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Archive for November, 2011

Burton Valley expands book fair

Burton Valley Elementary School in Lafayette is expanding their annual book fair this year by holding it at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 1149 S. Main St., Walnut Creek.

The book fair will be held Sunday, Dec. 11, and Monday, Dec. 12, while online sales through the Barnes & Noble website between Dec. 11 and Dec. 17 will also be counted toward the book fair sales.

The school hopes that the change from doing the fair at the school to doing it at Barnes & Noble will draw in more interest from friends, family and the community.

CPK and Chipotle in Walnut Creek will  also be donating a percentage of their sales those nights to the school.

Before purchasing books or food, make sure to ask for a voucher to ensure a portion of the sale is donated back to the school.

Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011
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Orinda Theatre goes “Hollywood”

The Orinda Theatre will be hosting the red carpet world premiere of the movie “Hercules Saves Christmas” on Thursday, Nov. 17.

The movie’s top actors and actresses will be making their red carpet arrivals beginning at 6:30 p.m. The premiere screening of the movie will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a question and answer session with the actors from the movie.

The movie’s star is a talking pit bull made famous by the Animal Planet Show “Pit Boss.”

Tickets for the movie premiere are only $11 and can be purchased in advance online or at the Orinda Theatre Box Office.

Visit YouTube to view a trailer of “Hercules Saves Christmas.”

Posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
Under: Orinda | 1 Comment »

NCS water polo update

All three Lamorinda girls water polo teams playing in the North Coast Section Division 2 playoffs earned easy wins Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals.

Campolindo, the number two seed, beat Terra Linda, 20-2. They play Sir Francis Drake in the quarterfinals Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. at Contra Costa College.

Acalanes, the number three seed, beat San Rafael, 15-1. They host Northgate in the quarterfinals Saturday at 3:45 p.m.

Miramonte, the number four seed, beat Encinal, 17-3. They host Marin Catholic in the quarterfinals Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

The three Lamorinda boys water polo teams play in the first round of the NCS Division 1 playoffs on Saturday. Miramonte, the number two seed, hosts James Logan at 7:30 p.m. Acalanes, the number three seed, hosts Mission San Jose at 5:00 p.m. Campolindo, the number six seed, hosts Irvington at 3:45 p.m.

Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
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Occupy movement comes to Moraga

A private college in one of the Bay Area’s wealthiest town’s may not be the first location that comes to mind to join the Occupy Wall Street movement, but dozens gathered on the chapel lawn at Saint Mary’s College today to hear speeches from students and professors showing solidarity with protestors in Oakland and across the country.

Billed as a teach-in, the event definitely had the feel of a rally, albeit a relatively laid-back one. Students relaxed in the sun on picnic tables and blankets. Professors of history and politics shared their insights on the occupy movement, but also implored students to enact changes to what they see as an unjust political and economic system.

One staff member told me the event was very appropriate given the college’s traditional emphasis on social justice.

In one interesting moment, one professor took the stage while on a cell phone with another professor who was traveling from the Oakland protests. The professor on stage relayed the other professor’s speech to students and asked them to repeat it line by line. My favorite: “Please think for yourself,” which just reminded me of this.

Several students traveled to Oakland to join the rally in that city. Another teach-in is scheduled for tomorrow.

Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
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International Film Showcase update

The International Film Showcase at the Orinda Theater will be showing the Italian film, “Red Like the Sky,” Nov. 4-11.

The film is based on the true story of Mirco Menacci, who became one of the top sound editors in Italy, despite being nearly blind.

Showtimes for the film are 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. the rest of the week.

The film has earned 12 International Film Festival awards.

Tickets can be purchased at the Orinda Theater Box Office or ahead of time online.

For more information and to see a trailer of the film, visit

Posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
Under: Orinda | No Comments »