Lamorinda's Best

Religious happenings

  • Community Christmas Celebration -- 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Celebrate the birth of Christ and all that His life on earth means for you. During the candlelight celebration, hear the Christmas story anew, along with songs of the season. Afterward, meet others from the area while enjoying some sweet treats. Refuge Community Church, 155 Moraga Road, Moraga. 925-942-1000.

    Events

  • Boy Scout Troop 224's Annual Christmas Tree Lot -- Daily from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. until they sell out. Visit and support local Boy Scout Troop 224's tree lot this holiday season. The Boy Scouts are eager to help you select the perfect fresh cut tree. Choose from noble fir, grand fir, Douglas fir and Nordmann. Delivery available in Lamorinda for a nominal fee (free to seniors). Holiday decor and garland also available for purchase. Next to the Lafayette Community Gardens on Mt. Diablo Boulevard, between the Reservoir and Oakwood Athletic Club. 3900 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette. http://www.facebook.com/Troop224Lafayette

  • Tarabrook Holiday Boutique -- Noon-8 p.m. Nov. 30 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 1-2. If you are looking for fabulous homemade holiday gifts in your own backyard, you will want to attend the Tarabrook Holiday Boutique (which you may have known formerly as the Overhill Boutique, brought to you by Jackie Smith and her fellow Orinda artisans. This is a good opportunity to shop locally and to support local artists and craftspeople. Have you been looking for stuffed animals, jewelry, apricot-jalapeno pepper jelly or even Cal baby booties? 1 Tarabrook Drive, Orinda. https://www.facebook.com/events/292780244161538/

  • Celebrate the Joy of Remembrance at the 26th Annual Hospice of the East Bay Tree of Lights -- 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Come and enjoy music, poetry, remembrances by family members and friends of Hospice, and the special moment when the tree lights up. There will be a tree lighting ceremony 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Orinda Tree in Orinda Village, and at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Moraga & Lafayette Tree, Moraga Country Club, 1600 St. Andrews Drive, Moraga. There will be a reception following the tree lighting. 925-887-5678, www.hospiceeastbay.org.

  • Contra Costa Jewish Day School Open House -- 3-5 p.m. Dec. 2. Children welcome. Small class sizes, values-based education, strong academics in both general and Jewish studies, experienced dynamic faculty, Hebrew and Spanish, warm parent community, a new school building, financial assistance. Come and discover what CCJDS has to offer. Reservations to Amy Wittenberg, admissions director, at 925-284-8288 or www.ccjds.org.

  • Orinda Union School District Reception -- 6-6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. In honor of Pat Rudebusch. Come and thank her for her many years of dedicated service to the Orinda school community. Light refreshments will be served. Orinda Union School District, 25 Orinda Way, Suite 200, Orinda. 925-254-4901.

  • Identity Theft Forum -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 5. City of Lafayette, Crime Prevention Commission. Meet with Lafayette Police Detectives to learn the latest crime prevention strategies, including tips to avoid identity theft. No reservations necessary. Lafayette Library and Learning Center Community Hall, 3491 Mt Diablo. Free. 925-385-2280.

    Music

  • Saint Mary's College Chamber Musicians -- 8 p.m. Dec. 4. Directed by Martin Rokeach, Lino Rivera and Dawn Foster-Dodson, the student instrumentalists and vocalists are featured in a performance of small-ensemble works from the Renaissance to the present. Recently represented composers include Monteverdi, Handel, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Brahms. Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga. Free. 925-631-4000.

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