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Welcome Back, Lamorindans — Where'd Y'All Go?

Lamorinda emptied out like an hourglass this weekend as locals made a Memorial Day break for vacation spots in the far reaches of the state. But there still was stuff going on while you were gone.

Kid maladies and weekend sports schedules laid waste to Patch's plans to hit the beach this weekend so the Memorial Day holiday was spent in Lamorinda this year — not a bad thing when you get down to it.

First of all, it was unnaturally quiet this weekend with light traffic and virtually no man-made noise except the ringing of bike bells on the trail and the calls of neighbors who stayed behind greeting each other as they passed.

There was a light wind Saturday and while the kids healed and played, your editor actually made it to a reclining garden chair, pushed the hat back and listened to the wind stirring the trees and the hummingbirds dogfighting over the feeders for a few blissful moments. It was glorious.

But, stuff was happening. It always is. We heard from a couple of Lafayette residents who reported a major police response in their neighborhood about 9 p.m. Saturday — a helicopter hovering overhead.

"We came home from the Oakland A's game at approx 9:30 p.m. this past Saturday ... to find a police chopper shining floodlights and circling basically right over our heads along with three police cars cruising up and down our street," wrote Patch reader Melanie, who lives on Canyon Road in the northwestern end of town.

"Flagging down a cruiser and calling the non-emergency sheriff's line elicited only the info that there had been 'an incident' somewhere on Canyon Rd/Estates Drive in Lafayette," Melanie wrote.

Neighbors speculated that the activity may have been connected to a string of residential burglaries plaguing Lamorinda, but Contra Costa County Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said police responded to separate reports of a burglar alarm sounding and a suspicious person in the area around 10 p.m. The suspicious person was not located.

Speaking of outdoor sports, there were plenty of mini-dramas being played out on parquet floors and patches of green throughout Lamorinda over the weekend, and a particularly dramatic NCS baseball game at Campolindo on Saturday.

The Cougars played Casa Grande and Campo was down 3-1 going onto the seventh — ending up with runners on second and third with two outs and two strikes on the batter when Robbie Tenerowicz (#20) got a hit and drove in the winning run.  Campo won it 4-3 with Chris Scott managing to get the heroics and resultant celebration on film.

Thanks, Chris, and congrats, Cougars.

While in the home of the cougars we should mention that Grad Night promises to be fun this year with organizers holding a preview night the eve before graduation — something of a tradition in these parts. Parents are invited to come and see the decorations and, for a small fee, try the small trapeze set up this year.

Preview night is June 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Campolindo.  The theme is The Wizard of Oz.

X May 31, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Parental hell - more affectionately called Disneyland. Having gone for my first time as a parent, I am now in awe that my parents endured three different trips to various Disney locations during my early childhood. Talk about sacrificing for your kids...
J.D. O'Connor May 31, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Yes, but did you get your Mickey Mouse Club ears? Very important. Welcome back, Editor
Kin Robles May 31, 2011 at 11:43 PM
The Moraga Reds All-Star team won the 2011 Citrus Heights PONY League 10U Memorial Day Tournament. Both Moraga entries finished bracket play undefeated (5-0) before advancing to semifinals. In the finals, Moraga Reds beat Orinda, while the Moraga Blue All-Stars beat Natomas to advance to an all Moraga championship game.
John Eriksen June 01, 2011 at 01:29 AM
Way to go Robbie! Go Cougars!
Eileen June 01, 2011 at 04:30 AM
Celebrated my daughter's eighth birthday on the Monterey Peninsula. We had mostly sunny skies and hit the beach, and kayaked Elkhorn Slough where we saw otters up close. One morning I took my son (in the Burley trailer) on a serene 12 mile bike ride along the Pebble Beach coast, while my husband and daughter hit the Aquarium pre-opening for the "feeding frenzy." I highly recommend this for anyone with kids aged 8+. They got a behind-the-scenes tour and my daughter got to prep some food (stuffing vitamins into fish) and then actually feed some of the animals. (Feeding calamari by hand to the bat rays was her highlight.) It cost $45 per person but was *well* worth the money.

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