Lafayette

Taste of Lafayette caters to foodies May 21

Taste of Lafayette, the annual tour of 28 of Lafayette's finest eateries and caterers that lets participants sample the signature cuisine of each restaurant, takes place Tuesday, May 21, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Lafayette Plaza downtown.

There, diners will check in, listen to live music, enjoy a glass of wine sponsored by Wine Thieves, nosh on appetizers, and get a chance to join in on a raffle to raise money for the projects that the Lafayette Community Foundation will fund. Diners will then stroll down Lafayette's Restaurant Row on Mt. Diablo Blvd. or board the shuttle bus (sponsored by Diablo Foods) that will run up and down the boulevard. There is a "taste" at each of the 28 stops. After two hours of squeezing in as many "tastes" as possible, participants gather back in the park to enjoy coffee and dessert.

May is Restaurant Row month in Lafayette, in honor of the city's award-winning restaurants. To view Taste of Lafayette on YouTube, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r74ISEvnQsI.

Tickets for the event will be available through the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, at 100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 103. Visit www.lafayettechamber.org or call the chamber at 925-284-7404.

Las Huertas home hearing set for May 20

A hearing that could determine the fate of a house some Lafayette residents would like to see become a historical landmark is scheduled for Monday.

The owners of the Las Huertas Road property are requesting reconfiguration of two lots that will facilitate improvements to one lot and allow them to demolish a 1930s-era house on the other. Some neighbors and other residents are criticizing that idea and are planning to seek historical recognition for the house.

Three planning commissioners have recused themselves from the project: Jeanne Ateljevich, who lives near the property; Rick Humann, who prepared the land survey; and Patricia Curtin-Tinley, whose firm is representing a neighbor.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center community hall.

Moraga-Orinda Fire District

Sperling resigns from board

Moraga-Orinda Fire District board president Frank Sperling announced this week he is resigning from the board of directors effective May 24.

Sperling, whose term is up in 2014, is moving out of the district and no longer able to serve as a director. He was elected to the MOFD board in 2006.

The Moraga resident served on the town council and planning commission before his tenure with MOFD.

Fire Chief Randy Bradley said he plans to ask the board how they would like to fill the vacancy at a future board meeting. Their options include appointing a director, holding a special election or keeping the position open until the Nov. 2014 election. Bradley said he will explain the cost of each option at that meeting.

MORAGA

Senior Health Faire at Hacienda

A free health fair for seniors with speakers, workshops and presentations will be held May 21 at the Hacienda de las Flores.

The Lamorinda Senior Health and Information Faire will feature ten presentations including a keynote address on "Sherpas for Aging: Climbing the Mountain with Help," by radio personality Kira Reginato. Reginato is the host of the "Call Kira About Aging" radio show.

Other speakers include estate planning attorney Stefanie West who will lead a workshop on advance health care directives; a talk about senior nutrition by dietitian Susie Garcia of Nutrition for Your Lifestyle, and Dinah McFarlane of Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation who will address pet companionship for seniors.

The event will also feature complimentary food and refreshments and entertainment by the LaSalle Street Jazz Band. It is sponsored by Senior Helpers, the Moraga Movers and the Moraga Department of Recreation.

The Hacienda is located at 2100 Donald Drive.

For reservations, call 925-376-9900.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards