Lafayette

Twelfth annual 9/11 remembrance, vigil

The Lafayette Flag Brigade's 12th Annual 9/11 Remembrance and Candlelight Vigil takes place starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 on El Curtola Boulevard overcrossing of Highway 24, on the Lafayette-Walnut Creek border.

Billed as the largest overpass flag display in the state, the observance will also include a flag folding ceremony, the local Blue Star Moms, the Lafayette Boy Scouts Color Guard, a special 12th anniversary music program, VIP speakers, live local singers and the 9/11 Memorial Theatre, as well as the candlelight vigil at dusk.

This is a family oriented, educational and nonpolitical event where all are welcome. There will be free commemorative flags for children. For more information, see the website www.nevereverforget911.com

Art and Wine Festival Sept. 21-22

The 18th annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival takes place Sept. 21-22 in downtown Lafayette, with art, wine and four stages with live music from 20 bands.

In addition to the artists and wine crofters, there will be great food and the largest selection of wine, beer and ale of any Bay Area festival, organizers say.

This family- and dog-friendly regional event attracts more than 100,000 people over the weekend.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, and 10. m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. Admission is free, and free parking is available at the Lafayette BART station, with free shuttle service from that parking lot. There also will be free secure valet bike parking.

Music workshop, scholarship competition

The Contra Costa Performing Arts Society is offering an intensive 1-day Music Ensemble Workshop and Scholarship Competition from 12:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Bentley School in Lafayette for talented classical and jazz high school musicians.

This workshop will include a practice period, in which participants will individually practice assigned repertoire in the weeks leading up to the workshop date. On Nov. 17, participants will meet at Bentley School and practice their pieces with distinguished, professional jazz or classical performers already familiar with the repertoire. That evening, at 7 p.m., participants will showcase their pieces in a free evening concert, where they may win scholarship prizes. Scholarship prizes will be offered to the top several groups, depending on the number of groups participating, with awards of up to $75 per member of the group.

Past coaches include members of the acclaimed Alexander String Quartet, the Cypress String Quartet, and the Stanford Wind Quintet. Snacks, dinner, and the evening concert's DVD will be provided to participants.

Applicants must attend high school or reside in Contra Costa County and may apply as a preformed group (encouraged) or as individual players willing to be assigned to a new group. Participation fee is $35, refunded to applicants not selected. An application form is available at www.ccpas.org under the "Student Chapter" tab; applications must be postmarked by Aug. 28.

Library's teen board seeks applicants

Local teenagers ages 12 to 18 interested in joining the Lafayette Library and Learning Center 's Teen Advisory Board are encouraged to attend a Sept. 10 meeting at the library.

This group was started in November 2012 with the goal of giving teens the ability to help decide what programs to have in the library and what items they would like to have in the library's Young Adult collection.

Some of the boards' main accomplishments include raising over $300 for the library's holiday food drive and introducing new magazines to the Young Adult collection. Participants can gain leadership and teamwork experience for their college applications or work resume.

The meeting, open to all teens in that age group, is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the library's Teen Center.

MORAGA

Pear & Wine Festival coming Sept. 28

The Pear & Wine Festival will be held Sept. 28 at the Moraga Commons Park.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park, 1425 St. Marys Road.

This year's event includes a pear recipe contest and a poster contest. All recipes will be judged at noon at the festival in the following categories: dessert, appetizer and other. Winners will be announced at the bandshell at 1 p.m.

Local artists and Moraga residents who wish to enter the poster contest should submit artwork reflecting the spirit of the festival and the town's pear heritage by 5 p.m. Sept. 25. All entries must be 11-by-17 portrait-style and dropped off at the Moraga Parks & Recreation office at 2100 Donald Drive. Artists may use any medium, but paint, pastels and computer-generated art are recommended. The winner will be notified by Nov. 15, and the artwork used for next year's festival.

ORINDA

'Night Out' anti-crime event Thursday

Orinda Night Out, the city's annual crime prevention and safety event, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12 in various neighborhoods around the city.

City council members, the city manager, the police chief and other fire and safety personnel are available to attend events. For information and to schedule visits, call 510-910-0311 or e-mail pattiyoung1@comcast.net.

Contra Costa

Restaurant Walk a benefit for girls' science education

More than 25 Walnut Creek restaurants will be providing delicious samples from their menus as part of the Walnut Creek Restaurant Walk, from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 1, sponsored by the American Association of University of Women.

This is essentially a progressive dinner party in downtown Walnut Creek, with ticket sales revenue to benefit the Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette Tech Trek fund, which supports sending young women to science/math university summer camps designed to develop interest, excitement and self-confidence in young women who enter eighth grade in the fall. The camps feature hands-on activities in math, science and related fields.

Send checks, at $30 per person, to Gail Chesler at 2914 Fyne Dr., Walnut Creek, CA 94598. Checks should be made out to AAUW OML Community Outreach Fund, Inc.

Red Cross blood drive Sept. 11 in Orinda

A Red Cross blood drive will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Parks and Recreation Department, 28 Orinda Way. There is an urgent need for platelet donors and donors with O negative, B negative and A negative blood.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org and type in the sponsor code "Orinda."

Contra Costa

Former 49er players to be at Rocco's in Walnut Creek

Some well known football faces will be in Walnut Creek on Sept. 7. Rocco's Ristorante Pizzeria will host "49er Legends" from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Players expected to be there to sign autographs and take photos with fans include Roger Craig, John Taylor and Dwight Clark.

The restaurant is located at 2909 Ygnacio Valley Road.

Get 'up close' at Lindsay Wildlife Museum

Lindsay Wildlife Museum introduces "Saturday Keeper Workshops" that let young animal lovers meet the museum's professional animal keepers, and learn how they do their jobs caring for the museum's resident animal ambassadors.

This two-hour workshop explores the world of the museum's animals and their human caretakers close-up. Young naturalists, ages 6-15, learn how animal keepers care for animals, clean enclosures, prepare diets, encourage exercise and activity and train cooperative behaviors. Workshops begin at 9 a.m. before the museum opens to the public.

The first workshop will be held 9 a.m. Sept. 28 and will focus on raptors. The second workshop will take place on Jan. 25 and will focus on mammals.

Both workshops will take place at the museum, 1931 First Ave., in Walnut Creek.

The cost is $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. For more information call 925-627-2913 or go to wildlife-museum.org.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards