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Lamorinda Arts Alliance  announces a new exhibit at Bank of America, Lafayette, on Mt. Diablo Boulevard across from Safeway. The exhibit will be open through January 2022, during banking hours, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featured artists are Adrienne Rogers (watercolors), Ellen Reintjes (acrylic paintings) and Carolyn WarmSun (acrylic paintings).  http://LAA4Art.org


Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery featuring Akiko Suzuki and Carl Heyward through Dec. 11. 3525 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette. https://jenniferperlmuttergallery.



Art Gallery at the Orinda Library - Lamorinda Arts Alliance "Inspired by the Greats." Lamorinda Arts Council welcomes 36 members of the Lamorinda Arts Alliance to an in-person and virtual exhibit including 80 artworks from different genres in December. Celebrate the holidays with them at their artist reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Enjoy light refreshments and jazz from the Nika Rejto Duo with Robin Lewis. Visit their online gallery where art is available for purchase at www.lamorindaarts.org/online-

galleries. 26 Orinda Way. All COVID-19 precautions observed. Questions? Call (925) 359.9940 or email gallery@lamorindaarts.org.


Lamorinda Arts Council features Christian Ehrhorn's solo exhibit of oil paintings entitled "Orinda in the Abstract." Join him at an artist reception in his honor with light refreshments from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. View his work online the remainder of the month at www.lamorinda

arts.org/online-galleries or request a viewing at the Wilder Art Gallery, 20 Orinda Fields Lane, Orinda by contacting Curator Aniston Breslin at wildergallery@lamorindaarts.org. All COVID-19 precautions observed.


Front and center at the Moraga Art Gallery's gift-rich holiday show, "Alluring Visions," is a display of Wenda Pyman's landscape photographs that capture nature's miraculous details in both striking color and black-and-white, influenced by such masters as Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston and others of the f64 Club.   Holiday Hours:  Wed. - Sun. from noon to 5 p.m., from Dec. 1 - 24 the gallery's hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. On Saturday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., the art lovers of all ages are invited to a free holiday reception to view the art, meet the artists and enjoy snacks and live music provided by the popular harp virtuoso, Wendy Tamis. 432 Center Street in Moraga's Rheem Shopping Center, www.moragaartgallery.com or call (925) 376-5407.


Annual Holiday Collection at Valley Art Gallery. Several special holiday gift Trunk Shows are planned. Dec. 7 - 10, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Also on display will be a juried fall show of over 300 original works by Bay Area artists. New art on your walls is the perfect way to enhance your home for the holidays and throughout the year. Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Valley Art Gallery, 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, www.valleyartgallery.org, (925) 935-4311.




Cantare Con Vivo returns to the stage with their annual holiday concert, "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Adult and youth choirs will be accompanied by organ, brass and percussion, presenting works on the seasonal themes of hope, unity, joy and possibility. Songs include "Angels We Have Heard on High", Gabrieli's "Jubilate Deo" and Roland Carter's classic stirring arrangement of "Lift Every Voice and Sing." The audience is invited to join in the singing! Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church 1801 Lacassie Ave, Walnut Creek. Tickets general admission $35; Seniors, $30; Students, $10. cantareconvivo.org, by phone at (510) 836-0789, or at the door. Audience members must show proof of vaccination and wear masks indoors.


Barefoot Chamber Concerts presents Josquin des Prez (and friends): Songs and Instrumental Music from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at Saint Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley. Works by the Renaissance master for voice, strings and organ (Andrew Canepa, Peter Hallifax, Julie Jeffrey, Phoebe Jevtovic Rosquist, Shira Kammen). Cost: $20.  For more info see http://barefootchamberconcerts.com or call 510-220-1195 or email info@barefootchamberconcerts.com.


Voices of Music presents Holiday Concertos: Bach, Corelli and more from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 at First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way (entrance on Dana), Berkeley. Our signature holiday program of virtuoso concertos returns, featuring Rachell Ellen Wong playing Bach's violin concerto in A Minor BWV 1041. Cost: $50-55 per concert (subscriptions for our 3 concerts only).  For more info see https://www.voicesofmusic.org or call 415-260-4687 or email listen@voicesofmusic.org.




Join The Peter Pan Foundation for an in-theater production of the family classic, "Little Women," held the weekend of Dec. 3-5 at King's Valley Christian School, 4255 Clayton Rd, Concord. Performance times:  Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults; $15 for seniors, students and veterans. https://peterpanfoundation.org/box-office.



Town Hall Theatre Lafayette is presenting "It's A Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play" by Joe Landry directed by Daniel J. Eslick. Dec. 4-19. Previews: Dec. 2 & 3 at 8 p.m., Dec. 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 8 p.m., Matinees: Dec. 11, 12, 18, 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $18-$35. Group Tickets (10 or more) - $25. Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St. Lafayette www.TownHallTheatre.com.


Shotgun Players presents "The Cassandra Sessions: Recording This World" on Dec. 2-4, 10-11, 17-18, 22-23: 8-9:30 p.m. all days; Dec. 12, 19, 26: 5-6:30 p.m. all days; Livestreams Fridays, Dec. 10 & 17, 8 p.m., at Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave, Berkeley. Featuring songs by Berkeley native Malvina Reynolds, 'The Cassandra Sessions: Recording This World' is a new live music-theater piece. Cost: $8 - $40. For more info see https://shotgunplayers.org/online

/article/cassandra or call 510-841-6500 or email boxoffice@shotgunplayers.org.




Community Concern for Cats, which serves Lamorinda residents, is hosting its annual "Holiday Giving Tree" Fundraiser through Dec. 31 at its upscale thrift store, Rescued Treasures, 1270 Newell Ave. in Walnut Creek at the San Miguel Shopping Center. All the proceeds will go toward life-saving procedures for homeless cats and kittens in local neighborhoods. Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays noon to 4 p.m. For information call: (925) 937-3201.


Art of Mixology Cocktail Kits are $50 each and contain everything you need to make two different kinds of cocktails - except for the alcohol which must be purchased separately. There are two recipes per kit, and each recipe serves six. View more information here: www.lamorindaarts.org/mixology/. All proceeds from Art of Mixology Kit sales support the volunteer-led efforts and programs of the nonprofit Lamorinda Arts Council and our mission to ignite and sustain artistic expression and appreciation for all ages throughout Lamorinda.


The 50th annual Walnut Creek Elks local "Free Throw Contest" will take place from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m.  Sunday, Dec. 12, hosted once again at De La Salle High School in Concord. Boys and girls age 8 through 13 are invited to participate. Free event register at the gym between 8:30-10:45 a.m. and shoot 25 free throws! For further information: Coach MIKE RITTENHOUSE, Director 925-360-2900 coach_ritt@yahoo.com.


Free Holiday Event Dec. 4 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Join Be the Star You Are!r charity and 5 A Rent-a-Space for festive family fun. "Write Letters to Santa," enjoy hot chocolate and treats, and maybe catch a glimpse of elves. Thanks to Mark Hoogs Team and State Farm for sponsoring Be the Star You Are! Location: 5 A-Rent-Space 455 Moraga Rd. #F, Moraga, www.bethestaryouare.org/copy-of-events.


Scout Troop 204 and Lafayette Juniors are co-hosting a wreath and poinsettia sale Dec. 4 and 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the historic Scout cabin 3502 School Street. This feel-good, family event is outside, with Scouts on-hand to provide (masked) cabin tours and help Santa hand out treats. Wreaths ($30) are 22" with a hand-tied bow. Poinsettias ($25) are red or white, packed in 6", foil-wrapped pots. Pre-sale is available at www.Troop204.com

 and www.LafayetteJuniors.com













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