Lafayette

Las Trampas Creek cleanup Sunday

A creek faire and cleanup of Las Trampas Creek is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 23 at Leigh Creekside Park.

The event is organized by the Lafayette Creeks Committee and will feature volunteer trash and invasive vine removal from 10 a.m. until noon. Informational exhibits and presentations on creek wildlife and ecology, native plants, preventing erosion and water pollution and creek history will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Creek tours and question-and-answer sessions with speakers run from 1 to 2 p.m.

The park is located at the corner of Moraga Boulevard and Fourth Street. For information, call 925-672-6522, ext. 4 or visit www.ccrcd.org

Orinda

Orinda Community Foundation expands board

The Orinda Community Foundation has expanded its board of directors, selecting new trustees Erik Andersen, Mark Roberts and Ted Urban.

They join founding trustees Dick Burkhalter, Carol Penskar, Sue Severson and Richard Westin.

The foundation, now in its third year, is now accepting grant applications for 2012 through October 15. All money raised the prior year through its main fundraisers -- including community donations, the Everyday Heroes golf tournament and NorCal Kids Triathlon, go directly to meet our mission of "Enhancing the Quality of Life in Orinda." To download application or for more information see website www.orindafoundation.org.


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MORAGA

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

Walnut Creek

Lindsay Wildlife Museum to hold gala

The Lindsay Wildlife Museum will hold it's annual "Fall For Our Wildlife Gala" 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Held at the Round Hill Country Club in Alamo there will be live entertainment, auctions and former Contra Costa Times columnist and museum curator emeritus Gary Bogue will be honored.

The museum cares for 80 native California wild animals and treats more than 5,300 injured or orphaned animals each year in its rehabilitation hospital.

The price for tickets at the gala starts at $200.

To buy tickets or for more information go to http://wildlife-museum.org/gala.

Politico to speak at WC library Oct. 2

Bay Area political commentator Joe Tuman will discuss the local and national political landscape 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Walnut Creek Library.

Tuman, broadcast political commentator and former Oakland mayoral candidate, will look at the future of redevelopment and its impact on California cities as well as pension reform and how local and state government is addressing this pressing issue, according to a news release.

The presentation is free and part of the Walnut Creek Library Foundation's Live! from the Library speaker series. It will be held in the Oak View Room at the library, 1644 N. Broadway. To reserve a seat or for more information go to www.wclibrary.org

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards