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Call for entries for LAC High School Visual Arts Competition
The Lamorinda Arts Council will host its 16th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition from Feb. 14 to March 14 at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library. This annual exhibition provides the community a wonderful opportunity to view a wide range of creative, original ...Submitted by Diane Athanasiou

Contra Costa County High School Mock Trial seeks volunteers with legal expertise
Bay Area soon-to-be, practicing, and retired law professionals are needed to provide assistance to their future brethren at the upcoming 38th Annual Contra Costa County High School Mock Trial Program, held on seven early weekday evenings during late January and early ...Submitted by Jonathan Lance

Lynn's Top Five
Do you make New Year's resolutions? Turns out that although many of us do, studies indicate that far less than half of us will succeed in accomplishing them! So instead of making some resolutions we may never actually achieve, let's take a different view and create a ...By Lynn Ballou CFPr

Sampling four centuries of chamber music with a purpose
Four Bay Area chamber music organizations are pooling their inspiration thanks to the initiative of Pamela Freund-Striplen, the leader of the Lafayette-based Gold Coast Chamber Players. The new entity, called the Bay Area Music Consortium, not only creates an economy ...By Sophie Braccini

Make a resolution to go to the gym? These folks have been going for years
We all know the story: you make a New Year's resolution that this year will finally be the time you hit the gym - and keep it up! In January, the gyms are bursting at the seams, but by February, there seems to be a lot more space. Here are the stories of some people ...By Sora O'Doherty

Weekend getaway
Move over State Capitol. Downtown Commons, aka DOCO, is quickly moving up on the "reasons to visit Sacramento" ladder and is taking a well-deserved spot as the area's top entertainment attraction. Yes, the majestic white dome will always maintain its lure for the ...By Fran Miller

Live Poets Society - second episode
A community that prides itself in its sophistication and prizes literary achievements could only welcome with warmth the initiatives taken by Lafayette-Orinda poet laureate Amy Glynn. Last year she organized the first Live Poets Society reading, which was excellent; ...By Sophie Braccini

THT announces an 'In the Wings' staged reading of Anna Ziegler's 'Boy'
Next up in Town Hall Theatre's staged reading series "In the Wings" is a one-night only reading of "Boy," a moving new play about gender identity by Anna Ziegler. "Boy" will have one performance only on Feb. 4 at Town Hall Theatre Company in Lafayette.
Submitted by Susan Evans

SMC course on the truth behind lying
When people say we're all destined to experience two life events - birth and death - they're forgetting one other common denominator: lying.
"I don't think we'll ever meet someone who's ...
By Lou Fancher

JM students volunteer lunch hours to feed homeless
Students at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School have voluntarily given up their lunch period every Friday of the school year to make sandwiches for the homeless.
JM's math teacher Brett ...
By Vera Kochan

Live at the Orinda announces a stellar artist lineup for 2019 season
The Live At the Orinda concert series, which presents world-renowned musical artists at the beautiful art-deco Orinda Theatre, will kick off its 2019 season on Saturday, Jan. 19 with legendary actor/singer Rita Moreno in her first Bay Area concert in many years, ...Submitted By Derek Zemrak

Classical music concert at St. Mark's on Jan. 12
Ensemble Ari, a group of Korean American musicians in the Bay Area who strive to bridge Korea and other communities through western instruments while honoring Korean history and culture, will perform music by Bach, Handel, Cassado and living composers Ruviaro and Ahn ...Submitted by Jean Ahn

State's water infrastructure and politics to be discussed during Jan. 10 info session
Lifetime learners and people who care about ...By Lou Fancher

'Becoming Astrid' (Unga Astrid) opens at Rheem and Orinda theatres
Movie releases at the beginning of the year bring to Lamorinda their load of glossy big productions, heroic tales, bold Sci-Fi releases, all more or less reproducing an expected Hollywoodish format where the storyline could be guessed within a few minutes. Not so with ...By Sophie Braccini

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