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Archive for November, 2009

Lamorinda tree lightings

The tree lighting ceremony in Orinda will take place Saturday, Dec. 5, at 4:30 p.m. The ceremony will be in the Bank of America parking lot, located at 31 Orinda Way. Santa will be on hand to take pictures with ceremony attendees.

The Moraga tree lighting ceremony will happen just a few hours after Orinda’s on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in the front area of Moraga Commons. Santa will also be in attendance and will arrive prior to the ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

The Lafayette tree lighting ceremony will happen on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7:00 p.m. The tree is located near the corner of Diablo Blvd and Lafayette Circle.

Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda | No Comments »

Hope for Rheem Theatre?

Apparently, articles about the Rheem Theatre in the Times and the Lamorinda Weekly, as well as a purported KTVU report that I couldn’t find, galvanized the Moraga community somewhat over the weekend.

Jim Sheehan, one of the theater’s operators, said business was very good over the weekend, and he and business partner Tom Peterson now believe they can keep the old movie house open until the middle of January, maybe longer.

He also credited the efforts of Moraga Chamber of Commerce President Edy Schwartz in getting the word out.

Sheehan and Peterson were looking at closing the theatre sometime after the holidays because business was down this year more than 30 percent from last year.

But now things are looking up, at least in the short term. There will be a meeting Thursday afternoon with Sheehan, Peterson, landlord Mike Puri, chamber members and other community members to discuss the future of the Rheem. More details to come.

Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2009
Under: Moraga | 1 Comment »

CIF state cross country meet; NCS football quarterfinals

The 2009 CIF Cross Country State Championships took place this Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno.

On the boys side, Campolindo made a run at the team title, finishing in sixth place overall. Senior Paul Jackson, who finished in 19th place, was the top individual finisher for Campolindo. Miramonte finished 18th in the team standings, while their top finisher, senior Christian Britto, finished in 22nd.

The Campolindo girls finished seventh in the team standings. Their top finisher, sophomore Carrie Verdon, was ninth overall. Despite having five freshmen on their team of seven runners, the Acalanes girls finished tenth in the team standings.

The Miramonte football team is now in the NCS semifinals after beating Novato, 17-0, on Saturday. They will play at the number one seed, Encinal, on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

Posted on Sunday, November 29th, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Saint Mary’s music performances

This Sunday, Nov. 29, the NightinGaels, Saint Mary’s student chorus, will be performing at the chapel on campus at 2:00 p.m. They will have a second performance on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 8:00 p.m. The NightinGaels will be performing a mix of traditional holiday music, traditional choral music and some contemporary songs. Both shows are free for everyone.

The Saint Mary’s College Student Chamber Musicians also have two performances this week at the chapel on campus. They will perform Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 1:00 p.m. Their performances are also free to all.

Posted on Saturday, November 28th, 2009
Under: Moraga, Music, Schools | No Comments »

Today’s rain just a preview of what is to come

This morning it seemed like just another day of nice winter weather in Lamorinda. The rain was a sprinkle on and off throughout the early afternoon and really came down for about an hour around sunset.

The sun is supposed to return to the area tomorrow and for the five days after that with little or no chance of precipitation during that period.

By the time Friday rolls around, the rain is expected to return in similar fashion to today’s rain. Next weekend, Dec. 5 and 6, has rain forecasted throughout it, and it could be the true beginning to the rainy winter weather.

Posted on Friday, November 27th, 2009
Under: Lamorinda | No Comments »

Fire at Del Rey Elementary School

A fire broke out in a classroom at Del Rey Elementary School on Wednesday morning. Smoke was seen exiting the classroom shortly after 6:30 a.m., and firefighters were called to the school.

Firefighters were able to stop the fire shortly after arriving a few minutes after the call came in. The fire did not spread beyond the classroom where it started.

Damage to the building is estimated at $18,000, while $2,000 worth of property inside the classroom was destroyed.

Officials at the Moraga-Orinda Fire District reported the cause of the fire as an electrical problem with the heating and cooling unit in the classroom.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

Posted on Thursday, November 26th, 2009
Under: Orinda, Schools | No Comments »

Water main break in Lafayette causes damage

A water main broke last night near the intersection of Reliez Valley Road and Withers Avenue in Lafayette. East Bay Municipal Utilities District workers responded to a report of the broken main around 11 p.m.

The break resulted in a large sinkhole in the road. It also caused about 40 customers in the area to lose water service to their homes. Initial estimations for the time customers would have their water service returned were delayed after a gas main in the area also broke.

PG&E workers came to repair the broken gas main, so that EBMUD could finish repairing the broken water main. EBMUD has stated that water service should be returned late tonight.

Posted on Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Roads | No Comments »

Want Thanksgiving dinner made for you?

If the idea of cooking a turkey and all of the other Thanksgiving fixings sounds like a task you’d like to avoid, Metro Lafayette, located at 3524 Mt. Diablo Blvd.,  is offering a special Thanksgiving dinner. For $35 ($25 for kids), you can pick roasted turkey breast, wine-braised short ribs or gnocchi Parisienne as the main course of your three-course meal. Also included with the meal are a variety of desserts and a to-go box for your Thanksgiving leftovers.

To make a reservation for Thankgiving dinner at Metro Lafayette, call 925-284-4422 or use their online reservation system here:

For more information about Metro Lafayette, visit their website at

Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Restaurants | No Comments »

Video of Lafayette library grand opening

In case you couldn’t be a the grand opening of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, YouTube user MommaKatKat captured the moment for you:

Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
Under: Lafayette | 1 Comment »

Remember the Rheem?

Working on a story about how the Rheem Theatre in Moraga might be closing. Should be posted to later today. Owner says revenues have plummeted. Anybody have any good (or bad) memories of the place?

Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
Under: Uncategorized | No Comments »