What is Mindfulness?

Thursday, June 29, 2017 6:30 PM
Located at the Arts & Science Discovery Center
Mindfulness is far more than the newest buzz word used throughout corporations, schools, prisons, and politics. Come to this introductory talk to learn about what it is, gain practical tips on how to integrate it into your daily life, and participate in a guided meditation.
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Friday Connections – Innermost House and the Art of Simplicity

Friday, June 30, 2017 1:00 PM
Located at the Arts & Science Discovery Center
This informal conversation with Diana and Michael Lorence of Innermost House will examine the many ways of simplicity, and how an experience of seven years in the woods without electricity, telephone or automobile may be adapted to simplify even the busiest life in the world.

Diana Lorence speaks across the country at universities, libraries and environmental associations. Her Innermost House has been featured in House Beautiful, Fine Homebuilding, The Oregonian, Mother Earth Living, Green Style, The Examiner, Furniture and Home Fashion, Yahoo and AOL Homepages, Kiplinger, Tiny House Blog, Fair Companies, and hundreds of websites, books and newspapers around the world.

Please register below-- space is limited.

Friday Connections is presented in partnership with the City of Lafayette’s Senior Services Commission.
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Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 11:00 AM
Located at the Community Hall
Nature Journaling makes you a better observer, naturalist, and artist and opens a world of beauty and discovery.

Do you want to keep a nature journal or bump your current practice to a higher orbit? Join us for our monthly workshop series, and see the possibilities of what a journal can be! If you already have a journal kit, bring it along plus any personal favorite sketching or nature study supplies.

In this class you will:

•Learn the practices that makes journaling a lifelong habit (and what does not work).
•Get tips to help you to set up your journaling kit.
•Participate in a journal kit show and tell
•Discover field tested logistics of sketching in the field.
•Learn the foundational strategy to draw any subject.

All ages and experience levels welcome. 2nd Wednesday of each month.
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LHS Speaker Series: A Conversation with a Well Known Author

Sunday, July 16, 2017 1:30 PM
Located at the Community Hall
As the Statue of Liberty stood unlit and unloved by American politicians in 1886, one of her saviors was creating a theatrical sensation at New York’s Fourteenth Street Theatre. Actor M.B. Curtis, the immigrant, jumped up to become the only private citizen in our nation’s history to pay for lighting the Statue of Liberty’s torch while Congress dodged the funding issue and international embarrassment. Author and historian Richard Schwartz will deliver an illustrated talk about the fascinating life story of Jewish immigrant actor M.B. Curtis.


For More Information: http://lafayettehistory.org/speaker-series-conversation-well-known-author/ Contact us at lafayette.history@comcast.net or call the History Room at (925) 283-1848

Donation Requested $10.00 LHS members; $15.00 non-members
Kids under 14 free with paying adult

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Sweet Thursday presents: Robert Pearl, M.D.

Thursday, August 3, 2017 7:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
The Lafayette Library is excited to welcome Robert Pearl, M.D. author of Mistreated: Why We Think We're Getting Good Health Care -- and Why We're Usually Wrong. Dr. Pearl (former executive director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group) is uniquely qualified to speak about the shortcomings and opportunities for improvement of America's health care system. Please join us for a stimulating talk on how we can attain a healthier future.
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Julia Morgan, American Architect (Friday Connections)

Friday, August 4, 2017 1:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Join local artist Dorrie Langley for a discussion of the life and works of renowned Bay Area architect Julia Morgan (1872-1957).

Program attendees are encouraged to join the discussion on this California icon known for her distinctive Craftsman and Mediterranean designs, her social conscience, and her early success in a male- dominated profession.

Friday Connections offers a variety of activities, games, film screenings, and speakers for older adults. Every Friday at 1pm - Free - Register below, but walk-ins are always welcome.

This series is presented in partnership with the City of Lafayette’s Senior Services Commission.
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Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 11:00 AM
Located at the Community Hall
Nature Journaling makes you a better observer, naturalist, and artist and opens a world of beauty and discovery.

Do you want to keep a nature journal or bump your current practice to a higher orbit? Join us for our monthly workshop series, and see the possibilities of what a journal can be! If you already have a journal kit, bring it along plus any personal favorite sketching or nature study supplies.

In this class you will:

•Learn the practices that makes journaling a lifelong habit (and what does not work).
•Get tips to help you to set up your journaling kit.
•Participate in a journal kit show and tell
•Discover field tested logistics of sketching in the field.
•Learn the foundational strategy to draw any subject.

All ages and experience levels welcome. 2nd Wednesday of each month.
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Children’s Author of “Beauty and the Beak”

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 6:00 PM
Located at the Community Hall
Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle is the true, heart lifting story of Beauty, the injured bald eagle whose story made world news. Beauty and the Beak is being published in celebration of the 10th anniversary of bald eagles no longer being designated as an endangered or threatened species. The book is a Junior Library Guild selection and a CALIFORNIA READS recommended title of the California Teachers Association.

Deborah Lee Rose, author of Beauty and the Beak, is an internationally published, award winning author of 15 children's books (www.deborahleerose.com). She lives in Walnut Creek. Deborah coauthored the book with Idaho raptor biologist Jane Veltkamp, who led the team that engineered Beauty's 3D-printed, prosthetic beak.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be provided. Join us for a fun and informative evening!

This program is recommended for ages 7 and up. (Grades 2 and up)
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Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 11:00 AM
Located at the Community Hall
Nature Journaling makes you a better observer, naturalist, and artist and opens a world of beauty and discovery.

Do you want to keep a nature journal or bump your current practice to a higher orbit? Join us for our monthly workshop series, and see the possibilities of what a journal can be! If you already have a journal kit, bring it along plus any personal favorite sketching or nature study supplies.

In this class you will:

•Learn the practices that makes journaling a lifelong habit (and what does not work).
•Get tips to help you to set up your journaling kit.
•Participate in a journal kit show and tell
•Discover field tested logistics of sketching in the field.
•Learn the foundational strategy to draw any subject.

All ages and experience levels welcome. 2nd Wednesday of each month.
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Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:00 AM
Located at the Community Hall
Nature Journaling makes you a better observer, naturalist, and artist and opens a world of beauty and discovery.

Do you want to keep a nature journal or bump your current practice to a higher orbit? Join us for our monthly workshop series, and see the possibilities of what a journal can be! If you already have a journal kit, bring it along plus any personal favorite sketching or nature study supplies.

In this class you will:

•Learn the practices that makes journaling a lifelong habit (and what does not work).
•Get tips to help you to set up your journaling kit.
•Participate in a journal kit show and tell
•Discover field tested logistics of sketching in the field.
•Learn the foundational strategy to draw any subject.

All ages and experience levels welcome. 2nd Wednesday of each month.
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