Lafayette Chamber
Welcome to our September , 2017 issue of 
"Local Events Not to Miss"
   
If you have a non-profit or fundraising event in October, 2017, we would be happy to include you in our October issue - please submit your event by September 22 to info@lafayettechamber.org .
Lafayette Art _ Wine Festiva
22nd Annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

Saturday, September 16, 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday, September 17, 10:00am - 6:00pm

The Lafayette Chamber is looking forward to hosting one of the East Bay's biggest and best community events!

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

The 2017 Festival Features:
  • 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

Enter the VIP Parking Sweepstakes NEW! Enter the VIP Parking Sweepstakes! Our VIP Parking Spaces are 1/2 block from the heart of the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival! You have a chance to win one of eight of these passes. (Eight winners total - four passes available for Saturday and four passes for Sunday.) Drawing for Parking Passes will be on Monday, September 11. Winners do not need to be present to win. Winners will pick up their VIP parking pass at the parking location on the day of the Festival. Winners will be notified by email or text. You must be 21 years of age to win.
Bring your friends and don't miss the fun! Share the event on Facebook. Learn more at www.LafayetteFestival.com.
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: 100% of our CASA-supported youth graduated from high school or are still in school
Fact: Less than 10% of foster children who graduate will go to college
Fact: 67% of our children who graduated with a CASA went to college or received post-secondary education

Learn more. Sign up here to attend one of our upcoming info sessions.
*    Friday, September 1, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
*    Monday, September 11, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
*    Thursday, September 28, 12:30 - 2 p.m.

You must be 21 years or older to volunteer.

MORE INFO: http://cccocasa.org/menus/become-a-volunteer.html  
Will Durst: Durst Case Scenario
Friday, September 1, Doors open at 7pm, Show at 8pm, Town Hall Theatre

See this show before this sort of thing becomes illegal. Fresh from the national tour of his award- nominated, hilarious chronicle of the action packed 2016 election, "Elect to Laugh," comedian, columnist, actor, author, former oyster shucker, Will Durst, presents his new solo outing "Durst Case Scenario," a comedic exploration of how America is changing during the Time of Trump. DCS is a rollicking feast of satire as up- to- date as the latest 4 am POTUS tweet. Learn more and buy tickets here.
Dream Posse at Town Hall Theatre
Saturday, September 2, Doors at 6:30pm, Music at 7:30pm, Town Hall Theatre

Fantastic music from a bygone era that will be sure to have you up and dancing....you'll know 'em when you hear 'em! This is a can't miss event. Learn more and buy tickets here.
Do You Like to Sing?
Fall semester begins September 6, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane

Contra Costa Children's Chorus, a non-profit community based organization for boys and girls 6-16, now in its 34th year, is accepting new members for the fall semester beginning September 6, 2017.  Besides singing and performing music of all genres, music theory skills are taught at every regular rehearsal. This emphasis helps to provide a unique choral music education experience that produces well-rounded young musicians and choral singers. Rehearsals are held weekly in Lafayette at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane. During a placement interview, Choristers are assigned to levels that are age appropriate and tuition fees are based on chorus level. No experience is needed for our first 3 levels.  For more information, visit www.childrenschorus.org and fill out the registration form under  "Join Us" or email frontdesk@childrenschorus.org.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Thursday, September 7, 10am-4pm, Hacienda de las Flores, La Sala Building, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga

The Town of Moraga will be hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, September 7, at the Hacienda de las Flores, La Sala Building, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The American Red Cross made an appeal in July for blood products due to shortages. Blood products are being shipped to local hospitals without being replenished and the national inventory is at a critically low level this summer. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code townofmoraga or call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767). If you cannot donate blood but would like to volunteer to help that day, please contact Kelly Clancy at 925-888-7040 or kclancy@moraga.ca.us. Donors are needed every day so please don't wait to help save a life. 
The 20th Annual California Independent Film Festival
September 7-16, Orinda, Rheem and Castro

Opening night is 6pm on Thursday, September 7. 2017 special guest is none other than Oscar and Emmy Award winner Helen Hunt. View complete schedule at www.caiff.org/festival-schedule
Equine Guided Workshops for People Living with Early Stage Dementia and Their Care Partners
September 6, 13, 20, & 27, 9:30am-12:00pm at Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center in Orinda

Connected Horse and Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center are offering Equine Guided Workshops for People Living with Early Stage Dementia and Their Care Partners. Series of 4 Workshops - September 6, 13, 20, & 27. 9:30-12:00pm at Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center in Orinda. No prior experience with horses is necessary to participate. Participants will not be riding horses; they will be engaging with the horses from the ground. There is no cost to participate. Our nonprofit scholarship fund is covering the costs of these workshops. If you are interested in participating contact Liz Williams at 510-484-3079 or connectedhorse.org for more information. Space is limited.
Walnut Creek Village Golf Tournament
Friday, September 8, 7am Registration, Boundary Oak Golf Course

Walnut Creek Village is a non profit organization (part of a nationwide "village movement") providing local seniors with resources so they can continue to be active and remain independent. 7am Registration, Morning Refreshment, Putting Green Contest; 8am Shot Gun Scramble; 2pm Post-event Luncheon and Awards Presentation (Open to Non Golfers). Registration a www.walnutcreekvillage.org.
Hacienda Nights - Food Trucks & Family Fun
Friday, September 8, 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. Sponsored in part by the Hacienda Foundation of Moraga and Moraga Park Foundation. www.haciendafoundation.org 
Dancing with the Cars
Friday, September 8, 5:30pm, The Orinda Country Club

Come party with the cars in Orinda! The 13th Annual Orinda Classic Car Show Weekend kicks off with our party at the beautiful Orinda Country Club - both inside and outside - on Friday September 8 at 5:30 pm!  www.orindacarshow.com/enjoy-dancing-with-the-cars
Orinda Classic Car Show
Saturday, September 9, 10am-3pm, Orinda Village at Orinda Motors - 63 Orinda Way, Orinda

Kids and grown-ups alike - it's an event for the whole family to enjoy! The event is free, but those who make a donation of $10 will have an opportunity to ride in one of the cars during the "Drive" at the close of the show. Proceeds benefit the Seniors Around Town transportation program and donations are tax-deductible. www.orindacarshow.com/a-fun-filled-saturday-of-classics
Fall Garden Checklist
Saturday, September 9, 12pm-1pm, Lafayette Community Garden

Fall is both a diverse and transitional time in the garden. Temperatures will begin to cool. Days will be getting shorter. Our Chinese Pistache trees will begin to take on their stunning red color. In our gardens, we will harvest the last of our summer crops and we will be busy planting our cool season vegetables. Join Bonnie Dwyer, UC Master Gardener of Contra Costa County, for a presentation on all of the interesting activities that take place in our gardens and landscapes during this season of the year. In addition to talking about the "to-do" list of activities during the Fall Season, Bonnie will answer your questions. Our classes are free. However, a $5 donation is appreciated to support our education programs. Register here.
6th Annual Golf Tournament
Monday, September 11, 10:30am-11:30am Check-in, 12pm Start, Moraga Country Club

Join the Moraga Chamber of Commerce and the Moraga-Orinda Professional Firefighters Association at the 6th Annual Golf Tournament at the beautiful Moraga Country Club. The event will begin with a brief ceremony honoring those who have fallen. Following the golf will be Moraga Country Club's famous Taco Bar dinner followed by a silent auction and presentation of the awards. View Flyer here.
California Shakespeare Theater finishes its 43rd Season with Measure for Measure
September 13 - October 8, Bruns Amphitheater

Deceit and duplicity take center stage in Shakespeare's dark satire that closes out the 2017 Cal Shakes season. Low-priced previews take place September 13-15; Opening Night is September 16, and performances continue through October 8 at the Bruns Amphitheater. Press night will be held Saturday, September 16, at 8pm. 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.
Refuge - 2 person exhibit with Susan Sharman and Susan Taira
Exhibit Dates: Sept. 14 - Oct. 21
Artist's Reception on Thursday, Sept. 14, 6-8 pm
Special Event Saturday, Sept. 30, 4 pm: Art Talk and "Stitch with the Artist"

Come learn more about the artists and their process, stay and stitch on a communal embroidery. Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery is located at 3620 Mt. Diablo Blvd. www.jenniferperlmuttergallery.com
Lafayette Community Garden's Master Gardeners Open Clinic
Saturday, September 16, 12pm-1pm, 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? Are there diseases or pests interfering with the growing results you would like to have? Join us at the Lafayette Community Garden at 10:00am on the 3rd Saturday of each month. The Master Gardeners will host monthly clinics where representatives will be available to answer your garden questions, hand out materials, share the latest information about growing edibles in our area, and walk through the garden to answer questions about the existing crops. These clinics are open to the public! Our classes are free. However, a $5 donation is appreciated to support our education programs. Register here.
Lamorinda Village in collaboration with Eldercare Services is proud to announce: BE! Brain Enrichment Course
Starting Tuesday, September 19 from 10am-12pm

BE! Brain Enrichment is an interactive educational experience for adults with normal age-related memory changes. Research shows that continued participation in mentally stimulating activities throughout the lifespan can help slow cognitive decline and has the potential to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The program will be held weekly beginning on Tuesday, September 19 from 10am-12pm.  We allow for two-hours which gives participants time to ask questions and go through the exercises at a reasonable pace. It is not required to attend all 8 weekly sessions in the case you may be out of town or have an appointment. However, to get the most out of the course, we recommend you commit to being at most of them. Register here.
CompostSMART 2017
Workshops start September 21

Are you interested in public education and outreach? The CompostSMART Advanced Training Series might be for you! You'll receive over 30 hours of in-depth, hands-on organics recycling education, including classroom instruction, outdoor training and tours, and then you'll share your training with the community! CompostSMART was developed to help residents and students understand and share the importance of organics recycling, composting, and to help build healthy urban soils and support thriving landscapes throughout the RecycleSmart service area! For more information, important dates and application deadline visit www.recyclesmart.org/compostsmart.
Movie in the Lafayette Plaza
Friday, September 22, 7:30pm, Lafayette Plaza Park

Come out to Lafayette Plaza Park on September 22 at 7:30pm for a Movie in the Plaza! Sponsored by the Lafayette Youth Commission and in partnership with the Senior Commission, we will be showing the "Sandlot"! (Rated PG for some mild language). It is a FREE event, but donations are greatly appreciated! All donations will be used for Youth Commission supported causes and events! Grab something to eat and bring a seat! Food and beverage available at surrounding restaurants.
8th annual Walk n' Roll
Saturday, September 23, 9am-12pm, 3460 Lana Lane on the Lafayette Moraga Trail

Join Las Trampas for our 8th annual Walk n' Roll 1 mile or 5k walk, roll or run on Saturday, September 23 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at 3460 Lana Lane on the Lafayette Moraga Trail.  Register at www.lastrampas.org or call 925-310-2363 - $25.00 includes breakfast, live entertainment, goodie bags, raffle prizes and a T-shirt.
Gold Coast Chamber Players - Family Business
Saturday, September 23, 7:30pm, Community Hall, Lafayette Library & Learning Center

The award winning Gold Coast Chamber Players bring the finest in chamber music to Lafayette and the surrounding areas. Founded in 1987, GCCP distinguishes itself by its eclectic programming and by providing community access to leading musicians from throughout the world. The first of this season's five concerts, titled, Family Business will be performed on Saturday, September 23 at 7:30pm, features music by the famous families Mozart, Mendelssohn and Bach written for piano and strings. Tickets include a pre-concert talk at 7pm. Visit gcplayers.org for tickets and information or call (925) 283-3728.
Orinda Senior Health and Wellness Fair
Saturday, September 23, 1pm-4:30pm, Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way

On September 23, the Orinda Chamber will have its first Senior Health and Wellness Fair. The event is for seniors and their children who are interested in receiving information about staying healthy passed retirement. We will be having yoga seminars, healthy food and refreshments, live music, prizes, fall prevention specialists, health specialists, housing options for seniors information, and more. Please join us for this wonderful event! If you are interested in sponsoring this event or becoming one of our vendors, please visit www.orindachamber.org or call us at (925) 254-3909. Chamber members vendors get a 50% discount. The number of tables is limited. View Flyer.
Being Mortal's Villages: The Value of Community and Choice as we Grow Older
Monday, September 25, Doors open at 1pm, 2pm, Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church - Fellowship Hall, 49 Knox Drive

A live-streamed interview from Boston with Atul Gawande MD, MPH, and Author, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Presented by Beacon Hill Village in celebration of 15 years of the Village Movement. Your local host Lamorinda Village will live stream the interview at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church - Fellowship Hall. REGISTER ONLINE here. You can also register by phone at 925-253-2300 or by email at RSVP@LamorindaVillage.org.
Orinda Town Hall
Monday, September 25, 6:30pm-7:30pm, Orinda Library Auditorium, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda

Please join Assemblywoman Catharine Baker for a Orinda Town Hall with Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen and Orinda Mayor Eve Phillips. Come share your thoughts on the issues you care about and get an update on the legislature's plans for 2017. RSVP at asmrc.org/af/orindarsvp
Town Hall Theatre "Generations" Season 2017-2018 kicks off
this fall with THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE - A Musical Fairy Tale 
September 28 through October 21, Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street

Book, music and lyrics by award-winning Bay Area playwright Min Kahng. Based upon the Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE is an enchanting, pop musical romp for the whole family that reminds us that true beauty and worth is always found within.

THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE will have 12 performances, including two
previews, September 28 through October 21, at Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, Lafayette. THT will host two Special Events for THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE: Opening Night, on Saturday, September 30; and LIT UP, a literary salon, on Wednesday, October 4. Tickets are $18 - $30, and are available through the Box Office at (925) 283-1557 or online at here.
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; mandy@whiteponyexpress.org; or go to www.whiteponyexpress.org/volunteer.  

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 runmtns@prodigy.net or Chuck Yaeger at carlfyeager@yahoo.com.

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: https://youtu.be/meKTDwcwcHk. For more information about the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club, please email lamorindasunrise@gmail.com or go to http://www.lamorindasunrise.org.
Lafayette Res Run for Education Registration Now Open! 25th Annual Lafayette Res Run for Education

Sunday, October 22, 2017
5k Certified Run 8:00am, 10k Certified Run 8:15am, 2mi run/walk 8:45am

Register here and chose your local school: Acalanes Dons, Burton Valley Bobcats, Campolindo Cougars, Happy Valley Huskies, Lafayette Leopards, Miramonte Matadors, Springhill Scorpions and Stanley Wildcats.

For more information and to register, visit www.LafayetteChamber.org/ResRun.


Office Closure: The Lafayette Chamber Office will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 4. Stay safe everyone!

Social Media Workshop: Instagram Success for Your Local Business
Wednesday, September 13, 6pm-7:30pm, Lafayette Library Homework Center
7 things you need to know, plus a bonus about creating images the easy way! Speaker Robin S. Fox, Digital Strategist. For more information email workshops@lafayettechamber.org. Register here.

Office Closure: The Lafayette Chamber Office will be closed on September 18 for Art & Wine Cleanup.

Coffee with the Mayor
Friday, September 22, 8am, City Offices, 3685 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Room 265
Join us for Coffee with Lafayette Mayor Mike Anderson on Friday morning at 8am at the Lafayette City Offices.

September Mixer at Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery and Rancho Cantina
Wednesday, September 27, 5:30pm-7pm, 3616 and 3620 Mt. Diablo  Blvd
Join us for our September mixer at Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery and Rancho Cantina, 3616 and 3620 Mt. Diablo  Blvd., on Wednesday, September 27, 5:30pm-7pm.

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