Lamorinda's Best

Events

  • Orinda Action Day -- 9 a.m. April 20. Projects are taking place on the Theatre Square and Village sides of town, at the schools and along the creeks. Many projects are kid-friendly and Scout troops are especially sought to participate. It's also a good way for students to fulfill volunteer hours required by their schools. The event begins with registration (drop-ins welcome, too) at the Library Plaza and check in with project leader and group. Enjoy fresh fruit, bagels and coffee, get a free T-shirt (while supplies last) and come back for pizza when your project is finished (by 11:30-noon.). 26 Orinda Way, Orinda. www.orindafoundation.org.

  • Labyrinth Walk -- 7-8 p.m. April 26. walk the Chartres-style labyrinth. Gentle music will be playing in the background. Labyrinths are an ancient tool which are undergoing a revival of interest and use. Guides for walking the labyrinth will be available if desired. The Chapel will be open for prayers and regularly spaced wisdom and sacred readings. All are welcome. Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette. 925-283-8722.

  • 'Brunch, Bridge and Bunk' -- 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 29. A day of games, conversation, munching and door prizes at Moraga Women's Society annual fundraiser. Holy Trinity Cultural Center, 1700 School St., Moraga. $30. Deadline April 22. 925-376-3187.

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  • Special Hike and Garden Fundraising Event -- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 5. Wildlife biologist and naturalist Jim Hale will lead a natural and cultural history interpretive hike to Morgan Territory Regional Preserve. Meet at the parking lot and staging area to the preserve at 8:30 a.m. for a brief introduction and orientation. At 9 a.m. depart on a 5-mile moderate loop saunter as Hale interprets the medicinal and edible uses of wildflowers and native plants. Bring a lunch and plenty of liquids. Wear appropriate clothing and hiking shoes. Carpool from the Community Garden or meet at the staging area. Morgan Territory Preserve can be reached by taking Ygnacio Valley Road to Clayton. Take a right on Marsh Creek Road for three miles. Turn right on Morgan Territory Road and continue for 9.4 miles to the staging area at the top of the ridge on the left. $30-$50. This is a tax-deductible donation to Lafayette Community Garden. To register, email bethferree@comcast.net. www.lafayettecommunitygarden.org.

    Meetings

  • Diablo Valley Democratic Club -- 7 p.m. April 24. Joshua Holland, senior staff writer for the Internet news magazine AlterNet, will discuss the economy, income inequality and immigration at the meeting. Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Rd., Walnut Creek. 925-946-0469 or www.dvdems.org

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  • 2013 annual Sudden Oak Death Citizen Survey Blitz -- April 27-28. The SOD Blitz is an important annual monitoring campaign conducted by UC Berkeley and funded by the US Forest Service. Training: 10 a.m.-noon April 27, Garden Room of the Orinda Community Center. Learn about SOD, including preventive measures, and how to identify possibly infected trees from UC expert and research scientist Dr. Matteo Garbelotto. During the rest of the weekend collect suspect leaves during times and in areas of your choice. Dr. Garbelotto's lab will analyze the leaves over the summer and post the results in October on his website. Let Hudson (wllhh@ymail.com) know if you will come to the Orinda training. www.sodblitz.org.

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