WALNUT CREEK

Chevron Family Theatre Festival Saturday

The seventh annual Chevron Family Theatre Festival, designed as a way to introduce the young generation to live theater and the possibilities of performance, will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts in downtown Walnut Creek.

Presented by Chevron and produced by the Diablo Regional Arts Association and the Lesher Center for the Arts, the festival returns with both brand new performers and popular favorites.

The festival offers families a low-cost day of nonstop theater, dance and musical performances along with visual arts activities both inside and outside the Lesher Center for the Arts.

Among the acts appearing at the Chevron festival for the first time are headliners Aga-Boom, a troupe of clowns making their Walnut Creek debut in the Hofmann Theatre; and magician Alex Ramon, who performed in Walnut Creek in December but is making his first Family Theatre Festival appearance this year.

Returning to this year's festival are Sesame Street star puppeteer Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, a Pleasant Hill native with years of local theater experience; the Fantasy Forum Actors Ensemble, who will perform their interactive musical version of "Robin Hood;" and the Emmy award-nominated Pushcart Players, who will perform "Stone Soup and Other Stories," a charming blend of folk tales from around the world.


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The ticketed shows are $5 each, and are on sale now; buy by calling the Lesher Center Ticket Office at 925-943-SHOW (7469) or visiting http://www.LesherARTSCenter.org/.

Parking is available at the North Locust Street Garage next to the Lesher Center (entrance is accessible only from California Boulevard) for all-day parking; a flat rate of $3 will cover parking for the entire day.

In addition to Chevron, this year's sponsors include the City of Walnut Creek, KGO Radio, the Contra Costa Times and Diablo Magazine.

Deborah Lee Rose to share from latest childen's book

Deborah Lee Rose, a resident of Walnut Creek, will share from her latest children's book "Jimmy the Joey: The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue," at 4 p.m. July 30 at the StoryBook Room of the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway for this Children's Author Showcase event.

Rose is an internationally published award-winning author of bestselling children's books. Her books have twice won the NAPPA Gold Award and been named to the New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.

"Jimmy the Joey" is about rescuing koalas, and was co-authored by a woman documentary maker who spent three years covering Australia's only koala hospital. It was after writing this book she found herself drawn to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, where she now works.

Margo Lockwood to perform at Grace Presbyterian July 28

Grace Presbyterian Church in Walnut Creek will hots a master's recital concert by Margo Lockwood on Sunday, July 28 starting at 3 p.m. at the church sanctuary at 2100 Tice Valley Blvd. in Walnut Creek.

The concert's theme will be "Psalm 23 throughout the ages." The concert will begin with a Gregorian chant; and Bach Cantata 112 will be also be presented. The event will be enhanced by a large group of vocalists, organ, and other instruments in addition to Margo's piano.

Her master's recital concert is the culmination of many years of study and practice by Lockwood, a vocalist, pianist and choral director. She holds a bachelor's degree in music from California State University San Jose, and an Orff Certificate from UC Santa Cruz. Margo has directed children's choirs in El Cerrito and San Francisco and has worked professionally as a jazz singer. She has maintained a thriving piano studio for 24 years in El Cerrito and is currently completing a masters program in choral conducting through California State University, Los Angeles.

Tickets are $20 at the door.

'Summer Concert Series' continues with Nick Colionne

Broadway Plaza's 2013 Summer Concert Series continues July 18, with the jazz, R&B, blues and funk of Nick Colionne.

Always a jazz series, the 2013 Summer Concert Series has been revamped to include different genres of music, including R&B, oldies and pop, but will still feature jazz on one night.

The Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings performs July 25, and the series concludes Aug. 1 with Tainted Love, which performs rock and pop from the 80s.

The remaining shows will be performed in the Stanford's restaurant parking lot, located next to Broadway Plaza's five-level parking structure.

All shows will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last approximately 90 minutes. And, as always, all are free.

''Favorite Places' photo exhibition through Aug. 31

A series of photo essays by four local artists celebrating their favorite places in Contra Costa County is now on exhibity in the Community Art Gallery in the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway in Walnut Creek.

Artists Jeff Brooks-Manas, Terin Christensen, Tim Taylor and Kristiina Teerikorpi each depict different environments than the others, with amazing observations that range from watching large horses, sprawling vineyard/winery, private spaces of home and yards as well as colorful landscapes. There are black and white silver gel prints as well as digital photographs. The exhibit is curated by Ginny Mangrum.

This is a joint project of the City of Walnut Creek with the Walnut Creek Library's annual exhibitions in the Library Community Art Gallery. It is part of the Arts, Recreation and Community Services Department and is administered by Bedford Gallery under the direction of the Walnut Creek Arts Commission.

'Favorite Places' is viewable during normal library hours -- Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, go to http://photocallforart.blogspot.com

Lamorinda

Visit selected private gardens this weekend

The Garden Conservancy's "Open Days" program features a weekend of garden-visiting on Saturday, July 20 in Lafayette and Orinda. On Saturday, visitors may begin the tour at any of the following locations (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., unless otherwise noted):

The garden at 4100 Happy Valley Road, Lafayette (mature birches, redwoods, magnolias, and dogwoods, a palette of green and white throughout garden beds, and a pond); Rancho Diablo, 1150 Estates Drive, Lafayette (luxuriant stands of mature cactuses and other desert flora, tropical, and subtropical inspired by the Ruth Bancroft Garden, as well as salvaged sculpture and architectural art pieces); the Garden at 520 Miner Road, Orinda (a series of colorful garden rooms designed as settings for a sculpture collection from around the world, plus a private terrace with shade-loving perennials); the Murphy Garden, 11 El Sereno, Orinda (includes an outdoor room with a fireplace overlooking a hydrangea and camellia grove, a pool designed to evoke a forest pond, and fragrant roses, jasmine, and citrus plantings); and the Nelsons' garden, 112 Camino Sobrante, Orinda (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only; a hillside garden under a canopy of live oaks and featuring pieces by local artists Keeyla Meadows and Mark Bullwinkle).

Admission to each private garden is $5, benefiting the Garden Conservancy. Open Days are rain or shine, and no reservations are required. Call 1-888-842-2442, or visit www.opendaysprogram.org for more information.

Lafayette

Artist's Market at the Lafayette Gallery

On Saturday, July 20 the Lafayette Gallery will host an Artist's Market in the picnic area and parking lot in front of the gallery, 50 Lafayette Circle. Lafayette Gallery members will be there, and outside artists too — a total of 12 to 14 artists per show exhibiting, demonstrating, and selling their various media of artwork. For more information, call 925-284-2788 or go to www.lafayettegallery.net