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Published on January 19th, 2022
Did you visit older parents during the holidays?
Many people visited Mom and Dad this holiday season: a first visit in almost two years. What you observed might have been concerning and now you're back home and wonder "What support is appropriate and how do I find it for them?"
By Linda Fodrini-Johnson, MA, MFT, CMC

Published on January 19th, 2022
Love and algorithms, 'I'm Your Man' from Germany an intelligent, romantic sci-fi film
In a not too distant future, Alma, an anthropologist and research director, is compelled to enter an experiment in order to get research funding: she is to evaluate a robot, human-looking, whose behavior and intellect has been designed to be her perfect romantic ...By Sophie Braccini

Published on January 19th, 2022
JMLT campaign underway to save Harvey Ranch
Anyone who takes a hike along the trails within Harvey Ranch is met with breathtaking views of Moraga and beyond. Hoping to preserve a 143-acre section of the ranch and create a 15,500-acre natural area by connecting the three protected landscapes of Las Trampas ...By Vera Kochan

Published on January 19th, 2022
Local foodie family conducts annual taste-test tradition
The Coane family loves food. Whether it's mom, Karen, cooking her favorite family meals at home, daughter Kayla journaling another entry into her Instagram "thatfooddoee" account, son Michael eating everything in sight to put on extra weight for high school sports, or ...Submitted by Craig Coane

Published on January 5th, 2022
Family Focus
"Family is supposed to be our safe haven. Very often, it's the place where we find the deepest heartache." ~ Iyanla Vanzant

By Margie Ryerson, MFT

Published on January 5th, 2022
Santa once again brightens holidays in Moraga neighborhood
Following what was, no doubt, a very busy night, Santa returned to Moraga on Christmas morning and fortunately, he didn't forget his umbrella. Just like last year, Santa Ryan Aull and his trusty elf, Jeff Stone, rode through the streets of Rheem Valley Manor, loudly ...By Diane Claytor

Published on January 5th, 2022
One local man's mission: Clean up the town of Moraga
Scott Parker is a man on a mission and he's hoping many of us will do what we can to help accomplish the ultimate goal: ridding Moraga of litter and making sure it stays that way.
For ...
By Diane Claytor

Published on January 5th, 2022
Moraga's monarch habitat boasts two decoratively-themed sculptures to help boost its butterfly appeal
The Moraga Garden Club's efforts to help encourage the repopulation of the endangered monarch butterfly has been met with success. Following along the theme of "If you built it, they will come," the habitat, located in Rancho Laguna Park, has had monarch sightings as ...By Vera Kochan

Published on December 22nd, 2021
Musical serendipity brings local band to big stage
Sometimes big things can happen from the smallest of actions. When 18-year-old Lafayette drummer Miles Elze, who is interning at recording studio East Bay Recorders in Oakland, saw Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo walk by, he said he "just had to call out his name and ...By Jennifer Wake

Published on December 22nd, 2021
Holiday toxicities
'Tis the season to decorate with tinsel, to light aromatic candles and scent the air with cinnamon and pine diffusers, to strategically hang the mistletoe sprigs and to bake holiday treats. We make sure that our pet friends have new toys, sweaters and beds wrapped up ...By Mona Miller, DVM

Published on December 22nd, 2021
Author pens exciting adventure based on true-life experience
Many people retire after spending a lifetime of intense and dangerous work and happily walk into the sunset, content to spend their days relaxing with a fishing pole or tending to their garden. Moraga's Mark Clifford is not one of those people. A bundle of energy, it's ...By Diane Claytor

Published on December 22nd, 2021
Santa makes breakfast rounds in Moraga before the big day
How many kids can say that they've had breakfast with Santa Claus? Thanks to Moraga's Parks and Recreation Department, on Dec. 19 a few more kids - and their parents - could check this item off their Bucket List.
By Vera Kochan

Published on December 8th, 2021
How to successfully request a gap year deferral
Some students choose to defer their undergraduate studies to take a gap year, using the time to work, travel, or volunteer. Aside from having a concrete gap year plan, students must ensure that they apply for a deferral at the college they plan to attend. The deferral ...By Elizabeth LaScala, Ph.D.

Published on December 8th, 2021
Live 'Nutcracker' ballet returns to the Orinda stage
The Orinda Ballet Academy & company will return live to the Orinda library auditorium stage Dec. 10 through 12 to perform Pyotr Tchaikovsky's classic ballet, "The Nutcracker." Evening performances of "A Sweet Dream Nutcracker" will be on Friday and Saturday at 6:30 ...By Sora O'Doherty

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