Spotlight on safety -- speed, distracted driving
Law enforcement officials from Moraga, Orinda and Lafayette are stressing safety during the "Slow Down Lamorinda" program, which runs through Aug. 31.
Police will focus weekly on specific areas within one city to target speed, distracted driving and other violations. The goal is to increase safety awareness and create tolerant drivers.
Residents are encouraged to sign a safe driving pledge and pick up free bumper stickers at police and fire stations.
Veterans sought for Fourth of July parade
The Orinda Association is seeking veterans to participate in this year's Fourth of July parade, with its theme of "Saluting Our Veterans."
Veterans of all military branches and of all ages are encouraged to take part as a show of appreciation for their service to the country.
To make arrangements to take part in the parade, call Steve Stahle at 925-324-4121 or call the Orinda Association office at 925-254-0800. Those interested also can email email@example.com.
Lively Friday nights at Plaza Park
It's movies in July and rock 'n' roll in August.
The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the city
"Movies in the Plaza" nights, with the featured attractions starting at dusk, include "Field of Dreams" on July 6; "Jaws" on July 13; "The Muppet Movie" on July 20; and "Iron Man" on July 27, all accompanied by a snack bar, compliments of Whole Foods.
This year's "Rock the Plaza" nights will feature The Floorshakers on Aug. 10; Mixed Nuts on Aug. 17; and Night Fever on Aug. 24. All three shows begin at 6 p.m. at the plaza.
Also, the Aug. 3 concert will be a Jazz Camp concert from 3 to 9 p.m. at Stanley Middle School.
The shows are produced and presented by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and are sponsored by Mechanics Bank, Whole Foods, itrim, C&M Party Props, Contra Costa Times, Minuteman Press and Red House Studios.
'GoLafayette' transit website up and running
GoLafayette, a web tool and "community campaign" designed to help local residents compare trip transportation options, has been unveiled this week, following a month live online on a "preview" basis.
GoLafayette was created to help residents consider all transportation options -- walking, biking, carpooling, scooters, school buses, public transportation, etc. -- for trips of various lengths. The idea is to cut down on some car trips, which reduces traffic and cuts down on pollution.
"We believe more people will utilize alternative forms of transportation if they understand the ease, convenience, cost savings, and even health benefits of these choices," said Michael Dawson, GoLafayette project leader, in a news release.
The central feature of GoLafayette is its "Trip Planner," used by entering the starting point and destination for a planned trip. A viewer is then shown information about the distance, time, cost, fuel use, emissions, calories burned and recommended route for each available transportation mode.
GoLafayette received significant financial contributions from the Lafayette Community Foundation, the city of Lafayette and 511ContraCosta.org, a countywide transportation planning site.
Author to talk about putting effort into peace
The Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center is sponsoring a new program that features local authors, called "Summer Reading at the Center."
The next featured author is Tom Mahon, whose topic is Occupy Technology ... as if people matter. He will speak at 7 p.m. July 12, in the Owl Room at the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane.
Mahon will discuss his new eBook, Reconnecting.calm: Finding common ground for science, technology and wisdom.
The suggested donation is $5. Refreshments will be served. Copies of Robinson's book will be available for purchase and for him to sign.
-- Compiled by Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards