Lafayette

Lafayette Juniors seek funding applicants

The Lafayette Juniors are accepting applications through Aug. 8 from all nonprofits in Contra Costa and neighboring counties in the San Francisco Bay Area who serve children, families and seniors.

The Juniors -- a nonprofit organization of local women dedicated to raising money and offering service in support of area nonprofits that serve children, families, and seniors -- will select four or five organizations from the applicant pool to become their 2014-2015 beneficiaries. Fundraising for these groups will begin this fall.

Last year, the Juniors raised nearly $50,000 for local nonprofit organizations. To obtain an application or learn more about the Lafayette Juniors, visit www.lafayettejuniors.org.

Lafayette parish to celebrate St. Mary Magdalene

St. Perpetua Catholic Parish in Lafayette and Christ the King Catholic Parish in Pleasant Hill will join forces to celebrate the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene on July 22.

An 8 a.m. Eucharist with Father Tom Bonacci as homilist and breakfast following will be held at Christ the King Parish as the morning event. Father Bonacci is the executive director of the Interfaith Peace Project and a renowned biblical scholar. At 7 p.m. that same day, St. Perpetua Parish will feature a presentation by the Rev. Glenda Hope, founder of Network Ministries in the Tenderloin and the SafeHouse for Women Escaping Prostitution. She is the first ordained and installed Presbyterian clergywoman in Northern California. A reception will follow at 8 p.m. in St. Perpetua's Parish Hall. Rev. Hope's topic is "Transformative Power of Resurrection Faith."

All are welcome at both events, which are free.

Moraga

Town Council cancels meetings

The Moraga Town Council has canceled its July 23 and Aug. 13 meetings to provide what they call a "legislative break."

Planned council meetings for July 9 and July 16 are still on; after that, the next scheduled meeting will be Aug. 27.

Protecting ridgelines a local priority

At a June 5 town-sponsored hillside and ridgeline project workshop at Saint Mary's College, community members voted on what they consider the most important issues for discussion going forward.

The vote showed "protecting ridgelines" is the most important issue (16.8 percent of responders said that was the top priority issue). Other priorities include "viewshed protection" (12.2 percent), remediation and protection of high-risk areas (11.7 percent) and "planned development process" and dealing effectively with steeply-sloping portions of development sites (both 11.4 percent).

More information can be seen by going to www.moraga.ca.us/hillsides

Summer Concert Series continues

The Thursday night summer concerts at Moraga Commons Park continue this coming week with Aja Vu, a Chicago and Steely Dan tribute group.

Other planned upcoming performers include Mania (Beatles tribute), July 17; Houserockers (rock), July 24; Summer of Love (Beach Boys tribute), July 31; Moonalice (60s classics), Aug. 7; Chris Gardner Band (country and western), Aug. 14; and Larry Lynch & the Mob (rock and roll), Aug. 21

ORINDA

Next housing element workshop July 9

A second workshop for information and discussion about the state-mandated "housing element" and its accompanying environmental impact report will be held at 6 p.m. July 9 at the Orinda Library auditorium, 26 Orinda Way.

This will be a follow-up to the first such workshop, held June 26.

These meetings are in the service of the city's groundwork for the fifth cycle of the housing element, part of the city's General Plan for the 2015-2023 planning period. Orinda must adopt this next version by Jan. 31, 2015. It must show how the city plans to accommodate 227 additional units of very low-, low-, moderate- and market-rate housing as dictated by the "regional housing needs allocation" overseen by the Association of Bay Area Governments.

The housing element has generated some criticism within Orinda, seen by some -- including members of Orinda Watch -- as promoting too much growth. And in fact, bitterness was the order of the day at the June 26 workshop, where a small group of element critics yelled out their objections.

'Concert in the Park' series continues

The Wednesday night "Concert in the Park" series picks up again this coming week with Stone Soup (classic rock), from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Community Center Park.

Planned upcoming performances are July 16 (Lamorinda Idol Singers), July 23 (Pladdohg, Celtic rock), July 27, Opera in the Park (this is a Sunday, 4-6 p.m.), Aug. 6 (The Crisis, blues/rock) and Aug. 13 (Littledog2, pop/rock).

All performances are free.

Neighborhood network 'Nextdoor' now in town

The Orinda Police Department has partnered with Nextdoor to help local neighbors stay in touch with the rest of their neighborhoods and with police, in the name of preventing crime.

The goal is for residents and police to better work together to improve safety and strengthen Neighborhood Watch efforts.

Through Nextdoor, Orinda residents can join private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services and even lost pets.

The police department can post safety tips and crime alerts on Nextdoor websites within the city.

Those interested in joining their neighborhood's Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address.

For answers about their Nextdoor website, visit help.nextdoor.com.

Police department sets up email for tips

The police department has an email address for anonymous and non-anonymous crime tips.

The department is accepting tips at orindatip@cityoforinda.org. Police are providing the service for nonemergency investigative information only, and say the line will not be used to generate radio calls or send police to reporting locations.

For more information, contact the police department at 925-254-6820.

-- Sam Richards and Jennifer Modenessi

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