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Published January 14th, 2015
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An App Helps Track Local Classes - TownCircle

www.TownCircle.us, ma.qianfan@gmail.com
Busy Moraga dad Melvin Ma was getting increasingly stressed when trying to keeping track of the ever-changing recreation agenda of his 6- and 9-year-old boys. A professional app developer, Ma met with the Lafayette Parks and Recreation leadership and designed TownCircle. Through a quick scan of the Lafayette TownCircle barcode, the Lafayette Recreation's Winter Guide is available on the TownCircle app. Parents can then add their children's classes to their calendar with a simple click. "You'll never lose track of when a class starts or ends," says Ma who's happy to have simplified his life. To get started, Ma says simply download TownCircle mobile app from the App Store (Android version coming soon) and scan the Lafayette Recreation's TownCircle code. The entire Lafayette Recreation's Winter Guide will be stored on your smartphone. Pick the classes that you are interested in and add them to the smartphone's calendar. Ma plans to expand the availability of TownCircle to other municipalities.

New Living Lean Tennis Program
2 Orinda Theatre Square #140, Orinda
(925) 360-7051, www.livingleanprogram.com
Living Lean wants to be known as a company that helps clients become fit for life through personal training, nutrition programs and group classes. In addition to their currently offered spin classes, circuit training, TRX, abs and yoga classes, they are now offering tennis classes. In partnership with Lafayette Tennis Club, Living Lean will offer free beginner tennis clinics Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and private lessons with World Class Pros at a discount. Clients will have the option to play on tennis teams appropriate for their level as well. Living Lean owner Sheena Lakhotia feels that tennis will offer her clients another type of workout to complement the workouts they already do. She believes that tennis offers a fun, different, challenging, circuit type workout that, in combination with the other classes, will effectively help her clients to get to the next fitness level. "I recently added tennis into my weekly workout routine and have noticed my fitness level has dramatically improved," says Lakhotia.

Beaubelle Group
An exceptional real estate team - all from Lamorinda
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Orinda, 2 Theatre Square, Suite 211
(925) 254-1212, Glenn@TheBeaubelleGroup.com

The Beaubelle Team from left Finola Fellner, Kellie Beaubelle, Lynn Molloy,Glenn Beaubelle,Nancy Stryker Photo provided

In an industry that has seen real estate agents come and go with the rise and fall of the economy and the housing market, The Beaubelle Group, a real estate team at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's Orinda office, is a bit of an anomaly. Founded by Glenn Beaubelle, a Lamorinda native with 38 years experience in the local housing market. Beaubelle and his associates have sold well over $1 billion in local real estate and have consistently ranked in the top 1 percent internationally for Coldwell Banker. The entire Beaubelle Group team hails from Lamorinda, including: Beaubelle's wife, Kellie Beaubelle, a 20-year real estate veteran and designer; Finola Fellner, a former local teacher who is the group's top producer with deep ties to the community; Nancy Stryker, a consistent top agent who has lived in Lafayette for nearly 40 years; Lynn Molloy, who has a strong background in customer service from her former retail management experience; and Cory Cook, the team's very capable real estate transaction coordinator. "We all have kids that are going through the local schools or have gone through the schools," Beaubelle said. "We're all involved in our local towns in so many ways, and really care about this area and are proud to call it home."

Moraga Employee of the Month, Aaron Bates

Stephen Healy with Employee of the Month Aaron Bates, Kevin Reneau, Debbie Roessler and MOFD fire personnel. Photo provided

Aaron Bates, a dedicated public servant who works as a firefighter and paramedic for the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, was named the Moraga Employee of the Month for December. Bates has served the local fire district for the past four years, first as a reserve firefighter beginning in 2009 and eventually as a full-time employee in 2013. In addition to fire suppression duties, Bates also provides advanced life support as an EMT. "Aaron's skill as a paramedic is only matched by his compassion of others and the community he serves," said Fire Chief Stephen Healy. "Despite his skills and accomplishments, Aaron has remained humble and kind. He is calm and mature beyond his years." The Moraga Rotary and Chamber of Commerce will present Bates with his award and gifts at the Moraga Rotary luncheon on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

News from the Chambers of Commerce

Ribbon Cutting at Advanced Weight Loss and Wellness at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 at 959 Mt. View Drive.

Coffee with the Mayor at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23 in the chamber conference room.

Lamorinda Home Expo '15 begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 in the Veterans Memorial Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Ribbon Cutting at Bay Sotheby's International Realty at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 at 3725 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Save the date for the dinner honoring the 2015 Businessperson of the Year Dianne Wilson, executive director of Moraga Royale, Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Ambassador Breakfast at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20 at Shelbys for the ambassadors and those interested in becoming ambassadors. RSVP at TRomanceck@yahoo.com by Jan. 16.


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