Lafayette

Terraces of Lafayette design review Oct. 28

Design review commissioners will resume a discussion Oct. 28 on plans submitted by the developers of the proposed Terraces of Lafayette complex to construct 315 apartments on a hillside near Acalanes High School.

Design leaders began reviewing the proposal at a meeting Sept. 30 and asked developers to provide alternative designs. Plans call for 14 two-story and three-story buildings and include a 13,300 square-foot clubhouse and 569 parking spaces.

The circulation commission is scheduled to continue hearing transportation issues related to the development at a meeting Oct. 21.

LAMORINDA

Arts Alliance open studios tour on tap

Nearly 30 artists will display their work in nine locations in Moraga, Orinda and Lafayette Oct. 19-20 as part of the Lamorinda Arts Alliance Open Studios event.

A printable map is available on the alliance's website at laa4art.org. Artwork by participating artists is also on display at the Orinda Library. An opening reception will be held Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the library, which is located at 26 Orinda Way.

The open studios event runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Artist will be showing work in mediums including glass and clay.

Moraga-Orinda Fire District


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Staffing model workshop Wednesday

A public workshop to explore possible staffing changes within the Moraga-Orinda Fire District will be held Wednesday 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 a meeting earlier this month 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.

MORAGA

Saint Mary's College Guild Italian Night

The Saint Mary's College Guild will hold an Italian night fundraiser Saturday 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.

Oktoberfest fundraiser this Sunday

An Oktoberfest-style fundraiser featuring bratwurst, beer, live music and more will be held Sunday at the Hacienda de las Flores.

Organized by the Hacienda Foundation of Moraga, the family-oriented event will include an oompah band, German specialties such as sauerkraut, strudel and pretzels, and a pumpkin patch with pumpkin painting. A car show organized by the Diablo Regional Porsche Club is also on tap.

The event runs from 2-6 p.m. at 2100 Donald Drive.

Admission is $5 for adults; free for children. All proceeds will go toward the Hacienda's renovation and restoration.

For information, visit www.haciendafoundation.org

ORINDA

School facilities task force looks for input

An Orinda School District Facilities Task Force will meet regularly 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