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Candida at Cal Shakes

The California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) will be presenting the play, Candida, by George Bernard Shaw from Aug. 10 until Sept. 4. Candida follows the life of a woman trying to decide between her husband and a young poet who is trying to win her love.

During the run of the play, there are performances starting at 7:30 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. weeknights and Saturday nights. There are matinee shows at 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit the online show schedule.

Tickets are available for purchase online through the Cal Shakes’ website.

Cal Shakes Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone will be the director for Candida.

Posted on Friday, August 5th, 2011
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Campolindo artists earn honors

Two Campolindo High School students finished in the top two spots in the 2011 Congressional Art Competition sponsored by Congressman John Garamendi and the Congressional Institute.

Seo Hyung Lee won the competition for her piece, “Escape,” while Clay Sanders earned second place for his piece, “The Howler.”

As part of winning the competition, Seo Hyung Lee earned a trip to Washington, D.C., to be recognized for her winning piece. Her winning piece will also hang in the U.S. Capitol for a year.

Seo Hyung Lees Escape

Seo Hyung Lee's "Escape"

Clay Sanders The Howler

Clay Sanders "The Howler"

Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2011
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Epic music indicates Caldecott Tunnel fourth bore project going awesomely

“The Fourth Bore: No escape until 2014.”

Check out CalTrans’ video. Spoiler alert: They (apparently) have lasers.

Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Under: Orinda, Roads | 1 Comment »

Sundance award winner playing in Orinda

The Orinda Theatre will be screening the documentary Sergio on Saturday, Aug 13, at 10:00 a.m.

The documentary won the Best Editing award at the Sundance Film Festival this year. It tells the story of Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, who was killed in a terrorist attack on the UN Headquarters in Baghdad in 2003.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

A Q&A session will follow the screening of the film. This session is included in the ticket price.

Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
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Orinda offers city hall space to fire district

I was not at last night’s Orinda City Council meeting so I missed their report out of closed session regarding potentially leasing space to the Moraga-Orinda Fire District for the district’s administrative staff. The city sent word this morning that the council directed City Manager Janet Keeter to negotiate with the district on a 10-year lease for 2,714 square feet on the top floor of City Hall for $66,792 annually, with increases for inflation. The rent would include use of the Orinda Library auditorium for board meetings and six parking spaces. Fees for other commonly-used spaces would be extra.

Council members said they are willing to discuss different office configurations with the district, and that’s probably a good thing. Fire Chief Randy Bradley has said the district would need about 4,700 square feet for its administrative staff (although that estimate includes space for a board room and other amenities that likely would be shared at city hall).

The fire board will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at 1280 Moraga Way in Moraga to discuss the city’s offer, as well as the option of purchasing a two-story office building for $1.1 million. That building, at 1150 Moraga Way, needs as much as $1 million in improvements, but has about twice as much space as the district needs, and Bradley estimates the district could lease the extra space for around $75,000 annually.

Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
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Rock the Plaza in Lafayette

Lafayette’s free summer concert series, Rock the Plaza, is returning Aug. 12 for a three week stint. While Moraga and Orinda have certainly created popular concert events during the summer months, Lafayette’s free concerts typically fill the Lafayette Plaza area.

On Friday, Aug. 12, the band Stagefrite will open up the Rock the Plaza series with their brand of rock and roll party covers of music from the 80s and 90s.

The Floorshakers, who cover a wide variety of songs from genres including funk, rock and roll and soul, perform on Aug. 19.

Classic rock band Tall Shadows will perform at the Aug. 26 show, which will be the final Rock the Plaza concert of the summer.

Posted on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
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Soccer camp at SMC hosts girls from India

Saint Mary’s College is home to a plethora of athletic camps each summer, but one has some extra-special guests. Former U.S. women’s soccer captain Julie Foudy, along with the nonprofit Magic Bus, invited 12 teenage girls from the slums of Mumbai to her leadership camp in Moraga. From ESPNW:

The 12 girls who arrived at San Francisco International Airport two weekends ago flew more than 20 hours and changed planes three times to be at Julie Foudy’s Leadership Camp. Some of their friends were left behind at home in Mumbai, India, because of passport issues. They almost didn’t get to make the trip themselves. A terrorist bombing on July 13 and an airline strike put their journey in jeopardy more than once.

But in the end, the girls, who range in age from 14 to 17, and their coaches landed in the United States, ready for what appropriately can be described as the adventure of their lives.

If you have time, ladies, please paint the SMC on the hill. It was a sad, plain white last time I was up there.

Posted on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
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Scheduled power outage in Orinda on Thursday

PG&E will shut down power along Moraga Way on Thursday night as it conducts urgent repairs at the Camino Encinas substation.

The outage will affect about 700 South Orinda customers and last from 8 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday. PG&E has given notice to all customers who will be affected by the outage, the city of Orinda said this afternoon.

Anyone with questions about the outage can call PG&E at 800-743-5000.

Posted on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
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Amber Alert issued

An Amber Alert has been issued for all of Contra Costa County after a 16-year-old boy was kidnapped from a barber shop in Antioch during the robbery of that barber shop this afternoon.

The boy, Hasaan Ford, was forced into a black two-door GMC Yukon that was outside of the barber shop. The vehicle’s license plate is 4WAY944, and the vehicle has the letters “GT” written in orange on the side.

The suspect was described as being 25 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing around 180 pounds. He was wearing black jeans, a jean jacket and a blue knit cap at the time of the robbery and abduction.

Posted on Monday, August 1st, 2011
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The week ahead: Aug. 1-5

calendar.jpgDid you remember to turn your calendar this morning? We now begin August, the month of canceled government meetings. Here’s what your local governments are up to this week:

Orinda City Council: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Orinda Library Auditorium, 26 Orinda way, Orinda

  • The only thing on the open session agenda is a new contract for City Manager Janet Keeter. It will run through fiscal year 2014 and sets her base salary at $183,492, which is essentially where it was set last year. The council will meet in closed session before the regular meeting to discuss a possible agreement with the Moraga-Orinda Fire District for the district to lease or buy space at City Hall for their administrative staff. Agenda and staff reports here. Which leads us to …

Moraga-Orinda Fire District Board of Directors: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Administration Building board room, 1280 Moraga Way, Moraga

  • Directors will likely make a decision on new offices for the district’s administrative staff. Chief Randy Bradley has recommended purchasing a nearby building for $1.1 million, but some directors and members of the public think the Orinda City Hall option is a better one. Staff report here.

Posted on Monday, August 1st, 2011
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