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Archive for September, 2011

Contra Costa Children’s Chorus moves to Lafayette and is ready for auditions

The highly acclaimed Contra Costa Children’s Chorus has found a new home in Lafayette. Their new main rehearsal site is located at 1035 Carol Lane, which makes it much easier for some of our young Lamorinda singers to participate in the chorus.

The CCCC is currently accepting new singers between the ages of 6 and 15 . Interested singers must make an appointment for a placement interview by emailing or calling 925-945-7101×1.

The CCCC offers its singers top-level music education and the opportunity to perform at venues around the world.

For more information, visit the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus website at

Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2011
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Music | No Comments »

The parties continue at Burton Valley

For years, Burton Valley Elementary School in Lafayette has been the scene of local high school parties. With many options for parking and access to the school and its semi-remote setting that allows the party to go on without neighbors noticing, the parties are rarely stopped.

A recent slew of graffiti, vandalism and broken bottles found on the campus has resulted in Burton Valley’s administration issuing a statement for help from the community in stopping these parties.

The school is asking anyone who sees signs of a party at the school or anyone with information about the potential of a party happening there to contact the Lafayette Police Department at 925-284-5010.

Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Under: Lafayette, Schools | No Comments »

Lamorinda residents to be honored with peace awards

Walnut Creek’s Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center has named its six recipients of the 2011 Peace and Justice Award.

Dan and Nancy Harrington, of Orinda, are receiving the award for their work in founding and running the nonprofit organization Books for Barrios, which helps collect books and school supplies for children in needy areas of the Philippines.

Lynn MacMichael, of Lafayette, is receiving an award for her work as a peace activist. MacMichael was key in organizing demonstrations at the Livermore National Laboratory and the Concord Naval Weapons Station. She was also part of the effort to stop military ships from entering San Francisco Bay.

These winners, along with the others, will be honored at the “Give Peace a Dinner Dance” event on Oct. 1 at Holy Trinity Cultural Center, 1700 School St., Moraga.

Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
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Lafayette Homeowners Council meeting

The Lafayette Homeowners Council’s annual meeting will be held this Thursday, Sept. 22, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Sequoia Room at the Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s Rd.

Mayor Carl Anduri and others involved in local government will be on hand to discuss topics important to Lafayette’s homeowners and answer questions.

Some of the topics on the agenda for the meeting include the Downtown Specific Plan, Lafayette’s roads and the upcoming Roads Ballot Measure, and the new bike and walking path through Lafayette that has been proposed.

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
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Phone lines out in parts of Moraga

And all the Saint Mary’s students go, “What’s a land line?”

PG&E accidentally hit an AT&T phone line while replacing a telephone pole at Moraga Road and Buckingham Place about 9 a.m. this morning, knocking out phone service to the Campolindo and Carroll Ranch areas, the town just said in an email. Phone service is spotty in other areas of town. Repairs could take most of the night. For more information you can call PG&E at 800-743-5000 or AT&T at 866-346-1168.

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
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Orinda Classic Car Show Weekend

Orinda’s Classic Car Show Weekend will kick off this Friday night at 7:00 p.m. with a party in the streets of Orinda. Avenida de Orinda will be the host of a party including dinner, cocktails, dancing and live music among the many classic cars. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online.

On Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., there will be a free car show open to the public. Those making a $10 donation will be able to sit in one of the cars during the parade at the end of the show.

Proceeds from the events benefit the Educational Foundation of Orinda, Seniors Around Town, and the Orinda Historical Society.

For more information about any of the events, visit

Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2011
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Orinda to hold more downtown workshops

As promised, Orinda has set up a series of community workshops on the future of the city’s downtown. The meetings will be held in the evening at the city’s four elementary schools, in the hope of attracting more parents of school-age children.

Here’s the workshop schedule:

  • Wagner Ranch – 7-9 p.m. Oct. 3
  • Sleepy Hollow – 7-9 p.m. Oct. 5
  • Del Rey – 7-9 p.m. Oct. 24
  • Glorietta – 7-9 p.m. Nov. 2
The city is also planning a daytime workshop but is still trying to find a date. Those who cannot attend a workshop can fill out an online survey about the downtown here.

Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2011
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Burton Valley teacher honored

Carroll Martin was honored at the 2011 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year celebration Thursday night. Martin, who teaches the 4th/5th grade AIM class at Burton Valley Elementary School, was honored for being the Lafayette School District’s Teacher of the Year last year.

Burton Valley Principal Sue Rusk called Martin “an enthusiastic, devoted and loving teacher.” It would be hard to argue that Martin isn’t devoted to education in the Lafayette School District. Martin is currently teaching at Burton Valley in her 40th year as an educator in the district.

Posted on Sunday, September 18th, 2011
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Lamorinda high school football stays perfect

After two games Friday night, the three Lamorinda high school football teams still remain undefeated overall.

Miramonte’s defense locked down in their game Friday night against Fremont-Oakland, as the Matadors earned a 30-0 win. The Matadors are 3-0 on the season and face Liberty next Friday in their final nonleague game.

Campolindo escaped El Cerrito with a tough 16-13 win that also sees the Cougars improve to 3-0 on the season. The Cougars travel to Vallejo to play St. Patrick/St. Vincent on Friday night in their final nonleague game.

Acalanes is set to kick off against San Marin in Novato this afternoon for their third game of the season. The Dons are 2-0 so far and will face Healdsburg next week.

Posted on Saturday, September 17th, 2011
Under: Lamorinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Free college planning session

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is hosting a free college planning and information session on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The session, “Demystify the College Application Process,” is open to parents and students to help them begin to manage the things needed to apply to and be accepted into colleges.

There will be a variety of speakers at the event including a college admissions application reader, a college advisor and a financial aid expert. There will be a question and answer session with each of the speakers.

The event is free to attend, but those attending should register in advance online.

Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2011
Under: Lamorinda, Schools | No Comments »