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Archive for January, 2012

High school basketball update

The Miramonte girls continued their early season dominance with a 79-26 win over Alhambra Tuesday night, improving to 2-0 in league and 15-0 overall.

The Miramonte boys won their game against Alhambra, 75-55, improving to 1-1 in DFAL play and 10-4 overall.

The Acalanes boys fell to 0-3 in DFAL play and 11-6 overall after losing a late lead against Dougherty Valley Tuesday night, losing by a score of 52-50.

The Acalanes girls team also continued to struggle, losing, 71-48, to Dougherty Valley.

The Campolindo boys and girls basketball teams had their DFAL byes and did not play on Tuesday. They both face off against Las Lomas on Friday.

Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
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Scary crash on Highway 24

A white Jeep Cherokee ended up on its roof after rolling in a crash this morning on Highway 24, according to California Highway Patrol.

The crash, which involved multiple vehicles, took place around 5:45 a.m. near the offramp at Oak Hill Road.

Three lanes were closed as a result of the crash, which immediately backed up the morning commute. Commuters experienced delays throughout the morning as a result of the built-up traffic due to the lane closures.

Details on injuries at the scene were not readily available at the time of this post.

Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
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Free local music

The Moraga Library is hosting the acoustic quintet, Houston Jones, on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7:00 p.m. The group plays a blend of folk and blues with high energy, hoping to get the audience dancing. The show is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required at

On Saturday, Jan. 14, at 2:00 p.m., the Moraga Library is hosting Ben Ofori and the Bodac Cultural Group, a performing group originally from West Africa who combine music and dancing.

The Class Act Big Band is playing for free in the Soda Center at Saint Mary’s College on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. There is also a free dance lesson before the show, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Posted on Monday, January 9th, 2012
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DFAL basketball tips off

The Campolindo boys and girls basketball teams each started off the DFAL season with two big wins. Both teams beat rival Acalanes in the second game day of the DFAL season on Friday night, as the boys won, 63-56, and the girls won, 71-50.  Both teams won their openers against Alhambra as well.

Prior to their losses against Campolindo, the Acalanes teams faced off against Las Lomas. The girls won, 60-44, while the boys lost, 51-45.

The Miramonte basketball teams had a bye on the opening night of DFAL play and had very mixed results in their DFAL openers against Dublin. The Miramonte girls dominated, winning by a final score of 82-38, while the boys were beat by Dublin, 83-58.

Posted on Sunday, January 8th, 2012
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Screening of “Race to Nowhere”

The Lafayette Library Community Hall will be hosting a special screening of the documentary “Race to Nowhere.”

The documentary deals with the issue of stress placed on teens that can lead to depression or even suicide. The documentary is meant to question the current way America’s youth are prepared for life’s challenges.

Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance online, or $15 at the door.

For more information about the documentary, visit the website at, or to view the trailer for the documentary, visit

Posted on Saturday, January 7th, 2012
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Dine at Bo’s to help Springhill

One of Lafayette’s restaurant “gems” is giving back to the community on Tuesday.

Bo’s Barbecue, 3422 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, will be donating 15% of dine-in and takeout orders for lunch and dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 10, to Springhill Elementary School. Bo’s will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. that day with all orders counting.

In order for the order to count as part of the fundraising effort, you must mention “Springhill Dines Out” and/or have one of the Springhill fundraising flyers, which will be available at the school or at the restaurant on Tuesday.

To call ahead for your order, call Bo’s at 925-283-7133.

Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2012
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Man arrested for Lafayette burglary

Stephen Walker, 44, of Walnut Creek, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the burglary of the Lafayette thrift store Nifty Thrift.

Walker was arrested after stolen property from a burglary at Nifty Thrift was found in his home during a police search. Walker’s home was subject to search as part of his probation for an unrelated drug charge.

According to police, Walker was in possession of stolen jewelry from the store whose proceeds benefit the charity Futures Explored.

For more information on Nifty Thrift or the Futures Explored, visit

Walnut Creek Police are asking that anyone with information regarding the burglary, call 925-943-5844.

Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2012
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St. Mary’s men’s and women’s basketball teams off to hot starts

The St. Mary’s men’s basketball team is off to another hot start to what the Gaels hope is another solid season. The team is currently 13-2 with one of their losses coming against nationally sixth-ranked Baylor. The Gaels have won their first two West Coast Conference games easily over BYU and Pepperdine. They play on the road against San Diego tomorrow.

The women’s basketball team is 11-4 so far this season, but they have been playing well as of late with six consecutive wins. The Lady Gaels have also won their first two WCC games, beating Loyola Marymount and BYU. They play USF tomorow night on campus.

Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
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Crab Feed for Education

Lafayette Partners in Education are hosting their annual Crab Feed and Silent Auction on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m, at Oakwood Athletic Club in Lafayette.

Silent auction items include vacation getaways, gift certificates for restaurants, golf outings, wine tastings, and a variety of other items.

A raffle will also be held at the event with prizes including stays at the Post Ranch Inn, Lake Tahoe and the Lafayette Park Hotel.

Tickets to the event are $75 per person, which includes dinner and access to a wine and beer bar. Proceeds benefit the Lafayette schools. Tickets should be purchased ahead of time online at

Posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
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A Roadmap to Kindergarten

The Lafayette School District is presenting the event “A Roadmap to Kindergarten” next Tuesday, Jan. 10, 6:00-7:00 p.m., in the multipurpose room at Lafayette Elementary School, 950 Moraga Rd.

Speakers will discuss what you and your child should expect heading into kindergarten, how to prepare for kindergarten, and some of the things that make the Lafayette schools unique and special.

Speakers at the event include Superintendent Fred Brill, the president of LPIE Cassie Nevins, Lafayette Elementary School Principal Mary Maddux, as well as several others involved in the kindergarten education process.

Posted on Monday, January 2nd, 2012
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