Lamorinda's Best

Exhibits

  • Student Art from Afghanistan, Trust in Education -- Through Jan. 13. Afghanistan is a country with deep roots in art and culture. Though many beautiful treasures have been destroyed by war and political strife, Afghan children continue to create art and imagine a world of peace. This exhibit, brought to you by Trust in Education (TIE) and the Lafayette Public Art Committee, highlights drawings created by students taking classes funded by TIE. Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. 925-385-2280.

    Events

  • Diablo Symphony's annual Crab Gala -- 6-9 p.m. Jan. 25. Along with a delicious crab dinner, the evening features a silent auction, wine pull, live auction, and other entertainment, with all proceeds going to the Diablo Symphony. Del Valle Clubhouse (Rossmoor), 3400 Golden Rain Road, Walnut Creek. $65. www.diablosymphony.org/Events.html.

    Auditions

  • Contra Costa Children's Chorus auditions -- 4 p.m. Jan. 8. Children who like to sing can audition at Our Savior's Lutheran Church for spring semester. This internationally known chorus is recognized for excellence in vocal training and performance skills. There are choir levels for boys and girls ages 6 to 16, with local performances and touring opportunities for advanced choirs. The honors level choir is currently preparing to travel to Argentina during the summer of 2014. 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. Call for an appointment or info at 925-945-7101, ext. 1 or email frontdesk@childrenschorus.org.

  • 'WomenSing' auditions -- Jan. 7 and by appointment for experienced singers. Rehearsals 7:15-9:45 p.m. Wednesday evenings. All voice parts are welcome, and scholarships are available for qualified singers. Visit www.womensing.org to review the recent repertoire and listen online. Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. For info, email audition@womensing.org, call 925-974-9169, or visit womensing.org.

    Lectures

  • 'Anxiety:

    What Is It?' -- 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Presented by the mental illness outreach program Open Our Hearts. Guest speaker Daniel Weiner, clinical psychologist and assistant clinical professor at UC Berkeley, will define normal anxiety, describe the various disorders and explain treatment options. Q & A session will follow. Talmud Torah Center of Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette. Free. Diana Makieve: 925-988-9767.

    Home and Garden

  • Lamorinda Home Expo '14, sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities -- Offering local vendors an opportunity to connect with motivated homeowners of the East Bay. With aging homes in Lamorinda, owners are looking for ways to update, increase energy efficiency, and generally improve the livability of their homes. Expo, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 26, Veterans Memorial Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. www.lamorindahomeexpo.com.

    Meetings

  • Sons in Retirement Lamorinda Branch 171 -- 11 a.m. social hour; noon lunch Jan. 8. The after lunch speaker will be Saint Mary's College Professor Ron Olowin, of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Olowin is known for his creative and entertaining perspectives on the Universe. He will share his latest views of the cosmos. Holy Trinity Culture Center, 1700 School St., Moraga. For details and membership information, call Larry at 925-631-9528.

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