Moraga

'New' Rheem Theatre reopens tonight

The "grand re-opening" of the Rheem Theatre — now called the "New Rheem" — takes place tonight, with a 6:30 p.m. public reception.

Tickets for the reception include admittance to any of the four films playing there tonight — "Grown Ups," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "Babies" and "Marmaduke."

The Rheem closed in April after its previous operators, Tom Peterson and Jim Sheehan, decided it was no longer economically viable. Its new owner, the California Independent Film Festival Association, plans to show movies, but also hope to offer a special film series featuring discussions with critics and scholars, other special events, parties and live performances.

The film festival moved to Orinda last fall after seven years in Livermore.

For more information, go to http://www.thenewrheemtheatre.com/

— Sam Richards

Search for new town manager begins

The town has begun to look for Town Manager Mike Segrest's replacement, hiring consulting firm Peckham & McKenney to conduct the search process.

Peckham & McKenney conducted the search that led to Segrest's appointment and has agreed to conduct the new search at no charge other than actual costs, estimated to be around $5,500.

Segrest is stepping down as town manager for personal reasons.


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The firm plans to conduct interviews in August and recommend final candidates to the Town Council in early September, according to a letter from Peckham & McKenney to the council.

Final interviews with the council will be held in closed session and candidate names will not be disclosed to the public "so as not to jeopardize the current employment situation of the finalist candidates," the letter said.

— Jonathan Morales

Online survey for residents

The town is asking residents to fill out a survey to help the council set local priorities for the coming years.

The survey asks residents about what they value about Moraga, how well they feel the town government is meeting their expectations and what they feel can be done to improve the community.

Responses will be added to those gathered during a series of focus groups and presented to the Town Council on July 28.

The town is asking residents to complete the survey by July 10. The survey is available on the town's website, http://moraga.ca.us.

—Jonathan Morales

Lafayette

Trust in Education benefit features Shona music group

The Seattle-based Shumba Marimba Youth Ensemble will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lafayette, a benefit for the Trust In Education, nonprofit founded and run by Lafayette resident Budd MacKenzie.

The youth ensemble plays Shona, the music of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. This music is often accompanied by dancing and audience participation.

In 2003, MacKenzie and his friends raised $60,000 to build a school in Lalander, south of Kabul, and MacKenzie himself makes regular trips to Afghanistan with an overall goal of not only helping the Afghan people but of helping residents of that country and of the United States learn more about one another.

The church is at 1035 Carol Lane in Lafayette.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. However, no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

— Sam Richards

Orinda

Golf tournament benefits nonprofits

Golfers can enjoy a round at the Orinda Country Club next month while benefiting a variety of community organizations.

The Celebrate Everyday Heroes Celebrity Golf Tournament and Social will take place July 25-26 at the Country Club.

Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger will serve as honorary chair.

A dinner and auction social will begin at 6 p.m. July 25. Registration for the golf tournament begins at 10:30 July 26.

The event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and the Orinda Community Foundation.

To register, visit www.celebrateeverydayheroes.org. For more information, e-mail celebrateeverydayheroes@gmail.com.

—Jonathan Morales

Opera concert in community park

Opera lovers are invited to enjoy a concert in Orinda Community Center Park next month. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. July 25 at the park, 26 Orinda Way. Professional singers will perform opera classics and favorites.

Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic basket and folding chairs or a blanket.

The concert is presented by Open Opera and sponsored by Orinda Community Center Auxiliary and the Rotary Club of Orinda.

For more information about Open Opera, visit www. openopera.net.

— Jonathan Morales

Early registration for kids triathlon

Registration is now open for the NorCal Kids Triathlon to be held in Orinda in September.

The event, which sold out last year, will take place from 2-5 p.m. September 25 at Miramonte High School, with a family pool party to follow.

Individual and group participants will be divided by grade level and will run, bike and swim the triathlon course.

The courses will be adjusted for age-appropriateness.

Participants are encouraged to sign up before July 2 to receive early registration discounts.

The early registration fee is $45 per person and $120 per relay team (three members in same age category). Fees will increase $5 after July 2.

The triathlon benefits the Orinda Community Foundation and youth programs. For more information and to register online, visit www.norcalkidstri.org.

— Jonathan Morales