General Calendars

Due to the ever-changing situation with COVID-19, check with venues before attending to see if events are taking place.

DECEMBER CALENDAR
Orinda Library is open to the public. With few exceptions, masks are required by the County for anyone not vaccinated. All events are currently online only. They can be viewed at: https://ccclib.bibliocommons.com/events. Open hours are Mon. through Thu., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Sun. 26 Orinda Way, Call 925.254.2184 for more information or visit http://ccclib.org.
Christian Science Church Prayer Garden open to all for Quiet Meditation. Pray, read, meditate. All are welcome anytime during daylight hours. 24 Orinda Way.
1 Orinda Library invites the public to contribute nonperishable food items to their Contra Costa and Solano County Food Bank donation barrel located upstairs in the library rotunda now through December 30. Questions? Call 925-254-2184.
   Art Gallery at the Orinda Library “Inspired by the Greats” Lamorinda Arts Council welcomes 36 members of the Lamorinda Arts Alliance to an in-person and virtual exhibit. Artist reception with jazz. Sat. Dec. 4, 3 to 5 p.m. See article.
   Art Gallery at Wilder – Lamorinda Arts Council features Christian Ehrhorn’s solo exhibit of oil paintings entitled “Orinda in the Abstract.” Artist reception Sun., Dec. 5 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. View his work online the remainder of the month or request an in-person viewing. See article.
   Hofssi Chocolates pop up store will be located at Reasonable Books in Lafayette, two doors away from Trader Joe’s. Through Dec. 24. To order on line go to www.hofssi.com.
2 Orinda Books Pat’s Book Club will meet to discuss This Is Happiness by Niall Williams. 11 a.m. The book is available at Orinda Books. Call 925.254.7606 or email info@orindabooks.com.
   Saint Mary’s College Guild, Christmas Party, Dec. 2,11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., College Soda Activity Center. Performance by College Chorale directed by Dr. Julie Ford with SMC pianist Sharon Lee Kim. Festivities include raffling a valuable Money Tree. Tickets are $55 with all proceeds going to student financial aid scholarships. Send checks, payable to St. Mary’s College Guild, to Cynthia Jane Kelly, 628 Augusta Dr., Moraga, 94556. Call 925-388-0437 for more information.
4 Orinda Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m. Orinda Way in front of Rite Aid and the Community Park. www.cccfm.org or market hotline at 925.431.8361. Also Dec. 11, and 27. See article.
   Friends of the Orinda Library Celebrate Three Events: 20th Anniversary, Mural Fundraiser and Book Sale, Library Plaza, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. See article.
    East Bay Hospice Tree of Lights ceremony. Orinda Village by Bank of America, 4:30 p.m. See article.
    Pianist Bobby Mitchell plays Schumann’s “Concerto Without Orchestra” at Santa Maria Church, 7 p.m., 40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda. This free concert also includes Mitchell’s composition, “Songs From Childhood.” See article.
5 Journey of Love Senior Crab Fest, Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets $65, senior tickets $35 and children ages 10 and under are free. Vegan option $35. Go to http://www.candaceevans.net or call 805.451.6156. See article.
10 Orinda Ballet Academy presents “A Sweet Dream Nutcracker,” through Dec. 12 at the Orinda Library Auditorium, 26 Orinda Way. For ticket information, visit www.orindaballetacademy.com or email patricia@orindaballetacademy.com. See article.
18 Chiller Diller Theatre presents Gremlins 5 p.m. Orinda Theatre. Visit www.orindamovies.com, or www.facebook.com/orindatheatre. See article.
27 Orinda Theater 80th birthday celebration 6:30 p.m. Cinema Paradiso, will be shown free to all donors. See article.

Send calendar items to Jill Gelster at calendar@aspenconsult.net.

CLUB MEETINGS IN DECEMBER
With the lifting of state-level restrictions some clubs are meeting in person while others still offer Zoom meetings. Use contact info for more information.

American Association of University Women – Orinda Moraga Lafayette Branch (AAU2W-OML). for information go to oml-ca.aauw.net.
Community Gentle Yoga, via Zoom, Mondays and Thursdays 9-10 a.m. Contact Gaby Mozee at gcmozee@gmail.com.  
Friends of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe. Third Monday, 7:30 p.m. Contact Kent Long for Zoom link at kentlong@moragaadobe.org. www.moragaadobe.org.
Friends of the Orinda Creeks. Fourth Wednesday. 3 p.m., 925.408.1840. www.orindacreeks.org. or info@orindacreeks.org.
Lamorinda Alcohol Policy Coalition. Third Wednesday, 10 a.m. 925.687.8844, ext. 227. https://bit.ly/3egD3EZ.
Lamorinda Meditation Community. Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:25 a.m., through Zoom. All levels and philosophies welcome. Contact Gaby Mozee at: gcmozee@gmail.com.
Lamorinda Republican Women Federated. Third Thursday. www.lamorindarepublicanwomenfederated.org.
Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary. Weekly meetings conducted in hybrid format – in person & Zoom, and are recorded for after-the-fact playback. General public can access at no charge. 7 – 8:15 a.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82609498205. Meetings are held at the Veterans Memorial Center, 3780 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. For information: www.lamorindasunrise.com or lamorindasunrise@gmail.com. Meetings: Dec. 3: Andrea Garreffa, “A Guatemalan farmer saved my life.” Dec.10: Saving the Florida panther one sperm at a time! Dec. 17: Kathy Bowles, Park Theater Trust.
Montelindo Garden Club, membership open to all, Email montelindogarden@aol.com to learn if the meeting is via Zoom and to request a link.
The Orinda Association. Tuesday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m., Zoom meeting. 925.254.0800 or www.orindaassociation.org.
Orinda Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting Dec. 15, 8 p.m. – via zoom. Contact Kristen Southworth at president@orindachamber.org for zoom link.
Orinda Garden Club, PO Box 34, Orinda, www.orindagc.org, 925.257.0668.
Orinda Hiking Club. Every weekend and first Wednesday, Ian at 925.254.1465 or http://www.orindahiking.org.
Orinda Historical Society. Call 925.254.1353 email information@orindahistory.org, http://orindahistory.org for times and location of meetings and appointments.
Orinda Junior Women’s Club. First Tuesday, 7 p.m., www.orindajuniors.org. Contact Erika Rosenberg, Membership Chair, at 415.867.3065.
Orinda Masonic Lodge #122 F&AM. 9 Altarinda Road, Orinda Masonic Center. 925.254.5211.
Orinda Rotary. Virtual meeting Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m., cmroeder@comcast.net or www.orindarotary.org for zoom link.
Orinda Satellite Rotary Club. Second Wednesday. Call Sylvia at 510.224.8548.
Orinda/Tábor (Czech Republic) Sister City Foundation. Fourth Thursday, 7 p.m., social, 7:30 p.m. meeting via Zoom. For more information, 
925.254.8260.
Orinda Teen Advisory Council meeting Dec. 2 Orinda Community Center, 3:45 p.m. Email Recreation Coordinator Matt Delmartini at mdelmartini@cityoforinda.org.
Orinda Woman’s Club. Currently meeting virtually Second Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. Email Jean Barnhart at jeanr.barnhart@gmail.com or go to 
www.orindawomansclub.org.
Road Runners. Runners meet 5:45 a.m. Tuesday at Papilion (67 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette), Wednesday (Gepettos 87 Orinda Way), Thursday (SiSI, 910 Country. Club Drive, Moraga) and Friday (Starbucks, 470 Moraga Road, Rheem).  Contact John Fazel, runmtns@prodigy.net.
Sons in Retirement (SIR) Lamorinda Branch 174, the second Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. For info, call Tyler at 925.963.5741 or Bill at 925.963.0442 or www.branch174.sirinc2.org.

Send club listings to Jill Gelster at calendar@aspenconsult.net.

CITY/FIRE ZOOM MEETING SCHEDULE
City Council. First and third Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Library Auditorium, 26 Orinda Way. www.cityoforinda.org.
Historic Landmarks Committee. Second Tuesday, 3-5 p.m. Call 925.788.7323. www.cityoforinda.org.
Moraga-Orinda Fire District. Third Wednesday, 7 p.m. For agenda, go to www.mofd.org/transparency/resources/board-agendas-minutes.
Planning Commission. Second and fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m., cityoforinda.org.