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Published on August 2nd, 2023
What is Eligibility in the Local Context?
ELC is a program that guarantees students in the top 9% of their California high school class admission into the University of California system. Students must also earn at least a 3.0 GPA and they must have fulfilled the A-G course requirements. You can find a list ...By Elizabeth LaScala, PH.D.

Published on August 2nd, 2023
Enjoy this zany farce under the stars
The Orinda Starlight Village Players' (OrSVP) production of Ray Cooney's "It Runs in the Family," directed by Suzan Lorraine and Jill Gelster will run through Aug. 12 at the Orinda Community Center Park Amphitheater. Set in a hospital, this British farce sees Dr. ...Submitted by David Dierks

Published on August 2nd, 2023
A Brighter Day provides resources for teens struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide
In January 2015, Lafayette resident and founder of A Brighter Day, Elliot Kallen and his wife Tammy, got the kind of news that is every parent's worst nightmare. Their son Jake, 19, died by suicide while away at college at the University of Montana.
By Vera Kochan

Published on July 19th, 2023
Family Focus
We're encouraged to have yearly physical exams with our physicians, and of course we're also advised to check out any physical symptoms we may be experiencing. In addition, many people are seeing the importance of psychotherapy to help them with emotional concerns and ...By Margie Ryerson, MFT

Published on July 19th, 2023
ALO returns to the Bruns Amphitheater to headline two-day festival
Paper Moon Presents’is thrilled to welcome the return of popular’"jam-pop" band’ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)’to the beautiful and intimate’Cal Shakes/Bruns Amphitheater’for a two-day festival on’Saturday, Aug. 5 (5 p.m.), and Sunday, Aug. 6 (1 p.m.)’set amongst ...Submitted by Denise Lamott

Published on July 19th, 2023
Miramonte student makes professional dance debut at Lesher
Rising Miramonte High School junior and basketball player Avya Poddatoori, 15, has spent most of his summer in his living room. Since June, he and his dance teacher have rehearsed Bharatanatyam, a form of Indian classical dance, for five hours every day. This intense ...By Ashley Dong

Published on July 19th, 2023
Water fun at Family Camp Out helps beat the heat
The mercury stood at the century mark. But the scorching heat didn't dissuade 162 kids, parents and grandparents from attending the annual Moraga Family Camp Out, held this year on Saturday, July 15 at Rancho Laguna Park. And hot fun it was! Camp tents were erected in ...By Jeff Heyman

Published on July 5th, 2023
Looking Good in Lamorinda
Summer has arrived and it seems everyone I know is traveling to such places as Sweden, Italy, Alaska, and I just returned from San Juan Island in Washington State where I attended a wedding.
By Moya Stone

Published on July 5th, 2023
Got a rodent problem? Working Cats could be the answer
For nearly 10 years, Oakland Animal Services has been running a successful Working Cat Program designed to encourage folks with rat, mice, vole, or even gopher problems to adopt feral cats.
By Vera Kochan

Published on June 21st, 2023
Stanley OM team takes first in Spontaneous competition at World Finals
Seven Stanley Middle School seventh-graders - Sanika Khamkar, Lauren Brekke, Shriya Lind, Sophia Moore, Raini Chugh, Aleah Mathai-Jackson and David Siu - were big winners at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in East Lansing, Michigan held at the end of May.’The ...Submitted by Sejal Choksi-Chugh

Published on June 21st, 2023
Young musicians bring classical music to life at Moraga backyard concert
On a sunny and warm Sunday afternoon on April 30 in Moraga, music enthusiasts were treated to a delightful outdoor concert hosted by a Moraga resident. The event featured talented young musicians from the Young People's Symphony Orchestra (YPSO) and the Young Chamber ...Submitted by Nadia Liu & YPSO parents

Published on June 21st, 2023
What is dementia?
My mother cannot remember anything. She must have dementia! This might be wrong. Just because someone is past a certain age and having problems with short-term memory does not necessary mean she has a dementia; it could actually be an infection, dehydration, ...By Linda Fodrini-Johnson

Published on June 21st, 2023
'The Steed' - An epic adventure in the steppes of central Asia
The story of Chuluun, the young boy, and Rusty, his horse, is an engrossing tale of love, courage and loyalty. This epic film coming to Orinda from Mongolia on June 23 is also a universal reflection on the connection to roots and homeland. Director Erdenbileg Ganbold ...By Sophie Braccini

Published on June 21st, 2023
Orinda photographer has natural affinity for Animal Rights activism
In countries around the world, people during the third week of June annually celebrate Animal Rights Awareness Week. This year, the global event takes place June 19-25 and as it has since it was established in 1991, the weeklong tribute provides opportunity for ...By Lou Fancher

Published on June 21st, 2023
SMC's River of Words 2023, a youth art and poetry competition, sparked dramatic results
Although the Saint Mary's College art exhibit, "River of Words: The Natural World as Viewed by Young People," closed a few days ago, the winning entries that were on display left an indelible mark in the artistic world with regards to the imprint left by today's youth ...By Vera Kochan

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