New Rotary Club presidents for 2012-2013
The new presidents for the Rotary Clubs of the Lamorinda area for the 2012-2013 year are Jack Bontemps for the Orinda club, Frank May for Moraga, John Rice for Rossmoor, Mark Roberts for Lamorinda Sunrise and Chuck Vogel for Lafayette.
Each president will be responsible for leading his club's local and international community service projects. The Lafayette club recently completed the fundraising for and building of the stage at the Lafayette Reservoir, site of the club's annual Concert at the Res which provides funds to local schools for musical instruments. Lamorinda Sunrise sponsors the annual Motorama car show each Father's Day and launched the HOME Team — Home Maintenance for the Elderly — which provides home repairs for local seniors. The Moraga club concentrates on supporting local youth including providing Christmas stockings to Juvenile Hall residents.
The Orinda Club sponsors numerous activities for youth, including the annual Egg Hunt, Field Day, fishing on San Pablo Reservoir and Career Night at Miramonte High School. The Rossmoor club supports people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and distributes specially designed fitness DVDs to people with disabilities.
These five are among the 34,000 Rotarians worldwide serving as president of their club this year. The five clubs are part of District 5160 of Rotary International. Working closely with the new presidents is Jose Avelar who will serve as Assistant District Governor during 2012-13. Avelar, a resident of Moraga, is a member and past president of the Orinda club.
Recycling, solid waste workshop scheduled
The Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority will hold a public workshop on recycling and solid waste Sept. 13 in Orinda.
Workshop topics will include potential changes to new solid waste and recycling contracts, increasing recycling rates and costs implications and ideas for future programs. Food and beverages will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. and the workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at the Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way.
For information, call 925-906-1801 or www.wastediversion.org
Art and Wine Festival downtown Sept. 15-16
The 17th Annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, featuring art, wine, beer, music and shopping, happens Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in downtown Lafayette.
With more than 275 arts and crafts booths, the fair offers a unique variety of gifts and display pieces created by local and regional artists -- ceramics, photography, prints, paintings, blown glass, sculpture, jewelry and more.
New this year will be "Craft Beer Land" and "Food Truck Land."
Festival admission is free, but to drink the beer or wine that is poured "on the street" or in the Premium Wine Pavilion, a festival glass and drink tickets must be purchased. Free parking will be available at the Lafayette BART station, and there will be a free shuttle to and from the BART parking lots. There also will be free valet bicycle parking at 81 Lafayette Circle, just behind the Art Stage.
Library's museum docent program returns
The Friends of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center are pleased to bring back the popular "World of Wonders" Museum Docent Program, kicking off with "One Woman One Garden in Walnut Creek," Thursday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Community Hall of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.
The Sept. 13 presentation is free.
The Museum Docent Program will feature a docent from one of the myriad Bay Area cultural museums and other sites, giving one-hour presentations about their current exhibits once a month.
Many of these programs are part of the Contra Costa County library's Discover and Go initiative. Go to ccclib.org for more information on how to get discount or free tickets to programs at the more than 30 participating organizations.
City manager accepts 3 percent pay raise
A year after declining a raise, Orinda's top administrator will see a bump in her paycheck.
City Manager Janet Keeter accepted this week a 3 percent salary increase approved unanimously by city leaders. The raise will lift her total base salary from $183,492 to $188,002.
The move followed several years of austerity measures taken by the administrator including six furlough days in 2011. In 2010, Keeter took ten furlough days and asked the council to modify the automatic cost of living adjustment in her contract.
Officials praised Keeter's leadership and thanked her for her service -- and for accepting the raise.
Pear and Wine Festival set for Sept. 29
The 14th annual Moraga Pear and Wine Festival is returning to the Moraga Commons at the corner of Moraga Road and St. Marys Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29.
It's a celebration of old and new -- of the Moraga area's 100-year history of pear orchards, and of the region's burgeoning wine industry. The family-friendly festival will feature food (including the signature Pear Pies), wine, beer, live music, artist vendors, informational booths and kids jump-houses.
Festival admission is free. For information, go to http://www.moraga.ca.us/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=60863
Walnut Creek, Central County
The Panthers Basketball Club will hold evaluations for fall/winter teams of fourth, fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade girls.
These sessions will be held Monday, Sept. 10 and Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. (fourth and fifth grade) and 8 to 9 p.m. (sixth and seventh grade) on both nights at Seven Hills School, 975 N. San Carlos Drive in Walnut Creek.
Formed in 2001 as a nonprofit charitable organization, Panthers Basketball Club is a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Club teams compete in AAU-sanctioned basketball tournaments in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada and beyond year round.
If you are interested in participating or have any questions, contact Coach Steven Diaz at email@example.com.
-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards