Orinda Around Town: News Briefs

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Miramonte High School Interact Club volunteer, Ethan Lee, delivers a dinner to former Mayor and Council Member Amy Worth at the 20th annual crab feed fundraiser on March 7, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Orinda and partnered with Casa Orinda Restaurant and Mike Lucas of Costa Norte, Inc.

Poul Anderson Creative Writing Competition Deadline is April 14
    The Friends of the Orinda Library announce the 2023 Poul Anderson Creative Writing Competition, which is open to all students who reside or attend high school in Orinda. Entry categories are Science Fiction/Fantasy, Essay/Memoir/Biography, Poetry and Short Story. Students may submit one item in any of the categories for a maximum of three entries. Submission deadline is midnight, April 14.
    Entries are judged by a local panel who are involved professionally in reading, writing or publishing. Awards go to the best-judged works, not necessarily one award per category. Up to four winners will each receive $500 at the end of the school year, underwritten by the Friends of the Orinda Library. The winning entries will be posted on the Friends’ website.
    The contest is named in honor of the late Poul Anderson, a popular science-fiction writer and Orinda resident, who was a true friend to the community for 40 years.
    Submit entries in PDF or Word formats with a contest entry form as attachments to an email. Additional instructions are on the entry form. Visit https://bit.ly/3JvrGc1.

Frank Isola Rotary Field Day is Back
    Rotary Club of Orinda partners with the Miramonte Track Team for the 70th Frank Isola Rotary Field Day for third to fifth graders at Miramonte Stadium, April 22 from 8 a.m. – noon. Field Day, which falls on Earth Day this year, is the longest Orinda tradition which gives older students the opportunity to volunteer and work with younger kids – and the younger kids get their first taste of being a “Big Kid” on the Miramonte track. For more information, visit www.orindafieldday.org or email rotarycluboforinda@gmail.com.

Successful 20th Annual Crab Feed
    Rotary Club of Orinda’s 20th annual crab feed fundraiser was a success.
    “It was our smoothest drive-thru crab feed yet, despite the occasional rain,” said Clay Deanhardt, Rotary member. “We raised close to $4,000 to support Rotary projects in the community.”
    The sold-out event, which partnered with Casa Orinda Restaurant and Mike Lucas of Costa Norte, Inc., supports Orinda businesses and nonprofit organizations, the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano Counties, Meals on Wheels and other Bay Area services. Thanks to those who bought the 204 dinners, our sponsors, Rotarian and fundraiser organizer Melissa Roeder, Rotarians, volunteers and Interact Club members of Miramonte High School.

DeSaulnier Announces 2023 Congressional Art Competition for Students
    Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-10) is hosting the 2023 Congressional Art Competition. High school artists living in California’s 10th Congressional District may submit original artwork to DeSaulnier’s office virtually through April 17. The winning piece, selected by local judges, will be announced at a reception following the deadline.
    “The creativity and talent shown by the students in our district never fails to amaze me,” wrote DeSaulnier in a press release. “I am looking forward to hosting this competition once again and seeing all of this year’s wonderful 
    The victorious artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol and the successful artist is invited to Washington D.C. to attend a national reception honoring winners from around the country. Submissions must be emailed to Kaylee.deland@mail.house.gov no later than 5 p.m., April 17.
    The nationwide competition recognizes and encourages artistic talent in each congressional district across the nation. Since 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. For complete contest guidelines and submissions forms, visit https://desaulnier.house.gov/services/congressional-art-competition. For more information or help submitting artwork, call 925.933.2660.

Compiled by Charleen Earley, who can be reached at editor@theorindanews.com.

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