Tree of Lights Honors Loved Ones During the Holiday Season

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer) In past years, crowds of local residents have gathered in Village Square to watch the tree lighting. Unfortunately, this year will not...

Orinda Ballet Returns with Nutcracker

(Patricia Tomlinson, Photographer)     Under the direction of owner and Artistic Director Patricia Tomlinson, the Orinda Ballet Academy announces their annual holiday ballet with a...

Orinda’s Most Visible Landmark Celebrates its 80th Anniversary

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)Derek Zemrak with his new book on his favorite movies flanked by advertisements for current and upcoming movies showing the diversity offered...

Citizen of the Year Awards Dinner a Stormy Night to Remember

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)Award recipients and presenters (L–R) Richard Westin, Tom Trowbridge, Melanie Light, Pete Hasselman, Candace Andersen, Sue Severson, and Amy Worth were named...

Hollywood Stars Join Local Author at Film Premiere

(Charleen Earley, Photographer) Kristine Carlson (right), formerly of Orinda, with actor Heather Locklear at the Orinda Theatre Thursday, Oct. 14. Locklear plays Carlson in the...

Newly Appointed Police Chief Ryan Sullivan Takes Helm in Orinda

(Sally Hogarty, PHotographer)Police Chief Ryan Sullivan settles into his new role as Orinda’s top cop.     Ryan Sullivan was selected by City Manager David Biggs...

City Council Tackles Need for Affordable Housing

(Jeff Heyman, Photographer)With its striking architecture and commanding view of Orinda Village, Monteverde Senior Apartments exemplifies a development project that includes affordable housing.     On Sept....

Officer Kevin Mooney Honored

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)     On Sept. 8, residents from Orinda and Moraga lined Moraga Way to honor Moraga Police Corporal Kevin Mooney, who died...

COVID-19 Keeping Orinda Schools on Its Toes

(Courtesy of OUSD) Orinda Union School District Superintendent Aida Glimme said they’re closely monitoring every COVID-19 case among their student and faculty population. COVID-19 cases...

Police Blotter – October 2021

Calls for ServiceAccident Injury: 1 incidentBattery: 1 incident: Paintbrush Ln.Burglary, Auto: 1 incident: Moraga WayBurglary, Residential: 1 incident: Crest View Dr.Carjacking: 1 incident: Orinda...

Save Your House from a Wildfire

(Courtesy MOFD)This shrub is in compliance with the fire code. It is placed two feet from the structure and there is one foot of...

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...

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,...

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...

4th of July Smaller Than Year’s Past, Large on Celebration

(Cindy Powell, Photographer) Thanks to the Hansen family and Van Laars for helping select this year’s parade award recipients.     Fresh out of 16 months...

Digital QR Code Tool to Access COVID-19 Vaccine Records

    In late June, California launched a digital tool for residents to access their COVID-19 vaccination records from the state’s immunization registry, adding...

First Saturday For Art Series

(Elana O’Loskey, Photographer)Christian Ehrhorn, pictured with his mixed media work, Peace And its Agents.     Christian Ehrhorn announces “First Saturday for Art,” an...

Off the Grid Food Responders Program Comes to Contra Costa

(Courtesy of San Francisco'a Off the Grid)Off The Grid is expanding their reach to Contra Costa County to help prepare for the upcoming fire...

MOFD Helps Homeowners Create Defensible Space for Themselves

(Dennis Reins, Photographer) Volunteer listens to Chief Winnacker at the onsite training for the Fire Adapted Community Ambassador program.     Despite all the information popping...

Nominations Now Open For The Orinda Citizen Of The Year 2020

    Do you have a person in mind to nominate for outstanding community service in 2020 in Orinda and/or over many years of...

Orinda Votes to Hold Parade Despite COVID-19 Concerns

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)The annual Fourth of July parade is back. With July 4 falling on a Sunday this year, the parade will start at...

Grab Your Chair, Hat and Mask: July 4 Promises Safety, Fun for All

(Contributed Photo)Michael Beller, who is walking in the parade with Orinda Library staff and volunteers with Friends of the Library, is patriotic from head...

Orinda and Moraga Residents Sign Petition for Baitx’ Recusal from MOFD

(Courtesy of MOFD)District 1 Board Member Gregory Baitx, an active firefighter and elected by Moraga residents of District 1, was asked to recuse himself...

Landmark Mental Health AB-988 Bill Passes Assembly this Month

    Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan’s (D-Orinda) mental health emergency crisis response legislation, AB 988, termed “landmark” by her staff, passed off the Assembly floor...

Orinda Library is Cooling Center

    Due to the excessive heat warnings, the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way, has been designated as a cooling center for the next...

Lamorinda Citizens Upset About MOFD Board Discussion

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)Lamorinda citizens were in an uproar of public concern when word got out that Moraga-Orinda Fire District (MOFD) Board of Directors allotted...

Want Your Powerlines Undergrounded? Read this First

(Chris Anderson, Photographer)Power lines are only the top wires on a pole. The lower lines are typically cable, phone, and Internet and are not...

Brookwood Road: Where Miscommunication Meets Fire Prevention Measures

(Tristan Shaughnessy, Photographer) A section of Brookwood Road after the city’s vegetation removal, compared to a 2019 Google Maps image.     In early May, Orinda’s...

Orinda July 4th Parade is Happening

    July 4, 2021 beginning at 11 a.m.    Save the date as The Orinda Association brings back Orinda’s popular hometown parade. Go...

Orinda Garden Club Launches Downtown Beautification Project

(Jane Wiser, Photographer)Orinda Garden Club members take a moment across from the Orinda Theatre before replanting pots and beautifying Orinda for spring. (L-R) Sue...

Moving Forward with Fire Prevention

(Ken Light, Photographer)Grant money in action: tree trimming and brush clearing on Via Farallon, organized by MOFD and the Orinda Firewise Council.     While...

Romantic Message Up In Lights

(Courtesy of Anonymous Contributor)     Contributed by an anonymous husband, who wrote, “I’ll bet some people are wondering about the meaning of the marquee...

Dick Burkhalter Helped so Many Experience the Joy of Giving

(Courtesy Of Bruce Burkhalter)Dick Burkhalter was honored in March as Rotarian of the Decade for his 31 years of service. He passed away on...

GoFundMe Campaign Delivered 1,000 Meals to Hospital Workers

(Courtesy of Lori A. Cheung)Volunteers met at the Orinda Library parking lot to load meals into this 1971 Ford fire engine owned by Michael...

David Biggs Hired as City Manager

(Courtesy of David Biggs)David Biggs named City Manager, effective April 5.     From a pool of 52 applicants, the Orinda City Council chose David...

And the Winners Are!

Previous Next     It may have been on a Zoom Webinar rather than the Orinda Theatre’s stage, but the winners of the Lamorinda Idol Winter...

City Council Presents Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Proclamation

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)Mayor Amy Worth presents the proclamation declaring March as Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month to the Peer to Peer Club co-president, Sophie...

Orinda School Children Finally Back on Campus

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)     After 11 months of distant-only learning, Orinda school children returned to school in a hybrid model that combines in-person and...

Orinda Essential Workers Chronicle Their Experiences

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer) Within one minute of receiving a 911 medical emergency call, firefighter and paramedic Josh David (above) at Orinda Fire Station 45, dons...

Local Groups Honor Doctors and Nurses While Supporting Orinda Restaurants

(Lynn Kalmar, Photographer)Evie Kalmar, a 4th grader at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, colors a thank you card for inclusion in lunch packages to frontline...

Orinda City Council Names Ten to New Oversight Commission

(Contributed PHoto)Yasaman Lee     In response to the voter-approved half-cent sales tax increase effective April 1, the Orinda City Council announced the Supplemental Sales...

COVID Delays but Doesn’t Nix Black History Month Lessons

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)Demonstrators at the June march and rally in Orinda to protest the murder of George Floyd and show people of color who...

Welcome New and Returning Office Leaders to Orinda and Moraga

(Courtesy Mayor Amy Worth)As newly elected Mayor of Orinda, Amy Worth said she will work with the Council and the community to implement the...

Defensible Space Clean-up Really Will Help Save Homes

(Courtesy of Cal Fire)More information about creating a defensible space can be found on the Cal Fire website at http://www.readyforwildfire.org/prepare-for-wildfire/ready-set-go.     Just...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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