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Trees, Guilds & Food Forests, and Options for Applying Them at Rodgers Ranch in Pleasant Hill March 2nd

Trees, Guilds & Food Forests, and Options for Applying Them:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
9:30am – 12:00pm | $40

Purpose: 1. Learn how to identify which plants are needed, and then place plants so that they help each other grow for increased yield, soil health and less work for the gardener.

2. Learn how to build structures such as herb spirals, keyhole beds or mandala beds to incorporate guilds.

Participants will be able to: identify 6 critical functions of trees and how to use them in the garden; what types of trees and plants to use for desired functions; what to plant around trees; how to build high-density planting structures.


SuperTrouper: The ABBA Concert Experience at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek March 1st

SuperTrouper: The ABBA Concert Experience:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Friday, March 1st, 2019
8:00 – 10:00pm | $45

Abba-mania reigns supreme as the eight-piece production show ‘SuperTrouper’ performs all the greatest hits of one of the world’s most beloved pop Super-Groups of the 70’s: ABBA!

From the smash pop stage musical Mamma Mia to all the international pop chart faves that made this ensemble famous, you’ll hear (and see) all the costumes, and lights of the original ABBA shows, duplicated to near perfection.


Joyce Carol Oates: Memoir Workshop at Lafayette Library Tuesday Evenings April 9th, 16th, and 23rd

Joyce Carol Oates: Memoir Workshop:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tuesday, April 9th, 16th, 23rd, 2019
6:00 – 8:00pm | Free

The workshop is flimited to 10 writers and is free. Writers must agree to attend all three workshops.
Joyce Carol Oates is an award-winning author of more than 40 books. She has won the National Book Award for Fiction and has been a regular contender for the Nobel Prize. She was the recipient of the Prix Femina, the PEN American Lifetime Achievement Award, the President’s Medal in the Humanities and the 2019 Jerusalem Prize. Ms. Oates is currently Visiting Professor in the UC Berkeley English Department.
To be considered for the workshop, applicants must be Lafayette residents or Lafayette Library patrons. Interested applicants must submit 30 (double-spaced) pages of memoir for consideration no later than Friday, March 8, 2019. Submit writing samples along with applicants full name, mailing address, email and phone number to Beth Needel, via email,


Dumpling Down! Chinese New Year Food Festival in San Francisco Feb 24th

Dumpling Down! Chinese New Year Food Festival:

Spark Social SF
601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, San Francisco
Sunday, February 24th, 2019
11:00am – 5:00pm | $5

Get down on delicious dumplings, bottomless kumquat mimosas, and Chinese beers at the biggest Lunar New Year food festival in San Francisco — Dumpling Down!

Vendors from all over the Bay Area will be steaming, frying, baking, and boiling authentic Chinese dim sum classics like shumai, bao buns, and xiao lung bao — each filled with traditional delights like shrimp, pork, cabbage, and chives!

Once you’ve dumpling’d to your heart’s delight, sink your chopsticks into other Chinese treats! Onion pancakes, sesame balls, and Taiwanese-style shaved ice cream will also dot the menus of all your favorite Asian food trucks.

– 15+ dumpling and Asian food vendors
– Live DJ & local entertainment by Kollaboration SF Bay Area, featuring Chow Mane, The Weabz, and Cal Vietnamese Student Association Lion Dance!
– All-ages, rain or shine with covered seating


Diablo Symphony Presents The Planets at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek Feb 24th

Diablo Symphony Presents The Planets:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Sunday, February 24th, 2019
2:00 – 4:15pm | $35

Come hear Gustav Holst’s iconic work that takes the imagination into the beyond. A local choral group joins us for the magical chorus in “Neptune” and also brings its talents for a surprise opener to the program. The Young Artist Competition winner performs a mystery piano concerto!

Holst – The Planets
Piano concerto featuring Young Artist Competition winner


What’s The Buzz: Backyard Beekeeping at Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center in Pleasant Hill Feb 21st

What’s The Buzz: Backyard Beekeeping:

Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center
315 Cortsen Rd, Pleasant Hill
Thursday, February 21st, 2019
10:00am – 12:00pm | $25

Are you thinking about keeping bees? Or perhaps you just want to know more about these miraculous garden helpers and how to encourage them to visit your yard? Our expert from the Mt. Diablo Beekeepers’ Association, teaches us about bee biology, equipment, installation, seasonal management, bee-friendly gardens, and much more!


Lunar New Year Festival at Fourth St. in Berkeley Feb 16th

Lunar New Year Festival:

Fourth St.
Saturday, February 16th, 2019
12:00 – 4:00pm | Free

this special day includes: martial arts performances, lion dances by the famous Kei Lun performers from San Francisco, traditional treats from merchants, a shop blessing parade and craft tables for the kids. This event is dedicated to the life and memory of Winnie Yu, co-founder of Teance Fine Teas. She passed away in 2017.


Come Together: The Beatles Concert Experience at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek Feb 23rd

Come Together: The Beatles Concert Experience:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
7:30 – 9:30pm | $45

Never before has there been a tribute to the Fab Four quite like ‘Come Together: The Beatles Concert Experience.’ In this live musical performance, ‘Come Together’ recreates the look, sound and history of the Beatles, taking you back into time to witness the Beatles phenomenal rise to pop stardom.

Through authentic costumes, superbly intricate live performances and soaring vocal harmonies, ‘Come Together’ takes audiences on a musical journey from the early years of the Beatles’ British Invasion through their legendary 60’s and 70’s recordings with highlights of the Sgt. Pepper era, as well as their solo careers.

There is even a special salute to John Lennon!


Authors Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund at Lafayette Library Feb 26th

Authors Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
7:00 – 8:30pm | $10

Join two award-winning authors, Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund, for an engaging conversation about all aspects of their writing including what its like to be part of a writing couple. Simpson Family Literary Project Chair, Joseph Di Prisco moderates the conversation.