Youth writing and photography contest

The Lafayette Youth Arts Society is accepting entries for their youth writing and photography contest through their website Entries may also be dropped off at the Lafayette Library or Barnes and Noble in Walnut Creek.

There is a 1,000-word limit for written entries. Photos may be any size but should be submitted in a digital format. Additional information and entry details will is posted on the group's website. There are no entry fees. The contest deadline is Jan. 15.

Judges include author Daniel Handler, also known as "Lemony Snicket," and landscape photographer Gary Crabbe. For information, contact


Town offices closed for holidays

Town offices in Moraga continue to remain closed for the holidays and will reopen Jan. 6.

Volunteers sought for town positions

The town is seeking volunteers for a number of boards, committees and commissions. Openings will soon be available on the town's audit and finance committee, design review board, park and recreation commission, planning commission and traffic safety advisory committee.

Applications, letters of interest and resumes must be submitted to the town clerk's office before 4 p.m. Jan. 10. The office is located at 329 Rheem Blvd. Additional details are on the town's website at


Multiagency city food drive underway

The city of Orinda, the Orinda Union School District and Republic Waste Services have teamed up to host a food drive benefiting the Contra Costa Food Bank.

Residents may donate nonperishable canned goods and packaged foods along with fruits and vegetables, rice, pasta, peanut butter and other "shelf stable" items. Republic Services will donate a matching amount of food. Items may be dropped off at Glorietta Elementary from Feb. 3-14.

For information, call food drive coordinator Aimee Stevens at 925-570-5654.

City seeking commissioners, other volunteers

The city is seeking volunteers to serve on a variety of commissions and committees.

Residents are needed to fill vacancies on the art in public places committee, the planning commission, parks and recreation commission, citizens' infrastructure oversight commission, traffic safety advisory committee, finance advisory committee, public works aesthetic review committee and historic landmark committee.

City liaisons are also being sought for the Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging and the County Connection Citizens Advisory Committee. A trustee for the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District and a Contra Costa County Library Commission representative is also being sought. Statements of interest forms should be submitted to the city clerk's office by 5 p.m. Jan. 3. The city council will hold interviews Jan. 11.

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Women's conference registration going on now

Now in its ninth year the East Bay Women's Conference will be held March 3 and Journalist Cokie Roberts has been tapped to be the keynote speaker.

Registration is going on for the conference, which typicall sells out.

Put on by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau the 2014 line-up also includes guest speakers, Rita Moreno and Leah Albright-Byrd.

"Each of these women is a powerhouse voice who have had an extraordinary impact on the lives of women around the world and who continue to act and speak out for positive change," accordning to a news release.

ABC 7 news anchor, Dan Ashley will emcee the conference that also offers breakout sessions focused on contemporary issues, exhibitor booths; a fully stocked bookstore and author signings. The conference is held at the San Ramon Marriott. The cost is $195 per ticket, which includes continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon reception. For more information go to

Diablo Dems host update on reproductive rights

Planned Parenthood Shasta-Pacific Public Affairs Director Susannah Delano will discuss "Pushing Back on the War on Women" at the meeting of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Rd. in Walnut Creek.

Delano will discuss the state of reproductive rights across the nation, efforts to limit them and how Californians can work to promote women's health and reproductive choice, according to a news release. Since joining the Planned Parenthood staff in 2010, she has assisted in the expansion of the affiliate and the development of its advocacy program. She is a member of Planned Parenthood's statewide Strategy Team and Legislative Committee.

For more information, call 925-946-0469 or go to

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards