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The Song of the Nightingale Playing at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette Sept 28th – Oct 21st

The Song of the Nightingale: A Musical Fairy Tale:

Town Hall Theatre
3535 School St, Lafayette
Thursday, September 28th – Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Based upon a Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, The Song of the Nightingale is a magical, musical romp for the whole family that reminds us that true beauty and worth is always found within. In an ancient empire in China, a beautiful Nightingale sings. Seeking to better her station in life, a lowly kitchen maid captures the bird and presents it to the Emperor. But the Emperor is soon distracted, and fails to see the plain little brown bird’s true inner beauty.


Model Rocket Build and Launch at Walnut Creek Library Sept 20th

Model Rocket Build and Launch:

Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
4:00 – 5:00pm | Free

Kids will be building and decorating model rockets, and then watching them pneumatically launched into the sky! We use card-stock and foam to construct these simple and safe models, and “blast off” will be performed by library staff. All supplies will be provided. Meet in the patio off the Children’s Storybook Room. (Registration required)


Free Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco Sept 17th

Photo by Flickr user zemistor

Free Comedy Day:

Sharon Meadow
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Sunday, September 17th, 2017
12:00 – 5:00pm | Free

Comedy Day is the original, longest-running, free outdoor comedy concert. This year it features 40 (or more) of today’s top performers from the Bay Area and beyond. It was founded in 1981 as a way for Bay Area comics to say thank you to comedy fans for their support and to The City that has nurtured so many comedians. Since then, nearly 1,000 of the world’s funniest performers have given the gift of laughter to more than a half-million happy people at Comedy Day.



Night at the Museum at Blackhawk Museum in Danville Oct 15th

Night at the Museum:

Blackhawk Museum
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir, Danville
Sunday, October 15th, 2017
5:30 – 10:30pm| $100

You’re invited to attend the 3rd Annual Night at The Museum Gala! A fundraising dinner and auction to benefit the Blackhawk Museums Children’s Education and Transportation Fund that brings ‘K’ through ’12’ students to the museum at no charge.

5:30 pm – 7:00pm
Lobby & Upper Gallery Reception
Spirit of the Old West Gallery Historical Re-enactments
Silent Auction

7:00pm – 10:30pm
Lower Gallery Sit-Down Dinner
Live Entertainment
Live Auction


The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century at Lafayette Library Tonight

The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tuesday, September 13th, 2017
6:30 – 8:00pm | $15 (students free)

Dr. Brad Roberts, Director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, joins us to examine and highlight important lessons on the disarmament enterprise. Drawing on his experience in the making and implementation of US policy during the Obama administration, Dr. Roberts will provide insights to the new problems in strategic conflict we face in the 21st century in which nuclear weapons remain relevant, but major changes in strategies for deterrence, assurance, and strategic stability are necessary.


Mountain Shadow Short Film Competition at Las Lomas Theater in Walnut Creek Sept 15th & 16th

3rd Annual Short Mountain Shadow Film Competition:

Los Lomas High School Theater
1460 S. Main St, Walnut Creek
Friday, September 15th, Saturday, September 16th, 2017
7:30pm | $12

Mountain Shadow Film Society will present the 3 rd Annual Short Film Competition Sept. 15 th and 16 th at the Las Lomas High School Theater. A 29-member jury previewed 346 submissions to select 13 finalists who will present their outstanding films in person for audience choice awards.

Included will be 5 live-action / narrative, four animated and four documentary shorts for a total running time of 110 minutes followed by the filmmakers engaging the audiences with Q&A. This year’s finalists come from all over the country, including SoCal, Utah, Iowa, Illinois, Pennsylvania and one New Yorker. One filmmaker is coming from Brussels making this annual competition an international event!

From audience balloting, 1 st , 2 nd and 3 rd place winners will receive $1,000. $500 and $250 respectively. All remaining finalists will receive $150. Unlike most film festivals, this competition has no submission fee for filmmakers. Instead Mountain Shadow pre-selects a limited number of finalists for this competition who are required to present their films in person. Based on Mountain Shadow’s efforts to support and encourage the cinematic arts in the community, the event is sponsored, in part, through the generous financial backing of Film Society members and local businesses.


Lafayette Art & Wine Festival Sept 16th & 17th

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival:

Downtown Lafayette
Saturday, September 16th, Sunday, September 17th, 2017
10:00am – 6:00pm (7pm Sat) | Free

More than 250 fine arts and crafts booths.
Restaurants, food vendors, wineries and microbreweries.
Continuous musical entertainment presented on four stages.
Kids area with entertainment and activities for kids of all ages.
Special exhibit and sale of work by local artists, located in our local Artist Alley (La Fiesta Square).
Premium Wine and Craft Beer Pavilion.


Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival Sept 9th & 10th in San Francisco

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival:

Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point St, San Francisco
Saturday, September 9th, Sunday, September 10th, 2017
12:00 – 5:00pm | from $25 ($30 @ door)

100% of the profits are donated to the non-profit PROJECT OPEN HAND! Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to seniors and the critically ill.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Earthquake Ice Cream Eating Contest: A Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival Tradition! Festival attendees compete or just witness the hilarity as six lucky people eat the famous Ghirardelli “Earthquake” Sundae as fast as they can without hands. Battling each other and their own stomachs, competitors are sure to make this experience a memorable (and delicious) one. Children also compete with a smaller version of the famous Earthquake Sundae. There are three competitions on both Saturday and Sunday.
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One City One Book: Women on the Home Front at Walnut Creek Library Sept 13th

One City One Book: Women on the Home Front:

Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
7:00 – 8:30pm | Free

Explore the important legacy of women who answered the call during World War II in the National Park Service presentation “Women on the Home Front.” Free and open to the public, this program is the first in a series celebrating Walnut Creek’s 2017 One City, One Book, “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Six million women entered the workforce during World War II, taking on vital construction and manufacturing jobs while men were fighting overseas. The women were symbolized by Rosie the Riveter and her tagline “We Can Do It.” We’ll examine the history and legacy of Home Front workers in a screening of the National Park Service film Hometown Heroes. Additionally, NPS Deputy Superintendent Sue Fritzke will talk about changes that occurred in boom towns across America,including Richmond, CA, the site of Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park. If you, your mother, or grandmother was a Rosie, bring your story to share!


Fall Plant Sale at Ruth Bancroft Garden Sept 8th – 10th in Walnut Creek

Fall Plant Sale:

The Ruth Bancroft Garden
1552 Bancroft Rd, Walnut Creek
Friday, September 8th – Sunday, September 10th, 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm | Free

Inventory Clearance Sale! Succulents and cacti you love at prices that can’t be beat.

20% off Friday
35% off Saturday
50% off Sunday
*Discount applies for potted plants only*

We are moving the nursery to the north (folly) side of the Garden to make way for construction of the new Visitor & Education Center. The Nursery and Garden will be open during construction and accessible from the north side of the Garden.