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Archive for March, 2009

Auditions for local women’s chrous tonight

WomenSing, a prestigious 55-member women’s chorus based in the East Bay, will be having auditions tonight from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Orinda Community Church. All voice parts are welcome to audition, but the group is specifically looking for a few talented altos.

WomenSing has performed in venues throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. The chorus was established in 1965 and focuses on maintaining a vibrant and blended sound.

The Orinda Community Church is located at 10 Irwin Way. For more information about the auditions, you can call 974-9169 or visit

WomenSing will be performing their next concert on Sunday, April 5 at 4:00 p.m. at the Saint Mary’s Chapel.

Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
Under: Lamorinda, Music, Orinda | No Comments »

Miramonte basketball coach will not return

Miramonte girls varsity basketball coach, James Kizziee, will not return to the sidelines with the Matadors next season. His contract was not renewed by the school’s administration.

Because of Acalanes Union High School District confidentiality rules, a reason for Kizziee’s dismissal has not been publicized.

The Miramonte girls basketball team finished tied for second place in the DFAL this year, compiling a league record of 9-3. The Matadors finished with an overall record of 19-9.

After easily winning their North Coast Section first-round playoff game against Eureka High School, 80-47, Miramonte was knocked out of the playoffs in the quarterfinal round by rival Campolindo, 71-63.

Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2009
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Orinda Rotary to celebrate 60th anniversary at April 4 gala

The Orinda Rotary will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a gala on April 4 at 6 p.m. at the Orinda Country Club. The gala will include dinner, dancing and a night full of music performed by the 18-piece Mike Vax Big Band.

Tickets to the gala are $125 per person. All proceeds from the event go toward funding the community service projects Orinda Rotary members are working on.

For more information about ordering tickets, you can call David Pierce at 925-253-5424 or email him at

The Orinda Rotary currently has over 90 members who participate in a variety of community service projects locally and beyond. Some of their work includes sponsoring surgeries in Latin American countries and donating time and money to local Boys and Girls Clubs.

Posted on Sunday, March 29th, 2009
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Moraga student to compete in national spelling bee finals

Caroline Bell of Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School in Moraga won the 33rd annual Contra Costa Times Spelling Bee Saturday at the Tice Valley Community Gym in Walnut Creek. She will now represent the area at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.

At the Contra Costa Times Spelling Bee, Bell beat out 108 other students who had won their school spelling bees.

Bell won by correctly spelling the words “idiopathy” and “amaxophobia” after the runner-up, Allison Koontz of William Bristow Middle School in Brentwood, misspelled “idiopathy” on her turn.

For winning the Contra Costa Times Spelling Bee, Bell also received a $100 savings bond, a one-year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online and a dictionary.

Posted on Saturday, March 28th, 2009
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Get in your Moraga Citizen of the Year nominations

The Lamorinda Sun is accepting nominations for the 2009 Moraga Citizen of the Year until April 10. For someone to be nominated, they must be a Moraga resident and be 18 or older.

The Citizen of the Year should be someone who has demonstrated a significant impact on the town. Last year’s winner, Ken Tom, organized the area’s first Community Emergency Response Team.

Nominations can be made through email to or by mail to 2640 Shadelands Dr., Walnut Creek, CA 94598.

The winner will be announced on April 17. The Moraga Citizen of the Year banquet will take place May 1 at the Soda Center at Saint Mary’s. Tickets to the banquet will be $40. For more information regarding the banquet, call Larry Swindell at 925-376-5692.

Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2009
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Lafayette Post Office to have passport fair

The Lafayette Post Office will be holding a passport fair this Saturday, March 28. The event, which will go from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is to help answer any and all questions people have regarding the new passport law changes or how to get a passport. Passport applications will also be accepted during the fair.

Passports will now be required to travel to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda, starting June 1, 2009.

If you plan to apply for a passport this Saturday, you can save time by filling out the forms ahead of time and taking them with you. Passport application forms can be found here:

The Lafayette Post Office is located at 3641 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2009
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Saint Mary’s basketball set to play in NIT third round

The Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team will face San Diego State tonight in a National Invitational Tournament third-round game at Cox Arena in San Diego. Tip-off is set for 6:05 p.m.

The two teams met earlier this season in the Wooden Classic in Anaheim. Saint Mary’s won that game, 67-64. The Gaels lead the all-time series against San Diego State, 5-3.

The Gaels extended their season with a win over visiting Davidson at McKeon Pavillion Monday night, 80-68. This is Saint Mary’s first time playing in the NIT.

Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN2. An audio broadcast will also be available on

Posted on Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
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Events to check out

From March 28-April 25, the Lafayette Town Hall Theatre Company will be performing The Odd Couple (Female Version), a version that switches the main characters to females. Tickets are available by calling 925-283-1557.

The Lafayette Gallery will be displaying an art show called “Food, Glorious Food” until May 9th. The Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 50 Lafayette Circle.

WomenSing, a large female chorus, has a performance scheduled at the Saint Mary’s Chapel on April 5 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, by calling 925-974-9169 or online at

Friends of the Orinda Library will be holding a book sale this Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Orinda Library. All purchases go toward helping the library purchase books and computers.

Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Music, Orinda | No Comments »

High school sports update

The Acalanes pitchers combined to throw a one-hitter against visiting El Cerrito in a game that the Dons’ baseball team won, 2-0, on Wednesday.

The Campolindo baseball team was defeated, 7-1, at home on Wednesday by Washington High.

The Acalanes girls lacrosse team beat Miramonte on Wednesday, 7-2, at Miramonte.

The Campolindo and Miramonte boys tennis teams both shutout their opponents 9-0 Thursday. Campolindo won at Dublin, and Miramonte won at Las Lomas. Acalanes won their home match, 6-3, over Dougherty Valley.

In a nonleague boys volleyball match, Campolindo beat Head Royce, 27-25, 25-23 and 25-19, Thursday at Campolindo.

The Campolindo boys golf team beat Dougherty Valley, 195-243, Thursday at the Moraga Country Club.

Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Voice teacher faces molestation charges again

James Toland, 64, returned to face the judge who originally dismissed his charges, Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge John Sugiyama, Friday after nine of the 10 counts against him were reinstated by a different judge.

Toland, a former voice teacher for the Acalanes Union High School District, is charged with lewd acts on a minor, stemming from private voice lessons he gave from his home in 2007.

The defense claims that Toland’s actions are common ways to improve the posture of a singer, and that there was no lewd intent.

It is likely the case will end up in appeals court since two judges have disagreed on the case.

Toland is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges on April 7.

Posted on Sunday, March 22nd, 2009
Under: Crime, Lafayette, Schools | 1 Comment »