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Art Gallery at the Orinda Library – Ceramic Vessels to Inspire, Woodturnings, Fabric Art, Photographs and Paintings presented by the Lamorinda Arts Council during August. Visit lamorindaarts.org.

Art Gallery at Wilder – Reclaimed Wood Transformed with Patina and Imagination. View this virtual artwork exhibit through Sept. 9 at https://lamorindaarts.org/current-exhibits-wilder/ for details.

The Moraga Art Gallery announces the debut of "Unique Expressions,” an exhibit featuring world-class jewelry from the Lafayette workshop of K. de Groot and ever-enticing, abstract acrylic paintings by Irene Needoba. Clearly, neither artist ever looked over her shoulder to view artistic trends of the past. Rather, each has conjured collections of unique, easy-to-admire pieces of art. Aug. 31 until Nov. 6. Saturday, Oct. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. free reception at the gallery, located at 432 Center Street in Moraga's Rheem Shopping Center. Come to meet the artists, enjoy the art as well as wine, light snacks, and live music. www.moragaartgallery.com or call (925) 376-5407.

Valley Art Gallery presents hand colored photographs by Lisa Rigge through Sept. 16. This selection of her photographs reaches back to her darkroom days of hand coloring darkroom prints (which are known as "silver gelatin" prints) and extends to the present with her hand colored digital images. Meet the Artist: Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2 - 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2 - 5 p.m. Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek. www.valleyartgallery.org, 925) 935-4311


Town Hall Theatre Company presents “The Re-Education of Fernando Morales,” by Justin P. Lopez and directed by River Bermudez Sanders at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St., Lafayette Office: (925) 283-1557. Tickets $20 at www.TownHallTheatre.com.

California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) the world premiere modern verse translation of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” by playwright and Oakland-native Marcus Gardley (“black odyssey” at Cal Shakes). “LEAR” performs at the Bruns Memorial Amphitheater (100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda) Sept. 7–Oct. 2. Single tickets (ranging from $35–$70) are available online at calshakes.org or by calling (510) 548-9666.


Join us on Sunday, Aug. 28 for the annual Kapnek Trust USA fun run/walk. Starting at 9 a.m. on the Moraga Commons Path this event supports preschool education and nutritious food to children in Zimbabwe. Participants enjoy a T-shirt, food, music, carnival games, and fun! To register go to: https://kapnektrustusafunrun.eventbrite.com/

Mocktails & Cocktails – Sunday, Aug. 28, 3 to 5 p.m. Join those who love art, literature, music and everything in between at The Coop, 32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette. Time for some artsy conversation with Ani Breslin and Elana O’Loskey of the Lamorinda Arts Council. No host bar. Just show up. Questions? Email literary@lamorindaarts.org.

The Junior League of Oakland-East Bay is currently accepting new members. We’re a friendly group of women from a varied background of professions, industries and passions. One of the things we all have in common is the desire to empower girls and other women in our community through volunteerism, partnerships, trainings and other programs. Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. at The Hideout Kitchen & Café, 3406 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. www.jloeb.org/join.

The 2022 Lafayette Art & Wine Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Downtown Lafayette. The Festival offers complimentary bike valet parking at 81 Lafayette Circle. Driving? The Festival is an easy walk or free shuttle ride from free Festival parking in the BART parking lot. Music on four stages features some of the Bay Area’s top cover bands. https://lafayettefestival.com.

Community Coffee Meetings with the OUSD Board. The School Board wants to hear from you! Meet with us each Thursday morning following our monthly regular Board meetings. Two Board members will attend each coffee, and the members attending will rotate from month to month. We want to answer any questions you may have, hear your concerns and ideas, and share new information as it arises. Details at www.orindaschools.org/boardmembers


The Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center is celebrating its 11th year with a Community Open House on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and will feature inspirational speakers. Jim ‘Doc’ Hale will share fascinating information about the people who lived on this land for centuries before the 1800s and a beekeeper from Mt. Diablo Beekeepers will talk about the amazing nature of bees and art of beekeeping. In addition to the speakers, there will be guided tours of the garden. (925) 946-0563.




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