Lamorinda's Best

Classes

  • Acting Class, "Acting from the Ground Up" -- 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays Jan. 29-March 25. Veteran actor Richard Farrell (currently appearing as Scrooge in San Jose Repertory Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol") will be conducting an acting class geared toward beginners as well as more experienced performers wishing to work on their acting skills. The class will focus on the beginnings of creating a role through talking and listening, personalization and image work. Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Marys Road, Lafayette. 925-284-2232, www.lafayetterec.org.

    Workshops

  • Savvy Social Security Planning -- 6:45-8 p.m. Jan. 16. After being told for years that Social Security is "going broke," baby boomers are realizing it will soon be their turn to collect. But the decisions you make now can have a tremendous impact of the total amount of benefits you stand to receive over your lifetime. This informative seminar covers the basics of Social Security and reveals strategies for maximizing your benefits. Ages 55 and up. 500 St. Marys Road, Lafayette. $28. 925-284-2232, www.lafayetterec.org.

    Meetings

  • Sons in Retirement Lamorinda Branch 171 -- 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 2. The after lunch speaker will be Mike Frazier, Financial Analyst, Bedell Frazier. Holy Trinity Culture Center, 1700 School St., Moraga. Larry: 925-631-9528.

    Events

  • Crab feed to benefit Sentinels of Freedom -- 5 p.m. Jan. 5. Menu: Marinated crab, plain crab, garlic bread, salad, pasta and dessert. A kids menu of pizza or mac and cheese and juice will also be provided depending on the number of kids in attendance. One water, soda or iced tea per person. Red and white wine will be provided with dinner and you may also bring your own wine. Two full bars will be open all night. DJ Music will be Provided by DJ Bogenius and Live Jazz by the Dave Parker Quartet. Entertainment for kids will include balloons, face painting and games. Lafayette Community Center, 500 Saint Mary's Road, Lafayette. $20-$50. Alex Lerner, 925-998-8953 or Andy Boggeri 510-919-1074.

  • Community Service Day, Lafayette United Methodist Church -- Jan. 26. A few hours of service can make a positive change in the community. Member volunteers from the church will serve those in need, and the public is invited to participate. Service projects will be available for all ages and skill levels, benefiting the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Bay Area Rescue Mission, Juvenile Hall — Hall Closet, Shelter Inc., Monument Crisis Center and Toys for Tots. For more information, visit http://thelumc.org/service/changetheworld or call 925-284-4765.

    Theater

  • "The Princess and the Pea," Saint Mary's College -- 7 p.m. Jan. 30 and 4 p.m. Jan. 31. Hans Christian Anderson's much adored traditional fairy tale of honesty and love by. The short story is elaborated into an almost full hour of children-focused entertainment. The entire production, the design, building of set and character performances are done by the Saint Mary's students enrolled in the "January Term" course Children's Theatre, under the direction of story adapter and class instructor Michael Cook. Staying faithful to the Andersen text, the students will add their own imagination, theatricality, delightful acting and beautiful sets and costumes. This production is suitable for grades pre-K to third. LeFevre Theatre, Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga. $8. 925-631-4670, brownpapertickets.com.

    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.