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Music Student Service League and Macy's Fundraiser raises $7K for Rett syndrome
The Music Student Service League (MSSL) partnered with Macy's of Walnut Creek April 28 and hosted the first annual fashion show in support of the Katie Nues Foundation. MSSL is a student-run, nonprofit organization, whose mission is to spread happiness through music, ...Submitted by Bianca Tung

Sharon Reichow Memorial Scholarship offered for middle school students
For the 2018-19 academic year, The Saklan ...Submitted by Christine Kuckuk

Kicks4Kids Athletic Shoe Drive to help 200 local under-resourced youth
Level Up Sports Academy, a nonprofit youth development program in Contra Costa County, has launched its Kicks4Kids Athletic Shoe Drive, serving under-resourced youth ages 5-13 in Contra Costa County. Level Up is currently collecting new or gently used athletic shoes, ...Submitted by Christine Ayers

AAUW Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette STEM Conference at SMC
Examining a sheep's brain, noting the differences from a human brain, making slime, and getting creative with coding. These are but a few of the hands-on workshops that 200 middle school girls attended at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ...By Bobbie Dodson-Nielsen

Fifth-grader takes 2nd in Spelling Bee
Nadia Mujaddidi, fifth grader at Del Rey Elementary School in Orinda, took second place at the countywide spelling bee on March 24.

Orinda Troop 303 honors three new Eagle Scouts
Boy Scout Troop 303 in Orinda inducted three new Eagle Scouts - Liam Glynn, Evan Draeger and Walker Lambert - at an Eagle Court of Honor March 17 at St. Stephens Church in Orinda. To earn this highest advancement rank in Scouting, Scouts must fulfill requirements in ...Submitted by Cathy Lambert

Local student named California National Geographic State Bee semifinalist
Lafayette sixth-grader Ben Marek was notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2018 California National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held April 6 at Cal State University, Fresno.
Submitted by Jill Marek

Lions Club recycles used glasses to help those in third world countries
Lions Club International, which sponsors ...Submitted by Fred George

2018 National Charity League Class honored
The Lamorinda Chapter of National Charity League held its annual Senior Recognition celebration honoring its 25 graduating Ticktockers. The annual celebration at The Claremont Club and Spa marked the culmination of the NCL senior class' service to the community. These ...Submitted by Terri Konsella

Five Moraga Odyssey of the Mind teams advance to state championships
Five Moraga Rotary Odyssey of the Mind teams will advance to the state championship competition at UC Riverside after placing first or second in their group at the March 3 San Francisco regional competitions. These teams, out of the 14 teams sponsored by Moraga Rotary ...Submitted by Rich Render

Community gathers to clear fire blight from JM Orchard
In the summer of 2014 Bobbie Preston noticed that the Pear Orchard next to Joaquin Moraga Middle School was heavily damaged by fire blight, a bacterial disease that affects pears, apples and members of the rose family. That August, 4,500 pounds of pears were gleaned ...Submitted by Bobbie Preston

Local nonprofit chosen as A's 'Game Charity'
The Oakland A's baseball team is celebrating ...By Chelsea Pelchat

Troop 219 honors 11 new Eagle Scouts
Lafayette Boy Scout Troop 219 will honor 11 young men who have achieved the Eagle Scout award, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, at 2 p.m. March 17 at Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church.
Submitted by Janis Workman

Local students honored as DAR Good Citizens
Six local high school students were honored Feb. 3 by the Daughters of the American Revolution Acalanes Chapter after being selected from their high schools for their citizenship by their high school counselors and named their school's DAR Good Citizen. The students ...Submitted by Louise Diracles

Miramonte student wins Lions' Speech Contest
The Moraga Lions Club held its annual Student Speakers Contest Feb. 6 at the Moraga Library. The subject for the contest was "Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today's Society?" The winning speaker was Zahra Hasanain from Miramonte High School, who will now go ...Submitted by Fred George

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