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Broadway Star Carolee Carmello - Live at the Orinda
Three-time Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello will make a rare appearance Feb. 17 in her long-awaited Bay Area concert debut at the Orinda Theatre. In an illustrious career that has spanned over two decades, Carmello has been honored with three Tony Award nominations ...Submitted by Michael Williams

Author of debut memoir discusses decades of struggle following Holocaust
The Contra Costa County Library will host author Sylvia Ruth Gutmann as she discusses her debut memoir, “A Life Rebuilt: The Remarkable Transformation of a War Orphan.” Born in 1939 Belgium, Sylvia Ruth Gutmann became an orphan at age 3 when her parents were sent to ...Submitted by Ian Richards

Calming cats during vet visits
As a continuation of a four-part series addressing fears and anxieties in pets (especially during veterinary visits), I’d like to pay some attention to our feline friends. Most cats like to do what they do, in their own time and space. If we are lucky, cats will ...By Mona Miller, DVM

Cantor's Concert 'Coming Together: Songs of Unity and Community' at Temple Isaiah
Temple Isaiah’s Cantor Leigh Korn presents “Coming Together: Songs of Unity and Community,” featuring a stellar cast of cantors from across the country at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Temple Isaiah Sanctuary in Lafayette. Joining Cantor Korn will be: Cantor Sara ...Submitted by Jen Boxerman

Campolindo student musicians help teach the teachers for a day
Before dawn on a recent Saturday morning, the Campolindo Symphonic Band and their music director Johnny Johnson boarded buses headed for San Jose State University. Their destination was a workshop for the Bay Section of California Music Educators who had gathered to ...Submitted by Kathi Torres

Hands-on access to STEM activities at LLLC Hackathon
Free form, digital learning—the kind with no homework!—is on tap Feb. 23 at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Community Hall. “Hack the Future 23” is a free, all-day extravaganza for youth ages 10-19 that offers demonstrations and hands-on access to STEM ...By Lou Fancher

Catherine Jolivet’s legacy in the service of French culture
She was known simply as “Madame” to her students and their parents. Catherine Jolivet, a quintessential French woman who created and ran the French immersion school “French For Fun”, recently died of cancer. Her family and friends organized a celebration of her life ...By Sophie Braccini

'What Will People Say' - a film that resonates close to home
The second movie by Norwegian director of Iraqi origin, Iram Haq, "What Will People Say" ("Hva vil folk si") is a suspenseful drama, sometimes difficult to digest, that shows how social pressure and traditional thinking of the Pakistani community living in Norway can ...By Sophie Braccini

The question of cows
A recent spat of postings on a Saranap social media site addressing the issue of cows in the open space has brought attention to the risk of injury versus the benefits of grazing cattle. It's safe to say the community is divided on the matter.
By John T. Miller

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

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