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Join Me in Supporting LPIE

As a founding member and the longest running Real Estate sponsor of Lafayette, California’s education foundation, Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE), Realtor Dana Green encourages Lafayette residents to participate in LPIE’s annual fundraiser, the LPIE Power Party.

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Our Lafayette Restaurant Favorites

As Lafayette continues to make room for new restaurants and bistros, my team and I are constantly finding new favorite dishes. We often share our restaurant tips with each other, and we thought you might like to know the comfort food dishes and drinks that are currently making us swoon. From a quick afternoon pick-me-up latte, to a fried chicken takeout dinner for the entire...

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A Thanksgiving Tradition: A Lafayette Reservoir Walk

Perhaps no other spot in Lamorinda reflects the area’s hometown feel better than the Lafayette Reservoir. This recreational gem has long served as our local gathering spot. Whether taking a solo hike on the 2.7 mile Lakeside Nature Trail, or trekking the challenging unpaved 4.7 mile Rim Trail, you’re sure to run into friends and neighbors. No more so than during the holidays, when families...

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LPIE Power

What exactly does Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) do for the students in each of our public schools? It’s difficult to quantify LPIE’s innumerable and valuable contributions, many of which are tangible, and some that are not. Parents with a student in the Lafayette school system have all felt the effects of LPIE in some way. When a child proudly shares artwork made in class,...

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Lafayette Schools are Powered by LPIE

Ask residents why they selected Lafayette as their home and many will say “the schools.” Lafayette’s public elementary and secondary schools consistently receive high rankings. While parent and community participation is one key to the success of our top quality education system, we attribute much of the success to Lafayette’s tried-and-true education foundation, Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE). While LPIE’s upcoming annual fundraising event is...

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Spring is in the Air: It’s Garden Planning Time

While temperatures have been unpredictable lately, with highs near 80 and lows dipping into the 30’s, Spring is definitely in the air and it’s time to think about your garden. Some of us at the Dana Green Team have a green thumb. We are fortunate to have Orchard Nursery as a local resource. At Orchard, you’ll find answers to any gardening question you may have....

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Lafayette Winter Comfort Foods

Wondering what to have for dinner? In our office, at about 4pm or so, we often find ourselves talking about our favorite dishes and local menu items, and what we are having for dinner. We love sharing with each other our go-to dishes and thought it would be fun to share them with you too (and lucky for us all can be take-out!). These Lafayette...

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Dana Green – Lafayette’s 2018 Business Person of the Year!

I’ve received various recognitions over the years since I started working as a Lafayette Realtor. I have been grateful for each and every acknowledgement. But this one is special: I’ve been chosen by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce as their 2018 Business Person of the Year. To be recognized by the business leaders in my hometown for what is my passion – connecting people, businesses,...

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It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette

This headline is true in and of itself, but it’s also the apropos name of Lafayette’s annual holiday celebration, to be held this year on Friday, December 1, from 4:00 to 6:30pm in Plaza Park. This is probably our team’s favorite annual event – we’ve been a sponsor since inception – and each of us loves how it so aptly illustrates the many reasons people...

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Heading Back to School with a Smile

It’s a bittersweet time of the year when local kids reach for their backpacks instead of their swimsuits and beach towels. It’s hard to say goodbye to summer, but Lafayette’s fantastic public school system makes the ‘back to school’ season fun and exciting. It’s widely known that Lafayette’s great schools are one of the main draws for those moving to the area. Our four public...

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Grateful Gatherings

Grateful Gatherings

In 2013, KTVU’s Frank Sommerville covered a story involving an East Bay family transitioning from a shelter to a home. Sommerville’s wife Donna took it upon herself to gather items to stock the family’s empty abode. Volunteers then helped to set-up the apartment. The effort was rewarding, and Donna, along with her friend Chris Flitter, set out to formalize and expand on the idea that...

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Library

Love Lafayette? Volunteer Your Time

We Lafayette residents are fortunate to enjoy good schools, open spaces, a walkable downtown, and so many other trappings of a fine community. Our cup runneth over, so to speak, and we know it. That’s why so many Lafayette residents heed the saying “to those whom much is given, much is required.” We are a community of volunteers. We give back. We support people and...

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Swim Team – A Lafayette Summer Tradition

For many Lafayette families, summer is synonymous with swim team. From June through August, phrases and words such as ‘pop time,’ ‘streamlining,’ and ‘making county’ command the local lingo, while well-exercised bodies subsist on a steady diet of microwaved popcorn and ring pops. To the uninitiated, swim team might seem a bit cult-like. The painted cars, painted hair, spirit signs affixed to telephone poles, and...

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It’s Summer! Time to Read

Remember the long, lazy summer days of childhood? I certainly do. My memories include lemonade stands, swimming until my hair turned chlorine-green, sleepovers with friends, and….reading. I loved to read in the summertime, when it was purely for pleasure and not schoolwork. It’s hard to imagine now, in our tech-filled world, that sitting down with a good book once provided the simplest and greatest pleasure....

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UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland – A Beacon of Hope

Anyone who has ever sought treatment for a sick child at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland knows what an amazing place it is. Ranked among the best nationally, this leading pediatric medical and level-1 trauma center is a beacon of hope for the families who enter its doors. Founded in 1912 by Bertha Wright and Mabel Weed, CHO has fulfilled – and then expanded – on...

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Happy Valley School

We’re All in This Together: Great Schools Make a Great Community

We are fortunate to live in a town where residents of all ages value education. The way that families, businesses, and community organizations band together to assist our schools is one of Lafayette’s greatest attributes. Ongoing state budget deficits, conservative funding projections, and complicated and unfavorable funding algorithms make communal involvement indispensable. Time and time again, our community rises to meet budget challenges by supporting...

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LPIE

Lafayette Partners in Education: Powering our Schools and our Community

  Ask residents why they selected Lafayette as their home, and more often than not, the answer is “the schools.” It’s no secret…we have great schools. Our public elementary and secondary schools consistently receive high rankings, and the Acalanes Union High School District is one of the highest performing districts in California. This success doesn’t just happen; it takes a dedicated team to ensure steady...

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Night at Lafayette’s Library

Those who believe libraries to be relics of the past have likely never set foot in the Lafayette Library and Learning Center (LLLC.) This communal gathering spot and treasured community resource is so much more than just a place to check-out books. Offering educational and entertaining programs for everyone, the LLLC enables children, adults, families, and seniors to tap into a wealth of materials, workshops,...

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Lafayette Juniors: Philanthropy, Friendship, and Fun

Of all my varied successes in a career that has proven to be more rewarding than I ever could have imagined, I continue to take great pride in my past involvement with Lafayette Juniors. As a former president of this great organization, I am forever impressed by the group’s longevity and dedication to philanthropy. Their quality annual events are always much anticipated and attended. The...

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The Creative Side of Lamorinda

Whatever your child’s artistic interest – theater, dance, visual arts, or instrumental music – Lamorinda schools and a vast number of private mentors and organizations can provide the instruction, encouragement, and outstanding opportunities to help fulfill artistic dreams. Our elementary, middle, and high schools are fortunate to be supported by groups such as Lafayette Partners in Education, The Education Foundation of Orinda, and the Moraga...

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