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A day filled with promise for 200 middle school girls
The morning began with speaker Danielle Feinberg, the director of photography for lighting on Disney-Pixar's Academy Award-winning films "WALLE," "Brave," and "Coco" who spoke to 200 middle school girls about opportunities for them in STEAM-related careers (science, ...Submitted by Lynda Leonard

THT's staged reading of Thomas Gibbons' `Uncanny Valley,' April 29
Town Hall Theatre will present a one-night only reading of "Uncanny Valley" - a riveting new play about artificial intelligence and ethical quandaries by Thomas Gibbons, directed by Lana Palmer - as part of its staged reading series "In the Wings."
Submitted by Susan Evans

Acalanes alumna plans to spend summer studying animals in Madagascar
Local resident and Acalanes High School alumna Morgan Orsolini is preparing for anything but an ordinary summer. Combining her passions for nature and animals, Orsolini has accepted a 10-week internship with SEED Madagascar (Sustainable Environment, Education and ...Submitted by Suzanne Roady

Campo's Academic Decathlon team takes fifth at state finals
The Campolindo Academic Decathlon team won first place in their regional competition for the ninth year in a row, qualifying for the state finals where they finished fifth against 28 other schools in their division.
By John T. Miller

Buy Nothing groups offer random acts of kindness
An unused designer wallet, discovered in the back of a drawer, was handed over - for free - to a mom whose college-age daughter had been coveting one, but couldn't afford it. A PBK rocking horse, well-loved by three grandkids who had outgrown it, was given, at no cost, ...By Diane Claytor

Habitat Gardening at Camino Pablo Elementary
As commercial and residential developments spread into wilderness areas, they infringe on the habitats that would otherwise supply the food, water, and shelter that wildlife species need to survive. Habitat gardening incorporates these resources into landscapes to ...By Jenn Freedman

Orinda Concert Series season finale features Brett Barrett
If you haven't experienced the Live at the Orinda concert series at the Orinda Theatre yet, you don't want to miss the one year anniversary season finale at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, with Broadway and West End leading man, Brent Barrett, in his Bay Area concert ...Submitted by Michael Williams

Orinda students deliver peace kits to Paradise students impacted by Camp Fire
Local nonprofit Mindful Littles and the Orinda Union School District, under the OrindaCares program, offered a unique type of relief for students in Paradise, California, who were affected by the Camp Fire this past November. Mindful Littles led over 1,600 Orinda ...By Jenn Freedman

Lafayette's own come together for an evening of music at Community Music Festival
Once a year the Town Hall Theatre hosts a real treat for music-lovers - an evening when local musicians come together to play, donating their talents in a significant fundraiser for the theater. This year the Ninth Annual Community Music Festival will take place ...By Pippa Fisher

Lynn's Top Five
None of my friends who are tax advisors had time to chat with me when I sat down to write this column - shocking, right? However, since we share clients, you can imagine I've had a lot of interaction with those in the tax trenches this year. I think I heard the word ...By Lynn Ballou, CFPr

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with free events and giveaways
Orinda Books and Bel and Bunna's Books will be participating in Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 27, a national one-day party taking place at most independent book stores across the country. This is the fifth year of the event, which was started by the ...By Kara Navolio

Sunny skies for Spring Egg Hunt
A big topic among the adults at the April 13 Spring Egg Hunt was the weather. Everyone remembered last year's rainy event and were grateful for the pause in the current rainy season.
The ...

Achieve divine design by avoiding these five common decorating don'ts
After being in the design industry for over a decade and visiting a myriad of client's homes there are a few design mistakes I find quite often. Today I thought I'd share five common decorating mistakes. No judgment here, just some tips that might be useful to ...By Amanda Eck

Navigating mild cognitive impairment
Are you forgetting more and more? Do you have a family member who is bright, and still able to manage his or her finances, but seems to be forgetting not just names, but simple things like "Did I eat breakfast today?" or "What did I eat today?" If you are aware of ...By Linda Fodrini-Johnson, MA, MFT, CMC

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