Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Sunday, April 24th, 2016
11:00am – 3:00pm | Free
We invite you to join us as we explore this year’s theme of Act Local. Throughout the day, we all have opportunities to make better, more environmentally-friendly decisions. Think about the products you purchase, the transportation options, the lunches we pack for kids, the snacks we carry with us to parks and sporting events. Could you take one more step and bring your reusable shopping bags, walk or ride, carpool once a week or choose fruit that comes in its own organic wrapper (oranges, apples and bananas)? Sustainable Lafayette’s mission has always been to support activities that enhance the quality of life in Lafayette. Making even small changes in your daily decisions can have a huge impact.
Things you can do at Earth Day:
- create art with recycled materials at the LPIE Art booth.
- recycle old, used crayons with the Crayon Initiative.
- help preserve open space in Lafayette
- reduce food waste with White Pony Express
- learn about choosing renewable energy for your home with MCE
- request larger recycling and compost bins for your home with Republic Services.
- Daisies, Brownies and Juniors can earn their Girl Scout Global Action Award.
- practice bike skills at the Safe Moves bike rodeo at Stanley Middle School (9:30-11am).
- take a guided creek walk with the Lafayette Creeks Committee
Check out our suggestions for more ideas to get started!
Big Room Theater at Mighty Fine Guitars
85 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette
Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
8:00 PM | $15 – $20
Yes, Mightyfineheads, THAT Dan Crary, the flatpicking legend, along with legends-to-be Bill Evans on banjo and Steve Spurgin on bass and vocals. A rare opportunity, indeed.
It might get bluegrassy.
Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, April 21st, 2016
7:00pm – 9:00pm | Free
Join us as we welcome Bay Area author Joshua Braff. Braff’s most recent novel, ‘The Daddy Diaries,’ is a funny and honest tale of a stay-at-home dad and his two pre-teen kids who’ve been uprooted from California to a small Florida beach town. While the kids navigate the difficulties of adolescence, the father faces the challenges of parenting, marriage and trying to make a life in a very different place.
This is a free event. Registration required.
Books will be available for sale courtesy of Orinda Books.
3577 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
According to a sign in the window, Patxi’s pizza in Lafayette will, “no longer be open in the morning for coffee and pastries”. They will open at 11am instead.
Saturday, May 14th, 2016
10:00am – 3:00pm | $40
Tickets are on sale now for the Lafayette Juniors 17th Annual Kitchen Tour. This self-guided tour will be held on Saturday, May 14th from 10am to 3pm and welcomes guests into six special Lafayette homes with beautifully designed classic, traditional, and transitional kitchens including a stunning kitchen frequently featured as a backdrop for Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn photo shoots. Attendees will receive a Kitchen Tour program detailing all of the distinctive design elements of the kitchens as well as information on the architects, designers and contractors who created these spaces.
This year on the tour, attendees will enjoy delicious appetizers prepared by local chef Aimee Ames and fresh-baked cookies by local favorite, baked. Tour attendees will also get the chance to see the homes come to life with art from Lafayette’s Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery and fun entertaining tablescapes set by Effortless Hostess.
Proceeds from this year’s event benefit the work of five local non-profit organizations: Youth Homes, Diablo Ballet’s PEEK Outreach Program, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, and Lamorinda Spirit Van. These organizations were selected by the Lafayette Juniors for the support they provide to children, families and seniors in the East Bay.
Spotted at the Mercantile in downtown Lafayette.
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Town Hall Theatre
3535 School St, Lafayette
Saturday, April 16th, 2016
7:30pm | $25
For the last five years, Town Hall has been home to the Lafayette Community Music Festival, and in 2016, the event is bigger and better than ever! Don’t miss this unbelievable evening of acoustic music from some of the hottest local talent!
This year’s lineup includes:
And loads more!
Lafayette Clocktower, Lafayette
A lot of people were bummed when they found out that the children’s bookstore, Storyteller Bookstore closed in Lafayette last year (not to mention Barnes & Noble in nearby Walnut Creek) but local kids (and their parents) are in luck as a new children’s bookstore called Bel & Bunna’s Books is planning on opening next month in May, taking over where Floret used to be in the Lafayette Clocktower off Mt. Diablo Blvd. According to their website, the bookstore will be, “a literary wonderland for children and young adults”. Check their Facebook page here for updates.
Thanks to a reader for sending the photo below.
3418 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
A new “craft beer taphouse offering unique & rare craft beer” called Lamorinda Taphouse is coming to Lafayette this summer. They are partnering with Bonehead’s Texas BBQ around the corner to bring in food. Check for updates on their Facebook page here.
From an email:
Lamorinda Taphouse nestled at The Forge on Mt. Diablo Blvd in Lafayette will specialize in offering rare & unique craft beers & ciders. Lamorinda Taphouse offers a beautiful, dog-friendly courtyard – the perfect environment to hang out, drink some beer, listen to live music and to enjoy a beautiful day with friends (furry friends too). Lamorinda Taphouse will be partnering with the delicious Bonehead’s BBQ to have amazing Texas style BBQ available to pair with a crisp, refreshing craft beer. Lamorinda Taphouse supports small, local brewers across the nation and is committed to keeping an authentic and friendly feel.
Note: This is located in the same square where the Lafayette Art Gallery used to be until last month. The gallery was in front and Lamorinda Taphouse will be in back where Busy Stix used to be. Stay tuned…
Saturday, April 9th, 2016
10:00am – 12:00pm | Free
Love dogs? Bring your best four-legged buddy to our annual dog-fest: Dogtown Downtown. We’ll start at Lafayette Plaza for a dog parade, and we’ll head to the Lafayette Library Amphitheater for fun activities and contests. Don’t miss the fun!
Long considered a pet friendly town, Lafayette is giving top billing to its canine community for its third annual Dogtown Downtown event, scheduled for Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is an event about – and for – dogs and dog lovers.
Designed to be a fun and festive canine-focused event, Lafayette Dogtown Downtown includes outdoor demonstrations, fun dog competitions, and other activities for dog lovers of all ages. Pet adoptions will be available and animal rescue group representatives will be on hand, as well as other dog-related vendors.
Enter your dog in any/all contests – FREE registration starts at 9:30am at the Lafayette Library.