to dramatically increase their website's visibility (and more customers) with Google, Bing and Yahoo. Seating is limited. Advance registration is required. Click here for more information and to register.

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Jay Lifson, Executive Director