LAMORINDA

City, town offices close for holidays

City and town offices in Lamorinda are closed for the holidays.

Lafayette city offices will reopen Jan. 2. Orinda city offices will also reopen Jan. 2. During that time, the police department can be reached through the dispatch phone line at 925-284-5010.

Town of Moraga offices are scheduled to reopen Jan. 6.

Lafayette

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.

City leaders are accepting ideas for the reuse of the former library building and a doctor's office at 949 Moraga Road. A city council task force will study the ideas for the "highest, best and most fiscally responsible" uses for the sites. Task force members 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 is 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

Police collecting 'emergency' stuffed animals

New and gently used stuffed animals are being collected by the Moraga Police Officers Association as part of a the Stuffed Animals for Emergencies toy drive.

Stuffed animals may be dropped off in collection bins located in the lobby of the Moraga Police Department, 329 Rheem Boulevard. The donations will be distributed by the S.A.F.E. organization to police, fire and selected military agencies to benefit children coping with fire, natural disaster, trauma or loss of a loved one.

The drive runs through Jan. 2.

ORINDA

Multiagency city food drive

The city of Orinda, the Orinda Union School District and Republic Waste Services have teamed up to host a food drive benefiting the Contra Costa Food Bank.

Residents may donate nonperishable canned goods and packaged foods along with fruits and vegetables, rice, pasta, peanut butter and other "shelf stable" items. Republic Services will donate a matching amount of food. Items may be dropped off at Glorietta Elementary from Feb. 3-14.

For information, call food drive coordinator Aimee Stevens at 925-570-5654.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards