Lamorinda's Best

Classes

  • 'Acting from the Ground Up' -- 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays Jan. 29-March 25. Veteran actor Richard Farrell will lead an acting class geared toward beginners as well as more experienced performers wishing to hone their skills. The class will focus on creating roles through talking and listening, personalization and image work. Farrell has performed and taught classes at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival's Professional Actor Training Program, Center Rep's Young Rep summer program and holds a master's degree from the University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program. Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Marys Road, Lafayette. 925-284-2232, www.lafayetterec.org.

    Workshops

  • Divorce Options Workshop -- 9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 12 (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, 49 Knox Drive, Room 201, Lafayette. $45 per participant, cash or check only. Collaborative Practice of the East Bay, a nonprofit organization, 925-943-7456, www.cpeastbay.org, divorceoptions.eastbay@gmail.com.

  • Savvy Social Security Planning -- 6:45-8 p.m. Jan. 16. After being told for years that Social Security is "going broke," it will soon be baby boomers' 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

  • Moraga Movers -- 11 a.m. Jan. 14. Active Adults + 55. The after-lunch speaker is Ruth McCahan, chair of the Lamorinda Village Task Force. Saint Mary's College Soda Center, 1928 Saint Marys Road, Moraga. 925-376-6622, www.moragamovers.org.

    Home and Garden

  • Second annual Lamorinda Home Expo -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 27. Lamorinda Home Expo '13 offers the latest trends in home and landscape improvement and design. Homeowners wondering how to make changes to their home will get answers to their questions and find local high quality contractors and suppliers. Veterans Memorial Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Free. www.lamorindawebhomeexpo.com.

    Seniors

  • Lafayette Senior Services --

    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 College for itsr Creative Writing Reading Series. $1-$3.

    Cross-Stitch for Beginners, 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 16. Join this ongoing, drop-in group for one-on-one instruction, guidance or simply a relaxing afternoon spent with fellow stitchers. Allow Ben to guide you regarding designs and supplies for a new project, or bring your own. You will be amazed at the works of art Ben has created with needle, embroidery floss, and cross-stitch fabric. Many free supplies are available at the class. $1-$3. Lafayette Community Center, 500 Saint Marys Road, Lafayette. 925-284-5050.

    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.