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Photos A.K. Carroll
Claim Your Space in Lafayette's Latest Hideout
By A.K. Carroll
"You know that space you walked into as a kid? The place you took all your favorite things and made into your own?" J.B. Balingit asks as he gestures over a plate of bright orange sweet potato fries. He sits across from me at a patio table outside of the Hideout Kitchen & Cafe on a Wednesday afternoon, the sun scarcely slipping through tree branches and umbrellas. "That's the sort of place I had in mind."
I take a bite of a thick crisp tuna melt, juicy tomatoes and fresh cucumbers enclosed between a layer of cheese and a layer of tuna salad, all of it sandwiched in panini-pressed slices of Boudin sourdough. "The tuna melt is from Little Star," says Balingit. "But the curry wrap is an original."
Much like the cafe's decor, Hideout's menus are an eclectic array of favorites, from a waffle sandwich stuffed with country-fried steak and doused in syrup ...read
 
 
 

 

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Happy 4th of July Lamorinda Photos Kevin Goto
Do Not Try This at Home
By Nick Marnell
The combination of July 4 falling on a Saturday night coupled with severe drought conditions will have Lamorinda fire agencies on high alert this holiday weekend, as officials once again warn those who mess ...read

 
First Steps Made for Moraga Community Foundation
By Cathy Tyson
"We need to buy the place!" suggested one resident among roughly 100 who turned out for a kickoff meeting to discuss forming a nonprofit community foundation to save the Rheem Theatre.
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Mary Hildeburn Photos Gint Federas
Girls' DFAL All-League Awards
Lacrosse: All three Lamorinda teams qualified for the NCS tournament. Acalanes (12-6) earned the No. 2 berth. The Dons advanced to the semifinals before falling to S. F. University. Miramonte earned the No. 4 ...read

Wild horses (although this one is actually a statue) couldn't drag most residents away from their beloved Hunsaker Canyon. Photos Cathy Dausman
Hunsaker Canyon
By Cathy Dausman
Hunsaker Canyon may be one of Lamorinda's best-kept real estate secrets, but its residents eagerly share its attributes. Nestled in acreage adjacent to Burton Valley and land owned by East Bay Regional Parks ...read
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Editor:

Thanks to the amazing support we received from Moraga voters throughout our Town, in just three short weeks, our "Keep Moraga Semi-Rural" volunteer signature gatherers were able to secure over 1,500 signatures (15% of Moraga's voters) on our Referendum Petitions. That total far exceeded the 1,003 signatures that were required.
We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of response we received. Our basic "Keep Moraga Semi-Rural" message resonated with many long-time residents as well as young families. We very clearly heard Moragans express their keen opposition

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Editor:

I read the Lamorinda Weekly May 20 front page story, "Planting the Seeds of Hope," about the wonderful teachers and fifth graders of Burton Valley Elementary School who are promoting the survival of the Monarch butterflies. When asked by writer Lavin what is causing the precipitous demise of the Monarch butterfly, Ms. Ketcham answered, "RoundUp."
I agree. Lamorinda residents, including those of us from Parents for a Safer Environment, attended the "Marches against Monsanto" in Oakland on May 23rd. We joined residents of 428 cities in 38 countries all over the world, including Bay Area cities,
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Deer Hill Project Review Continues This Summer
By Cathy Tyson
Although the proposed Homes at Deer Hill includes roughly one-seventh the number of homes of the original version, concerns remain among residents and city council members about the project, which features 44 ...read

Sack the Bag, Says Lafayette
By Cathy Tyson
Starting July 1, Lafayette joins more than 100 other communities within California, banning single-use plastic bags at retailers, requiring a 10-cent minimum charge per bag at select businesses, and also ...read

More EBMUD Work Downtown
By Cathy Tyson
Managing water infrastructure is not easy, and it's no secret that aging pipes are more susceptible to cracking, corroding and bursting, especially vintage pipes that date back to the Depression, when Herbert ...read
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New Construction Project in Moraga Center Specific Plan
By Sophie Braccini
At a June 15 Planning Commission study session, commissioners reviewed a proposed development on 0.33 acres that includes seven three-story single-family homes at 1015 Country Club Drive, and expressed ...read

Party House Causes Plenty of Noise at Moraga Council Meeting
By Nick Marnell
Angry neighborhood residents lashed out at the Moraga Town Council June 24 for the town's failure to cite Saint Mary's College students living in a rental house at 14 Wandel Drive who repeatedly violate the ...read

Stephanie Hom Moves On, But Leaves the House in Order
By Sophie Braccini
Moraga Administrative Services Director Stephanie Hom will be leaving the town staff and returning as of July 1 to the city of Oakland as its deputy city manager, a professional opportunity she says she ...read
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Third Time's the Charm
By Cathy Dausman
Independence Day takes on double meaning in Orinda this year, as its residents celebrate the 30th anniversary of its incorporation July 1 along with the nation's Fourth of July celebration three days later. ...read

Concerns Are Raised as Sidewalk Construction Begins on Ivy and Coral Drives
By Jennifer Wake
Signs and sandwich boards went up as construction of 5-foot sidewalks began last week on portions of Ivy Drive and Coral Drive in Orinda. The construction is part of the Ivy and Coral Drive Sidewalk project, ...read

Planning Commission Considers Assisted Living Facility Zoning Regulations
By Victor Ryerson
At its June 23 meeting, the Orinda Planning Commission grappled with how to treat a property included in a "PS" district, which applies to public and semi-public uses. The property raising the issue falls ...read
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Do Not Try This at Home
First Steps Made for Moraga Community Foundation
Lafayette Police Blotter
Deer Hill Project Review Continues This Summer
Sack the Bag, Says Lafayette
More EBMUD Work Downtown
Moraga Police Blotter
New Construction Project in Moraga Center Specific Plan
Party House Causes Plenty of Noise at Moraga Council Meeting
Stephanie Hom Moves On, But Leaves the House in Order
Orinda Police Blotter
Third Time's the Charm
Concerns Are Raised as Sidewalk Construction Begins on Ivy and Coral Drives
Planning Commission Considers Assisted Living Facility Zoning Regulations
Gas Pipeline Tree Removal Revisited
Letters to the Editor
Claim Your Space in Lafayette's Latest Hideout
business briefs
Orinda CoasterDad Plans to Open MakerSpace Site
Fourth of July Fun in Lamorinda
LPIE Art Teacher Retires
Video Games and Neuroscience
Diablo Ballet's 'Dance on Film' Series Continues at Lafayette Library
Cal Shakes 'Life Is a Dream' Opens July 8
New Troop 237 Eagle Scouts
Lafayette Juniors Raise $50K for Charity
Lions Pride Awards Given to Local Middle Schoolers
Moraga Teen Wins Best in Show for Photography at Alameda County Fair
Bat Boxes Installed at Reservoir as Part of Gold Award Project
Friends of Orinda Creeks Gathers Steam
A French-Inspired Dish with Freekeh and Snap Pea Puree
Freekeh Risotto with Fresh Snap Pea-Asparagus Puree
Beyond 'Fit' in College Search and Selection
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Girls' DFAL All-League Awards
Warriors are Champions
Magic U15 Girls Win Western Regional
Oakland Strokes Compete at Nationals
Blue Jays Keep Fighting
LMSC Goes Undefeated
MBA All-Stars Win
Gamers Play Tough Game
MBA Tournament Results
Hunsaker Canyon
Lamorinda Home Sales recorded
Stylish Solutions Summer Entertaining
Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for July
LPIE Art Teacher Retires
Submitted by Darwin Marable
Joan Marable, one of several founding art teachers of the Lafayette Arts and Science Foundation (LASF) visual arts program, now the Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE), is retiring.
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Moraga Teen Wins Best in Show for Photography at Alameda County Fair
Recent Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School graduate Lauren Hlavac, 15, won Best in Show, Best in Class and Judge's Favorite in the youth photography contest at the Alameda County Fair. "She discovered she won ...read
School Calendar
Acalanes Union High School District
Board Room AUHSD Office
1212 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette
TBD

Lafayette School District
LAFSD Office
3477 School Street, Lafayette
TBD

Moraga School District
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School Auditorium 1010 Camino Pablo, Moraga
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Orinda Union School District
OUSD Office 8 Altarinda Road, Orinda
TBD
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Oakland Strokes Compete at Nationals
Submitted by Cheryl Richards
The Oakland Strokes sent 23 of its top athletes to Sarasota, Fla., to compete at the 2015 U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships. From June 12-14, Strokes' crews competed against 162 high school rowing ...read

Blue Jays Keep Fighting
Submitted by Sherry Quinn
The AA Lafayette Little League Blue Jays started the season going 0-6. However, the team found a rhythm and qualified for the postseason. In the double-elimination playoffs, they won the first two games, lost ...read

MBA Tournament Results
Submitted by Kat Panos
After a fun spring season, the Moraga Baseball Association wrapped up the year with a series of tournaments. Teams from various divisions and age groups competed to take home a trophy.
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The Concerts in the Park, which are sponsored by the Orinda Parks and Recreation Foundation and supported by the Orinda Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Orinda. ...

The Orinda Starlight Players will present Agatha Christie’s “Black Coffee” Thursdays through Sundays through July 4 at the Outdoor Theatre in Orinda Community Center Park ...

Outdoor Move Night in the Plaza, Thursday, June 16 - "How to Train Your Dragon." Invite your friends, family, and neighbors, bring a blanket or two, shop at the farmers' market for a fresh and delicious picnic or pick-up a meal ...

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Orinda CoasterDad Plans to Open MakerSpace Site
By Diane Claytor
When Will Pemble took one of his three homemade roller coasters to the Maker Faire in San Mateo last month, he had thousands of kids and their parents clamoring for more information. How and where did he build ...read

Fourth of July Fun in Lamorinda
By Cathy Dausman
The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts a sunny, hot inland day, perhaps with morning clouds for this year's Fourth of July. So bring layers of red, white and blue and don't forget the sunscreen as Lamorinda ...read

Video Games and Neuroscience
By Lou Fancher
In the not-too-distant future, a doctor's prescription might read like this: Take one-half the usual dose of pharmaceutical and apply 30 minutes of video gaming, daily.
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Cal Shakes 'Life Is a Dream' Opens July 8
By Lou Fancher
The fate of miniature figurines at Cal Shakes' Inside Scoop perfectly illustrated the central theme behind the outdoor theater company's upcoming production, "Life Is a Dream."
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