Lafayette Chamber
Welcome to our May , 2017 issue of 
"Local Events Not to Miss"
   
If you have a non-profit or fundraising event in June, 2017, we would be happy to include you in our June issue - please submit your event by May 18 to info@lafayettechamber.org .
DON'T MISS THESE EVENTS THIS WEEKEND! 


Green Gathering: "A Plastic Ocean"
Friday, April 28, 7pm, Town Hall Theatre

The Town Hall Theatre will host another fascinating and informative documentary: "A Plastic Ocean," produced by the UK's Plastic Oceans Foundation on Friday April 28 at 7pm.
An international team of adventurers, researchers, and ocean ambassadors uncovered the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine ocean. In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre, researchers found more plastic than plankton. "A Plastic Ocean" documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood's fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us. Proceeds will help buy a mobile water bottle refill station for Town Hall Theatre, which will be able to stop selling water in plastic bottles. For ticket information, please go townhalltheatre.com.


7th Annual Lafayette Community Music Festival
Saturday, April 29, Doors open at 7pm, Town Hall Theatre

Featuring the music of: Caroompas Room, Harrison Flynn, Way Fatt Reunion, Katy Lawrence Acoustic Trio, Meg Marry & The Locust Street Band. For more information visit townhalltheatre.com.

Dogtown Downtown
Dogtown Downtown
Saturday, April 29, 10am-12noon

Join us for our 4th Annual Dogtown Downtown on Saturday, April 29 from 10am-12pm at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center & the Lafayette Plaza. Dog parade starts at the Lafayette Library promptly at 10am.
Don't miss your chance to take a picture in the Dog House! There is something for everyone at every age and it's FREE! Learn more here.


What's In Our Hat? - Boots & Bling

Sunday, April 30, 3pm-6:30pm, Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa

Join Las Trampas and support individuals with developmental disabilities at What's In Our Hat? - Boots & Bling on April 30, 3pm-6:30 pm at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa for food, cocktails, and music.  Tickets are $125 - Silent auction, raffle, and dream vacation drawing for 2!  Visit www.lastrampas.org.

Simple Sentences with Featured Artist Bill Rushton
Exhibit Now Through May 27

The Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery presents Simple Sentences, an exhibit of new paintings and explorations by Bay Area artist Bill Rushton. Both studio and plein-air work are complementary to the current abstract and figurative direction his work occupies, and both genres serve as points of departure for "play". Subject is not always important, but serves as a temporary way of organizing the chaos of shapes, colors and values. This exhibit is on view from now through May 27.  More info here.
Moraga Art Gallery's Spring Show, "Color and Caprice"
Now through June 3

The Moraga Art Gallery's springtime show, "Color and Caprice," is an exhibit that spotlights member artist, Angelica Samame's eye-catching collection of stylized portraits of sophisticated women and guest artist, Elizabeth Russell's ceramics.

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: www.moragaartgallery.com, call 925-376-5407 or email moragaartgallery@gmail.com.
Orinda Restaurant Tour
Tuesday, May 2, 5:30pm-8:30pm, Orinda Theatre Square

Enjoy a tasty tour of Orinda's favorite and new spots with delicious food from over 15 restaurants. Merchants, gifts, and artists are part of the tour this year. Buy your tickets now at OrindaChamber.org.
White Pony Express Needs You!
Thursday, May 4

White Pony Express strives to help eliminate hunger and poverty in Contra Costa County by collecting the abundance all around us and delivering to those in needs. Please consider making a donation on May 4 through East Bay Gives.
Blood Drive at Oakwood Athletic Club
Thursday, May 4, 8am-12pm & 3pm-7pm, Oakwood Athletic Club

Don't miss an opportunity to donate blood and get two extra points towards your Commit to Get Fit goal! Please remember that you should NOT exercise after donating blood or use the steam room, dry sauna, hot tub, or shower facilities. Please consult the nurses before giving blood if you have questions regarding this. Appointment times are available in advance at the Activities Desk at Oakwood Athletic Club. Walk-ups are welcome, time and space permitting.
Lafayette Library & Learning Center Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series Presents Erik Larson, Dead Wake:The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Thursday, May 4, 7pm, Acalanes H.S. Performing Arts Center

NY Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction Erik Larson chronicles the enthralling story of the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania. Other best-selling works include Devil in the White City, Thunderstruck, and In the Garden of Beasts. For more information and tickets click HERE.
Celebrate 2017 Cinco de Mayo at Calavera! Your Dinner Benefits La Clínica
Friday, May 5, Calavera, 2337 Broadway in Oakland

Make your Cinco de Mayo dinner reservations now at Calavera, Oakland on Friday, May 5th and 5% of dinner proceeds go to La Clinica. Calavera gets fully booked during Cinco de Mayo which also happens to be Oakland's First Friday - Art Mumur walk. Make sure to reserve your seats as early as possible.  Calavera combines the best Mexican region-inspired cuisine with the rebel spirit of Oakland, creating an eclectic experience unmatched in town! To make your dinner reservations: call (510) 338-3273 or visit their website at calaveraoakland.com/reservations.
7th and 8th grade Tri-City Dance
Friday, May 5, 7:30pm-10:00pm, Lafayette Community Center

The Lafayette Youth Commission is putting on their last 7th and 8th grade Tri-City Dance of the year on May 5th from 7:30pm-10:00pm at the Lafayette Community Center. The dance will feature an Inflatable Bungie Run and Obstacle Course. It is $12 and pre-registration is required (no sales at the door). Lafayette, Moraga & Orinda 7th and 8th grade students welcome. Strict dress code enforced. Participants are asked to bring a canned food donation. These are safe, drug and alcohol-free events that are chaperoned by Lafayette Staff and Commissioners. Students can register at www.LafayetteRec.org or call 925-284-2232.
Colorful Mandalas in the Garden
Saturday, May 6, 1pm-3:30pm, Lafayette Community Garden

Join local artist and educator Tracy Randolph for an intergenerational art workshop at the Lafayette Community Garden & Outdoor Learning Center, where we will explore and create Mandalas. Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning "circle", a geometric pattern that represents the
cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe. To register for classes, please visit www.lafayettecommunitygarden.org.
Pure Muir Gala
Saturday, May 6, Campana Farm in Moraga

Mix and mingle with community leaders and other conservation-minded supporters while enjoying live music, wine and hand-crafted cocktails, gourmet appetizers and dinner, and exciting live and silent auctions. You'll hear about the state of land conservation in the East Bay and what's on the horizon for JMLT! Tickets are available online or by calling Krista Vossekuil at 925-228-5040. Learn more and register here.
14th Annual JF Kapnek Fun Run - Supports Education and Wellness for Zimbabwe Children
Sunday, May 7, 9am, Miramonte High School (750 Moraga Way)

The 14th annual JF Kapnek Trust Family Fun run will take place at 9:00am on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Miramonte High School (750 Moraga Way) in Orinda. The event supports preschool, nutrition and AIDS treatment and prevention programs for children and families in Zimbabwe. Along with a 5K run and a 1K children's run or walk, event participants will enjoy music from Zimbabwe, art & crafts, food and prizes for the top finishers. And all participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Strollers welcome! Visit www.jfkapnektrust.org for more information or jfkapnekfunrun.eventbrite.com to register.
Siete de Mayo
Sunday, May 7, 12n-6pm, Hacienda de las Flores

Don't miss out on this Moraga fiesta with something fun for every age -- authentic Mexican food and drinks, beer and wine, live Mariachi Band, piñata contests, tortilla making, bean bag tossing, historical displays, cupcake walks, and more. Presented by the Hacienda Foundation in cooperation with Moraga Parks and Rec.
Lamorinda Idol 2017 Auditions

The Lamorinda Arts Council (LAC) is excited to announce that registration for Lamorinda Idol 2017 auditions is now open. The singing competition is for anyone in kindergarten through 12th grade who is living or attending school in Orinda, Lafayette or Moraga, and auditions will be held May 11 through May 13 at the Orinda Intermediate School. www.lamorindaarts.org
Lafayette Rotary Club's Concert at the Res
Saturday, May 13, 11am-3pm, Lafayette Reservoir Stage

Since 1994, Lafayette Rotarians have been hosting an afternoon of music each Spring featuring local bands including Acalanes High School, Stanley Middle School, Bentley School and the Big Band of Rossmoor.   This year's event includes the award-winning jazz combo from Acalanes, the Rossmoor Big Band/Generations in Jazz, the Bentley High Jazz combo, the Stanley middle school Symphonic Orchestra who will be joined this year by the Westlake Middle school from Oakland, the stunning dancers from the Lamorinda Theatre Academy, and the talented Town Hall Education performers. Join us at the stage 11am-3pm on Saturday, May 13.  For more information click here.
Moraga Community Faire and Car Show
Saturday, May 13, 11am-4pm, Rheem Shopping Center

This 11-year old event will showcase a number of new activities as well as a new layout!!  It's a great old-fashioned neighborhood faire. Live entertainment, kids activities and food trucks! Information & registration at www.moragachamber.org.
Gold Coast Chamber Players finish their season with leading Tango virtuosos!

The Gold Coast Chamber Players concert, Tango Twist, features the grammy nominated Quartet San Francisco (QSF) and renowned bandoneon player Seth Asarnow in a dazzling program of music inspired by the tango.  Violinist Jeremy Cohen's electrifying violin performances have earned him nationwide accolades. Classically-trained and a student of Itzhak Perlman and Anne Crowden, Jeremy leads QSF in a spirited season finale.  A special performance of tango music by Patrick Horn, the son of former Lafayette Mayor, will add to the uniqueness of this popular concert. More information at www.gcplayers.org, gccp@comcast.net, or (925) 283-3728. Admission: $40 general, $35 senior, $15 student. Purchase tickets here.
Taste of Lafayette Taste of Lafayette
Tuesday, May 16, 5:30pm-9pm, Downtown Lafayette

A tour of Lafayette's finest dining establishments and the opportunity to sample the signature cuisine of each restaurant! The tour begins in Downtown Lafayette at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Lafayette Circle near Bank of the West, 3583 Mount Diablo Blvd. From there, ticket holders will go at their own pace to any - or all - of the participating restaurants. The evening wraps up with dessert and coffee, more music, and raffle drawing. Tickets are selling fast!  Learn more and register at www.lafayettechamber.org/taste.
Are your Ducks in a Row? By Katie O'Donnell, MSW, CMC, Professional Care Manager at Eldercare Services
May 19, 2pm-3:30pm, 1808 Tice Valley Blvd, Walnut Creek

Katie will address the elements and tools needed for a long life as well as the importance of planning for the journey.
  • Legal tools needed, finding an advocate, eating well, exercising and most importantly, volunteering to keep us healthy!
  • Common changes and options in living longer lives
  • Healthcare and financial decisions.

 

Call 866-760-1808 or visit EldercareAnswers.com to register!  

Lafayette Juniors 18th Annual Kitchen Tour
Saturday, May 20, 10am-3pm

Tour six beautiful Lafayette homes for a great cause, with masterfully designed unique, elegant, and awe-inspiring kitchens. The Tour benefits Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, Alternative Family Services, The Taylor Family Foundation, and Trinity Center. Tickets are $40 ($35 tax deductible), box lunch available for $15. Purchase tickets at www.lafayettejuniors.org or Premier Kitchens in Lafayette.
Cooking with Kids Foundation - It's a Matter of TASTE
Saturday, May 20, 11:30am-2pm, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane

Enjoy an afternoon including a delicious luncheon by Fraiche Catering,  premium wines by Meadow View and Deer Hill Wineries and a silent auction. $75. www.cwkf.org
California Shakespeare Theater begins its 43rd Season with Shakespeare's gender-bending comedy, As You Like It
May 24-June 18

California Shakespeare Theater begins its 43rd Season with Shakespeare's gender-bending comedy, As You Like It. In director Desdemona Chiang's all new production, adaptable and resilient Rosalind must leave everything she knows behind to find her true family. Disguised as a boy named Ganymede, she and her cousin Celia journey through the forests of Arden with the jester Touchstone, meeting both long-lost and newfound friends. Realizing that family is not just for those related by blood, she sheds her identity and transforms her relationships, discovering who she is along the way. Low-priced previews take place May 24-26; Opening Night is May 27, and performances continue through June 18 at the Bruns Ampitheater. Press night will be held Saturday, May 27, at 8 pm. Tickets (ranging from $20-$92) are available through the Cal Shakes Box Office at 510.548.9666 or by visiting www.calshakes.org. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

Lamorinda Arts Alliance Announces New Exhibit: "Art to Soothe the Soul"
Reception Sunday, Friday, May 26, 6pm-9pm; Artists Q&A 6:30-7:30pm
Gallery hours are Weekends, 12pm- 3pm, closed May 20 & 21, 801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont

Lamorinda Arts Alliance is proud to announce a new show at the Piedmont Center for the Arts, "Art to Soothe the Soul," opening Saturday, May 6th. Join the artists of the Lamorinda Arts Alliance for this soulful exhibition and help yourself feel good!  The show will run through Sunday, June 11. www.laa4art.org

Leisure Sport Triathlon
Saturday, May 27, 11am-3pm; 10:00 am check-in begins, Moraga Commons Park, 1425 St. Mary's Rd.

Join us for the inaugural Moraga Leisure Sport Triathlon; a fun alternative to our traditional triathlon. Teams of four (4) participate and compete in Bocce Ball, Cornhole, and Disc Golf. Event starts at 11:00 am. Teams rotate between the three activities throughout the day, ending around 3:00 pm. Participants will receive an event t-shirt, commemorative item, catered BBQ lunch, and there will be a trophy for the winning team. Registration ends May 8. Fee is $160 per team. Minimum of 12 teams needed, Maximum of 24 teams. For more information click here. 
Bay Area KidFest
Memorial Day Weekend, Sat. - Mon., May 27-28-29, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (closes 5 p.m. Monday), Downtown Concord

28th annual KidFest is the East Bay's largest annual family event with dozens of free activities for kids, tweens and parents. Wild About Monkeys Show, Python Ron's Reptile Kingdom, Robert Castillo's BMX Freestyle Team, Curious George and Batman. Nonstop entertainment on community stage plus more free activities - face painting, balloon art, golf, soccer, bounces and crawls, Kid's Town America. Arts & crafts and exhibitor booths, plus food court, Zip line, roller coaster, Ferris Wheel, Xtreme Lasertag, 15 more rides and much more. Admission $6 per person with donation of a canned good for the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano. $7 without can donation. Babies under 24 months and seniors 65+ are FREE. Benefits local non-profits. Downtown Concord, 2450 Grant St.  www.KidFestConcord.com 
Lafayette Recreation's Summer Registration is OPEN!

Register for Summer programs, camps, and classes at www.lafayetterec.org or 925-284-2232. 
VIP SeasonTickets - Concord Pavilion!

VIP Boxes & Up Close to the stage seats - best tickets to the hottest concerts with VIP Perks. Luke Bryan - OneRepublic - STYX/REO Speedwagon - Chicago - Snoop Dogg - Jason Aldean & more! Contact: ninajimenez@livenation.com
Upcoming Lafayette Chamber Events

Social Media Workshop Series Social Media Workshop - Yelp & Online Reputation for Business Owners - from the novice to the expert!
Wednesday, May 10, 6pm-7:30pm, Library Homework Center, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Emily Washcovick, Manager of Local Business Outreach at Yelp & Stephanie Yolish, Senior Community Director at Yelp will be on site offering up how to maximize your Yelp listing with Yelp's FREE tools and tips of the trade on how best to handle your online reputation! Space is limited, register here.

Wells Fargo Bank Lafayette May Mixer at Wells Fargo Bank
Wednesday, May 24, 5:30pm-7pm, 3630 Mt. Diablo Blvd.,
Join us for our May Mixer at Wells Fargo Bank on Wednesday, May 24, 5:30pm-7pm. Wells Fargo Bank is located at 3630 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Please note, this is a non-alcohol event. Other beverages will be provided. See you there!


Chamber Office will be closed Monday, May 29 in honor of Memorial Day.


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Jay Lifson, Executive Director