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Archive for December, 2011

Happy New Year’s Eve

The Lamorinda Sun blog wants to wish all of its readers a happy end to 2011 and a happy beginning to 2012!

The weather seems to be about as perfect as we can ask for at this time of the year. While most of the local parties may be inside all night, temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s, so it won’t be too cold to go outside and make some noise to ring in the new year.

For those who want to venture into the city, it should be a great celebration this year with the temperatures not being as cold as they have been in many past years.

Posted on Saturday, December 31st, 2011
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Openings in Moraga government

The Town of Moraga is currently seeking volunteers to serve in its local government in a variety of positions.

In 2012, there will be five vacancies for the Planning Commission, four vacancies for the Park and Recreation
Commission, three vacancies each for the Design Review Board and the Traffic Safety Advisory
Committee, and two each for the ADA Advisory Committee and the Audit and Finance Committee.

For more information and to get an application, visit the Town Clerk’s office, or the Town Clerk’s webpage. Applications are currently being accepted and will be accepted until Jan. 17.

Posted on Friday, December 30th, 2011
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Big bike ride coming through Lamorinda

If you are one of the local drivers who can’t stand when there are bicyclists riding on the roads, you may want to avoid parts of Lafayette and Moraga on Jan. 28.

On the other hand, if you love biking, check out the group Cycling4Fun. They have a ride scheduled for Jan. 28 that will start and end in Castro Valley, looping through Moraga and Lafayette.

The ride will start at 9:00 a.m. with bikers dropping into Moraga from Canyon some time in the late morning hours. The group will turn right onto St. Mary’s Road, taking them into Lafayette, where they will turn right on Glenside and follow that out of Lafayette via Olympic Boulevard.

For more information, visit

Posted on Thursday, December 29th, 2011
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The mailbox is moving

For those who have needed to drop something off in the mailbox on Moraga Way in the past, there was no arguing that it wasn’t the safest location to get out of your car and drop something off.

Moraga resident George Fisher lead a push that resulted in the United States Postal Service agreeing to relocate that mailbox from Moraga Way into the Moraga Center, which the town government supported.

There will now be drive-up mailboxes available in the Moraga Center, making sending a letter a whole lot safer and easier.

Posted on Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
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Lafayette Business Person of the Year

The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce recently announced that their selection for Lafayette Marquis Business Person of the Year is Jay Lifson. Lifson is actually the executive director of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, so he was honored by his colleagues.

Lifson will be formally honored at the Business Person of the Year dinner on Friday, Jan. 20, at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa. The night will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person and must be purchased in advance. For more information and the registration form, visit

Posted on Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
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High school basketball update

With DFAL play set to start up when students return to classes after the Winter Break is done, many of the local high school basketball teams have already experienced early season success.

The Miramonte girls continue to be the most successful team in the area so far this season, compiling a 10-0 record, while scoring opponents 744-373 during that stretch.

The Acalanes girls have won their last two games to get back to a winning record of 5-4, while the Campolindo girls continue to struggle in the early season, falling to 2-5 overall after losing their last two games.

The Acalanes boys have won six straight to improve to 9-2 overall, while Miramonte (5-2) and Campolindo (7-3) have both also had success in the early season. Any one of the local boys teams could claim the DFAL title this season.

Posted on Monday, December 26th, 2011
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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of the readers of the Lamorinda Sun blog! We hope you enjoyed the day with friends and family.

It wasn’t exactly a white Christmas, but it’s hard to not enjoy getting some sunshine in late December. The weather forecast shows no change over the next 10 days with sunshine and temperatures in the 50s during the days.

It looks like all of the locals of Lamorinda who were asking Santa to bring snow to Tahoe may finally be getting their wish with snow forecasted to fall up that way on Thursday.

Posted on Sunday, December 25th, 2011
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New electric vehicle charging stations in Lafayette

In an ongoing attempt to be “green,” the City of Lafayette will have two new electric vehicle charging stations installed by the end of the year.

The new electric vehicle charging stations will be installed in the McDonald’s parking lot, 3459 Mt. Diablo Blvd. No word on whether there will be a “Supersize” option when charging.

The electric vehicle charging stations that are currently available for public use in the parking lot at Whole Foods were some of the first in the greater area, so Lafayette is staying up with the trend of electric vehicles.

Posted on Saturday, December 24th, 2011
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Auditions for local singing groups

The Contra Costa Children’s Chorus will be holding auditions on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at their local rehearsal location, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, on Carol Lane in Lafayette. The group is open to male and female singers ages 6 to 15. Appointments are required for auditions. To make an audition appointment, call 925-945-7101 x3 or email

The local women’s group WomenSing is also holding auditions for new members in January. WomenSing will be having their open auditions on Tuesday, Jan. 10.  Experienced singers can also schedule auditions by appointment. For more information about auditioning for WomenSing, email or call 925-974-9169.

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
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Closing and Grand Re-Opening of Moraga Art Gallery

After losing its lease, the Moraga Art Gallery will be closing its current location on Saturday, Dec. 24.

The good news is that the Moraga Art Gallery was able to secure a new location at 522 Center St. in the Rheem Shopping Center where they will look to continue supporting the local arts.

The first exhibits at the new location will be the paintings of Angelica Samame and the jewelry of designer Karin Lechner. The exhibit will open Jan. 10.

The Moraga Art Gallery will be hosting a special Grand Re-Opening celebration on Jan. 14, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Posted on Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
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