Supporting Our Nonprofits

April 2022

Presented by the Lafayette Chamber
Lafayette Chamber Announcements
Taste of Lafayette Tickets are ON SALE but very limited!

Tuesday, May 17, Downtown Lafayette

The “stroll” begins when ticket holders head out at their own pace to stop at any or all of the participating restaurants for sampling. Will call, live music and bar will be at Lafayette Plaza Park 5pm-7:30pm. Downtown restaurants will be sampling 5:30pm-7:30pm. Enjoy music throughout the stroll including a free live band concert for both ticket holders and the community in Plaza Park. It will be a sell out!

Get your tickets before it’s too late for the Taste of Lafayette on the Lafayette Chamber’s website at

This event benefits the Lafayette Community Foundation and the programs and services of the Lafayette Chamber.

Hungry now? 🍽 View Dining & Shopping Guide HERE:
Lafayette Chamber Connectors
Wednesday, April 6, 4:30pm, online via Zoom

Join us for a unique take on networking. 
This group discusses current challenges members are having with their business, big or small. Share your ideas and fresh perspectives with other members. Participation is encouraged and appreciated. We are ALL in this together!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
"Coffee" with City of Lafayette Mayor Teresa Gerringer

The Lafayette Chamber will host, via Zoom, "Coffee" with the City of Lafayette Mayor Teresa Gerringer on the following dates in 2022: 

• Friday, May 27, 8am REGISTER HERE
• Friday, July 29, 8am
Registration is required for each date for that day's Zoom link at Questions can be sent in advance to
Recordings are made available shortly after the event on the Lafayette Chamber's YouTube Channel at
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>>
Upcoming Events & Special Announcements
from our Nonprofit Chamber Members
Please consider supporting our various nonprofits. Our Arts Community email blast (many of which are also nonprofits) will be sent Friday, April 15.
Have an event to share with our community? Add it to our Community Calendar!

Lafayette Community Foundation (LCF) is Accepting Applications for its 2022 Grant Cycle 


The Lafayette Community Foundation (LCF) is accepting grant applications from local non-profits for its 2022 grant cycle. LCF invests in programs and projects that promote and enhance the civic, cultural, educational, and general well-being of Lafayette and surrounding communities. All applications (including supporting documents) must be received by April 30. The application form is online at

Grant categories are:
  • Seniors
  • Human Services
  • Youth Development & Education
  • Arts & Culture

Notice of the grant awards will go out in mid-June. If you have any questions, please contact LCF Grants Chair Jeff Dieden at
A Brighter Day Charity

A Brighter Day Charity is excited to host our 6th Annual Golf Tournament, shedding light on teen mental health awareness! Grab your golfing pals and come to enjoy a fun day on the green at Callippe Preserve Golf Course in Pleasanton on Friday, June 24th, shotgun start at 11:30 am.

A Brighter Day is a 501(c)3 that has raised awareness over the last six years and has become a powerful force in preventing teen suicide. All proceeds will be used to provide programming and resources to drive positive change in the lives of teens and their parents and spread the word that there is always a brighter day.

How can you help? Register to play, volunteer or or contact for more information.
Spring Fest
Assistance League’s Easter and Silver/Silver Plate Event Shines

The dedicated member volunteers at Assistance League® of Diablo Valley Thrift Shop at the Way Side Inn, located at 3521 Golden Gate Way, in Lafayette, are busily preparing for the Easter and Silver Plate and Silver Event scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 5, at 10 a.m. and conclude Saturday, April 9, at 3 p.m. They guarantee that you will find “eggs-actly” what you’re looking for to greet this Easter season.

As for the inner child, you will find an abundant rabbit inventory (no magic behind that one) comprised of soft, cuddly and colorful fabric, or an assortment of ceramic vases and planters to hold your favorite blooms. Easter themed placemats, tea party sets, decorative eggs, and salt and pepper sets promise a touch of magic. Of particular interest, a foot stool graced with a portrait of Mr. Bunny, himself, would bring joy to both child and adult.
Likewise, you are sure to find those silver and silver plate items that ensure an inviting tablescape and sidebar. Choose from a selection of large serving trays, covered casserole dishes, tea pots, coffee pots, ewers, cream and sugar sets, napkin rings, and candle stick holders.

Please realize that due to our extensive inventory, not all items will be displayed on the initial days of this event. You might consider a return visit to the well-known landmark to add the finishing touches.
Also realize that your generous donations and discerning purchases account for pre-Covid revenues. To learn how the numerous and well attended thrift shop events fund Assistance League of Diablo Valley’s 16 hands-on programs, please visit this website:

Photo: These energetic volunteers give new meaning to “hands-on.” 
The Day With the Most Light is the Day We Fight!

The Alzheimer's Association invites local businesses to join the fight against Alzheimer's and dementia by sponsoring or participating in our Sunrise Stroll at the Lafayette Reservoir on Friday, June 24, 9 - 11 a.m. You can also show your support by hosting a giveback event the week of June 19. For more information on how to get involved in the fight, contact Grace Liu at or 925-284-7942.
Bay Area Crisis Nursery

BACN is holding a virtual donation drive to assist us in filling our food pantry. When you donate to the Nursery, you help families put food on the table.

You can help by ordering from our wish list at

BeingwellCA is continuing its student mental health work in our county. This month they are at: Pittsburg High, CAL High and West Co Co USD and with the CCOE Wellness Ion Schools Program (WISP). Look for an update in Lafayette Social on SB21.

You too can support youth mental health buy visiting to advocate for the Mental Health Awareness License Plate.
Return of CASA's Evening of Promise Gala In-person
Saturday, October 22, 6 - 10 pm, Round Hill Country Club, Alamo

CASA of Contra Costa County is excited to announce the return of their annual Evening of Promise Gala in-person benefiting children in foster care! After two years of shifting to a virtual event as a result of the pandemic, CASA is excited about returning to an in-person event. The annual Evening of Promise Gala is the biggest fundraiser of the year for CASA. Mark your calendar and save the date for what promises to be a fun-filled event.
Cooking with Kids Foundation

Cooking with Kids Foundation's mission: "Is to transform the lives children by teaching the very important life skill of cooking and eating healthy food." 
Come and join in the fun! Parents should sign up soon as the spaces in the cooking classes are filling up fast!
Lafayette Community Center
Busy Bee Cooks
April 14 - May 26, 2022 we make 2 recipes per class, Activity # 11413
Day: Thursday, # of Weeks: 7, Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM, Ages 4 & 5 yrs
We Teach Your Kids to Cook
Thursdays, # of wks: 7, Time: 4:30 - 6:30 PM, Ages: 6 - 10 yrs, Activity # 11414
500 St. Mary's Rd. Kitchen, Lafayette CA 94549
(925) 284-2232
Orinda Community Center
28 Orinda Way, Orinda CA, Room 4 kitchen
5 day Mexican Dinner Camp
Dated: April 4 - 8 , 2022, 9 - 12 PM, Bar Code: 5539, Ages: 6 - 10 yrs
(925) 254-2445,
If parents have any additional questions they may call (925) 932-1114 or (925) 212-9771
or email
Friends Corner Book Shop

Friends Corner Book Shop has a new feature for customers to explore - the Lucky Day collection. Sometimes the shop just gets more donations than they can fit on their shelves. They’re setting up a section of books - many are popular titles - that will be offered at a lower price than the regular shop price on the same book. If you’re lucky enough to find the book you’re looking for in the Lucky Day section, it’s yours at a cost savings! 
The books available will vary as supply varies - and supply is 100% generous community donations so it’s kind of an adventure! When they’re gone, they’re gone! 
Visit Friends Corner Book Shop and see if today is your Lucky Day! 
Hope Solutions: The Heart of Housing & Services
At Hope Solutions, formerly Contra Costa Interfaith Housing), we envision a world in which everyone has a place to call home and the support of a strong community so that they can live with dignity and reach their full potential.
Our Annual Gala, Ruby Slippers - There’s No Place Like Home is Saturday, April 30, 2022 at the Blackhawk Museum. Tickets are on sale now.  

After-School Program Volunteers Needed: We are looking for patient and compassionate volunteers to provide academic support and mentoring for the children in our after-school program. We ask volunteers to commit to one afternoon per week (Monday-Thursday) through May at one of our four sites: Pleasant Hill, Concord, Pittsburg, or Bay Point
If you are interested in becoming a Homework Club volunteer tutor, please complete our interest form:

To see a full list of our current involvement opportunities:

If you have any questions about our opportunities for involvement, please contact Sandibel Arnold at or call (925) 788-3676.
We’re Hiring! Hope Solutions Career Opportunities
We invite you to join us help reach our mission to heal the effects of poverty and homelessness. Come join our passionate and fun team. We have several open positions at Hope Solutions, including:
Learn more about all our career opportunities, by visiting:
Hospice Thrift Shoppes Annual Jewelry Event!
Do you love jewelry or want to find a gift for someone special? Stop by any of our six Hospice East Bay thrift shoppes April 29-May 1 for our Jewelry Event! Check out our amazing selection of handbags, shoes, and other gifts just in time for Mother’s Day. By supporting Hospice East Bay thrift shoppes you're helping us provide quality hospice care to everyone in our community and helping the environment at the same time! When you visit, be sure to mention the Chamber of Commerce to receive an additional 10% off your purchase! Stay informed on upcoming sales, online shoppe offerings and more by following us on social media or signing up for email alerts at
Family Harvest Farm Volunteer Workday

Volunteer at Family Harvest Farm, John Muir Land Trust’s thriving urban organic farm located in Pittsburg, California where youth and adults participate in a local regenerative food system. Work alongside farm staff and other volunteers pulling weeds, mulching, and other farm activities. The day will start off with a tour and orientation followed by getting your hands dirty. Lunch is from 12:30-1:00pm and the day wraps up at 2pm.

Sign up here for April 16. And here for April 22.
Lafayette Community Foundation Excellence Grants Application

The Lafayette Community Foundation (LCF) has extended its Excellence Grants application deadline to April 30, 2022. For more than 20 years, LCF has been giving grants to community nonprofits in the categories of Human Services, Seniors, Youth Development & Education and Arts & Culture. If you are interested in applying for an Excellence Grant, please click HERE. To learn more about LCF and the work it does to support local nonprofits, please visit
Introducing Community Day
Come Together Lafayette to embrace communitarianism* by participating in a citywide community service day on Saturday, June 4. 

Lafayette Community Foundation (LCF), The City of Lafayette and Lafayette Chamber of Commerce are partnering for Lafayette’s first Community Day. This special day includes a morning welcome in Park Plaza and then an opportunity for volunteerism in which community members can sign up in advance for a work party for a select volunteer project. Afterward, everyone is invited to come back together at Park Plaza for a Community Day celebration that includes information about the participating nonprofits, activities, BBQ, a live music by the Traveling Wilburys Revue and the chance to recognize all those who helped make this new annual event a big success!

Mark your calendars and plan to roll up your sleeves on June 4th. Please visit for more details as they unfold and email with any initial questions or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

*Communitarianism is an ideology that emphasizes the responsibility of the individual to the community and the social importance of the family.
The Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center Invites you to view the Award-Winning Film FANTASTIC FUNGI

Saturday, April 23 at 7 pm, Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. The viewing is FREE and will be followed by discussion led by LCG and OLC mycologist Charlie Newton.
Lafayette Juniors 23rd Annual Lifestyle Tour

Lafayette Juniors is a 501c(3) non-profit group of women who support local charities by raising money throughout the year. Our major fundraising event for the year is coming up on Saturday, April 30th.
The Lifestyle Tour will be a self-guided tour showcasing unique and masterfully designed spaces at five beautiful Lafayette homes. This year marks our 23rd tour and is a beloved Lafayette tradition for many residents. Funds raised through the Lifestyle Tour will directly support our beneficiaries, Futures Explored, Lamorinda Village and White Pony Express
Come experience breathtaking landscaping, gorgeous outdoor conversation spaces, and beautiful hardscapes and softscapes to get ideas for your next project or just enjoy a day out in Lafayette.
Our tour will be in compliance with Contra Costa Health Guidelines. If you can't attend in person, please consider purchasing a donation ticket, available in varying amounts. 

Lunch is available for purchase with tickets. There are three options from Town Bakery & Cafe to choose from.
Palm Sunday Egg Hunt at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church
April 10 at 11:00 a.m., 49 Knox Drive • Lafayette, CA

Come enjoy breakfast/dessert bites, live music from local artist Remi Moulder, a Balloon Animal Artist, Games, Sidewalk Chalk, Crafts/Coloring Sheets, Photo area, & fun! All are welcome!
Sunday, April 17, 49 Knox Drive • Lafayette, CA

·        6:30 A.M. In-Person Early Morning Service
·        9:00 A.M. In-Person and on Livestream
·        10:30 A.M. In-Person
LPIE Gala's Online Auction
Get ready to bid on exciting vacations, special experiences, autographed items, golf rounds, spa services, sports tickets, and a whole lot more. All incredible, all unique, and all available for bidding in support of our students!

LPIE Gala's Online Auction opens on April 10th at 8am and closes on April 22nd at 5pm.
CLICK HERE to start bidding today!
Spring Programs and Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Lafayette Recreation has a lot in store this Spring & Summer! Camps include Legos, art, engineering, chess, singing, dancing, sewing, carpentry, Camp Awesome, Tiny Tots & MORE! Adult & kids classes will be offered throughout the Spring & Summer too. Registration is now open. Visit or call 925-284-2232 to register.
Lafayette War Veterans, Inc. - Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building

The Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building is now accepting reservations. For information on booking an event, contact Building Director for info 925-283-1153 or
Lamorinda Community Emergency Communications Exercise
Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 7pm
Lamorinda CERT, in conjunction with Moraga-Orinda Fire Department Communications Support, are working to expand emergency communications coverage in the Lamorinda area. The intent is to be able to forward information to the public as it becomes available and pass back to the Emergency Operations Center whatever situational information is provided by the residents in the neighborhoods. The capacity to provide emergency communications would be critical for many kinds of situations, not just for wildfire evacuations.
More information to come next month. Please hold the hour open to get on your radio and check in. This exercise will help us document radio coverage within Lamorinda and help us at the time of real emergency.
Participants who report to the Communications Headquarters will be invited to stay for the Ice Cream Party to follow!
Lamorinda Spirit Van

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: That’s what Lamorinda Spirit Senior Transportation is all about. If you have one morning or afternoon available every week or two, have a good driving record, and would enjoy driving an older adult to an appointment, errand, or shopping please contact Mary at or 925-284-5546 to learn about volunteering. If we each pay it forward, help will be available when we need it.
Sometimes it Takes a Village
Lamorinda Village is a membership organization of like-minded senior residents who are dedicated to building a community that engages and empowers its members to thrive as they age. Established in 2015, we support our members with innovative ways to live well and safely in their homes. Led by a dynamic group of long-standing residents of the community and a committed team of volunteers, we offer:
·       Wide variety of local social activities and events
·       Educational presentations often with recognized experts in their field
·       Essential services provided by volunteers or vetted vendors.
Our volunteers are the foundation of Lamorinda Village. We always welcome individuals from the community who are interested in helping our older neighbors with your time and expertise. 
We invite you to reach out to us to learn more about our organization for yourself, for your neighbor OR to become a volunteer at: Visit us at:
Calling all seniors!

Join Lafayette Social & Lamorinda Village for our second Golden Happy Hour on April 12th at 4:30pm. This month we will gather at The Fourth Bore in Orinda. Expect lots of warm smiles and welcomes, a few provided appetizers, and lots of engaging conversations with other golden-agers and a few folks with Lafayette Social and Lamorinda Village on the 2nd Tuesday of every month!

** All will be responsible for their own beverages and any additional food **
Space is limited, so please RSVP on the Lafayette Social website. Cheers!
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

As of March 1, 2022, MCE standard service customers are now saving an average of 7% on electricity bills compared to PG&E. MCE’s 100% renewable Deep Green service option is also less expensive than PG&E, saving customers $7 a month on average. Combined with the expansion of the MCE Cares Credit, customers will see significant bill savings while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Do you want to help your neighbors?

Mobility Matters is a nonprofit that gives rides to Seniors and Veterans in Contra Costa County.

Volunteer Drivers are needed to take seniors grocery shopping and to medical appointments. Volunteers must be 25 to 75 years old.

Call Mobility Matters at (925) 284-2215 for additional details.
At the Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church

Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School registration is open as of April 1st. Please visit to register. VBS will run June 6-10th. If you would like to volunteer, registration is open on the website for volunteers. 
Easter Sunday Services: April 17 9am and 10:30am
Come join us at one of our two Sunday Easter Services at MVPC. There will be fun activities for the kids to teach them about the true meaning of Easter. MVPC also live streams our services and records them in case you miss the service. 
Kids Alive to the Dominican Republic
MVPC is bringing back our summer service trip with Kids Alive to the Dominican Republic this summer July 8-16th. More information on registration please visit the website and hit the Dominican Republic image at If you would like more information, please contact: This trip will be limited to 15 participants so please reach out if you are interested.

MVPC’s Food Pantry
MVPC’s Food Pantry is up and running, serving and benefiting our Lamorinda community and local families who are in need. The food pantry is open every Wednesday from 5-6:30 PM. If you would like to donate to the food pantry, there is a wish list of food items on the website. If you would like to use the pantry, please visit us at 10 Moraga Valley Lane, CA. Everyone is welcome.
Family Camp July 9-13th
Every summer, for a short time, MVPC’s very own Camp Timberwolf at Lower Bucks Lake in Plumas County in the Sierra Nevada is made available to our congregation for Family Camp. The camp is surrounded by tall pine trees and is 150 yards from a sandy beach. It has its own kitchen and mess hall with a large deck, plus picnic tables under the pine canopy, a camp fire pit, and a horseshoe pit. There are three cabins with bunks and numerous tent sites, as well as water hookup for RVs. Family Camp is a great week to spend time together in fellowship with members of our congregation and to grow closer as a family, while enjoying the beauty of God’s splendor. Cost is $16/night for adults; $10/night for kids 6 and older, and free for younger kids. Contact Colleen Giovanni for more information.
Dad’s Adventure Weekend July 14-16th
Just dads and kids! And boatloads of fun! All food (Thursday dinner thru Saturday lunch) is provided and cooked for you. Dads and granddads, sons, daughters, and grand kids from age 3 and up are encouraged to attend. Star gazing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, ping pong tourneys, s’mores around the campfire, and dads and kids fellowshipping together! Join in the fun…it only comes around once a year! Cost is $85/dad and $50/kid, which includes food, ski boat rental, and fishing. Contact Colleen Giovanni for more information.
From the Orinda Association

Orinda's 4th of July Parade
Remember last summer how much fun you had at the 4th of July Parade? We are starting our 4th of July Parade planning now.  If you are interested in planning or helping with the 2022 parade, please contact The Orinda Association at

Read the most recent issue of The Orinda News! Go to
Check out Creekside Commons!

Ready to host your next gathering and looking for ample, outdoor space? Check out Creekside Commons! Our Oakview 1 room with an attached deck and open courtyard is perfect for all birthdays, meetings, lectures, workshops, and performances. 

A retreat-like setting with plentiful parking for all your guests. Contact Kari Speltz- Site Use Coordinator at 925-283-3724 or
Orinda Farmers' Market

The Orinda Farmers' Market has partnered with White Pony Express to collect and route much needed shelf stable food to Ukraine. Starting this Saturday and weekly till further notice we will happily accept your canned food or other shelf stable items for people and pets. Items must have an expiration/use by date after November of this year.
Rotary Club of Lafayette

Join the Lafayette Rotary at their weekly meetings on Thursdays! Every Thursday from 12:15 – 1:30 pm at the Oakwood Athletic Club. 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 for more info.
Annual Candy Scramble

Lafayette Rotary Club is pleased to announce the date for the “Annual Candy Scramble.” This event is open to all children ages 2-through 2nd grade. The event takes place at Lafayette Plaza (corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Moraga Rd) in Lafayette, at 10:00am, Saturday, April 16, 2022.  

The park lawn will be covered with candy for the kids to put in their baskets. The youngest are always given extra time to get their share! The Bunny along with the Police and Fire Departments will be there to take pictures with the kids. Please arrive on time. We start promptly at 10:00am. Join us for the fun. And don’t miss the Johnny’s Donuts Dive (for adults only).

SAVE THE DATE: May 14th 11am-3pm – Join us for the 27th anniversary Concert at the Res at Lafayette Reservoir! This year’s concert will feature the outstanding musical talent from Acalanes High School, Stanley Middle School, the Rossmoor Big Band and the Lafayette Town Hall Musical Troupe.
We are Rotarians working with youth, helping our community and playing an active part in International and World Community Service.
Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club

Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary is proud to announce the return of HOME Team! This free service provides local seniors with "fix-it" help on projects around their homes. To schedule a visit, please go to or call 888.204.5573.
Rotary cashes in on donated vehicles: Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club is firing on all cylinders with a vehicle donation program that in every instance is win-win.

Called Cars2ndChance (C2C), it was started 13 years ago by Dave Kemnitz, owner of D&H Enterprises, an auto repair shop in Concord. At the time C2C was conceived, Kemnitz was a member of the Clayton Valley Concord Rotary Club. He has since transferred to Lamorinda Sunrise.

C2C will accept motor vehicles of all descriptions – automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, boats, even jet skis – provided that there is a valid title. They can be in any condition, including not running. C2C will arrange for vehicle pickup at no charge.

The program has yielded substantial revenue for Lamorinda Sunrise and for partnering entities. There are over 80 charity partners to choose from, including many chamber members.

If you have a vehicle you wish to donate, call (925) 360-5260 or visit to submit an online donation form. All donations are tax-deductible as provided by law. If your organization is a non-profit 501(c)(3) you may be eligible to become a C2C charity partner. Please call (925) 360-5260 to inquire.

Kemnitz calls C2C “one of the most worthwhile programs I have been involved in all my years as a Rotarian. For the prospective donor, it’s a no-brainer. For Rotary, it’s precious revenue used to fund community service projects.” He adds, “everyone knows someone that has a car they don’t need.”

Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club Meetings are held every Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m., Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building OR Zoom Link at Guests are always welcome. 
Sunflower Hill

The Alameda County Fair presents the Sun’s OUT Fun’s OUT Fun Run on June 18, 2022, benefiting Sunflower Hill, a local non-profit co-developing affordable housing and creating programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities! Open to athletes of all abilities, the 5K or 1-Mile Fun Run features a run or walk around the historic horse racing track and through the Fair with fun stops along the way! Sponsorships available. Register to run or walk and then signup to fundraise for Sunflower Hill! 
Sustainable Contra Costa invites you to the following events!

Apr 20, 2022 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

For Earth Month Green Sofa Cinema Series brings you "Our Planet: Too Big to Fail," an eye-opening new film by World Wildlife Fund that explores the link between the financial system and the health of our planet. This 40-minute film illuminates how the strength and stability of our economy, and indeed human civilization, is underpinned by the resources and services that Nature provides. Calling for urgent, systemic change across the financial sector, the film presents the choice that financial institutions need to make – continue their reckless, shortsighted funding practices or invest the more than $300 Trillion dollars in the global capital markets towards the transformative solutions needed to avert the climate and biodiversity crises. Watch "Our Planet: Too Big to Fail" at your leisure, or better yet host a watch party! Then join us for a Zoom event on Wednesday April 20 to discuss the film and hear from our inspirational speaker, Jim Thompson. REGISTER HERE for the discussion.
Sustainable Lafayette
Apr 28, 2022 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

The Climate Careers Chats are interactive, quarterly events that feature a broad and diverse range of speakers from the California Bay Area and beyond. This event will feature two panelists from the marine science field, Shayle Matsuda from Shedd Aquarium and Natasha Benjamin from the Marine Research and Exploration Group, who will share their education, career history, and advice with the audience. 

The Climate Careers Chats are produced by Sustainable Leaders In Action, Sustainable Contra Costa’s youth-led team, and are co-hosted by the Contra Costa County Library.
Sustainable Lafayette presents FREE Screening of “The Biggest Little Farm” at Town Hall Theatre
Sustainable Lafayette presents their second movie screening of the year at Town Hall Theatre.  

“The Biggest Little Farm” chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. 

Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, “The Biggest Little Farm” provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.

“The Biggest Little Farm” has been featured at numerous Film Festivals including the 2018 Toronto Film Festival, the 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival, and the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The film was a winner at the Boulder International Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Sustainable Lafayette has had a long relationship with Town Hall Theatre where they have presented short films and talks on environmental issues. This presentation will be the second Sustainable Lafayette has hosted at Town Hall since March 2020. “The Biggest Little Farm” is being presented for free thanks to Sustainable Lafayette.

Tickets will be available at

Lafayette Earth Day Festival
Saturday, April 30, 11am-2pm on Golden Gate Way behind the Lafayette Library and Learning Center

Sustainable Lafayette invites the public to Lafayette’s 15th annual Earth Day Festival to be inspired and informed! Here are some of the vendors who will be there:

  • Lafayette businesses including First Mile Cycle Works, Hollie’s Homegrown, and ResourceFill;
  • Local projects including the Safe Route to Acalanes bicycle-pedestrian path, the Lafayette Community Garden and Moraga for Monarchs;
  • Community resources and utilities such as Wheel Kids bike safety program (free bike safety checks!), MCE, Republic Services, 511 Contra Costa and San Francisco BayKeeper;
  • Youth programs such as Lamorinda 4-H (with its petting zoo!) and Sustainable Lafayette’s LEAF Award winners, including Kylie Choi with her produce bags and the students who created the Campolindo goat enclosure.
  • Get your house on 100% renewable energy with MCE’s Deep Green. The Project Earth student group from Stanley Middle School will show you how.

For your hard to dispose of Spring cleaning items:
  • Bring your old, used sneakers! The Acalanes AP Environmental Science students be collecting them for upcycling!
  • And we’ll be collecting small e-waste items like phones, chargers, battery packs, cables/cords, computer components/accessories and hard drives.

The Lafayette Buy Nothing Project will be collecting:
  • Brita (only) pitchers, dispensers, bottles, faucet systems, all filters, and filter packaging
  • Oral care products, including toothbrushes, floss containers, toothpaste tubes, mouth wash containers. Any brand but must be empty.
  • Plastic smoothie pouches and caps (such as GoGo Squeez). Any brand, rinsed and dry.
  • Personal cosmetics products packaging for hair care, skin care, lip care, deodorants, etc. Any brand but must be empty.

If you get hungry, try The Fourth Bore’s food truck, The Forge Wood-Fired Pizza Truck, complete with pizza, grilled items and beer on tap!

Thanks as always to our sponsor, MCE community choice energy, and our partners, the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.

Robert Dubac's "The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?"

Saturday, September 3, 2022 | 7:30PM-9:00PM
Margaret Lesher Theatre Walnut Creek, CA
1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
This is a benefit performance open to the public for Trust in Education, a grass-roots organization, providing educational, economic and health care assistance to villages in Afghanistan since 2003. Trust in Education informs and enlists Americans to become directly involved in the support of Afghan children and their families.
Robert Dubac’s "THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON?" is described by critics as “An indisputably riotous show… a don’t miss night at the theater!” it is hands down one of the funniest solo shows you will ever see. Don’t miss it! It’s comedy on steroids. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
Help White Pony Express Support Ukrainian Refugees and Local Neighbors in Need
White Pony Express (WPE) deeply appreciates how our Contra Costa community has leaned in to the Ukraine relief effort. WPE has shipped 17 pallets of essential supplies including 800+ medical kits and continues to assemble more pallets of shelf-stable food, medical supplies, and other requested items. If you would like to help, please visit for a list of needed in-kind donations.
White Pony Express is also fundraising to support our Food Rescue Program and General Store, which deliver food and goods to 80+ non-profit partners that feed our county, 364 days a year. Donations are matched until April 22nd. For more information visit Donate today to help sustain WPE operations so that we can provide nutritious fresh food and essential supplies to our neighbors in need!
Wishers and Dreamers Inc.

Help Wishers and Dreamers Inc. (501c3 Nonprofit) put smiles on faces of children in the hospital by purchasing items of our Amazon Wish List or a monetary donation. Wishers and Dreamers sends Hospital Doll Gown to children all over the world for their little buddy or doll. Many children in the hospital bring their favorite doll, stuffy, or little buddy to be by their side during their surgery or treatments. The gown is used as a comfort item, encouragement, and a teaching tool by many children’s hospitals.
To make a monetary donation please visit or
Checks are accepted as well. Please make checks payable to: Wishers and Dreamers Inc. 31915 Rancho California Road Ste 200-407 Temecula, CA 92591
Thank you in advance for your generosity and for helping put smiles on children’s faces. Wishers and Dreamers Inc. (501c3 Nonprofit) sends to children suffering from illness, disease, disabling condition, or fighting medical challenges a hospital gown for their doll, bear, or little buddy to be used as a comfort item, encouragement, and a teaching tool for FREE. 

Photo: Emmylou at Loma Linda Children's 
Save the date for Youth HomesPicnic in the Park fundraiser and celebration June 18, 2022 at Shadelands Ranch Museum, Walnut Creek. Tickets and information available at

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