Lamorinda's Best

Lectures

  • 'Changing the World 101' -- 7 p.m. Jan. 8. Jason Connell is a 26-year old world traveler who has volunteered in some of the world's poorest regions. Changing the World 101 paints an authentic, compelling and stirringly personal portrait of human life around the world beyond the typical American experience. Through Connell's brilliant, engaging and personable style, audiences are able to clearly envision the realities of the world outside their borders; and more vitally, they are able to feel the truth of it in their hearts and come away from his presentations inspired to make a difference. Soda Center, Saint Marys College, 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga. Free and open to the public. 925-631-4771.

    Workshops

  • Savvy Social Security Planning -- 6:45-8 p.m. Jan. 16. Baby boomers are realizing that it will soon be their turn to collect. The decisions made 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.

    Events


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  • 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.

  • 'Embrace Your Dark Side:'

    Film Noir at Moraga Library -- 2 p.m. Jan. 23. Join County Librarian and film noir buff Barbara Flynn at the first of three free film noir screenings. Force of Evil, the first of the series, was directed by Abraham Polonsky, later blacklisted and prevented from directing for several decades. The screening, free and open to the public, starts at 2 p.m. There will be time for discussion following the screening. 1500 St. Mary's Road, Moraga. 925-376-6852, ext. 200, ccclib.org.

  • Lafayette United Methodist Church Community Service Day -- Jan. 26. A few hours of service can make a positive change in the community. Member volunteers of Lafayette United Methodist Church will be serving 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, please visit http://thelumc.org/service/changetheworld or call 925-284-4765.

    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. Lafayette Community Center, 500 Saint Marys Road, Lafayette. 925-284-5050.

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