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Archive for October, 2011

“Star Party” in Lafayette

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is hosting a “Star Party” on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

A variety of telescopes will be available for those in attendance to take a closer look at the stars. Astronomers will be on hand to help point out things to look for and share knowledge about the stars.

The Chabot Space and Science Center will also be in attendance and have a number of activities available for kids to do.

The event is free and open to all ages. The event will take place in the Arts & Sciences Room at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.

Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2011
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Major fundraising plan under way for Moraga schools

The Moraga Education Foundation, Moraga’s Parent Teacher Associations, and the Campolindo Parents Club have come together to organize a fundraising effort that has the goal of bringing in $1.5 million.

The collected funds will be used to help maintain teachers, programs and services at the local schools.

According to the plan’s website, the recommended minimum donations are:
-$750 per student to the Moraga Education Foundation
-$425 per student to your school’s PTA (grades K-8)
-$300 per student to the Campolindo Parents Club

The joint fundraising groups suggest that donations above the recommended minimums should go to the Moraga Education Foundation.

Visit for more information on the fundraising plan or to make a donation.

Posted on Thursday, October 13th, 2011
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Oktoberfest in Moraga

Moraga is set to host their version of Oktoberfest this Sunday, Oct. 16, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive.

A live German band and dancers will provide entertainment throughout the event. Authentic German food and plenty of beer will be available for purchase.

There will also be a variety of activities for kids including face painting, pumpkin painting and bouncy houses.

Admission is $2 for adults or $5 for families.

Free parking is available at AAAAA Storage on Moraga Rd. (across from the Rheem Valley Shopping Center). A free shuttle will take event attendees from the parking lot to the event.

All proceeds from the Oktoberfest event benefit improvements at the Hacienda de las Flores.

Posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
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Hear Moraga man’s tunes at A’s games

The Oakland A’s have been trying to bring back the vintage feel of baseball games with a live organist for the past few years, but due to budgeting issues they haven’t been able to – until now.

The Oakland A’s found their live performer in Moraga resident, Dan “Fingers” Rodowicz. Rodowicz will perform live via electronic keyboard at home Oakland A’s games during the 2012 season.

Rodowicz serves as the Western Regional Manager for Yamaha Corp. and has a background full of playing keyboards. In addition to working as a church music director and a music teacher, Rodowicz also has a gold record to his name, as he played on the 1987 album “The Big Throwdown” by Lavert.

Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
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State GOP comes to Lafayette tonight, wants to hear from you

We received the news release kind of at the last minute, but this is looks like a worthy local event and is aimed (primarily) at high schoolers:

State Republicans coming to Lafayette for high school event tonight

LAFAYETTE — The California Republican Party’s “California Speaks Out” Tour comes to the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building Tuesday night with its first town hall for high school students, part of its interactive town hall series.

The tour is designed to bring tomorrow’s leaders from all political views together to connect with them on a personal level and discuss the issues that affect their lives and their futures.

The event, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. at the veterans building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, and will be hosted by California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro, a Lafayette resident, and KSFO-AM morning radio show host Brian Sussman.

Also scheduled to speak are Contra Costa County Supervisor Mary Piepho, UC Berkeley College Republicans President Shawn Lewis and Ivy Allen of the Monte Vista High School Republican Club.

“We’re keeping our promise to engage new communities and give a voice to people who haven’t had the opportunity to connect directly with Republican leaders,” Del Beccaro said in a statement. “Reaching out to high school students through town hall events like this, no matter what their political background, is just the beginning of what we hope will be a lifelong interest in the civic process.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Monte Vista High School Republicans, the UC Berkeley College Republicans, Saint Mary’s College Republicans, the East Bay Young Republicans and the Contra Costa County Republican Party. Though all are welcome, RSVP is required — e-mail to RSVP.

For more information on the California Speaks Out Tour, contact the California Republican Party at 916-448-9496.

Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
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The Caldecott Tunnel and its fossils

Throughout the digging of the fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel, a large variety of plant and animal fossils have been found with many dating back more than 10 million years.

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley will have some of the fossils on display to go along with a presentation on the construction and history of the Caldecott Tunnel this Wednesday, Oct. 12, beginning at 2:00 p.m, at the Village Theatre, 233 Front St., Danville. The presentation will include a video of the actual construction going on and discussions with some of the key players in the construction of the fourth bore.

Although the event will take you outside of Lamorinda, it may be worth it to get a more in-depth look at what is going on in our own backyard.

Tickets are $15 and will be sold at the door beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Posted on Monday, October 10th, 2011
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Orinda’s 35th Annual Holiday Bazaar

The Orinda Community Center Auxiliary’s 35th Annual Holiday Bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Orinda Community Center. Admission to the event is free.

Vendors at the Holiday Bazaar will be selling a variety of items, including art, holiday decorations, clothing, home decor and jewelry. Live entertainment will be provided throughout the event. Prizes will be raffled off. There will also be arts and crafts activities for kids.

All of the proceeds from the event benefit the Orinda Parks & Recreation Department.

For more information about the event, email or call 925-254-2445.

Posted on Sunday, October 9th, 2011
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Cougars handle Dons easily

The Campolindo football team continues to quiet their critics, as the Cougars kept their perfect record with a 42-7 win over Acalanes at the Dons’ home field Friday night.

The Cougars are 6-0 on the season, as they head into their game at home against Dublin on Friday. Acalanes will look to get back on track with a home game against Alhambra Friday night.

Miramonte also remained unbeaten on the season with a 29-14 road win against Dougherty Valley. The Matadors are 6-0 and will host 5-0 Las Lomas on Friday night. The two teams were both mentioned as favorites to win the DFAL, so Friday night’s game could have title implications, even though it’s still early in the season.

Posted on Saturday, October 8th, 2011
Under: Lamorinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »

Photo simulations of Lafayette BART solar project

BART will be on hand Tuesday to show the Lafayette City Council photo simulations of what their proposed “solar carport” project will look like

The transit agency plans to cover a fair chunk of the Lafayette BART station parking lot with solar panels. BART says this will provide shade for parked cars and energy to power the BART system.

But this, of course, is Lafayette, and views and hills are involved, so I;ve got to think there will be some folks who don’t think it’s all that great of an idea.

Here are a couple of the photo simulations to whet your appetite:

That’s the view looking south from Deer Hill Road. Below is the view from Highway 24.

The council meeting starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday (not Monday, because of Columbus Day) in the Arts and Sciences Discovery Room (location change) at the Lafayette library. More info here.

Posted on Friday, October 7th, 2011
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Secret Moraga recall backers are secret

If you live in or drive through Moraga, you’ve probably seen the signs calling for the recall of Mayor Karen Mendonca. The big question, of course, is who is behind this supposed recall campaign?

Well, whoever it is has gone to great lengths to keep his or her (or their) identify a secret.

Unlike the “Recall Moraga Town Council” signs of more than a year ago, these new signs actually list a working website. But the site lists no contact information other than an email address, to which I sent an inquiry Monday. The domain is registered under a fax number and an address — 2600 Camino Pablo — that doesn’t exist.

I eventually got a reply to my email requesting I submit my questions in writing, via email. My first was, “Who are you?”

That was Wednesday. There has been no reply. And until there is one in which the folks behind this “recall campaign” identify themselves, this will be the extent of my coverage.

From a reporter’s perspective, a local recall would be a great story. But I have no interest in writing about any political effort whose backers aren’t serious enough to publicly stand behind their claims.

Posted on Friday, October 7th, 2011
Under: Moraga | 2 Comments »