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Archive for June, 2011

Lamorinda art update

The Lafayette Gallery’s current exhibit is called “Sun Kissed” and is scheduled to run until July 23. The exhibit focuses on bright lights and color to go with the summer weather. The Lafayette Gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit

The Moraga Art Gallery is currently showing an exhibit called “Off the Wheel, Off the Canvas,” which is scheduled to run through August 13. The exhibit focuses on stoneware and acrylic painting by some of the gallery’s regular artists. The Moraga Art Gallery is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit

Posted on Sunday, June 19th, 2011
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Moraga looking for police volunteers

The Moraga Police Department is currently accepting applications for new police cadets.

The volunteer police cadet program offers local students aged 16-22 the chance to get a feeling of what it’s like to serve as a police officer. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and be able to work a minimum of 4 hours per week.

The Moraga police had two volunteer cadets this past year. With both cadets leaving, there is space for at least two cadets and potentially more, as they are considering expanding the program.

For more information, visit or email Sergeant Brian South at

Posted on Saturday, June 18th, 2011
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Dollar Tree “Grand Opening”

Although Moraga’s hotly debated Dollar Tree store has been open for a while, it doesn’t mean the store can’t have a celebration for its “Grand Opening” tomorrow, Saturday, June 18.

The store will be hosting a “Grand Opening” event tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. They must be planning for a crowd to attend, as they are holding a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 a.m.

While it seems a bit strange that the store is having a ribbon cutting ceremony, perhaps it truly is a celebration for the owner and employees after all the controversy that surrounded the store’s opening.

Any guesses on how much the scissors they are using to cut the ribbon cost?

Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2011
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Campolino grad on ABC reality show

From the hills of Lamorinda to the deserts of Morocco.

Natalie Smith, a native of Lafayette and 2004 graduate of Campolino High School, will appear in ABC’s newest reality TV show, “Expedition Impossible.”

The show, which is from “Survivor” producer Mark Burnett and seems to be an “Amazing Race” clone, follows thirteen three-person teams as they scramble “across vast deserts, over snow-capped mountains and through raging rivers in the beautifully exotic, fabled Kingdom of Morocco.” If they win, they’ll get $50,000 and a Ford Explorer for their troubles.

Yeah, that seems fair.

Anyway, Smith (maiden name Russell) is on “Team California Girls,” made up of her and two track-and-field teammates from UC Davis. You can watch the “meet the teams” video that includes them here. Smith’s team is first, and she’s in the middle.

While at Campolindo, Smith played track and field and soccer. She is currently a fifth-grade teacher at Woodland Christian School.

“Expedition Impossible” premieres at 9 p.m. Thursday, June 23 on ABC.

Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2011
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Father’s Day events in Lafayette

The Lafayette Rotary Club has organized two events this weekend in honor of Father’s Day.

On Saturday, they are hosting an event called “Motorama World of Wheels Charity Auction Gala” at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building at 6:00 p.m. The event includes dinner, drinks, dancing and an auction. Tickets are $100, and proceeds from the event go to Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary community service projects.

On Sunday, the Lafayette Rotary Club is sponsoring a car show in downtown Lafayette. The car show will take place in the Clock Tower and Postino parking lots off of Mt. Diablo Boulevard starting at 9:00 a.m. The car show is free and open to the public. Food and wine tasting will also be available at the car show.

Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2011
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Moraga Summer Concert Series

The Moraga Summer Concert Series, which has become increasingly more popular each year, is back for the summer of 2011. The concerts are held in the bandshell at the Moraga Commons Park every Thursday during the summer from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The concerts are free and open to the public. Food and drinks are for sale at the concerts, but you are also welcome to bring your food and drinks to enjoy while watching the concerts from the hill.

For more information, visit the Moraga Park Foundation website at

Upcoming concerts:
June 16 – Rukatan
June 23 –  Gator Beat

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
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Moraga mayor, town manager answer questions from inquisitive, caffeinated residents

Jill Keimach croppedKaren Mendonca 2008Have a question about your town? Have a concern? A suggestion?

Your mayor and town manager want to help.

Mayor Karen Mendonca and Town Manager Jill Keimach have begun making themselves available for conversation with residents over coffee at Terzetto’s on the third Friday of every month.

Their next meet-and-greet is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. this Friday. Terzetto’s is located at 1419 Moraga Way.

Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
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Backpack drive in Moraga

The Moraga Youth Involement Committee is holding a backpack drive all month to collect backpacks as donations. The backpacks will be given to students fourth grade and younger whose families can’t afford to purchase a new backpack.

The drive is taking place at Moraga’s Parks and Recreation office at the Hacienda de las Flores, located at 2100 Donald Drive. Donations will be accepted through the end of the month on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

In addition to backpacks, new school supplies can also be donated, which will be put into the backpacks for the students.

The backpacks will be donated to students throughout the county through the nonprofit organization, Shelter, Inc.

Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
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Lafayette Whole Foods store opens — just in time for things to get real

Comedic gold courtesy of SF/LA-based Fog and Smog. This was filmed in L.A., but while you’re circling the Plaza shopping center trying to find a parking space near Whole Foods, do yourself a favor and switch the Prius to electric mode so you can take a listen.

Some swearing toward the end.

Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
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Congrats to Campolindo and Acalanes baseball

The Campolindo baseball team pulled off a win in the NCS Division 2 championship game to make it their second consecutive title. The fourth-seeded Cougars were the underdog in the final against the #2 seed, Clayton Valley, but the Cougars took control of the game early and held on for a 5-3 win.

The Acalanes baseball team won the NCS Division 3 title… well, half of it. After the original game was rescheduled due to rain, the Dons held a 4-2 lead heading into the final inning of the rescheduled game, but San Marin scored two runs to tie the game. The game remained tied after the tenth inning when the game was suspended due to darkness. Due to it being finals week for the two schools, the game could not be rescheduled to finish, and NCS gave the two teams a co-NCS championship.

Posted on Monday, June 13th, 2011
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