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Published on August 4th, 2021
Lynn's Top Five
In the past two years we've been on quite the roller coaster ride with markets both swooning and swelling. For good reasons, we've been glued to the news wondering when it will be safe to travel, eat out and most basically, hug our friends and family! And despite the ...By Lynn Ballou CFPr


Published on August 4th, 2021
Tackle summertime sizzle with refreshing fruit-filled rosˇ sangria
We love a good summery cocktail and there is almost nothing more refreshing for an afternoon in the backyard than a pitcher of fruity sangria. With hints of strawberry, orange, grapefruit, lime, cucumber and mint, this drink is sure to make you and your guests happy! ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on August 4th, 2021
The entrepreneurial endeavors of one local comic book creator
As a boy growing up in Sunnyvale, Mel Smith, like most kids his age, read comic books. He liked them a lot. As an adult now living in Orinda, Smith still likes comic books. Actually, he more than likes them. He earns his living writing, drawing, producing and ...By Diane Claytor


Published on August 4th, 2021
A man and his show horse, Dude
Longtime Lafayette resident Tim Wilbur, who has owned horses since his first Shetland pony at the age of 6, recently purchased a retired show horse, originally trained by Cavalia, a world-wide traveling troop similar to Cirque du Soleil, but with horses in addition to ...By John T. Miller


Published on July 21st, 2021
Watermelon contest winner!
Ren Parker, age 9, was declared the winner of the July 4 Moraga Farmers' Market watermelon eating contest. Approximately a dozen children participated in the contest, with the goal for contestants to eat as much watermelon as possible in 90 seconds without using their ...Submitted by Masaki Hirayama


Published on July 21st, 2021
Having a Good Relationship with Your Adult Children, Part 2
One glaring behavior that interferes with having good relationships with children 18 and older is when parents give unsolicited advice. I think we all know this, but sometimes it's just hard to stifle ourselves. And sometimes, our innocuous comments may be mis ...By Margie Ryerson, MFT


Published on July 21st, 2021
Kiku Sushi & Vegetarian offers fresh options for all
Kiku Sushi & Vegetarian opened its doors on May 18 on the west side of Lafayette Circle. Kiku's original location, Kiku Sushi, in Berkeley on Gilman Avenue has been open for 10 years.
By Jenn Freedman


Published on July 21st, 2021
Headlands Brewing Co., a new family-friendly hangout
Headlands Brewing Co. opened its doors May 28 on the east side of Mt. Diablo Boulevard in Lafayette, adjacent to Bonehead's Texas BBQ. The taproom features a 20-tap floating draught tower, two outdoor patios with fire pits, family and dog-friendly landscaping, and live ...By Jenn Freedman


Published on July 21st, 2021
Gold Coast Chamber Players return to the stage in September
Named Best Concert Series of the East Bay in 2021 by Diablo Magazine, the Gold Coast Chamber Players return to the stage on Sept. 18 with a series of five concerts. Each performance is held at the Don Tatzin Community Hall at the Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt. Diablo ...Submitted by Pamela Freund-Striplen


Published on July 21st, 2021
Janice Peacock: Author, artist, teacher
Lamorinda resident Janice Peacock is always challenging herself. Whether it's mastering techniques in glass art, writing a mystery series, or picking up computer skills thanks to COVID-19, she's always learning something new.
By Jeff Gomez


Published on July 7th, 2021
Pacific Chamber Orchestra returns to concert stage
Pacific Chamber Orchestra's first program of its 2021-22 season is themed "Renewal" and will be performed at 7:30 p.m. July˙17 in Moraga at the Campolindo Performing Arts Center and at 3 p.m. July˙18 in Livermore at the Bankhead Theater. Music Director Lawrence Kohl ...Submitted by Shelly Rose


Published on July 7th, 2021
Looking Good in Lamorinda
When we were on lockdown last year, I never stopped wearing jewelry. In fact, I dug out some long forgotten pieces. Every day I'd don something different, something I hadn't worn in ages. Wearing jewelry while staying home lifted my spirits.
By Moya Stone



Published on July 7th, 2021
'The Silent Revolution' ('Das schweigende Klassenzimmer'): coming of age during the Cold War
Films based on true stories have a special way to grip you. "Silent Revolution" is one of these. Set in East Germany in 1956 during the Cold War, it follows a class of graduating high school students confronted with decisions that will define who they are and change ...By Sophie Braccini


Published on July 7th, 2021
The beat goes on! How to get back on track with your post-pandemic financial planning
It's perhaps premature and too optimistic to say we are in a true post-pandemic phase now, however, it appears that there is light at the end of the dark tunnel. Which means it is absolutely time to shake out the dust and brush off the cobwebs to clearly review and ...By Lynn Ballou CFPr


Published on July 7th, 2021
The illusion of 'test optional' colleges
With the COVID-19 pandemic and the onset of nearly universal distance learning for all high school students, both parents and students have been relieved to hear that many college admission procedures are going "test optional" this year. While "test optional" does ...By Elizabeth LaScala, Ph.D.



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