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Published on November 9th, 2022
SMC Dance Company's collective dance concert, 'Unveiling,' Nov. 17
Do you ever have overripe bananas? It always happens to us, because it seems that whenever I buy bananas, we never eat all of them before they start to get mushy and brown. What do you do with mushy bananas? That's when I freeze them for banana bread, which does get ...By Jennifer Wake


Published on November 9th, 2022
Lamorinda Veteran's Day vigils planned
A Veterans Memorial is scheduled from 9 to ...By Jennifer Wake


Published on November 9th, 2022
What lurks beneath Saint Mary's College?
On a rather balmy, late October evening, Moraga's Saint Mary's College offered a free event sponsored by the SMC Alumni Office, calling it "Brews & Boos." The title is rather self-explanatory for an experience that begins in the campus' The 1928 Pub and features a tour ...By Vera Kochan


Published on October 26th, 2022
Matador Express delivers rock music to high schoolers
As students devoured their lunches between classes on Oct. 20, a harmony rang out across the Miramonte quad very different from the usual murmur of conversations: rock and roll. During lunch, the high schoolers listened to their fellow students perform a selection of ...By Casey Scheiner


Published on October 26th, 2022
Every kid's dream - a new toy store opens in Lafayette
The toy store chain known as Five Little Monkeys has opened its seventh store in Lafayette (3527 Wilkinson Lane in La Fiesta Square), taking up residence in the space formerly occupied by Cake Box Bakery. The company's other locations are in Albany, Berkeley, ...By Vera Kochan


Published on October 26th, 2022
At 95, local sculptor continues craft
Imagine for a moment that you are nearly 95 years old, a widower for 28 of those years, and legally blind. As you lie down to take a nap, what do you suppose passes through your mind as you are in that twilight zone between awake and asleep?
By Geoffrey Meredith



Published on October 26th, 2022
Worsley returns to Cal Shakes as executive director
California Shakespeare Theater's board of directors˙announced Oct. 4 that Managing Director˙Sarah Williams˙will depart the Bay Area nonprofit theater organization following three years at the helm. Veteran arts leader, actor, and advocate˙Clive Worsley˙has been named ...Submitted by Kevin Kopjak


Published on October 26th, 2022
Family Focus
"Young people need something stable to hang on to˙- a culture connection, a sense of their own past, a hope for their own future. Most of all, they need what grandparents can give them.." ~ Jay Kesler
By Margie Ryerson, MFT


Published on October 26th, 2022
Halloween events planned to brighten the season
In addition to enjoying spooky (or somewhat silly) decorations displayed in Lamorinda neighborhoods (skeletons seem to be the popular item this year), community members can enjoy a few fall events for Halloween, such as the Halloween Harvest Festival at the Moraga ...By Jennifer Wake


Published on October 26th, 2022
At Casa Orinda, the spirits aren't only the kind you drink
The popular fine dining restaurant, Casa Orinda (casaorindarestaurant.com), known since 1932 for its hearty fare and cowboy-type ambience, seems to have a bevy of guests remaining on the premises long after closing hours.
By Vera Kochan


Published on October 12th, 2022
'Take It or Leave It,' an accurate and tender look at fatherhood and male identity
Estonia, next to Russia on the Baltic sea, is two hours by ferry away from its richer Finish neighbor. In the movie "Take it or Leave it (Vota voi j„ta)" Erik is one of these Estonian workers who live and work in Finland and go back to Estonia as often as possible. The ...By Sophie Braccini


Published on October 12th, 2022
The most important essay you will write for your college applications
After the personal essay is done many students think the hardest part of their application is behind them. In my view, the personal essay is the easier part. In many ways and for many reasons, it is simpler to write about yourself than it is to write about a college ...By Elizabeth LaScala


Published on October 12th, 2022
Gold Coast Chamber Players presents 'Folk Inspired,' Nov. 5
The Gold Coast Chamber Players continue their 23rd Season with "Folk Inspired" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 in the Don Tatzin Community Hall at the Lafayette Library. All concerts will be recorded and ticket holders have access to this Digital Concert Hall, making it ...Submitted by Pamela Freund-Striplen


Published on October 12th, 2022
Town Hall Theatre reintroduces itself with Oct. 15 Open House
Contra Costa's oldest continually-operating theatre company has used the difficulties of the last two-and-a-half years as an opportunity to create a new and unique kind of community-based theatre company. In an open house at 6 p.m. on Oct. 15, Town Hall Theatre wants ...Submitted by Elizabeth Curtis


Published on October 12th, 2022
Upcoming SMC performing arts events set to sparkle
The Saint Mary's College Performing Arts Department has an incredible lineup of wonderful events in the weeks to come, starting with the free Student Recital Series on Wednesdays, Oct. 19 and Nov. 2 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the SMC Chapel. The student recital series ...By Jennifer Wake



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