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Archive for April, 2011

Stranger approaches Stanley student

A 7th grade female Stanley Middle School student was stopped by a man in a car on her walk home from the bus stop after school on Monday. The man offered to give the girl a ride home multiple times before driving away after the girl refused to get into his car. The incident took place on Martino Road in Lafayette.

The man was described to police as being 50-60 years old, being heavyset and having grey hair. He was wearing a green sweater and sunglasses. He was driving a black four-door car.

If you have any information that could help police, call the Lafayette Police Department at 925-284-5010.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
Under: Crime, Lafayette, Schools | No Comments »

Lamorinda feels an earthquake

Many people in Lamorinda felt the shake of a magnitude 3.8 earthquake this afternoon. The earthquake struck at 2:57 p.m. and the epicenter was located near Pacifica and San Bruno, according to the United States Geological Survey’s earthquake tracker.

There have been no injuries or damage reported in the Lamorinda area, which is common with an earthquake of this magnitude.

An interesting note is that today is the 105th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

A magnitude 2.4 earthquake happened at 4:55 p.m. in the same area, but that was not likely felt in Lamorinda.

More technical information about the earthquake is available through the USGS’s website.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011
Under: Lamorinda | No Comments »

Geniuses coming to Lafayette

Now accepting your witty comments.

The Commonwealth Club will be hosting the 2010 MacArthur Genius Grant winners in Lafayette on Thursday.

The MacArthur Fellows Program gives genius grants to exceptional inventors, innovators and creative talents. The winners receive $500,000 — no strings attached — over the next five years to pursue work in their field of interest.

This year’s winners:

  • Carlos Bustamante, Ph.D., a genetics professor at Stanford University School of Medicine.
  • Dawn Song, Ph.D., an electrical engineering and computer science associate professor at UC Berkeley
  • Emmanuel Saez, Ph.D.,  an E. Morris Cox Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley.

The Commonwealth Club also lists Lafayette City Manager Steve Falk among the geniuses, but then it says he’s the moderator. So the jury’s still out on Steve Falk.

The event will begin with a networking reception at 5:45 p.m. and the program at 6:30 p.m. at the Lafayette library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette.

Admission is $12 for Commonwealth Club members, $22 for nonmembers and $7 for students with a valid ID. Sign up at here.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011
Under: Lafayette | No Comments »

High school volleyball and lacrosse update

The Campolindo boys volleyball team is one of the top teams in the area. The Cougars are 16-4 overall and are in first in the DFAL with a 3-0 league record. The Acalanes boys volleyball team is in last in the DFAL with an 0-2 league record and a 3-7 overall record.

The Acalanes boys and girls lacrosse teams are both leading the DFAL with identical 5-0 league records. The boys are 12-1 overall, while the girls are 8-4 overall. The Miramonte boys are in second with a 4-1 league record and an 8-5 overall record, while the Miramonte girls are in third with a 3-1 league record and an 8-3 overall record. The Campolindo boys are in fourth with a 3-3 league record and an 8-5 overall record, while the Campolindo girls are also in fourth with a 3-2 league record and a 5-3-1 overall record.

Posted on Sunday, April 17th, 2011
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Acalanes brings “A Company of Wayward Saints” to the stage

The Acalanes High School Drama Department, known as the DramaDons, will be performing the play “A Company of Wayward Saints” at 7:30 p.m. each night during April 27-30.

General admission tickets are $10 for each performance, and student tickets are $7. Tickets are available for purchase online via the Acalanes High School Web Store.

The play follows a group of traveling actors who must please a wealthy Duke with a performance in order for him to pay for their way home.

All performances will take place at the Acalanes Performing Arts Center Little Theatre.

For more information about the Acalanes DramaDons or the upcoming performances, visit the website for the DramaDons at

Posted on Saturday, April 16th, 2011
Under: Lafayette, Schools | No Comments »

AUHSD hires two new associate principals

The Acalanes Union High School District has announced that it has hired two new associate principals for the 2011-12 school year. The two new associate principals are Rhea Brandon and Michael McAlister.

Brandon has been an assistant principal at Amador Valley High School for the past five school years. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and her masters from Northern Arizona University.

McAlister has been a social sciences teacher at Acalanes since 1995. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.

Brandon and McAlister will officially begin their positions as associate principals on July 1.

Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2011
Under: Lamorinda, Schools | No Comments »

A shiny new Facebook page for the Sun

Once upon a time, a reporter created a Lamorinda Sun page on Facebook. He had good intentions and high hopes, but sadly, did not always give it the attention it deserved. Inconceivable!

Then the Bay Area News Group web team came along with a shiny new Lamorinda Sun Facebook page. They gave access to editors, reporters and sports writers. Those gallant heroes began posting regularly, allowing readers to comment on what they say and interact with each other, and the Sun.

The page reached the magic number of 25 fans, a milestone in every page’s life at which Facebook rewards a page with it’s own, easy to remember URL.

The moral of the story? Become a fan of the Lamorinda Sun on Facebook. And we’ll all live happily ever after.

Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2011
Under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

One month until Concert at the Res

The 18th Annual Concert at the Res will take place a month from today on Saturday, May 14, at the Lafayette Reservoir. The free event has become a mainstay in Lamorinda culture with more and more people attending each year.

The concert, which is sponsored by the Lafayette Rotary Club, will be from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Music will be performed by student bands from Stanley Middle School, Acalanes High School, Bentley High School and the Big Band of Rossmoor.

The concert will take place at the meadow area past the boat house. Shuttles will be available to take attendees from the parking lot to the meadow and back.

Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2011
Under: Lafayette, Music | No Comments »

Louis Zamperini comes to Lafayette

Louis Zamperini, the subject of the New York Times bestselling book, “Unbroken,” written by Laura Hillenbrand, is coming to Lafayette for a special event this Sunday, April 17.

The event, which will take place at the Acalanes High School Performing Arts Center starting at 4:00 p.m., is currently sold out; however, unfilled seats may be available at the event.

Zamperini’s life story is one of a kind. He finished 8th in the 5000-meter race at the 1936 Olympics, at which he also had a personal meeting with Hitler. He later enlisted in the military during World War II. When his plane was shot down over the Pacific Ocean, he spent 47 days floating on a raft in the ocean before being taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese. He has been a nationally-renowned inspirational speaker ever since.

Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
Under: Lafayette | 1 Comment »

Writing contest for Orinda students

The 2011 Poul Anderson Creative Writing Contest is currently accepting submissions from all students who live in Orinda or who attend high school in Orinda.

The contest, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library, is accepting submissions in the categories of Science Fiction, Essay/Memoir, Poetry, and Short Story. The winners in each category will receive a $250 prize.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 22, at noon. Submissions should be turned into the representative at each school listed on this website.

A contest entry form is available online through the Friends of the Orinda Library website.

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
Under: Orinda, Schools | No Comments »