Lamorinda

Diablo Ballet set to open 19th season

Diablo Ballet, the award-winning Walnut Creek-based dance company, begins its 19th season with a program Nov. 16 and 17 at the Lesher Center for the Arts with a program featuring Shakespeare, a Latin fair and a world premiere.

The California Premiere of "Lento a Tempe a Appassionato" by renowned choreographer Vicente Nebrada of Ballet Nacional de Caracas features the music of Alexander Scriabin performed live. "The Moor's Pavane," by legendary modern dance choreographer Jose Limon, is brought to life in a coproduction with Diablo Ballet and sjDANCEco, capturing the intrigue and emotion of Shakespeare's "Othello."

Broadway choreographer Sean Kelly creates the world premiere of "A Swingin' Holiday," which mixes favorite holiday songs with swing dance and swing music, accompanied by a live 16 -piece big band under the direction of Diablo Ballet Music Director Greg Sudmeier.

Performances are tonight at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets -- $36 to $52 depending on performance -- may be ordered by calling the Lesher Center box office at 925-943-7469 or visiting www.LesherCenter.org

'Scouting for Food' 2012 drive concludes Saturday

Area Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will collect nonperishable food from front steps and porches around Contra Costa County this coming Saturday as part of the Scouts' national "Scouting for Food" program.


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The food collected is given to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano for its holiday food baskets.

An estimated 6,000 Contra Costa Scouts on Nov. 10 left door hangers asking residents to leave bags and boxes of food for pickup this Saturday, Nov. 17. Pickup takes place after 9 a.m.

For more information call Jim Mattson at 925-408-4065 or Joe Squeri at 925-674-6123, or go to our Blog at sff-mdsc.blogspot.com

Lafayette

Town Center complex hearing set for Nov. 20

City leaders will hold a special meeting Tuesday to consider special allowances for a planned 72-condominium development near Lafayette BART.

Officials will discuss approvals for a smaller, four-story building than initially proposed and an amendment to the city's BART Block Specific Plan which sets building heights at three stories and 35 feet in an area of downtown. The project is the third phase of the Town Center project of shops and apartments near mass transit.

The council voted in October to send plans for the third phase of the Town Center project back to the city's design review and planning commissions after discussing the building's design and mass. They heard a suggestion this week from city staff to approve the project with the condition it be sent back to the Design Review Commission for more work on plans for the building's exterior. Council members voted to continue the matter. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard.

MORAGA

Moraga leaders propose Adobe preservation plan

Town leaders are reaching out to the Orinda City Council to preserve a historic adobe on land planned for development.

In a letter to Orinda council members, Moraga leaders offer several suggestions to protect the Joaquin Moraga Adobe and preserve it as an educational resource for all. They include giving a nonprofit, regional, state or other group the opportunity to purchase the Adobe and a nearby lot, and transferring the adobe to a public or nonprofit entity.

Some Orinda and Moraga residents have objected to plan by J & J Ranch LLC to construct a 13-lot subdivision surrounding the adobe. The Orinda City Council approved initial plans Oct. 9.

The Orinda council is scheduled to hear an appeal of the project Nov. 27.

Orinda

Open House Dec. 4 for Boy Scout Troop 57

All boys ages 10 (fifth grade or higher) through 17 are welcome to attend Boy Scout Troop 57's Open House, Dec. 4 starting at 7:10 p.m. at the Orinda Intermediate School Multi-Purpose Room, 80 Ivy Drive.

This will be a gathering in which boys who might have an interest in joining Boy Scouts can participate in one of our meetings and learn more about this troop.

For more information, contact David Finger at 925-247-0077 or by email at davidfinger@speakeasy.net

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards