President’s Message August

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Orinda in August; wish you were here!

The Orinda Association’s July 4th parade this year had about 10,000 attendees in my estimation. Our success is due to the support of sponsors and volunteers. Join me in saying “thank you” to our terrific support system!

On Aug. 1, Startup Day recognizes the ingenuity, creativity and passion small businesses put into new ventures.  The day is a time for connecting entrepreneurs with lawmakers to create policies designed to promote small businesses.
Aug. 2 might be a perfect evening to “ditch the kids” to see Kindly Keep It Covered with Orinda Starlight Village Players. Swimmers, however, might go to bed early to get ready for the annual OMPA Championship Swim Meet, which will be held Aug. 3-5. The best part of the swim meet is all the painted and decorated family vehicles around town.   
Aug. 3 is International Beer Day, started in San Francisco to celebrate the art and science of brewing beer.  Participate by brewing your own beer.
Wrap up the weekend on Aug. 5 with Friendship Day. Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship 20 years ago to encourage acceptance of circumstances or customs of our local, national and regional communities
On Aug. 7, socialize with your neighbors at National Night Out, a campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. We have safe neighborhoods because we work together.  Or head to the Orinda Park for the last of the summer concerts on Aug. 7 and 14.
Aug. 9 is Book Lovers’ Day, to encourage you to pick up a book and spend the day reading. Reading can help reduce stress, keep your brain sharp and help you sleep better. Or head over to the cool Orinda Theatre for The Wizard of Oz, the good version from 1939, for free at 6:30. Maybe, you can grab some dinner from the Thursday night Food Trucks in front of the Community Center, especially if you choose to settle in for the Movie in the Park, Wonder, at dusk. Pace yourself on the popcorn!
Aug. 18 is the NorCal Kids Triathlon. The events are appropriate for the age and ability of kids 6-14 years of age. To volunteer to help or sign up to participate, go to norcalkidstri.org, or the Orinda Community Foundation (OCF) website.
The Best Show in Town is the Lamorinda Idol Finals on Aug. 19 at the Orinda Theatre! (see page 19) And it’s FREE!! Audience members vote for their favorite singer and past recipients affirm, “Every year the talent seems to get better.”
On Aug. 21, celebrate the twentieth year of National Senior Citizens Day, honoring our elderly population for the value and contributions of that age group to our society. Help our Seniors Around Town program by driving once a month.
Aug. 25 is Fandango! to celebrate the Joaquin Moraga Adobe. The festive evening will be the first event at our new Art & Garden Center at Wilder. It will feature authentic food and entertainment. Go to MoragaAdobe.org to get your
tickets.
Aug. 26 is Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which granted women the right to vote. The day is also Dog Appreciation Day, a day to celebrate your best four-legged friend while raising awareness about dog adoption.
August is a great time to enjoy Orinda.   Send a letter to somebody elsewhere “Wishing you were here” and add your new Orinda postal stamp!

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