Jarret Zundel Studies Mandarin in Taiwan with Scholarship Program

(Brady Liao, Photographer0Jarret Zundel (right) with his new friend Marilyn Shi, a study abroad classmate, spent a Saturday night at a famous mall in...

Seasoned Shopper – November 2022

Let’s Get to the Root of Things     As cooler weather sets in, root vegetables rule the vegetable stands at the Orinda Farmers’ Market. They...

The Reel Less Traveled – November 2022

We Interrupt This Column…     Anyone who reads this column regularly knows the drill. I usually start out with an introductory paragraph and then go...

Artify Orinda Beautifies Drab Utility Boxes Around the City

(Maggie Boscoe, Photographer)     Artist Fiona M. Hughes stands next to the utility box she painted for the Artify Orinda project. It is located at...

Author Debbie Chinn’s Memoir Uncovers Stories of Immigration

(Courtesy of Ginna and David Gordon | Lucky Valley Press)Orinda book author Debbie Chinn completed her first book, Dancing in Their Light: A Daughter’s...

Installation of Pam Toki’s Shift

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)Pam Stefl Toki unveils Shift at the Orinda Library.     Oakland-based monoprint artist, Pam Stefl Toki, unveiled her work Shift at the Orinda...

Gingerbread House Contest

(Courtesy of Clu Soh | Unsplash.com)     Sponsored by Orinda-Tabor Sister City Foundation, a Gingerbread House contest takes place this holiday season for the first...

Lisa Gunn Showing at Orinda Books

(Lisa Gunn, Photographer)     Pilar Point oil painting 12” x 12” by artist Lisa Gunn, a 36-year Orinda resident. Her work is showcased at Orinda...

Retired Wagner Ranch Art Teacher Linda Kam Still Creating Beauty

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)Orinda artist Linda Kam always had a fond appreciation for the arts, which was encouraged by her father, an accomplished artist and...

Orinda Art Scene – November 2022

November in the Art Galleries at the Orinda Library and Wilder (David Fleisig, Photographer)David Fleisig began woodturning, making conventional bowls, platters and other items. Over time he started incorporating colors,...

Douglas Heine’s Full Circle

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)     Douglas Heine’s Full Circle, an inspiring, full-metal sculpture, has joined the public art collection at the Orinda Library. Heine (left) installed...

Pet of the Month – November 2022

(Mike Tunick, Photographer)     Mike Tunick said his husky, Hambone, enjoys chilly nights and especially near the lake at his recent trip to Tahoe. Visit...

Funny Side Up – November 2022

No Reason Needed to Give to Others from the Heart      “Just because” is what my late mom Sylvia would sign on the little...

City Council Honors Anne Parr for Decades of Teaching Ceramics

(Jeff Heyman, Photogarpher)Anne Parr, who taught ceramics classes at the Orinda Community Center for nearly 50 years, stands outside the kiln room that will...

Orinda Orchestra Members Perform at St. Stephen’s Church

(Courtesy of Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra)Five members of the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra are Orindans. (L-R) Barbara Hodgkinson, oboe, Betsy Barsamian-Teman, violin, Lisa Chow,...

Virtual Evacuation Exercises Conducted in Lamorinda by MOFD

(Julie Sparks, Photographer)Joe Grupalo from Zonehaven taught the MOFD Support Team how to be an “alerter” on their community website. With training, team members...

Car Time – November 2022

Expensive versus Good Value     How is an auto repair job determined to be expensive or a good value?    Unfortunately, many people look to the...

Police Blotter – November 2022

September 16 through October 15 Calls for Service Assault: 1 incident Burglary, Auto: 2 incidents: Rio Vista, Whitehall Dr. Burglary, Residential: 1 incident: undisclosed Death - Non-Criminal: 1 incident Drunk...

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...