Toy & Clothing Boutique December 22
An Invitation to Take Part in a
Very Special Holiday Event
Very Special Holiday Event
The Holiday Toy & Clothing Boutique will be held on Sunday, December 22, from noon till 3 p.m., at The Meher Schools, 999 Leland Drive, Lafayette.
The SCA launched the Boutique in 2008 as a way for Saranap and Meher Schools families to pass along gently used clothing, toys, and books to other neighborhood and school families, who could take home, at no cost, items other children had outgrown. The Boutique is co-sponsored by the SCA and the school, as part of its Service Learning Program. Five years and 15 Boutiques later, the event has become a much-loved neighborhood institution.
Dr. Carol Weyland Conner, who originated the Boutique, suggested that we reach beyond our relatively affluent neighborhoods to families in other parts of the county who have no money to buy clothes or toys for their children. Starting with our October 6 Boutique, we began working with churches and community organizations that serve the poor to invite these families to share in the generous spirit of the Boutique.
For our December 22 Boutique, we’re creating a wonderful event for our less-fortunate neighbors. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to these very special guests as you enjoy the Boutique. Click here to read the rest of the article and learn how your family can participate. Click here to download a flyer with details of the holiday Boutique.
Boutique Coordinator Wins “Making a Difference” Award SCA Service Committee Chair Stephanie Monson received a “Making a Difference” Award from the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County November 3 for her work as coordinator of the Toy & Clothing Boutique. Stephanie has overseen the Boutique since its inception in December 2008. Click here to read the article.
Coyotes Return to the Saranap
... or maybe they never left. Late last summer we published a flyer about a spate of coyote sightings in the Saranap. It outlined steps we can take to discourage coyotes from viewing our neighborhoods as a fertile feeding ground. Recently we heard from an SCA member that she’d seen one along Leland Drive, just over the Lafayette border, so we’re making the flyer available again. Click here to read the flyer, or click here to download it so you can share it with your neighbors.
Annual Meeting: Saranap Village Changes Outlined,
Proposal Submission Slated for September
AUGUST 17—The restaurant and café have switched places, the eight-story building has been pared back to six, and there will be fewer rental units and more for-sale condos than originally planned. These are some of the changes to the proposed Saranap Village project outlined in a presentation by the developer at the SCA’s August 15 annual membership meeting. Oh, and the “Saranap Village” arch over Boulevard Way? It’s no longer in the plan.
Mark Hall, president and CEO of Hall Equities Group, the firm behind the project, said his company returned to the drawing board after hiring a new architect, conducting more studies, and gathering input from the community through the project website and open houses at HEG’s Walnut Creek offices. The basic “neighborhood village” concept hasn’t changed, he stressed, but there have been a number of changes.
Hall said his firm expects to submit a general plan amendment proposal for the project to the county the first or second week of September.
Sanctuary Construction Begins
MAY 2--Construction of Sufism Reoriented’s new Boulevard Way sanctuary began February 14, when contractors began pouring the foundation, according to the spring issue of the church’s Neighborhood Newsletter. The county issued the building permit for the project a week earlier. All the work that had been done on the property prior to that was to prepare the site for construction.
Photo at top of page: Above Las Trampas Creek, Saranap. Photo by Patrick Mage