Sweet Thursday Presents: Dave Newhouse

Thursday, October 17, 2019 7:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Slip Madigan was a football coach like no other--a visionary, raconteur, and entrepreneur who brought the sport into the modern age. His St. Mary's College teams in the 1920s and 1930s travelled more miles, dressed more flamboyantly, and scored more upsets than any other team in the land. Madigan was a coach for all time, yet far ahead of his time.

Dave Newhouse is a retired Oakland Tribune writer and columnist who has authored thirteen books.
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John Muir Laws: Thinking Like a Naturalist

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 2:30 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Learn how to get more out of every nature ramble! Naturalist and illustrator John Muir Laws will demonstrate simple and fun techniques you can incorporate into your own recreational nature study, classroom, or family outings.

You will learn an adaptable four-step approach that will dramatically increase your memory and observational skills, focus and heighten your curiosity, help you think more creatively, and give you a framework for exploring mysteries in nature.
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Bob Barner Author Visit: Dem Bones

Thursday, October 24, 2019 3:30 PM
Located at the Homework Center
Join us for a special storytime with author Bob Barner! When Bob isn't writing and drawing, he likes to show kids how pictures and stories come together in books. He may even bring his guitar and other fun music to play along with his telling of his beloved, storytime classic, Dem Bones.

Bob will stay after the storytime to sign books and take pictures. Space is limited so register early!
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Mystery Writers of America Norcal Author Panel

Friday, October 25, 2019 7:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
From Historical to Cozy to Romantic Suspense, There's a Mystery for Every Reader

The Mystery Writers of America NorCal presents: Mystery Week at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, featuring Michael Cooper, Heather Haven, Laurie R. King, Peggy Lucke, and Janice Peacock. These Bay Area authors will have a lively discussion about mystery genres, sub-genres, the creative process, triumphs, challenges, and inspirations. You may even learn whether these local authors agree with MWA's motto: Crime doesn't pay. enough.

Author Panel

Michael Cooper, author of historical fiction set in the Middle East, Lafayette resident
Heather Haven, multiple award-winning author of the Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries
Laurie King, multiple award-winning author of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series
Margaret Lucke, writing instructor, mystery and thriller author, Editor of the Sisters in Crime Fault Lines anthology
Janice Peacock, panel moderator, author of the Glass Bead Mystery Series, Lafayette resident

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How Eminent Domain Changed Lamorinda

Sunday, October 27, 2019 2:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall

This presentation will be of interest to everyone in Lamorinda! Imagine being told that the land your home sits on will become part of a reservoirs that will not event benefit local residents. Or that your back yard is needed for a freeway. Well known speaker, Stuart Swiedler will utilize aerial photographs, images of properties and documents to examine how eminent domain impacted the course of Lamorinda in the 20th century, culminating in efforts to prevent a freeway's construction.

Contact the Lafayette Historical Society for registration:


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World Affairs Council East Bay Chapter presents: How the India-Pakistan Conflict Can Destroy the World

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

How the India-Pakistan Conflict Can Destroy the World
Speaker: Dr. Zachary Davis

Dr. Zachary Davis is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Security at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a Research Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he teaches courses on counter-proliferation. He has broad experience in intelligence and national security policy and has held senior positions in the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government. His regional focus is South Asia.

He is the author of numerous government studies and reports on technical and regional proliferation issues. He currently leads a project on the national security implications of advanced technologies, focusing on special operations forces.

Tickets: Member $5.00; Non-member $10.00; Students FREE

Information and Registration: worldaffairs.org

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Obi Kaufmann: The State of Water

Thursday, November 7, 2019 7:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Obi Kaufmann, naturalist painter and author of the best-selling California Field Atlas, turns his attention to the Golden State's most complex and controversial resource: water. In his new book The State of Water, full-color maps unravel the braided knot of California's water infrastructure and ecosystems, exposing a history of unlimited growth in spite of finite natural resources. Kaufmann reveals pragmatic yet inspiring solutions to how water in the West can continue to support agriculture, municipalities, and the environment.
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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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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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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'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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