Friday Question of the Day – What do you think of the Orinda School District Kicking Out a Live-in Nanny’s Daughter from School?


On Thanksgiving news broke at Inside Bay Area about the Orinda School District kicking out a live-in nanny’s daughter for not technically residing in Orinda. A private investigator was hired by the Orinda School district who determined she resided at her grandmother’s house in Bay Point. However, the district reversed course this week and allowed her to remain at her Orinda school and today issued a statement about their decision:

Last month, the district notified the family of a student that the district’s residency requirement had not been met and that the student would not be permitted to continue attending a district school.  In late November, after correspondence with the family and the submission of additional documentation, the district determined that the residency requirements had been fulfilled.  The student remains enrolled in a district school.

How do you feel the Orinda School District acted by hiring a private investigator and initially kicking out the student? Did they go overboard or did they take the appropriate response to make sure that only local residents attend local Orinda schools?


Build Your Own Snowman & Kids Ornament Workshop at Orinda Theatre Square this Sat.


Build Your Own Snowman & Kids Ornament Workshop:

Orinda Theatre Square
2 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda
Saturday, December 6th, 2014
12:00pm – 6:00pm | Free

Join us for FREE Family Fun! Bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

Saturday, December 6th
Real Snow Wonderland – Build Your Own Snowman / noon until the snow melts
Kids Ornament workshop hosted by Hello Tiara / 4-6 pm

Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief Free Movie Showing at Orinda Theatre this Evening


Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief Free Movie Showing:

Orinda Theatre
4 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda
Thursday, November 13th, 2014
7:00pm | Free

Don’t miss the November free movie of the month at Orinda Theatre on November 13th at 7pm with “To Catch A Thief”

Art of Mixology Cocktail Competition at Orinda Theatre Square this Saturday


Art of Mixology Cocktail Competition:

Orinda Theatre Square
Saturday, October 25th, 2014
4:30pm – 7:00pm | $45

There will be 16 East Bay bars and professional bartenders competing in the first annual Art of Mixologycraft cocktail competition and tasting happening on October 25 at Orinda Theatre Square. The fundraiser, held from 4:30pm to 7:00pm, will support arts programs throughout Lamorinda. Bars from the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, Orinda, Lafayette and Walnut Creek will be crafting their tastiest cocktails in the hopes of earning cash, trophies and the claim to Mixologist of the Year.

Participating bars include: Oakland’s Flora Restaurant, Forge, Hutch Cocktails and Oysters, Lungomare and Toast Kitchen + Bar; Lafayette’s The Cooperage American Grille, Metro Lafayette, Roundup Saloon and Yankee Pier; Orinda’s Barbacoa, Casa Orinda and Table 24; Walnut Creek’s Corners Tavern and Walnut Creek Yacht Club; Revival Bar + Kitchen in Berkeley; and Honor Kitchen & Cocktails in Emeryville. The complete list of participating bars and bartenders can be seen at http://OrindaArts.org/Mixology/Bartenders.
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Friday Question of the Day – What is your Favorite Wine Bar?


With news this week that a new wine bar called Cine Cuvée is coming to downtown Orinda, in addition to ADEGA Wine Bar coming to downtown Walnut Creek, not to mention a new wine bar being added to the Century Theater in Walnut Creek, I’ve been wondering what are your favorite wine bars? I’m familiar with Residual Sugar, what else is out there that you recommend?

Cine Cuvée Wine Bar Opening in Orinda

2 Theatre Square, Orinda

A new wine bar called Cine Cuvée is opening next to the Orinda Theatre where Kasper’s Hot Dogs used to be. Looks like there will be a movie/wine connection based on their Facebook page:

“Brin[g]ing cinema and wine together!”

“Cine – a combining form meaning “motion picture”
Cuvée – a type, blend, or batch of wine”

Coming Soon:

Friday Question of the Day – What Should be Done About the Orinda/New Rheem Theatres in Lamorinda?

Rheem Theatre, Moraga

According to this Contra Costa Times article the The New Rheem theater in Moraga is not profitable to the owners so for a cool $4.75 million it can be yours for the taking. Moraga Councilman Dave Trotter noted that, “Over the past two decades, our community has mobilized and worked to save the Theatre and keep it open. It may now be necessary for the Moraga community to do that again, and I believe the Town government has a legitimate role to play in making that happen.”

Should these theaters be allowed to go the way of the Pleasant Hill Dome Theater and be demolished to make way for newer buildings or should the the city government get involved to help save these iconic theaters so they can continue hosting festivals such as the California Independent Film Festival?

Middle Eastern Festival this Weekend in Orinda


Middle Eastern Festival:

St. John Orinda
501 Moraga Way, Orinda
Saturday, September 27th, 2014 – Sunday, September 28th, 2014
10:00am – 8:00pm (11 – 7 Sunday)

Join in the fun! Ahlan wa sahlan (Welcome)
Raffle Grand Prize – 2014 Honda Civic

Live Entertainment
Great music from Samer, Nader Zaki & Maestro Radwan
Dancing, debke
Debke performances

Delicious Food – Your favorite Middle Eastern Foods
Shawerma, Falafel, Kebab, Grape leaves
Hummus, Spinach pies, and more

Zalabyeh, baklava, and more delicious sweets

Beer, wine, soda, water, and Arabic coffee

Children’s Activities
Bounce house and more activities for kids

Cultural Center & Vendor Shopping Bazaar

Mat Kearney & Luce Breast Cancer Benefit Concert on Oct. 18th at Cal Shakes in Orinda


Mat Kearney & Luce Breast Cancer Benefit Concert:

Cal Shakes Theater
100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
6:00pm | $75 – $225

Here’s your chance to enjoy the beautiful Cal Shakes Theater on Saturday October 18th at the first concert to support breast cancer prevention. This all-ages show starts at 6:00 pm with Devon WerkheiserLUCE, and headliner Mat Kearney. Proceeds benefit Breast Cancer Fund. GA doors at 4:00 with no-host bar and concessions. For tickets, to make a donation, and more details at notes4notes.org or at ticketfly.com.