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Car Show Honors First Responders

(David Dierks, Photographer) Bill Merkel’s 2005 Dodge Viper Copperhead Roadster appeared at the 2018 Orinda Classic Car Show.     After transforming into a virtual car tour in 2020, the annual Orinda Classic Car Show is...

Serial ADA Lawsuit Filer Impacts Several Local Businesses

(Diane Earnes, Photographer)ADA lawsuits have struck Lamorinda businesses, including Orinda’s Genuine Goodness, resulting in temporary and permanent closures in the community.     Multiple Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits have hit small Lamorinda businesses...

Orinda Scouts Receive Coveted 2020 Mott Environmental Award

(Wade Barrett, Photographer) Eagle Scout Arman Marchiel’s Pond Turtle Reintroduction Project with protected turtle house. Mr. T. (above) enjoys his new home.     Since 1957, Orinda Scouts have beautified areas around the city and enhanced...

OUSD Looks at Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

(Courtesy of OUSD)As OUSD starts the new school year, it continues its work to improve equity and inclusion, trying to uphold its motto that “Everyone belongs here.”     In 2017, the Orinda Union School...

There’s Magic in the Air for this Year’s Three Quarter Century Club Meeting

(Courtesy of Geroge Hardeen)George Hardeen, Harry Houdini’s grandnephew, will share stories about the most celebrated illusionist and escape artist in the world on Sept. 29 via Zoom, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.    ...

September Stories by Starlight

(Monica Bonnington, Photographer)Bruce Kaplan (L) and Kim Saunders performed in the first Stories by Starlight production, Tartuffe. Stories by Starlight continues Sept. 10 through Oct.3.     The Orinda Starlight Village Players (OrSVP) resume the...

Cal Shakes The Winter’s Tale Sept. 1-26

(Courtesy of Ulises Alcala)“Exit, pursued by a bear” is a famous stage direction in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale taking place at the Bruns Amphitheater Sept. 1-26. Normally, a bear is never seen onstage but...

Financial News – September 2021

Valuing IPOs and Stocks     An initial public offering (or IPO) is the act of a company or its existing shareholders selling some of the company’s shares and then allowing the general public to...

Tot Drop Preschool Takes A Different Approach to Childcare

(Ruth Kaiser, Photographer)The Tot Drop Preschool has been around for more than 20 years and will be reopening in the near future for in-person classes.     As a preschool teacher in the ‘90s, Orinda...

Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary HOME Team Volunteers Back in Action

(Courtesy Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary)Leander Hauri, of Lafayette, makes a repair as a member of Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary’s HOME Team, which resumes service Sept. 25.      After 18 months of forced hibernation, Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary’s HOME...

Wilder Gallery: Open Ended Paintings Explore the Unexpected

(Courtesy of Katie Korotzer) Katie Korotzer’s 60” x 60” acrylic on canvas painting Open Ended VIII is part of a series of large works she completed during COVID-19 quarantine. She used elements of writing and...

Library Gallery: Paintings and Lace Tatting Demo by Yuka Yoshi

    The Lamorinda Arts Council presents Kath Balamuth and Lassie Colebourn’s paintings and lace tatting by Yuka Yoshi in the virtual and in-person Art Gallery at the Orinda Library from September 1 –...

The Reel Less Traveled – September 2021

ONE STEP BACK or YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST     I remember from long ago the dread I felt as September approached. Like some harbinger of doom, the calendar would gleefully display the days...

Volunteer Hours Win Awards at Boys Team Charity

(Courtesy Julie W. Oliver)Here is the class of 2025 volunteering at White Pony.     A recent press release by Boys Team Charity announced 14 team members were recognized for earning “25+ philanthropic hours during...

Everyday Orinda – September 2021

Birthin’ Pains     My mother-in-law once described herself as an O.P. smoker, meaning she never purchased her own cigarettes, but occasionally enjoyed a puff of someone else’s, creating the term “Other People’s” (cigarette) smoker....

Alex Meckes and Owen Pines Honored as Eagle Scouts

(Andy Pines, Photographer)Owen Pines of Troop 303 in Orinda attained Scouts BSA’s highest rank, Eagle Scout, on Sept. 22, 2020. Due to COVID-19 delays, his formal recognition ceremony, the Eagle Court of Honor, took...

Seasoned Shopper – September 2021

Fall Abundance at the Market     Sweet or savory? Breakfast or lunch? DJ from La Crepe a Moi is ready to create your favorite crepe at the Saturday Orinda Farmer’s Market.   DJ gathers local...

Police Blotter – September 2021

Calls for Service911 Hangup: 24 incidentsAbandoned Vehicle: 3 incidentsAlarm, False: 85 incidentsAccident Injury: 2 incidentsAccident Property: 6 incidentsBarking Dog: 1 incidentBattery: 2 incidentsBurglary, Auto: 2 incidents: Bear Creek Rd., Camino SobranteBurglary, Commercial: 1 incident:...

Virtual Evacuation Prepares Local Residents for Fire Season

(Courtesy of MOFD)During the virtual evacuation the morning of July 31, 26 first responder representatives attended the field portion of the exercise and learned new tactics for delivering better service for the upcoming fire...