Fire board nominations due Friday
Nominations for prospective Moraga-Orinda Fire District board members are being accepted through Aug. 10. Elections will be held in November for three districts including Division 3, which covers southwest Orinda, western Moraga and Canyon.
That seat was left vacant earlier this year. If elected, the candidate would finish out the remaining two years of the four-year term.
Seats are also up for Division 5 which covers north Orinda and is currently vacant, and Division 2 covering north Moraga and Rheem Valley. That seat is currently occupied by board President Fred Weil.
The candidate filing period ends Aug. 10. For information, contact the Contra Costa County Elections Division at 925-335-7800 or www.cocovote.us.
Council candidate nominations accepted
Nominations for prospective city council members are being accepted through 5 p.m. Aug. 15. Elections will be held in November, and three council seats are up for grabs.
For information, contact city clerk Joanne Robbins at 925-284-1968.
Lively Friday nights at Plaza Park
The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the city of Lafayette are working again to make Lafayette Plaza downtown a hotspot for Friday
This year's "Rock the Plaza" nights will feature The Floorshakers on Aug. 10; Mixed Nuts on Aug. 17; and Night Fever on Aug. 24. All three shows begin at 6 p.m. at the plaza.
Town council taking a break in August
Town officials are taking a break this month and canceled the town council meeting scheduled for Aug. 8, as well as the planned Aug. 22 meeting.
They will resume meeting Sept. 12.
Volunteers sought for board spots
The town is seeking volunteers to serve on the Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging and the Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.
One volunteer is needed for each.
For information, visit www.moraga.ca.us.
Council challenger nominations being taken
The town is accepting nominations for those interested in challenging incumbents Mayor Mike Metcalf and Karen Mendonca, whose council seats are up for election in November. A seat currently occupied by Vice-Mayor Howard Harpham -- who has decided not to run for re-election -- is up for grabs as well. The submission deadline is Aug. 15.
Interested candidates can contact the town clerk's office at 925-888-7022.
Council curbs specific u-turns and left turns
Officials voted this week to restrict u-turns and left turns some residents say place more cars in their neighborhood and their children in danger.
The city council voted 5-0 to prohibit u-turns and left turns from Moraga Way onto Whitehall Drive weekdays from 7 a.m.-8 a.m.
The move adds additional restrictions for motorists who use residential streets as shortcuts to avoid congestion on Moraga Way. Left turns are not allowed on Moraga Way at Southwaite Court and Ivy Drive.
The council agreed to review the modifications in a year with input from transportation and safety commissioners on how the ban is affecting other streets.
Deadline Friday to file for council candidacy
Persons interested in challenging incumbents Victoria Smith and Mayor Steve Glazer for a seat on the city council have until 5 p.m. Aug. 10 to file papers.
Candidate statements not exceeding 250 words will be accepted and a $400 deposit is required to cover printing and distribution costs.
For information, call 925-253-4221 or visit www.ci.orinda.ca.us
Peace center gets new executive director
The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center has a new leader. Executive Director Mary Alice O'Connor is leaving and taking her place is Crystallee Crain, a sociology professor, activist and community organizer.
According to the center's website's, Crain grew up in Flint, Mich. and has organized her neighborhood during elections and implemented a program in Alameda where she teaches called Violence Prevention Initiative at College of Alameda.
Free dementia/Alzheimers event in Bay Area
Bay Area families can get educated about how to cope with Alzheimer's at few events over the next few days beginning on Aug. 12. The Alzheimer's Foundation of America and Senior Helpers are co-sponsoring a free workshop for families.
The free workshop for family caregivers will provide essential information about dementia, including warning signs, coping strategies, communication tips and maintaining a relationship.
The workshop will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway. Pre-register at www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1082833 There will also be a display of more than two dozen panes from the foundation's "Quilt to Remember."
A little closer to home there will be an education seminar for healtcare professionals 8:30 a.m. Aug. 13 at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. Pre-register at www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1093972 Then from 6 to 8 p.m. another free workshop for families and caregivers will be offered at the California Center at Pleasanton Conference Center, 4400 Rosewood Drive in Pleasanton. Pre-register at www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1094077
-- Compiled by Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards