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Published on January 6th, 2021
Family Focus
"Happiness depends on your mindset and attitude."~ Roy T. Bennett, "The Light in the Heart"
Here's to a happier new year in 2021! Trying to find happiness in the midst of turmoil, loss, ...
By Margie Ryerson, MFT

Published on January 6th, 2021
Santa and his elf bring much joy to Rheem Valley Manor neighborhood
Before heading back to the North Pole to clean up his workshop, or traveling to the warm beaches of Florida for a well-deserved rest, Santa made one more trip through Moraga's Rheem Valley Manor on Christmas morning. He parked his sleigh on Fernwood and rode around ...By Diane Claytor

Published on January 6th, 2021
Orinda, Moraga farmers markets thrive during pandemic
The year 2020 was when the Orinda farmers market went to year-round operation. When the change was introduced, no one expected 2020 to be the year of the great pandemic. But shoppers at both the Orinda and Moraga markets welcomed the opportunity to buy fresh, local ...By Sora O'Doherty

Published on December 23rd, 2020
Elementary students climbing the walls during shelter-in-place
Third-grade twins Isaiah and Clara Sargent, age 8, who have been taking online classes through the Meher School in Lafayette, have literally been climbing the walls during their shelter-in-place experience. "They call their new hobbie `wedging,'" said mom, Carolyn ...By Jennifer Wake

Published on December 23rd, 2020
Lamorinda decks the halls
Homes across Lamorinda are looking extra festive right now. It seemed that more and more folks were stringing the lights a little earlier this year, in an attempt to bring much needed light and joy after a year sorely in need of light and joy. In Lafayette's Burton ...By Pippa Fisher

Published on December 23rd, 2020
Local residents flock to outdoor locales during lockdown
While the Bay Area Region is now under stricter stay-at-home orders due to an upsurge in coronavirus infections, outdoor parks and recreation areas in Lamorinda are seeing a steady stream of visitors enjoying the mild winter weather. The parking lots at Lafayette ...By Jennifer Wake

Published on December 23rd, 2020
New rules for pet air travel: What's an Emotional Support Animal?
It has become common to travel on airplanes with animals under the classification of "Emotional Support Animal," which has allowed travel in the cabin with minimal restraint. This policy has produced conflicts, challenges and controversy. How does an animal travel ...By Mona Miller, DVM

Published on December 23rd, 2020
Local lifelong conservationist receives awards
In a world where statistics indicate that the typical person changes jobs an average of 12 times during his or her career and moves from one home to another more than 11 times in his or her lifetime, Malcolm Sproul is somewhat of an enigma. He has lived in the East Bay ...By Diane Claytor

Published on December 23rd, 2020
Orinda Garden Club coordinates annual holiday wreath hanging
For the ninth year in a row, the Orinda Garden Club assembled holiday wreaths and hung them in numerous locations around Orinda to brighten up the town. Garden club members Shelley Gilligan and Margene Stahle chaired the project. A dozen volunteers worked to decorate ...By Sora O'Doherty

Published on December 9th, 2020
'The Weasels' Tale': a gift from Argentina celebrates 10 years of IFS
Ten years ago Jo Alice Canterbury from Orinda and Efi Lubliner from Lafayette invented a local movie distribution system out of their common love of foreign films: the International Film Showcase. This December, they are celebrating 10 years of presenting monthly ...By Sophie Braccini

Published on December 9th, 2020
Orinda gallery announces new exhibit, 'Arrivals'
CE Fine Arts in Orinda's Theatre District is inviting the community to meet the artists who are now showing their work in the gallery as part of the new exhibit, "Arrivals," which is open through Feb. 19. The virtual Open House is scheduled at 5 p.m. Dec. 12. This will ...Submitted by Christian Ehrhorn

Published on December 9th, 2020
Questions seniors should be asking amidst COVID surges
Although news of an effective vaccine for COVID is surely a godsend, getting it distributed and into the arms of our U.S. population will take some doing. Thus, high school seniors still face some uncertainties about what colleges will look like in the fall of 2021. ...By Elizabeth LaScala

Published on December 9th, 2020
One local man's road to prosperity through `Jeopardy'
Millions of Americans across the country on Nov. 23 watched that evening's episode of the game show "Jeopardy," and heard the introduction of "Henry Baer, a software engineer from Lafayette, California." The next two episodes for Baer began with "Our returning ...By Jon Kingdon

Published on December 9th, 2020
Local cafˇ's Goodness Tree brings joy to isolated seniors this holiday season
For the owners of Orinda's Genuine Goodness, helping others in time of need is just what they do. And this holiday season they have come up with a way to involve the community in brightening the lives of seniors during the pandemic that has many feeling completely ...By Pippa Fisher

Published on December 9th, 2020
Looking Good in Lamorinda
I recently attended a webinar discussion on "fashion during the pandemic" with a panel of women who work in the business; one panelist mentioned that she thought entertaining at home was going to be a big trend. She predicted that by next year designers will have a ...By Moya Stone

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