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Published on August 19th, 2020
New or old, Lamorinda real estate sales are on fire
One effect of the coronavirus pandemic has been that in recent months the real estate market has been exploding, particularly in the East Bay and more particularly in Lamorinda. New Lamorinda resident and financial analyst Brian Schwartz says, "I think the pandemic in ...By Sora O'Doherty

Published on August 5th, 2020
Sunflower dwarfs two Lafayette brothers
Lafayette brothers Joshua and Joseph Sanchez pose with a prize-sized sunflower that towers between them. ...

Published on August 5th, 2020
Galleries revived: `Domesticated' and `Dark and Light' open
All is not scarcity in the world of art. Two local art galleries are opening their doors to patrons so they can enjoy new exhibits: Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery in Lafayette and Moraga Art Gallery in Rheem. The large well-ventilated spaces surrounded by art where ...By Sophie Braccini

Published on August 5th, 2020
Lynn's Top Five
Given all the economic uncertainty and volatility in markets, I knew it was time to focus this column on how we can keep our plans on track despite our current life experiences. In writing this piece, I was very fortunate to catch up with Adam Phillips, partner and ...By Lynn Ballou CFPr

Published on August 5th, 2020
Lamorinda Village prepares for fire season with help from community
Lamorinda Village has partnered with the National Charity League to put together 350 emergency go-bags for seniors. It is just one of the ways in which the Village is rallying to help the most vulnerable, with the support of the community.
By Pippa Fisher

Published on August 5th, 2020
Cal Shakes cuts costs and moves staff to Orinda
The California Shakespeare Theater decided to cancel its entire season as soon as the March 16 shelter-in-place order was issued, before rehearsals for the summer plays at the Bruns amphitheater in Orinda had even started. For Sarah Williams, managing director of the ...By Sophie Braccini

Published on August 5th, 2020
Stanley student undeterred in anti-racism effort
For one Lafayette boy who simply wanted to highlight Black Lives Matter with a rock garden along the trail near Stanley Middle School, his work has been turned into one of persistence and determination. That's because, despite finding his work vandalized on an almost ...By Pippa Fisher

Published on July 22nd, 2020
New art installation at Moraga Commons brings added whimsy to the park
Situated among the trees along Moraga Road and between the two playgrounds stands a colorfully appliqu‚d utility box, entitled "Moraga Beauty," covered with various flowers and the town symbol - Bartlett pears.
By Vera Kochan

Published on July 22nd, 2020
Family Focus
Relationships can be strained during the best of times. Typically, most couples find ways both to spend time together and also to pursue separate interests and activities. With the onset of COVID-19 recommendations and restrictions, some couples have found their ...By Margie Ryerson, MFT

Published on July 22nd, 2020
PPP has saved downtown retail ... so far
Lamorinda businesses these past months have faced a difficult situation with opening, distancing, closing again, mask wearing and seeing a reduced number of clients than usual. With two waves of Paycheck Protection Program loans many are managing to keep their ...By Sophie Braccini

Published on July 8th, 2020
Larry Swindell now with the stars he loved so well
When Larry Swindell closed his eyes for the last time in his Moraga residence on June 23, a few days after his 91st birthday, one of the last witnesses and chroniclers of Hollywood's Golden Age was gone. Swindell had walked with Cary Grant, Colette Colbert, Carol ...By Sophie Braccini

Published on July 8th, 2020
International film showcase features two excellent murder mysteries
The International Film Showcase features one French and one Italian film this month. Not available on any other platform, these two diverse murder mysteries will bring suspense and intellectual pleasure into movie lovers' homes.
By Sophie Braccini

Published on July 8th, 2020
Lynn's Top Five
I hope Sheryl Crow's lyrics are a truth, that we are a little bit closer. Closer to a cure, to a vaccine, to a recovered economy, to valuing all human life, to empathy. The last time I wrote for this, our wonderful community paper, I was already planning my next ...By Lynn Ballou CFPr

Published on July 8th, 2020
Lamorinda Arts Council is more vibrant than ever - even online
Denise Nomura, who has been presiding over the Lamorinda Arts Council for about a year, remembers the shock and the period of wonderment that struck her and the group's board following the shelter-in-place order, which required a paradigm shift, since closing down was ...By Sophie Braccini

Published on July 8th, 2020
Neighbors gather in fellowship on the Fourth
With the cancellation of traditional Fourth of July festivities, Lamorinda neighbors found safe ways to reconnect while celebrating the birth of the nation. At one gathering on Gloria Court in Moraga, children decorated their bikes and scooters, parents took out ...By Sophie Braccini and Jennifer Wake

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