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Archive for March, 2012

Miramonte girls keep state title hopes alive

The Miramonte High School girls basketball team kept alive their dream of a state title Saturday night, as the Matadors beat Sacred Heart Cathedral, 76-61, in San Francisco. With the win, the Matadors move on to the Regional Semifinals (the State Quarterfinals) to play Sacramento High School. That game will be played at Sacramento High School on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

The Miramonte boys were unable to keep the same dream alive, as their season came to an end on Saturday night. The boys also played Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Francisco and trailed the whole game, losing 90-57.

Posted on Sunday, March 11th, 2012
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Lafayette schools to get surveillance

The Lafayette School District board has approved the installation of four surveillance cameras at Lafayette Elementary School and Stanley Middle School.

The school district hopes that the installation of these cameras will deter some potential crime and vandalism from occurring.

Despite insurance covering the cost of much of the recent vandalism and crime at the schools, the school district has still had to spend $14,000 on insurance deductibles to cover the incidents.

The Lafayette School District has allocated $30,000 of the budget to surveillance equipment, although the system they are likely to put in to place will cost $16, 542.

Posted on Saturday, March 10th, 2012
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Spring Egg Hunt in Moraga

The Moraga Junior Women’s Club is sponsoring their annual Spring Egg Hunt at the Moraga Commons Park on Saturday, March 24. There will be two separate egg hunts beginning at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

In addition to the egg hunt, children will also be able to participate in a variety of other activities and games, including arts and crafts, face painting and a bounce house. The Easter Bunny will also be available for pictures.

The event is open to kids eight years old and younger.

Tickets for the event must be purchased in advance at the Moraga Parks and Recreation office, 2100 Donald Drive, or through the Moraga Junior Women’s Club’s website at Tickets are $10.

Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2012
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2012 Lafayette Jazz Festival

The 2012 Lafayette Jazz Festival is taking place throughout this weekend at the Acalanes Performing Arts Center.

The J. Kyle Gregory Quartet will kick it off Friday night at 7:30 p.m. with the help of the Stanley Jazz Messengers.

The Realistic Orchestra will be the headliners for Saturday night’s show at 7:30 p.m. The Acalanes Jazz Ensemble will also perform at the Saturday night show.

The Contra Costa County Honor Jazz Bands, comprised of talented local student musicians, will perform a special matinee show on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce office, 100 Lafayette Circle.

For more information, visit the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce’s website at

Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2012
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State basketball playoff results

The Miramonte girls basketball team won their first round game, 64-45, over Vanden. They will face Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) in the next round.

The Miramonte boys basketball team also advanced out of the first round with a victory over Sierra (Manteca), 73-68. They will also face Sacred Heart Cathedral in the second round.

The Acalanes girls saw their season come to an end, losing to Modesto Christian, 60-48, in the first round of the state playoffs.

The Campolindo boys basketball team lost their first round game in the CIF State basketball playoffs, 75-55, to Foothill Palo Cedro.

The Bentley boys basketball team saw their season come to an end as well, losing, 68-44, to Central Catholic (Modesto) in the Division 5 state playoffs.

Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
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St. Mary’s basketball wins WCC Tournament

The St. Mary’s men’s basketball team made program history Monday night, as the Gaels claimed the West Coast Conference Tournament title and the WCC regular season title in the same season for the first time ever.

The Gaels won the WCC Tournament title by beating Gonzaga, 78-74, in the final in Las Vegas. With the win, the Gaels earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, also known as March Madness.

With their WCC regular season title, WCC Tournament title and 27-5 overall regular season record, the Gaels could earn as high as a 4 or 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Posted on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
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Overnight earthquake wakes up Lamorinda…well, some of us

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake had many people throughout Lamorinda and the greater area awake this morning at 5:33 a.m. when it struck.

The earthquake was centered one mile north of El Cerrito, directly beneath the Mira Vista Country Club and along the Hawyard Fault. It was registered at a depth of 5 miles.

A magnitude 2.9 earthquake hit the area just 8 seconds prior to the magnitude 4.0 earthquake, which resulted in an initial jolt feeling followed by the rolling 4.0 earthquake.

Aftershocks of 2.0 and 1.2 magnitudes followed at 6:03 a.m. and 6:29 a.m. respectively.

BART trains were delayed five to 10 minutes, while tracks were inspected for safety precautions.

No major injuries or damage have been reported.

Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2012
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Mother-Daughter Afternoon Tea

The JF Kapnek Trust is hosting a Mother-Daughter Afternoon Tea on Saturday, March 10, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. It will be held at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette.

All family members, friends and neighbors are welcome to enjoy tea, sandwiches, fruit and desserts.

There is a $25 suggested donation for attending the event. All proceeds from the event go directly to the Kapnek Trust, whose programs help children in Zimbabwe.

In order to ensure your spot at the event, reservations can be made online at or by emailing

Posted on Sunday, March 4th, 2012
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Miramonte girls, Campolindo boys come up just short in NCS basketball

The Miramonte girls basketball team’s dream of a perfect season came to an end Saturday night in the NCS Division 3 championship game played at Saint Mary’s College. The Matadors were outplayed from start to finish, losing to the number one seed, Bishop O’Dowd, 73-49. It was the team’s first loss this season after entering the game 28-0.

The Campolindo boys basketball team fell at the hands of Bishop O’Dowd as well just two hours later at Saint Mary’s College. The Cougars were competitive throughout the game, but the Dragons proved to be the stronger team in the end, winning by a score of 56-43.

Posted on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
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Student Visual Arts Competition Exhibit

The entries to the Ninth Annual Student Visual Arts Competition are currently on display at the Orinda Library Art Gallery, 24 Orinda Way. The exhibit featuring all of the entries will be up until March 28.

An artist reception will take place at the Gallery on Wednesday, March 7, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Award winners in all categories will be announced at the reception. The winners will receive a variety of prizes, including cash prizes.

The competition is open to all high school students living in or attending school in the Lamorinda area. It is sponsored by the Orinda Arts Council.

Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2012
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