Lafayette

Farmer's market seeking council approval

City leaders will hear a request Monday from the operators of the Lafayette Farmer's Market for a re-approval of a permit that will allow them to return to the south BART parking lot.

Operators Urban Village Farmer's Market Association are asking the city council to approve a temporary land use permit that will allow them to operate at the parking lot site with a reduced number of vendors they say will increase the supply of customer parking at the lot's entrance. To deal with parking issues, the city is also requiring the operators to clearly identify approved and prohibited parking and will revoke the permit if illegal parking continues.

The Sunday market will now run May through November.

County 4-H centennial coming up

Contra Costa County 4-H'ers are joining clubs across the state for the California 4-H centennial this year to create positive impacts in their communities.

Locally, the Lamorinda 4-H -- the largest of eight clubs in the county -- has 100 members from Pleasant Hill, Martinez, and Lafayette, Orinda and Moraga who are among more than 500 participating youths. It is estimated there are more than one million 4-H alumni in California today, and some 17,000 volunteers who receive training and support from professional staff members in best practices for youth development.


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Long gone are the days of "only cows and cooking," according to Anthony Cannon, the youth chair of the Lamorinda 4-H centennial celebration. 4-H has an array of projects, including raising animals and cooking, to robotics and rocketry, veterinary science, consumer awareness and more.

The UC 4-H development program is part of the Cooperative Extension system, with offices in every county statewide.

For more information, visit www.ca4h.org.

ORINDA

Council looks at infrastructure projects

Officials this week approved a number of new infrastructure projects for inclusion in the city's 2014 capital improvement plan.

City leaders are hoping to receive funding for three projects that are eligible for various grants through the OneBayArea Grant program, which combines grants from the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments.

The projects include pavement repairs to Ivy Drive totaling $636,000; streetscape improvements in the Crossroads area totaling $500,000, and $95,000 worth of sidewalk improvements on Ivy Drive near Orinda Intermediate School, and Coral Drive.

The projects wil, according to public works and engineering staff.

MORAGA

Town considering traffic roundabout

Town leaders are eyeing grants that if awarded, could be used to fund a roundabout at the Rheem Boulevard and St. Marys Road intersection.

Officials on April 10 approved submitting applications for One Bay Area Grant Funds totaling up to $1.5 million that would fund pedestrian and bicycle facilities near two proposed residential projects. They include a new sidewalk on Camino Ricardo or bike and multiuse paths along portions of Moraga Way.

But the largest chunk of grant money would fund construction of a roundabout connecting St. Mary's College with the Moraga Center Specific Plan area. In 2009, officials estimated the project would cost $500,000; they are requesting up to $1 million.

The town is also considering the circle as a required mitigation measure in the Bollinger Valley Project environmental review. That project calls for 126 units on a 186-acre site on Bollinger Canyon Road.

The grant would require Moraga to provide at least $172,050 in matching funds.

Skate park parking lot opens

City officials on Thursday celebrated the opening of the Lamorinda Skatepark parking lot whose construction was jointly financed by the city of Lafayette and Orinda and the town of Moraga.

The parking lot, located at the Moraga Commons Park, can now accommodate an additional 27 cars and will relieve congestion created after the park's construction in 2003. Plans for the lot included parking spaces for persons with disabilities and landscaping.

The park is located at 1425 St. Marys Road.

Volunteers for town cleanup, triathlon needed

Volunteers are being sought for the upcoming town cleanup and annual triathlon.

Volunteers are needed to help clean up the Moraga Commons Park from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20 during the "Moraga Beautiful" event. Participants should wear painting/work clothes. Groups, teams and individuals are welcome.

Volunteers are also needed during the Moraga Triathlon April 27, at Campolindo High School and throughout town from 5:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. For more information, e-mail tri@moraga.ca.us.

Bollinger Valley Draft EIR comments sought

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

The town will be accepting public comment on the Bollinger Valley draft EIR until 5 p.m. April 23. 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 approvals including a general plan amendment to build on the 186-acre site.

Garden Farm plant sales through April 21

The Moraga Gardens Farm's annual plant sale continues on Saturdays and Sundays through April 21. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each sale day.

The timing of the sale is ideal, as it is optimum to wait until April 15 to plant vegetables outdoors in Lamorinda.

More than 2,800 organic plants grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides will be offered. Plants include many hard to find heirloom varieties, which have proved to do well in Lamorinda -- 20 types of tomatoes, four kinds of eggplants, eight peppers and nine different herbs.

Cost of the 4-inch potted plants is $2, and of 1-gallon plants are $5. Proceeds will help pay for the operating expenses of running the farm.

Moraga Gardens Farm grows a variety of vegetables and fruits, which are shared by the volunteer members, local markets, and local charitable organizations that fed the hungry, including the Contra Costa Food Bank. The farm is located at 1370 Moraga Road, just south of the Moraga Fire Department.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards