Spotlight on safety -- speed, distracted driving
Law enforcement officials from Moraga, Orinda and Lafayette are stressing safety during the "Slow Down Lamorinda" program, which runs through Aug. 31.
Police will focus weekly on specific areas within one city to target speed, distracted driving and other violations. The goal is to increase safety awareness and create tolerant drivers.
Residents are encouraged to sign a safe driving pledge and pick up free bumper stickers at police and fire stations.
Veterans sought for Fourth of July parade
The Orinda Association is seeking veterans to participate in this year's Fourth of July parade, with its theme being "Saluting Our Veterans."
Veterans of all military branches and of all ages are encouraged to take part as a show of appreciation for their service to the country.
To make arrangements to take part in the parade, call Steve Stahle at 925-324-4121 or call the Orinda Association office at 925-254-0800. Those interested alco can e-mail email@example.com
Whole Foods to help Orinda Foundation
The Orinda Community Foundation will get a check from Whole Foods' Lafayette store for 5 percent of all sales registered Thursday,
Orinda Idol Singers will perform at the store that day to lend an Orinda touch to the proceedings.
The Orinda Community Foundation encourages philanthropy, building partnerships and providing
financial assistance to support community activities, beautification and the arts.
Three massage parlor arrests Wednesday
Police arrested three people for prostitution and pimping at two Lafayette massage parlors, authorities said.
Following numerous complaints from residents, the Lafayette Police Department launched an investigation last month into allegations of sexual activity at Body and Sole, 3381 Mt. Diablo Blvd., and Classical Music Massage Center at 3385 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Arrested were Li Liu, 44, of San Ramon on suspicion of prostitution; Yang (Jason) Chen, 25, of Pleasant Hill on suspicion of pimping and conspiracy; and Xiao Chen, 41, of Concord on suspicion of prostitution. Two other women were released after police interviewed them, said Contra Costa County Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee.
Armed with search warrants for both locations, Lafayette police and sheriff's detectives on Wednesday afternoon forced entry into the businesses and found evidence, including condoms, business records, money and customer lists, linking the businesses to prostitution, police said.
The city passed an ordinance in May requiring all massage therapists and practitioners be state certified after an outcry from residents concerned about suspected illegal activity at businesses in their neighborhoods.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with any information may call the Lafayette Police Department at 925-283-3680.
'Food for Thought' benefit summer event June 24
A benefit for Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa, the first "Food for Thought" summer garden party event, featuring 11 area chefs and their creations, takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at Hacienda De Las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive in Moraga.
Chefs set to prepare and serve their food include Jeff Asadi (La Finestra), Jon Avalos (Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa), Stewart Beatty (Postino), Philippe Chevalier (Chevalier Restaurant), Jeff Erb and Vince Herera (Back Forty BBQ), Frank Palmer (Diablo Country Club), Darius Somary (Springloaf Catering), John Townsend (Orinda Country Club), Scott Wall (Lark Creek Walnut Creek) and Kevin Weinberg (Walnut Creek Yacht Club).
Also featured will be live and silent auctions, music by Generations in Jazz, and by Pamela Freund Striplen (viola) and Wendy Tamis (harp), bocce ball and croquet, and wine tastings, beer and other beverages.
All proceeds from this event will benefit Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa.
To purchase tickets, at $50 per person, visit www.loavesfishescc.org and click on "Register -- Food for Thought"on the face page, or return enclosed registration form with payment to Loaves and Fishes at 1985 Bonifacio Street, Suite 100, Concord, CA 94520 or call 925-687-6760.
For more information, call 925-946-0469 or go to www.dvdems.org
Author to talk about Afghan war drones
Author Medea Benjamin will talk June 20 about the use of drones as part of the war in Afghanistan.
The discussion will start at 7 p.m. in the Oak View Room of the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway. Benjamin will talk about her book "Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control." In doing research for the book, she talked with victims of drone attacks and says her book is meant "to wake a sleeping public," she said in a news release. She will talk about the moral issues connected with such attacks.
There will be a book sale and signing following the presentation. The suggested donation is $15, $12 peace center members, $5 for students.
Downtown 'Wine Walk' Wednesday, June 20
It's time to walk the wine. The June Wine Walk will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. Guests are invited to stroll through the many unique retail shops and restaurants of downtown Walnut Creek, while sipping on a variety of wines.
The Presenting Sponsor will be Residual Sugar Wine Bar, 1684 Locust St., the starting location for the event. The wine walk is put on by the Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association. Tickets are available online at www.walnutcreekdowntown.com through June 19. Ticket prices are $30 per person in advance and $40 per person the day of the event. Participants must be 21 and older.
Maps of participating businesses, and wine glasses, will be available at the starting point. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Walnut Creek Aquanuts and the Walnut Creek Library Foundation.
For more information go to www.walnutcreekdowntown.com
-- Compiled by Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards