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CBS airs segment on leaf blower battle

Even with an extra hour of sleep, 6 a.m. is still way too early for me to be up on a weekend. Luckily, my trusty DVR was there to record CBS’ Sunday Morning, which featured a short segment on efforts across the country to ban leaf blowers, including the one by Quiet Orinda.

CBS’ John Blackstone interviews Orinda residents Peter and Susan Kendall, Maya McBride and Henry Penny to learn more about the battle over blowers and make us all jealous of the Kendalls’ balcony.

Here’s the link to the segment, because WordPress apparently hates embedded videos.

Posted on Sunday, November 6th, 2011
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Open house at MOFD station 43

The Moraga-Orinda Fire District will hold a series of open houses to discuss the replacement of fire station 43. The first will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the station, 20 Via Las Cruces in Orinda.

The open houses are aimed at allowing the community the view the existing station, discuss the replacement project and meet with Fire Chief Randy Bradley and other officials who will oversee construction.

Earlier this year, the district identified replacing the 60-year-old station, on Via Las Cruces as its top priority. The district estimates it will cost $3 million to construct the new station.

For more information, call Division Chief Darrell Lee at 925-258-4513.

Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011
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Orinda Theatre goes “Hollywood”

The Orinda Theatre will be hosting the red carpet world premiere of the movie “Hercules Saves Christmas” on Thursday, Nov. 17.

The movie’s top actors and actresses will be making their red carpet arrivals beginning at 6:30 p.m. The premiere screening of the movie will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a question and answer session with the actors from the movie.

The movie’s star is a talking pit bull made famous by the Animal Planet Show “Pit Boss.”

Tickets for the movie premiere are only $11 and can be purchased in advance online or at the Orinda Theatre Box Office.

Visit YouTube to view a trailer of “Hercules Saves Christmas.”

Posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
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International Film Showcase update

The International Film Showcase at the Orinda Theater will be showing the Italian film, “Red Like the Sky,” Nov. 4-11.

The film is based on the true story of Mirco Menacci, who became one of the top sound editors in Italy, despite being nearly blind.

Showtimes for the film are 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. the rest of the week.

The film has earned 12 International Film Festival awards.

Tickets can be purchased at the Orinda Theater Box Office or ahead of time online.

For more information and to see a trailer of the film, visit

Posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
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The story of Mercy Ships

The event, “A Journey with Mercy Ships,” will take place Sunday, Oct. 23, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way.

John Creech, who has been sailing on Mercy Ships as a volunteer since 2002, will be presenting a slideshow and opening up a discussion on his most recent Mercy Ships tour to Sierra Leone in Africa.

Mercy Ships are ships that serve as fully-operating hospitals and travel to third-world nations around the globe, helping to heal those who have no other options for care.

For more information on Mercy Ships, visit the group’s website at

Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2011
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Energy rebate workshop in Orinda

Energy Upgrade California will hold a workshop in Orinda on Wednesday on energy savings and rebates. Residents can learn how they can get up to $9,000 in incentives for home improvment projects that could lower their utility bill and conserve water and other resources.

The workshop will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the Gallery Room of the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda.

To register, visit For more information, visit or contact Tina Neuhausel at 415-302-2350 or

Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2011
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Orinda’s 35th Annual Holiday Bazaar

The Orinda Community Center Auxiliary’s 35th Annual Holiday Bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Orinda Community Center. Admission to the event is free.

Vendors at the Holiday Bazaar will be selling a variety of items, including art, holiday decorations, clothing, home decor and jewelry. Live entertainment will be provided throughout the event. Prizes will be raffled off. There will also be arts and crafts activities for kids.

All of the proceeds from the event benefit the Orinda Parks & Recreation Department.

For more information about the event, email or call 925-254-2445.

Posted on Sunday, October 9th, 2011
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International Film Showcase in Orinda

The International Film Showcase returns to the Orinda Theatre Oct. 21-27. The film featured will be “The Man Who Will Come (L’uomo Che Verra),” which follows the story of the Monte Sole massacre, one of the worst massacres in Italy’s history, through the eyes of an eight year-old boy.

Tickets can be purchased at the theater’s box office or online in advance. General admission tickets are $8 for matinee showings and $10 for regular showings. There are discounts for children, seniors, and CAIFF members.

On Oct. 22, the UC Berkeley School of Law will host a discussion and Q&A session about the film and the historical event at 6:30 p.m., followed by a screening of the film.


Posted on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
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Quiet Orinda goes national — again

I had heard there had been some cameras following the Quiet Orinda folks around, so I asked the group’s founder, Peter Kendall, about it when I spoke with him earlier this week for my story about the group’s re-emergence. Kendall declined to fill me in on what was going on, only saying something big was happening and he couldn’t tell me what it was until he was sure it was going to happen.

Well apparently he’s sure. Quiet Orinda sent an email this evening saying they will be featured on CBS’ Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood this Sunday. The show airs from 6 to 7:30 a.m. If you’re counting, this is the second time the anti-leaf blower group has made national news — it was the subject of a feature in The New Yorker magazine last year. And then of course there was my groundbreaking interview on Australian radio on the subject last year.

Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2011
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See David Justice in Orinda tomorrow*

*David Justice not guaranteed to be the actual David Justice.

In fact, it is Stephen Bishop, the Moraga native and Campolindo High School graduate who plays former Oakland Athletics player David Justice in the movie “Moneyball,” who will appear at a special screening of the movie Saturday at the Orinda Theatre.

Bishop will be on hand to meet and greet theater-goers before the film’s 6:30 screening, will make a special appearance to introduce the movie and share insights and inside stories on the making of the movie after it is shown.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for seniors, students and children. The theater owners expect the event to sell out and suggest tickets be bought beforehand. The theater’s website is

Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2011
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