Joyce Maynard and Joe Loya in Conversation at Lafayette Library on Feb. 27th

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Joyce Maynard and Joe Loya in Conversation:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Friday, February 27th, 2015
7:00pm – 9:00pm | Free

Don’t miss this inaugural program with New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard and critically acclaimed author (and former bank robber!) Joe Loya. These good friends will share the stories of how they came to be writers, their experiences in the literary world, and discuss the writing process.

This is a preview night of an exciting future series featuring Joyce and Joe in conversation with authors-of-note. Refreshments will be served!

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The Spirit of the Old West Exhibition at Blackhawk Museum beginning Feb. 21st

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From Blackhawk Museum Facebook page

The Spirit of the Old West Exhibition:

Blackhawk Museum
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
beginning Saturday, February 21st, 2015

The Spirit of the Old West exhibition tells the story of the western frontier from the perspective of both the Native Americans and the settlers before, during and after the expansion west. The exhibition features authentic artifacts from the period, a large diorama depicting key historic moments, scenes of wildlife from the frontier and other elements that bring the past to life.

This exhibition was collected and curated by Jerry Fick who was born in 1947 in Redding, Pennsylvania. The son of farmers, Jerry grew up poor, but developed an early fascination with Indians and began collecting Indian artifacts after finding a spear point near the well on his family’s homestead. His parents and his grandmother (a full blooded Lenni Lenape or Delaware Indian) fostered his interests in Indians and helped him find and acquire items of interest.
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Friday Question of the Day – Should the Personal Belief Exemption for Vaccinations be Eliminated?

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Kindergarten immunization rates

With news that measles has infected Disneyland and is spreading throughout the country I decided to check out the immunization rates around Contra Costa which you can see here. As you can see in the above map, there are pockets of Walnut Creek among other cities that are rated as Highest risk (more than 10% of students not immunized because of Personal Belief Exemption). As more children end up not getting vaccinated the herd immunity loses effect that can cause those who are unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons or are too young/old, infected. Or is not that big of a deal? There is a Brady Bunch episode from 1969 where the kids all come down with a case of measles that didn’t seem very serious to me. See it here.

Do you think the Personal Belief Exemption for vaccinations should be eliminated?

Synergy Theater Presents: Spontaneous Combustion Featuring Guest Storyteller Case Wiseman Feb. 20th in Lafayette

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From Synergy Theater Facebook page

Spontaneous Combustion Featuring Guest Storyteller Case Wiseman:

Lamorinda Music
81 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette
Friday, February 20th, 2015
8:00pm | $10

It’s a comic explosion of outrageous characters and hysterical scenes all based on the real-life stories of a real, live person! Tonight’s special guest storyteller is East Bay musician and actor Case Wiseman!

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