Lamorinda's Best

Food/Wine

  • Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center, Fresh Farmers' Cheese Making Workshop -- 3:30-5 p.m. Sept. 7. Presented by Leah Atwood and Michelle Wight from MESA, the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture. Hear about Leah's first year of raising three goats in an urban setting. This hands-on workshop will teach you the techniques of basic fresh cheese making that you can do right in your kitchen with store-bought milk. This workshop is designed for beginning cheesemakers, cheese eaters, and anyone interested in goats. All In a Jar - Canning Basics with Penny Porter 3:30-5 p.m. Sept. 21. Learn the basics on water bath canning for high-acid foods. Discuss the best foods for this process, the tools you need and the do's and don'ts. There are many tricks and techniques that make canning a unique process for extending the life of your favorite foods. This class will provide quintessential knowledge and skills for how to begin canning in your home. Ages 18 and up. $5 donations for both classes. 3932 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Registration: www.lafayettecommunitygarden.org.

    Events

  • Dancing with the Cars - Rebels With a Cause -- 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Produced by Orinda Rotary in partnership with the Orinda Classic Car Shoe, this fifties bash includes a collection of cars from the era, hosted cocktails, live entertainment, a deluxe diner-style menu by Shelby's restaurant, silent and live auctions and of course, dancing. Orinda's Community Center, 28 Orinda Way. www.orindarotary.org.


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  • Toast to Moraga,

    40th Anniversary Celebration -- 6-8 p.m. Sept. 27. Join the community for a picnic-style (bring your own), dinner in the park. Dinner tables will be placed in the Moraga Commons Park for dinner under a canopy of lights. DJ RyanO and the Campolindo High School musicians will provide the evening's entertainment. Attendees are encouraged to bring a potluck from home or pre-order food from your favorite local restaurant and bring it with you. Get creative and enter the table decorating contest. Toast Contest. Each six-foot table comes with six chairs and a bottle of sparkling juice for $35. Register Online or download the application form. Deadline Sept. 12. http://bit.ly/1zOcagq.

  • Lafayette Juniors Rummage Sale -- 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 4. Pre-loved designer clothes, baby and kid clothes, toys, and gear, furniture, household goods and more. All sale proceeds benefit local nonprofits that serve seniors, families, and children in need. Special early bird entrance fee $3 per adult from 7 to 8 a.m. Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive in Lafayette. Cash only. www.lafayettejuniors.org.

    Classes

  • Pilates Introduction and Demonstration -- 2 p.m. Aug. 30. Learn and practice some Pilates movements and principles and experience the benefits for yourself. Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way. 925-254-2184.

    Health

  • Blood Donations -- 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 6. Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church, 10 Moraga Valley Lane, Moraga; 2-7 p.m. Sept. 10. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 66 St. Stephen's Drive, Orinda. 800-733-2767.

    Meetings

  • Sons in Retirement Lamorinda Branch 171 -- 11 a.m. Sept. 3. The after lunch speaker will be Clive Worsley, Artistic Director of Learning at California Shakespeare Theater. He will speak about the Artistic Learning Program which brings the arts and theater to more than 5,000 youths in the Bay Area. He will also discuss the current variety of theater presented at Cal Shakes. Holy Trinity Culture Center, 1700 School St., Moraga. Larry: 925-631-9528, branch171.sirinc2.org/newsletters.htm.

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