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Archive for December, 2009

Kindergarten registration in Lafayette

Students who will be in kindergarten in Lafayette for the 2010-2011 school year have registration coming up in January. Registration will take place at each of the following schools on Jan. 26 and 27 at the times listed.

Burton Valley will hold their registration from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Happy Valley will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Lafayette will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Springhill will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

This registration is for children born on or before Dec. 5, 2005.

Registration packets will be available beginning Jan. 11 at each of the schools. These must be turned in at the registration dates listed.

Posted on Thursday, December 31st, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Schools | No Comments »

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” at Orinda Theatre

The California Independent Film Festival will be holding its next special film screening at the Orinda Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 7:00 p.m. The film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be shown.

Louise Fletcher, the actress who plays Nurse Ratched in the film, will be on hand for a special Q & A session. Fletcher won the Best Actress Academy Award for her role as Nurse Ratched.

General admission tickets are $20, and student and senior tickets are $15. Tickets for the VIP reception, Q & A session and film are $125.

To purchase tickets, visit the Orinda Theatre or Rheem Theatre box offices. Tickets can also be purchased online at the CAIFF’s website:

Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
Under: Orinda | No Comments »

What was the top Lamorinda story in 2009?

City Halls are closed and there’s no meetings this week, but weI here at the Lamorinda Sun are hard at work compiling our annual recap of the year’s top news stories from Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda.

What do you think was the top Lamorinda story for 2009? Let us know in the comments section.

Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda | 1 Comment »

Lafayette Gallery ready to open new winter show

The Lafayette Gallery will be opening its new winter show on Tuesday, Jan. 5. The show is called “Treasures from the Heart” and uses art to depict gifts given to loved ones.

In honor of their winter show, the Lafayette Gallery will be hosting a Champagne and Chocolate Reception. The reception will take place on Friday, Jan. 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Lafayette Gallery is open every week, Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is located at 50 Lafayette Circle. For more information about this show or the Lafayette Gallery in general, visit their website at

Posted on Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
Under: Lafayette | No Comments »

Campolindo neighborhood looking to slow speeders

The Campolindo neighborhood in Moraga is the most recent neighborhood looking to make an impact against the Lamorinda speeding problem.

The Campolindo Homeowners Association will make a proposal to the Moraga Traffic Safety Advisory Committee at their Jan. 6 meeting to install new traffic signs in the area. The signs that the Campolindo neighborhood is hoping for are the solar-power “Your Speed Is” signs, which have already been put in place in several places in the Lamorinda area.

If the Campolindo neighborhood installs the signs, it won’t be long before other neighborhoods fighting a speeding problem will likely follow the trend.

Posted on Monday, December 28th, 2009
Under: Moraga, Roads | No Comments »

DFAL girls soccer update

The three Lamorinda schools are consistently contending for DFAL and NCS titles in girls soccer with either Miramonte or Campolindo earning the titles nearly every year. The two schools have combined to win five of the last six girls soccer NCS titles.

All three schools are considered contenders again this year in a competitive DFAL.

Campolindo is sitting in first place with a league record of 3-1. Acalanes is currently in second at 2-1, and Miramonte is in an unfamiliar sixth place with just one win in their first three league games.

Campolindo holds the early season advantage over its Lamorinda rivals, as the Cougars beat the Matadors, 2-1, and the Dons, 1-0, in the week heading into Winter Break.

Posted on Monday, December 28th, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Holiday library closures

Due to the holiday schedule and budget cuts, the Contra Costa County Libraries have made more closures than they typically make.

All libraries, including the Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda libraries, have been closed since Dec. 23 and will remain closed today and tomorrow. All libraries will again be closed from Thursday, Dec. 31, to Sunday, Jan. 3.

During the closures, the book drop boxes will also be closed, so library patrons are to hold onto all checked-out books until the libraries reopen.

No books will be considered overdue, regardless of due date, until Jan. 4, and no fines will be accumulated.

For more information about the libraries, visit

Posted on Saturday, December 26th, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda | No Comments »

Merry Christmas from the Lamorinda Sun

Merry Christmas to all of our readers from everyone at the Lamorinda Sun! Enjoy a safe holiday with all of your friends and family!

Despite the rain (and even snow!) in Lamorinda in the past month, the weather today is making for a “California Christmas,” as the sun is shining, and temperatures could reach into the sixties.

If you plan on drinking alcohol during your Christmas festivities, remember to pass the keys to a designated driver as Christmas is one of the days that drunk driving-related accidents spike.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Posted on Friday, December 25th, 2009
Under: Lamorinda | No Comments »

Ed Stokes named Lafayette Business Person of the Year

The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce recently named Ed Stokes, the founder of Diablo Foods, the Lafayette Business Person of the Year.

Stokes is the first two-time winner of the award. Interestingly enough, he was the winner of the first inaugural award 20 years ago.

The Chamber of Commerce will be holding a dinner to present Stokes with his award. It is set to take place on Friday, Jan. 22, at the Lafayette Park Hotel, with the reception starting at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. The event, including dinner, costs $55 per person.

A copy of the flyer and registration form for the event can be found here:

Posted on Thursday, December 24th, 2009
Under: Lafayette | 1 Comment »

An increase in trash rates coming in Orinda

According to the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority, they will begin charging new higher rates starting the first of the new year. A rate increase will be specifically targeted toward Orinda residents and businesses.

The suggested and likely rate increase will be 2.4% for residential trash service and 3.6% for commercial trash service.

To view the CCCSWA’s current rates that became effective in March of this year, they are available online here:

The CCCSWA’s main website is located here: It provides a lot of good information about recycling, which could potentially help lower your trash rates, if you are able to downsize to a smaller trash container.

Posted on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
Under: Orinda | No Comments »