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January featured Artists at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library: Digital News Art, The Beauty of Birds and Intricate Botanical Watercolors; George, Maggie and Sara Boscoe. This exhibit runs through Jan. 31 during normal Library hours in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library at 26 Orinda Way. Hours are Mon. – Thur., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed Sun. Please visit us online at https://lamorindaarts.org/current-exhibits/


The Moraga Art Gallery announces the opening of a spirited new show, "Singularities," a title derived from the unique visions of the show featured member artists: Orinda’s Linh Kang and Walnut Creek's Susan Erickson. Feb. 2 to April 10, also consists of paintings. etchings, prints, ceramics, jewelry, woodworking, glasswork and photographs by the gallery’s other members and additional guest artists.         432 Center Street in Moraga's Rheem Shopping Center, open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. www.moragaartcallery.com, or call 925-376-5407.


Valley Art Gallery announces "Wintermission," our show between shows, featuring selected works by Gallery Artists designed to refresh and warm even the longest, darkest winter days. Reflecting a wide range of styles, prices, motifs and media, the show continues our mission of presenting the best of the best of more than 100 East Bay artists.  Also on hand is a wide-ranging juried selection of locally created fine crafts and jewelry. 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, Walnut Creek, www.valleyartgallery.org; (925) 935-4311.


Start the New Year by viewing the Lamorinda Arts Alliance exhibit, “New Beginnings” at the aRt Cottage in Concord, open Jan. 5 – Feb. 25. Please come meet the artists at the reception on Saturday, Jan. 8 from 2-4 p.m. The gallery, located at 2238 Mt. Diablo Street, Concord, is open, Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 1 a.m.-5 p.m. https://laa4art.org.


Art show at Orinda Books. January features the paintings of Lisa Gunn. Lisa has a long artistic presence in Orinda. Her style is a "California Impressionism" involving plein air, landscapes, and abstracts. She notes, "I am hoping that people will connect with my painting and find some attachment that speaks to them whether it be through color, composition or some thread of energy transmitting from one human to another." www.orindabooks.com. 276 Village Square, Orinda, 925-254-7606.




St. Paul’s Concert Series is excited to present Harpsichordist Arthur Omura in a solo performance live from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29. This live performance will be broadcast online or in-person as permitted at the time of the performance. To register for tickets and receive the live link, and to check on in-person attendance status, visit www.stpaulswc.org/ concert-series. 1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek. Optional Donation upon ticketing/registration: average $20, Students $10 (all are welcome regardless of donation).




February events at Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda: Thursday, Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. Pat's Book Club will read and discuss via Zoom “We Run The Tides” by Vendela Vida. Sign up at info@orindabooks.com or call 925-254-7606 for the Zoom link.




“Cinderella’s Wedding” performs at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek. Performances are: Friday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Single tickets are on sale ($25 - $52) with senior and youth pricing available. Diablo Ballet will also present a virtual option, which will be a recording of the live performance, streaming Feb. 18 – 27 and available for viewing at any time during this timeframe. Price $37 per household. For in theatre or virtual tickets, call 925-943-SHOW (7469) or visit www.lesherartscenter.org or www.diabloballet.org. For a link to the Lesher Center for the Arts safety protocols that are currently in place, please visit: www.lesherartscenter.org.




Threats to our precious public lands focus of Green Sofa Cinema Series event. Powerful forces want to grab our public lands for oil and gas drilling, mining, logging and development—a potential American tragedy. Learn more Wed., Jan. 19, 7 to 8 p.m., when Green Sofa Cinema Series hosts a discussion of the film “Public Trust—The Fight for America’s Public Lands” (watch in advance on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3kBu2dC) and hear from county Urban Limit Line defender Gretchen Logue. Register now for the free Zoom event: https://bit.ly/3Hf5Qay


AAUW-OML is sponsoring two Girls4STEM webinars for high school girls.  “Why Studying Materials Science is Like Playing Tetris” presented by Maritza Sanchez, PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering, will be held on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m.  Sheryl Mordo, P.E., B.S., Civil Engineering from UC Davis, will talk about her career path from math classes in high school to a career as a construction project engineer and manager at Intuit, one of the world’s largest business software companies, with an internship at DisneyWorld along the way.  Her webinar is on Sunday, March 6 at 4 p.m.  Get more information at https://oml-ca.aauw.net/girls4stem-webinars/




The Montelindo Garden Club, membership open to all, presents landscape designer Katie Creighton talking about Early Bloomers — the Harbingers of Spring, Feb. 18, email montelindogarden@aol.com to learn if the meeting is via Zoom and to request a link. For further information, including times and in-person location, see the website at montelindogarden.com. Programs are free and open to the public. Masks and proof of vaccination, including booster, are required for in-person events. 10 a.m. via Zoom; 9 a.m. if in person at the Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.














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