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Archive for August, 2011

Lafayette Music Festival to support Town Hall Theatre

The Town Hall Theatre will host the 1st Annual Lafayette Community Music Festival this Saturday night, Aug. 27, from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $40 and are available for purchase online via the Town Hall Theatre’s website. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the theater programs that the Town Hall Theatre puts on throughout the year.

The concert will feature a variety of top local musicans, including:
Mark Stanley
Drew Harrison
Paul Cotruvo & Toni Bryant
Jack King & Kiki Stack
Katie & Dell

In addition to the concert, there will be a silent auction for music memorabilia and a raffle for additional prizes.

Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011
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Owner of Lafayette crosses lot passes away

Louise Clark, right, faces off with an Iraq War supporter during a 2007 rally.

Jeff Heaton, founder of the Lafayette Crosses memorial, sent word last night that Louise Clark, who owns the property on which the display sits, died Sunday morning after a yearlong battle with lymphoma cancer.

Clark died at her son Jack’s home in Santa Rosa surrounded by family and friends, Heaton said. Louise owned the property across from the Lafayette BART station with her husband, Johnson, who passed away several years ago. The couple befriended the Heaton family during a Lamorinda Democratic Club protest of the Vietnam war, Heaton said:

Louise and Johnson have been longtime activists and supporters of the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center in Walnut Creek. … Louise has always been a mentor and taught me that thinking outside the box is not only acceptable but the best way to bring about a lasting peace.

The organizers of the crosses display said earlier this month they have run out of room to add more crosses are are looking into a permanent Iraq War memorial on the site.

Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011
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More BART closures tomorrow?

BART riders may experience delays during commute hours Monday afternoon due to another protest, according to a BART media release.

A group is organizing a protest Monday evening at BART’s Civic Center station platform that may lead to long delays for BART trains and potentially the closure of the Civic Center station.

BART is suggesting that riders going into or out of San Francisco plan for potential back-up transportation.

The protest Monday is one of several following the shooting of a man by a BART police officer. Protests for free speech were also brought into the spotlight after BART cut cell phone service to try and stop a protest last week.

Posted on Sunday, August 21st, 2011
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Saint Mary’s keeps coach for ten more years

The Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team has blossomed under Randy Bennett during his 10 years as head coach. As a reward for the success he has brought, the school has signed him to a new 10-year contract.

During his ten years as coach, Bennett has won more games than any other basketball coach in school history, lead the team to their first postseason victories ever (including a trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 2010), and lead the first player to be drafted from the program into the NBA since 1984 (Patrick Mills in 2009). He has a career record of 208-112 at Saint Mary’s.

Posted on Saturday, August 20th, 2011
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Wine and beer battle in Lafayette

Lafayette’s Duck Club Restaurant is hosting a Wine vs. Beer Dinner this Friday, Aug. 26, at 6:30 p.m.

The dinner will include a four-course meal with a different wine and beer being provided to match with each course. Greg Koch, co-founder of Stone Brewing Company, will be selecting the beers, while Chris Siconolfi, a certified wine specialist from Moet Hennessy USA, will be selecting the wines.

Diners will vote on each beer and wine throughout the night with results being announced at the end.

The dinner is $99, excluding tax and gratuity. For more information, call 877-283-8787.

The Duck Club Restaurant is located at the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa, 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Posted on Friday, August 19th, 2011
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International Film Showcase returns

The International Film Showcase is bringing its next film to the Orinda Theatre starting tomorrow. This time, the film, “Loose Cannons,” comes from Italy. The film follows Tommaso, who is ready to tell his family he is gay, before a series of events affects his life completely.

Screenings of the film will run from Friday, Aug. 19, through Thursday, Aug. 25. There will be screenings at 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. each day during its run. There will also be screenings at 9:15 p.m. on Aug. 19, 20, 21 and 25.

To see a trailer of the film, or to buy tickets to the screenings ahead of time online, visit the Lamorinda Film & Entertainment Foundation’s website.

Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2011
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Moraga Art Gallery on the move?

The Moraga Art Gallery may be losing its current location in the Rheem Shopping Center after Comcast told the Gallery that they could no longer sublet the space to them for free, which they have done for the past 11 years.

Comast, who uses the back of the space for technical equipment, is asking the Moraga Art Gallery to pay $2,000 a month to rent the space they are currently using.

If the Moraga Art Gallery does not find another space with low to no rent soon, the gallery may be forced to shut down.

For more information about the Moraga Art Gallery and to see their letter to the public about the loss of their lease, visit their website at

Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
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California Safe Homes Coalition contest

The California Safe Homes Coalition is sponsoring a poster contest for all students ages 6-12. Students are encouraged to visit to learn about the dangers of carbon monoxide and California’s law about carbon monoxide alarms.

The students can then make a poster that will help teach others about what they have learned about carbon monoxide dangers and safety.

For more information, view the online flyer for the contest. The full rules and contest registration forms are also available online through the California Safe Homes website.

Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
Under: Lamorinda | No Comments »

BART riders get home late

While commuting in traffic coming home from a day of work in the city can often lead to delays, BART riders have been facing many delays recently.

The delays tonight were caused by a protest in San Francisco that shut down access to four BART stations in the city, delaying thousands of people trying to make their way home. The protest lasted nearly two hours and left stations closed nearly as long.

The protesters were protesting BART’s decision to initiate a cell phone blackout last week that BART put in place to stop a protest over a police shooting.

Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2011
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The week ahead: Aug. 15-Aug. 19

Your governments are getting all governmenty this week. Here’s what’s happening:

Lafayette Planning Commission: 6:30 p.m. tonight, Community Hall, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette

Orinda Union School District: 6 p.m. tonight, district offices, 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
  • The same school board you know and love, at a new time. The board will vote on agreements with its teachers union and unrepresented employees, as well as a contract extension for Superintendent Joe Jaconette through 2015.
Orinda City Council: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Orinda Library Auditorium, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda
  • The main item is the council will adopt its capital improvement project plan for the upcoming year. They’ll also look at a revised pavement management program policy and get a report from the Orinda Association Volunteer Center. Agenda and staff reports here.
Moraga-Orinda Fire District Board of Directors: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Orinda Community Center Founders Room, 28 Orinda Way, Orinda
  • The big topic — whether to purchase a new office building in Moraga or lease space at Orinda City Hall — looks like it will wait until September. Chief Randy Bradley’s staff report on the matter says the district will ask the owner of the office building, which whom it has a contract to purchase that just needs board approval, to extend the “due diligence” period of the agreement so he can continue studying the two options. The board will also adopt a purchasing ordinance and a resolution indication its support for an informational program about the 1991 Oakland firestorm. Agenda packet here.
Acalanes Union High School District: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, district offices, 1212 Pleasant Hill Road, Lafayette
  • The board will award bids for a pair of projects at the Del Valle site and receive its quarterly report on Measure E bond projects. Agenda y staff reports aquí.

Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2011
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda | No Comments »