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Film Clips
What do others say about love? Find out in the award-winning solo play, "What They Said About Love" written and directed by Bay Area resident Steve Budd, for one night only at the Rheem Theatre at 7 p.m. July 1.
By Derek Zemrak

Author sensitively chronicles the horrors of war and its aftermath
When you are forced to flee by the horrors of war, what must you leave behind? What can't you leave behind? These questions, addressed so lyrically and sensitively by Rachel Hall in her new collection of stories, "Heirlooms," are as relevant to the refugees of today ...By Sora O'Doherty

Artists push artistic boundaries in new Moraga Art Gallery show
Moraga Art Gallery visitors are invited to embark on an exploratory visual journey as part of this summer's Experiments and Explorations exhibit, which features Patrick Hayashi's inventive, beautifully innovative and evocative imagery, and Linda Yoshizawa's weaves of ...By Sophie Braccini

In 'Jasper's World,' friendship is more important than a ton of dog treats
Sarah Gunn has been carrying the stories of Jasper the dog in her mind for many years. It has been a long process, but the local author is now published and starting a new adventure: promoting her new children book, "Jasper's World."
By Sophie Braccini

Photography exhibit celebrates fatherhood at the Lafayette Library
The bond between father and child is beautifully captured by photographer Nancy Rubin in her show Mighty Dads at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.
The portraits capture everyday ...
By Kara Navolio

Community Activities Light up the Fourth of July
If you are around for Fourth of July in Lamorinda you can find plenty of fun options to celebrate the nation's birthday. The Orinda parade is one of the best around and the Moraga fireworks attract people from all of the East Bay. Both cities offer other activities all ...By Sophie Braccini and Peggy Spear

Orinda hosts 3/4 Century Lunch, the celebration for 75s and better
In the year 2000 John Fazel introduced to Orinda an idea from his native Perry Iowa: an annual luncheon for residents who had achieved their three-quarter century. In his little town of 5,000, Fazel grew up with his mother taking her mother and stepfather to the annual ...By Sora O'Doherty

Heat doesn't stop the hot music at the Commons
Thursday Evening, June 22. The blistering heat of the day rolled off the land, replaced by a perfect Lamorinda summer evening. Families settled comfortably into lawn chairs on the lush green slope of Moraga Commons, enjoying the cool, scented air as the sun headed west ...By B. B. Kaye

Pour Me
In this installment of Pour Me, we take a peek at the world of craft beer, a favorite of fathers and brainchild of brewmasters.
Once upon a time, long before the invention of the ...
By A.K. Carroll

Free concerts to rock Lamorinda this summer
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love at the Rock the Plaza concerts on Fridays throughout June.

Film Clips
My Cousin Rachel" begins its two-week run at the Orinda Theatre on June 16. A remake of the 1952 original starring Richard Burton and Olivia de Havilland is based on the Daphne Du Maurier novel of the same name.
By Derek Zemrak

"Drriiiinngg." It's the last school bell of the year, the only time that any of us are happy to hear the obnoxiously loud call to order. Everyone in my class cheers, then rushes out the door, calling goodbyes over their shoulders and waving to friends. The parking lot ...By Analie Fernandes

The talented singers of Acalanes choral program excel all year
Listening to the Bella Voce women's chamber choir practice in their rehearsal space at Acalanes High, it is easy to hear why they would win Unanimous Superior ratings at their festivals throughout the year.
By John T. Miller

Pet Projects
I am often asked, "What's the best flea and tick product?" and I wish I had a short simple answer. There are now so many options, due in part from differences in formulations and from pharmaceutical company competition for the market. There are pros and cons to each ...By Mona Miller, DVM

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