A Message From the President – May 2022

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Orinda – Keep on Truckin’

    As the days grow warmer, The Orinda Association’s annual 4th of July Parade draws nearer! This year’s theme is “Orinda – Keep on Truckin’” – a salute to how resilient our community has been during these past difficult years.
    COVID-19, and the many restrictions that followed, posed challenges, but somehow we all managed to cope, solve logistical problems and live full lives. In other words, we kept on truckin’!
    Let’s all celebrate our accomplishments at this year’s parade and park concert on Monday, July 4!
    The day begins with the return of Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary’s popular pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m., followed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8063 flag-raising at 7:55 a.m. At 8 a.m., the Fun Run begins at the Community Center. Don’t miss the Friends of the Orinda Library book sale where great bargains can be found beginning at 9 a.m. in the Library Plaza.
    The parade starts at 10 a.m. in the Theatre District and weaves its way to the Village District. There are lots of great places to watch the parade that also allow for social distancing over the mile-plus parade route. After the parade, Three Day Weekend will take the fun up a notch with a concert in the park.
    But why not do more than just watch the parade. Why not be in the parade? Individuals and groups are all welcome. You’ll find a parade entry form at https://orindaassociation.org/4th-of-july-parade.
    Also on the website, you’ll find ways to support the parade by sponsoring one of the American flags that will hang throughout Orinda prior to July 4, purchasing a pole banner with your name on it and much more. Go to https://orindaassociation.org/parade-sponsor for information on all the ways you can help.
    While lots of your friends and neighbors have been busy for the past few months planning the 4th of July event, we also need volunteers the day before, during and after the event. Here’s a fun way to get involved, help our community and meet new people. To volunteer, email 4thofjuly@orindaassociation.org.
    And, finally, there will be hats! Trucker hats, in keeping with the theme, that will have Orinda boldly printed on the front. These hats, not to mention the theme of the parade, carry over to The Orinda Association’s next event – the Classic Car Show. Taking place Sept. 10, the car show features the same theme as well as paying homage to early electric cars!

Sally Hogarty can be reached at sally@theorindanews.com.

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