Sweet Thursday presents: Robert Pearl, M.D.

Thursday, August 3, 2017 7:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
The Lafayette Library is excited to welcome Robert Pearl, M.D. author of Mistreated: Why We Think We're Getting Good Health Care -- and Why We're Usually Wrong. Dr. Pearl (former executive director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group) is uniquely qualified to speak about the shortcomings and opportunities for improvement of America's health care system. Please join us for a stimulating talk on how we can attain a healthier future.
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Julia Morgan, American Architect (Friday Connections)

Friday, August 4, 2017 1:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Join local artist Dorrie Langley for a discussion of the life and works of renowned Bay Area architect Julia Morgan (1872-1957).

Program attendees are encouraged to join the discussion on this California icon known for her distinctive Craftsman and Mediterranean designs, her social conscience, and her early success in a male- dominated profession.

Friday Connections offers a variety of activities, games, film screenings, and speakers for older adults. Every Friday at 1pm - Free - Register below, but walk-ins are always welcome.

This series is presented in partnership with the City of Lafayette’s Senior Services Commission.
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Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws

Wednesday, August 9, 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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Children’s Author of “Beauty and the Beak”

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 6:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle is the true, heart lifting story of Beauty, the injured bald eagle whose story made world news. Beauty and the Beak is being published in celebration of the 10th anniversary of bald eagles no longer being designated as an endangered or threatened species. The book is a Junior Library Guild selection and a CALIFORNIA READS recommended title of the California Teachers Association.

Deborah Lee Rose, author of Beauty and the Beak, is an internationally published, award winning author of 15 children's books (www.deborahleerose.com). She lives in Walnut Creek. Deborah coauthored the book with Idaho raptor biologist Jane Veltkamp, who led the team that engineered Beauty's 3D-printed, prosthetic beak.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be provided. Join us for a fun and informative evening!

This program is recommended for ages 7 and up. (Grades 2 and up)
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Eugene O’Neill Festival: a Sneak Peek

Thursday, August 17, 2017 7:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Catch a sneak peek of the 18th Annual Eugene O'Neill Festival, which celebrates the great tradition of Irish storytelling with powerful and playful productions of O’Neill’s A Touch of the Poet and John Millington Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World .

Cast members will perform scenes from each production, and artistic director Eric Fraisher Hayes will give a brief overview of the annual September festival's upcoming events.

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Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws

Wednesday, September 13, 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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WOW presents: Restored Gardens of Alcatraz

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 2:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
For more than a century, gardens were an important part of everyday life for officers, families, and prisoners living on the harsh and barren environment of Alcatraz. Many of the plants selected by these unheralded gardeners proved to be excellent choices and flourished through the four decades of neglect that followed the prison’s closing. In 2003, the Garden Conservancy and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy formed a partnership with the National Park Service to restore and maintain key gardens on Alcatraz. This lecture covers the history, garden restoration, photos of how the gardens look now.
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Sweet Thursday presents: Eddie Hart and Dave Newhouse

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 7:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Join us for an evening with Olympic medalist, Eddie Hart and award-winning sportswriter, Dave Newhouse as they discuss their new book Disqualified: Eddie Hart, Munich 1972, and the Voices of the Most Tragic Olympics which sheds entirely new light on the true story of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.

A strong favorite to win the 100-meter dash and the title of “World’s Fastest Human,” Hart found himself disqualified from the 1972 Olympic event after arriving seconds late for a quarterfinal heat. Hart’s disappointment, though excruciating, was just one of many subplots to the most tragic of Olympic Games, at which eight Arab terrorists assassinated eleven Israeli athletes and coaches as the world watched in horror.

Eddie Hart earned his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and a master’s from Cal State-Hayward before embarking on a career as a teacher and coach at the college level. Dave Newhouse was an award-winning sportswriter and columnist at the Oakland (CA) Tribune prior to his retirement in 2011. This is his twelfth book.
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WOW presents: Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire, deYoung Museum

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 2:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
One of the earliest, largest, and most important cities in the ancient Americas, Teotihuacan is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most visited archaeological site in Mexico. Organized in collaboration with Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), this exhibition will feature recent, never-before-seen archaeological discoveries and other major loans from Mexican and US cultural institutions. Monumental and ritual objects from Teotihuacan’s three pyramids will be shown alongside mural paintings, ceramics, and stone sculptures from the city’s apartment compounds.

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Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws

Wednesday, October 11, 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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Distinguished Speaker Series: Paul Madonna

Friday, October 20, 2017 1:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Join Paul Madonna as he discusses Close Enough For The Angels, and the writing maxim 'show don't tell,' and the process of turning experience into art.


Paul Madonna, award-winning artist and writer, combines his signature blend of drawing and storytelling to deliver a beautiful and entertaining novel filled with suspense, surprise, and humor. With over one hundred lush and haunting drawings, this full-length, character-driven story is a fresh and innovative reinvention of the illustrated novel.



Emit Hopper was a one-hit wonder, twice. First, as a rock and roller in the 80s, then as a literary darling in the 90s. Now, it's twenty years later, and despite his desire to remain a simple laundromat owner, stardom has found him once again. As he's drawn back into the limelight he meets Julia, a former celebrity chef with an enigmatic past. But when she disappears while hiking with two other women, Emit finds himself chasing down a mystery that promises to leave him forever changed.



Paul Madonna is the creator of two series, All Over Coffee (featured in the SF Chronicle) and Small Potatoes, and the author of four books. His drawings and stories have appeared internationally in numerous publications such as The Believer and zyzzyva, as well as in galleries and museums, including the Oakland Museum of California, the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum, and an upcoming solo exhibition at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.


Tickets: Free ($5 donation recommended)
Books available for purchase courtesy A Great Good Place For Books

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