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A Nite at the Races

On Saturday, March 13, the Rotary Club of Moraga will be hosting their event “A Nite at the Races.” The goal of the event is to help raise money to fight polio. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching the total donations from the night.

Those attending will be able to participate in betting on horse races. Silent and live auctions will also be going on throughout the night.

A catered diner and a variety of drinks, including alcohol, will be provided.

The event will be at the Holy Trinity Cultural Center, located at 1700 School Street in Moraga.

Tickets are $40. Reservations can be made by contacting Barbara Bruner at or 925-376-4281.

Posted on Sunday, January 31st, 2010
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“The Importance of Being Earnest” at Town Hall Theatre

Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” will be performed at the Lafayette Town Hall Theatre from Feb. 25 to March 27. Shows will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. There will also be 2:00 p.m. matinee shows on select Sundays.

The production will be directed by Susanah Martin. Martin received multiple nominations for Shellie Awards for directing a production of the play “Rabbit Hole.” The Shellie Awards are handed out for achievement in the performing arts in Central Contra Costa County.

For more information about the Town Hall Theatre, visit its website at

Posted on Saturday, January 30th, 2010
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Lafayette 2.0

Orinda may have a Twitter account, but Lafayette’s jumping on the social networking bandwagon too.

The city is going live with GORequest, an iPhone app that lets residents submit public works requests or problems via their phone, in February. And as I mentioned in the Sun today, they’re also surveying residents to see which social media tools they use.

Here’s an excerpt from City Manager Steven Falk’s “Friday Summary”:

Do you use Twitter, Facebook, or other social networking tools? If so, we want you to know. To find out, we’ve uploaded a new survey onto the City’s website ( regarding City Communications. Tell us what (you) like to use, and what you don’t. We’re even thinking about blasting the “Summary” out each Friday on Facebook.

Here’s fair warning, Steven: If Lafayette starts playing Farmville, you can’t be my friend on Facebook.

Posted on Friday, January 29th, 2010
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High school boys basketball update

The three DFAL Lamorinda high school boys basketball teams are all having strong seasons thus far, as all three teams are in the top three places in the current DFAL standings.

Campolindo has been perfect in league play with five wins and no losses. The Cougars are also 15-4 overall. The Cougars are looking like one of the favorites to win NCS this year.

Acalanes is currently in second place in the DFAL with a record of 5-1. The Dons only DFAL loss came to Campolindo by a score of 65-56 on Jan. 15. The Dons are 10-8 overall.

Miramonte is a game behind Acalanes at 4-2 in DFAL play with their two losses coming at the hands of Campolindo and Acalanes. The Matadors are 10-9 overall.

Posted on Friday, January 29th, 2010
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Lafayette filmmaker deals with teen depression

Lafayette filmmaker Vicki Abeles recently released her film “Race to Nowhere,” which deals with the issue of stress placed on teens that can lead to depression or even suicide.

The film looks at how students are often expected to succeed at such high levels that massive amounts of pressure lead to high stress rates. In the documentary, the mother of Devon Marvin, the 13-year-old Danville student who committed suicide in 2008 following her first bad math grade, discusses her thoughts in regards to the subject and the negative effects it had on her daughter.

For more information about the documentary, visit the website at:

Posted on Thursday, January 28th, 2010
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Moraga Community Chorus looking for singers

The Moraga Community Chorus is currently looking to add singers to its spring program and its year-round program. No auditions are required to join the chorus, and all voice types are welcome.

Rehearsals for the Moraga Community Chorus are every Tuesday night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Miramonte Gardens community clubhouse. The address for the clubhouse is 1 Miramonte Way in Moraga. When entering Miramonte Gardens, the clubhouse is the building directly adjacent to the swimming pool.

The chorus performs at a variety of locations, including school, churches and hospitals, throughout Lamorinda and surrounding cities.

For more information, or if you have questions about the Moraga Community Chorus, call Tom Marnane at 925-376-6312.

Posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
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Saint Mary’s set for big game at Pepperdine

The Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team is heading to Southern California for their next two West Coast Conference games. On Thursday, the Gaels will play at Pepperdine at 7:00 p.m. The Gaels will face off against Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

Saint Mary’s will need to win both games in order to keep pace with WCC leader Gonzaga. The Gaels are currently 4-1 in WCC play and trail Gonzaga (5-0) by a game, because Gonzaga won the teams’ match-up earlier this season.

Saint Mary’s is currently 17-3 overall, which has them on pace to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament once again. If the Gaels are able to win their next four WCC games, then the WCC lead could be on the line in their game against Gonzaga on Feb. 11 in Spokane.

Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
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Walnut Creek man dies in Lafayette

The dead body of a 26-year-old man was found in the bushes of a home on Moraga Road in Lafayette on Wednesday.

The man, Michael McDowell, of Walnut Creek, was discovered by a resident of the home just after 3:00 p.m., while the resident was doing yard work.

Police investigators reported to the scene after the resident reported the discovery. Investigators did not initially believe that McDowell was the victim of foul play. A history of health issues are a possible cause of McDowell’s death, although investigators plan to look more into this.

Toxicology tests were run, with results currently pending.

Posted on Monday, January 25th, 2010
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7th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition

Registration for the 7th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition will begin Feb. 1. The competition, which is open to all high school students who live in Lamorinda, will accept 2D, 3D and photographic art.

Registration for the competition is available on the Orinda Arts Council’s website at Registration will be open through Feb. 18. Registered students must submit their art to the Orinda Library on Feb. 28 between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. The artwork will then be on display at the library March 5-30.

Competition winners will be announced and awarded at an awards reception on March 10 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Posted on Sunday, January 24th, 2010
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High school girls soccer update

The three Lamorinda high school girls soccer teams are usually all near the top of the league standings every year. This year is no different as the three teams are currently in the top three places.

Acalanes and Campolindo are currently tied for first in the DFAL with identical 4-2-1 league records. Acalanes is 9-5-1 overall, while Campolindo has a 6-2-1 overall record. Miramonte is sitting in third place in the DFAL with a 3-2-2 league record.

The Matadors will look to move into second place if they are able to beat the Cougars when they meet on Friday at Miramonte. If the Cougars are able to beat Miramonte, then they will be playing for sole possession of first place against Acalanes the following Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Posted on Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
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