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Calendar Listings issue #10, July 20, 2011

The Hearst Art Gallery at Saint Mary's College presents Pam Glover: A Life in Art through September 11. The retrospective exhibition showcases the remarkable life and work of Pam Glover, influential en plein air landscape artist and teacher. More than 60 colorful California landscape paintings are on view, including scenes of the North and Central Coast, San Francisco Bay area, Monterey and the wine country, plus rarely seen student work from China and Australia, 1950s fashion illustrations, bold mixed-media abstractions and European landscape paintings. 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 Epperson Gallery will be hosting the mixed medium Plein Air Paint Out held in the Valona District in Crockett. The Valona District covers a wide range of options from open space, to river views, bridges, C&H Sugar factory, rustic marina, hillside vistas and quaint neighborhoods. It is a great place to paint and a fun event. This is a juried and judged exhibition and competition. To be selected into the competition artists will submit three digital images for review by the Jurors. 30 artists will be chosen to participate in the paint out. To enter go to www.onlinejuriedshows.com .

Moraga Art Gallery Member Donna Arganbright and Guest Artist Sharon Tama will be featured through August 13. The public is invited to view Arganbright's original stoneware and 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.

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 after church, 11am – 12pm. See www.contracostacameraclub.org for more information.


Summer Music Series: Thursday August 4th 5:30-8:30pm Bob Athayde and Friends' Quartet; and Thursday Sept. 1st: 747 Express featuring Ed McClary & Michael Hatfield. Free, see details at: www.orindatheatresquare.com/events/summer-music-series.

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 21: MOONALICE, Early SF Rock; Thursday, July 28: MIXED NUTS, Standards & Covers. For info see www.moragaparks.org.

The Orinda Library summer concert presents Al’Azifoon, Eastern Strings on Wednesday, July 27 at 6:45pm playing music of the Arab world. 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.

The third annual 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.

The First Annual Moraga Jazz Festival, Sunday, August 7th, 2- 5pm at The New Rheem Theatre. Tickets:
$20 for General Admission, $15 for Students available for purchase at The New Rheem Theatre's Box Office,at www.TheNewRheemTheatre.com or call (925) 388- 0752 for information. See article page C2.

Celebrate the lazy days of summer with music, family and fun! Rock the Plaza, August 12, 19 & 26, 6pm Plaza Park in Lafayette. August 12: Stagefrite, August 19: The Floorshakers, August 26: Tall Shadows. Bring the family and a picnic supper!


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.

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. See article page C1.
Orinda Starlight Players present "Send Me No Flowers" by Norman Barasch and Carroll Moore thru August 6th: Fridays, 8:30pm and Saturdays, 8:30pm.
Note: Change in date for matinee- Sunday July 24th, 4pm & Thursday Aug. 4th, 8 pm. Held 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. Bring a picnic, warm clothes and enjoy the show! See www.orsvp.org for more information and to check future show dates.

Families, young and old, are invited to a fabulous movie night under the stars in Lafayette screening," How to Train Your Dragon" on August 13 at 7pm. The film will play on a big screen and guests are encouraged to bring blankets for the lawn and to enjoy themed activities before the movie starts. Concessions include BBQ drumsticks, crudité, cupcakes, beer, wine and more. This is a special family night to benefit the Diabetic Youth Foundation. Visit www.dyf.org for more information.
$10/person. To purchase tickets, contact Krystle Samai at (925) 680-4994 or email her at samai@dyf.org

Berkeley Playhouse presents Berkeley Playhouse Presents Seussical, the Musical! through 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.

Commonwealth Club to host speaker Ellen Tauscher on Thursday, July 28, 6:30 – 7:30pm at the Community Hall of the Lafayette Librray and Learning Center. The former U.S. congressional representative and current senior adviser to the president will discusses the prospects for U.S. and international security in the midst of continued global unrest. 6pm Check in, 6:30pm Program; $12 members, $22 standard, $7 students. For tickets visit commonwealthclub.org or call (415) 597-6705.

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents Jane Fonda: Prime Time: Making the Most of Your Life on Wednesday, Aug 17, 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.


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.

Join the Kids’ Club in Theatre Square, every Wednesday afternoon from 2-3pm for free entertainment throughout the summer (ages 2-8 yrs).

Free Contract Bridge Lessons for students between the ages of 10 & 18. Diablo Valley Bridge Center welcomes students beginning Aug. 2nd, 6:15 to 8:15 PM, 2920 Camino Diablo, Walnut Creek for bridge lessons plus snacks. Call (925) 820-7203 or email bridgeliason@gmail.com to be among the first 16 to register.

Norcal Kids Triathlon will take place on Saturday, August 27, from 9 am-1pm at Miramonte Highschool, 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.

Because it’s never too early to learn about carbon monoxide safety, the California Safe Homes Coalition (which includes the California State Firefighters’ Association, Safe Kids California and Kidde as well as many other organizations) is sponsoring a summer-long poster contest for children ages 6-12. Children can learn about the odorless, colorless gas and then create and submit original artwork that helps teach others about both carbon monoxide and the state’s new CO alarm law. Entries will be accepted until September 2, 2011, and the official rules and submission details can be found at www.casafehomes.org.

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.

There will be an informational meeting for those interested in helping develop a Lafayette cooperative community garden and educational site near the Lafayette Reservoir, on Saturday, July 23rd, from 10 – 12, at the Lafayette Reservoir near the tot playground. If you have questions, you can email them to janet@sustainablelafayette.org.

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).

The fast growing Moraga Movers, dedicated to providing “Activities for Adults 55 Plus” invites all those interested in learning more about our organization to join us for a fabulous barbecue on the St. Mary’s College campus on Monday, August 8 at 5pm. For complete information please visit our website at
www.moragamovers.org and access our August bulletin or call (925) 376-6622. Reservations must be made no later than midnight on Wednesday, August 3.

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.

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@diablolanes.com.

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


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