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Archive for September, 2011

Moraga Pear Festival on the way

If all of the art and wine at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival this weekend leaves you wanting more festivals in your life, you won’t have to wait long. The 13th Annual Moraga Pear Festival will take place next Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Moraga Commons Park.

The Moraga Pear Festival will feature activities for all ages, including recipe and coloring contests, a pear pie sale, inflatable bouncehouses, and wine tasting.

If those activities don’t interest you, come out and dance to live music from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. as you bask in the glory of Moraga’s pear-growing past.

Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2011
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Update on teen injured in sand tunnel collapse

The Miramonte High School Parents’ Club today sent out an update on Ryan Buchanan, the Orinda teen who was critically injured at a Santa Cruz beach when a sand tunnel he was digging collapsed on him, as well as information on how to help the Buchanan family.

Buchanan remains in a vegetative state at the George Mark Children’s House in San Leandro, and visitors are welcome, the parents’ club said:

Miramonte Parents’ Club Helping Hands committee has begun an effort to support the family. There are several ways you can help:

  • Provide a dinner.  Contact Neva Mills for schedule information.
  • Walk the Buchanan’s dog, Jagger. Click Here to sign up.
  • Support the renovations to the Buchanan’s home which are required for proper care of Ryan. Contact Neva Mills for more information.

Updates on Buchanan’s progress will be posted here.

Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2011
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Coastal Cleanup Day in Orinda

Despite not being on the ocean’s coast, Orinda will be participating in the 2011 International Coastal Cleanup Day. The group Friends of Orinda Creeks has organized an event to clean up the “coast” of Orinda’s creeks.

To participate in the cleanup event, meet the group behind Siam Orchid Restaurant, 23 Orinda Way, at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 17. The cleanup will last until around noon, although participants are not required to stay the entire time.

Bags, buckets and latex gloves will be provided; however, the group encourages participants to bring stronger work gloves if they have some and to wear closed-toed shoes for safety reasons.

Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
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National Merit Scholarship semifinalists revealed

Orinda’s got the most, with 12 Miramonte High School students on the list. Campolindo has 10. Five are from Lafayette: three from Acalanes and two from Bentley.

They are among about 16,000 semifinalists nationwide competing for more than 8,000 National Merit Scholarships. That’s pared down from about 1.5 million high school juniors who enter the contest by taking the PSAT test, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application, including an essay and information about their participation and leadership in school and community activities. Winners will be announced next April through July.

The finalists are:

Acalanes High School: Annalise Baer, Ariana Johnson and Sean Mooney.

Bentley School: Elizabeth Hsieh and David Little

Campolindo High School: Colin Bennett, Vinson Compestine, Ciaran Evans, Keith Geiger, Kevin Gelston, Colton Jang, Jessica Kathan, Marie Lu, Peter Shweh and Colin Wong.

Miramonte High School: Justin Ahmann, David Baker, Jason Blore, Sophia Bollag, Alexander Chen, Robert Fluegge, Syed Ali Hasanain, Samantha Kaufhold, Kathleen Stanaro, Courtney Tran, Eric Wu and Hayley Young.

Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
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Green Film Night

The environmental group, Generation Green, has organized a Green Film Night for Tuesday, Sept. 20. The documentary, “End of the Line,” will be screened at the Rheem Theatre as part of the event.

The lobby of the Rheem Theatre will be open beginning at 6:00 p.m. for wine tasting and appetizers. The documentary will begin playing at 7:00 p.m.

The documentary, “End of the Line,” follows investigative reporter Charles Clover on his mission to confront people about the damage to the oceans they are contributing to.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office for $15 for wine tasting, appetizers and the screening, $12 for just the screening, or $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased online for a discount of $12 for wine tasting, appetizers and the screening, or $10 for just the screening.

Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
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Chipotle pushes back opening date

Hard times in Lafayette. Chipotle has pushed back the opening of its location there a whole week, until Sept. 21. Update your calendars accordingly, folks.

Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
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St. Mary’s student suspected of sexual assault

From Times’ reporter Elisabeth Nardi’s story last night:

An 18-year old Saint Mary’s College student has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault of a fellow student Sunday morning.

Nicholas Conzachi, a sophomore, was arrested around noon Monday at his dorm room at the college on suspicion of rape, according to a news release from Moraga police.

Conzachi was booked into County Jail in Martinez on $100,000 bail.

The victim reported the assault to Moraga police at 3:40 a.m. Sunday saying she had been raped within the last hour in another student’s dorm room, according to the release.

Police ask anyone with information about the assault to contact Officer William Davis at 925-888-7057.

Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
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Orinda Idol’s big winners

The Orinda Idol competition has certainly grown over the past few years, as the audience filled the Orinda Theatre to hear the finalists sing.

The finals took place all day Sunday, starting at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 6:15 p.m. The winners were announced between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m.

The winners of the 2011 Orinda Idol competition were:
Grades K-2 Soloists: Sophie Lurie
Grades 3-5 Soloists: Michaela Sasner
Middle School Soloists: Ellie Glade
High School Soloists: Katie Marino
Group Category K-5: Topaz Girls (Samantha Martin, Jennifer McFarlane)
Group Category 6-12: Maritza and Katie (Maritza Grillo, Katie Marino)
Audience Award: Katie Marino

The Orinda Idol winners will perform at the Orinda Car Show on Sept. 24 and at the EFO/Chamber of Commerce Dine Around Town on Sept. 27.

Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2011
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Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

The Lafayette Art & Wine Festival is this weekend in downtown Lafayette. The festival is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Wine, beer and food will all be available from different vendors, and a variety of arts and crafts will be sold at the event. There will also be live music provided from four different stages for the entirety of the festival.

Free parking is available at the BART parking lot, and a shuttle will be available to take festival goers directly to the entrance.

More than 50,000 people attended the festival last year.

Posted on Sunday, September 11th, 2011
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Weather delays and suspends high school football games

The lightning Friday night led to delays in the games of the three Lamorinda high school football teams and put an end to the Miramonte game.

The weather didn’t stop Campolindo from routing Ygnacio Valley, 49-7, at the Cougars’ home field. The Cougars, who are 2-0, led the game 35-0 at halftime.

The weather delay in the Acalanes game, which lasted an hour, may have helped the Dons, as they were able to come back from a 14-7 deficit heading into the delay to win the game 28-21. The Dons are also 2-0 this season.

Miramonte was leading 21-6 with 2:49 remaining in the second quarter in their game against Kennedy-Richmond. Lightning delayed and eventually suspended the game, as officials deemed it was unsafe. The game will be finished at Miramonte on Monday at 5 :00 p.m. from the spot it stopped.

Posted on Saturday, September 10th, 2011
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