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Moraga Gallery Holiday Boutique. The current show at the Moraga Art Gallery, featuring the K. De Groot’s Asia-accented jewelry, continues through Jan. 6. In addition, member and guest artists are displaying a bounty of one-of-a-kind gifts: jewelry, paintings, scarves, ceramics, photographs, woodware, tree ornaments, greeting cards, and more. The gallery, 522 Center Street in Moraga’s Rheem Shopping Center, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Christmas. For more information, go to www.moragaartgallery.com, call (925) 376-5407 or email moragaartgallery@gmail.com.


In the Name of Love, The 16th Annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14 at Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Dr., Oakland. Tickets: $25- $40; children 12 and under- $8-$12. Purchase at Livingjazz.org/mlktribute. Additional information- (510) 858-5313 or visit https://www.livingjazz.org/mlktribute/

San Francisco Performances presents Alexander String Quartet with host and lecturer Robert Greenberg from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Berkeley, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley. San Francisco Performances presents the final concert of Part 1 in the Saturday series with the Alexander String Quartet and Robert Greenberg. Cost: $45. For more info see https://sfperformances.org/performances/1718/ASQBerkeley.html or call 415-392-2545 or email info@sfperformances.org.

Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble, the Bay Area’s premier women’s vocal ensemble, has openings for experienced women singers for its Spring 2018 season – particularly altos. Voci rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in Orinda and performs primarily in the East Bay. Auditions will be held through Jan 17. Spring concert dates are Feb. 11, April 15 and April 21. For more information or to schedule an audition please contact Artistic Director Mitchell Covington at music@mitchellcovington.com. More info at www.vocisings.org.

Ensemble ARI, a group of Korean American musicians in the Bay Area dedicated to classical music that connects to the community, will be collaborating with Calextone, an early music ensemble that specializes in the music of Western Europe from the 13th through the 15th centuries, for a performance at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Saint Mary’s College Chapel.  Strings will play with non vibrato, as if they are gut strings (in the style of 15th century). The free concert will feature music by Brahms, Gordon, and 15th century German composers.


Days Without End by Eugene O’Neill at 8 p.m. on Jan. 6 and 2 p.m. on Jan. 7 at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, 205 Railroad Ave., Danville. John Loving’s life is in crisis and he is trying to cope with it through the act of writing a book about it. The end of the story is the battleground over which the multiple sides of his personality fight. Days Without End is a fascinating look at the parallel emotional crises of an artist and his life and the interaction and blurring of the lines between. Tickets are $25 and are available at http://www.eugeneoneill.org/.


The Lafayette School District will be holding two Community Engagement Meetings at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8 in the Stanley Middle School Library, 3455 School St., Lafayette. With state funding for local schools in constant flux, this will be an opportunity to learn more about the current state of local funding for Lafayette Schools and provide input on Lafayette School District’s feasibility study, currently underway, to identify local funding solutions that will help protect Lafayette’s local quality of education. Both meetings will provide the same information.

Registration for Lafayette students entering TK and Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year will take place Jan. 16 and 17, 2018. In addition, an informational presentation, “A Roadmap to Kindergarten” will be held at Springhill Elementary, Multi-Purpose Room from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 11, for all interested parents in the school district. Further information can be found at www.lafsd.org.


“Israel’s Place in the World” with Shlomi Kofman - Israel’s Consul General in San Francisco to the Pacific Northwest at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11 at the Temple Isaiah Sanctuary at 945 Risa Road, Lafayette. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Community dessert reception to follow. More details and R.S.V.P. at temple-isaiah.org/israelandworldjewry.

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents Bandy X. Lee and Dee Mosbacher: The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley. Bandy X. Lee and Lee Mosbacher discuss The Dangerous Case Against Donald Trump, answer questions and sign books. Hosted by Joanna Manqueros. Cost: $12 advance, $15 door. For more info see http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3210560 or call (510) 967-4495.

Free Bankruptcy legal workshop available through the Contra Costa Bar Association from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 at the CCC Bar Association, 2300 Clayton Road, ste. 530 in Concord.  RSVP by calling (925) 370-2540 or online at http://www.cccba.org/community/calendar.


Sons in Retirement Lamorinda Branch 174 lunch meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10 at Holy Trinity Culture Center 1700 School Street, Moraga. The guest speaker will be Rick Cronk, who is one of the founders of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream. For attendance and membership info, call Tyler at (925) 963-5741. Please visit: www.branch174.sirinc2.org.

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. A program of MOWSOS in partnership with Lamorinda Village, the 8-week program starts at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church - Davies Room, 49 Knox Drive Lafayette. Registration is $15. Call (925) 283-3500 for more information. https://lamorinda.helpfulvillage.com/events/1498


Lafayette Garden Club General Meeting “Raptors” from 9:45 to noon on Thursday, Jan. 4 at the Lafayette Veteran’s Building located at 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Lafayette Garden Club is pleased to present Jenny Papka, the founder and keeper of Native Bird Connections. She is a highly respected expert in raptor handling and education. Ms. Papka will speak about her work with raptors, their habitat, and how our gardens play a role. Visitors are welcome! Please email Carolyn Poetzsch cpoetzsch@gmail.com for information.

Montelindo Garden Club Meeting (third Friday of every month, September through May) will be at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 66 St. Stephens Drive, Orinda. Presentation: Fresh Ideas for Your Front Yard; speaker Janet Sluis, director of Sunset Western Garden Collection and a Berkeley-based horticulturist who will look at new trend-setting ideas for your California front yard.






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