Lafayette

'Terraces of Lafayette' review March 4

Planning commissioners will resume a hearing Monday on the possible impacts of constructing a 315-unit apartment complex on Deer Hill Road. Officials took public comment Jan. 7 on an environmental review of a plan to build the Terraces of Lafayette on 22 acres formerly known as "the Christmas tree lot." Environmental consultants also made a brief presentation on the report.

Commissioners questioned staff and asked for more information about some issues raised before deciding to continue their discussion. Staffers have asked for more time to respond.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center community hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard.

'Citizen of the Year' dinner March 22

Greg Moeller doesn't sit behind the dais at volunteer meetings, nor is he known for speaking out for causes or issues.

Moeller expresses his love for Lafayette in colors -- yellow, generally, as he blankets public spaces in the Happy Valley/Upper Happy Valley area with thousands of daffodils every year.

That digging and bulb-planting work has taken root in the hearts of those who live in that part of Lafayette, and for that work he has been selected as the city's 2013 Citizen of the Year.

Greg Moeller, Lafayette's 2013 Citizen of the Year, will be honored at a celebration dinner Friday, March 22 at the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa.

Moeller, known for his efforts to plant thousands of daffodils in the Happy Valley/Upper Happy Valley area each year, succeeds former County Supervisor Gayle Uilkema as Lafayette's Citizen of the Year.

Reservations for the dinner are required -- the reservation form is available on the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce website (www.lafayettechamber.org) home page, or by calling the chamber at 925-284-7404.

The Lafayette award is sponsored by the chamber and the Lamorinda Sun.

Have 'Coffee with the Mayor'

At "Coffee with the Mayor," residents can have an up-close and personal discussion with Mayor Mike Anderson and, unlike at city council meetings, speakers aren't cut off at the three-minute mark.

The next session is Friday, April 26 at the Lafayette Chamber Office, 100 Lafayette Circle, No. 103 beginning at 8 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

Mayor to narrate during symphony performance

Lafayette Mayor Mike Anderson is set to narrate passages from the "Don Quixote Suite" as part of a March 3 performance of that concerto by the Pacific Chamber Symphony at the Lafayette Library's Community Hall.

Also set to take part in this program is mandolinist Mike Marshall, a Piedmont resident who performed in Walnut Creek in September 2011 (Contra Costa Times, June 15, 2011).

Tickets are $35 general admission, $30 for seniors over 65 and $10 for students with ID. Go to www.brownpapertickets.com or call 800-838-3006 to order.

ORINDA

Marinda Wu now chemical society president

After a year as the organization's presient-elect, Marinda Li Wu of Orinda is now the 2013 president of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society -- the first Asian American and only the eighth woman to serve as president in thesociety's 137-year history.

As president-elect in 2012, Wu commissioned a task force, "Vision 2025: Helping ACS Members Thrive in the Global Chemistry Enterprise," to help chemists find jobs and succeed in the changing world marketplace.

Promoting public outreach and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education has long been a passion for Wu. She launched the first "Family Science Night" with a successful partnership between the Orinda Union School District and the local California Section of ACS. Since 1997, the California Section of ACS has worked with Bay Area school districts to offer popular Family Science Night programs.

Wu also introduced popular "Science Café" programs for the general public in Orinda restaurants several years ago. More recently, in a partnership between the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation and the California ACS Section, monthly "Science Café" programs attract large crowds to the Lafayette Library Community Hall with popular topics ranging from the "Science of Steinway and Sound" to "The Science of Art Conservation and the Sacred Art of Bhutan."

She lives in Orinda with her husband Norm, and they have two grown children.

Downtown parking issues under discussion

The city council has delayed discussion on a plan to help improve downtown parking, which some merchants say is sometimes affected by overflow parking from the BART station.

Responding to an Orinda Chamber of Commerce survey, business owners were concerned about BART-rider parking in the business district. Many also said they do not want parking meters installed, saying they would not "fit with Orinda's friendly, small town environment," and recommend a parking program specificallyto accommodate employees of downtown businesses.

Parking issues will be discussed again at future city council meetings.

MORAGA

Bollinger Valley Draft EIR up for review

A draft report on the environmental impacts of a proposed 126-home development in northeastern Moraga is up for public review.

The town will be accepting public comment on the Bollinger Valley draft EIR during a 45-day period following the draft's release. A copy of the report will be available for review at the town offices, the Hacienda de las Flores facility, the Moraga Library and online at www.moraga.ca.us.

The project's developer is asking for several appeals including a general plan amendment to build on the 186-acre site.

The planning commission will hold a hearing on the draft report following the 45-day period and will make a recommendation on the general plan amendment to the town council.

Blood drive set for Saturday at MVPC

Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church, working with the American Red Cross, is sponsoring a blood drive Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 10 Moraga Valley Lane.

Everyone is welcome; sign up online at redcrossblood.org (enter the Sponsor Code: Moraga925), and walk-ins are welcome, too.

For information, call Les Deane at 925-283-5648.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards