Lamorinda's Best

Workshops

  • Divorce Options Workshop -- 9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 13. An informational seminar open to those who want to learn more about the process of divorce. Learn how to talk about divorce with your children. Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church (LOPC), 49 Knox Drive, Room 201, Lafayette. $45 per participant, cash or check only. Collaborative Practice of the East Bay, a nonprofit organization www.cpeastbay.org Contact: 925 943-7456, divorceoptions.eastbay@gmail.com

    Events

  • Lamorinda CERT Drill Committee -- 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 20. This is the first time Lamorinda CERT members will practice their role in a simulated disaster in the neighborhoods as well as at a shelter. Under the supervision public officials in a simulated Emergency Operations Center, CERT members will organize their response teams and take the lead in search and rescue operations, opening the shelter and providing basic medical care. Neighborhood groups and CERT members interested in participating should visit www.lamorindacert.org or email drill@lamorindacert.org. Non-CERT volunteers who want to participate can sign-up to be victims on the website.

  • SusieCakes Lafayette Grand Opening Sock Hop -- 1-4 p.m. Oct. 27. SusieCakes an all-American homestyle bakery is celebrating the opening of its new Lafayette location with an old-fashioned Sock Hop. This family friendly event features 50s music, vintage cars, activities for the kids, and SusieCakes signature dessert favorites. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in coloring and costume contests, as well as a raffle to win a one-year membership in the 'Cake of the Month Club.' 3598 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Free. www.susiecakes.com.

    Religion

  • 'Women and the Church,' Women's Ministry at Our Savior's Lutheran Church -- 7 p.m. Oct. 27. An evening of conversation and fellowship. "Women and the Church: How Did Christianity Get Hijacked by Men and When Have Women Risen Up." Professor Jane Strohl, history professor at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. All welcome to this free event. 035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. 925-283-3722 www.oslc.net

    Seniors

  • Lafayette Senior Services Events -- "Digital Camera and Photo Management," 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Learn the basics of how to take photos efficiently, download them to your computer, organize, view and print them. $1-$3. "Estate Planning: Let's Get it Done Together," 10:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 18. Estate attorney will explain the basic estate planning forms in general. $1-$3. "A Beautiful Experience," 10:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 23. Pam Speka, image consultant, will share fashion tips and ideas for jazzing up your wardrobe, accessories, makeup and hair for that put-together look. Gifts, raffle prizes and more. Bring questions. $1-$3. All events held at Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Marys Road. To register for all events and fees, 925-284-5050.

    Music

  • Tanzanian band, two performances -- 7 p.m. Oct. 9, Holy Shepherd Church, 433 Moraga Way, Orinda. 7 p.m. Oct. 21, Our Savior's Lutheran, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. The New Life Band from Tanzania, East Africa makes a welcome return to California with new songs. Their memorable African rhythm gets your whole body moving blended with the Christian message that moves your soul. With a mixture of songs with traditional and modern instruments, the sound of Africa comes through loud and clear. Presented with energy, humor and a little audience participation, the concerts are memorable and not to be missed. Free. Donations welcome. 925-254-3422, www.holyshepherd.org.

    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.