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Archive for October, 2011

Musical instrument drive

Lafayette’s Boy Scouts are organizing a used musical instrument drive to collect instruments for kids in the music program at Westlake Middle School in Oakland. The drive is part of their Eagle Scout project.

All musical instruments are being collected, as well as other musical supplies, including music stands, music books, etc.

Donations can be dropped off at Lamorinda Music, 81 Lafayette Circle, or can be picked up by setting up a pick-up via email at or via phone at (925) 297-7010.

Donations are tax deductible through the Generations in Jazz Foundation. For more information about the Generations in Jazz Foundation, visit their website at

Posted on Friday, October 7th, 2011
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Suspicious activity in Lafayette

On Tuesday, between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., Lafayette Police received reports that a man in his 30s driving a white BMW approached a juvenile and her babysitter and asked them where they lived. A second report came in that the same man had approached another juvenile, asking if they needed a ride home.

Police were able to track down the man to his residence, but police determined that no actual crime had been committed, so they could not bring the man into custody.

The Lafayette School District is asking all parents to discuss proper safety precautions with their children. The Lafayette Police Department is asking that any similar incidents be reported to them immediately.

Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2011
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Campo grad joins A’s coaching staff

Chip Hale, who attended Campolindo High School, will join the Oakland A’s as the team’s bench coach, according to the A’s website:

A San Jose, Calif., native who attended Campolindo High School in Moraga, Hale previously served under A’s manager Bob Melvin as third base and infield coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2007-09. During that time, he played a prominent role on Arizona’s 2007 club that posted a 90-72 record and captured the National League West Division championship.

Maybe he can move back to Lamorinda and fill the void left when Buster Posey moved out of Orinda.

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
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Lafayette’s Haunted House

The Lafayette Youth Commission has once again organized Lafayette’s own haunted house for Halloween.

The haunted house will be open on Friday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 30. ¬†From 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. each night, the haunted house will be the “not too scary” version for younger children and their parents. From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. each night, the “very scary” version will be open for kids ages 8 and older.

Entrance to the haunted house is $3 for children 7 and under and $5 for people 8 and older. All proceeds from the haunted house will go to Lafayette Youth Commission Projects.

The haunted house will be in the Live Oak Room of the Lafayette Community Center.

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
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19th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Run

The 19th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Run will be held on Sunday, Oct. 30.

The runs will start on Mt. Diablo Boulevard between Moraga Road and First Street with staggered start times of 8:00 a.m. (2 mile run/walk), 8:30 a.m. (5K) and 8:45 a.m. (10K).

The 10K and 5K races will be timed with awards for the top three runners in each of 16 different age and gender categories. The 2 mile run/walk is strictly for fun, and participants can bring their strollers and/or dogs.

Online registration fees for the event are $30 for adults and $22 for elementary school runners. Race day registration is an extra $5 per runner. Runners can register in advance online via the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
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Discussion in Lafayette about the future of the UC system

University of California President Mark Yudof will be at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center on Oct. 25 to discuss the future of the UC system and higher education as a whole. Some of the topics Yudof will discuss include the recent budget cuts and the increases in tuition rates. Check-in for the event will begin at 5:45 p.m., and the actual program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The event will be hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California. Tickets are available for purchase in advance through the Commonwealth Club’s website. General admission tickets are $22, and student tickets are $7.

Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2011
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International Film Showcase in Orinda

The International Film Showcase returns to the Orinda Theatre Oct. 21-27. The film featured will be “The Man Who Will Come (L’uomo Che Verra),” which follows the story of the Monte Sole massacre, one of the worst massacres in Italy’s history, through the eyes of an eight year-old boy.

Tickets can be purchased at the theater’s box office or online in advance. General admission tickets are $8 for matinee showings and $10 for regular showings. There are discounts for children, seniors, and CAIFF members.

On Oct. 22, the UC Berkeley School of Law will host a discussion and Q&A session about the film and the historical event at 6:30 p.m., followed by a screening of the film.


Posted on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
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Campolindo, Miramonte football remain perfect

Despite being picked to finish at the bottom of the DFAL, the Campolindo football team continued their hot start to the season with a 38-21 victory in their DFAL opener against Dougherty Valley. The Cougars are now 5-0 overall as they head into their game at Acalanes this week.

Miramonte kept their perfect record with a win at home against Acalanes. The Matadors won the game, 24-14, and improved to 5-0 overall. The Matadors will travel to play at Dougherty Valley in their second DFAL game Friday night. The Dons fell to 2-3 overall, making their game against Campolindo even more important.

Posted on Saturday, October 1st, 2011
Under: Lamorinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »