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Community builds the all-access playground in Moraga
Carlene McCart looked with an appreciative eye at the 50 or so volunteers working hard on Dec. 9 to build the new Moraga all-access playground. The interim parks and recreation manager for Moraga comes from San Rafael where a similar installation was under her ...By Sophie Braccini



Angel Tree program helps foster kids celebrate the holidays
Over 20 years ago, local realtor Dick Holt challenged his Orinda office to participate in an ongoing program that supports Contra Costa County foster children. Specifically, to provide gifts and new clothes to those county foster children that otherwise would receive ...Submitted by Cynthia Coito



Children's Health Guild Holiday Boutique raises much-needed funds
The Children's Health Guild hosted its annual holiday boutique and luncheon Dec. 1 at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco. Over 380 guests attended the event, themed "The Spirit of Sharing," which raised $200,000, with all proceeds dedicated to UCSF Benioff ...Submitted by Libby Dafferner



Sizeable donation from local business supports LPIE
The Lafayette Partners in Education, a ...Submitted by Angie Zener



Moraga Girl Scouts repair park benches for Silver Award
Girl Scout Troop 30228 members Haley Hartman and Emma Bennett earned their Silver Award this fall for repairing several picnic benches at Rancho Laguna Park. The girls, both freshmen at Campolindo High School, worked for more than 50 hours sanding, repairing, and ...Submitted by Bobbie Hartman



Cycle Recycle Success
The 2018 Cycle Recycle had a banner year, collecting almost 300 bikes, many in ride-ready condition. Over 40 ride-ready bikes went straight to Napa and Sonoma fire survivors, and another 70 to Trips for Kids in time for their Christmas Party Give Away in the Canal ...Submitted by Bobbie and Tom Preston



Feline fundraiser helps homeless kitties
Lamorinda residents concerned about homeless cats and cat overpopulation have a chance this month to support the rescue work of their neighbors.
For 31 years in Lafayette, Moraga and ...
Submitted by Billie Cummings



Cold Weather Clothing Program helps county homeless endure winter cold
White Pony Express has just launched its third Cold Weather Clothing Program for the upcoming winter. The program's focus is to help the homeless in Contra Costa County endure the cold and often wet winter.
Submitted by Steve Spraitzar



Moraga Garden Club honors parks maintenance leader
The Moraga Garden Club recently honored Ruben Ochoa, Moraga Parks Maintenance Leader, for all the support and assistance he has provided. A framed plaque was awarded to him to show their appreciation.
Submitted by Karin Biasotti



30th annual Lions' International Peace Poster Contest a success
This year's local winners of the 2017 Peace Poster contest sponsored by the Lamorinda Lions were among more than 600,000 entries submitted worldwide by students aged 11 to 13 years old, located in more than 200 countries. The contest encourages young people to think ...Submitted by Robert Murtagh



Swim-a-Thon nets over $40K for firefighters and their families
Over 60 swimmers from Orinda's Meadow Swim and Tennis Club, young and old participated in a Swim-a-Thon fundraiser Friday, Nov. 3 in support of the firefighters and their families that lost their homes in the devastating fires (Go Fund a Hero: Sonoma Firefighters).
Submitted by Michelle Bea



New or used bikes needed for Cycle Recycle
For the 20th year, Moraga Residents Bobbie and Tom Preston will be holding the Cycle Recycle, collecting repairable bikes to be refurbished and given to charitable groups to distribute at Christmas. To date, over 3,150 bikes have been collected. This year the recipient ...Submitted by Bobbie Preston



MCC Senior Men's Golf Association raises over $48K for food bank
The fifth annual Turkey Shoot charity golf tournament held on Oct. 30 at the Moraga Country Club raised more than $48,000 to benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. This amount is about a 14 percent increase over the $42,800 raised by this event in 2016, and ...Submitted by Gary Irwin



Troop 249 honors three new Eagle Scouts
Boy Scout Troop 249 will honor three new Eagle Scouts for attaining Scouting's highest rank. Ben DeLange, a senior at Miramonte High School, Kyle Davis and Grant Larsen, both seniors at Campolindo High School, will be recognized in an Eagle Court of Honor held on Nov. ...Submitted by Emily Larsen



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