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Archive for March, 2012

College Fair at Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary’s College will be hosting the 21st Annual East Bay College Connection Fair on Saturday, April 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, although it is specifically designed for high school juniors and seniors and their parents.

Representatives from more than 150 public and private colleges and universities from across the country will be in attendance to discuss and answer questions about their respective schools. A variety of workshops, lecture and discussions will also be offered on topics including the application process, financial aid, and much more.

For more information, visit Saint Mary’s webpage on the event.

Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
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Moraga Library events

The Moraga Historical Society is presenting an event called “The East Bay Hills Project: Reconnecting Images of the mid-20th Century to Solve a Mystery Involving a Forgotten Railroad” in the Moraga Library Conference Room this Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. Many of the photos that will be shared have never been seen by the public before. The event is free and open to the public.

On Thursday, March 29, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Moraga Library will host a free screening of the documentary, ”Children of the Amazon.” The documentary is about the transformation that took place in communities when a road was built through the Amazon area. Following the screening, Brazilian filmmaker Denise Zmekhol will lead a discussion.

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
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Lafayette Chorus Festival

The Lafayette School District’s student choruses will be coming together this Thursday night for one big chorus festival. The festival will take place at the Acalanes High School Performing Arts Center starting at 7:00 p.m.

Fifth-grade choruses from all of the elementary schools, the Stanley Middle School chorus and some select high school student groups will all be performing at the event. The night will end with all of the groups singing two songs on stage together.

The event is free to attend and is open to the public. Make sure to arrive early to ensure you can find a parking spot and a seat.

Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2012
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Miramonte girls fall in NorCal final

The Miramonte girls basketball team’s incredible season came to a disappointing end Saturday, as the Matadors lost to Bishop O’Dowd in the NorCal Regional Final of the state basketball playoffs, 70-51.

The Matadors finish their season with an impressive 31-2 record. Unfortunately for the Matadors, both of their losses came in finals at the hands of Bishop O’Dowd.

Bishop O’Dowd beat the Matadors, 73-49, two weeks ago in the NCS Division 3 championship game.

The Matadors were the most dominant basketball team in the Lamorinda area this winter, going 12-0 in DFAL play. The Matadors outscored their opponents by an average of nearly 30 points a game this season.

Posted on Sunday, March 18th, 2012
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Saint Mary’s out of NCAA Tournament

The Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament Friday night, as the Gaels lost to Purdue, 72-69.

Purdue led for the majority of the game, and it looked to be out of reach for the Gaels when they trailed by 11 points with just over four minutes left in the game. The Gaels went on a 14-2 run to take the lead with 44 seconds left, but several key plays from the Boilermakers in the final seconds were enough to win.

Although the Gaels had a great season by winning the WCC regular season and WCC Tournament titles, there is certainly some disappointment from a team that expected to advance.

Posted on Saturday, March 17th, 2012
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Campolindo’s Carol Kitchens to retire

Campolindo High School Principal Carol Kitchens has announced she will be retiring at the end of this school year. Kitchens has worked in education for 39 years, serving Campolindo High School for the last 17 years of her career.

Campolindo High School has seen tremendous growth and improvement under Kitchens leadership as the principal since 2000. Her dedication to education earned her the honor of 2009 Secondary Principal of the Year for the state of California.

A message from Kitchens can be viewed on the Campolindo High School website.

There has been no announcement about who the new principal will be for the 2012-2013 school year.

Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2012
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Saint Mary’s ready for March Madness

The Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team will kick off their NCAA Tournament with their first game on Friday. The Gaels are playing Purdue in Omaha with a scheduled tip-off time of 4:27 p.m. The game will be aired live on truTV.

The Gaels are the #7 seed in the Midwest bracket, while the Boilermakers are the #10 seed.

The winner of the Gaels’ first round game will advance to the Round of 32 to play either Kansas or Detroit.

The Gaels missed out on the NCAA Tournament last year, but they made sure they’d be in it this year by earning an automatic bid when they won the WCC Tournament.

Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2012
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Happy Valley Road is closed

The rain and wind has caused a large tree to fall onto Happy Valley Road, closing the road. Workers have been working all morning to get the tree removed; however, it is taking a bit longer than expected.

The closed road will have a major impact on traffic near Happy Valley Elementary School, as parents will be unable to pick their children up on the Happy Valley Road side of the school. The school has sent out an email to inform all parents that they will have to pick up their children on the Upper Happy Valley Road side of the school, which will likely cause major back-ups in the area.

Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
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Miramonte girls advance to NorCal Final

The Miramonte girls basketball team kept their season alive with a 71-64 victory over Sacramento High School in Sacramento tonight. The win sends the Matadors to the Northern California Regional Final and a rematch with Bishop O’Dowd.

The Matadors will face the Dragons for the second time in two weeks when they play this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Power Balance Pavillion, home of the Sacramento Kings. The Dragons handed the Matadors their only loss of the season in the NCS championship game.

After a convincing win against Miramonte in the NCS final, the Dragons have won their state playoff games easily by scores of 68-39 and 76-46. The Matadors will look to play the role of the spoiler as underdogs on Saturday. The winner of the game will move on to the state championship game.

Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
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Lamorinda Spirit to get a new van

The Lamorinda Spirit Senior Van Program is set to add a new minivan to their program with the help of a federal grant.

If the program can raise $5,047, then the federal grant would cover the remaining $38,953 of the $44,000 purchase price of the van.

The van includes special handicap features to transport  seniors who are in wheelchairs.

To make a contribution to the fund, mail it to Lamorinda Spirit Van Program, Lafayette Senior Services, 500 Saint Mary’s Road, Lafayette, CA 94549.

The program drives seniors in the Lamorinda area to medical appointments and a variety of other destinations during weekdays. Round trip fares are $10 to help fund the program.

Posted on Monday, March 12th, 2012
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