A Message from the OA President – August 2022


On to the Car Show!

    What a 4th of July we had in Orinda! The weather was perfect, the entries colorful and the crowd enthusiastic.
    A very special thank you to my parade co-chair Marianne Moser, who pulled together all the incredible volunteers (many showing up at 6 a.m. to set up the sound system and pop-up tents) as well as coordinating the great decorations and much more. The parade would not have happened without you!
    I also want to thank the City of Orinda for all their support. The City’s police force coordinated with our volunteers to keep everyone safe while Parks and Rec Director Todd Trimble and Facilities and Park Supervisor Steve Ehrhardt and their crew not only set up the pancake breakfast but helped us out when little emergencies happened before, during and after the parade. Marianne and I can’t thank them enough. Whenever we yelled “help,” Todd and Steve responded immediately!
    If you were not able to purchase one of our Orinda trucker hats (we sold out at the parade!), you can order online at http://www.orindaassociation.org or stop by the OA office in the Library Plaza, directly across from the elevator. We’re open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
    With the 4th of July a pleasant memory, it’s now time to ramp up for The Orinda Association’s Classic Car Show. This year’s event takes place Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
    The 18th Orinda Classic Car Show has the same theme as the 4th of July – Keep on Truckin.’ Actually, the 4th of July committee stole the theme from the car show! A special exhibit of vintage pick-up trucks (stock and custom or resto-mod) as well as exotic, electric vehicles is planned by co-chairs Bill Waterman and Jill Gelster and their hard-working committee of car enthusiasts.
    The event kicks off with Orinda Rotary’s Dancing with the Cars Sept. 9 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Orinda Community Center’s Upper Plaza Level. “A Night in Havana” is the fun theme and features a spicy evening of food, fun and (of course) fundraising for a variety of community projects that benefit our schools, our seniors, local arts programs and more. For more details, go to orindarotaryfundraiser@gmail.com.  
    Those who wish to enter their trucks, cars or motorcycles in the Saturday car show can still do so at www.orindacarshow.com.
    Proceeds from the car show benefit the OA’s Seniors Around Town (SAT) program as well as other local charities. SAT has provided over 1,000 free rides to Orinda seniors in both 2020 and 2021 and is on track to provide an even greater number for 2022.
    For more information on the car show, please go to www.orindacarshow.com or www.orindaassociation.org.

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