Moraga

Moraga Triathlon April 26

The annual Moraga Triathlon will be held April 26 at the Soda Aquatic Center at Saint Mary's College.

Open to athletes of all ages, the event kicks off at 7:30 a.m. and features a 400-meter swim, a 14-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. Check-in begins at 6 a.m. at the Campolindo High School Quad/Transition area, 300 Moraga Road.

Registration will be offered the day of the event, including youth divisions for children. Fees range from $39-$129.

For information, call 925-888-7035 or visit www.moragatri.com

Nobel nominee Mother Agnes at Saint Mary's

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Mother Agnes Mariam will speak Tuesday, April 29 at Saint Mary's College about "Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: Challenges and Prospects."

The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. in the LeFevre Theatre at Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga.

She was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts with the Mussalaha Reconciliation Initiative (a Syrian community-based nonviolent collective) to find a peaceful alternative process of government transition in Syria. The talk is free an open to the public.

Saint Mary's College Guild spring fashion show Saturday


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A Roaring '20s-themed spring fashion show fundraiser and luncheon will be held April 26 at Saint Mary's College. Sponsored by the Saint Mary's College Guild, the event will be held at the college's Soda Center and includes an on-site boutique featuring clothes from Specialtees of Lafayette. The boutique opens at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit scholarships for Saint Mary's students seeking financial aid.

Tickets are $50 each; for reservations, call Cyndie Harrison, 925-820-8002.

Moraga-Orinda Fire District

District receives $588,420 general fund boost

Moraga-Orinda Fire District directors have accepted a one-time $588,420 cash insurance dividend that will be placed in the district's ailing general fund.

The board voted April 16 to accept the dividend from the Fire Agencies Self Insurance System, of which the district is a member, following a recommendation from Administrative Services Director Gloriann Sasser said one option is to put the money in the general fund. Another option is to leave the money with the Insurance System to absorb future member rate increases and other workers' compensation costs.

The infusion bolsters the district's general fund whose expenses were projected to once again exceed revenue this fiscal year.

The district is planning to discuss the budget at a board meeting May 21 during a look at the 2014-15 budget.

Sleepy Hollow 'Firewise' meeting May 8

An Orinda neighborhood will be feted at a community meeting May 8 for receiving national recognition for its wildfire preparedness efforts.

The city's Sleepy Hollow neighborhood was recently recognized by the National Firewise Communities Program for its efforts to protect people and properties in wildland/urban interfaces that are at risk for fire. To earn the recognition, residents participated in a number of activities including wildfire hazard training, property risk evaluation and local interagency cooperation to update Sleepy Hollow Elementary School's Emergency Evacuation path.

The neighborhood is the first community in Contra Costa County to be recognized as a Firewise Community.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Sleepy Hollow Elementary School multipurpose room. For information, visit www.mofd.org or www.firewise.org/usa.

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Earth Day/Wildlife festival Sunday

The annual Friends of Wagner Ranch Earth Day/Wildlife Festival takes place April 27.

The free event will feature a scavenger hike, composting workshops and cooking with solar ovens.

Festivities run from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wagner Ranch Nature Area near Wagner Ranch Elementary, 350 Camino Pablo. Participants include Friends of Orinda Creeks, Parents for a Safer Environment and Orinda beekeeper Steve Gentry.

For information, contact www.fwrna.org

Teen Advisory Council seeks officers

The city's Teen Advisory Council is seeking volunteers interested in serving as officers for the 2014-15 school year.

Available positions include two co-chairs, a community involvement officer, community outreach officer, treasurer and records officer and sophomore, freshman and intermediate school representatives.

Applications are available at the Orinda Community Center or by e-mailing tfaulk@cityoforinds.org. They are due 4 p.m. May 5.

The council, comprising sixth- to 12th graders, meets the first Monday of the month at the Orinda Community Center. For info, call Troy Faulk at 925-253-4204.

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