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Local singer vies for top spot in talent series
Moraga teen Elizabeth Becker is no stranger to competitions. With first place wins at Lamorinda Idol in 2014 and 2017 under her belt, the singer, songwriter, performer, and musician who plays the guitar, piano and violin, was one of 14 contestants from across Northern ...

'Wrinkle in Time' now playing at Orinda Theatre
Now that the Oscars have come and gone, it's time for Hollywood to focus on releasing big box office movies. The first, "A Wrinkle in Time," is currently screening in the main 750-seat auditorium at the Orinda Theatre.
By Derek Zemrak

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

Family Focus
Nancy Anderson alternately wept and raged in my therapy office. Her 12-year-old son, Jake, had failed two subjects in the first semester of seventh grade. Jake had a history of struggling in school, despite performing well above average on standardized tests. Nancy ...By Margie Ryerson, MFT


A unique and relevant play opens at Town Hall Theatre
"Woman In Mind" is a 1980s play that tells the story of a frustrated housewife who finds relief from her dull and emotionally deprived existence in a fantasy world where she has invented a parallel family that has a life of its own, and will finally submerge her ...By Sophie Braccini

Film series continues in Lafayette with 'Years of Living Dangerously'
Town Hall Theatre will be screening the next in Sustainable Lafayette's 2018 film series, "Years of Living Dangerously," the highly acclaimed National Geographic series that covers crucial issues, such as climate change, deforestation, historic droughts and the rapidly ...By Pippa Fisher

Locanda Positano - simple food, quality ingredients ... and 'famiglia'
In downtown Lafayette great restaurants are literally right around every corner and yet the city's newest eatery looks set to fill its own unique spot.
Locanda Positano, an authentic ...
By Pippa Fisher

Film festival features short films by, for and about women
Sometimes 10 minutes of film can pack a powerful punch. Created by the owners of Luna Bar in 2000 as a way to showcase short movies by, for and about women, the LunaFest short film festival is a gift to the community: Clif, the current owner of Luna Bar, selects ...By Sophie Braccini

Fifth-graders learn history by living it during Colonial Days
It was like stepping back in time in a corner of Happy Valley last week - students from Springhill Elementary School got the chance to spend a day living as colonial-era children. It was all part of their fifth grade experience, and everyone - students, teachers and ...By Pippa Fisher

An insider's perspective into life under Communist Russia at SMC Museum of Art
The current exhibit at Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art offers an insider’s perspective into life under Soviet totalitarian rule.
“Darker Shades of Red: Soviet Propaganda Posters from ...
By Kara Navolio

Local artist captures Frida Kahlo's courageous spirit
An unveiling of "Frida Kahlo's Courageous Transformational Life," a vibrant portrait of Mexico's most famous 20th Century woman artist by present-day artist Trina Swerdlow, will be held at the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery in Lafayette at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. ...

College Advisor
The University of California at Davis offers a small town alternative to the dense, urban locations of UC Berkeley and UCLA. Located in the Golden State's fertile agricultural region in California's Central Valley, UC Davis is a 90-minute drive from San Francisco, and ...By Elizabeth LaScala

East Bay Jewish International Film Festival opens in Orinda March 1
For 23 years the East Bay Jewish International Film Festival has brought American and international movies of higher and higher quality to the East Bay, all with ties to either Jewish culture or to the fight against intolerance. The EBIJFF's films are moving, funny, ...By Sophie Braccini

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