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Artists show their talent at LLLC Bookmark Contest
The Friends of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center recognized the winners of the annual 2019 Bookmark Contest on April 25. The proud recipients of this honor are as follows: (back row, from left) Sofia Bartos - Stanley Middle School, Margaux Vuong - Burton ...Submitted by Kay Pekrul

Day Trippin'
It's natural to think of the Napa Valley as one place. But the 30 north to south miles that comprise this verdant valley feature distinct towns. There's Yountville with its chic tasting rooms, Rutherford with its concentration of cabernet producers, and St. Helena with ...By Fran Miller

Lafayette Rotary helps New Day for Children
The Rotary Club of Lafayette announced it has donated over $114,300 to New Day for Children (www.newdayforchildren.com/) as a result of fundraising by the club throughout the fiscal year. "We are delighted to have partnered with New Day for Children and enable this ...Submitted by Matt Pease

Orinda students learn a bit of local lore on history tour
While driving along Orinda Way last month, people wondered about the gatherings of children outside Susan Leech's Orinda Village Antiques. Many locals don't know that this was the site of Orinda's first firehouse. Across from where the white bridge now stands, the ...Submitted by Kathy Barrett

CAPA dance performance nets sizable donation to Children’s Health Guild
California Academy of Performing Arts in Moraga held its annual June Showcase at Campolindo's Performing Arts Center between June 10-15, with proceeds from their lobby sales of bottled water and flowers during six performances benefiting Children's Health Guild.
By Vera Kochan

Working toward recovery
Not many parents would say that watching the arrest of their 17-year-old son was the “best thing that could have happened.” But that’s exactly what Lafayette’s Ann Schiebert recently said, more than 30 years after that drug-related arrest and 11 years after that same ...By Diane Claytor

Family-friendly activities planned for Fourth of July
For the past 35 years, community members have gathered along the parade route in downtown Orinda to cheer as marching bands, bagpipers, martial arts demonstrations, floats, stilt walkers, singers, dancers, and local clubs pass by, starting in Theatre District on Moraga ...By Sora O'Doherty

'On Borrowed Time' a feel-good movie from the United Arab Emirates
Efi Lubliner, the co-founder of the local International Film Showcase, is bringing "On Borrowed Time," an excellent comedy filmed in Dubai by director Yasir Al-Yasiri, to Moraga starting this weekend. Lubliner says he sought distribution of this film almost two years ...By Sophie Braccini

Hedgebrook Writing Retreat offered at SMC June 15
The MFA Creative Writing Program at Saint Mary's College and Hedgebrook, the prestigious women's writing organization, are collaborating again on Bridging: A One-Day Hedgebrook Writing Retreat for woman-identified, non-binary and genderqueer writers. Held on the Saint ...Submitted by Mike McAlpin

Girls Scouts achieve 'trip of a lifetime' goal
What can 13 eighth-grade girls accomplish with determination and hard work? The trip of a lifetime, according to the Girl Scouts of Troop 32886.
The Troop, led by Nanette Heffernan, ...
By Kara Navolio

Doggone Fun Fest planned for June 23
The Orinda Park and Rec Foundation is once again holding its Doggone Fun Fest from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23 in the Community Park - a great event for kids and pooches alike. This free event will feature agility and obedience demonstrations, the sheriff's canine ...Submitted by Carolyn Mills

Although some standouts, 'Women on the Verge' misses the mark
Pedro Almadovar's movie "Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown" was a cult movie of the `80s, fun, irreverent, provocative, and sexy; it ignited a whole generation of Europeans and Americans alike. Now the question is: Does the play presented at Town Hall Theatre ...By Sophie Braccini

Volunteers overhaul petanque courts, welcome community to the sport
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Lamorinda P‚tanque Club. And the courts have never looked better.
In fact the courts, which sit alongside the creek near the Lafayette ...
By Pippa Fisher

Outdoor summer entertainment opens in Lamorinda
Residents of Lamorinda won't have to venture far from home to enjoy entertainment options this summer. Orinda will be offering a series of concerts, including the annual Opera in the Park, as well as five family-friendly movies. The Orinda concerts, at which food ...By Sora O'Doherty

An iconoclastic romp with Shakespeare: `A Midsummer Night's Dream'
Who says that Shakespeare's plays were elitist and hard to access? Shakespeare wrote for all the classes of the society of his day, with language that included sophisticated poetic stances as well as puns; after all, he needed to fill up a theater that included seats ...By Sophie Braccini

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