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Archive for April, 2012

Moraga Commons construction

If you have visited the Moraga Commons Park recently, you have certainly noticed the ongoing construction.

Work is being done to expand and improve the food service area near the Bandshell thanks to the hard work of designing and fundraising by the Moraga Park Foundation. The construction is planned to be finished by mid-June, so that the updated area can be used for the Summer Concert Series.

There is also construction taking place on one of the pathways in the park. The pathway adjacent to the upper playground is being flattened out to remove the path’s cross slope and improve access to the park for those with disabilities.

Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2012
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Moraga Produce Grand Opening

Moraga Produce will be holding a Grand Opening event in store this Saturday, April 21.

The new Moraga store opened its doors on Friday, April 6, and has received praise from many local residents who have shopped at the store.

The store is located in the Rheem Valley Shopping Center in between CVS and the Dollar Tree and is nearly 5,000 square feet in size.

Moraga Produce offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products and other general grocery items. The store offers a large variety of organic products.

Moraga Produce is the third store opened by the owners who also have stores in Walnut Creek and Concord.

Posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
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Acalanes Spring Choral Concerts

The Acalanes High School choirs will be performing their annual Spring Choral Concerts tonight and Thursday night. Both concerts will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Acalanes Performing Arts Center on campus.

The choirs performing tonight are LLHS Chorale, ManChoir, C.A.P. Women’s Octet, MEN, Concert Choir and Bella Voce. The choirs performing Thursday are LLHS Chorale, ManChoir, C.A.P. Women’s Octet, MEN, Women’s Ensemble and the Chamber Singers.

Senior performers will be honored at both concerts.

The event is open to the public. There is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for seniors. Students are free. All proceeds benefit the Acalanes music programs.

Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
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Happy Valley getting iPads

Happy Valley Elementary School in Lafayette is making a big step in the push toward bringing new technology into classrooms for educational opportunities. The school’s Parents Club is planning to use reserve funds to purchase 30 new iPads for the school and teachers.

The 30 iPads will be used in the school’s library for special activities with students, but the school’s teachers will also be allowed to check out the iPads for use in their classrooms.

The Parents Club sees the purchasing of the iPads as a way to “innovate and augment the delivery of curriculum .”

Future technology purchases for the school will be done strictly through LPIE.

Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
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Power pole down in Lafayette

A moving truck got caught on some wires this morning on Risa Road in Lafayette, which led to a power pole being pulled down to the ground.

Local residents immediately lost power when the wires came into contact with the ground. The lines have a safety mechanism that automatically shuts them off when they come into contact with the ground.

Lafayette Police did not take any chances though, informing residents in the area to stay inside and away from the downed power lines.

PG&E crews have been working all day to get the power pole safely back into place and get power restored to all local users.

Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2012
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Lafayette Earth Day Festival

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is hosting the 7th Annual Lafayette Earth Day Festival this Sunday, April 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The festival will feature live music, organic food, lectures and film screenings. There will also be a kids zone at the festival with a variety of activities, including interactive displays from the Lindsay Wildlife Museum and the Lawrence Hall of Science.

A “self-propelled” parade will take place with anyone who wants to participate leaving Stanley Middle School at 11:30 a.m. on bike, scooter, wagon or by foot.

For more information about the Earth Day Festival, visit Sustainable Lafayette’s website at

Posted on Sunday, April 15th, 2012
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International Night at Acalanes

Acalanes High School is hosting their annual International Night this Wednesday, April 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the small gym on campus.

A variety of food from throughout the world will be available. International music and dancing will take place throughout the event, including Spanish, Russian, Flamenco and belly dancing. There will also be a variety of martial arts demonstrations.

Kids in attendance will be able to participate in several different stations of international crafts. Kids will be able to make origami, kites and papel picardo.

The event is free to attend and is open to the public.

Posted on Saturday, April 14th, 2012
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Thunder and lightning

The loud noises that were booming through the area throughout the night were not the boring of the Caldecott Tunnel’s fourth bore, but rather it was one of the most intense thunder and lightning storms the Lamorinda area (and the greater Bay Area) has seen in a while.

According to, the Lamorinda area received nearly two inches of rain last night.

The forecast shows some rain coming in again tonight but nothing like we saw last night. After the rain tonight, the skies are forecasted to clear up. We should experience sunlight all of next week.

Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2012
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High school baseball update

The Campolindo High School baseball team is currently undefeated in DFAL play, recording a 3-0 record.  The first-place Cougars have a 12-1-1 overall record and have outscored opponents, 122-35, this season.

The Acalanes baseball team sits just behind Campolindo in the DFAL standings with a 3-1 record in league play. The Dons are 10-3 overall, outscoring opponents, 61-42, this season.

The Miramonte baseball team is currently in fifth place in the DFAL after going 1-2 in their first three league games. The Matadors are 6-3 overall this season and have outscored opponents, 52-17. The Matadors have relied on a solid pitching staff during a lot of low-scoring games.

Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2012
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DramaDons present Hamlet

The Acalanes High School DramaDons theater group will be performing the classic William Shakespeare play, Hamlet, in early May. The DramaDons will be performing an adaptation by local playwright and director Jon Tracy.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. each night May 2-5. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. All performances will be at the Acalanes High School Performing Arts Center.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online at or at the door. Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $7 for students and seniors. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Acalanes Performing Arts Boosters.

Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
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