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Seasonal Blues: Feeling depressed, but only in winter?
The holiday season brings with it a myriad of emotions and social gatherings. These are typically tied to positive experiences and uplifting memories, but for some, the holiday season can bring up emotions that are difficult to deal with. During the holidays people may ...By Linda Fodrini-Johnson

Declutter and help someone in need, all at the same time
We all do it. The calendar changes from one year to the next and we make lists of all the things we're going to change, all the ways we're going to improve ourselves and our lives. Lose weight. Exercise more. Declutter the house. Clean the garage. Stop yelling at the ...By Diane Claytor

One year later - What do we know about grain-free food investigation?
It has been 16 months since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first publicly alerted pet owners about its investigation of the potential connection between grain-free dog foods and a particular form of heart failure. I wrote about this issue in the Aug. 22, 2018 ...By Mona S. Miller, DVM

Lafayette couple's passion: saving wild animals
Ask Corie Knights about her kids and the Lafayette mom pulls out her phone and proudly shows photos of her two beautiful daughters. She then scrolls through pictures and pulls up another one - only this one is of an elephant. (The screen saver on her phone, "one of my ...By Diane Claytor

Stylishly remodeled Rheem Theatre is open for business
In keeping with the d‚cor of the circa 1957 era when The Rheem Theatre was born, the new owners have maintained the ambiance with a multitude of upgrades. The Dec. 19 grand reopening was a huge success.
By Vera Kochan

Santa makes home visits ahead of holiday
It is a rare occasion indeed when one gets a glimpse of Santa Claus in the middle of his rounds. Thanks to Moraga's Department of Parks and Recreation, Santa made a few early home visits Dec. 16-20 to surprise some children in the town.
By Vera Kochan

The 6 Top Mistakes high school students make applying to college
With college admissions deadlines looming, the following are a list of six top mistakes high school students make when applying to college:
1. Not balancing your college list by ...
By Elizabeth LaScala, Ph.D.

Travel log
My nonchalance and carelessness finally caught up with me after decades of travel.
In Vientiane, the capital of Laos, on Thursday night, Nov. 28, a thug sped by me on a motorbike and ...
By Nick Marnell

Cinderella at Town Hall Theatre for the holiday, an idiosyncratic fairytale
Humor, charm and wacky energy characterize the Brothers Grimm fairy tale staged by Town Hall Theatre this December. No damsel in distress, but a lovely young woman standing for herself. No prince rescuing the desperate, but a young man in search of authenticity and ...By Sophie Braccini

Lamorinda residents participate in 24-hour global conversation about climate change
Local climate leaders hosted events throughout the area Nov. 20-21 as part of a global event called "24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action." The first ever global discussion about climate change was organized by The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit headed by former ...By Kara Navolio

Moraga Ranch - An unofficial town landmark
With a history dating back to 1914, the red and white cluster of buildings along Moraga's School Street has become an unofficial landmark in the town. The first influential property owner was James Irvine from Southern California. The city of Irvine in Orange County ...By Vera Kochan

Moraga Art Gallery: reincarnated in time for the holidays
The new location of the Moraga Art Gallery exemplifies beautifully how a major setback can turn into an unexpected blessing. Only a few months ago, gallery members heard through the grapevine that their month-to-month lease on a space in the Rheem Shopping Center would ...By Sophie Braccini

Lamorinda rings in the holiday season
The holidays are in full swing, with events over the past weekend showcasing the wonder of the season - especially for the littler Lamorinda residents on Dec. 8 who enjoyed close encounters with beloved characters like Anna and Olaf from the popular "Frozen" movie ...By Jennifer Wake

Attitude of gratitude: Live longer and healthier
We have an entire day set aside to focus on gratefulness: Thanksgiving. However, what if we focused on gratitude at least one day each week? Doing so can have a positive impact on our health.
By Linda Fodrini-Johnson

Amigos holiday fundraiser kicks off
Amigos de las Americas will hold its annual fundraising over the holiday season, selling Texas Ruby Red grapefruit ($30 a box), locally grown florist quality poinsettias ($15 each), and organic, fair-trade coffee from Latin America, whole bean or ground ($15 a pound). ...By John T. Miller

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