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Calendar Listings issue #9, July 6, 2011

The Hearst Art Gallery at Saint Mary's College in Moraga will re-open on Sunday, July 10, with Pam Glover: A Life in Art. 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. until 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. See article.

The Lafayette Gallery's exhibit, "Sun Kissed," runs through 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 an outdoor artist market on 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 the 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 at the show's opening reception, June 11, 3-5 p.m. The Moraga Art Gallery is located at 570 Center St in Moraga. For more information, go to www.moragaartgallery.com or (925)376-5407.

A themed exhibition by the members of the Contra Costa Camera Club (CCCC) is currently on display in the Doug Adams Gallery at the Orinda Community Church with a total of 34 photographs depicting a cross-section of American landscapes, peoples and imagery. The exhibit is open for public viewing every Sunday until August 21st from after church at 11am-12pm. See www.contracostacameraclub.org for more information.


Summer Concert Series will feature Ramana Vieira with "the new voice of Portuguese world music." Vieira sings soulful Portuguese Fado., July 10, 1pm; Community Hall, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette. For reservations call (925) 284-5050. Fee: Members $3; Non-members $5.

The Orinda Library summer concert presents Eastern Strings on Wednesday, July 27 at 6:45pm. Playing traditional instruments, Nathan and Yosifah Craven with a percussionist, perform the classical and popular music of Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iran and Iraq. Along the way, they will share the history and legend of "musiqa Al'Arabiyya." The Orinda Library is at 26 Orinda Way in Orinda and the Summer Music Series is free and open to all. For more info visit www.ccclib.org or telephone (925) 254-2184.

Tuesday Summer Concerts in the Park- pack a picnic dinner and join your friends and neighbors at the Orinda Community Park from 6:30-8:30pm for some food, fun, and music. July 12: Stone Soup Classic Rock, July 19: Orinda Idol Variety, July 26: Pladdohg Celtic Rock. Sponsored by the Orinda Community Center Auxiliary.

Summer Concert Series every Thursday night at the Moraga Commons Park located at 1799 St. Mary's Rd., Moraga. The free concerts are from 6:30-8:30pm. The volunteers of the Moraga Park Foundation will be serving delicious grilled dinners at the concession stand. 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. For info go to www.moragaparks.org.

The third annual Orinda Rotary-sponsored free opera concert in the park will be held at 4pm on Sunday, July 31 in the Orinda Community Park. Free parking. Children welcome. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Orinda. Food, wine, beer and sodas will be available.


Cal Shakes presents the world premiere of "The Verona Project, written and directed by Amanda Dehnert, July 6-31. The Verona Project tells the story of two boyhood best friends coming of age, the boy and the girl who come between them; and their journey toward figuring out who they all want to love, who they are, and who they want to become. For details and to purchase tickets go to www.calshakes.org.

Woodminster musical theater will present "Oliver!" the musical retelling of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist under the stars in Oakland's beautiful Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland, July 8-17. For exact show times and tickets call (510) 531-9597, or visit
www.woodminster.com, $26-$42 ($2 discount for children/seniors). On preview night July 7, 8pm, all tickets are $10 at the door.

Berkeley Playhouse Presents Seussical, the Musical! on July 9 - August 14, Weds-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.

July 15th thru August 6th Orinda Starlight Players present "Send Me No Flowers" by Norman Barasch and Carroll Moore, Thursdays @ 8pm, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8:30pm and Sundays at 4pm 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. Bring a picnic and enjoy the show! See www.orsvp.org for more information and to check future show dates.

YMTC - Youth Musical Theater Company presents Jesus Christ Superstar on July 15-30, Wed.-Sat. 7:30pm, Sun. 2pm, at The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave, Berkeley. Cost: $22 General, $17 Senior, $12 Students, 22 and under. For more info see http://www.ymtcberkeley.org or call (510) 595-5514 or email info@ymtcberkeley.org.

Outdoor Move Night in the Plaza, Thursday, July 21, 8pm, "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark". Invite your friends, family, and neighbors, bring a blanket or two, shop at the farmers market for a fresh and delicious picnic or pick-up a meal to go at the nearby restaurants, and stake out your spot on the Lafayette Plaza greens for the free family entertainment. The free movie will follow the farmer's market at sundown. Sweets and drinks will be available for purchase.

"People Say I'm Crazy" movie and discussion with the artist/director, Thursday, July, 21 7-9pm, Concord Campus of John Muir Medical Center, 2540 East St., Concord, (925) 682-8200. Free and open to the public. In the movie, mental illness is viewed from the inside out as the audience becomes witness to a first-hand account of the symptoms of schizophrenia and the disease's effect on one man and his family.To find out more about John Cadigan's award winning film visit www.peoplesayimcrazy.org.

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center will be hosting a book launch for "Our Place Lafayette" on Thursday, July 14 at 12pm in the Children's Room. Authors Carla Sakrison and Gaylen Nash will be on hand to read from the book, and copies will be available for purchase. For more information please call (925) 385-2280.

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents Jane Fonda: Prime Time: Making the Most of Your Life on Wednesday, Aug 17, from 7:30-9:30pm, at First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. Jane Fonda will discuss her new book, Prime Time: Making the Most of Your Life, answer questions, and sign books. Hosted by Chris Welch. Cost: $15 advance, $18 door. For more info see http://www.kpfa.org/events or call (510) 967-4495.


Join the Kid's Club in Theatre Square, every Wednesday afternoon from 2-3pm for free entertainment throughout the summer (ages 2-8 yrs).July 6

Camp-o-rama! Storytime and Sing-along, July 13, 7-8pm, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette. Join us for camp songs, fun stories, a craft, and more. This is a free event for all ages, located in the Community Hall.July 6

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

Norcal Kids Triathlon will take place on Saturday, August 27, from 9am-1pm at Miramonte High School, 750 Moraga Way, Orinda. The competition will be divided by age divisions: 6 & under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15+ in HS; as well as into girls and boys categories. Each participant swims, bikes and runs the triathlon course and courses are adjusted for age appropriateness. Register at NorCalKidsTri.org but sign up early, as there is a max of 500 participants.

The Orinda Arts Council proudly presents "Arts in Bloom...in the Park" on July 19. Family and friends are invited to gather at the park for this fun and free event. Beginning at 5pm, 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 6:30pm, the Concert-in-the-Park featured performers will be the 2011 Orinda Idol Finalists (grades K-12), providing a special sneak preview of the Orinda Idol Finals coming up on September 11 at the Orinda Theatre. Net proceeds from the event will benefit The Orinda Arts Council.

7th Annual Summer Wine Festival on Sunday, August 14, 2-5 pm in the Soda Center at Saint Mary's College in Moraga. $35 per person until August 7 ($45 thereafter) Ticket price includes SMC logo wine glass, appetizers and wine tastings. Proceeds to benefit student scholarships. For tickets and information, call (925) 631-4200 or visit stmarys-ca.edu/wine.

Support Group. Monday, July 11, 18, & 25 (every Monday of each month), 7-8:30 pm. OCD/Anxiety Support Group. This will be the second meeting of a new support group for those struggling with OCD and anxiety. Crestwood Healing Center (the conference room next to the NAMI-CC Office), 550 Patterson Blvd., Pleasant Hill. For more information, call Steve (510) 690-7901.

Peter deVries will speak on Systemic Constellation Therapy and how it can help us support the challenges we encounter in family, relationships, health and business. Homeopathy Every Day Study Group, Thursday July, 23, 6-7pm, 43 Quail Court Office Park, Rm. 215, Walnut Creek. $9. Contact Myra Nissen, CCH, RSHom(NA), (928) 826-3858. HomeopathyEveryDay.com.

The American Red Cross Northern California will hold a blood drive on Thursday, July 28, noon-6pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3776 Via Granada, Moraga. Individuals who are at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission) and in good health may be eligible to donate blood. To schedule an appointment, call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: InterfaithCommunity).

Campolindo High School Class of 1971 40th Anniversary Reunion on Saturday, September 17th from 5-9pm. Place of reunion: Era Art Bar, 19 Grand Ave. @ Broadway, Oakland, CA www.oaklandera.com. Please RSVP to Ken Churchill at ken@churchill-cellars.com or (707) 578-5393.


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