IRAN|USA, an original exhibition organized by the Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art, presents a program of compelling video art and prints by artist and faculty member Peter Freund from Feb. 25-May 28. The multi-language exhibit re-envisions key moments in the politically charged history of the two countries through the lens of an experimental artist. The work poetically challenges our reliance on the visual archive as evidence in the retelling of the past. IRAN|USA brings together two audiences: one interested in contemporary art; the other interested in questions of social justice, history, politics, and media. Join A Conversation with the Artist 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 2. The museum is located on campus, 1928 St. Mary’s Road in Moraga and is open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday; $5 admission.
Valley Art Gallery presents College Park Advanced Ceramics Class Student Show through March 3. Instructor Lesley Jensen leads this creative program which includes 145 students this year. Also on display on the sliding walls are selected works by Gallery Artists.www.valleyartgallery.org; (925) 935-4311
Celebrate local artists between the age of 80 and 99 at a reception in their honor from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26 where a video of their recent “Around the World at 80” exhibit will be screened, artwork at the Opening Minds Through Art exhibit will be on view and light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by Lamorinda Arts Council and The Reutlinger Community, the event will be held at The Reutlinger Community, 4000 Camino Ramon in Danville. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (925) 359-9940.
The Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery presents Side x Side, an exhibit that features the paintings of James Koskinas and Julie Schumer March 9 through April 15. They both work in acrylic and tend towards a painting style of large scale abstract expressionism and figurative. There will be an opening reception with a talk and film preview at 6 p.m. on March 9.
The City of Lafayette Public Art Committee invites the public to attend a welcome reception for its newest art exhibit “Use Less or Useless” featuring local photographer Melissa Moehle. The exhibit will run through March 20, at Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Library Gallery (Community Hall).
A presentation by artist Paul Roehl titled “Beyond Represenation: The Poetic Landscape” at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Holton Studio Gallery, 2100 Fifth Street, Berkeley. www.HoltonFrames.com 510/450-0350
The Lamorinda Arts Alliance presents a new exhibit titled Driven to Abstraction at the Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery in San Ramon that opens on March 2 and runs through March 29. The exhibit will explore the process of abstraction and will include paintings, mixed media, photos, prints and sculptures by local artists. A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. Visit with the artists, and enjoy appetizers and beverages while you browse the presentation of abstract artwork.
Gold Coast Chamber Players present the concert “Threads” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 5 in the Lafayette Library Community Hall. Music for piano, strings and voice by women composers. Tickets and information: www.gcplayers.org.
Town Hall Theatre Company presents “Smokey Joe’s Café,” directed by Lauren Rosi from March 4 - 25 with preview showings on March 2 and 3. With music such as Poison Ivy, Charlie Brown, On Broadway, Stand By Me and many, many more. Town Hall is located at 3535 School Street at the corner of School Street and Moraga Road in Lafayette and the phone is (925) 283.1557. Show times and ticket information is available at the box office or online at townhalltheatre.com.
Wine & Tapas Film Night & Fundraiser Featuring “Before the Flood” from 6:30-9 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, 6:30-9 p.m., Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. Start the evening with shared wine & tapas and then join Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey to five continents and the arctic to witness climate change firsthand. With unprecedented access to scientists, political leaders, and thought leaders, DiCaprio shares a riveting account of the changes now occurring as well as the actions we can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. All donations collected ($5 suggested) will go towards the host church going “Deep Green” (100 percent renewable electricity). Co-hosted by Sustainable Lafayette and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
LECTURE & LITERATURE
Contra Costa Tale Spinners meets at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Orinda Library Garden Room. Join this lively group to tell or listen. This is storytelling for adults with a featured teller every month. This month’s featured teller is Kiran Rana.
East Bay World Affairs Council presents ISIS: The Collapse of a Caliphate by Professor Donald K. Sharpes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the Lafayette Library. This program will review the origin and history of the militant group known as ISIS, or the Islamic State in Syria, and some affiliated Islamic militant groups such as Al-Qaeda, Boko-Haram and Al-Shabaab. They’ll review not only how ISIS has been weakened, but its brazen terrorist attacks in Europe and Asia and profile its terrorists. Council Members: $10 non-members: $15, Students: Free. For more information: 415.293.4601, www.worldaffairs.org
KIDS, PARENTS & TEENS
Lamorinda Arts Council will host its 14th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition from Feb. 28 to March 30 at the Orinda Library Art Gallery. This annual exhibition provides the community a wonderful opportunity to view a wide range of creative, original work by local students and recognizes the region’s dedicated high school art teachers. Entries for the High School Visual Arts Competition will be accepted through Feb. 24. The competition is open to ninth through 12th grade students living in or attending public or private high schools in Orinda, Lafayette and Moraga. The competition is also open to all students who attend the Acalanes Union High School District schools, including Acalanes, Campolindo, Las Lomas, and Miramonte High Schools, regardless of residence. The registration form as well as the full details of the competition can be found at www.lamorindaarts.org/vac.
Free Camp & School Fairs return to the East Bay for the fifth year from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the weekend of Feb. 25 and 26, with free activities and over 60 exhibitors allowing attendees to view a smorgasbord of camps, enrichment programs, schools, performing arts, S.T.E.M. & S.T.E.A.M. programs, preschools, cooking, educational, sports and other programs available this spring and summer. On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Tri-Valley Camp & School Fair is in San Ramon at Pine Valley Middle School Auditorium and then on Sunday, Feb. 26, the Contra Costa Camp & School Fair is being held again in Lafayette at Acalanes High School with ample free parking at both locations.
The Friends of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center is sponsoring a Bookmark Contest and invites all Lafayette students grades K-8 to enter their original art work. The entry forms are available at the Lafayette Library main desk, the Friends Corner Book Shop and at school libraries in the Lafayette School District and St. Perpetua School. The entry deadline is Friday, March 10. For more information please contact Kay Pekrul: email@example.com.
Celebrate Teen Tech Week at the Orinda Library, “Be the Source of Change” 4 to 5 p.m. March 3 to 11. Drop by your library to learn about all the great digital resources available to help you make a positive change in your life and community. Activities, giveaways and more. Open to all teens 13 – 18 years old.
ACT Free Practice Test by the Princeton Review: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 in the Orinda Library Garden Room. Come to the Orinda Library to warm up for the ACT and find out how you would score. Get realistic practice and receive a personalized score report pinpointing your strengths and weaknesses. Registration required. Sign up at (510) 295-0002 or visit www.princetonreview.com/product/offerings/334922
SPEAK is a program for high school students developed in response to issues they are facing: stress, relationships, partying, sexuality, and mental health. Ninth-12th graders will have a safe space to speak their truth about their experiences and will be equipped with resources and decision making strategies. An adult program offers the opportunity for sharing of concerns and strategies to address these issues. The program runs from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sundays Feb. 26 through March 26 at Orinda Community Church, www.speak2016.eventbrite.com or Kelsey: SPEAKlamorinda@gmail.com
The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall presents Berkeley Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour: doors open at 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25 and 26 at The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, Berkeley. The Banff Mountain Film Fest World Tour will exhilarate you with amazing big-screen stories. Different each night. Cost: $20. For more info see www.theuctheatre.org/event/1402148-berkeley-banff-mountain-film-berkeley/ or call (510) 356-4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free open chess club from 9 to 11 a.m. every Saturday at the Orinda Community Center. All ages and all level of players are welcome.
Mt. Diablo Center’s 42nd Annual Crab Feed is at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb, 25 at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center 233 Gregory Lane. Tickets are $65 and are available at www.mdccrabfeed.eventbrite.com.
“Evil Cyborg Sea Monsters” a multimedia stand-up comedy show about superheroes, sci-fi and monsters from comedian and cartoonist Mike Capozzola at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the New Rheem Theatre. PG-14. Tickets: $10. www.lamorindatheatres.com. See page B7.
Moraga Baseball Association’s Opening Day Parade is at 9 a.m. is on Saturday, Feb 25 along Camino Pablo Road in Moraga. The parade route runs from Camino Pablo Elementary School to Rimer Drive. The community is invited to enjoy coffee and hot chocolate, view vintage cars, the Moraga Fire and Police departments and cheer on the players.
The SMC Guild is holding its Italian Night Auction & Bella Musical, 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday March 4 with all proceeds benefitting student financial aid. The event will feature an auction, dinner, wine, entertainment and more. Tickets are $45/per person. Please make payable to: SMC GUILD and mail to: Susan Hooks, 120 Ardith Drive, Orinda, CA 94563 or reserve by emailing email@example.com or call Jeffry-Lynn Dunn at (925) 284-7750.
“How to Raise Chickens Sustainably” from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on March 5. Papa John will again offer workshops on how to raise your own chickens. Topics will include raising young chicks, laying hen maintenance, and sustainable coop construction, which is unique in offering no odor and no cleaning. Free workshop, Reservations are required — firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions provided upon registration.
Learn the art of making Pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter Eggs, decorated using a wax-resist and dye method in a three-hour workshop led by local folk art teacher, Evie Michon. Classes are from 9 a.m. to noon on March 3 and 10. You may attend either or both sessions at $20/session. Class sizes limited to 20 persons/session. Hosted by Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church, 433 Moraga Way, Orinda. All profits will be donated to the Moraga Rotary in support of their All-access Playground Project for Moraga Commons. Register holyshepherd.org/Upcomingevents/Pysanky.
Spring is coming and so are the soft and sweet kittens and cats at this weekend’s adoption event. Community Concern for Cats invites you to meet them from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25 and 26 at Pet Food Express in Lafayette and Pleasant Hill, and Petco in Walnut Creek. For more information see wwwcommunityconcernforcats.org.
Allie’s Pals Cat Rescue presents its Feline Fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 22 at Mangia Pizzaria at 975, Moraga Rd, Lafayette. www.alliespals.org
ARF is proud to present the 13th annual Business of Saving Lives conference for animal welfare professionals and volunteers from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at ARF in Walnut Creek. This powerhouse conference packs practical information and valuable tools into one full day of learning at an affordable price, to help attendees save more lives. Register now to ensure a spot at the special early bird rate of $40, after March 3 tickets will be $45. Continental breakfast and a vegetarian lunch are provided to all attendees. For registration, agenda information, and session details, visit www.arflife.org.
Cooking for One or Two: Breakfast & Brunch with Jaime Rios, Byron Park Executive Chef from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 29 at Byron Park, 1700 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. As we all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In this demonstration-style class, Chef Jaime will help you find new inspiration with recipes that will transform your breakfast and brunch routine. Space is limited; these classes fill up quickly. RSVP to Lafayette Senior Services by Wednesday, March 22: Seniors@LoveLafayette.org or 284-5050.
Come to the Kokedama String Garden Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 25 at Orchard Nursery in Lafayette. String gardens are the latest trend for displaying houseplants. Also called Kokedama, string gardens wrap a plant’s root system in moss and string, creating a piece of living art. In this hands-on, make-and-take class, you’ll learn wrapping techniques, as well as how to care for your string garden. Cost: $40 class fee includes all supplies needed. Reservations: Call (925) 284-4474 today.
Lafayette Garden Club is excited to present a program entitled “Gamble Garden, Landscape of Optimism” presented by author Susan Woodman and Gamble Board member Jane Stocklin from 9:45 a.m. to noon on March 9 at the Lafayette Veteran’s Building located at 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. The garden is showcased as a place for hands-on practical and creative classes, a magnet for artists, and a venue for seasonal events and celebratory occasions including the Garden Tour held every April. Books available. Visitors are welcome! Please email Carolyn Poetzsch email@example.com
Walnut Creek Garden Club monthly meeting is held at the Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek. Business meeting is at 10 a.m., social time 10:30 to 11 a,m,, program from 11 a.m. to noon. March 13 Program: Special Decorated Eggs from Czechoslovakia Using Natural Dyes — Lenka Glassner, folk artist. She will talk about the colorful history, traditions and techniques of the ancient art of egg decorating and share her unique collections. You’re invited to attend and consider becoming a member. Maureen Little: firstname.lastname@example.org, (925) 820-1476
Montelindo Garden Club Meeting (third Friday of every month, September through May) will be at 9 a.m. on Friday March 17 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 66 St. Stephens Drive, Orinda. Everyone welcome. Presentation: Wonderful Western Wildflowers. Speaker: Heath Bartosh. Heath is one of the California Native Plant Society’s top rare plant experts and is co-founder of the Bay Area ecological consulting firm Nomad Ecology, LLC.