Contra Costa Master Gardeners present – Seasonal Vegetable Gardening

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 6:30 PM
Located at the Arts & Science Discovery Center
Successfully growing healthy, delicious fruit and vegetables in your garden is easier and less time consuming than you might think. Come join us for an informative presentation on how you can create a thriving edible garden using less space and less water than you may have thought.

This presentation will cover a wide range of topics including: soil preparation; getting started with seed and transplants; utilizing cover crops for soil health, fertilizing; irrigation; mulching; planting times and selecting the right crops. Attendees will leave the lecture with the knowledge necessary to create their own abundant garden!
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Science Cafe: NASA’s Next steps on the Moon . . and Mars

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 7:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
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Guest Speaker: Dr. Margaret Race, NASA and SETI Institute

What will it take to return to the moon - or Mars - and stay?
It’s been 45 years since the last man walked on the moon. Why is it taking so long to go back, and can we expect to be part of new colonies, commercial ventures, and even vacations on the moon or on Mars?

While the moon may be closer and easier to reach than Mars, it still takes a lot to get there. Find out about the complex scientific, technical, and even societal issues that NASA is tackling, and learn if you have “the right stuff” to be considered for an interstellar job.

Join Dr. Margaret Race for a behind the scenes peak at what NASA and its partners are doing to plan return missions. And this time, it will involve more than astronauts planting flags and leaving footprints!

Tickets: $10

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Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 11:00 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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WOW Presents: Casanova: The Seduction of Europe, Legion of Honor

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 2:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Renowned today as a seducer and an adventurer, Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) was known to his contemporaries as a charming and witty conversationalist, an expert on many topics, and an international man of letters. He was also a gambler, a spy, and one of history’s greatest travelers. Casanova will bring the famed author’s world to life through approximately 90 period works including paintings, sculptures, furnishings, and costumes. Thematic threads running through the exhibition include travel; courtship and seduction; theater and identity; and the pleasures of dining.
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Distinguished Speaker Series presents: Joyce Carol Oates and T. Geronimo Johnson

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 7:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
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Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation welcomes New York Times best-selling author, Joyce Carol Oates, Lafayette Library’s 2018 Writer in Residence, in conversation with Simpson Family Literary Project prize winner T. Geronimo Johnson, author of Welcome to Braggsville.

Join these two award-winning storytellers, each known for their powerful literary voice, as they discuss the need for storytelling in today’s world, and their latest work, including Oates’ new story collection, Beautiful Days.



Tickets: $15 (LLLC Foundation donor $10 tickets available by calling 925-283-6513 ext.102)
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Bookseller: A Great Good Place For Books

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Sweet Thursday Presents: Cork Dork

Thursday, March 15, 2018 7:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Please join us for an evening with Bianca Bosker, New York Times bestselling author of Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live For Taste.

Learn how this professional journalist and amateur drinker embedded herself in the world of elite sommeliers while uncovering the real and mythical aspects of wine tasting - and along the way discovering her amazing sensory powers to become a "cork dork." Informative and funny, this book appeals to novice and expert wine drinkers alike. As a special treat, Bianca will lead the audience through a sensory evaluation of two wines.
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Distinguished Speaker Series presents: Coffee with Kelly Corrigan

Friday, March 23, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Located at the Community Hall
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Join beloved NY Times best-selling author Kelly Corrigan for morning coffee as she reflects on her latest work Tell Me More - Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say, a collection of essays on the twelve powerful phrases we use to sustain our relationships. Tell Me More is a moving and meaningful take on the power of the right words at the right moment to change everything. With her signature wit, warmth and wisdom, Corrigan gives an empathetic voice to anyone trying to live - and love - as best they can.

Tickets: $30; includes a copy of Tell Me More

Books courtesy of Bel & Bunna's Books, Lafayette
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Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:00 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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WOW Presents: The Art of Rube Goldberg at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 2:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
San Francisco native and UC Berkeley graduate Rube Goldberg is best known for his "invention drawings" - overly complicated chain-reaction machines designed to perform simple tasks. However, Goldberg was also a versatile and celebrated cartoonist whose work addressed fashion, sports, politics, gender roles, and other aspects of modern life. This exhibit is the first comprehensive retrospective of Goldberg's work since 1970, and brings together never-before-exhibited original drawings and preparatory sketches alongside rare photographs, films, letters, and memorabilia from the Goldberg family archives.
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WOW Presents: Surrealist Rene Magritte

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 2:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Independent art lecturer and museum docent Avril Angevine explores the intriguing Surrealist Painter Rene Magritte. Featuring bowler hats, large apples, and pipes that aren't pipes, Magritte's paradoxical images are among the most familiar and fascinating of the 20th century. Magritte began in the Surrealist idiom but experimented with a variety of styles before moving back into his own distinctive "hypertropic" style in the 1950s, in which wild shifts of scale and context create a mixture of mystery, illusion, and reality. This lecture complements the SFMOMA exhibit "Rene Magritte: The Fifth Season" on view from May 19 – October 28, 2018.
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Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 11:00 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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Contra Costa Master Gardeners present: Demystifying Peppers

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 6:30 PM
Located at the Arts & Science Discovery Center
Are you confused by all the varieties of peppers you find in stores or at your local nursery? Not sure which ones are hot and which are not?

Come join Contra Costa Master Gardener Bonnie Dwyer as she takes the mystery of peppers and helps you zero in growing and enjoying peppers from your own garden.
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