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CAIFF Opening Night 2018
For the first time its 21-year history, the California Independent Film Festival will kick off the festivities, and set the tone for the remaining seven days, with the world premiere of an international film - the delightful Austrian romantic drama "The Salzburg ...By Derek Zemrak

Of awe and oddness
The mysteries and beauties of life are celebrated at the Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery this summer. As someone who always surprises and delights, the painter and gallery owner has invited artists to illustrate different aspects of surreal representations. Paintings by ...By Sophie Braccini

Local authors underscore acceptance and share uncommon bond
Members of the Lafayette Rotary were quite moved by a presentation from Holocaust survivor Bernie Rosner at a recent monthly meeting. Rosner related the tale of not only surviving the Holocaust, but also of writing a double memoir with his German friend, Fritz ...By John T. Miller

Orinda student awarded pre-med scholarship
Sienna Marley, a recent graduate of Miramonte High School in Orinda, has earned a $12,000 scholarship to help her with the costs of undergraduate studies and medical school. The scholarship was awarded by the physicians at Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) who give ...Submitted by Meg Walker

'The Third Murder' a reflection on truth and destiny
Hirokazu Kore-eda's movie that will show in Orinda starting Aug. 10 is a dizzying descent into the hiding places of a murder suspect's soul. "The Third Murder" is a game of cat and mouse between a man who has his life on the line and his lawyer, who starts out simply ...By Sophie Braccini

Campana Music closing its doors
After 71 years doing business in Lafayette, Campana Music will be closing its doors for good later this month.
The last official day for the store will be Aug. 16, but it will host a ...
By John T. Miller

Cycling Lamorinda
I am a lifelong cyclist, contentedly stuck at a recreational level. While I've managed some hills in Marin County, ridden to California beaches, coasted the flatlands in central Oregon and slogged through swampy summer weather in the mid-Atlantic states, I mostly ...By Cathy Dausman

Lynn's Top Five
When I picked a topic to write about for this column, I thought about what's relevant now in my own practice. A few recurring themes seemed to emerge in recent conversations which I'd like to share with you here.
By Lynn Ballou, CFP(r)

Moraga Teen takes on fight for safer gun laws
Vasch Gerber is not your average Lamorinda student. The energetic teen is back from a year in Taiwan where Gerber lived with different families and learned Mandarin as part of a program sponsored by the Moraga Rotary. Back to Moraga and ready to enter Campolindo High ...By Sophie Braccini

21st California Independent Film Festival opens Aug. 24
Now in its 21st year, this year's California Independent Film Festival will open again at the Rheem Theatre - something that had been quite improbable until just a few months ago - and will be held in a completely refreshed performance hall, with opening night bringing ...By Sophie Braccini

Steps to Success for the College Transfer Student
A student recently wrote to me: "My family can't afford to send me straight to a four-year college. My dream is to attend a community college and transfer to UC San Diego. What are my chances of filling all the requirements, and holding down a part-time job and ...By Elizabeth LaScala

Live at Orinda Concert Series returns Aug. 12
Tony and Emmy award winner Lillias White will kick off opening night of the Live at Orinda Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 as the Orinda Theatre is once again transformed into a cabaret.
By Derek Zemrak

'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' opens Aug. 3 at Woodminster
Producers Associates continues the 52nd season of the Woodminster Summer Musicals with "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to life Aug. 3-12 at Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland's Joaquin ...Submitted by Kathy Kahn

Family Focus
By the time they are in third or fourth grade, many children are already discerning in their selection of friends. Your child may pick someone to be a friend based on interests or personality or popularity or a variety of other criteria. Sometimes it's simply a matter ...By Margie Ryerson, MFT

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