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Lamorinda Libraries Make Summer Reading Fun & Easy

It is summertime, and there is no better season to unplug and relax with a book! Whether curled up on your couch or lounging at your favorite vacation spot, a great book makes life’s most pleasurable moments that much sweeter.  Our three regional libraries make finding the perfect book a breeze. The Lafayette, Orinda, and Moraga libraries are open once again to all, allowing guests...

Lamorinda 4th of July Fun: Celebrating Our Independence, in More Ways Than One

This year, July 4th is especially poignant as we celebrate not only our country’s independence but our own personal freedom as well. A renewed vigor hangs in our summer air; young swimmers gather once again for swim meets, family and friends congregate for picnics in Lafayette’s Plaza Park, and our many trails find happy companions trekking while deep in conversation. With a new appreciation for...

Let’s Eat Out!

The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce counts among its members nearly 40 dine-in restaurants and takeout eateries. It’s no wonder that our small town has become a dining destination not only for our residents, but also for those from neighboring communities. Whether it’s pizza, pasta, sushi, veggie bowls, BBQ, gourmet steaks, farm-to-table California cuisine, seafood or comfort fare like meatloaf and fried chicken that you crave,...

A Salute to Lamorinda’s Education Foundations

As we near the end of a very different school year, I would like to give a shout-out to our three local education foundations. These three amazing organizations serve to supplement and enhance curriculums and staff at our highly regarded public schools, well beyond what the state is able to provide. Lamorinda residents know that healthy schools make for healthy communities, and our education foundations...

The Lafayette Juniors Kitchen Tour Makes a Perfect Pivot

One of my favorite local events makes an inspired pivot this year, thanks to the creative thinking of its host organization. The Lafayette Juniors annual Kitchen Tour has long been a fundraising staple for this wonderful charitable organization. I continue to be proud of introducing this idea over two decades ago while serving as the major fundraising chair and couldn’t be prouder of the creative...

Make the Most of Lamorinda’s Sunny Weather with these Family Fun Outdoor Activities

Lucky for us in the Bay Area, nearly any season presents plenty of opportunities to head outdoors. But warmer days have their own special allure, beckoning us to spend more time outside. Here are a few outdoor family games and activities that I’ve observed in my own neighborhood and around Lafayette. Each is easily replicated in nearly any home environment: If you live on a...

Now More Than Ever, LPIE Support is Essential

Ask residents why they select Lafayette and often they will say “the schools.” Lafayette’s public schools consistently receive high rankings. While parent and community participation are key to our top-quality education system, much credit goes to Lafayette’s amazing education foundation, Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE). My team and I are firm believers that healthy schools make healthy communities. I am a product of the Lafayette...

Creating Curb Appeal is Fun and Easy

A front-of-home refresh always provides a mood boost, for you as well as your neighbors! It’s easy and fun to create greater curb appeal. Here are a few simple and inexpensive ideas that my team and I suggest: Paint your front door. Go bold when selecting a hue that best coordinates with your home’s exterior paint color. The great thing about paint is that it...

Love Locally This Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! As we share our love for those special to us, let’s also share that love with Lafayette by gifting and dining locally. We are lucky to have so many great retailers and restaurants in our midst, with staffs more than ready and willing to assist us in finding just the right gift item for family and friends. Most Lafayette retailers and restaurants...

January Home Maintenance: Interior and Exterior

We all know someone that lives in a colder climate, and we’ve heard the stories about frozen water pipes and snow damaged roofs. Luckily, we Lamorinda residents generally don’t have to contend with these types of issues, but it’s still a good idea to annually take stock of your home and tend to any items that might hinder its efficiency. January is a great time...

Making the Holidays Bright

One of our family’s holiday traditions included driving around town to see all of the festive lights. The kids would get into their pajamas, we’d load the car with blankets, I’d make a thermos of hot chocolate, and we’d scout out the most brightly lit streets and homes. This year, with your help, we are hoping that everyone in our community can enjoy this same...

Creating Fall Ambience

Lafayette Realtor Dana Green provides fall decorating ideas for the home. Create a warm and cozy environment with the addition of just a few new décor items.

Creating a Home Office

If you are a parent of a remote student you’ve likely set up a successful space for their distance learning.  But what about your workspace? Fortunately, as many of us pivot to creating home work environments, there are a few simple tips that can make the transition both effective and fun: 1. Stake Your Claim: If you have the space, find an area in your...

Creating a Home Gym? No Sweat!

Last month we highlighted some of our favorite walks and hikes, and with great weather for months to come, there is no better time to enjoy the beauty and open spaces that breathe life into our local community. Another fun option is to include exercise at home by creating your own fitness sanctuary. Fortunately, home gyms come in all shapes and sizes. Here are a...

A Different Spin on ‘Back to School’

August typically finds many of us and our children shopping for school supplies, searching for the perfect backpack, and waiting in anticipation for our class schedule. But things are a little different this year. ‘Back to School’ has a new meaning. If you have a student who will be distance learning it is important to separate ‘home time’ from ‘school time’. One way to accomplish...

Nighttime Sky Gazing Fun

Looking for fun – and free – family adventure? Lafayette Realtor Dana Green recommends stargazing. Who needs screens when just outside your door, the sky dazzles, night after night?