Lafayette

Plenty of city commission, committee openings

You say you've always wanted to serve on a city commission and help give back to the community? Here are a number of opportunities.

The city is looking to fill openings on the following commissions and committees -- Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Circulation Commission, Community Center Foundation, Capital Projects Assessment Committee, Creeks Committee, Design Review Commission, Downtown Street Improvement Master Plan Implementation Committee, Environmental Task Force, Parks, Trails, & Recreation Commission, Planning Commission, Public Art Committee, Senior Services Commission and Youth Services Commission

A Lafayette representative to the Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging, and an alternate representative to the Contra Costa County Library Commission, are also sought.

For more information, go to the city's homepage at http://www.ci.lafayette.ca.us/ and click on "Commissions and Committees."

Moraga

Loaves & Fishes garden party June 29

The Loaves & Fishes "Food For Thought" Summer Garden Party will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at Hacienda De Las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive in Moraga. Tickets are $75.

Enjoy fantastic food from local chefs, including Jeff Asadi from La Finestra, Stewart Beatty from Postino, John Townsend of Orinda Country Club, Kevin Weinberg of Walnut Creek Yacht Club, Gary Rust from Rustic Tavern, Eric Hopfinger of The Cooperage American Grille, Adam Carpenter of The Park Bistro & Bar, and James Porter, head chef at Loaves & Fishes.

Generations in Jazz will provide music. Register at www.loavesfishescc.org or call 925-687-6760.

'Buy a Rocket' campaign for July 4 fireworks

The town this year is again seeking contributions to help pay for the fireworks show that is part of the Fourth of July Celebration at Moraga Commons Park.

Donate $50 or more to the annual fireworks fundraising campaign to help keep this Moraga tradition alive. The goal is to again raise $24,000; donate online, or send checks (payable to Town of Moraga) to Town of Moraga, Attn: Buy-a-Rocket!, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga CA, 94556

The Fourth of July celebration also will include fun runs (including a 5-miler), a pancake breakfast, community booths, a kids bike parade, food booths and entertainment by Busta Groove.

Festivities at Moraga Commons run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; fireworks are set to start approximately 9:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.ci.moraga.ca.us/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=115649.

Mayor to join delegation to China

Mayor Ken Chew will join a delegation of Bay Area mayors making a trip to China June 16-27 in the name of encouraging partnerships between Silicon Valley local governments, and businesses in China, to increase investment, job growth, and business opportunities.

Sponsored by China Silicon Valley, the trip will take the local mayors to Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, and Shenzhen.

The Town of Moraga notes that the trip will not cost Moraga or its taxpayers any money.

ORINDA

New Teen Advisory Council members selected

Next year's Orinda Teen Advisory Council have been named, and they are Carolyn Brager and Allison Bogey, co-chairs; Ellie Reed, community outreach officer; Ella Nelson, community involvement officer; Katie Barber, treasurer; Samer Mathkour, records officer; Alexandra Shandalov, freshman representative; and Jessie Robinson, Yusef Mathkour and Anika Shandalov, intermediate school representatives. The City would like to thank the newly elected officers for their commitment to public service.

The council comes up with recommendations for the city and other local agencies on various issues, mostly those affecting teenagers.

Police department adopts neighborhood network

The Orinda Police Department has partnered with Nextdoor to help local neighbors stay in touch with the rest of their neighborhoods and with police, in the name of preventing crime.

The goal is for residents and police to better work together to improve safety and strengthen Neighborhood Watch efforts.

Through Nextdoor, Orinda residents can join private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services and even lost pets. The police department can post safety tips and crime alerts on Nextdoor websites within the city.

Those interested in joining their neighborhood's Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address. For answers to questions about their Nextdoor website, visit help.nextdoor.com.

City hosts blood drive June 25

The city will host a Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Orinda Community Center.

Walk-ins are welcome, and appointments can be made, as well. To schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org, and type "Orinda" in the box at the top of the face page that says "Give blood, find a blood drive."

Police department sets up email for tips

The police department has an email address for anonymous and non-anonymous crime tips.

The department is accepting tips at orindatip@cityoforinda.org. Police are providing the service for nonemergency investigative information only, and say the line will not be used to generate radio calls or send police to reporting locations.

For more information, contact the police department at 925-254-6820.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards

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