Around Town: Orinda News Briefs – November 2022

(Courtesy of Steven Burchik)
Author Steven Burchik presents “Compass and a Camera, A Year in Vietnam” for “The Vietnam War: Two Perspectives,” a free presentation at the Lafayette Library Learning Center at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 10.

The Vietnam War: Two Perspectives
    Since the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration in 2012, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has been a committed, commemorative partner, vowing to meet the primary objective to “thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice, with distinct recognition of former prisoners of war and families of those still listed as missing in action.”
    The Acalanes DAR Chapter hosts “The Vietnam War: Two Perspectives,” a free presentation at the Lafayette Library Learning Center, Don Tatzin Community Hall (across the library plaza), at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 10.
    Author Steven Burchik presents “Compass and a Camera, A Year in Vietnam.” While serving in Vietnam, Burchik used his camera to document the daily life of soldiers, and later published a book of the photographs.
    DAR member, Leslie Pfeifer, presents “Flying Tigers and the Vietnam War.” During the Vietnam War, Pfeifer served as a flight attendant on military charter flights to and from Vietnam for Flying Tiger Line. She made more than 75 trips accompanying American soldiers into and out of Vietnam war zones. Her presentation includes a brief history of the original Flying Tigers during the Sino-Japanese War and World War II, followed by her experiences as a Vietnam War flight attendant.
    Register at
vietnam-Nov22 or contact Bonnie Gallogly at 925.286.3805 for more information.
Orinda City Council Community Service Positions Available for 2023
    The Orinda City Council holds interviews each year to fill upcoming term expirations on the city’s commissions, committees and representative seats on regional boards.
    Upcoming term expirations follow: Planning Commission (two positions), Parks & Recreation Commission (two positions), Supplemental Sales Tax Oversight Commission (three positions), Historic Landmarks Committee (three positions), Art in Public Places Committee (one position), Finance Advisory Committee (two positions), Traffic Safety Advisory Committee (two positions), County Library Commission (one Orinda representative) and Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging (one Orinda representative).
    If interested, fill out a Statement of Interest by Jan. 13, 2023. View description of various City commissions/committees at View, print and submit your interest form to City Clerk Sheri Smith at

EBMUD Construction at Orinda Water Treatment Plant
    The East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) begins construction this month on a major project at the Orinda Water Treatment Plant (OWTP) at 190 Camino Pablo. The plant serves 800,000 customers daily.
    For almost a century, OWTP has treated pristine water from the Sierra Nevada foothills through filtration and disinfection steps. Primarily because of climate change, EBMUD said the source water quality will be affected. More severe and frequent droughts, rising temperatures, algae blooms and wildfires are the direct contributors. EBMUD therefore confirmed it’s embarking on “critical treatment process improvements to ensure clean, reliable water into the future.”
    EBMUD spokesman said, “the $325.7 million project will make reliability improvements to include a new ultraviolet disinfection (UV) facility to better treat viruses and pathogens, a new chlorine contact basin to reduce the formation of disinfection byproducts and improvements to chemical systems.”
    Construction activity will take place primarily at the treatment plant with demolition of the existing maintenance buildings to make room for the future UV facility, followed by drilling piles to support facility excavation beginning early 2023.
    Construction-related work hours will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with most activities confined to the Orinda Water Treatment Plant site.
    EBMUD and contractor, Flatiron West, Inc., will have traffic control and flaggers in place during periods of significant truck traffic. This will expedite concrete delivery and off hauls while ensuring safety of nearby residents and pedestrians
    For more information, visit Direct questions to

Free Parent Enrichment Series
    Members of the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church host a free parent enrichment series from The Kindness Diaries, titled “The Gift of Love” (Episode 1), Nov. 9 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Pizza, bottled water and childcare are provided, followed by a Q and A with a marriage and family therapist, after the short film. Throughout the series, Leon travels the world relying entirely on the kindness of strangers for food, shelter and gas for his vintage motorcycle. Looking for the good in humanity, the film looks at the nature of generosity and gives glimpses into the hearts of selfless people. Random acts of kindness are repaid in unexpected gifts. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is located at 66 St. Stephens Dr.

Compiled by Charleen Earley, who can be reached at

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