Moraga

Prostitution Solicitation at Rheem Shopping Center Massage Parlor in Moraga

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From the Moraga PD:

The Moraga Police Department conducted an investigation into possible illicit activities occurring at Wonderful Spa, a massage parlor located at 450 Center Street in the Rheem Shopping Center in Moraga

With the assistance of the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, an undercover operation on 8/28/14 at approx. 1656 hours resulted in the arrest of 52-year-old Situ Li of San Leandro for misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution. Li was booked at the Moraga Police Department and released on a signed Promise to Appear. The incident is also being investigated for possible use permit violations against the business. Please contact Sergeant Brian South at 925-888-7052 for any inquiries.

home/made kitchen café & bakery Opens in Moraga

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337 Rheem Blvd, Moraga

Earlier this month we learned that home/made kitchen cafe & bakery would be opening soon in Moraga near 24 Fitness and they have now opened. I dropped by recently and tried their Chef’s Scramble (2 eggs, spinach, bacon, goat cheese), served with fruit and potatoes and it was delicious, as was their fig scone, yum! There is plenty of space both inside and out and the warm, natural lighting is a nice complement to the cozy atmosphere. For now they’re open for breakfast, brunch and lunch until 2pm with their coffee bar open until 4pm on weekdays. Check out their website here.

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Check out photos of the inside including a closeup of the chef’s scramble and menusContinue reading

California Independent Film Festival Sept. 11th – 14th in Orinda and Moraga

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California Independent Film Festival:

Orinda Theatre & New Rheem Theatre
4 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda/350 Park St, Moraga
Thursday, September 11th – Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Welcome to the 17th annual California Independent Film Festival! This year’s festival is expanding to San Francisco with screenings at the Castro Theater. Anyone who has not had a chance to see a movie in this beautiful venue should attend one of the events. The Castro is definitely worth visiting! This year, the CAIFF Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and I hope that you will take the opportunity to meet the filmmakers who will be in attendance, as well as the other festival attendees. There is a wide range and variety of films, so everyone should be able to find what they like.

For our schedule, please visit caiff.org. Thank you for participating with us in this great event!

Friday Question of the Day – How Young is Too Young to Head a Soccer Ball?

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Photo by Flickr user heisnofool

The fall kids soccer season is about to begin. Earlier this summer I read about US women soccer stars getting the word out on the dangers of children heading soccer balls with, “guidelines calling for the elimination of heading the ball by players younger than 14″ due to the potential for brain injuries. The article notes that, “many soccer organizations in the United States suggest that coaches start teaching children to head the ball only after those players turn 10″. The American Youth Soccer Association (AYSO) points out on their, Is Heading Safe, page, in bold that, “AYSO does not recommend heading below the age of ten. Coaches are not encouraged to teach or practice heading at these early ages”.

So imagine my surprise when my six year old kid comes home from soccer camp one day this summer and starts throwing the ball up in the air trying to hit it with his head. He told me that’s what they did at camp.

When I emailed the camp about their policy they replied with:

Heading is specially important because incorrect heading is not safe in the long run.
We adjust the intensity of all skills to be age-appropriate.  Heading skill is taught to the younger age by reducing the distant from where the ball is served to the player to reduce the power from the ball. This is in compliance with recommendations from all soccer organizations.

Now it turns out that the Lafayette Moraga Youth Association (LMYA) is using this soccer organization to provide, “Professional trainers [...] working directly on the field with coaches and players” and “Separate “free” skills clinics with [...] trainers”. I emailed LMYA about their soccer heading policy and did not receive a reply.

Should young kids be practicing heading soccer balls? Do other soccer organizations in this area have policies on this?

Story Poles for Moraga Town Center Homes Next to Fire Station

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Story poles have been placed recently at the Moraga Town Center Homes project next to the Moraga fire station on Moraga Way to show how tall the units will be. This project has been revised for 36 units, of which 21 will be 2.5 story townhomes with the remaining 15 units planned for 2 story cottage duplexes. Check out this Lamorinda Weekly article noting the various problems placing homes next to a fire department training area.

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home/made kitchen cafe & bakery Opening Soon in Moraga

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337 Rheem Blvd, Moraga

Back in March of last year we learned that home/made kitchen cafe & bakery would be moving from the Haceinda to Rheem Blvd. where Mondello’s used to be in Moraga (a few doors down from 24 Hour Fitness) and lots of progress is being made including what looks like a large patio area in front. According to their website they are planning for a summer opening. Check out their menu here.

From their website:

home/made kitchen brings something fresh to the table, literally. Many of our ingredients are sourced from organic, local, sustainable farms and everything is made in house. The result is authentic, inspired California cuisine.

Located at 337 Rheem Boulevard in Moraga, the cafe will open this summer with approximately 40 seats indoors and 20 seats outdoors. The hours of operation will be Monday-Friday 6am-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm. Breakfast will be served all day with lunch in the afternoon, as well as packaged take out meals for dinner.   - See more at: http://www.homemadekitchen.com/index/#sthash.GzQBzPVn.dpuf

The 60s Summer of Love Band Performing at Moraga Commons Park this Thursday

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The 60s Summer of Love:

Moraga Commons Park
1425 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga
Thursday, July 31st, 2014
6:30pm – 8:30pm | Free

The music of the 60s holds a special memory for those who grew up with it. It was music you could sing along with, music you could dance to, music you fell in love with. Now, one group brings all the memorable music from the 60s together for you in one great show!

The amazing vocals of the early California Beach Boys made us all dream of warm sand, fast cars and hitting the surf. Then there was the British invasion beginning with the Beatles who had us all growing our hair and rushing out to by miniskirts and go-go boots. The Motown sound rocked Detroit and music was indeed the king that united a nation. There has never been any question that music was at it’s best from 1963 to 1969.

MANIA! – Beatles Tribute Band at Moraga Commons Park Tomorrow

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MANIA! – Beatles Tribute Band:

Moraga Commons Park
1425 St. Mary’s Rd., Moraga
Thursday, July 17th, 2014
6:30pm – 8:30pm | Free

MANIA! is California’s Premier Beatles Tribute Band, capturing the imagination of both old and young with their attention to detail: from authentic Beatle instruments and costumes to the way they move, sing and play. Taking the audience from the youthful energy of The Ed Sullivan Show through the majesty of Pepperland and into the final days of the Beatles on the Abbey Road rooftop, MANIA! is not just a show, it is THE LIVE BEATLES EXPERIENCE.