Lafayette

Hike to help save Twin Canyon camp

The Twin Canyon Girl Scout Camp in Lafayette, adjacent to Briones Regional Park, will host a hike Saturday to the ridge to raise money to help preserve the camp.

Twin Canyon has been threatened with closure for the past few years as the Girl Scouts of Northern California determines which of their properties can be made self-sustaining.

For a $50 donation, hikers can ascend the rough Junior Trail through the camp and return via East Bay Regional Park Trails for a "camp brunch." The one- to-two-hour hike is suitable for hikers 12 and older, as the terrain is quite steep.

The event opens at 7 a.m. Saturday and closes at 11 a.m. Register online only to help preserve this important link in Lafayette's open space buffer at http://girlscoutsnorcal.doubleknot.com/event/hike-a-thon-to-preserve-twin-canyon-girl-scout-camp-10052013/1334899

Lamorinda

Saturday, Sunday animal blessing ceremonies

separate animal blessing ceremonies, both Celebrating the Feast of Saint Francis, take place this weekend in Lamorinda, and anyone and their animals -- hamsters, gerbils, dogs, cats, birds, fish, ferrets, lizards, rabbits, horses or any companion animal -- is welcome to take part.


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Lafayette United Methodist Church's Pet Blessing takes place Saturday, Oct. at 4 p.m. at the church courtyard, 955 Moraga Road in Lafayette.

On Sunday, Saint Giles' Episcopal Church will host a similar blessing, at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Saint Mary's College Chapel plaza, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga. That will be preceded by the church's Holy Eucharist service at 9 a.m. in the Saint Mary's chapel.

Moraga-Orinda Fire District

Staffing model workshop Oct. 16

A public workshop to explore possible staffing changes within the Moraga-Orinda Fire District will be held Oct. 16 at the Orinda Community Center.

Interim fire Chief Stephen Healy will present ideas for cross-staffing ambulances and other possible service alternatives before directors listen to public input. District officials are emphasizing that the session is strictly for information-gathering, and that no decisions will be made at the meeting.

Suggestions by the public made at an Oct. 2 meeting in Moraga include providing paramedic training to all fire staff; making the workweek longer; instituting across-the-board salary reductions and increasing a special tax in Moraga for capital equipment and facility needs. The district is grappling with yet another annual deficit budget and more than $80 million in pension and health care debt.

The workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 8. For information, visit www.mofd.org.

Station 41 open house, pancake breakfast

The fire district will hold an open house and pancake breakfast from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday.

The open house will include fire extinguisher training, live demonstrations and visits from Smokey Bear. The event kicks off National Fire Prevention Week, whose focus this year is "Prevent Kitchen Fires."

Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m.

The events will be held at Moraga Station 41, 1280 Moraga Way. For information, visit www.mofd.org.

MORAGA

Saint Mary's College Guild Italian Night

The Saint Mary's College Guild will hold an Italian night fundraiser Oct. 12 to raise money for financial aid scholarships.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. at the college's Soda Center and will feature accordion music by Gene Falcone. The cost is $35 per person. Checks should be made payable to the St. Mary's College Guild.

Contact Pat Wiegmann at 925-376-6088.

ORINDA

Library strategic meeting Saturday

A town-hall meeting to discuss library service will be held Saturday in Founders Auditorium inside the Orinda Community Center.

The 90-minute meeting is being organized by the Contra Costa County Library. County residents are being asked to share ideas for how the library can better serve their communities.

The discussion begins 10:30 a.m. For information, visit www.ccclib.org.

City installs new recycling cans

The city's public works department has installed five new recycling cans for glass bottles, aluminum cans and plastic bottles in the downtown area.

The new containers were purchased with an annual beverage container recycling grant. The new cans are located near existing cans.

For more information about the city's recycling program, contact Public Works & Engineering Services director Chuck Swanson at cswanson@cityoforinda.org.

School facilities task force looks for input

An Orinda School District Facilities Task Force will meet regularly from September through November to gather

public input on updates to the district's updated Master Facility Plan on issues related to the improvement of district facilities.

This plan contains recommendations for the use of funds from the recent sale of the Pine Grove property. It is anticipated that the task force shall present its recommendations to the school board this November.

These meetings will be scheduled in the evenings at the district office, 25 Orinda Way-Suite 200, plus one meeting per school site: Oct. 17 (Glorietta) and Oct. 24 (Wagner Ranch), All meetings -- at the school district office and at each school -- begin at 7 p.m.

For questions, contact the Superintendent's Office at 925-258-6201.

Contra Costa

Get 'up close' at Lindsay Wildlife Museum

Lindsay Wildlife Museum introduces "Saturday Keeper Workshops" that let young animal lovers meet the museum's professional animal keepers, and learn how they do their jobs caring for the museum's resident animal ambassadors.

The first workshop will be held 9 a.m. Sept. 28 and will focus on raptors. The second workshop will take place on Jan. 25 and will focus on mammals.

Both workshops will take place at the museum, 1931 First Ave., in Walnut Creek. The cost is $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. For more information call 925-627-2913 or go to wildlife-museum.org.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards