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 conduct a class geared toward beginners as well as more experienced performers wishing to work on their acting skills. 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 that 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.

    Seniors

  • Lafayette Senior Services --

    Public Purpose Programs, 10:30 a.m.-Noon Jan. 8. The California PUC offers many programs that can save you money or provide a needed service. These include such things as a 20 percent discount on your gas and electric bill, home energy savings assistance programs, and much more. Learn more about the many programs that might help you cut costs. Free.

    Document Your Life Story, 1-3 p.m. Jan. 16, 30, Feb. 6, 20, March 6, 20. If you have wanted to write the stories, memories, and experiences of your life but haven't known where to start, wait no longer. Michael will guide you through the process of leaving a living history for future generations. Included will be an optional outing to Saint Mary's for its Creative Writing Reading series. $1-$3. Lafayette Community Center, 500 Saint Marys Road, Lafayette. 925-284-5050.

    Theater

  • 'The Princess and the Pea' -- 7 p.m. Jan. 30 and 4 p.m. Jan. 31. Hans Christian Anderson's much adored traditional fairy tale of honesty and love. The short story is elaborated into an almost full hour of children-focused entertainment. 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 -- or, as the saying goes, "for kids from 1 to 92". LeFevre Theatre, Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga. $8. 925-631-4670, brown papertickets.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.