WALNUT CREEK

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.


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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 The Sun Kings

Broadway Plaza's 2013 Summer Concert Series continues July 25, with the Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings.

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 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.

Bedford exhibit truly 'Larger than Life'

Big, bigger, and biggest contemporary art has come to gigantic life in the Bedford Gallery's bold "Larger than Life," on exhibit through Aug. 18 at the gallery inside the Lesher Center for the Arts.

The works of nine nationally-known artists explore how contemporary artists have begun to use new materials and technologies to reshape the traditional scale of sculpture. These artists have focused of unfamiliar materials and methods of construction, using these elements to investigate the oversized, overstuffed, and uncanny elements in art. This exhibition will encourage viewers to reconsider what they have come to know about the role of art, and the way in which subjects and themes can be represented.

Tuesday through Sunday noon to 5 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m. when there is an event going on in the Lesher Center. For more info go to http://bedfordgallery.org/ or call 925/295-1417.

''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

Orinda

RoadRunners become artists in library exhibit

Artists from Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek and even Mt. Hood, Ore. will show paintings, photographs and woodworking projects (plus an unusual collection of decorated animal skulls) throughout August at the Orinda Library gallery in a show that is likely a first for Lamorinda.

The pieces at this exhibit, sponsored by the Orinda Arts Council, have all been created by members of the Orinda RoadRunners running club.

Visitors to the library will see works by Orinda residents Lucia Bennhoff, Therese Gladstone Gordon, Duke Herrero, and Denny Weigand; Lafayette's Dyan Bender; Moraga's George Ehrenhaft; and Walnut Creek's Linda Wendt. Former Lamorindan Sally Bailey, now of Mt. Hood, Ore., will display her nationally-acclaimed watercolors, and viewers will also be treated to a sample of watercolor paintings by the late Gail Overaa.

The public is invited to a gala opening reception in the gallery to meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and view the exhibit on Friday, Aug. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery.

Lafayette

Town Hall's 'Education' performances continue July 29

Young actors are the focus as Town Hall Theatre's 2013 Town Hall Education program offers the next three performances in its summer theater education program schedule.

"Aladdin, Kids" performs July 29 at 6 and 7:30 p.m. "The Music Man, Jr." performs Aug. 5 at 6 and 7:30 p.m.; and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (rated PG-13) will be performed Friday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 17 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m.

All performances are at the Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St. near downtown Lafayette. For ticket information call 925-283-1557 or go to http://www.thtc.org/

'Celebrate Summer' exhibition now open

The new exhibition "Celebrate Summer" exhibition at the Lafayette Gallery reflects the joy, warmth and relaxation that summer brings.

Starting this week, the gallery is full of an all-new selection of paintings, photography, prints, cards, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture, available in a wide range of prices, and all designed to enhance your home with the evocation of the warm, sunny outdoors.

Also, the Lafayette Sculpture Garden is now open for the summer. The Sculpture Garden is unique in the Bay Area, and likely will close soon with adjacent development.

The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MORAGA

'Feast' of works by Osolin, Isaacs, others

"Beauty and the Feast," featuring paintings by Josie Osolin and ceramics by Elayne Isaacs, is now on exhibit at the Moraga Art Gallery, and is set to run through Aug. 10.

Osolin's abstract paintings incorporate broad brush strokes and myriad high-energy color and textures. The show also includes works by the gallery's 14 resident artists and several guest artists.

The gallery is at 522 Center St., in the Rheem Shopping Center; for information, go to moragaartgallery.com, call 925-376-5407 or email moragaartgallery@gmail.com