Lamorinda's Best

Home and Garden

(Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center)

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    Our Secret Garden II' -- 9-10 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays, through July 24. Eli Chan will offer children a chance to learn about ecology. Kids will head outside and connect with nature through stories, physical activity and garden-related crafts. Young children and families. Community Garden, 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

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    Paws to Read, Pause to See' -- Noon-1 p.m. July 12. Listen to children's librarians tell stories about seeing things differently and then take a close-up look at miracles in the garden. Magnifying glasses and observation notebooks will be provided for detailed record keeping. Young children and families. Community Garden, 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

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    Lafayette's Amazing Natural History' -- 3:30-5 p.m. July 12. Doc Jim Hale, wildlife biologist, naturalist and ethnobiologist will bring alive the natural history of the Lamorinda area. All ages. Community Garden, 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

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    Nourishment for a Healthy and Happy Family' -- 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 13. Participants will gain knowledge needed to make the best food choices for their families. Developed for parents, grandparents and others caring for children. Community Garden, 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd. All above classes are free, however, a $5 donation to support education programs is appreciated. Registration: www.lafayettecommunitygarden.org.


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  • 'Summer Day Camp: Meeting Nature Through Miwok Eyes' -- 8:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 4-8. Youths and adults will live as tribal members adopting Native American names and cultural observances. You will use what nature has provided for tools, meals, clothing and shelter. Ages 8-12, and 6-12 participants. Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center, 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd. $50. http://lafayettecommunitygarden.org/sign-up-for-events/.

    Exhibits

  • 'Luminous: Nature Revealed and Reimagined' -- Noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through Aug. 9. Highlighting the beauty of the natural world through floral photographs by resident artist Lucy Beck, and fruit and vegetable bowls and jewelry by guest artist Margaret Dorfman. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. June 7. Rheem Shopping Center, 522 Center St., Moraga. 925-376-5407.

    Health

  • Red Cross Blood Drive -- 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 12. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Moraga/Orinda, 3776 Via Granada, Moraga. redcrossblood.org.

    Meetings

  • Sons in Retirement Lamorinda Branch 171 -- 11 a.m. July 2. Speaker will be Sandy Barbour, director of athletics at UC Berkeley. She will speak about the Memorial Stadium renovation, the recent accomplishments of Cal athletics, the latest news about the football program and the recent hiring of Cuonzo Martin as new men's basketball coach. Holy Trinity Culture Center, 1700 School St., Moraga. Tom: 925-376-7724.

    Events

  • Diablo Ballet 'Dance on Film' Series:

    "Funny Face" -- 6:30 p.m. July 10. A Pygmalion story set in the world of high fashion from 1957. Before the screening, artistic director Lauren Jonas and Diablo Ballet dancer Edward Stegge will present fun facts about the film. Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 925-283-6513, www.diabloballet.org.

  • Art and Jazz Sunset Social: 5-8 p.m. July 12. Live music with Dogbone, wines, plein-air artists, more. 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. $15; $25 at door (cash only). Food, drinks sold separately. www.ruthbancroftgarden.org. 925-944-9352.

  • Professional job fair: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 22. Sales reps, account executives, retail managers, more. Bring 10-15 resumes, dress professional. Embassy Suites Hotel, 1345 Treat Blvd., Walnut Creek. Free; parking $5. Register: www.hirelive.com/calendar.

  • Pet foster orientation: 10 a.m. July 26. Learn the joys of caring for dogs or cats, kittens, puppies in your home. For ages 12 and older. ARF, 2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek. Free. Register: www.arf.net, 925-256-1273.

  • Diablo Ballet's Gourmet Gallop -- 6-9 p.m. Aug. 7. Sip, sample and stroll your way through downtown Walnut Creek on a one-of-a-kind culinary adventure. Check-in: Massimo Ristorante, 1604 Locust St., Walnut Creek. $35-$45. 925-943-1775, www.diabloballet.org/events. MISCELLANEOUS

  • Miramonte Class of 1964 50 Year Reunion -- 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16. Orinda Country Club. Tevis Thompson: 925-228-0120, Tevist@sbcglobal.net.

    Submit calendar items two weeks in advance to Lamorinda's Best, c/o the Times, P.O. Box 8099, Walnut Creek 94598, email ccsun@bayareanewsgroup.com. For a news release form, contact Lisa Herendeen at 925-945-4785.