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Archive for August, 2010

The summer heat is back for a bit

The weather this summer has certainly been unpredictable, as the heat would come and go. Just when it seemed that the 90+ degree heat was gone, there is no doubt that it is back, at least for a few days.

With the temperatures reaching into the 90s today, the temperatures were about 15 degrees hotter than the average temperature for this time of year.

The heat will stay tomorrow, with a forecasted high of 96 degrees, and Wednesday, when the forecasted high is 90 degrees.

The temperatures are expected to drop quickly to a high of 77 degrees on Thursday and all the way down to a high of 64 degrees on Sunday.

To view the complete 10-day forecast for the area, visit

Posted on Monday, August 23rd, 2010
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MOFD brings safety to school

The Moraga-Orinda Fire District will be back in elementary school classrooms in Moraga and Orinda this fall teaching students about safety.

The safety program covers topics including how to prepare for disasters, fire safety and injury prevention. This will be the 11th year of the program.

The program is run by teaching each grade level separately, so that each year students are taught new and more advanced information. The sessions are typically around 40 minutes long.

Additional information is left for teachers to discuss with the students in class. Students are also given information to take home to discuss what they have learned with their families.

Posted on Sunday, August 22nd, 2010
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NorCal Kids Triathlon

The Northern California Kids Triathlon will take place on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m, at Miramonte High School.

Registration is now open for the event. Potential participants should register as soon as possible, as the event did fill up last year and is expected to fill up again this year. Registration is $50 for an individual participant or $125 for a team in the team triathlon. T-shirts are included for all participants.

All proceeds from the event go to the Orinda Community Foundation for youth programs and events.

For more information about the triathlon or to register for it, visit

Posted on Saturday, August 21st, 2010
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Lamorinda art update

The Moraga Art Gallery’s next show, “Favorites,” is set to run through Oct. 23. The two featured exhibits are photographs by John Diestler and fused glassworks by Nancy Slack. The Moraga Art Gallery is open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. There is a show-opening reception for the two featured artists at the Gallery on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The Lafayette Gallery’s current show is called SNAP! and runs through Oct. 9. The show demonstrates how an artist uses a photograph as inspiration for their art. The Lafayette Gallery is also hosting their final Summer Artist’s Market on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Posted on Friday, August 20th, 2010
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Gold Awards for Lafayette Girl Scouts

Five members of Lafayette’s Girl Scout Troop 30209 recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, which only 6% of girl scouts earn nationwide. The five Gold Award members are Anne Bremer, Claudia Lovell, Chenning (Grace) Ma, Haley Schmidt and Michelle So.

In order to earn the Gold Award, each girl scout had to successfully complete a 60-hour community service project, in addition to earning a checklist full of badges and awards.

The five girls’ projects included educational programs on DNA (Lovell) and modern-day slavery (Schmidt). Ma educated youth residents of Shelter, Inc. on the possibilities of college, while Bremer produced Spanish language training materials for Family Paths, Inc. So put her efforts into driving youth participation in local Lafayette events and programs.

Posted on Thursday, August 19th, 2010
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Seaborg funds go toward ridge purchase

David Seaborg announced Saturday that a $20,000 contribution would be made in the purchase of a part of the Lafayette Ridge in the name of his father, Glenn Seaborg. The $20,000 comes from money contributed to a memorial fund set up for Glenn Seaborg following his death in 1999.

The cities of Lafayette and Walnut Creek and the East Bay Regional Parks District contributed a combined $1.17 million to the $1.3 million purchase price. The Muir Heritage Land Trust and other contributors, including the Seaborgs, will pay for the remaining amount.

Glenn Seaborg, famous for working on the atomic bomb and codiscovering 10 elements, enjoyed hiking through the local hills during his time spent living in the area.

Posted on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
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Auditions for WomenSing

The local women’s chorus, WomenSing, is currently holding open auditions to add new members.

Auditions are Wednesday, Aug. 18, and Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on both nights. The auditions will take place at the Orinda Community Church, located at 10 Irwin Way.

If you can’t make these audition times but would still like to audition, call 974-9136 to set up an audition by appointment.

WomenSing is open to adding singers of all voice parts, but they are particularly interested in adding altos.

WomenSing’s next performance is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 10, at 4:00 p.m., at the Lafayette Veteran’s Memorial Hall.

For more information about WomenSing, visit their website at

Posted on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
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Metal thieves strike history

While the stealing of metal has become a regular crime recently throughout Lamorinda, the most recent occurrence took a jab at history.

The bronze plaque signifying the history of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe, the oldest Lamorinda landmark, was stolen. The plaque had been present at the site since 1954.

The Moraga Historical Society does have a wax cast of the plaque on file. They are likely to get a new plaque made to replace the stolen one.

If the plaque was indeed stolen to sell off as scrap metal, the thief won’t be getting rich any time soon. Scrap bronze is currently worth no more than $2 per pound.

Posted on Monday, August 16th, 2010
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Campolindo 30-year reunion

Were you a part of the Campolindo High School graduating class a mere 30 years ago? If so, then get ready for your upcoming 30-year reunion.

The Campolindo class of 1980 will be holding their 30-year reunion on Sept. 4. The event will take place at the Veterans Memorial Building, from 7:00 p.m. until midnight.

If you are interested in attending the reunion, contact Lori Ellenberg at 925-376-2340 or

The Veterans Memorial Building is located at 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette.

There is also a Campolindo alumni page on Facebook for those who are interested in getting in touch with their old classmates prior to the reunion.

Posted on Sunday, August 15th, 2010
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Upcoming event at the Lafayette Library

On Thursday, Aug. 19, the Lafayette Library and Learning Center will host a lecture and discussion by author Mary Roach. The event will take place in the Community Hall, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

During the event, titled “Mary Roach: Journey Through Outer Space Without Leaving Earth,” Roach will discuss some of the weird things that happen in outer space. She will talk about topics as varied as how outer space affects the body to training toilets.

The event is sponsored by the Commonwealth Club of California. Tickets for the event can be purchased through their website. Tickets are $12 for members, $22 for non-members, and $7 for students.

Posted on Saturday, August 14th, 2010
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