Supporting our Non Profits & our Arts Community!

March 2021

Presented by the Lafayette Chamber
Lafayette Chamber Announcements
Upcoming Chamber Events

Instagram Your Brand - Tuesday, March 2, 12 noon
Chamber Connectors - Wednesdays, March 3 and 17, 4:30pm
Podcast Launch 101 - Tuesday, March 16, 12 noon
March Madness Mixer - Wednesday, March 24, 6pm


Quick Links to Chamber Resources
⇒ Lafayette Chamber’s Instagram page
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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.

STEM CONFERENCE for MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS
The STEM Committee will present a 1/2 day interactive virtual STEM Workshop for middle
school girls on Saturday, March 20, 2021. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.
Assistance League of Diablo Valley’s Sunshine Program Receives $4000 from Drysdale Community Foundation

The Sunshine Boxes program also needs you, our generous community members, now more than ever!
Assistance League of Diablo Valley member volunteer Jackie Griffin (l) and Grants Committee member Ann Livingston (r), accept check from Drysdale Community Foundation to fund weekend meals for elementary schoolchildren.

As a result of Assistance League of Diablo Valley’s Program Research and Development Committee’s indefatigable efforts, Operation School Bell’s® Sunshine Boxes Program originated in 2019. This program now provides shelf stable weekend meals to identified elementary schoolchildren in the Pittsburg Unified School District. Each month, dedicated Sunshine Boxes program member volunteers assemble 400 boxes, each box costing $15.

And the good news continues.

On February 9, Sunshine Boxes received a grant of $4,000 from Drysdale Community Foundation, which is funded by donations from individual agents with Berkshire Hathaway Home Financial Services Drysdale Properties. What an expression of their personal commitment to the communities in which they serve! Assistance League of Diablo Valley member volunteer Jackie Griffin and Grants Committee member Ann Livingston accepted the check with profound thanks.

And yet, the Sunshine Boxes program also needs you, our generous community members, now more than ever. Please join this worthwhile and rewarding pursuit by accessing this gofundme page and consider making a $15 donation. Likewise, please share this idea with family and friends. 

As with all hands-on programs, Sunshine Boxes benefits from Assistance League of Diablo Valley’s Thrift Shop at the Way Side Inn, located at 3521 Golden Gate Way, in Lafayette. To learn more, please visit this website: assistanceleague.org/diablo-valley.
Lights Up! A Virtual Fundraiser for Cal Shakes
Friday, March 26

Join Artistic Director Eric Ting, Managing Director Sarah Williams, and beloved Bay Area artists for an evening devoted to raising funds to get us back to the stage once again.

A love letter to classic stories and the extraordinary people that make them come to life – it will be a night of fun and celebration, joy and laughter, and a moment to come together in support of the resiliency of the arts. https://calshakes.org/lightsup


Cancer Support Community

Registration is now open for Cancer Support Community's 7th Annual Hope Walk! It will take place virtually the week of Sunday, May 9 - Saturday, May 15. For more information and to register go to www.hopewalkbayarea.net. Interested in joining John Muir Health and UCSF Health in sponsoring this event? Please contact Carol Louisell at clouisell@cancersupport.net

Join Cancer Support Community on Saturday, September 18 for its first-ever Film Festival & Charity Gala. We will be featuring three short films on "cancer and community" and raising much-need funds for CSC's free programs and services. For more information go to www.cscgala.net or to submit a film go to https://cancersupport.net/events/gala/ 
Donate to Support Youth in Foster Care

CASA of Contra Costa County matches each youth in foster care with a trained, caring and dedicated volunteer, which creates a foundation of support and facilitates access to key resources. In these uncertain times, children and youth in foster care need your support more than ever. They have endured significant trauma, have limited resources, and are particularly vulnerable. Your generosity will help CASA provide the critical help needed for youth in foster care. Please donate now at https://cccocasa.org/menus/donate-now.html.
Diablo Ballet presents its 27th Anniversary Gala virtually this season! 

Hosted by dancers Jordan and Raymond Tilton, the event will include a performance, interviews, a champagne toast with the dancers and more all from the comfort of your own home.

The Gala performance will feature Carousel (A Dance) choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, inspired by the Broadway musical; Ballestra, a touching ballet featuring the entire company with original music by Justin Levitt and choreographed by Raymond Tilton; the romantic duet from Encores by Sally Streets; the spectacular Flames of Paris staged by Lauren Jonas featuring the entire company for an exciting finale and a new work performed by Diablo Ballet School’s Level 5 created just for this special occasion. To purchase tickets visit: https://diabloballet.org/anniversary-gala.
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 continues to be open for curbside service. If you have some specific titles you’re searching for, 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. You can then pick them up during our open hours. Exact change or checks accepted.

Hours: 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

In celebration of Black History Month, the Gold Coast Chamber Players offers Sphinx and Sitkovetsky, a collaboration with legendary violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky and his work with the Sphinx Organization that transforms lives through the power of diversity in the arts. The virtual performance will premiere on February 28, 2021 at 4pm (Pacific Time) and is available through March 7th. Performances by Xavier Foley, double bass and cellist Sterling Elliott are sure to inspire! Tickets are $20 and available at www.gccpmusic.com or by calling (925) 283-3728.

The Gold Coast Chamber Players continues their season’s theme of Love and Diversity with another uplifting virtual concert: Love Story on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7pm (Pacific Time). A romance from a 19th century power couple Clara and Robert Schumann will be showcased in dazzling music for piano and strings. Violist Pamela Freund-Striplen joins the all female Delphi Trio for a Women's History Month celebration of passionate chamber and inspiring music. Meet and Greet with the musicians after the concert is included. Tickets are $30 and concert links are available for viewing through March 27. Please visit https://www.gccpmusic.com for more information.
HOPE SOLUTIONS’ 2021 VIRTUAL GALA – Ruby Slippers: There’s No Place Like Home

On Saturday, February 27th Hope Solutions (formerly Contra Costa Interfaith Housing) will hold their annual gala, Ruby Slippers – There’s No Place Like Home benefitting local homeless and at-risk families and individuals. The virtual event includes a silent and live auction, inspirational message from Hope Solutions’ resident, show case of Community Art Program, Children’s Choice Award, and Virtual Red Carpet.

Register for free tickets: https://rubyslippers2021.ggo.bid/
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,
The International Film Festival "THE WHITE TIGER"

JOIN IFF AND CONGREGATION B'NAI SHALOM MEN'S CLUB MOVIE CLUB FOR A DISCUSSION OF THE FILM "THE WHITE TIGER" a new film by acclaimed Indian director Ramin Bahrani.

An ambitious Indian driver uses his wit and cunning to escape from poverty and rise to the top. An epic journey based on the New York Times bestseller. View trailer. View the film on Netflix.

Join the discussion of the film with Efi Lubliner and Bob Levine. The movie club is open to all in our community. Join Sunday, February 28, 2021, 1:30 pm here https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87501975513?pwd=cDlwY1MrMjJYaTM4N2lWUHFuVG8xdz09.
Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery

Currently on display is a new exhibit of our gallery collection featuring kinetic (moving) sculpture by Todd Dunning and new works by local artists including, Carl Heyward, Akiko Suzuki, Paula Boas, Nicholas Coley, and Karen Folgner. Gallery hours Weds-Fri 1-5PM Saturday 11-5.

Our Art Lovers Collection features Jennifer Perlmutter and Karen Folgner. Modern art, abstracts and figures put together in an easily accessible story collection.

Our Miramonte Intern, Nejla Ackdoe-Pagey, is curating a new exhibit in the little vault closet along with her local high school alumni and friends. The unveiling will be mid March and we are excited to see what they will do! JPG is giving the young artists full reign to create their own small exhibit.

SHIFT, our annual open call for Bay Area artists is underway. Submissions are rolling in and it’s not too late to apply:
One thing has been especially evident as our world heads into a new decade: SH*T HAPPENS! This is a show not about the hardships that we have faced, but a show about perseverance. The aftermath, however, is the effect of how we choose to shift once our life takes a turn.

3525 Mt. Diablo Blvd. (Corner of Moraga Rd. and Mt. Diablo Blvd.) www.jenniferperlmuttergallery.com
Lafayette Community Foundation Needs Your Support for its 2021 Excellence Grants Cycle
 
 
Lafayette Community Foundation (LCF) would like to continue to support local nonprofits as it has been doing for more than 20 years. However, LCF was 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 Little Free Pantry, outside the gate at the Lafayette Community Garden, is living up to its’ motto of TAKE WHAT YOU NEED and LEAVE WHAT YOU CAN. Members of the Garden and local community have been donating canned goods and pasta. One community member recently expressed their appreciation for being able to take what they need with a handwritten note (see photo). It is so nice to be able to help others in our community!
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.
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

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation is proud of the crucial role we play in our community; providing free access to information and unfettered opportunities for exploration, education and growth. Thanks to donor support the Library Foundation continues its partnership with Lafayette elementary schools donating books to ALL Lafayette elementary school libraries for guest authors who read to students during March story times.

Give the Gift of Literacy! Become a monthly donor today, your support makes the Library thrive! DONATE $10 $15 $25 every gift makes a difference!

Don’t miss two March programs online at the Lafayette Library! March 8 (4pm) Cook along side James Oseland as he prepares dishes from his latest book World Food: Mexico City. Learn more and register HERE.  March 9 (3pm) Discover inspiring women inventors in From Here to There, Inventions that Changed the Way the World Moves with guest author Vivian Kirkfield, Learn more and register HERE.

Stay in the know about Library programs and the latest news subscribe to the Library newsletter AdLib HERE.

Lafayette Partners in Education

LPIE is launching the video series "It's Up to All of Us" in March with a $80,000 matching gift opportunity. Each week, we will release a video that shares the impact of donations on our students' educational experience. It's up to all of us to preserve the incredible schools we've come to expect.

If you have questions about funding in our schools, we invite you to attend a Q&A with Superintendents Richard Whitmore and John Nickerson and LPIE VP Danielle Gallagher.

Lastly, LPIE has reimagined the Science Fair so that we can bring science into your home. We have created a month of fun for the kids that includes engaging STEM challenge activities and inspiring speakers from Roblox and Pixar Animation Studios.

To learn more about all of these LPIE activities, please visit our website.
Lafayette Recreation

Spring virtual and in person classes are now open for registration through Lafayette Recreation at www.LafayetteRec.org or call 925-284-2232. Classes include in person and virtual yoga, online chess, sports classes, tennis, and more!

Become a member of Lafayette Senior Services for $15/year to receive access to all sorts of online programs and receive free zoom support. More programs are added periodically, so check back often. Summer camp registration opens April 12th and Recreation Guides will be mailed out shortly before then. All programs will follow current health guidance.
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

"The Perfect Landscape Painting," by Lamorinda Arts Council Curator Bill Carmel, MFA, is the title of his latest Art Space blog in the Danville/San Ramon Express. Enjoy this stream-of-consciousness poem about the experience of a plein air painter beginning ‘on the mountain’ and finishing ‘in the studio.’ See www.danvillesanramon.com/blogs/p/2021/02/21/the-perfect-landscape-painting.

Caption: Artist: Bill Carmel, MFA; Title: Concept Drawing for Landscape Painting #2
Size: 30” x 40”, Media: pen and ink on paper
Art Gallery at Wilder, March 1 – April 25. View a virtual exhibit of paintings by late Heather Metcalf, who was an active member of Moraga Art Gallery where a companion exhibit of her paintings will be on display through April 25. For details visit www.lamorindaarts.org/online-galleries/
SuperShorts Three-Minute Movie Challenge, register by Mar. 26. Become a filmmaker by producing a 3-minute, G-rated movie set in your home or outdoor location; ages you to adult and family collaboration. Visit www.lamorindaarts.org/SuperShorts for to register.  

Winter Idol, from Mar. 3 -10 audience voting is open; join their live online awards show Mar. 14 at 7:00 p.m. Visit www.lamorindaarts.orog/idol-2/ to vote and for details about the live show. 
Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, March 11, High School Visual Arts Competition Live Artist and Awards show, 7 p.m. of winning artwork from high school students in Orinda, Lafayette and Moraga. Cash prizes. Visit www.lamorindaarts.org/vac for details.

Art Embraces Words free Zoom webinar, Mar. 28 at 2 p.m. Participate as an audience member, as a writer by reading your work or as an artist by showing your work. March theme is "Love and Redemption." Visit www.lamorindaarts.art/art-embraces-words for details, to access links to previously recorded webinars and to register. For questions email literary@lamorindaarts.org or call 925.359.9940. 
Art Embraces Words free Zoom webinar, Mar. 28 at 2 p.m. Participate as an audience member, as a writer by reading your work or as an artist by showing your work. March theme is "Love and Redemption." Visit www.lamorindaarts.art/art-embraces-words for details, to access links to previously recorded webinars and to register. For questions email literary@lamorindaarts.org or call 925.359.9940. 
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

March 5: Nell Watson, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence
March 12: Dr. Anthony Kern, Human Factors Expert
March 19: David Miller, Our Local Champion of Milestones
March 26: Carol Chaffey, Member Magazine

 
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

For March, Lamorinda Village would like to GIVE BACK in thanks for all the tremendous support we've received from this community.

We will be starting a Restaurant of the Week Program to support the great local restaurants that have struggled while everyone sheltered in place. We are kicking off this program with Genuine Goodness. The local owners of this small darling cafe in Orinda brightened up our lives during the holidays with the Genuine Goodness Giving Tree and the Christmas Eve Dinner for Seniors. HERE is a link to their delicious TABs (Take and Bake).

Through this month, Lamorinda Village will feature restaurants in all three towns. We will have our wonderful volunteers standing by to help with deliveries so the restaurants do not have to share the proceeds with other delivery services. https://lamorindavillage.org
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.
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

An ebbing pandemic has led the Moraga Art Gallery to double its hours. Starting on March 6th, the gallery will again be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm, and also by appointment.

"An Elegant Balance," the current exhibit, which runs through April, features work by two member artists: watercolorist George Ehrenhaft and jewelry-maker K. de Groot. The work of other members and guest artists includes paintings in several genres, ceramics, photographs, sculptures, wooden bowls, and glassware. The gallery's "Art Boutique" room contains array of unique gifts in wood, glass, ceramics, and other materials, all made locally.

The gallery is located at 432 Center Street in Moraga's Rheem Shopping Center. For more information, please visit http://moragaartgallery.com or email moragaartgallery@gmail.com
Mountain Shadow Film Society's March Show
A pre-theatrical release of a 2020 thriller from Argentina

“HEIST OF THE CENTURY”

Two online virtual screenings:
March 13th —4:30 PM MATINEE
March 20th — 7:30 PM EVENING SHOW

From Argentina: On the sunny and seemingly ordinary Friday in 2006, the bohemian martial-arts instructor, Fernando Araujo, and his hand-picked four-member crew stormed into the branch of Banco Río in the affluent neighbourhood of Acassuso, Buenos Aires. As the thieves work fast, emptying dozens of safety deposit boxes crammed with millions of dollars, precious jewelry, and heavy gold bullion bars, the chief negotiator, Miguel Sileo, and his armed-to-the-teeth men encircle the silent two-story building, in the aftermath of the bloody Villa Ramallo robbery. Now, five determined bank thieves along with twenty-three helpless hostages find themselves trapped in the building. Will the audacious robbers get away with the heist of the century? 114 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime - English subtitles TRAILER

To order your $12.50 general admission ticket, see the website here.

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 - last weekend to make your kit!

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
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.

We meet every Thursday on Zoom from 12:15 – 1:30 pm. Each week we feature a different guest speaker in addition to regular club business. Guests are always welcome! If you are interested in checking us out, email patriciafury@comcast.net for more info.  

  • March 4 – April Rovero, Contra Costa County MEDS Coalition
  • March 11 – SPECIAL SPEAKER: Jim Wunderman, Bay Area Council 
  • March 18 – Deborah Allen, BART 

Learn more at rotarylafayette.org.
SHELTER, Inc. was the first agency in Contra Costa County to offer rental assistance for those whose income has been impacted by the pandemic. The philanthropic community stepped up to the plate and began giving generously with extra support – and that generosity continues to this day. Upon passing of the CARES Act, the State of California received funding that has been passed to local municipalities for distribution to those who are risk of eviction after moratoriums expire. If you need assistance, please start an application online at: https://SHELTERinc.org/renthelp.

Please note, this is not the 2021 Consolidated Appropriation Act. Those resources for landlords and renters will be distributed by the State of California, with their portal opening on March 15, 2021 at: Housing Is Key.
Special Education Enrichment Development Foundation

SEED would like to extend a warm welcome and introduction for new families!

SEED is the Special Education Enrichment Development Foundation - a Lafayette-based, volunteer-run, non-profit community organization dedicated to supporting the Special Ed community. We serve families whose children have an IEP, 504, or who are simply struggling. SEED builds productive relationships between our parents and with our District, and provides targeted programming to address diverse learning needs. The programs we fund include after school social skills play groups, educational seminars, support groups and socials for parents, and teacher training. During this time of social distancing, we are currently focused on producing parent education workshops via Zoom and providing resources via our Facebook page, website and email newsletter. Please visit us online to learn more!
Sustainable Contra Costa

Sustainable Contra Costa is a community of citizens, educators, innovators, and organizations designing and building pathways to ecologically sustainable, economically vibrant, and socially just communities for all. Please join us for these upcoming events:



View all events on website calendar, here.
FantasticLand
Town Hall Theatre Presents FANTASTICLAND - Serialized Fundraising Event starting March 11

Playwright and Town Hall Theatre board member M. E. Ianiro has been working closely with author Mike Bockoven to bring an adaptation his thrilling hit, FantasticLand: A Novel, to a digital medium in Town Hall’s March fundraising event: FantasticLand.

FantasticLand will be available at TownHallTheatre.com. On Thursday, March 11
the series will premiere with a double-episode drop. After that a new episode will
become available every Tuesday and Wednesday March 16 through April 7.
Tickets are $25 and will be available on TownHallTheatre.com.

After a major hurricane destroyed the popular Florida theme park FantasticLand,
employees and park-goers fought for their lives to survive the wreckage and each
other. Now, after a social media frenzy spreads the harrowing images across the
world, a fact-finding investigation interviews those who experienced the horrors
first-hand. FantasticLand presents their tales of competing tribes fighting for food,
water, medicine, and dominance.
Trust in Education

TIE is now selling Saffron available online at https://etsy.me/3unOZfj — Saffron is a powerful spice high in antioxidants and it has been linked to health benefits.
All proceeds from our saffron sales support Trust in Education's programs that are designed to help Afghan families rebuild their lives. To find out more about TIE, please visit our website: www.trustineducation.org
Afghanistan has become the world’s third largest saffron exporting and producing country. Afghanistan’s saffron has been certified as one of the world’s best saffron. This significant status has been given by the International Taste and Quality Institute in Brussels, Belgium. This precious plant which is considered as a "red gold” and the cultivation of saffron has popularized during recent years and is regarded as one of the most significant exporting items in the country. 
Valley Art Gallery

Currently Featuring “WINTERMISSION”. OUR NEW COLLECTION “A SPRING OF MANY HUES” OPENS MARCH 23.

Now open Thursday- Saturday 12–5pm, 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek

Current exhibition, "Wintermission," will continue through March 8. On March 23rd, “A Spring of Many Hues” opens featuring our new spring collection that highlights a selection of newly-juried works from our member artists, reflecting the bright colors and delicate hues of our Northern California springtime. Also available will be a new selection of juried, high quality, hand-made crafts and jewelry. All 2D artworks are available for sale or rent, under our "no regrets" rental program.

Art can provide a great way to uplift our spirits in these difficult times. So come on by, and see what the best of the best Bay Area artists have to offer!

The gallery has e COVID-19 safety procedures in place.
o Covid-19 protocols: Masks required for staffer and patrons
o We limit the number of gallery visitors to 2 at any one time.
o Disinfecting spray, hand sanitizer and gloves will be used by our staff.
o All items that are frequently touched (stack handles, counter, door knobs, etc.) will be wiped down after each visitor.

Visiting the gallery is free. Appointments to see works or the new show are also available outside of regular business hours by calling or emailing the Gallery.
www.valleyartgallery.org; (925) 935-4311
White Pony Express Online Ambassador Program

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

In times like these, it is hard to know how to help. This is why White Pony Express is launching the Online Ambassador Program – to take the guessing out of goodwill and put the power of change in your hands: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/cu/YCJ0Kpy/onlineambassador1

Youth Homes' Thrift Shop Wild Event!
Saturday, February 27, 10am - 4pm

Trends may come and go, but one thing that's around forever is animal print. In 1947 designer Christian Dior presented the world with his runway show of leopard print clothing and it's still around for good reason! 
Animal print has the ability to be the best of both worlds: adding something extra to otherwise simple outfit, or working as a neutral, miraculously pairing well with everything.
  • Pair a leopard shirt with leather leggings and white sneakers for an incredibly stylish look!
  • Pair leopard print booties, old jeans, a T-shirt and a blazer and you'll feel as if Versace dressed you!
  • Pair jeans with pink ballet flats and a leopard cross-body!

We've got a HUGE assortment of leopard/zebra/animal print clothing, blankets, pillows, pictures, and furniture, all purring with excitement at the idea of going home with you! Shop with us so we can help you (and your home!) look beautiful!

Not sure how to wear it? We'll help you look so amazing you'll rawrrr with excitement!
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

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!