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Students perform at Music Teachers Association convention
Lamorinda piano teacher Katharine Austin had six of her students perform at the Music Teachers Association of California convention in San Jose over the June 29 weekend. The kids were among 250 selected from over 23,000 in the State of California to perform based on ...Submitted by Chris Casado

STARS 2000's ABBA-solutely fun production of `Mama Mia!'
Stars 2000, which includes 15 Lamorinda cast members, will bring the storytelling magic of ABBA'S timeless songs and the enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship to the stage starting July 19 at the Diablo Valley Performing Arts Center. On the eve of her ...Submitted by Brian Purcell

'The Good Person of Szechwan' in Orinda
The first Bertold Brecht play chosen for the magnificent Bruns theater in Orinda by Cal Shakes is "The Good Person of Szechwan," an epic fable set in an imaginary Chinese province sometimes in the past, leading to a very contemporary reflection on the nature of good, ...By Sophie Braccini

'Secret Ingredient' - Macedonian movie in Moraga
Macedonian movies are somewhat of a rarity in the U.S.; having one presented at the Rheem Theatre in Moraga is probably an all time first. "Secret Ingredient" is part of the International Film Showcase that opens on July 12 for a week and is a unique opportunity to ...By Sophie Braccini

Looking Good in Lamorinda
Summer is here! It's time to freshen up our warm weather duds. Trends for the season include white, white, and more white. But color is important too and this year is all about off shades such as fiesta (red-orange) and turmeric (mustard-yellow).
By Moya Stone

Lynn's Top Five Meaningful family gifting that won't break the piggy bank!
A lot has been written about how to get our adult children to launch, to stop living on our couches, and to get their stuff out of our houses, closets and garages already! But I don't think enough is written about next steps - how parents and grandparents can ...By Lynn Ballou CFPr

A bitter subject at Sweet Thursdays author talk
The topic at June's Sweet Thursdays author talk at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center was anything but sweet. New York Times bestselling author and Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Flynn Siler discussed her new book, "The White Devil's Daughters," which ...By Garrett Leahy

Local artists' work offers glimpses of our modern world
Taking their inspiration from the 19th century Impressionists, a pair of local artists will be showcased at the Orinda Library with their paintings titled "21st Century Flâneurs." The show will run through the month of July.
By John T. Miller

Tribute to the Troops to honor military
It is a Lafayette favorite - with a backdrop of the setting sun by the tranquil waters of the Lafayette Reservoir, the Tribute to the Troops concert will be taking place on Saturday, July 13 from 5 p.m. to twilight on the stage located up to the east of the parking ...By Pippa Fisher

Staying Safe in the Heat
When 19-year-old Braeden Bradforth came off the football field in visible distress after the first day of summer conditioning at Garden City Community College in Kansas last August, his coaches failed to take the appropriate actions to save the young man's life. ...By Kevin M. Roth, MD

Medications: The answer or the problem?
Western medicine treats the presenting illness primarily with prescription medications or procedures. I wonder, is that the best approach? In April, I attended a conference on how Integrative Medicine approaches illness by using a combination of methods as a better ...By Linda Fodrini-Johnson

Local Youth Arts contest concludes successful 6th year
After receiving over 160 writing and photography entries from Lafayette middle schoolers, the winners received their prizes at the sixth annual Lafayette Youth Arts Society Awards Ceremony at the Lafayette Library on April 14.
Submitted by Charlie Keohane

Moraga actor-playwright's one-man show opens in SF June 23
Longtime Moonie and Moraga resident Michael Patrick Gaffney's original one-man show, "The Oldest Living Cater Waiter," offers up delicious insights into his complicated and hilarious careers as both a professional actor and a high-end waiter to the stars. Gaffney cooks ...Submitted by Jonathan White

The Pony Express - a Lamorinda connection
For 18 months, between April 1860 through October 1861, the Pony Express delivered mail and newspapers between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento. What many are not aware of is the occasional Lamorinda leg of the journey.
By Vera Kochan

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