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Supporting our Non Profits & our Arts Community!

February 2021

Presented by the Lafayette Chamber
Lafayette Chamber Announcements
Valentine’s Day is around the corner!

The Lafayette Chamber has made it easy for you with our Locally Owned Locally Loved program. Simply check out our Online Gift Guide here.

Your local boutiques have unique and creative gift ideas ready to share. Outdoor dining is back, book your reservation or reserve your favorite take-out offering now.

Our local businesses and restaurants are here to help make your Valentine’s Day extra special. When you shop local you help local business owners through this challenging economic time. Additionally, sales tax from your purchases will be funneled back into our local economy. Thank you for shopping local.

⇒ Lafayette Chamber’s Instagram page
Become a lifetime Friend of the Chamber

A Friend of the Chamber membership provides a way for community members to support the efforts of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. We are 74 years strong and our mission continues “To promote and maintain a healthy business climate and to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Lafayette.” 

All aspects that make up a community are important to us: schools, residents, churches and synagogues, community organizations, activities, and the city government. Chamber members work with representatives of all these groups for the betterment of our community. A lifetime Friend of the Chamber membership is $150 per family. Learn more here>>
Events & Announcements from our Non Profits and our Arts Community
A Brighter Day Teen Talent Showcase

Ready to show off your amazing talent? A Brighter Day, partnering with the City of Lafayette, presents the Teen Talent Showcase! Teen Talent Showcase auditions are free and open to all teens and young adults! Just fill out the Registration Form and submit your audition video HERE.

All contestants will be automatically entered into a $100 Target gift card giveaway! A Brighter Day will upload your video to their YouTube channel and you can share your video with your friends—each 'Like' is a vote toward the final tally! A variety of acts are encouraged—singing, playing a musical instrument, dancing, performing in a skit, doing magic tricks, performing stand-up comedy, juggling, or any other unique talent! Finalists will compete for an opportunity to win up to $1000 towards school expenses.

A Brighter Day is a charity that unites stress and depression resources with teenagers. To learn more about A Brighter Day and the Teen Talent Showcase, please visit www.abrighterday.info.
Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is excited to announce the date of our inaugural gala, A Bright Night.

Join us (virtually, this year) on March 13 at 6 p.m. (PT). The event will feature inspiring stories, unique auction items and experiences, and a spirited live auction. Register today: bit.ly/alzgala21.
American Association of University Women Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette Branch

The local branch of the AAUW has launched a cost-free series of STEM4Girls zoom sessions for middle school and high school aged girls.

Speakers include successful, engaging young women--a climate change engineer, astronomer, physician, mechanical operations engineer at Chevron, a construction manager, NASA aerospace engineer, global product manager for Dupont, and a University of Oxford doctoral student specializing in ecosystems policy. Join us—these Sunday, hour- long webinars, scheduled over several months, do not disappoint! Learn more and register here: https://oml-ca.aauw.net/girls4stem-webinars.
Donate to Assistance League GoFundMe to provide weekend food for hungry schoolchildren

Assistance League® of Diablo Valley is one of more than 120 chapters of Assistance League®, a national nonprofit organization that puts caring and commitment into action. In 2019-2020, over 450 dedicated member volunteers provided school clothes to 4,317 children in need, performed educational puppet shows, read monthly and provided reading support to second graders, engaged schoolchildren in art units, donated food boxes, awarded scholarships to 35 young adults and made reassurance phone calls to homebound clients in Contra Costa County.

And yet, another need arises. Each week, thousands of schoolchildren lack food to see them through the weekend; the numbers continue to increase. Assistance League of Diablo Valley is asking for your help to provide 400 Sunshine Boxes of weekend food per month. At the cost of $15, each Sunshine Box is filled with milk, cereal, soup, pasta, and other nutritious food.

All donations, large and small, will literally bring sunshine into these children’s weekend, bring smiles to small faces, and truly make a difference. Please click on this link or paste in your browser to donate: www.gf.me/u/y4fjaj.

Please, share with neighbors, CPA, financial advisor, etc. to increase community awareness. To learn more, please visit this website: assistanceleague.org/diablo-valley.

Photo: Nutrient-rich foods consumed on a consistent basis fortify a child’s physical, cognitive and emotional well-being.
Diablo Ballet’s 27th Season, Balanchine & Beyond

The second program of Diablo Ballet’s 27th Season,
Balanchine & Beyond, features the joyous and jazzy Who Cares? choreographed by George Balanchine with music by George Gershwin; the return of the hauntingly beautiful Berceuse by Penny Saunders; the wedding scene from the timeless fairytale, The Sleeping Beauty featuring the entire company; and Two One Self by company dancer Michael Wells and choreographer Derion Loman, whose electrifying performances have been seen on America’s Got Talent and World of Dance.

The performance will be filmed in our magically transformed studio early February and will be streamed virtually to the comfort of your home on February 19th through February 21 or February 26 through February 28. The link will be available for viewing as many times as you like whenever you like on the weekend of your choice. Tickets are $30 per household if purchased by Feb. 10th or $35 if after. For tickets visit: diabloballet.org.  
Diablo Regional Arts Association

Diablo Regional Arts Association, the nonprofit partner of the Lesher Center for the Arts, is inviting all community members who love and treasure the Lesher Center to help Pave the Way! Pave the Way features multiple levels of participation and naming opportunities, including custom, laser-engraved pavers prominently located on the new Rudney Plaza outside of the Lesher Center. Funds raised through Pave the Way will support innovative artistic programming and provide access to the arts for all.

Flexible and creative ways to give: Give with a group • Donate stock or IRA • Set up pay installments • Corporate matching gifts

Double Your Impact: The Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation is generously matching the first $150,000 raised through Pave the Way!

Information and order forms are available at www.draa.org/pave or DRAA can be contacted at (925) 457-2000.
Early Diagnosis Foundation Wellness Kits & Masks

The Early Diagnosis Foundation, founded by Greg and Marty Woehrle, is pleased to announce the availability of its COVID-19 Wellness Kit, designed to promote healthy practices to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Early Diagnosis Foundation COVID-19 Wellness Kits are packaged in a convenient clear vinyl pouch that can be carried in a handbag, attached to a backpack for kids or stored for easy access. Each kit includes a comfortable mask (choose from one of three EDF mask designs or a child sized camouflage mask), an adjustable mask lanyard, hand sanitizer gel, packet of ten sanitizer wipes, EDF chapstick and an EDF stylus pen for “no contact” use on touch pad surfaces.

A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of EDF’s COVID-19 Wellness Kits is contributed to the Lupus Foundation and to furthering the Early Diagnosis Foundation’s ongoing efforts to diagnose early symptoms and fight the onset of chronic disease.
Friends Corner Book Shop

Friends Corner Book Shop is open for curbside service to help with your Valentine’s Day shopping. If you have some specific titles in mind you think may delight your special person, book requests may be made by email to friendscornerbookshop@gmail.com. A volunteer will let you know whether or not the books you’d like are available.
 
Even easier, come by the Book Shop during our open hours and purchase a gift certificate, and your valentine can choose their own adventures! Exact change or checks accepted.
Our hours are: Tuesday through Friday: 10-2, Saturday: 9-1. 
 
Proceeds from the sales of our books support the programs, collections, and services of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. www.lllcf.org/friends-book-shop
Gold Coast Chamber Players

Surprise your Valentine with a heartwarming program of music for harp and viola. Gold Coast Chamber Players presents Russian Valentine on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 4pm. and provides an intimate glimpse into the musical and romantic lives of two legendary Bay Area musicians, Olga and Sergey Rakitchenkov. After the concert, the couple will be available on zoom for audience questions and socializing. Single tickets $20. Concerts are live-streamed via YouTube LIVE. Purchase online at www.GCCPmusic.com or by calling (925) 283-3728.
Hope Solutions' Ruby Slippers - There's No Place Like Home

Hope Solutions heals the effects of poverty and homelessness by providing permanent housing solutions and vital support services to highly vulnerable families and individuals. This year, Hope Solutions will present our annual fundraising gala, Ruby Slippers - There's No Place Like Home in the comfort of your own home on Saturday, February 27, 2021.

The event will be different for sure, but we are excited to host a celebration that allows us to come together in a safe, fun way. Ruby Slippers will be virtual and live-streamed on the Hope Solutions' YouTube Channel. Our virtual gala will include exciting silent and live auction offerings via online bidding; inspirational speakers; fund-a-need; audience participation opportunities, entertainment, fun surprises, and more! EVERYONE is invited and we hope you plan to join us! Registration is FREE; to register visit: https://hopesolutions.ejoinme.org/RubySlippers2021.
Hospice East Bay - Your Gifts Make Our Mission Possible

Thank you for supporting quality, community-based hospice care! Your support allows us to achieve our mission of comforting people and their loved ones through the final stages of life. All contributions to Hospice East Bay are tax-deductible, our Tax ID number is 94-2515405. https://www.hospiceeastbay.org/development/donations

Hospice East Bay operates six Thrift Shoppes throughout Contra Costa County, featuring a wide range of vintage items, clothing, fine and costume jewelry, collectibles, furniture, household items, art work, books, CDs and DVDs—all donated by members of our community. Check out our new online shoppe at www.hospiceeastbay.org/onlineshoppe.

Thank you for always being there with your support when we need you!
3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, (925) 887-5678,
Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery

Have you been into your Lafayette Art Gallery - Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery at the Bank? Maybe you have seen the colorful sculpture out in front while buzzing around town. Or maybe you’ve been to one of the 100s of events for artists in that past. The gallery is dedicated to helping you connect with the right art for your home. Please stop in during public hours Weds.-Sat to see an array of curated, contemporary art mostly from Bay Area artists.

Join our Online Auction! Original paintings for the seasoned and beginning collector. Find emerging artists next to some of our most developed artists. These auction items will only be available for two weeks. Register and make a bid before they are gone forever!

3525 Mt. Diablo Blvd. (Corner of Moraga Rd. and Mt. Diablo Blvd.) www.jenniferperlmuttergallery.com
Family Harvest Farm, a new program of John Muir Land Trust celebrates generosity from Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary.

Once a vacant lot in a densely populated neighborhood, this 3.5-acre parcel in downtown Pittsburg, California is being repurposed into a thriving organic farm. The farm broke ground in Summer 2020. Its mission: to empower youth and adults to discover and participate in a local food system that encourages healthy living, nurtures the environment, and feeds the community.

Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary has been working with Family Harvest Farm for three years to help build important infrastructure at the farm. John Muir Land Trust would like to thank Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary for constructing and donating our greenhouse, installing an irrigation system, setting up security cameras, and donating our shipping containers. Lamorinda Sunrise has also helped spread the word about the farm, gathered other local Rotary Clubs to fundraise for FHF, created a podcast, built a rodent barrier, constructed an entry circle with lavender and olive trees and participated in clean up days. Thank you for being such fantastic partners Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary!

If you would like to learn more about getting involved with the farm, please visit our website https://jmlt.org/our-places/farms-gardens/family-harvest-farm.
Lafayette Community Foundation Needs Your Support for its 2021 Excellence Grants Cycle

The nonprofits which LCF supports, continue to struggle and face critical decisions about how to move forward to best serve their communities. Their loss of revenue due to the cancellation of fundraisers and inability to raise money has been devastating.
 
LCF would like to continue to support these organizations as it has been doing for more than 20 years. However, LCF will not able to hold its annual major fundraiser, the Winemakers Dinner, in February due to the pandemic. As a result, LCF is facing a significant shortfall in funds for this year’s Excellence Grants cycle. LCF is expecting another record number of grant requests by its deadline of March 31, 2021. Please consider a donation of any amount so that LCF may continue to distribute grants to the community nonprofits that assist so many.
 
A monthly donation allows you to break down your donation over the course of a year. LCF also accept gifts of stock. For more information about this option, please click HERE To donate online today, please click HERE or you can mail a check to Lafayette Community Foundation, P.O. Box 221, Lafayette, CA 94549. www.lafayettecf.org
Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center

The Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center is currently accepting applications for working members for the 2021 garden season, which, COVID healthcare guidelines allowing, will open on March 13, 2021.

Community members interested in becoming members can download a membership application from the website www.lafayettecommunitygarden.org. They should fill it out and send it to the address listed on the application form.  Plans for the year include a rich educational program of classes and workshops. Community members are invited to drop in during garden workhours which will be listed outside the garden.  Also, the garden community has initiated a LITTLE FREE PANTRY, located by the gate outside the parking area. The objective of the pantry is to “TAKE WHAT YOU NEED and LEAVE WHAT YOU CAN”.
Lend a Hand to the Lafayette Historical Society 

All of us, at some time or another, have probably wandered past the Lafayette Historical Society, located on the ground floor of the Library on Golden Gate Way. And some, during “non-COVID times” may have even visited the Society’s archives and history room and learned something they didn’t know about Lafayette’s past.

And who knew that the Society also maintains operates the City’s very first fire engine? Old Betsy as she is known, is a 1919 Model TT Fire Engine. Yes, that’s Old Betsy in the Library’s parking garage window.

The Society raises operating funds by a combination of its membership dues, newsletter sponsorships, book sales, the not-to-be-miss “Breakfast with Santa” event, and through the popular “Speaker Series.” Due to the COVID pandemic, the Society’s history room has been closed and the Speaker Series canceled. It also appears that the “Breakfast with Santa” will also have to be postponed this year. All that is our way of saying that the Society really could use the community’s help right now. If you have a chance, take a look around the Society’s Website where you can listen to a collection of oral histories from many notables Lafayettans, including Bill Eames, Larry Blodgett, Ed Stokes, Steve Falk, Jon Frank, and Jack Marchant. And, if there’s anybody who knows how to work on a Model T, or knows how to drive one, the Society could sure use your help with Old Betsy. Visit the Society’s membership page now to find out how you can become an active member of this esteemed local gem. You can also call (925) 283-1848, or email Mary McCosker, LHS’s President, at lafayette.history@comcast.net.
Save the date! The Lafayette Juniors Outdoor Living Tour is Saturday, May 1st, 10 am-3 pm.

The Outdoor Living Tour will be a socially distant, self-guided tour showcasing unique and masterfully designed outdoor spaces at six beautiful Lafayette homes. Funds raised through the Outdoor Living Tour will directly support our beneficiaries, Youth Alive! and Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa To buy a ticket, please visit LafayetteJuniors.org 

For more information on featuring your business in our Outdoor Living Tour virtual program, please contact Ashley Morando at ashleymorando@gmail.com
Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation

Libraries are the cornerstone of a just and equitable community, providing access to information and unfettered opportunities for exploration, education and growth. The Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation is proud of the crucial role we play in our community.

Subscribe to the Library weekly program newsletter to stay in the know about upcoming Library events. When possible, DONATE to support the Lafayette Library and Learning Center – your gift makes the Library thrive!
Lafayette Partners in Education

The 2020-21 school year looks completely different with most school traditions and experiences reimagined. It’s been hard on everyone and because of this, donations to LPIE are significantly down. So far, we’ve raised $2.5M towards our $4.3M goal. Please take 5 minutes to hear 6 important points about the significance of LPIE funding and what’s at risk next year.  Click here.  

LPIE is excited to kick off it's 2021 Business Partner Program. Thank you to our local businesses for investing in LPIE's mission to support and enrich the education of every child in the Lafayette public schools. Their commitment to our students and community is extraordinary.  
Lafayette War Veterans, Inc. - Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building

The Lafayette War Veterans, Inc. (a 501(c)(19) Non-Profit Corporation), which manages the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building, is conducting a fundraising through the GOFUNDME.COM "Help Our Vets" project with a goal of $100,000.

Because the Covid-19 pandemic has pretty much eliminated our booking revenue since March 2020, it became necessary for our organization to seek individual and corporate donations. We depend on the bookings of our large meeting rooms as the primary source of revenue (income) in order to operate the building successfully for various venues (business meetings, celebration of life events, weddings, parties, community events, etc.) and to be able to help various veteran causes when we are operating profitably in normal times.

This project will allow us to maintain our minimum building costs as we wait to begin the full operation of our facility as the State of California relaxes the Covid-19 pandemic guidelines at different levels for meeting facilities like we have in Lafayette.

All donations to the Lafayette War Veterans, Inc. are fully tax-deductible. If you wish to send a check (any amount) to help this cause instead of using the GoFundMe website, please make your check payable to "Lafayette War Veterans, Inc." and mail it to P.O. Box 501, Lafayette, CA 94549.
Lamorinda Arts Council

Jan. 31 Art Embraces Words Zoom Webinar 2 – 3:30 pm 
Missing your creative tribe? No need for that - you are invited to join lovers of the spoken word and visual art by attending the Lamorinda Arts Council’s Art Embraces Words free Zoom webinar on Jan. 31 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Writers paint images with words. Artists tell stories with color. Together they enrich our community.
Emerging writers read from their work interspersed with visual artists who speak about their creative process while audience members view a slideshow of their artwork. Audience members are invited to ask questions during this live webinar, which is recorded. Sign up as an audience members and view recordings of our previous webinars at www.lamorindaarts.org/art-embraces-words-events. Sign up as a writer or artist at www.lamorindaarts.org/art-embraces-words.
Feb. 1 – 28 Virtual Art Gallery at the Orinda Library – Honoring Educators who Mentor Arts Ambassadors
The Lamorinda Arts Council invites you to meet art educators from Lamorinda schools during the month of February. These educators have nurtured student artists for the annual Arts Ambassadors program every spring, which fills the gallery with 200 works in this unjuried show. Learn why they spend time encouraging students to participate. Young artists receive an Arts Ambassadors ribbon at their artist reception where family and friends view their art. Visit www.lamorindaarts.org/student-exhibits through Feb. 28 for details.
Feb. 1 - 28 Art Gallery at Wilder - Visionary Folk Artist Leon Kennedy
In celebration of Black History Month the Lamorinda Arts Council is pleased to host the virtual exhibit of Leon Kennedy’s paintings during February. His uplifting portraits seem to dip into the core of those he paints. On Thursday Feb. 18 St. Mary’s Center hosts Kennedy in a virtual Zoom meeting from 11 am to 12 pm honoring Black History Month and celebrating the art and music of Oakland. Please RSVP to jcastillo@stmaryscenter.org to sign up. Visit www.lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries for photographs and a video of Kennedy’s “Twelve Apostles” through Feb. 28.

Spark Some Art on Feb. 9
Community Engagement Committee Meeting on February 9, 5-6pm via Zoom. You'll have the opportunity to meet LAC's newest Board Member, Jenny Rosen of Lafayette, who has a passion for fostering connections between artists, local government, businesses, and the public. If this sparks your interest, RSVP for the Feb. 9th meeting by emailing jrosen@lamorindaarts.org.
Feb 19 - Virtual High School Visual Arts Competition
Registration is open for the 18th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition (HAVAC) through midnight on February 19. The virtual Artists & Awards Recognition Show will be held online on March 11. Entries accepted for HSVAC will be on display online for public viewing starting March 1 until updated next year.
The HSVAC showcases and acknowledges art in four categories: 2D, 3D, Photography, and the Lamorinda Arts Alliance sponsored Digital Art category. All work is by high school students who live in or attend school in Orinda, Lafayette, or Moraga, including all schools in the Acalanes Union High School District: Acalanes High School, Lafayette; Acalanes Center for Independent Study, Walnut Creek; Campolindo High School, Moraga; Las Lomas High School, Walnut Creek and Miramonte High School in Orinda. The competition features the chance to win cash awards, merit citations, and an online public exhibit of entries on the Lamorinda Arts Council website. Visit https://lamorindaarts.org/vac for details.
Feb. 28 Winter Idol
Deadline for Finalists who opt to submit an additional video for review by judges. Finalists have already been chosen in seven categories. Steve Harwood reports that over100 young singers are involved in Winter Idol. Save the date: March 14 – Live Online Awards. Visit www.lamorindaarts.org/idol-2 for details.
The Lamorinda Spirit Van

We would like to resume driving Lamorinda passengers to appointments, errands, and grocery shopping. Please email mbruns@lovelafayette.org if you would like to know more about becoming a volunteer driver and have a good driving record and 3-4 hours every week or two.
 
We are very grateful to our Spirit Van drivers for providing free pick-up and delivery service for our passengers.  Email dispatch@lovelafayette.org or call 925-283-3534 if you need something picked up and delivered or to learn about utilizing GoGoGrandparent: an Uber/Lyft type of service that doesn’t require a smart phone in order to request a ride.
 
Please keep us in mind when you are considering organizations you would like to financially support. You may send your tax-deductible donation payable to the City of Lafayette to: Lamorinda Spirit, Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s Road, Lafayette, CA 94549. Please write: “Lamorinda Spirit” on the memo line. Your support makes a huge difference to our success especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are very appreciative of community support!!!
Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club

Monthly Meetings are held Fridays, 7am-8:15am, Zoom Link at https://lamorindasunrise.org/speakers
 
DONATE YOUR VEHICLE WITH PEACE OF MIND THROUGH CARS2NDCHANCE.ORG
By donating a vehicle in any condition, you are making a difference in our local community and around the world.

It’s a claim we make every day and we back it up. 100% of your vehicle donation goes to help our local community and toward projects throughout the world. Rotary Clubs throughout the U.S. support their local communities. Here in the Bay Area, the Clayton/Concord Rotary Club and the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary play a key role in supporting charities like:
• Avon Breast Cancer Walk
• Contra Costa Food Bank
• Family Harvest Farms
• Salvation Army Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

Website: cars2ndchance.org or call 925-326-5868. Learn more about the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club here.
Lamorinda Village

Lamorinda Village plans to do a Restaurant of the Week program to support our local businesses. We have approached restaurants that have supported us in the past to give us a set menu for one or two people and a set price (including tax). We will promote one of these restaurants for the week and we will ask our members to purchase meals and have our volunteers deliver. This is Lamorinda Village's way of giving back. We are ever grateful for the support of this wonderful community.
Las Trampas Campus Transformation

If you have been down the trail over the last several months, you may have noticed some big changes on the Las Trampas Campus. After several years of being a dream, the reality of a new state-of-the-art building is finally happening! The old buildings from the 1960’s were initially constructed for the use of children and prior to ADA Compliance and technology. They are no longer there.

The new state-of-the-art building will now provide a much more accessible environment for the individuals we serve. No longer will the individuals we serve require assistance to move about the building or be limited to where they can go and what they can do independently.

Advances in technology will also be possible in the new facility and incorporated into their everyday learning opportunities. To those experiencing the effects of intellectual and developmental disabilities, this is a significant change.

Please join us for our next virtual tour of the new facility on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. This link will allow you to register for the event. You can also check out the pictures and updates on our new building at LasTrampas.org.
The Live Like Leo Foundation

The Live Like Leo Foundation is intended to harness rich global experiences and bring them to students who do not have such access. We believe through opening societal borders and bringing the best of educational programs from around the globe, we can raise awareness to the underexposed and in turn breed a more connected world.

The Live Like Leo Foundation draws its inspiration from young Leo Cellura who’s life was cut short in a tragic accident. Leo's global experiences over his short eleven years of life are what has inspired all of the people he touched and given us the purpose to pay it forward. Learn more and make your donation at livelikeleo.org.
Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa's Annual Gala Event, ROCK OUT HUNGER

Join us for Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa's Annual Gala Event, ROCK OUT HUNGER, taking place virtually this year: Saturday, February 20, 2021. Featuring music, a culinary demonstration, guest speakers and a live auction.
Find out all the details and for complimentary tickets which include a free gift delivered to your door at https://loavesfishescc.ejoinme.org/VirtualGala2021.
Help needed for Senior and Veterans

Mobility Matters is looking for volunteers that can help Seniors and Veterans by driving them to medical appointments and to get their vaccine shots. Our volunteers are Community Health Workers and are eligible to get the vaccine early so they can help others safely.

If you are interested in helping out your community please contact David at david@mobilitymatterscc.com or at 925-284-2215.
Monument Crisis Center

Monument Crisis Center would like to thank the Lamorinda community for your tremendous support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since mid-March, we have distributed nutritious, life-sustaining food to over 25,000 people.

To keep feeding families, seniors and children most affected by this crisis, we need your help! To make a contribution online, visit monumentcrisiscenter.org/donate or text MCC to 41-444.

Non-perishable food donations gladly accepted at the Center located at 1990 Market Street in Concord, on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 9am-12noon (no glass containers or expired foods please).

For more information, visit www.monumentcrisiscenter.org.
Moraga Art Gallery

Moraga Art Gallery announces a new exhibit titled, An Elegant Balance, opening February 18 through April 25, 2021.
 
The Moraga Art Gallery’s current exhibit, Spaces, Inside and Out, and the gallery's Gift Boutique will continue through February 14.
 
An Elegant Balance features the work of member artists, George Ehrenhaft and K. de Groot. The title of the exhibit describes the elegant balance between George Ehrenhaft's rich and brightly painted watercolors and K. de Groot's one-of-a-kind exotic jewelry.
 
The Gallery's Art Boutique features unique handmade gift items created by local artists including glass items, ceramics, beautiful wooden bowls, small paintings, decorative pillows, cards and jewelry. 
 
Moraga Art Gallery is a cooperative featuring the work of eighteen established local artists and several guest artists whose work includes painting, sculpture, jewelry, print media, ceramics, photography and woodworking
 
The gallery is open Saturdays 12pm-3pm and by appointment. Please email the gallery at moragaartgallery@gmail.com to make an appointment. 
 
To safeguard our gallery staff and visitors, we require everyone visiting the gallery to wear a face mask and to maintain social distancing.
 
The gallery is located at 432 Center Street, Rheem Shopping Center, in Moraga. 
 
For more information, please visit the gallery’s website: moragaartgallery.com or email moragaartgallery@gmail.com.
 
Artwork by featured artist: K. de Groot, necklace, Antique Chinese Qing Porcelain, Green Aventurine, Freshwater Pearls, Silver 
Mountain Shadow Film Society

MOUNTAIN SHADOW SNAGS THIS PRE-THEATRICAL RELEASE FOR ITS FEBRUARY SHOW. IT'S FINLAND'S SUBMISSION FOR 'BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM' AT THIS YEAR’S OSCARS!
“TOVE” - In the midst of her artistic struggles and unconventional personal life, Tove Jansson found worldwide success from an unexpected side project: the creation of the beloved world of the Moomins. TOVE is a captivating drama about the creative energy of a Swedish iconic talent and her turbulent search for identity, desire and freedom. Bio-Drama - From Finland - 100 min. - Swedish (Finnish, English, French), English subtitles TRAILER

FEB. 13th —4:30 PM MATINEE,
FEB. 20th — 7:30 PM EVENING SHOW

MONTHLY FILMS ARE FREE FOR MEMBERS. IF YOU ARE NOT YET A MEMBER, CHECK OUT THE MEMBERSHIP TAB, OR: YOU CAN PURCHASE A $12.50 GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET FOR OUR ONLINE SCREENINGS. HERE’S HOW:
1. Email Mountain Shadow: info@mountainshadow.org
2. Tell us which screening you'd like to "attend."
3. Provide a phone number and we'll call you for credit card charge information.
4. You'll receive a confirmation of your purchase by email. 
5. The LINK will be emailed to you the day prior to the screening.
You will also receive a regular PLAYBILL to view and/or print at home! As usual, we'll even have a Raffle Drawing!

For more information, go to the website, or contact Mountain Shadow’s director, John Bennison: jb@mountainshadow.org.
Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church

Love From Lamorinda Community Service Project

Love from Lamorinda! Three communities coming together to help those in need. Join us, put together a hygiene kit for the Bay Area Rescue Mission and drop it off at one of our conveniently located locations.


Thank you MVPC for showing us the need.

Each person/family will take a large zip lock bag and fill it with items for a homeless person. MVPC will then donate these hygiene kits to the Bay Area Rescue Mission who will distribute them to their clients in Richmond. They are experiencing unprecedented amounts of people needing shelter and support right now. They said these kits are very needed at the moment. 
 
The hygiene kits are a large zip lock bag with some of the following (suggestion): Pair of socks or underwear, mask, snack, hand sanitizer, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush / paste, soap, tissues, band-aids, lotion. These are suggestions- you do not have to do all.  MVPC will also have a drop down on the donations page of MVPC where people can donate $20 a kit if they do not want to make them at home.  Learn more here.

New Day for Children
New Day for Children would like to thank the City of Lafayette for its stance against human trafficking and for recognizing the work of New Day for Children during Human Trafficking Awareness Month. New Day for Children was honored to receive a Proclamation from the City of Lafayette.

New Day for Children and Markstein Sales Company have partnered to help rescue trafficking victims right here in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Watch this excellent video to see how beer distributors have their eyes open to spot trafficking here in our community, 14 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Performing Academy is offering BOTH in person and virtual classes in 2021!

Winter Spring 2021 at Performing Academy, 83 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
 
Performing Academy's mission is to help students build confidence in themselves through performing arts training. All programs are designed to enhance performance and life skills by instilling students with technique, discipline, and professionalism.
 
Many of our classes are returning to in person instruction at our Lafayette studio (virtual options are also available).
 
Group Voice, Acting, Voice Over, Broadway Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre Dance, Contemporary, Creative Movement, Ballet Tap Combo.
 
Check out our health and safety protocols HERE.
 
See all we have to offer HERE.
 
For more information contact Rena Wilson, Executive Director/Co-Founder, Phone: 408-540-4373, rena@performingacademy.com.
The Peter Pan Foundation

The Peter Pan Foundation empowers local children and teens to perform in musicals that raise money for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital of Oakland. The Peter Pan Foundation has evolved into a multi-faceted community treasure, joining forces with other national non-profit organizations to extend its network of goodness. The Peter Pan Foundation now sends costumed characters to grant wishes for Make a Wish's Wish Kids, princesses and heroes staff Easter Seals Bay Area's frequent parents/caregivers nights out, hosts events to amplify Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation's 21 Days of Kindness campaign, and prior to the pandemic had been invited to perform on the Disneyland main stage five years running because they've stated, "The Peter Pan Foundation gives the strongest performances musically and brings with it the strongest, most inspiring messages.

Generous donations help us keep the foundation running, help our performances with costumes, sets, etc. and allow us to give even more to the causes we care so much about. We welcome any size donations or type! www.peterpanfoundation.org/donate
Rotary Club of Lafayette Hosts The Bay Area Council

The Bay Area Council is a business association in San Francisco, founded in 1945, and dedicated to economic development in the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, it is comprised of 325 leaders of nearly every major Bay Area company. Movers and shakers who solve the biggest challenges facing mankind today.

Jim Wunderman, President and CEO since 2004, will address the economic impact and concern for the Bay Area resulting from the relocating of major corporations, businesses, and the tech industry. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Lafayette on March 11, 2021 at noon on Zoom. More information to follow. rotarylafayette.org
Special Education Enrichment Development Foundation

This has been a challenging year for the special education community, felt acutely by the families we serve. SEED (Special Education Enrichment Development Foundation) has responded with online resources and webinars, informal online chats to provide emotional support, and grants for local special education programs. Donations from community members like you allow us to offer all webinars free to the public and continue to make grants in support of special education programming. We hope this holiday season on Giving Tuesday you will consider donating to SEED, thank you!
Sustainable Lafayette's Lamorinda Environmental Action Fellowship (LEAF)
 
How would you use $1,000 to create a beneficial environmental impact for the Lamorinda community?
 
LEAF is a $1,000 award available to Lamorinda middle and high school students with sustainable and environmentally impactful ideas that would benefit the Lamorinda community. The award must be used to execute the idea, ideally over the course of one year or longer. To be eligible, you must be a Lamorinda middle or high school student (must have proof of residency). Award recipients must follow up with Sustainable Lafayette within 6 months to demonstrate progress against the award.
 
Students are given an opportunity to bring their ideas to life as the next generation of environmental stewards. Lamorinda community inherits new ideas to help make environmentally conscious choices. Enriches the relationship between Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda as we broaden the opportunity for deeper engagement within the overall community.
 
The Sustainable Lafayette Board of Directors will vote on submissions the second Tuesday of each month. Candidates may be asked to present their ideas to the Board via a Zoom meeting. Complete Your Application Today!
Trust in Education

At www.Etsy.com/shop/tieBlueRockShop, Trust in Education sells handmade Lapis Jewelry, and now we are also selling premium Saffron from Afghanistan. This year give a gift that benefits children and families in Afghanistan while showing a special person in your life how much you care. All proceeds from our jewelry and saffron sales support Trust in Education’s programs that are designed to help Afghan families rebuild their lives.
White Pony Express

White Pony Express rescues fresh surplus food from supermarkets, restaurants, and farmers’ markets and delivers it free of charge to organizations that feed the hungry. They also collect and distribute high-quality clothing, children's toys, and books. Their mission is to help eliminate hunger and poverty by delivering the abundance all around us to those in need—with love.

Beyond this goal of helping others, WPE aims to create opportunities for selfless service. Hundreds of volunteers make White Pony Express possible. They volunteer because they believe in the mission. They know they are helping others who have urgent needs at this time in their lives.

One inspirational opportunity for volunteer engagement is to support White Pony Express and their initiative to provide birthday gifts and party attire for high-need and system-involved children. Feel free to join them! Together our community can bring happiness to these often marginalized children in our Contra Costa County family. Here is a link to their donation form:
http://weblink.donorperfect.com/BirthdayGiftsforKidsAcrossContraCostaCounty. The way to shared happiness is sharing the abundance: all of us taking care of all of us!
Vintage Fur Sale at Youth Homes' Thrift Shop

Visit the Youth Homes Thrift Shop on Saturday, January 30 between 1PM and 4PM for Nana's Fur Closet sale! Whether you leave the house for work, play, or just to walk the dog, we'll have you looking so warm and cozy! After helping you with ideas on how to wear them (shorter? remove the sleeves to make a vest? make a sofa pillow?) you're Nana would be proud knowing her beloved fur(s) aren't in the closet never to be worn. 
Connect with the City of Lafayette

The City of Lafayette is urging everyone to sign-up for the latest information for Lafayette residents and businesses.

You can subscribe to City of Lafayette notifications at https://bit.ly/LafayetteNotifications.

You can also find the latest Information on Covid-19 on the City's website
here.

For wildfire resources, go to http://bit.ly/LafAreYouReady.

During the Covid-19 emergency, here is how to contact City of Lafayette
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Jay Lifson, Executive Director 
251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150, Lafayette, CA
Virtual Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-1pm


(925) 284-7404
The physical office of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce will remain closed until further notice. Our staff is still here to help you, just virtually. You can reach us by calling (925) 284-7404 or by sending an email to info@lafayettechamber.orgWe'll get back to you as quickly as possible. See our calendar for virtual events.

The Chamber will be posting applicable updates for our businesses and the community to our COVID-19 news page and posting on social media. Check out our posts on Facebook and on Instagram as well as our website's Who's Open page for businesses doing business and working remotely in Lafayette!