Health Massive Interfaith Community Blood Drive -- Noon-6 p.m. July 31. Second annual event aims to collect more than twice as much blood this year. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3776 Via Granada, Moraga. Other locations and dates available throughout Bay Area during the month of July. Sign up with Ed Wells: 925-376-2401 or www.redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: InterfaithCommunity).
Food/Wine Wine and Food Pairing/Perfect Pairing -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 20. If you want the process of searching out perfect pairings to be more hit than miss, come for an informative evening and learn to apply a few simple principles to turn your palate into an increasingly confident guide. Pairing secrets, tips and insights for everyone from novice to connoisseur. Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Marys Road. $28, plus $15 supply fee. 925-284-2232, www.LafayetteRec.org.
Events Toastmasters Open House -- 7:30 a.m. July 26. Discover how the fear of public speaking can be overcome with supportive, time-tested methods. The focus will be on humor during a one-hour version of a typical meeting. Complimentary coffee, tea and pastry will be supplied by Stratford at Countrywood, 1545 Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette, where weekly meetings take place. Seating is limited. Call 925-457-5808.
Seniors Lafayette Senior Services Events -- '
Words of Wisdom, From the Philosophical to the Lighthearted' 10:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 21, Sept. 18. Take part in this freewheeling exchange of inspiration, information, and humor. Topics — from soup to nuts - will be explored, examined, and discussed by participants. Paul's stories and photographs will stimulate humorous discoveries regarding the benefits of becoming the 'elders of our tribe.'
'Art of Balance' -- 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 27. If you are worried about falling or are at risk of falling, you should know about activities that improve balance. Learn how to improve your balance and avoid the risk of falling. All events held at Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary's Road. To register for all events and fees: 925-284-5050.
Music 2012 Summer Concert Series at the Moraga Commons -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. July 26, Because, Beatles tribute band; Aug. 2, Houserockers, Rock and Roll; Aug. 9, Mixed Nuts, all decades of rock; Aug. 16, Motor Dude Zydeco, Cajun zydeco; Aug. 23, City Rocks Revue, Bay Area rock tribute. Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chairs to the grassy hillside in front of the band shell. Enjoy the music while your children enjoy the park. Bring a picnic or purchase delicious grilled dinners at the concession stand. Moraga Commons Park, intersection of Moraga Road and St. Marys Road. Free. www.moragaparks.org/concert.html Opera in the Park -- 4 p.m. July 29. Highlighting the Bay Area's own Open Opera performance troupe. Open Opera is dedicated bringing free, professional opera to Bay Area parks and other public spaces in order to foster an appreciation for this historic and superlative art form. The concert is free and will be a fun afternoon of Opera's greatest ensembles and arias. Picnic food and beverages will be on sale to benefit Rotary's many local and international service projects. Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way. 925-254-9572.
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