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Calendar Listings issue #8, June 22, 2011

The Hearst Art Gallery at Saint Mary's College in Moraga will reopen on Sunday, July 10, with Pam Glover: A Life in Art. Glover, an influential landscape painter, was born in China in 1924, moved to the Bay Area after World War II and died last year after a remarkable career in the arts. The Native American in the Western Landscape will reopen in the Keith Room on the same day. The Hearst Art Gallery is open from Wednesdays through Sundays, 11am- 4:30pm. Admission is $4 for adults; free for groups, K-12th graders, Friends of the Hearst Art Gallery members and all military personnel and their families this summer. For more information, please call (925) 631-4379.

The Lafayette Gallery's newest exhibit, "Sun Kissed", runs to July 23rd. Bring some sunshine into your day-the gallery will be filled with the brilliant light, color and energy of the season of sunshine. As a part of summer celebration, this exhibit will also include two outdoor artist markets on June 19th and July 16th. Free to attend; www.lafayettegallery.net, (925) 284-2788.

Moraga Art Gallery member Donna Arganbright and Guest Artist Sharon Tama will be featured in its new show, Off the Wheel, Off the Canvas, through August 13. The public is invited to view Arganbright's original stoneware and Tama's acrylic paintings along with gallery members' work. The Moraga Art Gallery is located at 570 Center St in Moraga. For more information, go to www.moragaartgallery.com or (925)376-5407.


The Lafayette United Methodist Church, located at 955 Moraga Rd. in Lafayette, is having Jazz in July on Sunday morning, June 26 at 10am. The service, in the fellowship hall, will feature the Joyful Noise Jazz Band and will be followed by a chicken picnic lunch. All are welcome. If there are questions, please contact the church by phone at (925)284-4765 or by email at lumc@pacbell.net.


Orinda Starlight Players present Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" Thursday June 23rd, 8 pm and Friday June 24 and Sat June 25, 8:30pm at the Outdoor Theater in Orinda Community Center Park, 26 Orinda Way. Regular admission: $16, Seniors: $8. Tickets are available at the Box Office, call (925) 528-9225 or email info@orsvp.org for reservations. Be aware that this is an outdoor theatre and dress appropriately/bring blankets. See www.orsvp.org for more information and to check future show dates.

Cal Shakes presents Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare directed by Joel Sass through June 26. Titus is one of Shakespeare's oldest plays, but it is undeniably a play for our time: a sophisticated blend of heart-stopping drama and pitch black humor. For exact dates, times and to purchase tickets go to www.calshakes.org.

Berkeley Playhouse Presents Seussical, the Musical! on July 9 - August 14, Wed -Sat 7pm; Matinees: Sat 2pm, Sun 12pm and 5pm, at Berkeley Playhouse at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. The Cat in the Hat comes back hip as ever juggling beloved tales and characters into one fantastical, musical journey. Cost: $33 Adult / $30 Senior / $22 Youth / $15 Tot (5 and under). Pay-What-You-Can-Nights: 7/14, 7/27 & 8/4, 8/11. For more info see http://www.berkeleyplayhouse.org or call (510) 845-8542 or email boxoffice@berkeleyplayhouse.org.


Lawrence Hall of Science presents Dinosaurs Unearthed on now - January 1, 2012, 10am-5pm daily at Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. Explore the world of dinosaurs as never before with Dinosaurs Unearthed, featuring amazingly real robotic dinosaurs, hands-on dig sites and more! Cost: LHS members, $4; Non-members $5 + general admission ($6-$12). For more info see http://lawrencehallofscience.org or call (510) 642-5132 or email lhsweb@berkeley.edu.

Learn how to belly-dance while raising money to help save our environment. Join dance instructor Surreya for a heart pumping Belly-Dance Party on Sunday, June 26, 5 -7pm. No prior experience needed. Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary's Road, Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance through www.generationgreen.com. Healthy snacks will be provided. Proceeds go to Generation Green a 501c3 sustainable non-profit environmental organization.

The Women Helping Women group of the Orinda Community Church is holding a Beaded Jewelery Sale to benefit Ugandan women on Sunday June 26 from 12-2pm at the Orinda Community Church Fellowship Hall, 10 Irwin Way, Orinda. For more information please contact Rev. Lee Cruise, office@orindachurch.org. or (925)-254 4906).

Moraga's First Annual Red, white and Blues Festival on July 1st from 5 to 8pm will feature music, local wines and appetizers. Held at the beautiful Hacienda de las Flores, at 2100 Donald Drive in Moraga, the entrance fee includes a signature wine glass, wine tasting coupons, and description & score cards for tasting at 6 featured wineries. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.generationgreen.com. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Questions? Contact Lynda Deschambault, (925) 708-9686 or

Sons in Retirement Lamorinda Branch 171 meets the first Wednesday monthly at Holy Trinity Culture Center 1700 School St. Moraga. Social hour 11am, lunch 12pm. The after lunch speakers will be Ed Rusnak and Jon Elfin, Financial Planners with Sagemark Consulting. Ed has an MBA and is a Certified Retirement Planning Consultant. Jon also teaches a course at St. Marys College called "Financial Planning for Successful Retirement". Their topic will be "Ways to Protect your Assets. For Sirs membership information, call Larry at (925) 631-9528.

Sign up now for the new Lamorinda and Friends Senior Bowling League. The 2011 season begins on Tuesday September 13th at 1pm at Diablo Lanes in Concord, 1500 Monument Blvd. The cost per week is $11. Individuals are welcome or join as a team with a couple of friends. The league is for bowlers 55 and older. No average score or bowling experience is needed. It is designed to be low key yet fun for individuals and friends who enjoy a weekly activity, a little socializing and want some exercise. To sign up call Eric Hattrup at (925) 671-0913 or email Erich at erich@diablolanes.com.

Warm Summer nights & other seasonal fun

The 4th of July in Lamorinda
Orinda July 4th schedule

7:00 a.m Registration for Roadrunners' Fun Run & Haley's
Run For A Reason

7:30 - 10 a.m. The Roadrunners' Pancake Breakfast In the park/Community Center Enjoy a wonderful breakfast prepared by the Orinda Roadrunners while listening to a variety of music.

7:55 a.m. Flag-raising Ceremony at the Flagpole in front of Community Center

8 a.m. The Roadrunners' Fun Run and Haley's Run for a Reason front of Community Center Choose between a 2-mile run/walk or a 5-mile run through scenic parts of Orinda and EBMUD watershed. There is no fee for the Fun Run. To support Haley's Run for a Reason, which benefits research for SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood), a small donation is requested. Visit www.orindaroadrunners.org or www.angelhaley.org for more information.

9 a.m. Friends of the Orinda Library Book Sale in the Library Breezeway 10 a.m. Parade Begins/ Food Booths Open in Park Over 75 entries including several musical groups, led by a bagpiper and several members of Orinda's first City Council, will leave the BART station parking lot and travel to the Orinda Crossroads area (by the Orinda Theatre) before crossing under Highway 24 to the Village area. The parade will travel down Orinda Way to the viewing stand in front of the Community Center before ending at the Community Center Park.

11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Park Activities -
Park activities at the conclusion of the parade
Food and Beverage
Orinda Chamber of Commerce's Hot Dog Booth - Orinda Rotary's Beer Booth - Tabor Sister City's Czech Beer Booth - Republic of Cake - Petra Caf‚ - Plus many more local restaurants!
Bob Claire Orchestra
Park Activities:
Classic Car Show courtesy of Orinda Motors
Children's Activities
Petting Zoo, Football Toss with the Miramonte High School
Varsity Football Team, Orinda Motors Hot Wheels Race,
Jeremy the Juggler, Twisty Man, Face Painters Orinda Junior
Women's, Cinderella, Laser Tag

Moraga July 4th schedule

8:00 a.m. Kiddie Runs
Moraga Shopping Center
8:30 a.m. 5 mile run & 2 mile run/walk
Moraga Shopping Center
8:00 a.m. MYIC Pancake Breakfast
Commons Park
9:00 a.m. Dog Parade
Band Shell
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Car Show
Basketball Court , Commons Park
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Community Booths
Commons Park
10:30 a.m. Bike Parade
Flag Pole , Commons Park
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Jumpies
Commons Park
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Old Fashioned Kids Games
Band Shell
12:30 p.m. Family Magic Show
Band Shell
7:00 p.m. David Martin's House Party
Band Shell
9:20 p.m. (ish) FIREWORKS
The Town of Moraga needs to raise $23,000 for the annual fireworks show. Buy a Rocket and support the show. Send your check to the Town of Moraga, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga.

Orinda Summer Events
Orinda Summer Music Series
The Orinda Library is hosting a special international Summer Music Series on selected Wednesdays throughout the summer:
- June 22nd at 6:30pm Celtic Sands,
music from the British Isles
- July 27th at 6:45pm Al'Azifoon,
music of the Arab World
- Aug 31st at 6:30pm Yolo Mambo,
Acoustic Latin Jazz

Summer Concerts in the Park
The Tuesday night Summer Concert series, sponsored by the Orinda Community Center Auxiliary, gets underway on June 21st and runs through July. Pack a picnic dinner and join your friends and neighbors at the Community Park from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for some food, fun, and music.
- June 28 Cal Alumni Big Band, Big Band Jazz
- July 5 Pacific Coast Classic Rock & Pop
- July 12 Stone Soup Classic Rock
- July 19 Orinda Idol Variety
- July 26 Pladdohg Celtic Rock

Arts in Bloom in the Community Park
Tuesday, July 19th starting at 5:00 p.m.
The Orinda Arts Council is hosting an evening of visual and performing arts for the community. Starting at 5 p.m., there will be art exhibits and sales, a silent auction, arts & crafts activities for kids, and a hot dog and ice cream concession stand provided by Loard's. At 6:30 p.m., the Concert-in-the-Park featured performers will be the 2011 Orinda Idol Finalists

Summer Music Series at Orinda Theatre Square on the first Thursday of each month 5:30-8:30pm. July 7th and Aug. 4th: Bob Athayde and Friends' Quartet. Sept. 1st: 747 Express featuring Ed McClary & Michael Hatfield. Free, see details at: www.orindatheatresquare.com/events/summer-music-series.

Opera in the Park
Sunday, July 31st at 4:00 p.m. Orinda Community Park
The Rotary Club of Orinda hosts a concert of opera performed the Bay Area's best. Children are welcome. Food, soft drinks, wine, and beer will be available.

Moraga Summer Events
Summer at the Library
June 29: Picasso: Masterpieces from the Museum National Picasso.
Lecture with slides led by experienced fine art docent on the extraordinary exhibition at the de Young museum of more than 100 masterpieces by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. 2:00 p.m.

July 6: The George Cole Quintet will perform at the Moraga Library, Wednesday, July 6, from 7-9 pm. Cole's excellent guitar work and his band's enticing instrumental and vocal harmonies make them a must-see for any fan of vintage jazz. The concert is free but preregistration is encouraged as seating is limited. To preregister call the Moraga Library at (925) 376-6852 or go online at ccclib.org and register through the Events Calendar listings. For more information, contact Beth Girshman at
bgirshma@ccclib.org or (925) 376-6852, ext 200.

Summer Concerts
Moraga Commons Park, all shows start at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 23 GatorBeat, Cajun
Thursday, June 30 Pladdogh, Celtic (local)
Thursday, July 14 Lady K & the Kings of Swing, Big Band & swing
Thursday, July 21 Moonalice, Early SF rock
Thursday, July 28 Mixed Nuts,
Standards & covers
Thursday, August 4 Because, Beatles tribute
Thursday, August 11 HouseRockers, Winner KFOX's 2011 "Last Band Standing" competition
Thursday, August 18 littledog2,
Moraga's rock band

Lafayette Summer Events
Summer Shows for Kids
Every Friday starting June 24 - Awesome summer kids shows at the Lafayette Community
Center, 500 St. Mary's Road, doors open at 10:45 a.m., show starts at 11:00 a.m. $3 per person.
- June 24 - Capt'n Jack Spare Ribs juggler
- July 1 - Kenn Adam's Adventure Theatre
- July 8 - East Bay Vivarium a traveling reptile program
- July 15 - Karen Quest Cowgirl Tricks
- July 22 - Thomas John's Juggling Americana,
- July 29 - Fur Scales and Tails
- August - 5 Daniel DaVinci the Juggling Genius
- Aug 12 - Cool Crazy Critters ventriloquist
- Aug 19 - Dan Chan Magic Man

Market and a Movie
Movie Night after the Farmers' Market at Plaza Park. Bring a comfy blanket, plop down on the grass and watch a family-friendly movie with the kids. Free at Plaza Park at sundown - around 8:00 p.m. at the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Moraga Road. Volunteers wanted, call for more information (925) 299-3219.
- July 21 - Raiders of the Lost Ark
- August 18 - Finding Nemo

Sustainable Lafayette Summer Film Series
June 28 and continuing every other Tuesday evening - the from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the Community Hall of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. The First film with be, "The Economics of Happiness" for a suggested $5 donation. This film will also be shown on July 12 and July 26. To see a trailer, visit www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org or www.sustainablelafayette.org.

Free Summer Concert
July 10 -Ramana Vieira - "The new voice of Portuguese world music." Vieira sings soulful Portuguese Fado. From 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. at the Community Hall of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. No reservation necessary.

Rock the Plaza
August 12, 19, and 29 - What would summer be without free Friday concerts downtown? Music starts at 6:00 p.m. at Plaza Park at the corner of Mt. Diablo and Moraga Road, sponsored by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and Red House Studios. For more information, visit www.lafayettechamber.org

Every Sunday at 3:00 and Friday evening at 6:30 at the Petanque Field, 480 St. Mary's Road. For free lessons, call William Hansen (925) 283-6452 or Carolina Jones (925) 367-6422 or Etienne Rijkheer at (925) 891-4756.


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