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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 through May 28. 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.

The Orinda Library Gallery presents The Glover Group Color and Light: The Legacy Continues through May 31. A passion for the beautiful farmland, coastal and rural geography of the San Francisco Bay Area is the inspiration for over 60 new plein air paintings. Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Valley Art Gallery presents Works On Silk by featured artist Susan Helmer opening May 16. In addition to Susan’s work, the new 2017 spring collection of over 300 new works by Valley Art Gallery Artists is on display, in a wide range of motifs, styles, media and prices, and representing the best of the best from more than 100 East Bay artists. There will be a free artist reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on May 20. www.valleyartgallery.com.


Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble, under guest conductor Mitchell Covington, presents “Beautiful is the World,” featuring exciting premieres of works by gifted Bay Area composers. Showtimes are at 4 p.m. on May 6 at Lake Merritt United Methodist Church 1330 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland. Tickets: $25-15, children between 6 and 12 free. Available at the door or online at www.vocisings.org.

“Four Hands, Two Pianos, One Brain. Again” concert AT 4 p.m. on May 7. Duo pianists David Auerbach and Martin Morley once again blight the concert stage with a program of classical and popular music presented in a uniquely entertaining fashion. From cold Scandinavian music to hot Latin tunes, dances including ballet, a tango, and a hoedown, an audience participation quiz and — of course, there will be a puppet show! Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane in Lafayette. Free admission, freewill offering.

Free live music at the Concert at the Res from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, May 13 at the Lafayette Reservoir Stage featuring the Big Band of Rossmoor, Acalanes Jazz Ensemble, Bentley Jazz Ensemble, Lamorinda Theatre Academy, Town Hall Troupe, Stanley Middle School and Westlake Middle School’s Combined Symphonic Band. Food and Raffle tickets support Lafayette School and Rotary projects.

Gold Coast Chamber Players concert “Tango Twist” at 7:30 p.m. on May 13 in the Community Hall at the Lafayette Library. There will be a pre-concert talk with Kai Christiansen at 7 p.m. Enjoy tango-inspired music for string quartet and bandoneon, including a composition by former Lafayette Mayor Erling Horn’s son, Patrick Horn. Tickets: $40 General, $35 Senior, $15 Student. Purchase online: www.gcplayers.org. By phone: (925) 283-3728.
The Diablo Women’s Chorale invites you to join them in celebrating 75 years in the community with their Spring Concert “Make Them Hear You! Music for Our Times,” to be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Avenue. Advance purchase tickets are $18. General admission, $10 Student, and $24 Premium seating. Purchase at the door for $20. Call 1-800-838-3006 or go online at www.DiabloWomensChorale.org


Diablo Ballet presents the final program of its 23rd Season, “Celebrated Masters,” featuring three unique ballets with choreography by Val Caniparoli, Trey McIntyre and Robert Dekkers at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 5 and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at the Del Valle Theatre in Walnut Creek. Each performance is followed by an interactive Q&A with the dancers and choreographers and includes a complimentary dessert reception with an opportunity for audience members to get up close and personal with the artists. Tickets are $27-47. For tickets, call (925) 943-SHOW (7469) or visit www.lesherartscenter.org or www.diabloballet.org.


Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author, discusses his latest book “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4 at the Lafayette Library Distinguished Speaker Series. Larson’s work includes “The Devil in the White City,” “Thunderstruck” and “In the Garden of Beasts.” Information on a special private reception with Larson, reserved seating and tickets is at: www.tinyurl.com/ErikLarson, or call (925)283-6513 x102.

“Nutrition and the Media – Separating Fact and Fiction” is the title of Jill West’s presentation at First Friday Forum, 1:30 p.m. May 5 in the Sanctuary at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Dr., Lafayette. West has a practice in Lafayette as a registered dietitian, nutritionist and Certified Health Coach and will present information to help separate nutrition facts from fiction and also highlight foods that promote healthy aging.” Refreshments will be served at 1:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. This is a free event. For further information call 925-283-8722.

Come hear missionary Don Richardson speak at a complementary banquet by The Wycliffe Associates, bible translators, from 6:15 to 9:15 on Friday, May 12 at the Lafayette Veteran’s Memorial Center at 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. The free evening includes dinner, speakers, worship music and an offering at the end for those who wish to participate.  To RSVP by May  8  email brad_reiches@wycliffeassociates.org or call (925) 819-2127; please include number of attendees and a contact phone number or email.


The Lafayette Youth Commission is putting on their last seventh- and eighth-grade Tri-City Dance of the year from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on May 5 at the Lafayette Community Center. The dance will feature an Inflatable Bungie Run and Obstacle Course. It is $12 and pre-registration is required (no sales at the door). Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda seventh and eighth grade students welcome. Strict dress code enforced. Participants are asked to bring a canned food donation. These are safe, drug and alcohol-free events that are chaperoned by Lafayette staff and commissioners. Students can register at www.LafayetteRec.org or call (925) 284-2232.

Respite Night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 5. Respite Night provides a fun night out for special needs children and siblings while their parents get a night off. To register your children, visit the Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church website: mvpctoday.org. Everyone is welcome and there is no cost for the event; also, no church or religious affiliation required. 10 Moraga Valley Lane, Moraga.

The Moraga-Orinda Fire District is hosting its Orinda Open House and Hot Dog Lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at Station 45, 33 Orinda Way, Orinda. Kids and adults can meet their local firefighters, tour the fire trucks, and gather important wildfire safety and disaster preparedness information from MOFD and other local agencies. Smokey the Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog will make special guest appearances throughout the day. For more information, visit www.MOFD.org.

Lafayette Nursery School’s 41st Annual Science Day of Discovery is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 6 at 979 First Street, Lafayette. Make a volcano explode, shoot a rocket, make flubber, dig for dinosaur bones and pet an animal in the petting corral! Cost: $5 per child. Call Lafayette Nursery School at (925) 284-2448, visit the website at
www.lafayettenurseryschool.org or www.facebook.com/LafayetteNurserySchool.

Don’t Miss the Hacienda de las Flores, Fiesta de Mayo celebration from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, 2100 Donald Drive. Step back in time, enjoy the beautiful grounds and learn about the Hacienda’s rich history. Fun for all ages! Free admission, authentic Mexican food and drinks, live Mariachi Band, piñata contests, cupcake walks, other kids’ activities and more.

The Lamorinda Idol 2017 auditions will be held on May 11-13. Registration is open to all Lamorinda students or residents. Groups can include members outside Lamorinda. Register at www.LamorindaArts.Org through April 30. The Lamorinda Idol program includes workshops, multiple performance opportunities, parties and the finals at the Orinda Theatre on Sunday, Aug. 26.

Let’s Go On A Letter Hunt at The Saklan School at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. Local authors Sue Tenerowicz and Lynn Champagne of Spell-It-Out Photos will read their “Seussical” adventure book, taking young readers on a marvelous journey of rhyming and hunting for letters from A-Z. Following the reading, there will be a book signing and children will go on a Letter Hunt on the Saklan playground. Recommended for Pre-K through second graders. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Drop-ins are always welcome! Information and RSVP at bit.ly/letterhuntsaklan.


Meditation for Stress Reduction at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 4 in the Orinda Library Garden Room. Orinda Library welcomes Dr. Marshall Zaslove, a Board certified psychiatrist and author who has practiced meditation for over 40 years. Join in to learn simple effective techniques and practical methods to reduce stress and find your way to the garden of personal peace and joy within.

“Colorful Mandalas in the Garden” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at the Lafayette Community Garden, 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Join local artist and educator Tracy Randolph for an intergenerational art workshop at the Lafayette Community Garden & Outdoor Learning Center, where attendees will explore and create Mandalas. All ages welcome; Youth ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Register at www.lafayettecommunitygarden.org.

The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) will hold its 42nd annual Spring House Tour and Garden Reception from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. This year’s tour focuses on Claremont Park, the elegant, leafy neighborhood developed by Duncan McDuffie and laid out to conform to the existing topography, celebrating the creeks, oaks, and gentle slopes to create a setting for well-designed residences. Tour map, illustrated guidebook, and refreshments will be provided. General admission $45; BAHA members $35. For tour information and tickets, visit the BAHA website http://berkeleyheritage.com, e-mail baha@berkeleyheritage.com, or call (510) 841-2242.

Lamorinda Arts Council will host their second annual ShortDocs Film Fest at 3 p.m. on May 7 at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. This documentary film festival provides local filmmakers an opportunity to create new work as well as showcase it at a community screening. Entries for the Lamorinda ShortDocs Film Fest will be accepted until April 19. To learn more about the Lamorinda ShortDocs Film Fest competition and to enter go to www.lamorindaarts.org/shortdocs.

Come hear missionary Don Richardson speak at a complementary banquet by The Wycliffe Associates, bible translators, at 7 p.m. on May 12 at the Lafayette Veteran’s Memorial Center at 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., salad service at 6:45, program from 7 to 9:15 p.m. including dinner, speakers, worship music and an offering at the end for those who wish to participate. RSVP by May 8 to email brad_reiches@wycliffeassociates.org or call (925) 819-2127; please include number of attendees and a contact phone number or email.

The 11th annual Moraga Community Faire & Car Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 at the town’s Rheem Valley Shopping Center featuring pony rides, bounce house and climbing wall, bike safty check, live entertainment, food trucks, local wine, classic cars and all sorts of fun booths — an old fashioned neighborhood faire for the whole family. Free to attend. For more information, visit www.moragachamber.org/faire.

Come celebrate diversity and promote our unity at Soul Food Lamorinda from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 at the Intercultural Center at St Mary’s College. Soul Food Lamorinda is a free Baha’i-inspired program that combines an audio-visual presentation with readings from various faiths, philosophers and leaders, allowing us to reflect on inspiring themes and reminding us of the oneness of humanity. This month’s program, “Syllables and Sounds” will explore the power of words, speech and sound, and how their inspired usage can touch and transform the human soul. Free and open to everyone. For more info: www.meetup.com/Soul-Food-Lamorinda.

Don’t Miss Lafayette’s Favorite Dinner Party “Taste of Lafayette” Restaurant Stroll, 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday May 16. Friends, food and entertainment with 26 participating restaurants. Ticket holders head out at their own pace with friends to stop at any or all of the participating restaurants for sampling. Tickets are available online at www.lafayettechamber.org or at the Lafayette Chamber offices, located at 100 Lafayette Circle. (925) 284-7404.

Lafayette Juniors 18th Annual Kitchen Tour is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. Tour six Lafayette kitchens for a great cause benefiting Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, Alternative Family Services, The Taylor Family Foundation, and Trinity Center. Tickets are $40 and available at www.lafayettejuniors.org or Premier Kitchens in Lafayette. (See page D1)

The Moraga Community Garage Sale provides an opportunity to clean out garages, attics, storage sheds and closets, while meeting neighbors and recycling unwanted items. Town of Moraga residents are invited to hold garage sales at their homes, join with neighbors to hold block sales, or organize a community group to hold a combined sale from 9 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. A $15 registration fee will provide a listing in the Community Garage Sale Guide. The Town will provide marketing for the event and the sellers keep the cash - it’s that easy! Moragarec.com

The Many Faces of Skin Cancer 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 24 in the Lafayette Library Community Room. Join an engaging panel of medical experts as they offer insights in the latest information on prevention, risk factors, new treatment options including immunotherapy, and explore the unique issues of skin cancer survivors. To reserve, call (925) 677-5041 x272.


Please join the Lamorinda Democratic Club for a panel discussion on the Future of Housing in the Bay Area from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. For information, please visit www.ldclub.org


Lunch n’ Learn: “Are Your Legal Documents in Order?” from 10:30 to noon on May 10 in the Cedar Room, Lafayette Community Center. Are you aware of the basic documents you should have in place? It will cover the essential forms: Living Trust, Will, Health Care Directive, Financial Power of Attorney, beneficiary forms, personal items distribution list and POLST. RSVP required by Wednesday, May 3: Seniors@LoveLafayette.org or (925) 284-5050.

Come to the Early Stage Alzheimer’s Forum from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 5 in Lafayette (exact address location will be provided upon registration.) Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the disease, treatment and research updates as well as discuss common challenges and coping strategies during breakout sessions. This is a free event, open only to early-stage individuals and their care partners. Space is limited; early registration is recommended. For more information or to register, please contact Lan Trinh at (408)372-9982 or ltrinh@alz.org.

Lafayette Senior Services presents Lamorinda Nature Walk and Bird-Watching from 9 a.m. to noon every Wednesday, meeting in the Alder Room at the Lafayette Community Center. Experience nature at its finest along local trails. Delight in the beauty that unfolds around each bend, all the while learning to identify a variety of birds. For more information or to place your name on the route email/phone list contact Lafayette Seniors Services, 284-5050 or seniors@lovelafayette.org.


The spirit of the tropics comes to Walnut Creek for Fiesta de Jardín, a Latin-inspired afternoon garden party on the beautiful, flower-filled grounds of The Gardens at Heather Farm from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. Guests will enjoy a variety of small plates, refreshing beverages and live music while celebrating spring in the garden and raising funds for the host organization’s nonprofit programs. Experience an afternoon like never before at The Gardens’ biggest fundraiser of the year! Tickets: $45 Members of The Gardens, $50 Public. Tickets available online at gardenshf.org or by phone at (925) 947-1678.

Lafayette Garden Club’s Fabulous Celebration at 10 a.m. on May 11 at The Gardens at Heather Farm, 1540 Marchbanks Dr., Walnut Creek. Mimosa and Brunch, plus a fashion show featuring “Garden Inspired” apparel, boutique with garden-themed Items for sale, floral designs and arrangements. Cost: $35 per person. For reservations please email: Ann Ward annward@annward.com or Laurelle Thom laurelleht@comcast.net.





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