First Friday Forum is Back for the New Year, Albeit Online

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"The Encirclement of Asia' will be the topic of the January First Friday Forum.

    Among wildfire, COVID-19 and other worries, here is some good news. The First Friday Forum resumes in January via our best new way of staying in touch, a Zoom webinar. 
    The First Friday Forum is a monthly event, held at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church (in-person before COVID-19), with speakers who engage in topics relevant, timely and of interest to the entire Lamorinda community.
    Since the first Friday falls on New Year’s Day, the series will begin Jan. 8, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. It is necessary to register for each program. Look for instructions to register in next month’s issue of The Orinda News.
    This popular series has been open to the public since its inception in 2002. Running from January through June, it is sponsored by the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church.
    Larry Lamborn is the speaker for January. His topic is “New Encirclement of Asia.” Lamborn’s 40-year national defense career includes 26 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, where he worked in a variety of analytical and operational assignments. As a trained operations officer, he served in various Third World countries. 
    Upcoming First Friday Forum topics include Homelessness, COVID-19, the Middle East and Climate Change.
    Register and join via Zoom for now, until guests can meet in person again in the sanctuary. For more information, visit

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