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Annual Las Trampas 'Walk n' Roll' event scheduled Sept. 22
Walk, roll or run for one mile on the streets of Lafayette during the 9th Annual Las Trampas Walk n' Roll event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 22 and join participants for a fun celebration at the end the event at the Lafayette Plaza Park - all to benefit a ...Submitted by Suzanne Pestal



Local author's debut novel 'A River of Stars'
Orinda writer Vanessa Hua's debut novel, "A River of Stars" (Ballantine), tells the story of Scarlett Chen, a young woman eight months pregnant. Sent from China by her married lover to a secret maternity center in the United States to gain advantageous citizenship for ...By Lou Fancher



'The Gold Seekers' (Los Buscadores)
Let us start with a little bit of history. During the Paraguayan War against the Triple Alliance of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay in the 19th century, it is thought that rich Paraguayans buried their treasure as occupying forces took over their country. It has remained ...By Sophie Braccini



Pacific Chamber Orchestra's 'Mozart - The Grandeur' in Lafayette Sept. 15
Members of the Pacific Chamber Orchestra, touring soloists and chamber musicians who also appear in such prestigious groups as the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet Orchestras, touring Broadway shows, and feature films recorded at Skywalker Ranch, will perform ...Submitted by Lawrence Kohl



SMC students continue a colorful tradition
More than 650 first-year and 160 transfer students moved into their residence halls at Saint Mary's College Aug. 23, with the day kicking off the College's annual Weekend of Welcome for new and returning students. In keeping with the Saint Mary's tradition of service, ...Submitted by Kay Carney



"The War of the Roses" an epic production at Cal Shakes
Remarkably, "The War of the Roses" at Cal Shakes makes four hours in the company of tyrannical, villainous, evil, vengeful characters whose specialties are butchery and betrayal a desirable outing. Directed by Artistic Director Eric Ting, who with dramaturg Philippa ...By Lou Fancher



A classic car love story for the ages
When you hear the name "Apollo" you might think of the Greek god, or even the spacecraft, but you probably don't think of a classic car. That is not surprising, as only a very small number of the vehicles were ever produced (42 were sold by International Motor Cars ...By Sora O'Doherty



Lafayette Art and Wine - a monster of a street party!
It's almost Art and Wine time again - Lafayette's biggest community party, a weekend-long opportunity for residents to stroll along Mt. Diablo Boulevard without traffic, wine in hand, listening to great music and browsing unique art with friends.
By Pippa Fisher



A campaign to preserve Painted Rock
Piece by piece, the John Muir Land Trust is weaving a tapestry of protected open space throughout the East Bay, slowly expanding amongst the hills and between developments to preserve the local wildlife and its habitats. The new patch of land that was recently added to ...By Sophie Braccini



Four must-see documentaries at this year's CAIFF
The 21st California Independent Film Festival starts this Friday, Aug. 24 at the Rheem Theatre with the World Premiere of "The Salzburg Story." Over the weekend, Aug. 25 and 26, the festival will be held at the Orinda Theatre. It returns to the Rheem Theatre at 6 p.m. ...By Derek Zemrak



Art on the wild side
Some people in Lamorinda do not even know there is an art gallery in Moraga; with its front entrenched deep under a wide dark eave in the Rheem Shopping Center, it does not look like much to passersby. But don't let the outside entrance fool you. The new Moraga Art ...By Sophie Braccini



Lamorinda travel destinations Iconic Pebble Beach
Located on the Monterey Peninsula where the Del Monte Forest meets the Pacific Ocean and where gracious mansions line the prestigious 17-mile drive, Pebble Beach has long been a landmark destination for golf lovers the world over, since 1919 in fact. Four resorts, 14 ...By Fran Miller



Holbrook earns Ph.D. from UC Santa Cruz
Bryan Bailey Holbrook earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz on Dec. 8, 2017 and was hooded in a graduation ceremony on June 14, 2018. He grew up in Moraga and graduated from Campolindo High School in 2006 and UCLA in 2010 with a ...



Woodminster Summer Musicals closes its 52nd season with 'In the Heights'
Producers Associates ends the 52nd season of Woodminster Summer Musicals with Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights," which tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood - a place where the coffee from the corner bodega ...Submitted by Kathy Kahn



Grain-free doesnŐt mean problem-free
The Food and Drug Administration announced recently that it is investigating a link between grain-free dog diets and a certain type of heart disease called Dilated Cardiomyopathy. This is a new investigation, with cases reported by specialty veterinary hospitals across ...By Mona Miller, DVM



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