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Orinda Community Center Bazaar

The Orinda Community Center Auxiliary’s 36th Annual Holiday Bazaar is next Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

More than 50 vendors will be in attendance to help you get started on your Christmas shopping. Vendors will be selling a wide variety of items, including arts and crafts, clothing , jewelry and gourmet foods.

The event is also family-friendly with live entertainment throughout the day, including a clown, music, and live zumba fitness demonstrations.

The Orinda Community Center is located at 28 Orinda Way. For more information about the bazaar, call 925-254-2445.

Posted on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
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Orinda Jazz Festival

The 2nd Annual Orinda Jazz Festival will take place this Sunday, Sept. 30, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Orinda Auditorium and Courtyard, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda.

The festival will include a reception with live music on two stages, food, wine and a chance to meet the performers. There will also be a number of music workshops earlier in the day.

Performers include Grammy winner Mads Tolling and Grammy nominee Alex De Grassi.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. All proceeds from the event benefit the Orinda Arts Council Community Programs.

For more information, or to buy tickets, visit

Posted on Thursday, September 27th, 2012
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Orinda accident leaves one dead

A Dodge Ram, a Cadillac CTS and a motorcycle all collided in a fatal accident around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning east of the Wilder Road exit on eastbound Highway 24, according to police.

According to the Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office, Brandin Husband, 26, of Sacramento, was the man who was killed as a result of the accident.

Two lanes of Highway 24 were closed until 4:00 a.m., while the crash was cleared and investigators checked out the scene.

No other major injuries were reported.

Posted on Sunday, September 16th, 2012
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Orinda Idol Winners

The 2012 Orinda Idol finals were held this past Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Orinda Theatre, marking the end to the competition’s most popular year yet. More than 40 finalists competed in six different categories to be crowned Orinda Idols.

The winners are…

Soloists K-2: Lucy Berkman
Soloists 3-5: Malia Akazawa
Soloists 6-8: Eleanor Roeder
Soloists 9-12: Maritza Grillo
Groups K-5: Sweet Harmony
Groups 6-12: Urban Flare
Audience Award Winner: Tosca Maltzman

More than 200 total singers auditioned for this year’s Orinda Idol competition with judges narrowing that down to just over 40 finalists.

This is the seventh year the Orinda Idol competition has taken place.

Posted on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
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Fire in Orinda

Smoke rose high above Orinda this afternoon after a small brush fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. The fire started near the corner of Valley View Drive and Lost Valley Drive.

The fire was reported at 3:36 p.m. Firefighters were on the scene a few minutes later and had the fire completely contained by 4:50 p.m.

A ConFire dispatcher estimated that approximately a quarter of an acre had burned. No injuries or damage to any homes or other structures were reported. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Posted on Monday, September 10th, 2012
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Caldecott’s fourth bore almost clear

Construction crews working on the Caldecott Tunnel’s fourth bore project are within a few hundred feet of connecting Orinda and Oakland. Caltrans has estimated that the two ends of the tunnel will connect at some point next week when crews clear the last part of the 3,389-foot tunnel.

With the major portion of the project, the digging, out of the way, crews will now focus on the tunnel’s two-foot thick support shell, laying in the road and other finishing projects.

The fourth bore is still scheduled to be open to traffic in late 2013. Caltrans believes the addition of the fourth bore will help clear up traffic in a location that is backed-up regularly.

Posted on Friday, August 3rd, 2012
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Orinda murder suspect pleads not guilty

James Collin, 62, of Orinda, pleaded not guilty today to the murder charges against him in the killing of his  girlfriend, Evangeline Cumbe Devera, on June 26 in their Orinda home. The prosecutor also added a count of torture to the charges against Collin, which he also pleaded not guilty to. If Collin is convicted of the charges against him, he could face the death penalty.

An interesting turn in the case came today when the prosecutor entered into evidence the Nov. 1, 1986 police report of the accidental killing of Tim Mark Collin by his brother James Collin in the same home that James Collin allegedly killed Devera in. Police at the time ruled it as an accidental shooting, citing an unplanned gun discharge, but those close to the Collins are speaking out now that they don’t believe the 1986 shooting was an accident.

Posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
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International Film Showcase returns to Orinda

The International Film Showcase returns to the Orinda Theatre Aug. 24-30.

The film “Die Herbstzeitlosen” (Late Bloomers) from Switzerland is the showcased film this time around. The film follows four older women as they turn a local corner shop into a lingerie store and the community’s reaction to the new store.

Screenings of the film will be shown at 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. every day during the film’s run. There will also be additional screenings at 8:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Lamorinda Film & Entertainment Foundation’s website at

Posted on Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
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Welcome home veterans in Orinda

The group, Returning Veterans of America (RVA), has organized a two-part “Welcome Home” event for recently returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The events will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Orinda Library Auditorium, 26 Orinda Way.

Veterans will be welcomed home with an all-day transitional social event, which will also feature lunch, compliments of Whole Foods Market in Lafayette.

Representatives from several organizations will be on hand to meet with the veterans and their families, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Contra Costa County, Veterans Support Organization and RVA.

For more information about the event, contact RVA at or call their offices at 415-852-1642.

Posted on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
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Death penalty could be on table for Orinda man

Torture charges may be added to the murder charges against James Collin, 62, of Orinda, who is accused of killing his  girlfriend, Evangeline Cumbe Devera, in their Orinda home on June 26.

If Collin is convicted of the murder charges currently against him, he could receive a sentence of life in prison. If he is convicted of the murder charge with the torture charge as a special circumstance connected to the murder, the prosecutors could argue for the death penalty.

Devera was killed due to being hit repeatedly by a 2 1/2-foot-long machete, according to police.

Collin will return to court on Aug. 2 to enter a plea.

Posted on Thursday, July 26th, 2012
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