Lamorinda's Best

Events

  • Delta Kappa Gamma annual conference, 'Genealogy and Artifacts' -- 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Local women educators are invited to attend. Alpha Beers Quincy, a retired educator, 50-year DKG member and Lafayette resident, will discuss how she uncovered stories of her ancestors for the book she authored, "We Lived American History, 1600-2000." Flora Ninomiya, a representative from the Rosie the Riveter Museum, will highlight the plight of Japanese-American florists in Richmond following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and show the film "Blossoms and Thorns -- A Community Uprooted." Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville. $30-$35. Area3conference-2013@yahoo.com

  • Women's annual Spiral Dance -- 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Daughters of the Goddess welcomes women and girls of all ages. Each year they come together to honor and to celebrate the dead. A night to connect with ancestors through dancing, singing, prayer and storytelling. Orinda Masonic Temple, 9 Altarinda Road, Orinda. $23-$29. http://www.daughtersofthegoddess.com/.

  • Gump's/Ashley Morgan Trunk Show, to Benefit Saint Mary's Liberal Education for Arts Professionals (LEAP) program -- 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Gump's will host an exclusive trunk show featuring unique creations from the Ashley Morgan jewelry collection. LEAP students, including dancers from well-known Bay Area companies such as the San Francisco Ballet, Smuin Ballet and LINES Ballet, are set to appear to share their stories. Gump's, 135 Post St., San Francisco. Registration Required: 925-631-4787, cr14@stmarys-ca.edu

    Home and Garden

  • Lafayette Community Garden Harvest Festival -- Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 20. Garden tours, informal classes, local musicians, scavenger hunt, raffle and art projects for all ages. www.lafayettecommunitygarden.org

    Theater

  • 'And When We Awoke There was Light and Light' -- 8 p.m. Nov. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 and 2 p.m. Nov. 24. Laura Jacqmin's contemporary fable about teenage idealism and activism in the age of global connections. Guest director Susannah Martin stages the production. Saint Mary's College, LeFevre Theatre, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga. $5-$10. 925-631-4670, www.brownpapertickets.com.

    Workshops

  • 'The Family Circus:

    Walking the Tightrope of Elder Care and Aging' -- 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Helping empower families with solutions, knowledge and ideas on the challenges of aging. Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette. No charge, lunch provided. 925-937-2018.

    Meetings

  • Mt.

    Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club -- 11:30 a.m. Oct. 12. Ron Shoop will present "Confessions of a Bookseller." Zio Fraedo's Restaurants, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. $20-$25. Robin Gigoux, 925-933-9670, ragig@aol.com.

  • Diablo Valley Democratic Club -- 7 p.m. Oct. 24. District IV Supervisor Karen Mitchoff will discuss the general state of Contra Costa County and fire protection, criminal justice realignment, public employee contract negotiations and mental health services. Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. 925-946-0469, www.dvdems.org.

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