Lafayette Historical Society Speaker Series: The History of Lafayette Libraries

Sunday, April 30, 2017 2:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Mary McCosker will give an overview of our libraries from 1870 to the present day, when a civic-minded group came together to build the Lafayette Library & Learning Center that we now have. Panelists - including City Manager Steve Falk, longtime Friends of the Library Board Member Mary Ann Hoisington, past Board Member Gwenn Lennox, and Susan Weaver, who was librarian during the transition to our new LLLC in 2009 - will discuss the efforts made that resulted in today's stunning Library & Learning Center.
Donations requested (pay at the door): $10 for LHS members; $15 non-members. Kids under 14 FREE with paying adult.
Dessert and beverages will be served.
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Distinguished Speaker Series: Erik Larson

Thursday, May 4, 2017 7:00 PM
Distinguished Speaker Series Presents

A SPECIAL EVENT with

Erik Larson


Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction, chronicles the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters including pioneering female architect Theodate Pope and President Woodrow Wilson. Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.


Bestselling novels by Erik Larson include Thunderstruck, In the Garden of Beasts, and the critically-acclaimed The Devil in the White City which remained on the NY Times Bestseller list for a combined total of over six years and is being made into a major motion picture from director Martin Scorcese.

Sponsored in part by: Wells Fargo The Private Bank
EVENT LOCATION: Acalanes Performing Arts Center, 1200 Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette
A program reminder with event details and directions to the venue will be emailed to attendees two days prior.

TICKETS: $45 General Admission
$65 Reserved Seating (seating closer to stage)
$100 Reserved Seating & Private Reception with Erik Larson (5:00 - 6:00 PM at the LLLC Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette)

Books available courtesy of A Great Good Place For Books

Proceeds benefit the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.

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WOW Presents: Matisse & Diebenkorn

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 2:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Friends of the Lafayette Library Wonders of the World lecture series presents independent art lecturer and museum docent Avril Angevine, who traces the creative link between one of the Bay Area's favorite artists, Richard Diebenkorn, with the early modern master Henri Matisse. Matisse's subjects, compositional strategies, palette, and techniques had a great impact on Diebenkorn - visible in his early Berkeley works, his figurative period, and his Ocean Park canvases of the 1980's. This lecture complements the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit at SFMOMA through May 29, 2017.
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Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 11:00 AM
Located at the Community Hall
Nature Journaling makes you a better observer, naturalist, and artist and opens a world of beauty and discovery.

Do you want to keep a nature journal or bump your current practice to a higher orbit? Join us for our monthly workshop series, and see the possibilities of what a journal can be! If you already have a journal kit, bring it along plus any personal favorite sketching or nature study supplies.

In this class you will:

•Learn the practices that makes journaling a lifelong habit (and what does not work).
•Get tips to help you to set up your journaling kit.
•Participate in a journal kit show and tell
•Discover field tested logistics of sketching in the field.
•Learn the foundational strategy to draw any subject.

All ages and experience levels welcome. 2nd Wednesday of each month.
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Right Livelihood: Finding Your True Work in a Well-Lived Life

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 5:30 PM
Located at the Community Hall
How can we best align the work we do with our personal values and higher purpose? This interactive dialogue will explore effective strategies, including building intentional approaches to work, self-awareness and understanding of others, and our lives as humans, citizens, and parents.

Using these tools, we can consciously design our approach to work to find joy, dignity, and purpose, and to achieve what is most meaningful to each of us. All of this, in pursuit of a more just and ecologically vibrant world.

The goal: not job, not career…
Finding your true work – your calling.
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Sweet Thursday presents: Local Authors Talk

Thursday, May 18, 2017 7:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Join us for our first ever Local Authors Sweet Thursday event featuring four writers who've written wonderful books spanning a variety of genres. Our panel discussion will feature: James Leach, The Sustainable Way; Roberta Palumbo, Robert and Elizabeth: Two Voices, One Love; T.J. Reilly's latest thriller Ladies Invited; and Chrissa Ventrelle, May It Be: Growing a Genuine Life. We hope you can join us for this very exciting event!
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Distinguished Speaker Series Presents: Jason Turbow

Thursday, May 25, 2017 7:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME!



Author Jason Turbow and sports journalist Glenn Schwarz discuss Turbow’s new book Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic Reggie, Rollie, Catfish and Charlie Finley’s Swingin’ A’s.



The Oakland A's of the early 1970s were a revolutionary band of brawling Hall of Famers and the most transformative team in baseball history. Never before had an entire organization so collectively traumatized baseball's establishment with its outlandish behavior and business decisions, let alone an indisputably winning record: five consecutive division titles and three straight championships.

Jason Turbow is the author of the best-selling The Baseball Codes. He's written for The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Wired, among many publications. Glenn Schwarz, former sports editor of the San Francisco Chronicle was there! He covered the A’s three consecutive World Series wins in the 1970’s for the San Francisco Examiner. Schwarz now edits for MLB.com.

Tickets: $10 FREE for children under 18 accompanied by an adult.
LLLC Foundation discount donor tickets available by calling (925)283-6513 x102
Refreshments.

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Contra Costa Master Gardeners presents – The Squeeze on Citrus

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 6:30 PM
Located at the Arts & Science Discovery Center
Learn the basics of caring for citrus, whether existing trees or new. Learn how to select and buy healthy trees for your location and the best methods for planting, watering and feeding your tree. We will also cover pruning and protecting your tree from environmental elements, pests and diseases.
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Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 11:00 AM
Located at the Community Hall
Nature Journaling makes you a better observer, naturalist, and artist and opens a world of beauty and discovery.

Do you want to keep a nature journal or bump your current practice to a higher orbit? Join us for our monthly workshop series, and see the possibilities of what a journal can be! If you already have a journal kit, bring it along plus any personal favorite sketching or nature study supplies.

In this class you will:

•Learn the practices that makes journaling a lifelong habit (and what does not work).
•Get tips to help you to set up your journaling kit.
•Participate in a journal kit show and tell
•Discover field tested logistics of sketching in the field.
•Learn the foundational strategy to draw any subject.

All ages and experience levels welcome. 2nd Wednesday of each month.
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Science Cafe: Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 7:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Science Cafe Presents: Mary Roach, author of Grunt, The Curious Science of Humans at War.


Science writer Mary Roach tackles the science behind some of a soldier’s most challenging adversaries – panic, exhaustion, heat, flies, noise - and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them.

Mary Roach is the author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Gulp. Adventures on the Alimentary Canal and Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.

Tickets: $10
Reserved seat & a copy of Grunt: $23

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Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 11:00 AM
Located at the Community Hall
Nature Journaling makes you a better observer, naturalist, and artist and opens a world of beauty and discovery.

Do you want to keep a nature journal or bump your current practice to a higher orbit? Join us for our monthly workshop series, and see the possibilities of what a journal can be! If you already have a journal kit, bring it along plus any personal favorite sketching or nature study supplies.

In this class you will:

•Learn the practices that makes journaling a lifelong habit (and what does not work).
•Get tips to help you to set up your journaling kit.
•Participate in a journal kit show and tell
•Discover field tested logistics of sketching in the field.
•Learn the foundational strategy to draw any subject.

All ages and experience levels welcome. 2nd Wednesday of each month.
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