ORINDA

Budget and capital improvement plan OK'd

The city's two-year budget and five-year capital improvement plan have been adopted by city leaders.

According to the budget, the city will begin fiscal year 2014 with about $7.49 million in the general fund. Staffers are projecting the city will receive $10.6 million in revenue next year and about $10.8 million in 2015. Officials have also agreed to augment their general fund reserve and set aside more money for a general plan update.

The city has also planned merit increases for eligible employees in all departments while continuing to offer the same benefits package, despite projected increases in health premiums.

For budget details, visit www.cityoforinda.org

Fehrnstrom elected Wine Institute board chairman

Orinda resident Chris Fehrnstrom, chief marketing officer of Constellation Brands' Wine & Spirits Division, was elected Wine Institute board chairman for the 2013-2014 year The election was held at the institute's 79th Annual Meeting of Members in Santa Barbara.

Before joining the Constellation in 2002, Fehrnstrom held key roles at the former Wine.com as well as Domaine Chandon and E. & J. Gallo Winery.

The San Francisco-based Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy association representing nearly 1,000 California wineries.

MORAGA

Town set to resume budget talks June 26

The town council is set to resume budget talks at a meeting June 26 following discussions last month about the draft 2013-2014 budget and capital improvement plan.

Officials are estimating the town will end the current fiscal year with a $98,681 general fund surplus. They are projecting revenues of $7.95 million, including $1 million in Measure K taxes to be spent on roads next year, and expenditures of $7.45 million including about $1.1 million for the town's street pavement management program. For budget details, visit www.moraga.ca.us.

PD's 'Kid's Day' July 13 at the New Rheem

The Moraga Police Department is once again teaming with the New Rheem Theatre to sponsor a "Kids Day" from noon to 3 p.m. July 13 at the New Rheem Theatre, a fundraising event to benefit the Special Olympics Northern California.

The event will consist of a special matinee showing of the kids movie "Despicable Me" (starting at 11 a.m. for $5 per ticket), plus a festival of fun activities, including a bounce house, balloon animals and face painting, carnival games with prizes, kids fingerprinting, food, a raffle of prizes including items donated by local businesses and more. Moraga police officers will staff the activities.

Everyone is welcome.

Lafayette

'A Day in the Life of Lafayette' contest

A citywide photo event designed to capture how residents see Lafayette over 24 hours will be held today, when those who live or work in the city will take pictures in the city anytime between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. One submission per photographer will be accepted at city offices starting July 12 until July 30 at 5:30 p.m. Photos will then be reviewed by the Lafayette Public Art Committee, and winning selections displayed at the Library Art Gallery in the Community Hall.

Photographers under 18 should include their age and school. Photographs must be appropriate for public display. For more information, visit the city's website.

Children's class at Lafayette Community Garden

A gardening class for children ages 3-7 will be offered June 22 at the Lafayette Community Garden.

"Roots, Stems, Leaves and Flowers" will explore plants and their parts, including uses. The class will be taught by preschool teacher Heather Plumb and garden manager and environmental educator Leah Ingram. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

The class begins at 10:30 a.m. at the garden, 3932 Mt. Diablo Boulevard.

The garden will also be hosting a story and craft hour for children of all ages Tuesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. beginning June 18. The program runs through August 6.

For information, visit http://lafayettecommunitygarden.org

Terraces of Lafayette appeal Monday

A continued hearing of an appeal from lawyers seeking a modified environmental review of a proposed 315-unit apartment complex on behalf of the project's owners and developers will be held Monday.

City Council members will consider an the appeal of the Terraces of Lafayette complex by lawyers who are asking city leaders to certify the Terraces' EIR but reject conclusions about the project's impacts, which they argue don't line up with expert analysis.

The owners and developers have applied for a number of permits which have not yet been approved.

Joint chamber mixer to help troops

It's the mother of all mixers. Join the Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, Greater Concord, Orinda, and Hispanic Chambers of Commerce for a "Seven-Chamber Mixer" on Wednesday, July 10. Each chamber will be hosting a food sample table, prepared by a restaurant in their city. Corners Tavern will represent Walnut Creek. The $5 entrance fee will be donated to Operation Marine Care to purchase items for care packages that will be sent to troops overseas. Raffle tickets will be sold for items donated by chamber members, with the proceeds going to Operation Marine Care.

The mixer will take place 5:30 p.m. July 10 at the Lafayette Events Center, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette.

-- Jennifer Modenessi and Sam Richards