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Best Hometown Parade Photos

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Emergency Forum Aims to Prepare Residents for Devastating Fire

(David Dierks, photographer)The Orinda Association hosted an Emergency Preparedness Forum with (L-R) Orinda Police Chief Mark Nagel, Lamorinda Community Emergency Response Team program manager Duncan Seibert and Moraga Orinda Fire District Fire Chief Dave Winnacker Missed...

Acalanes Halts Out-of-District Student Transfers

    For the first time in some 20 years the Acalanes Union High School District is shutting its doors to students outside its boundaries.    Starting with the next school year, the district...

13 Musical Groups Lined up to Entertain Througout the Day

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)First formed over 50 years ago, the East Bay Banjo Band always lends a cheerful twang to the best hometown parade.     Whether it’s hot jazz, an old-fashioned fiddle band or patriotic...

After the Parade, Loads of Fun Planned at Community Center Park

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)Face painters kept parade goers looking festive at last year’s celebration in the park.     When the last colorful float has passed and the last notes of the Orinda All-Volunteer Pick Up...

Seasoned Shopper – July 2019

Fire up the Grill for Fruits and Vegetables     Best hint for grilling all types of fruit is to use indirect heat (heat produced around the edge of the grill or when the coals...

Between the Lines – July 2019

Best Bets for Summer Reading     It’s that time of year again when our reading habits shift gear a little. The newspapers, Sunday supplements and public radio have all been doing their bit with...

Business Buzz -July 2019

(Elana O'Loskey, Photographer)Fire Ready owner Tim Opdyke works with his team to assess fire risk and provide fuel reduction for individual homes. Fire Ready: Fire Fuel Reduction Management    Tim Opdyke is a third-generation Orindan...

Lamorinda Arts Council to Open Art Gallery at Wilder

(Contributed Photo)     The Art Gallery at Wilder opens July 6 with its first artist reception. In cooperation with the city, Lamorinda Arts Council board member Denise Nomura, right, is handling curation of the...

Everyday Orinda – July 2019

Game of Strokes Summer. Is. Coming.     I’m late to the game. Game of Thrones, that is. I’ve somehow become a binge-watcher, a term I never envisioned owning.  As I routinely put my...

Skills of Ancient Civilization Come to Life at Historical Society Kick-Off Event

(Joel Gregor, Photographer) “Doc” Hale stands by a Native American tule house at the annual Ancient Ways Gathering held at Sugarloaf Open Space.     The Orinda Historical Society kicked off its latest season of...

Five Graduate from Holden High School

(Contributed Photo)     On Friday, June 7, five seniors graduated from Orinda’s Holden High School: Calvin van Eckhardt, Laela Balch, Andrew Bracken, Anya Upson and Peri Gould. Mawiyah Johnson, the school’s marketing and fundraising...

Fitness Tip – July 2019

Evolution and Fitness     The process of becoming fit is conceptually simple and applies to everybody. It spans the spectrum of people, from the sick and frail to professional athletes. Age and/or condition are...

Creative Writing Contest Winners

Audrey Lambert Julia Lima Chaya Tong Michael Lin     An abundance of writing talent marked the 2019 Poul Anderson Creative Writing contest as judges strived to select the top works from a bevy of well-written selections.   ...

The Reel Less Traveled – July 2019

Stars Come Out in the Sky and on the Screen This Month     I had initially thought that there might not be a column this month (or, at the very best, not so much...

Opera in the Park Returns July 28

(Contributed Photo)Mezzo-soprano Katja Heuzeroth is among the performers this year. The Rotary Club of Orinda and Solo Opera are teaming up again this summer to bring top notch opera to Community Center Park. The free performance is 5...

Friends of the Orinda Library Donation Room Closed until July 4

    The Orinda Library has too much of a good thing. Thanks to several recent large gifts, the donation and sorting rooms are overflowing. Library volunteers need time to process the materials. Those...

Gallery: Illuminating Illustrations and the Art of Wandering 

(Contributed Photo)A wine bottle is the artist’s canvas in Kath Balamuth’s My Chickadee, part of her Bala Bottles series.     Maggie Boscoe, Lamorinda Arts Council curator, invites the public to what she describes as,...