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