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The Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery presents “Refuge,” a two-person exhibit featuring new work by Susan Sharman and Susan Taira. Sharman and Taira both find inspiration and solace in nature, translating their personal experience through a variety of mediums. The show runs through Oct. 21. www.jenniferperlmuttergallery.com

The Lamorinda Arts Alliance presents its 3rd Annual Art Show and Sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Lafayette Christian Church at 584 Glenside Dr., Lafayette. Twenty-four artists will display and sell their artwork including ceramics, jewelry, printmaking, painting, photography, weaving and sculpture.  Jacqueline Proulx will show her beautiful ceramics and George Ehrenhaft will display his exquisite watercolors.  Maria Santostefano, a plein air painter, and K. de Groot with her unique jewelry will also display their work.  There will be live music from a local jazz pianist, Michael Granat. The artists will all be on site to answer any questions you might have about technique or what inspires and motivates them. www.laa4art.org


A new series of live concerts is coming to the Orinda Theatre beginning in September. Bringing music and art to the small, intimate venue will provide the audience with world-class performers and an opportunity to interact directly with the artists during a special Q&A session. The first artist to perform will be Pete Escovedo, renowned Latin jazz percussionist at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21. This will be a special evening of music and stories from his life and career. www.lamorindaconcertseries.com

The award winning Gold Coast Chamber Players bring the finest in chamber music to Lafayette and the surrounding areas. The first of this season’s five concerts, titled, Family Business will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 in the Lafayette Library Community Hall, and features music by the famous families Mozart, Mendelssohn and Bach written for piano and strings. Tickets include a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. Visit http://www.gcplayers.org/ for tickets and information or call (925) 283-3728.

St. Paul’s Concert Series kicks off its fall performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 with Flute and Piano Concert: “Amsterdam” with Laurel Zucker, flute, and Dwight Stone, piano. Original compositions from the album “Amsterdam” by Dwight Stone. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave., Walnut Creek.


Town Hall Theatre Company presents “The Song of the Nightingale: A Musical Fairy Tale,” a new pop musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, with book, music and lyrics by Min Kahng; directed by Michael Mohammed with music direction by Margaret Halbig. The show runs from Sept. 28 through Oct. 21. For ticket information and showtimes, visit www.townhalltheatre.com.

Orinda Starlight Players present Robert Merrill’s “Five-Door Farce” Through Sept. 29 in the Orinda Community Center Park, 28 Orinda Way. Regular admission: $16; senior $8. Tickets are available at the Box Office; call (925) 528-9225 or email info@orsvp.org for reservations. Showtimes: 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28. This is an outdoor theatre so dress appropriately and bring blankets.

California Shakespeare Theater and Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s co-production of “Measure for Measure” by William Shakespeare, directed by Tyne Rafaeli runs through Oct. 8 at Bruns Amphitheater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda. Single tickets start at $20, with discounts available for seniors, students, persons age 30 and under, and groups. All tickets are available through the California Shakespeare Theater Box Office, 701 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley CA, 510.548.9666, online at www.calshakes.org, or at the Bruns box office on the day of the performance. (See story on B5)


Come to be informed about the Democratic Republic of Congo at the Congo Mission Conference, “Moving Mountains in the Congo Through Reconciliation,” from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 and 23, at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette. Keynote speaker, Dr. Pakisa Tshimika will discuss current conditions in Congo. All meetings are open to the public, and free. Register for Lunch or Dinner, $10 each, at 42queens@gmail.com. To view entire schedule click on Congo Mission Network Annual Meeting, CMN Conference.

Practical Advice for Those with Osteoporosis and Osteopenia, a free lecture from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 26 at Lafayette Physical Therapy located at 3468 Mount Diablo Boulevard Suite B110 in Lafayette. In this presentation you will learn concepts to improve postural alignment, balance, and proper movement patterns to protect your spine if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia. You will get practical advice on what to do and what not to do while staying active with these conditions. Valerie Watase, Director of LPT, will discuss the options for the management of these conditions.

“Creating Story in Memoir and Biography” by award-winning author Gabrielle Selz from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 at Saint Mary’s De La Salle Hall in Hagerty Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary’s Road, Moraga. This talk will focus on how to shape and condense life into a structured story. How do we shape a narrative that is factually accurate while also “feeling” true to the experience of reading? How do we marry chronology and evidence to a scaffolding of larger contexts and themes? Free.

Miko Peled, Israeli Peace Activist speaks about “Trump and Prospects for Peace: What is Next for Palestine/Israel?” at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. Cost: $10 in advance; $15 at door; students free. Pre-register at: www.ourpeacecenter.org. For more info visit www.mikopeled.com.


Las Trampas invites you to a fun event for the entire family that also supports a good cause. You can walk, roll or run at the 8th Annual Walk n’ Roll 1 mile or 5k from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 23 on the Lafayette-Moraga Trail at 3460 Lana Lane. Registration fee of $25 includes: T-shirt, raffle, Whole Foods bag, games by KKDV, refreshments and entertainment by KKDV and the Jan Coogan Group of Bread & Roses. You can register online at www.lastrampas.org.  (See story page B2)

Carr Ranch property dedication and public opening of 604-acre Carr Ranch 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 in Moraga. Guided hikes, a family square dance, food trucks, and other activities. Carr Ranch will serve the community as vital wildlife habitat, a source of clean drinking water, and beautiful public open space for recreation. Park at Rancho Laguna Park located at 2101 Camino Pablo in Moraga and follow the signs. More details available at www.jmlt.org.

Visit the Be the Star You Are!® booth at the Pear & Wine Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 for free activities for kids. Donate to help the victims of the Hurricanes. www.BetheStarYouAre.org.

The second annual Color Run will take place beginning at 9 a.m. (registration starts at 8 a.m.) on Sunday, Sept. 24 at Acalanes High School. This 1.5-mile run through the Acalanes campus and grounds is also a great team-bonding event for Scout troops, club sports teams and LMYA teams. Each participant will receive an official Color Run T-shirt and have a blast being covered in a rainbow of colors as they run through five different color stations. Please visit the Acalanes High School webstore at https://acalaneshs.revtrak.net/color-run-1/ to sign up. If you don’t have a webstore account, you may check out as a guest by using the code 9999999.

Feed Your Children Well: A Workshop for Parents of Preschool and Elementary School Children from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Orinda Library. Food can become a fraught topic during the teen years. Lisa Bograd, MFT, will discuss how to set up good food associations in young children. Register under “events” at http://ccclib.org/locations/orinda.html.

Eighth Annual Orinda Olive Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 at Wagner Ranch Nature Area, 350 Camino Pablo, Orinda. This free event has activities for all ages - games, crafts, music, raffle, and food. Learn about and taste a variety of olives, olive oils & products from local growers. Attend cooking demos and docent tours through the historic ranch and olive grove.

For the second year in a row, Lamorinda Moms is proud to present Dr. Laura Markham, who will discuss how to facilitate a loving, connected relationship between siblings, based on her recent book, “Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life.” This year’s event will take place from 7 to 9 .m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 at Orinda Intermediate School. The cost to attend is $20 for non-members and $10 members. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/.


Be prepared to handle all-hazard emergencies. Take Lamorinda CERT classes in Orinda this fall. Your $25 registration pays for eight weeks of localized FEMA training plus a live exercise final; students receive a free medical supply kit ($30 value) after class #4. CERT welcomes Lamorinda residents and employees. Evening classes begin Sept. 14; for details go to https://classes.lamorindacert.org.

Join Las Trampas for our Eighth Annual Walk n’ Roll 1 mile or 5k walk, roll or run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 23 at 3460 Lana Lane on the Lafayette Moraga Trail. Register at www.lastrampas.org or call (925) 310-2363 - $25.00 includes breakfast, live entertainment, goodie bags, raffle prizes and a T-shirt. (See story on page Bx)

Fourth Street Fashion: A Runway Show - A benefit for the Berkeley Food and Housing Project from 5 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23, Fourth Street, Berkeley. Costumes by Castle in the Air, looks by local clothing and accessory shops, gift bags, beer and wine, food booths, DJ. Free. http://www.fourthstreet.com/events/2017/9/23/fourth-street-fashion-a-runway-show

The Great Conversation: Collegiate Seminar’s 75th Anniversary Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 23 in the Soda Activity Center: Moraga Room, 1928 Saint Mary’s Road, Moraga. The event will feature round table Seminar discussions, plenary speeches, and concurrent panel talks. Speakers include President James Donahue, Professors Ted Tsukahara, Raina León, Felicia Martinez, Ellen Rigsby, many more faculty, and alumni. And, as befits a symposium, it will end with wine and conversation.

Friends Corner Bookshop has its half off sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at First Street and Golden Way, Lafayette.

The Moraga Pear & Wine Festival 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 23 is a family-friendly event with activities for all ages celebrating the Town’s pear history. Featuring DJ RyanO, wine tasting with the Lamorinda Wine Growers Association featuring Captain Vineyards, Meadow View Winery, and Vincenza Ranch Winery, pear pies, jumpies, food, local artist booths, community booths, and more. The schedule is available at www.moraga.ca.us.

Middle Eastern Festival 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24 at St. John the Evangelist Orthodox Church, 501 Moraga Way, Orinda. Food, games, live entertainment, folk dancing, crafts, Middle Eastern heritage exhibits and more. Entrance fee: adults $2; children under 12 free. For information, visit www.stjohnorinda.org or call (925) 258-4255.

The Value of Community and Choice as We Grow Older at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 is a live-streamed event presented by Beacon Hill Village in Boston and hosted locally by Lamorinda Village features bestselling author of “Being Mortal,” Atul Gawande MD, MPH. For more information or to register (seats are limited) call (925) 253- 2300 or RSVP@LamorindaVillage.org. Event held at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Dr, Lafayette. (See story page A2)

Assemblywoman Baker will be hosting a Town Hall in partnership with Contra Costa Supervisor Candace Andersen and Orinda Mayor Eve Phillips from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25 in the Orinda Library Auditorium.

If you’re affected by prostate cancer or know someone who is, Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Services invites you to learn about the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 at Samuel Merritt University in the Fontaine Auditorium, 400 Hawthorne Ave, Oakland. You will have an opportunity to browse our resource tables before the presentation starts. During the presentation, a team of six clinicians specializing in cancer will address radiation treatment, MRI and biopsies, surgical management, androgen deprivation therapy, bone health, and integrative medicine. Samuel Merritt University in the Fontaine Auditorium.

Stephen Healy, fire chief of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, will be stepping down on Sept. 20. The Board of Directors is in the process of preparing a position description for the Fire Chief. A public workshop has been set at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the Moraga Library so that the residents of the district may offer their views on the background and experience, as well as the personal and professional qualities of the new fire chief, and the issues likely to confront MOFD during the tenure of the new chief.

The Senior Mobility Action Council, a workgroup of the Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging, is putting on an event: the “Senior Transportation Forum 2017, It’s More Than Just A Ride!” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 at the John Muir Medical Center, Ball Auditorium in Walnut Creek. The purpose of the forum is to help educate the public, elected officials, seniors, transportation advocates, social workers, and medical discharge planners about the transportation challenges that older adults and the disabled face in CC County as well as the importance of accessible transportation in maintaining a strong community.

Learn about Solar and Electric Vehicles by attending Sustainable Lafayette’s first annual Residential Solar and Electric Vehicle Open House, Sept. 31 and Oct 1. This free event provides the opportunity to visit homeowners to see for yourself how it all works and what their experiences were like. Is going solar and EV cost effective? What are the benefits? Any pitfalls? Visit SustainableLafayette.org for times and locations.

Orinda Garden Club invites the Community to a documentary film presentation of “Toxic Puzzle: Hunt for the Hidden Killer” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Orinda Theatre, which follows the work of ethnobotanist, Paul Alan Cox Ph.D., and team in their investigation of the role environmental toxins play in neurodegenerative illnesses. The screening of the documentary will be followed by a Q& A session lead by Dr. Cox. Advance registration is required; for details go to orindagc.org, call (925) 257-0668 or email program@orindagc.org. Tickets are $5.

Monthly Dinner with the American Legion 517 beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the Lafayette Veteran’s Memorial Building on 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is at 6:15. All veterans welcome. Assemblywoman Catharine Baker will be the speaker. It is $15 per person and $25 per couple. Any questions, call Mike at (925) 766-6114.

Restoring Creeks in Difficult Urban Sites at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 in the Orinda Library Garden Room. Dr. Ann Riley, author of Restoring Neighborhood Streams, will talk about creek restoration projects in the San Francisco Bay Area and share with us what projects like this entail.

4th annual Art of Mixology Fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Orinda Theatre Square. More than 20 well-known and upcoming East Bay mixologists will come together and attendees will have the opportunity to sample unique cocktails from exceptional mixologists as well as vote live onsite to help determine who will be named Mixologist of the Year, Top Amateur and Audience Favorite. Tickets are $45 in advance and can be purchased online at www.lamorindaarts.org/mixology. Day of tickets can be purchased at the event for $55.

Serbian Food Festival from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church 1700 School Street, Moraga. Live Serbian Music, delicious homemade pastries, plus a bounce house for the kids!

Orinda Academy will be hosting an open house event for fall 2018 enrollment from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 and Dec. 9. Come and see what makes OA a Best of Parents Press winner (independent high school/alternative learning high school). Our small class sizes, college prep curriculum, and full-time learning support coordinator help all students be successful!


Orinda Senior Health and Wellness Fair from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way. This three-hour free event will feature Dr. Patrick Arbore as the keynote speaker talking about Senior Empowerment. He will be followed by an expert panel presenting effective ways to improve health and wellness through exercise, nutrition, continuing education, spirituality, connectedness and alternative medicine. For more information see www.orindachamber.org or call (925) 254-3909.

Start Downsizing Now For Your Move in the Future presented by Mark Shaw, Re/Max Accord Lafayette Realtor from 10:30 to noon Thursday, Sept. 28 in the Cedar Room, Lafayette Community Center. Do yourself (and your children) a favor and start tackling the many years’ worth of “stuff” that has accumulated in your house and garage. Breaking it up into small, doable tasks is much easier, less stressful and less exhausting than waiting until the last minute. Mark will share tips and advice he’s gained from his many years in real estate. Members: free; non-members: $10.

Lunch n’ Learn: That Elusive Thing Called Sleep, presented by Linda Fodrini-Johnson from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Merrill Gardens Lafayette, 2nd St. at Mt. Diablo Blvd. Changes in sleep patterns are normal as we get older. It’s a common misconception, however, that sleep needs decline with age. In fact, studies have shown that our sleep needs remain constant throughout adulthood. So, what’s keeping us older adults awake? And what can be done to combat these issues to get a good night’s sleep? Lunch generously provided by Merrill Gardens. Space is limited; RSVP required by Oct. 17: Seniors@LoveLafayette.org or 284-5050.


The Moraga Garden Club Monthly Meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Holy Trinity Church, 1700 School Street, Moraga. Guest speaker will be Kristen Yanker-Hansen, past president of the California Horticultural Society. The topic of her discussion will be “Planting a Dry Garden.” Interested parties are welcome to attend the 9:30 a.m. social hour, the 10 a.m. meeting, and the presentation by Kristen Yanker-Hansen, immediately following the meeting.








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