The Old Yellow House
209 Moraga Way, Orinda Saturday, May 19th, 2018
6:00 – 9:00pm | $96
Don’t miss our first-ever FUNdraiser party supporting Sustainable Contra Costa and commemorating 10 years of resilience-building community action and connection! Join us for a mouth watering farm-to-table dinner, fine wine, beer, & tasty cocktails, and dancing to live music. All in an idyllic setting, by a murmuring creek under majestic redwoods and twinkling stars.
When two brothers find out they might lose their house they are desperate to find a way to keep their home. They find a treasure map and, with their group of misfit friends, they set out to find a pirate’s treasure rumored to be hidden nearby..
Orinda Community Center
28 Orinda Way, Orinda Saturday, May 26th – Sunday, May 27th, 2018
The festivities include a Chinese lion dance, Asian art exhibits, Bollywood dancing, Japanese animated films, Henna hand painting, martial arts demonstrations and Chinese acrobats.
The Festival’s international fashion show will include an appearance by Miss Vietnam California, as well as men and women dressed in the traditional dress of Japan, China, Korea, the Philippines, India and several other Asian countries.
Asian-American book authors will discuss their books and sign copies for fans. There is a presentation by an expert on travelling in Asia who will provide tips on planning a getaway to far-off places.
51 Moraga Way (check-in) Tuesday, May 1st, 2018
5:30 – 8:30pm | $40
On check in, each guest will receive a free glass of wine from Lamorinda Winegrowers Association sponsored by PG&E. Appetizers will be provided at the check-in location by several local restaurants including Genuine Goodness and Moraga based Town Bakery. Entertainment will be provided by the Miramonte Jazz band at check-in, and another jazz group will perform near the fountain. Orinda Idol competitors will be singing across the street from Piccolo Napoli.
Patrons will receive tickets to sample food at 14 different restaurants just steps away. Participants include Casa Orinda, Fourth Bore, Cine Cuvee, Republic of Cake, Piccolo Napoli and Taverna Pelligrini. Joining up this year is Saffron Indian Restaurant and Bar, opening soon in the space formerly occupied by Magnolia. Saffron is a family-run business; the family had two restaurants on the East Coast before moving to Orinda.
Before she was the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald was a young girl with a dream and determination. Noted jazz/cabaret chanteuse Amanda King, a vivacious and captivating entertainer, shares Ella’s origins, inspiration, and early music in a swingin’ evening of song and history celebrating Ms. Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday anniversary.
Thanks to a reader for sending word that Village inn Cafe, which closed earlier this year after 30 years in business, has reopened with new owners. According to an employee the menu is slightly different and they no longer offer French toast.
The Intuitive Writing Project, an an educational writing program for girls which opened a few years ago in Orinda Theatre Square has closed. According to the owner they are temporarily operating out in Moraga but “it’s possible that we will always be mobile, as this will allow us to serve girls throughout the Bay Area, from San Ramon to Marin and from Oakland to SF.” Check for updates on their website here.
Harry and Sally meet when she gives him a ride to New York after they both graduate from the University of Chicago. The film jumps through their lives as they both search for love, but fail, bumping into each other time and time again. Finally a close friendship blooms between them, and they both like having a friend of the opposite sex.