Lafayette

City entrance signs approved, for $102,358

City leaders have approved funding a trio of new entrance signs that will replace existing signs at Oakhill, Pleasant Hill and Acalanes roads.

The new signs are expected to cost $102,358 after officials decided to include LED lighting for illumination. The city council approved the design for the three markers at a meeting in September despite continued objections from some residents about the cost.

Councilwoman Traci Reilly voted against the signs, saying what had started out as a "modest repair project" had become something else and expressed concerns about the cost.

The stone, steel and cedar wood signs will be fabricated by Richmond-based Thomas Swan Sign Company, which has created signs for the library and other Lafayette sites. The cost does not include planting, irrigation, overall excavation or any existing demolition, according to a project proposal. City staff did not offer an exact timeline for their installation.

City still seeks projects for vacant sites

The city has received a handful of project proposals for two vacant parcels near downtown that include the relocation of city offices and school district expansion. However, staffers are still accepting proposals for the buildings reuse.


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City leaders are accepting ideas for the reuse of the former library building and a doctor's office at 949 Moraga Road. The city council recently decided to form a task force to study ideas for the "highest, best and most fiscally responsible" uses for the sites. Task force members are expected to be appointed this month and will begin analyzing proposals in January with recommendations to the council targeted for April or May, according to City Manager Steve Falk.

An application form is available on the city's website at www.lovelafayette.org under "Hot Topics." Proposals should be submitted to the city manager by Jan. 1.

Youth writing and photography contest

The Lafayette Youth Arts Society has begun accepting entries for their youth writing and photography contest through their website www.lafayetteyouthartssociety.com. Entries may also be dropped off at the Lafayette Library or Barnes and Noble in Walnut Creek.

There is a 1,000-word limit for written entries. Photos may be any size but should be submitted in a digital format. Additional information and entry details will is posted on the group's website. There are no entry fees. The contest deadline is Jan. 15.

Judges include author Daniel Handler, also known as "Lemony Snicket," and landscape photographer Gary Crabbe. For information, contact lafayetteyouthartssociety@gmail.com.

MORAGA

'State of the Town' address Nov. 21

A state of the town address and volunteer recognition night will be held Nov. 21 at the Moraga Country Club.

The annual event will include an update of town issues, finances and activities by Mayor Dave Trotter. Exceptional community volunteers will also be honored.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at 1600 Saint Andrews Drive.

For information, visit ci.moraga.ca.us.

ORINDA

City seeks applications for treasurer

The city of Orinda is accepting applications from residents interesting in serving as the city's treasurer.

The treasurer is appointed by the city council and is responsible for duties including overseeing the city's moneys, bonds and securities; investing available funds and idle cash as guided by the city's investment policy; maintaining records of city investments and preparing reports.

Applicants should be familiar with state and city codes relating to public funds and have skills their investment. The two-year term expires Feb. 28, 2016.

Applications, a position description and copies of the city's investment policy are available at the city clerk's office, 22 Orinda Way. The deadline is Dec. 6.

For information, call 925-253-4221.

OIS' 'The Trial of Robin Hood' through Saturday

With two casts of 49 student performers and an additional 16 students serving on tech crew, Orinda Intermediate School's Bulldog Theater will stage its production of "The Trial of Robin Hood" at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. today, and at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the OIS theater at 80 Ivy Drive in Orinda.

The town of Nottingham is busy preparing for May Day festivities when the ruthless Sheriff of Nottingham enters with Robin Hood, now captured. The sheriff wants to make an example of Robin Hood and hang him without a trial, but is surprised by the arrival of King Richard's judge who insists that the townsfolk have a voice. He asks them to re-enact Robin's adventures and the real hero of this classic tale is revealed.

Performances are $8 standard, $10 premium (reserved seating). Tickets are available at www.showtix4u.com and at the door.

Contra Costa

Dems to hear about taking big money out of politics

Public interest advocate Derek Cressman will discuss "Pushing Back on the Supreme Court: How to Get Big Money Out of Politics" at the meeting of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road in Walnut Creek.

Cressman will talk about how voters can work to pass a constitutional amendment establishing that unlimited campaign spending is not free speech and corporations do not have the constitutional rights of actual people.

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 next workshop will take place on Jan. 25 and will focus on mammals.

The workshop 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.

Walnut Creek ice rink returns Friday

Walnut Creek on Ice opens Friday, and for its ninth year, the outdoor holiday ice rink will open with a Children's Winter Festival on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The free event includes figure skating, live skating performances, face painting, balloon artist, refreshments, live entertainments and giveaways. The rink, located in Civic Park, is put on every year by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and Walnut Creek Downtown. The rink's last day will be Jan. 12.

The rink will open at noon Monday through Friday and at 11 a.m. on weekends. It closes at 8 p.m. every day except Friday and Saturday, when it stays open until 11 p.m.

The price for admission depends on time and day and ranges from $11-$15 which includes a skate rental. Frequent skater passes are available. Birthday party and other private rentals are available for purchase. For more information and for holiday operating hours, go to www.IceSkateWanutCreek.com or call 925-935-7669.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards