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'black odyssey' back at Cal Shakes
Last year Cal Shakes created a premier of Marcus Gardley's play, "black odyssey," re-set in Oakland. The epic story of Ulysses Lincoln, on his long journey home from the war in Afghanistan, was an all-time success both with the public and critics, winning the company ...By Sophie Braccini



Family Focus
Parents start out in a vaulted position in the eyes of our children. It is up to us to preserve this position. Even if it seems that your child doesn't care what you say, think or feel, he is paying attention and caring.
By Margie Ryerson, MFT



Magic returns to the Rheem Theatre for two shows on Sept. 22
Time flies when magic is involved. It has been over a year since illusionist Timothy James has performed at the Rheem Theatre in Moraga. James' shows in 2017 amazed Lamorinda residents with six sell-out performances. His sleight-of-hand artistry, knack for reading ...By Derek Zemrak



The health hazards of early specialization in sports
As a child growing up in Moraga in the 1980s, every fall I played MOL flag football; every winter I played LMYA basketball; spring was dedicated to MBA baseball; and in the summers, I swam and played tennis at the Moraga Country Club. Playing three or four sports used ...By Kevin M. Roth, M.D.



Cancer survivor brings comfort to UCSF pediatric oncology patients
Acalanes senior Colby Suppiger, a Life Scout rank in Troop 224, is a cancer survivor who chose to give back a "whole big bunch" and then some, working tirelessly on his Eagle Scout project, which took over his entire garage and house, and involved over 45 people and ...Submitted by Elizabeth Dietsch



Volunteer visits help seniors stay in their homes
Iris Timmerman, a former nurse, has difficulty hearing, so socializing in groups is too difficult, but thanks to a program offered through John Muir Health, Lafayette volunteer Leonora Holmes, age 63, has been making a difference in Timmerman's life for nearly a year ...



Gold Coast Chamber 19th's season: a story of collaboration
The Gold Coast Chamber ensemble and its artistic director Pamela Freund-Striplen are an integral part of the new wave of chamber music companies that present powerful public programs incorporating different sets of musicians coming from a larger pool of professionals. ...By Sophie Braccini



Outdoor jazz concert in Lafayette
There's something simply sublime about soft jazz in an outdoor setting and Lamorinda residents will have an opportunity to experience just that at the annual Big Band Concert from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Lafayette Christian Church Courtyard Patio in the ...Submitted by Marie Williams



Tradition lives on for longtime Moraga family
Two-and-a-half-year-old Clark Frazier loves playing with the wheelbarrow at St. Mark's Nursery School in Orinda; his sister, Marley, 4 and a half and a recent St. Mark's graduate, loved playing in the nursery school's lofted doll house. She came by that naturally - the ...By Diane Claytor



Paintings from Spain
Allison McCrady has been a fixture of the Lamorinda art scene for many years, creating plein-air and abstract paintings and owning the AMFA Art Gallery that offered interesting art in the Theatre Square gallery for many years. Then she hung up the keys, packed her bags ...By Sophie Braccini



Poolside living
Warm weather often makes Lamorindans consider a dip in a pool; especially if that pool is just steps outside your own back door. And while the long summer daylight hours may be fading, the hot dry weather the Weather Network recently said was "anchored across the ...By Cathy Dausman



Siverfoote honors UC-Davis teammate's legacy
Honoring the memory of his former college roommate at University of California, Davis keeps longtime Moraga resident John Silverfoote busy after his recent retirement as a stock trader for an investment management firm in Menlo Park.
By John T. Miller




Do your legal documents need a tune up? Or do mom or dad's?
As we plan for the "what if's" of life, most of us have a Living Trust, Advance Health Care Directives and sometimes a Durable Power of Attorney for Finances. You may even have the newer POLST form (Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment).
By Linda Fodrini-Johnson



The Phantom of Orinda
Calling all "The Phantom of The Opera" fans. Franc D'Ambrosio will be preforming at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Orinda Theatre. This unique cabaret series started in Orinda this past February and the shows have quickly become the East Bay events to attend. ...By Derek Zemrak



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