WALNUT CREEK

'Trio of Duos' to play at food bank benefit

A May 4 benefit concert for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano will feature the Americana/roots music of Concord resident Dix Bruce, longtime Contra Costa County resident Jim Nunally, the two of them as a duo, and the duos of Dix Bruce and Julie Cline, and Judy Forrest and Jim Nunally.

All performers will deliver a mixture of songs with close harmony singing in the country, bluegrass and folk styles.

The musicians will play from 7:30 to 9:30 at the Walnut Avenue United Methodist Church, 260 Walnut Ave., Walnut Creek. Suggested donation is $15 donation, and $12 for seniors and students. For more information, email judy@judyforrest.com

Bedford to host kids' 'Art Makes' drop-in classes

The Bedford Gallery will host free drop-in art classes for kids on Saturday, April 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. and again on Saturday, June 26, also from 2 to 4 p.m.

For each show the Bedford hosts, docents offer a free "Art Make" project for children of all ages. To help introduce young people to the creative world of art, projects will highlight the theme of the current Bedford exhibition and offer children an opportunity to engage with art in a hands-on, educational and creative way.

In April, Bedford docents will craft an art project around our annual juried exhibition, "Peaceable Kingdom: Animals Real and Imagined." In June, the docents will turn their attention to "Larger than Life," a show that will explore the role of scale and size in contemporary art. Art projects will be offered free with the price of admission.

For more information, go to www.bedfordgallery.org

Images of Mount Diablo coming to Lindsay

Mount Diablo's ever-changing face, from shrouded in fog to snow-capped to glowing at sunset, will be captured in an exhibit of original photography and artwork April 25-Sept. 2 at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek.

"Mount Diablo: Visions & Vistas" will feature the mountain itself and its wildlife and plants, in panoramic and close-up photos and paintings by local photographers and artists.

Entry to the exhibit is free with admission to the museum. Lindsay Wildlife Museum is located at 1931 First Ave. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors 65+, $5 for children 2 -17, and free for members and children under 2.

All visitors are welcome to attend the exhibit's free, opening reception on Friday, April 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; entry that evening will be to the exhibit only (the rest of the museum will be closed). Some works from the show will be available for purchase throughout the run of the exhibit.

'Anticipation' gallery now on view

Valley Art Gallery's semiannual exhibit of new, juried paintings for sale and for rent, called "Anticipation," is now on display at the downtown Walnut Creek gallery.

"Anticipation" celebrates the coming of spring. Acclaimed artist Vilma Patterson-Antoine is featured in this exhibit of work by more than 100 artists. She is a Bay Area native and has garnered many awards over a lifetime of painting, is represented in many private collections and has been featured in museum shows as well as represented by a number of galleries. Her artistic gifts aren't limited to painting. She's also a gifted classical pianist and organist and has performed throughout the Bay Area over many years solo concerts as well as in ensembles.

Valley Art Gallery has been in operation for almost 65 years. The nonprofit organization is staffed by volunteers and is dedicated to the promotion of the arts and of the work of fine Bay Area artists and craftspeople.

The gallery, at 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 925-935-4311

Lafayette

'Cinderella: It's a Dog's Life!' performs Saturday

East Bay Children's Theatre, with a cast of dogs, a magical cat and a bevy of Broadway-flavored tunes, will perform "Cinderella: It's A Dog's Life!" at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette.

EBCT's program includes an arts education component created by the many retired educators in EBCT who recognize the value of arts education as an essential aid to develop children's literacy and critical thinking skills.

Each year, a Teaching Guide is devised to correlate the play to suggested lesson activities for use in the classroom or after school programs.

New this year, an arts education pilot program was launched at Brookfield School, at which a Fun and Games booklet about the play using word games, puzzles and drawing activities was presented to the children during an after school program.

Directed by Sue Ellen Nelsen, the cast features Kara Penrose as Cinderella and Bruce Alvin as Prince Charming, with many EBCT members in the supporting cast and crew.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, with $10 admission for groups of six or more. For more information about the show and tickets, go to ebctonline.org