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Archive for February, 2011

The rain is coming back

While the rain seemed to disappear for a little while, it won’t be gone for long. The forecast shows a 20% chance of rain during the day Tuesday and a 100% chance of rain Tuesday night. Rain is expected all day Wednesday with the chance of rain wavering between 80% and 100% throughout the day.

The skies are expected to dry up a bit Thursday night through Saturday, but rain is expected to return again on Sunday.

In other words, don’t put those umbrellas away yet.

The temperature forecasts show the daytime highs remaining in the 50s with the overnight lows dropping into the low 40s.

Posted on Monday, February 28th, 2011
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Campolindo boys soccer wins NCS title

The Campolindo boys soccer team finished their season the way they started it – by winning a title.

The Cougars played rival Acalanes in the NCS Division 2 championship game Saturday night at Las Lomas. The Cougars scored early to take a 1-0 lead, but the Dons came back with two goals of their own to take a 2-1 halftime lead. Campolindo dominated the second half, scoring two goals to give them a 3-2 win.

The Cougars and Dons were co-champions of the DFAL this year. The Cougars also won the Winter Soccer Classic tournament early in the season.

Posted on Sunday, February 27th, 2011
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Girls fare well, boys are out in NCS basketball

All three Lamorinda girls basketball teams in the NCS Division 3 playoffs advanced to the semifinals with wins Friday night.

The second-seeded Campolindo Cougars dominated Tamalpais, the seventh seed, 74-29. The third-seeded Miramonte Matadors beat Analy, 75-46. The two teams will play each other on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Campolindo in the semifinals.

The fifth-seeded Acalanes Dons beat fourth-seeded Moreau Catholic, 56-46, to advance to a semifinal match-up with the overall number one seed, Bishop O’Dowd. The Dons will play that semifinal on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Bishop O’Dowd.

The Campolindo boys, the lone Lamorinda boys team in the quarterfinals, lost to Analy, 59-54.

Posted on Saturday, February 26th, 2011
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“Live at the Orinda” in March

The Orinda Theatre is bringing back the event “Live at the Orinda” for the second consecutive year. The live comedy event was a huge hit last year and is expected to fill the Orinda Theatre this year.

The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. with a small reception where champagne and wine will be available for purchase. The comedy show will begin at 8:00 p.m. The comedians performing are Ed Tracey, Mark Pitta, Dan St. Paul, Vic Dunlop, G. King, John Fox, and Denny Johnston.

Tickets for the event are $30 if reserved ahead of time or $35 if purchased at the door.

For more information on the event or to reserve tickets, visit

Posted on Friday, February 25th, 2011
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Memorial services, donation info for families of Las Lomas students who drowed while rafting

From Acalanes school Superintendent John Stockton:

The entire Acalanes Union High School District community is mourning the loss of Matthew Miller and Gavin Powell, two Las Lomas juniors. Our heartfelt condolences go out to their families. Below is information on services and charitable donations for both:

Matthew Miller

Memorial Service

Sunday, February 27 at 3:00 p.m.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church

399 Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek

Donations may given to Amigos De Las Americas

1-800-231-7796 x142

Amigos De Las Americas

Development Dept.

5618 Star Lane

Houston, TX 77057

Gavin Powell

Memorial Service

Saturday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m.

Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church

55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek

Donations may be given to the Powell Memorial Fund

Checks can be made out to the “Powell Memorial Fund” (There is a drop box in the main office at Las Lomas High School). Please include on the check the account # 05970-70974.Please contact Ms. Steele, Las Lomas Associate Principal or Bank of America for electronic transfer or PayPal information.

Posted on Friday, February 25th, 2011
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NCS soccer and basketball update

The NCS Division 2 boys soccer final will be an all-Lamorinda affair, as the rival Acalanes and Campolindo teams will face off against each other Saturday night at 5:00 p.m. at Las Lomas High School. The Dons advanced by beating Dublin, 2-0, in their semifinal, while the Cougars knocked off Albany in penalty kicks, following a scoreless draw through regulation. The Acalanes and Campolindo boys teams faced each other twice this season with each team winning once by a score of 1-0. The two teams were co-champions of the DFAL.

Both of the Bentley School’s basketball teams were knocked out of the NCS Division 5 playoffs Wednesday. The 11th-seeded boys team lost to Stuart Hall, the sixth seed, 56-39, while the 13th-seeded girls team lost to the fourth seed, Sonoma Academy, 62-51.

Posted on Thursday, February 24th, 2011
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Good Samaritans save life

Following an accident on Highway 24 that left one car crushed and its driver trapped inside, several drivers stopped to put out flames from the car’s fire that helped save the trapped woman’s life, according to Moraga-Orinda Fire District officials.

The accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday when the car veered off of the freeway and crashed head-on into a tree.  The woman suffered major injuries in the crash and was trapped inside of her car when the engine caught fire.

Several drivers stopped to put out the fire using fire extinguishers and by throwing wet dirt on the flames.

Fire crews were able to free the driver using hydraulic equipment, and she was rushed to John Muir Medical Center. The status of the driver is currently unknown.

Posted on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
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NCS basketball first round update

The Campolindo boys basketball team won the local NCS game of the night by beating rival Acalanes, 58-53, on their home floor. The sixth-seeded Cougars will now travel to play at third-seeded Analy Friday night at 8:00 p.m.

The Acalanes girls made sure an Acalanes team advanced by winning their first-round game, 69-40, over Sir Francis Drake. They will play at Moreau Catholic on Friday at 7:00 p.m. After receiving first-round byes, the Campolindo girls will host Tamalpais at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, and the Miramonte girls will play at Analy at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

In Division 5 first-round action, the Bentley School’s boys face Stuart Hall at Kezar Pavillion Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m., while the Bentley School’s girls visit Sonoma Academy Wednesday night for a 7:00 p.m. game.

Posted on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
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Review: Lava Pit Fire Grill – Lafayette

The Lava Pit Fire Grill in Lafayette offers a variety of food options originating from Asia and the Hawaiian Islands in a fast food setting. With options ranging from seafood to meat to salads, everyone should be able to find something they will enjoy.

The food does carry the authentic Hawaiian flavor, and the average entrée costs around $10. If you don’t mind the price and a 10-15 minute wait for your food, then the Lava Pit Fire Grill is worth checking out.

The Lava Pit Fire Grill is located at 3647 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette (next to Trader Joe’s). It is open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. They also have a location in Orinda at 2 Theatre Square, Suite 142, which is open Mondays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, visit their website at

Double Chicken Mix

Posted on Monday, February 21st, 2011
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NCS basketball brackets released

The NCS Division 3 boys and girls basketball playoff brackets were released today with five of the six Lamorinda DFAL teams involved.

The Campolindo girls earned the second seed, and the Miramonte girls earned the third seed, which gave each team a first-round bye. Campolindo will play the winner of Tamalpais/Albany on Friday, while Miramonte will play the winner of Analy/San Marin. The Acalanes girls are the fifth seed and face off against 12th-seeded Sir Francis Drake on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Acalanes.

The Campolindo boys earned the sixth seed, while the Acalanes boys earned the 11th seed, which means the two teams will play each other in the first round Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Campolindo. The Miramonte boys did not qualify for the NCS playoffs.

Posted on Sunday, February 20th, 2011
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