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Archive for March, 2010

NightinGaels concert; Pinocchio at Town Hall Theatre

The Saint Mary’s student chorus, the NightinGaels will be performing their annual spring concert this Tuesday, March 16, at 8:00 p.m., in the Saint Mary’s Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public. The NightinGaels will be performing a mix of classical choral music and music from contemporary artists.


The East Bay Children’s Theatre will be presenting two performances of the play, Pinocchio, on April 11 at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the Town Hall Theatre’s Box Office or online here.

For more information on the East Bay Children’s Theatre, visit their website.

Posted on Sunday, March 14th, 2010
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Selection Sunday at Saint Mary’s

On Sunday, the Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team will be hosting a Selection Sunday event to celebrate the Gaels trip to the NCAA Tournament.

The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. with a pre-show hosted by Saint Mary’s radio announcers, which will lead into the official March Madness Selection Show broadcast by CBS starting at 3:00 p.m.

Fans will be able to see who the Gaels will play in their first round game with the team at this event.

Players and coaches will be available throughout the event for autographs and pictures.

The first 300 fans to get to the event will also be receiving a free drawstring bag from Comcast SportsNet.

Posted on Saturday, March 13th, 2010
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“West Side Story” at the Orinda Theatre

The Orinda Theatre will be holding a special screening of “West Side Story” Saturday, March 13, at 7:00 p.m. It is part of the “Classic Film Series” presented by the California Independent Film Festival.

In addition to the screening of the film, Oscar award-winning actress Rita Moreno will be in attendance for a special Q&A session before the film is shown. Moreno won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anita in “West Side Story.”

Tickets, which include the Q&A session and the screening, are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are available for purchase at the Orinda Theatre Box Office or online.

Posted on Friday, March 12th, 2010
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Sister-to-Sister Summit

The American Association of University Women’s Orinda Moraga Lafayette Branch will be holding its Sister-to-Sister Summit in just a week. The Sister-to-Sister Summit will take place on Saturday, March 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Bentley High School in Lafayette, which is located just off of the Happy Valley Road exit on Highway 24.

The Sister-to-Sister Summit is organized by high school girls to connect with girls in middle school. It allows for the younger girls to get information from and ask questions to the high school girls who have recently gone through a lot of the same issues.

A registration form is available online here.

Posted on Thursday, March 11th, 2010
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Police logs for March 10

Back from witnessing this awesomeness to bring you some highlights from this week’s police logs:

In Orinda, a car was stolen with the owner’s consent — kind of. A man who put his Mercedes up for sale for $22,000 on the Internets found a buyer who said he had a pre-approved $25,000 money order from Wells Fargo and wanted to use it to buy the car. The man agreed, and gave him $3,000 in check and cash to make up the difference. But when the man went to deposit the money order, he was told by Wells Fargo not only was the money order never purchased there, they only issue money orders for $1,000 or less. The police logs note that the “buyer” made calls to the man from phones with 916 (Sacramento) and 562 (Long Beach) phone numbers and had a South San Francisco address complete with 10001 ZIP code.

March 7 was a rough night on the 300 block of Hermosa Court. Burglars stole property from a home and two cars in the garage of that home, as well as the car of a neighbor.

That same day, Lafayette police also arrested a man on suspicion on stealing cash — $500 in total — from two Safeways, one in Lafayette and another in Alamo.

And lastly, there was the beating the Gaels gave the Zags on Monday night:

SMC beats da Zags cropped

Posted on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
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Apply to become member of MOFD Board

The Moraga-Orinda Fire District Board decided at their meeting on March 6 that the best way to fill the spot left when Director Pete Wilson resigned would be to appoint a new member following an application process.

The Board members chose this method as opposed to holding a special election, which would have cost over $26,000. The special election also would not have been able to take place until Aug. 31.

As per the MOFD, interested individuals must meet the following requirements to apply:
-must reside in District 3 of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District
-must be 18 years of age
-must be a U.S. citizen
-must be a registered voter
-must be able to take the oath of office

To apply, submit a letter of interest and qualifications to MOFD Fire Chief Randy Bradley by March 16. All questions should be directed to (925) 258-4599.

Posted on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
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Saint Mary’s wins WCC Tournament, qualifies for NCAA Tournament

The Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team finally did something they haven’t been unable to do in their last ten attempts: beat Gonazaga in the West Coast Conference Tournament. The Gaels beat the Bulldogs, 81-62, on Monday night in the WCC Tournament Final, earning an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament (also known as “March Madness”).

This was the first WCC Tournament championship for the Gaels since 1997 and only the second since the tournament started in 1987. It is the sixth time the team has earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament. In their last appearance, in 2008, the Gaels were knocked out in the first round by Miami.

Posted on Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
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Nature to remain on Lafayette ridge

A 23-acre piece of land along the Lafayette ridge will avoid having homes built upon it after the Muir Heritage Trust purchased the land for $1.3 million this week.

The Muir Heritage Trust will only be paying 10 percent of the purchase price though. The cities of Lafayette and Walnut Creek and the East Bay Regional Park District will each be paying 30 percent of the price. The owner of the land becomes the land trust.

The four different entities involved wished to keep the land free of homes, in order to preserve the land and the wildlife in the area. There are plans to open the area to hikers, bikers and horse riders next year.

Posted on Monday, March 8th, 2010
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Miramonte wins mock trial championship

Miramonte High School’s mock trial team successfully defended their Contra Costa County Mock Trial title on Tuesday, competing against other schools from the area. It is the fourth consecutive time Miramonte has won.

The victory qualifies Miramonte for the state championships, which will take place March 19-21 in San Jose. If they are able to win the state championship, they would then advance on to the national championships in Philadelphia in May.

Campolindo and Acalanes also both participated in the county competition. Campolindo finished in second, while Acalanes took fourth place.

In a mock trial, team participants play different characters in a typical trial setting and argue both sides of a fake murder case.

Posted on Sunday, March 7th, 2010
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Miramonte comes up short in NCS basketball final

The Miramonte boys basketball team entered the NCS Division III basketball final on Friday night at Saint Mary’s College as big underdogs to overall number one seed Bishop O’Dowd.

While the Matadors played a competitive game and even lead into the third quarter, they just didn’t have enough to match the size and strength of Bishop O’Dowd’s players.

Bishop O’Dowd took a lead midway through the third quarter and never gave it up. A 12-3 run in the fourth quarter sealed the victory.

Miramonte finishes the season with a 17-13 overall record. Their most memorable game of the season will certainly be their NCSĀ  quarterfinal upset of rival Campolindo.

Posted on Saturday, March 6th, 2010
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