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Published on October 13th, 2021
Art of Mixology returns to Theatre Square, live, on Oct. 16
The major fundraiser for the Lamorinda Arts Council, the Art of Mixology will be live in Theatre Square from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, with over 16 bartenders creating signature drinks and sampling them to the crowd of ticketholders. Five food sponsors, Batch ...By Sora O'Doherty

Published on October 13th, 2021
Three fun events at Orinda Books on tap in October
Eight writers who are part of the Diablo Writers' Workshop will be reading from short works of fiction, nonfiction and more during "Flash Night" at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. This free event will be held in-person at Orinda Books with a limited-size audience and ...By Jennifer Wake

Published on October 13th, 2021
AAUW-OML forges partnership with Saint Mary's College
When Laura Wittenberg retired a few years ago, she found purpose and friendship by joining AAUW-OML. She has served in many roles, including as president, but it was when she volunteered at OML's STEM Conference for middle school girls at Saint Mary's College that she ...Submitted by Lynda Leonard

Published on October 13th, 2021
College trends to consider for the classes of 2022 and 2023
Understanding the reality of today's college application process is an important element in managing expectations. For instance, the notion that great grades and test scores will automatically guarantee entry into highly selective colleges no longer holds true. Strong ...By Elizabeth LaScala, Ph.D.

Published on October 13th, 2021
Sundance Film Festival winner 'Luzzu' at Orinda Theatre for one week
A crack appears in the hull of a small fishing-boat. Is it a simple case of maintenance or a call from destiny signaling that something more existential has to change?
In the movie ...
By Sophie Braccini

Published on October 13th, 2021
George Jedenoff reigns supreme as king at 3/4-century event
Perhaps they need a new event for George Jedenoff, one that celebrates folks active into their second century. At 104, Jedenoff is again king of the three-quarter-century event, held this year via Zoom on Sept. 29. Jedenoff, queen Bobbie Dodson, 93, and longest ...By Sora O'Doherty

Published on October 13th, 2021
Backyard vineyards a labor of love in Lamorinda
Tucked away, high on a sunny hill but minutes from downtown Orinda, Michele Smith-Ledesma and her husband David Ledesma are growing luscious Cabernet and Merlot red wine grapes in a small but prolific vineyard. The vineyard is about 20 years old. The Ledesma's have ...By Sora O'Doherty

Published on September 29th, 2021
Comfortable in a crate
The recent California wildfires and Hurricane Ida have reminded me of an important aspect of pet disaster preparedness - crate comfort. Additionally, the ability to be comfortable and calm in a crate is useful for puppy housebreaking training, as well as pet ...By Mona Miller, DVM

Published on September 29th, 2021
Looking Good in Lamorinda
Orinda resident and film producer Julie Rubio is hard at work on her latest project, "Tamara," the first full-length definitive documentary on the highly collectable painter and fashion icon of the Art Deco period, Tamara de Lempicka. Rubio says that this film, a true ...By Moya Stone

Published on September 29th, 2021
THT announces first in its 'New Voices' series - 'The Children's Farm'
Playwright Sean Dunnington's piece, "The Children's Farm," will be brought to the stage by Director Ciera Eis. This lightly produced, two-weekend performance model will be the first in Town Hall's "New Voices" series. New Voices will produce two brand new, never ...Submitted by Lisa Anne Morrison

Published on September 29th, 2021
Lafayette defense attorney turns mystery author
In the back of Todd (T.L.) Bequette's mind, he always thought he could write a book. He was right. His first novel, "Good Lookin, A Joe Turner Mystery," has recently been published and been very well received. In fact, the San Francisco Book Review wrote that "T.L. ...By Diane Claytor

Published on September 29th, 2021
How local residents are preparing for power shutoffs
It's likely not a question of if PG&E will shut off our power for safety reasons within the next few months, but a question of when. Between parched vegetation, low humidity and dry, hot winds, the threat of wildfires in our area is, unfortunately, a huge concern we ...By Diane Claytor

Published on September 15th, 2021
Two original exhibitions open at Saint Mary's College Museum of Art
The "Keith + Kari" and "Collective Memories: Stonecuts from Cape Dorset" exhibitions open Sept. 15 at Saint Mary's College Museum of Art (SMCMoA). On view through Dec. 12, these exhibitions explore themes of narrative and memory, inviting visitors back into the ...Submitted by Britt Royer

Published on September 15th, 2021
Colleges are 'getting back to normal' - or are they?
Most colleges planned on fall 2021 being a time to return to in-person education. Yet the sudden explosion of COVID's Delta variant has thrown these plans into a helter-skelter morass of confusion. Schools are adopting a range of approaches to reopen while trying to ...

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