Lamorinda's Best

Workshops

  • Divorce Options -- 9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 17, and repeated the second Saturday of every month. An informational seminar open to those who want to learn more about the process of divorce. Hear how mediation, collaboration and other alternatives compare to litigation from a local divorce lawyer, financial specialist and a mental health specialist. Understand the legal, financial, psychological and social issues of divorce. Learn how to talk about divorce with your children. Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church (LOPC), 49 Knox Drive, Room 201, Lafayette.$45 per participant, cash or check only. Collaborative Practice of the East Bay, a nonprofit organization www.cpeastbay.org. 925-943-7456, divorceoptions.eastbay@gmail.com.

    Events

  • Meet Writer Rod Fujita, author of 'Heal the Oceans' -- 7-9 p.m. Nov. 15. Fujita received a Ph.D in marine ecology from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., and began working at the Environmental Defense Fund in 1988. There, he cofounded EDF's Oceans Program, one of the largest and most effective ocean conservation groups in the world. Refreshments, a conversation with Rod, sales of his books and an autographing opportunity. Orinda Community Church Fellowship Hall, 10 Irwin Way, Orinda. 925-254-0199.


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  • Help Feed Our Furry Friends, pet food drive -- Nov. 16. Share the Joy Pet Photography of Lafayette is teaming up with the Contra Costa Humane Society to collect pet food. For $50 and a 30-pound bag of dog or cat food, participants receive a beautiful 5x7 print and digital file. All food is donated to the Contra Costa County Humane Society's AniMeals Program where food is distributed to needy families. Lucas Drive, Lafayette. Reserve your space at 925-284-3280, Barbara@sharethejoyphotography.com, www.sharethejoyphotography.com.

  • Scouting For Food -- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17. Boy Scouts hit doorsteps across the nation to collect nonperishable food for local food banks. The local food banks alone expect 175,000 pounds of food from Boy Scouts who collect food from residential addresses. Even with 6,000 Scouts and supporters canvassing neighborhoods, the Scouts can't cover every doorstep. Those who received a Scouting For Food door hanger are on the Scout's collection route for this drive. Please remember to place your donated food in a bag or box by 9 a.m. and it will be picked up by a Scout before 3 p.m. Jim Mattson, 925-408-4065 or Joe Squeri, 925-674-6123.

    Music

  • An Evening of Fellowship and Spiritual Music -- 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23. Alex Cook and Ben Vaughan, Christian musicians from Boston and Canada, with original songs celebrating and defending spiritual identity. Inclusive, nondenominational, a delight for all ages. Co-sponsored by the Christian Science Churches in Orinda and Pleasant Hill. Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Free, Bring cookies as a donation. 925-258-9442, www.csorinda.org.

    Theater

  • Spring Awakening, Saint Mary's College -- 7 p.m. 15-18, 2 p.m. Nov. 18. Rock Musical. Featuring live music, stunning design and world-class choreography, this multiple Tony Award-winning musical is a stirring theatrical event poised to conjure many of the aspirations, fears and experiences of our students and community. Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget. Contains adult content; parental discretion advised. LaFevre Theatre, Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga. $8-$15. Sharon Cahill: 925-631-4670.

    If you have a one-time event to run in the Best of the Sun calendar, send two weeks in advance to Lamorinda's Best, c/o the Times, P.O. Box 8099, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-8099, or e-mail to ccsun@bayareanewsgroup.com. For a news release form, contact Lisa Herendeen, 925-945-4785.