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Archive for February, 2012

High school soccer update

The Acalanes boys soccer team clinched the DFAL title last night with a 2-0 win over Miramonte. The Dons were co-champions of the DFAL last season with Campolindo. The Campolindo boys have clinched second place in the DFAL this season. The Cougars play rival Miramonte on Friday night, which will be the Matadors’ last game of the season, as they will not qualify for the NCS playoffs.

The Campolindo girls can clinch the DFAL title with a win over Miramonte on Friday night. The Cougars won the DFAL title last season as well. The Miramonte girls will be playing the role of spoiler, as they won’t qualify for the NCS playoffs. The Acalanes girls need to avoid losing their game against Dublin Friday night to ensure they secure a spot in the playoffs.

Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2012
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Beat on the drum

The Moraga Library will be hosting a community drumming session tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 9, at 4:00 p.m.

Jeni Swerdlow, a local percussionist and art therapist, will be leading the event. Swerdlow has a ton of experience in the area, having done several hundred interactive, rhythmic events across the country and the globe.

The event is open to the public, but those attending the event need to register in advance at the library or via the library’s website at

This event will be targeted more towards children; however, people of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
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Saint Mary’s basketball update

The Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team is having arguably the best season in program history, as the Gaels have won 12 straight games and are undefeated in WCC play. The Gaels are 22-2 overall and are ranked 13th in the nation. Their next game is Thursday against Gonzaga, who currently sits in second behind the Gaels with two losses. A win on Thursday would almost guarantee the Gaels a regular season league title.

The Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team is fighting to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament, as the Lady Gaels are currently 16-8 overall and 7-4 in the WCC. They are currently fourth in the WCC.

Posted on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
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Girl’s Night Delicious Detox

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center will play host to the event “Girl’s Night Delicious Detox” tomorrow night, Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Certified Health & Lifestyle Coach Jamie Dougherty will be on hand to talk about ways to detox your “lady body” and produce high energy in a healthy manner. Cooking demonstrations will be done with food samples being handed out as a result of the event’s sponsor Whole Foods Market Lafayette.

Register for the event on the Whole Foods Market Lafayette Facebook page at Entry to the event is $5, which will be collected at the door.

Posted on Monday, February 6th, 2012
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Record-setting S.A.F.E. Drive

The Moraga Police Department, along with the help of the citizens of Moraga, broke their previous S.A.F.E. Drive record this year.

The S.A.F.E. (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies) Drive is organized by the Moraga Police Department as a way to collect stuffed animals that officers in the field can give to children who have just gone through potentially traumatizing situations.

A total of 1,687 stuffed animals were donated as part of this year’s drive, breaking the previous record of 1,578 stuffed animals that were donated during last year’s drive.

The stuffed animals were placed in Moraga patrol vehicles and were sent to the Long Beach S.A.F.E. chapter, which disperses the stuffed animals to more than 40 locations.

Posted on Sunday, February 5th, 2012
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Orinda’s newest Eagle Scouts

Three of Orinda’s Boy Scouts became Eagle Scouts this month as part of a ceremony, known as the Court of Honor, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Mikk Eerik Otsmaa’s Eagle Scout project was to build an arbor for the garden at the Orinda Senior Village. Otsmaa is a senior at Miramonte.

Brandt Martin Sheets, also a senior at Miramonte, remodeled the playground area at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. He also fixed several doors at the church.

Sukhraj Bains, a freshman at USC, built informational signs and kiosks for display in the Wagner Ranch Nature Area.

The boys are all a part of Troop 303.

Posted on Saturday, February 4th, 2012
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Lamorinda art update

The Moraga Art Gallery’s current show, called “Kaleidoscope,” features the work of local artist Angelica Samame and guest artist Karin Lechner. Samame is a painter, whle Lechner is a jewelry designer. The Moraga Art Gallery is located at 522 Center St. in the Rheem Shopping Center and is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The Lafayette Gallery’s current show, “Heartfelt,” features the work of several local artists in a variety of media, including paintings, photography, sculpture and ceramics. The Lafayette Gallery is located at 50 Lafayette Circle and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2012
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Lamorinda Tri-City Meeting

The local governments of Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda will come together in a week to hold their annual Lamorinda Tri-City Meeting. The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7:00 p.m. The City of Orinda will host this year’s meeting at the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way.

Some of the topics on the agenda for this year’s meeting include emergency preparedness for the Lamorinda area, an update on roads and ongoing road construction, the parking lot at the Lamorinda Skatepark, and a discussion on Sustainable Communities Strategy.

Posted on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
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Moraga connects with Nixle

The Town of Moraga has started an account with the company Nixle, which connects public service agencies with its citizens.

The service will allow the Town of Moraga to send out information immediately via text message and email to those citizens who sign up for the alerts.

By signing up, citizens will be able to be informed of emergencies, road closures and any police alerts for the area. The Town of Moraga also hopes that the service will be a way to remind citizens about town events going on.

You can sign up for the service via the Town of Moraga’s website.

Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
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