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City Council Gives Green Light for Memory Care Facility at Wilder

Wilder Owners to File Law Suit (Contributed Graphic) A 3D render of the proposed Countryhouse Memory Care facility.     The Orinda City Council unanimously passed Resolution 02-21, approving the 38-bed Countryhouse Memory Care Facility at 1...

OUSD Kinder/TK Registration – February

    Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration for children entering an Orinda public school in August 2021 will be open Feb. 1 – 4. Register your child on those dates here: www.orindaschools.org.      Kindergarten...

Accessory Dwelling Units: Granny Flats to Luxurious Digs

(Ben Munday - Connect Homes, Photographer)Ben and Sara Munday live in a Connect-Homes main residence with a detached accessory dwelling unit, used as an office and guest bedroom. The all-inclusive cost is $279.000.    ...

Community Concern for Orinda Cats

(Photo Courtesy of Billie Cummings)Isabella Honeyford of Pleasant Hill holds a litter composed of two sets of twins from Community Concern for Cats. She and her mother, as part of a mother-daughter adventure, are particularly...

Council Continues Memory Care Appeal

(Contributed Graphic)     Orinda’s City Council has continued the appeal by Wilder Owners’ Association on a 38-bed, 32,084 square-foot, congregate memory care facility to Jan. 19. The project at 1 Wilder Road had been...

Apply to Serve on a City Commission or Committee

The City of Orinda is seeking applications from resident volunteers to serve on the City’s:     Planning Commission (2 positions)     Parks & Recreation Commission (3 positions)     (New) Supplemental Sales Tax Oversight Commission (7-10 positions)    ...

City Council and Staff Eager About Measure R Strategy in Orinda

(Courtesy of the Moraga Orinda Fire District)This new chipper purchased by MOFD will help remove excess fuel from properties.     Orinda, poised to exert tremendous energy and good will, will transform itself into a...

China Expert, Larry Lamborn, Speaker at First Friday Forum

(Contributed Photo)Col. Larry Lamborn, a former CIA agent, will speak on Jan. 8 via Zoom for the First Friday Forum. His topic is called Encirclement of Asia.     The First Friday Forum (FFF)...

Wagner Ranch Nature Area Provides Joy for Children in the Outdoors

(William Hudson, Photographer)Ayla Montane (standing) and Sabrina Sellers pause for a minute on a valley oak that fell during a storm, while walking the trails of the Wagner Ranch Nature Area, along with their...

Book Author’s Medical Thriller Releases in Days

(Courtesy of Deborah Greenberg)Unnatural, written by Deborah Greenberg (penname Deven Greene), is a 284-page medical thriller, the first in a trilogy and is slated to release Jan. 7.     Many talented residents, especially book...

The Reel Less Traveled – January 2021

Veering Towards the Edge     Knowing your audience keys the usefulness of a column like this. Even though I fancy myself a bit of a misanthrope, I have lived in the Lamorinda area more...

Library Gallery: Safari Photos of Rare African Animals

(Jeffrey Halliday, Photographer)Jeffrey Halliday snapped this African Darter (Anhinga rufa) photo while it was drying its 47” wingspan; it usually swims underwater with only its head and neck visible.     The Lamorinda Arts Council presents photographs...

Wilder Gallery: A New Year Awash in Vibrant Color

(Rashmi Rajesh, Photographer)Artist Rashmi Rajesh’s 28” x 22” oil painting, Perception, can be described as abstract Impressionism, because it suggests a point of view from above the clouds over a body of water.     ...

Seasoned Shopper – January 2021

It’s Citrus Season     Orinda’s farmers’ market is bursting with citrus. Sweet navel oranges, found year-round, now find themselves joined by mandarins, blood oranges, the popular Cara Cara and pomelos.    A loose fitting...

Orinda Trivia Buff Competes on Jeopardy!

(Kathleen Ostler, Photographer)Gabriel Ostler enjoys reading Alex Trebek’s book titled, The Answer Is . . .: Reflections on My Life. The book was given to Ostler during the June taping of the show,...

Everyday Orinda – January 2021

The Year Not in Review     I’m pretty sure my Muse has coronavirus. She’s nowhere to be found, and, if she does indeed have The Rona, I probably don’t want her visiting me anyway....

Exhilarating Process for Miramonte High School Student Magazine Staff

(Moona Nandi, Photographer)Miramonte’s Journalism Club students (L-R) Alex Finegan, Mia Singleton, Chaya Tong, Scarlett Mosher, Miriam Yee and Olivia Eukel, proudly showcase their 2018-19 issue of Writer’s Mag. Their 2020 issue was designed and...

Nonprofit Girls Crushing It Creates Girlpreneurs and Confidence

(Shelly Hamalian of Shutterbug94549)Catherine Foster, Orinda resident and Founder of Falaloops, an accessories business launched through the Girls Crushing It program.     How do you build confidence and develop leadership and financial skills in...

Pivoting to Hybrid Learning Soon

(Alicia Keenan, Photographer)Miramonte junior Ania Keenan has a “classroom” in her bedroom that she uses for distance learning.     Although Contra Costa County remains in the state’s COVID-19 Purple Tier, the Acalanes Union...

Financial News – January 2021

Prop 19 Creates Planning Need     The most prominent Proposition 19 ads marketed the law as a loosening of rules to assist wildfire victims. The recently passed proposition accomplishes that, but is likely to...