Lafayette

Twelfth annual 9/11 remembrance, vigil

The Lafayette Flag Brigade's 12th Annual 9/11 Remembrance and Candlelight Vigil takes place starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 on El Curtola Boulevard overcrossing of Highway 24, on the Lafayette-Walnut Creek border.

Billed as the largest overpass flag display in the state, the observance will also include a flag folding ceremony, the local Blue Star Moms, the Lafayette Boy Scouts Color Guard, a special 12th anniversary music program, VIP speakers, live local singers and the 9/11 Memorial Theatre, as well as the candlelight vigil at dusk.

This is a family oriented, educational and nonpolitical event where all are welcome. There will be free commemorative flags for children. For more information, see the website www.nevereverforget911.com

Art and Wine Festival coming up

The 18th annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival takes place Sept. 21-22 in downtown Lafayette, with art, wine and four stages with live music from 20 bands.

In addition to the artists and wine crafters, there will be great food and the largest selection of wine, beer and ale of any Bay Area festival, organizers say.

This family- and dog-friendly regional event attracts more than 100,000 people over the weekend.


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Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, and 10. m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. Admission is free, and free parking is available at the Lafayette BART station, with free shuttle service from that parking lot. There also will be free secure valet bike parking.

Music workshop, scholarship competition

The Contra Costa Performing Arts Society is offering an intensive 1-day Music Ensemble Workshop and Scholarship Competition from 12:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Bentley School in Lafayette for talented classical and jazz high school musicians.

This workshop will include a practice period, in which participants will individually practice assigned repertoire in the weeks leading up to the workshop date. On Nov. 17, participants will meet at Bentley School and practice their pieces with distinguished, professional jazz or classical performers already familiar with the repertoire. That evening, at 7 p.m., participants will showcase their pieces in a free evening concert, where they may win scholarship prizes. Scholarship prizes will be offered to the top several groups, depending on the number of groups participating, with awards of up to $75 per member of the group.

Past coaches include members of the acclaimed Alexander String Quartet, the Cypress String Quartet, and the Stanford Wind Quintet. Snacks, dinner, and the evening concert's DVD will be provided to participants.

Applicants must attend high school or reside in Contra Costa County and may apply as a preformed group (encouraged) or as individual players willing to be assigned to a new group. Participation fee is $35, refunded to applicants not selected. An application form is available at www.ccpas.org under the "Student Chapter" tab; applications must be postmarked by Aug. 28.

Library's teen board seeks applicants

Local teenagers ages 12 to 18 interested in joining the Lafayette Library and Learning Center 's Teen Advisory Board are encouraged to attend a Sept. 10 meeting at the library.

This group was started in November 2012 with the goal of giving teens the ability to help decide what programs to have in the library and what items they would like to have in the library's Young Adult collection.

Some of the boards' main accomplishments include raising over $300 for the library's holiday food drive and introducing new magazines to the Young Adult collection. Participants can gain leadership and teamwork experience for their college applications or work resume.

The meeting, open to all teens in that age group, is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the library's Teen Center.

MORAGA

Chip seal demonstration Friday morning

The town is holding a demonstration today at 9 a.m. of a surface treatment to be applied to some residential roads to extend their service life.

Mayor Dave Trotter, Town Manager Jill Keimach, Public Works Director Edric Kwan and project team members will be on hand for a chip seal demonstration at the intersection of Stafford Road and Fernwood Drive. Parking is limited but is available on Longfield Place.

Interested residents can watch the contractor demonstrate the chip seal portion of cape seals being applied to a number of street segments as part of the town's 2013 pavement repair project. The construction contract for the project is $2.15 million, according to Kwan.

The chip seal -- rubberized liquid asphalt and rock chips -- will be covered by a slurry layer. This is the first time the town has used cape seals.

Recent chip seal treatments in Lafayette caused an uproar among residents there. The city decided to place slurry seals over the chips seals as a remedial measure. For more information, visit www.moraga.ca./paving.

Council to tackle historic preservation

The Town Council will meet Aug. 28 to discuss an ordinance that would establish guidelines for historic preservation and landmark status of buildings in Moraga.

If approved, the ordinance will allow the town to identify and protect certain buildings, sites and other resources including the Hacienda de las Flores, the Moraga Ranch and the Rheem Theatre. The council discussed preserving the theater in March after code issues forced operators to close three screens earlier this year.

The council will also hear a status report on the development of a strategic plan for the town-owned Hacienda de las Flores property.

The Moraga Planning Commission will also resume meeting in September.

ORINDA

Red Cross blood drive Sept. 11

A Red Cross blood drive will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Parks and Recreation Department, 28 Orinda Way. There is an urgent need for platelet donors and donors with O negative, B negative and A negative blood.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org and type in the sponsor code "Orinda."

Orinda Night Out, the city's annual crime prevention and safety event, will be held from 5 p.m. -8 p.m. Sept. 12.

The event is held in neighborhoods around the city. City council members, the city manager, the police chief and other fire and safety personnel are available to attend events. For information and to schedule visits, call 510-910-0311 or e-mail pattiyoung1@comcast.net.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards