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Murder at the de Young Scavenger Hunt on Feb 18th in San Francisco

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Murder at the de Young Scavenger Hunt:

de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco
Saturday, February 18th, 2017
2:00pm | $20 (doesn’t include museum admission)

The hunt is played on teams of two to six people. Total running time is approximately 2.5 hours.

Someone, or something, has been bumping off museum staffers involved in acquiring an ancient Aztec relic. Is it the dreaded Curse of Itlkilyu? Or is a serial killer on the loose? Your team of sleuths will have to crack a hieroglyphic code and uncover the museum’s secrets to stop the killings. For murder hunts, we strongly recommend hunting with a team of three or more. If you sign up with fewer than three people, we suggest pairing up with others at the start of the hunt to form a larger team.


Author and Cartoonist Betsy Streeter at Lafayette Library on Feb 16th

Author and Cartoonist Betsy Streeter:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Thursday, February 16th, 2017
7:00 – 8:30pm | Free

Novelist, sci-fi writer, and syndicated cartoonist Betsy Streeter will discuss the second installment in her Silverwood trilogy – Silver Shard – and share the inspiration behind her latest project, Drooly Dog, a small distribution, hand-drawn “zine”.

Free, Refreshments provided.


The Vagina Monologues Planned Parenthood Fundraiser in Walnut Creek on Feb 24th & 26th

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The Vagina Monologues Planned Parenthood Fundraiser:

Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek
Friday, February 24th, Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Women from throughout the East Bay will unite to perform benefit performances of Eve Ensler’s THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES produced by Galatean Players Ensemble Theatre in association with Our Whole Lives of the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church.

“In this current political climate, I wanted to do something positive,” said director Kathryn G. McCarty, who assembled a group of 27 actresses who share a common belief that they need to take action. The group is rallying around Northern California Planned Parenthood.
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Bounty From Your Garden: Fruit Trees 101 at Rodgers Ranch in Pleasant Hill on Feb 16th

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Bounty From Your Garden: Fruit Trees 101:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Thursday, February 16th, 2017
10:00am – 12:00pm | $20

Fresh fruit off your tree is so much better than what you find in stores! The best time to plant fruit trees and berries is in January and February, when nurseries have the best selection of bare root plants. Learn how to choose, prep, plant, prune, and maintain your fruit trees. Special attention will be given to keeping them small through first and subsequent pruning (dwarfing rootstock doesn’t keep them small). We will also touch on berries and go over differences in planting blackberries, raspberries and blueberries.


Ballet & Brews at the Cooperage in Lafayette on Feb15th

Ballet & Brews:

The Cooperage
32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm | Free

Join the Lafayette Young Professionals and Diablo Ballet to mix, mingle, and network. Meet some of Diablo Ballet’s dancers and snap a picture in our “selfie station” with ballet props. A percentage of drink sales benefit Diablo Ballet’s PEEK Outreach Program to under-served youth and at-risk teenage girls incarcerated in the Juvenile Justice system.

Admission is free with The Copperage generously donating a portion of food and drink proceeds supporting Diablo Ballet youth outreach efforts. Join us for a fun and fantastic night!


Ghost the Musical Playing at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek Feb 10th – March 5th

Ghost the Musical:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, February 10th – Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Adapted from his hit film by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, Ghost the Musical follows Sam and Molly, whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s murder. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death. With music and lyrics from multi-Grammy winning pop music icons Dave Steward and Glenn Ballard, Ghost will reach into your heart and help you believe in the endless power of love.


Oscar Nominated Shorts at Walnut Creek Library on Feb 10th & Feb 11th

Mountain Shadow Film Society

Oscar Nominated Shorts:

Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Friday, February 10th, Saturday, February 11th, 2017

Oscar buffs will have the opportunity to see a selection of short films nominated for an Academy Award this month at Mountain Shadow Film Society.

1.     Piper – Directed by Alan Barillaro, USA, 6 minutes Animated
2.     Sing – Directed by Kristof Deak, Hungary, 25 minutes OK Live Action
3.     Ennemis Interieurs – Directed by Selim Aazzazi, France, 28 min OK] Live Action
4.     Pearl – Directed by Patrick Osborne, USA, 6 minutes Animated
5.     Timecode – Directed by Juanjo Gimenez Pena, Spain, 15 minutes OK  Live Action
6.     4.1 Miles – Directed by Daphne Matziaraki, USA, 22 minutes Doc
7.     La Femme et la TGV Directed by Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 30 min Live Action


Lafayette Bridal Social on Feb 12th

Lafayette Bridal Social:

Lace & Bustle Bridal
3569 Mount Diablo Boulevard
Sunday, February 12th, 2017
10:00am – 2:00pm | $30

Skip the impersonal bridal fair with booth after booth + join us in Lafayette on Sunday, February 12 for an exclusive afternoon with a thoughtfully hand-curated group of top East Bay wedding professionals.

Grab your best friend, mom, or sister + join us for this one-of-a-kind bespoke bridal social. Visit some of our favorite Lafayette storefronts, sip cocktails, + nibble yummy treats while soaking in some practical know-how, tips, + freebies to jumpstart your wedding planning.


Free Movie – Charade Playing at Orinda Theater on Feb 9th

Free Movie – Charade:

Orinda Theatre
4 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda
Thursday, February 9th, 2017
7:00 PM | Free

The 1963 classic received one Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, “Charade” by Henry Mancini and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Charade earned both Hepburn and Grant Golden Globe nominations in 1964.


Lunar New Year Festival at Fourth St. in Berkeley on Feb 4th

Lunar New Year Festival:

Delaware at Fourth Street, Berkeley
Saturday, February 4th, 2017
12:00pm – 4:00pm | Free

Please join us in celebrating the year of the rooster of the Lunar calendar! This FREE event has charmed it’s fans for 9 years now and we love that each year there are usually more kids than adults! We have so much fun on this day, hope you can make it!

12-3 PM Candy Give-Aways (participating shops will have a red rooster in the window)
12-1PM Martial Arts Demonstrations
1-2PM Lion Dance by the famous performers at Kei Lun
2-3:30PM Store Blessing & Parade