5 Shot Dead at Airbnb Halloween Party on Lucille Way in Orinda

Photo by Flickr user textexin

Airbnb no longer allow “party houses” because of this incident. I checked the homicide rates of Lamorinda and this is the highest total I have seen in one year. Anyone know if this number has ever been surpassed in LAfayette, MOraga or OrINDA?

From the Contra Costa Sheriff Dept:

An additional victim from yesterday’s shooting in Orinda has been pronounced deceased at a local hospital. She is identified as 19-year-old Oshiana Tompkins of Vallejo/Hercules.

There are now a total of five fatalities in this shooting.

The Orinda Police Department and the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff continue to investigate a shooting that occurred on the 100 block of Lucille Way in Orinda on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at about 10:50 PM.

Orinda Police Officers, along with law enforcement officers from throughout the county, arrived on scene and found a house party with over 100 attendees. The party-goers apparently came from throughout the Bay Area for the Halloween event, which was advertised on social media. The party took place in a home that was found on a short-term rental website.

Arriving Officers found a highly chaotic scene that included gunshot victims, injured party-goers, and numerous people fleeing the scene. Officers triaged the victims, cleared the location for safety and safeguarded the crime scene. Law enforcement officers found three gunshot victims who were later pronounced deceased at the scene. Another died at the hospital.

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Sharetea Coming Soon to Orinda

39 Moraga Way, Orinda

The boba cafe Sharetea is coming soon to Orinda where Sleepy Cat Books used to be, across from the Orinda Theatre Square. Check out their menu here. Anyone know how this compares to iTea in Moraga?

From their website:

Established in 1992, Sharetea started off business with to-go black tea and pearl milk tea drinks in Taipei, Taiwan. Since then Sharetea has opened many branches and franchises in 18 countries such as United States, Canada, UK, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia and over 450 stores.


Free Movie – Viva Las Vegas at Orinda Theatre July 11th

Free Movie – Viva Las Vegas:

Orinda Theatre
4 Orinda Theatre Square, Orinda
Thursday, July 11th, 2019
7:00pm | Free

Viva Las Vegas is a 1964 American musical film directed by George Sidney and starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. The film is regarded by fans and film critics as one of Presley’s best films, and it is noted for the on-screen chemistry between Presley and Ann-Margret. –Wikipedia


The Good Person of Szechwan Playing at Cal Shakes in Orinda July 3rd – 21st

The Good Person of Szechwan:

Cal Shakes Theater
100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda
Wednesday, July 3rd – Sunday, July 21st, 2019

In a city of “haves” and “have-nots,” can a good person stay good even as their fortunes rise? The Good Person of Szechwan is a fable for our times exploring the lengths to which one must go to keep clean in a dirty world.

by Bertolt Brecht
adapted by Tony Kushner
translated by Wendy Arons
directed by Eric Ting


Live Poets Society at Orinda Books on May 26th

Live Poets Society:

Orinda Books
276 Village Square, Orinda
Sunday, May 26th, 2019
1:00 – 3:00pm | Free

Featuring Maw Shein Win and Rebecca Foust

Maw Shein Win‘s poetry chapbook Score and Bone is on Nomadic Press (2016). A full-length collection Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. Maw is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito (2016 – 2018), and her forthcoming second full-length collection of poetry will be published by Omnidawn in Fall 2020. She is currently a Visiting Scholar in the English Department at UC Berkeley.

Rebecca Foust’s books include Paradise Drive (Press 53 Award), reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement. Recognitions include the Cavafy Poetry Prize, the James Hearst Poetry Prize, the Lascaux Flash Fiction Prize, the American Literary Review Fiction Prize, and fellowships from Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and Sewanee. Foust is passionate about literature being for everyone, not just the elite, and is happy to be able to promote this goal as Marin County Poet Laureate, an Assistant Editor for Narrative Magazine, and the Poetry Editor for Women’s Voices for Change, https://womensvoicesforchange.org/category/arts-culture/poetry.