On Tuesday, May 21, beginning at 5:00 pm, please join Town staff and officials at an Open House at the Town Offices to mix with the Chamber of Commerce members and see the new and cost-effective remodel. (click title for full story) The remodel was modest to reflect the Town’s minimal government ethos but has proven to be a welcome change for staff and visitors.
The Town Council approved an exciting new opportunity for residents and visitors of Moraga by awarding a three-month contract to Café Hacienda home/made to operate from the Hacienda kitchen Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and Fridays from 8:00 to 11:30 am. There is no other venue (click title for full story) like this in Moraga – a farm-to-table experience with all locally sourced products in the tranquil setting of the nine-acre estate known as the Hacienda de las Flores. Enjoy freshly baked muffins, scones, coffee cake, breakfast sandwiches, frittata, daily soups, salads, Panini sandwiches, summertime "campers" lunch package, Four Barrel coffee press, specialty teas, juice, and much more. The temporary café is scheduled to open on Monday, May 13. Please stop by!
Many thanks to the Hacienda Foundation and volunteers who made the 5th annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta such a success! While the kids enjoyed the jumpies, tile painting, tortilla making, and breaking open piñatas, adults were entertained by Mariachis, (click title for full story) great food, authentic margaritas and Mexican beer. All proceeds from this event go to the Hacienda Foundation to improve the Hacienda de las Flores for all to enjoy for years to come!
The 7th annual Moraga Triathlon was a huge success thanks to all of the volunteers! Boy Scout Troop 246 provided overnight security, Lamorinda CERT and the Sheriff’s Office Explorers provided traffic control, and many other community groups and dedicated individuals provided invaluable assistance to ensure (click title for full story) a smooth and efficient experience for all athletes and spectators. The feedback from participants ALWAYS mentions the smiles, cheers of encouragement, and feeling of safety that the volunteers provide. The quality volunteers truly make this event the best it can be. Thank you!
Each year, the friendly Lamorinda competition continues as the Cities of Lafayette and Orinda participate with relay teams in the Moraga Triathlon. The City of Orinda won the unofficial 2013 title by just one minute, 15 seconds! Thanks to our neighbors for their sportsmanship and support. (click title for full story)
School will be out and summer vacation will be here in just five weeks! Moraga Parks and Recreation is once again offering Camp Hacienda for children ages 5 to 10 and the Summer Park Program for ages 8 to 13 as well as many specialty camps. (click title for full story) Sign up online for camps and classes for all ages or call the Recreation Office at (925) 888-7036 for additional information.
A recent Contra Costa Times article explained that the Moraga Police Department (MPD) had received inquiries from two Moraga residents about the validity of phone solicitations they had received. According to the Moraga residents, the caller said (click title for full story) he was an off-duty police officer collecting donations for the Moraga Police Department’s Fraternal Order of Police, an organization which does not exist. A Nixle alert was sent out to warn subscribers of the scam which led to the CC Times article. Any phone request for donations to MPD is a scam, so please do not respond. If you are not in the Nixle system, please register for this free service at www.nixle.com.
It is time for the seasonal kick-off of sports like baseball, softball, and spring soccer, but as the ball parks come to life with competitors and spectators, they come to life with mosquitoes as well. With this health risk in mind, the Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District recommends (click title for full story) all players and spectators attending practices or games within two hours before and after sunset to wear repellent to deter mosquitoes. Since 2005, 39 county residents have contracted West Nile virus and two citizens have died. Remember to dump or drain all standing water to reduce mosquito breeding. For more information, visit the Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District website.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) released the Draft Plan Bay Area on March 22 and the Draft EIR on April 2. (click title for full story) Both documents can be found on the www.onebayarea.org website and are available for public review and comment until May 16. Both documents were prepared to meet the SB375 requirements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by cars and light trucks by 18% by the year 2040. The Town Council directed staff to draft a Comment Letter to the appropriate agencies to relay the Council’s concern regarding the grant criteria of housing production. For more information about the Draft Plan Bay Area, contact the Planning Department.
The Town is recruiting for a volunteer liaison to the Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging (ACOA). Applicants should be interested in, and knowledgeable of, the needs of Moraga’s senior population. (click title for full story) For information, please visit the Town of Moraga’s website.