WOW Presents: James Tissot: Fashion and Faith

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 2:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Organized by The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, James Tissot: Fashion & Faith, is the first major reassessment of the artist's career in over 20 years. This exhibit will examine approximately 60 paintings, additional works on paper, and cloisonné enamels by Tissot. New scholarship on the artist presented in this collaboration demonstrates that even Tissot's most ebullient society paintings reveal rich and complex commentary on topics such as nineteenth-century society, religion, fashion, and politics, rendering him an artist worthy of reexamination in the twenty-first century.
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World Affairs Council East Bay presents: The Use and Misuse of the US Military as a Tool of Foreign Policy

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 6:30 PM
Located at the Community Hall
World Affairs Council East Bay Chapter presents

The US Military as a Tool of Foreign Policy

Speaker: Michael S. Baker M.D., RADM (lh), US Navy (ret)

Why do we send US troops to defend Saudi Arabia? And abruptly pull them from Syria? Is the US military being used or misused as a tool of foreign policy? 

The US military has been used (and misused) for the last 75 years as a foreign policy cudgel in an uneven and often inexplicable fashion.  The world's most powerful military has not won a war in 75 years, has destroyed numerous societal systems, created millions of displaced refugees, and spawned disdain for our policies along with creating numerous enemies. We will look at case studies of American foreign policy fiascos which have eroded the image and reputation of America around the world.

Join World Affairs East Bay Chapter for a controversial lecture and discussion with Dr. Michael Baker. Rear Admiral Baker served 30 years in uniform, held numerous posts including Commander, US Naval Medical Forces Korea, from 2001 -2005, and has received numerous awards including 3 Legion of Merit Awards, a Marine Corps Combat Action ribbon, and the Combat Craft River Warfare pin. 

Dr. Baker, a retired military officer, has worked on contingency planning and joint exercises involving potential crises on the Korean Peninsula, been on the staff of US Strategic Command which defends the US from nuclear and other threats, and was a medical planner for Naval Forces Central Command working on issues in the Middle East and Persian Gulf. 

Tickets: Members $5; Non-members $10; Students FREE

Information and Registration HERE
or call 415-293-4601
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Nature Journaling Workshop with John Muir Laws

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 10:30 AM
Located at the Community Hall
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. Wednesday after the second Tuesday of each month. See www.johnmuirlaws.com/events for this month's special topic.
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Distinguished Speaker Series presents Jennifer Pastiloff

Thursday, December 5, 2019 7:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation
Distinguished Speaker Series presents

JENNIFER PASTILOFF

Jennifer Pastiloff's
, first book,On Being Human, is an inspirational memoir about how Jennifer's years of waitressing taught her to seek out unexpected beauty, how deafness taught her to listen fiercely, how being vulnerable taught her to find love, and how imperfections can lead to a life full of wild happiness.

Centered around the touchstone stories Jennifer tells in her workshops, On Being Human is the story of how a starved person grew into the exuberant woman she was meant to be by battling the demons and winning.

Jennifer is the founder of an online magazine, The Manifest-Station, she is a frequent guest speaker, and leads annual retreats to Italy and France. Jen has been featured on Good Morning America, New York Magazine, Health Magazine, CBS News and more.

Tickets: $20 General Admission; $40 General admission and a copy of On Being Human

Books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Orinda Books.



Proceeds benefit the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.
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Stress/Rest and the Intersect with Food Choices, Health, and Longevity

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 6:30 PM
Located at the Community Hall
When you hear the word stress, what comes to mind?  Is there a difference between types of stressors, and how do they interact with our health? What is considered "rest," and why is this important?

In this program, Dr. Julita Baker will share a scientific approach to thinking about the stress response, food choice, and health. We will delve into the research surrounding the above questions, and leave the presentation with pragmatic tips to utilizing the stress response in a way that is beneficial to our long term health.

Julita received a Ph.D. from University of California, Davis in Nutritional Biology after shifting from Microbiology working in the Microbial Ecology Program at the Joint Genome Institute. She has designed and taught courses at Stanford University, and is also a nutrition advisor & speaker for organizations, start-ups, and entrepreneurs . She collaborates, deconstructs complex nutritional and behavioral science, and translates research into actionable tools.
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Nature Journaling Workshop with John Muir Laws

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:30 AM
Located at the Community Hall
**This workshop has been moved to the library's Homework Center**

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. Wednesday after the second Tuesday of each month. See www.johnmuirlaws.com/events for this month's special topic.
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WOW – Hidden Unions: Art of the Himalayas

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 2:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Friends of the Lafayette Library Presents:
WOW - Hidden Unions: Art of the Himalayas
Asian Art Museum 

Illustrated by objects from the Asian Art Museum, the Hidden Unions lecture delves into the complex and fascinating spiritually inspired art from the "Land of the Snow" - the Himalayas. In this magnificent terrain, Buddhism has melded with Hinduism and the indigenous folk beliefs to create truly unique religious practices and sacred art. Tankas, mandals, and mantras are cornerstones of the practices. Dakinis, Taras, demons, and Lamas are just a few of the protective and supportive deities in this complex system.
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Nature Journaling Workshop with John Muir Laws

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:30 AM
Located at the Homework Center
**This workshop has been moved to the library's Homework Center**

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. Wednesday after the second Tuesday of each month. See www.johnmuirlaws.com/events for this month's special topic.
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Friends of the Lafayette Library WOW series presents Filoli: A Rich History and Vibrant Future

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Filoli: A Rich History and Vibrant Future

Located in Woodside, CA, and owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Filoli is one of the few remaining examples of a beautiful country estate. It has been continuously operating for over 100 years. This lecture will share the story of how Filoli was created and is intertwined with California history. Beautiful images of the historic house, extensive formal gardens, and pristine nature preserve, as well as a discussion of special events, tours, and education opportunities will provide an overview of the many ways visitors can experience Filoli.

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Food & Lifestyle Choices for Brain Health

Thursday, January 23, 2020 6:30 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Which foods and actions contribute to optimal brain health and which do not? What defines a healthy brain? In this talk, Dr. Julita Baker will share a scientific approach to these questions. We will look into the research surrounding the beneficial and unfavorable factors surrounding a healthy brain, and translate these findings into practical nutrition and lifestyle tools for better brain health.

Julita received a Ph.D. from University of California, Davis in Nutritional Biology after shifting from Microbiology working in the Microbial Ecology Program at the Joint Genome Institute. She has designed and taught courses at Stanford University, and is also a nutrition advisor & speaker for organizations, start-ups, and entrepreneurs. She collaborates, deconstructs complex nutritional and behavioral science, and translates research into actionable tools.
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