Canyon celebrates 90 years of postal service
A 90th anniversary celebration of postal service in Canyon featuring speakers, live music, a bake sale, face-painting and more will be held Saturday.
The event will also include a letter-writing campaign in which residents and others can express their thoughts on a United States Postal Service plan to reduce hours at the Canyon branch. The proposal is part of the POSTplan, in which the postal service hopes to cut services at 13,000 rural post offices in order to avoid their closure.
The festivities begin at 10 a.m. at 99 Pinehurst Road.
Recycling and 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 6-7 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.
Planned office and parking lot gets OK
Plans for an office
Under the development agreement, the city would own the northern portion of the 26,868-acre property, which will be the site of a public parking lot. Branagh Development, Inc. will own the southern portion of the property where the office building is proposed.
Branagh is hoping to build a 9,800 square-foot two-story building called "EcoVive West." The public parking lot will be used for overflow parking from the Veterans building, Temple Isaiah and users of the Lafayette Reservoir.
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. The "Local Artists Alley" features Lamorinda artists that are members of the Lafayette Gallery and the Lamorinda Arts Alliance. The Gallery and Art Room (next to the Art Stage) will be open throughout both days of the festival.
Equally important to the festival is the wine, which as in years past, will be focused on the Premium Wine Pavilion, with high-end selections. Wine Thieves and the Wine Chest will provide an assortment of wines that most connoissuers rarely get a chance to taste.
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.
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 night fun.
This year's final "Rock the Plaza" event features Night Fever on Aug. 24. The shows begin at 6 p.m. at the plaza.
Supervisor to hold mobile office hours Saturday
County supervisor Mark DeSaulnier will hold mobile district office hours from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Saint Mary's College.
Residents are invited to speak with the supervisor about any issues they may have with a state agency or state legislation. Office hours will be held at Filippi Academic Hall, 1928 St. Mary's Road.
For information, call 925-942-6082.
Chamber of Commerce barbecue set for Aug. 28
The Moraga Chamber of Commerce's annual End-of-Summer Barbecue is slated for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Moraga Commons Park.
The event is free.
For information, visit www.moragachamber.org.
School board extends superintendent's contract
Trustees voted unanimously this week to extend Superintendent Bruce Burns' three-year contract an additional year, which means he will serve as the school's top administrator into 2015.
At a meeting, a resident questioned why the extension was being made. Burns replied that it's not unusual for a governing board to extend a superintendent's contract an extra year when expectations have been met. Trustees also explained their decision, saying that it's been the board's past practice to extend contracts; allowing a contract to expire is impractical and that the move helps school district retain staff.
Details on possible changes in compensation were not available at press time.
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 Lamorinda Wine Growers Association has six member wineries, and that local industry is growing.
The orchards are no longer a commercial force, but there are enough trees remaining to yield an average of 8,000 pounds of pears each year, harvested by volunteers and donated to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, based in Concord.
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
-- Compiled by Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards