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OCC wins OMPA again

For anyone visiting Lamorinda during this past weekend, they would have found the overly painted car windows and cars with fins a bit strange; however, it has become tradition every summer when the OMPA swim meet comes around.

Nearly 2,000 swimmers and their families competed in 84 events over the course of the three-day swim meet at Campolindo’s Aquatic Center.

In the end, the Orinda Country Club won the meet with 3,774.5 points. Meadow Swim & Tennis Club (3,589.5 points) and the Sleepy Hollow Legends (3,280.5 points) stayed close to earn second and third place respectively.

The rest of the teams finished in this order:
4. Moraga Country Club
5. Moraga Ranch
6. Moraga Valley Pool
7. Orinda Park Pool
8. Campolindo Cabana Club
9. Miramonte Swim Club

Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
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Sundance award winner playing in Orinda

The Orinda Theatre will be screening the documentary Sergio on Saturday, Aug 13, at 10:00 a.m.

The documentary won the Best Editing award at the Sundance Film Festival this year. It tells the story of Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, who was killed in a terrorist attack on the UN Headquarters in Baghdad in 2003.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

A Q&A session will follow the screening of the film. This session is included in the ticket price.

Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
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Arts in the park

The Orinda Arts Council is hosting an event called “Arts in Bloom…in the Park” next Tuesday, July 19. The event, which will take place in the Orinda Community Park, is free and open to the public.

The event will feature a variety of art exhibits, arts and crafts activities and a silent auction. There will also be a hot dog and ice cream stand for those who want to get food at the event.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., the Orinda Idol finalists will perform in the park to provide entertainment.

Proceeds from the event go to the Orinda Arts Council.

Posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
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Starlight Players set for summer performances

The Orinda Starlight Players are ready to present “Send Me No Flowers,” starting one week from today.

The performances will run from July 15 through August 6 on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m., and Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

The performances take place in the outdoor theater at the Orinda Community Center Park, so throw a blanket down and enjoy a picnic dinner and some live local theater.

Tickets are $16 for general admission and $8 for seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, and reservations can be made by emailing

For more information, visit

Posted on Friday, July 8th, 2011
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Orinda’s Summer Concert Series

While the summer concerts at the Moraga Commons Park get a lot of the local attention, Orinda’s Summer Concert Series is starting to draw a lot of local music fans and families as well.

The concerts in Orinda take place every Tuesday night through the end of July from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The concerts happen in Orinda’s Community Park, so those attending the concerts are encouraged to pack up a picnic dinner and enjoy the music.

Upcoming concert schedule:
June 28 – Cal Alumni Big Band
July 5 – Pacific Coast – Classic Rock and Pop
July 12 – Stone Soup – Classic Rock
July 19 – Orinda Idol performers
July 26 – Pladdohg – Celtic Rock

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2011
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James Abriel found dead

The body of a missing Orinda teenager was found in Annadel State Park Saturday by Santa Rosa Police.

Police believe that James Abriel, 19, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A gun was found near the body of Abriel, which police believe may be the handgun that was reported missing upon Abriel’s disappearance.

Abriel was reported missing on April 25 by a friend in Walnut Creek after the friend discovered what appeared to be a suicide note written by Abriel.

Abriel graduated from Miramonte High School as part of the class of 2010. He also attended Orinda Intermediate School and Wagner Ranch Elementary School while growing up in Orinda.

Posted on Monday, May 9th, 2011
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Orinda suspected burglar arrested

A man that police believe is responsible for a string of recent burglaries in Orinda and around the East Bay was arrested in the Oakland Hills on Tuesday.

Lee Crago, 41, was arrested when he was found to be living illegally in an unoccupied home on Valley View Road after police responded to a report of someone trespassing in the home.

Upon investigation of the home, police found stolen items connecting Crago to more than 10 burglaries in the East Bay.

If you have any additional information concerning any burglaries in the area, the Oakland police are asking that you call 510-238-3326.

Posted on Saturday, May 7th, 2011
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Orinda and Rheem theatres host special events

The Orinda Theatre will be celebrating their “grand re-opening” with an event on Saturday, May 14, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Comedian Rich Little will be performing at the event. Check the Orinda Theatre’s website at for updates.

The New Rheem Theatre will be hosting its next “Green Movie Night” on Tuesday, May 17. The screening, which starts at 6:00 p.m., will be of “Tapped,” which takes an in-depth look at the business behind the bottled water industry. Tickets to the screening are $8 for students and $12 for adults. Adult tickets can be purchased online in advance for $10. For more information or to buy tickets, visit Generation Green’s website at

Posted on Monday, May 2nd, 2011
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Glazer to join CSU Board of Trustees

Steven Glazer, the current Vice Mayor of Orinda, will join the California State University Board of Trustees, according to an announcement from the office of the governor.

Glazer was elected to a four-year term on the Orinda City Council in 2004. He was appointed the Mayor Pro Tem for 2006 and as the Mayor of Orinda in 2007.

Glazer has previous experience working with the CSU Board of Trustees during his time as a staff member of the California State Student Association from 1977 to 1981.

Glazer also serves on the board for the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority.

Posted on Sunday, May 1st, 2011
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Police believe missing student could be in Orinda

A Sonoma State student was reported missing by friends in Walnut Creek on April 25, after the student, James Abriel, 19, left a note that made it appear that he was suicidal, according to police.

Abriel hasn’t been seen on campus at Sonoma State since April 14 and was last seen in Walnut Creek on April 21.

Abriel has family in Orinda, so Walnut Creek police believe there is a chance Abriel could be in the Lamorinda area and are asking the public for help in finding him.

If you have any information on the potential whereabouts of James Abriel, call Walnut Creek police at 925-935-6400.

Posted on Saturday, April 30th, 2011
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