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NCL service honored
The Lamorinda and Acalanes Area Chapters of the National Charity League (NCL) hosted its second annual joint Ticktocker meeting Oct. 6 at Miramonte High School. There were almost 250 members in attendance. Each member brought donations for their philanthropy service ...Submitted by Mabel Kimball

GivingTuesday gives matching opportunity to area nonprofits
St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County ...Submitted by Brit Hotaling

'Be the Star You Are!' charity honored by California legislature
The volunteers of local Moraga charity, Be the Star You Are, were honored with a Certificate of Recognition for 20 years of dedicated community service by the California Legislature Assembly. As a top rated 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to increasing literacy, improving ...By Cynthia Brian

Kiwanis See's Candy Holiday Shop opens at Rheem
As part of an annual, major fundraising effort that primarily benefits local children's charities, the Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley will once again operate a See's Candy Holiday Shop in the Rheem Shopping Center in Moraga, next to Starbucks. The Shop will feature all ...Submitted by Dick Olsen

'Walk for Adley' event raises much-needed funds for research
After the recent loss of 10-year-old Adley Osborne to a rare and terrible autoimmune disease, and in an effort to do something to help the many others in local schools and the community who are suffering from autoimmune disorders, more than 280 people participated in ...Submitted by Emma Coffey

Eagle project provides instruments to Oakland Unified
As part of his Eagle Scout project with Troop 204, Acalanes High School junior Jack Innenberg worked to have the Lafayette community support less fortunate students in other areas. A lover of music, Innenberg wanted to do an Eagle Project that both used music as well ...Submitted by Richard Innenberg

Katz wins $3,500 in STEM contest
Isabelle Katz, a 15-year-old from Moraga, placed first in the mathematics category of the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars), giving her $3,500 to spend on a STEM summer camp experience of her choice. Her project, ...Submitted by Wendy Li

Troop 224 of Scouts BSA acknowledges milestone
In mid-September, the Scouts and parents of Troop 224 gathered for their fall Court of Honor, the traditional ceremony where Scouts are honored for achieving rank advancements/merit badges. The occasion is a time of celebration, and on this occasion a very special ...Submitted by Elizabeth Crinnion

AAUW Tech Trekkers thrilled by experiences at Grace Hopper STEM Camp
The seven enthusiastic eighth-grade girls who attended AAUW (American Association of University Women) Tech Trek camp at Stanford in July were honored at a reunion and reception hosted by the Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette branch of AAUW on Sept. 6. Eden Hall, Bella ...Submitted by Jan Cushman

Kindness a focus of recent community event
The Peter Pan Foundation hosted a community kindness event Sept. 19 at their location in Lafayette, in partnership with the Born This Way Foundation as part of their #bekind21 campaign. Guests were invited to participate in a variety of activities that represented the ...Submitted by Gina Campo

Mindful Littles launches Healing Initiative in Paradise
On Sept. 9, Mindful Littles, based in Orinda, officially launched its Healing Initiative in the Paradise Ridge community, which was greatly devastated by the Camp Fire 10 months ago. Integrated lessons will teach students critical mindfulness, yoga and social-emotional ...Submitted by Lisa Sadikman

BSA girls Troop 402G blazes new trails
"Scout like a girl!" That is the theme for BSA girls Troop 402G out of Lafayette who hit the ground running, blazing new trails. The newly formed independent girls troop in the BSA Scouting program began in February when the BSA organization opened its doors for girls ...Submitted by Heather Tzortzis

Moraga Rotary funds portable two-way radios for Moraga School District
Teachers and staff members in the Moraga School District will all be provided with portable two-radios which will allow direct two-way communication with each other and with first responders such as the Moraga Police Department, Moraga-Orinda Fire District, CERT, and ...Submitted by Stephanie Dickerson

Jaeger receives conservation award
Toris Jaeger was recently honored with a National Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR, Conservation Award. The Acalanes chapter of the DAR nominated Jaeger in honor of her 40 years of teaching at the Wagner Ranch Nature Area. Jaeger is pictured receiving her ...Submitted by Louise Diracles

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