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The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin at the Lafayette Library this Thurs.


The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
6:30pm – 8:00pm | $10

LLLCF’s Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes Malcolm Margolin in Conversation with Kim Bancroft

In an age of big box stores and media conglomerates, how can an independent publishing house survive and even thrive? In “The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher,” biographer Kim Bancroft explores the world of Margolin and Heyday Books – a nonprofit press devoted to California’s cultural and natural history. Heyday promotes widespread awareness and celebration of California’s many cultures, landscapes, and boundary-breaking ideas. Through its well-crafted books, public events, and innovative outreach programs, Heyday has built and continues to grow and sustain a vibrant community of readers, writers, and thinkers.
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Free “Party of the Century” at Shadelands Ranch Museum in Walnut Creek on Sat.


Free “Party of the Century”:

Shadelands Ranch Museum
2660 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
11:00am – 4:00pm | Free

What: Walnut Creek turns 100 in October and is celebrating this once-in-a-century milestone with a free Centennial Birthday Festival. The family-friendly day features live music, dancing, strolling musicians, food trucks, local artisans in the Artists’ Market, activities and crafts for kids, museum tours, community service groups, karaoke, face painting, pumpkin patch, birthday cake, and more.

When: Saturday, October 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Shadelands Ranch Museum, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA.

Bye Bye Birdie at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek Oct. 17th – Nov. 15th


Bye Bye Birdie:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, October 17th, 2014 – Saturday, November 15th, 2014

A musical theatre classic – Satire done with the fondest affection.

It’s the late 1950s. The town of Sweet Apple, Ohio, goes bonkers when the nation’s most popular singer and heart-throb, Conrad Birdie, arrives to give his biggest fan ‘one last kiss’ before going into the army – and on the Ed Sullivan Show, of course! A fresh look at the 1961 Tony Best Musical.

Director/Choreographer: Christina Lazo
Musical Director: Matt Smart
Production Manager: Shannon Strain Demers

Living with Coyotes at Lindsay Wildlife Museum this Thursday in Walnut Creek

Photo by Flickr user Don McCullough

Living with Coyotes:

Lindsay Wildlife Museum
1931 1st Ave, Walnut Creek
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
7:00pm – 8:30pm | $15

What: Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote, headlines Lindsay Wildlife Museum’s ‘Coyotes In Our Midst; Learning to Live with North America’s Native Song Dog’ with an engaging, inspiring presentation about the remarkable adaptability and resiliency of this successful predator and the challenges and opportunities they provide to urban communities. Learn about the fascinating world of Canis Latrans and their keen intelligence, amazing resourcefulness, and importance in many ecosystems.

Where: Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, adjacent to Larkey Park.

When: Thursday, October 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $10/members, $15/non-members; pre-register at http://wildlife-museum.org/cart/registration/4043 or buy tickets at the door. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. Free parking.

100 Places, 100 Faces – Community Art Project at Walnut Creek Library on Oct. 11th


100 Places, 100 Faces – Community Art Project:

Walnut Creek Library
1644 N Broadway, Walnut Creek
Saturday, October 11th, 2014
10:00am – 12:00pm | Free

In honor of Walnut Creek’s 100th anniversary, the Walnut Creek Downtown Library is inviting community members to participate in our “100 Places, 100 Faces (100 Years of Walnut Creek)” art project – a large poster mural that the library will display for several weeks. Participants can provide us with a copy of a favorite photo; one of historical significance to them. It can be a picture of family, friends or neighbors; or a favorite local hang out or historic spot from Walnut Creek’s past. Participants can bring their photos the day of the event; or drop them off, mail or email them ahead of time.  Those without a photo can participate in the creation of art work and the assembly of the mural. (NOTE: photos are not returnable and should be copies not originals. Contributors must sign a release form granting the library permission to use their image, artwork, or likeness.)

Contra Costa Sustainability & Green Building Awards Gala in Concord on Oct. 15th


Contra Costa Sustainability & Green Building Awards Gala:

Concord Hilton
1970 Diamond Blvd, Concord
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
6:00pm – 9:00pm | $50

Get your green on at this fun and inspiring event celebrating local individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to a healthy environment. Enjoy local food, wine and beer at a reception on the Hilton Concord’s beautiful patio with live music and a silent auction, followed by the presentation of awards by special guest John Sasaki of KTVU News, and Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia and CA Senator Mark DeSaulnier.

New this year – At the event, you can vote for one of the deserving nonprofit nominees to win the $500 Seeds of Change Award! This year’s nonprofit nominees are Rodgers Ranch Urban Farm, Global Student Embassy, The Watershed Project, Contra Costa County Climate Leaders, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Los Medanos Community Healthcare District’s Community Garden, and Habitat for Humanity East Bay

Click here to register.

Beading Basics Workshop for Adults on Oct. 11th at Concord LIbrary

Photo by Flickr user john

Beading Basics Workshop for Adults:

Concord Library
2900 Salvio St, Concord
Saturday, October 11th, 2014
11:00am – 1:00pm | Free

Need some new bling to freshen up your jewelry collection? Join us for this beading basics workshop as crafter Lisa Fuller, author of Craft Your Stash, demonstrates some basic beading and jewelry-making techniques. Learn how to make a beautiful beaded lariat-style necklace with matching drop earrings. All supplies and beads are provided but you are welcome to bring your own. This workshop is open to adults. Space is limited and reservations are required. Register online or by calling the library at 646-5455. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Library.


Teen Battle of the Bands at Lafayette Library and Learning Center on Oct. 11th


Teen Battle of the Bands:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Saturday, October 11th, 2014
3:00pm – 5:00pm | Free

In this exciting event, teen bands will battle it out on stage in front of their friends and peers alike for cash and other prizes. The doors open at 2:45pm and the show will begin at 3:00pm.

Radio station Live 105 will take on hosting duties and have a table with games for attendees. The Guitar Center will also have a table and raffle for a free set of guitar lessons. The library’s own Bookmark Café will be present to sell food and beverages. Raffle prizes will be randomly awarded to audience members between each set.

For bands who are interested in auditioning, please visit TinyURL.com/LafayetteBotB

Free, no reservations necessary.

Container Gardening with Organic Materials on Sat. at Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek

From ruthbancroftgarden.org

Container Gardening with Organic Materials:

Ruth Bancroft Garden
1552 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek
Saturday, October 4th, 2014
1:30pm – 3:00pm | $25

This class will focus on creating succulent arrangements with natural materials. Gourds, wooden boxes, and dried organic materials found in the garden make a wonderful base for a succulent arrangement. Laura Hogan, owner of Arid Accents, will create several examples in front of the class while sharing design principles and successful plant combinations for containers.

Following the demonstration, each attendee will be able to create their own masterpiece, using a moss covered branch as the starting point for their creativity.

$25 General Admission, $20 Members Price – Pre-registration is required for this class.

Members, please call the office to register at member price.